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Gulden Draak (Dark Triple) - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,932 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 2,932
Reviews: 1,199
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 151
Gots: 234 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-19-2001)
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ystazi

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-02-2013 00:58:13 | More by ystazi
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ckollias

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this 11.2oz stubby bottle out of a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark amber hue with a fizzy, off-white, 4-finger head that slowly dissipates down the side of the glass leaving a nice trail and ending in a solid fizzy lace.

S: Strong, sweet, and spicy aroma that almost burns the nostrils.

T: Sweet and tart Belgian yeast flavor with a fruity and malty background that finishes in the alcoholic spicy side.

M: Very strong and boozy. Medium body and high carbonation.

O: Excellent Belgian Strong ale – Complex flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 00:56:28 | More by ckollias
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kohlsm

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-01-2013 23:04:54 | More by kohlsm
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JJStorm

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

02-01-2013 15:49:42 | More by JJStorm
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mcewesr

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-01-2013 15:47:57 | More by mcewesr
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hard to tell from the dating code, but I think this bottle is from 2010.

Dark chestnut in color. Tripel Karmeliet glass gave the head some oomph. Started with a solid two inches. Lacing is having trouble committing to stick, but the cap is nice. Buttermilk-colored foam with glistening bubbles.

Indescript aromas of dark fruits, yeastiness, and nuts. A very sweet alcohol note asserts itself as the undercurrent. Raisin, creme de cacao, dried fig, and toffee notes. A pretty creamy aroma that I forgot that it had. That booze is under a pretty big blanket of Belgian malts and yeast strains. There's even something green in the nose, like aged hops.

Dried fruits and nuts, like trail mix, plus lively yeast esters and a strong booziness dominate. Some light cherry, fig, raisin, hints of overripe banana, and a touch of apricot. More of a roasty character to this beer, like coffee, than in most other Belgian Strong Darks. Clove-y spice. There's a milky flavor that adds to the other components, like fruit cake dredged in half-n-half. Finishes on the clean side, with nuances from the yeast carrying over slightly.

Body is surprisingly thinner, like a staunch medium. Carbonation still has a little fun driving bubbles around. Can't really fault the booziness. It's the nature of the beast.

I haven't had this particular brew in awhile (and, it used to be a Belgian bar staple for me back in the day). I can't say that I still enjoy it as much, but it's still a fine ale, worthy of a recommendation.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 04:21:05 | More by thecheapies
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ThaJackal

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.4%

02-01-2013 01:51:29 | More by ThaJackal
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Pacioli1445

South Dakota

4/5  rDev -5.4%

02-01-2013 01:07:19 | More by Pacioli1445
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jroberts8811

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

02-01-2013 00:49:08 | More by jroberts8811
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12owls

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

01-31-2013 23:00:10 | More by 12owls
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callmemickey

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-31-2013 22:48:18 | More by callmemickey
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TychoNDC

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-31-2013 02:29:18 | More by TychoNDC
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imperiallibations

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

01-30-2013 22:25:55 | More by imperiallibations
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TheBierBoutique

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-30-2013 14:57:12 | More by TheBierBoutique
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grze

California

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-30-2013 06:44:04 | More by grze
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LBIsurf

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -29.1%

01-30-2013 01:13:57 | More by LBIsurf
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supa0525

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

01-29-2013 18:48:13 | More by supa0525
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KillaB

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

01-29-2013 08:43:20 | More by KillaB
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TommyC

California

4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, translucent amber; large-medium size bubbles. Great color (almost purplish reflections from some angles), but small head with little retention.

Nose: fruit; bread.

Taste: plum; grape; cherry; herbs; malts; sharp spices; (and perhaps a tinge of fennel?). A well balanced affair with sweetness tempered by a minor touch of tang.

Mouthfeel is somewhat unremarkable: thick enough, but doesn't really have the proper head to create the creaminess that suits this style (IMO).

Overall, I liked this: flavorful yet balanced, bringing a quad-like palate but with much more subtlety and far greater drinkability than any quad I've had. However, I'd prefer if it had a thicker, finer head.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 02:22:52 | More by TommyC
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AngusOg

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-28-2013 17:13:36 | More by AngusOg
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popery

California

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-27-2013 07:48:55 | More by popery
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-ronin-

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

01-27-2013 02:37:33 | More by -ronin-
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bsuedekum

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

01-26-2013 14:36:53 | More by bsuedekum
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roach4230

New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

01-26-2013 13:15:01 | More by roach4230
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Kevin55

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

01-26-2013 03:45:35 | More by Kevin55
Gulden Draak (Dark Triple) from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
94 out of 100 based on 2,932 ratings.