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

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Gulden Draak (Dark Triple)Gulden Draak (Dark Triple)

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3,151 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,151
Reviews: 1,212
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 178
Gots: 317 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V. visit their website

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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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Steve212, Mar 31, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

gare8ear, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of jmendels
4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This beer was outstanding. At the behest of my best friend, I sought out this beer. As a lover of European beers, this was definitely on my radar. What better time to try it than Easter weekend?

The bottle alone is full of personality, having a different shape than most domestic beers. It draws one's attention to it as something special. It pours a nice amber-brown with the head lacing the bottle rather elegantly. It smells of toffee and roasted malts, with subtle chocolate notes. The first sip came and I was not disappointed. I had to pause and collect my thoughts on what I just drank. There were some spicy notes, yes. There were some toffee notes, yes. It has a noticeable alcohol flavor but not so much that it detracts from the flavorful crafting that went into this brew.

I put this up there with Schlenkerla or Ayinger. Delicious to the last drop.

jmendels, Mar 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

BAsbill, Mar 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Knuckles_Nuclear, Mar 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

His_Royal_Hoppiness, Mar 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

TheGoldenGod, Mar 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

SalTnutZ1, Mar 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

aztraz, Mar 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Mervjahn, Mar 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

mrzazz, Mar 26, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

KrisDLSmith, Mar 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Sparky44, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of artoolemomo
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Another Belgium with tons of head but smaller bubbles. This doesn't look like it's going to dissipate as quickly as it is already leaving lacing. The foam is light yellow/beige and the body is maroon/light chestnut brown with a hazy orange that reveals itself when held up to the light. It is receding quicker than expected with slight wisps of lacing. There is much more lacing left after an additional pour but it is pretty much a line around the top of the glass. There is a lot more lacing after a third pour.

Nose- Very odd nose. I got a whiff of pinto bean/black eyed peas. A very umami smell. Better than it sounds. Sort of cheesy, savory. Some notes of Belgian spice, yeast, and apple lingering around the edges. The aroma is quite inviting. There are also some sour notes and rich, appetizing mustiness. I'm quite curious as to whether the flavor profile expresses this.

Taste- It begins with sourness match with citrus fruits and pretty much continues in this manner. You can taste some of the savory, umami aspect at the back of the throat. Not as complex as I would have hoped but that may change. More spice and yeast make themselves known on the second taste. The yeast continues to climb as the sourness descends. Pretty tasty. Could use a couple other notes to put it into truly exceptional territory. Some fungal/funky notes are beginning to appear but with too much malt. It's not an overwhelming amount but starts to appear near the finish.

Mouthfeel- Fairly creamy. Medium bodied with some thinness. It could perhaps use a little more carbonation but overall, it's a pretty solid mouthfeel.

Drinkability- Pretty accessible. The alcohol doesn't really show itself at all. Not as easygoing as Orval but fairly close.

Overall- A very good beer. A. It could warm up and reveal more character and become an A+, but I'm pretty sure this is a solid A.

artoolemomo, Mar 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

wingnutz27, Mar 23, 2013
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2/5  rDev -52.7%

Beer_Belly, Mar 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

DiscLizard, Mar 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful ruby brown with fizzy khaki head which quickly fades to a thin ring. No lacing.

Smell is sharp, poignant, but not entirely unpleasant. A bit of chocolate and spiciness.

Taste is pretty boozy. Fairly bland BSDA flavor, which is not a knock. Nothing sets this apart from other beers of the style I've had though.

Mothfeel is creamy and well carbonated. After it settles in my mouth, it's much thinner than other Belgians.

Overall not a bad beer by any means, but not something I'll likely crave in the future.

CurtFromHershey, Mar 18, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

cdmillard, Mar 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

harpus, Mar 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

IanSpindler, Mar 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

imfrigginfly, Mar 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Rollzroyce21, Mar 18, 2013
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diodeelph, Mar 17, 2013
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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Gulden Draak (Dark Triple) from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
94 out of 100 based on 3,151 ratings.