Gulden Draak (Dark Triple) - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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4.63/5 rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Initial pour is a creamy brown, like hot chocolate, but when it fills the glass it's almost black. Extreme dark brown with just specs of lighter colors around the edges. The head is off-tan and a couple fingers thick with good retention. As the head dies, it's leaves sticky tan foam around the glass.
It's got a bready, chocolately nose not significantly different than chocolate cake or brownies. A bit of an earthy, flowery scent I can't quite put my finger on. As it warms, the chocolate scents grow.
The taste is extraordinary. Tastes like a dark chocolate liqueur, with the slightest hint of vanilla added in for good measure. Just nibbles of hops to keep all the sweetness in balance.
As mentioned, it's sweet, but never too much so. It's got a remarkable creaminess to it. Full-bodied. There's alcohol in there, but despite it's strength it hides in the background. This beer really sticks to your tongue.
One of my new favorite beers. The Belgians simply know how to brew beer.
Serving type: bottle
12-12-2011 03:18:33 | More by RickS95
3.68/5 rDev -13%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
750 ml bottle, served in a Duvel tulip. Reviewed from notes.
Pours a clear, dark caramel brown. Absolutely no head at all on this one, and only minor lacing.
Quite a bit of sweet butterscotch and toffee in the aroma. Dark fruits come through fairly strong, and there's a very prevalent plum character. Some alcohol esters, but nothing out of line.
The taste is much less sweet than the aroma suggests. It's actually quite balanced. Plenty of butterscotch and bready malt. A fairly big citrus fruit component, which I really wasn't expecting. The alcohol is not hidden particularly well.
Carbonation is spot on, though it's a touch thin. Still, it's well done.
A pretty good BSDA, but I don't know how I could ever justify purchasing this in lieu of Chimay Blue.
Serving type: bottle
12-12-2011 00:02:05 | More by amphion1065
Gulden Draak (Dark Triple) from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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