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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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3,266 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,266
Reviews: 1,225
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 200
Gots: 383 | FT: 4
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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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4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle from Amanti Vino's Beer of the Month club March package. It was poured into my Duvel tulip.

Gulden Draak pours a hazy chestnut brown, with a voluminous four fingers or so of very light tan foam. Head retention is outstanding, it positively creeps down towards the body of the beer. Lacing isn't quite up there with the best Belgians though, it's fairly spotty. The nose is wonderful, heavy on figs and raisins and brown sugar, with just a little bit of alcohol creeping in in the background. The flavor profile can't quite follow through on all that though, as it's very heavy on plums, and the booziness (while still not harsh) is a bit more prevalent here. The brown sugar is faded significantly, an the dark fruit aspect of the beer doesn't have the same depth, it's much more one note here. The body is sufficiently light for a high ABV Belgian beer, but the carbonation just doesn't quite have the activity/effervescence that some of the best do. This is my first time trying Gulden Draak in a couple years, and I'm enjoying it a bit more now than I remember. It's a well above average Belgian Strong Dark Ale.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330mL into a chalice. Pours a crystal-clear mahogany w/ a 1-finger off-white head, ample carb.

Aroma is rich bready malt, dark sweet fruits (raisins/plums); pretty subtle but nice.

Taste is sweet dark malt and candi sugar. Really clean & simple; booze is imperceptible.

Mouthfeel is smooth and velvety, w/ a crisp dry finish.

Overall a classic example of a traditional Belgian strong dark ale.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Maroon/brown body with an off-white foamy head. Head fills the top of the glass nicely, and settles out fairly fast, but leaves behind some good lacing.

Smell is really pleasant and not what I’d expect for a 10.5% dark beer. It reminds me of a nice German dunkel with its apple skins and wine qualities. Certainly fruity, and not at all sugary sweet like I’d expect for a dark Belgian.

Gotta love that bottle conditioning! It’s so carbonated and light and fluffy going down. Really keeps the drinkability dangerously high. Plus it’s dried out enough that it’s far from too sweet. It’s a nicely balanced beer, with good tart qualities that I especially enjoy. There really is a wine- and almost cider-like quality to the flavor. It’s actually pretty refreshing (and I even just mowed the lawn!). As it warms, I get some more sweetness, especially in the finish; it reminds me a bit of the Belgian candy sugar flavor you get in quads. But the finish is still very light and dry thanks to that conditioning.

I can add this to the “Why did I wait so long to try that?” list. Gulden Draak is a widely available, high quality Belgian offering everyone should try. I will look forward to having this again. It would be a good one to split between friends for a nightcap.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Sweet and sour. Lots of esters, dates, apple and plums. Dark spices, cinnamon. Peppery. Soft spicy alcohol. No hops. Rich malts, caramel, bread, and just a bit of Munich-like bitterness. Huge, bold aroma.

Appearance: Deep, deep amber. It's hard to tell without the use of a flashlight, but it's very cloudy with lots of tiny particles in suspension. Pours a tall light brown head. Good retention.

Taste: Tons of esters. Raisins, apple and plums. Overall very sweet. Some bitterness associated with the apple, and some spiciness from the cinnamon and alcohol flavors. Just a bit of brown malt flavor. Tastes like a delicious apple cider with cinnamon and a bit of a brown ale mixed in, if that makes sense. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation, fizzes on the tongue. Medium to full body, which is unusual considering the carbonation level. Quite slick and oily. Just slightly dry at the finish.

Overall: Lots and lots to savor here. Just excellent. I used to be a fan of exclusively US craft breweries, but this one is hard to top by any US brewer. You just can't find a perfect balance like this anywhere else.

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