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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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2,931 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,931
Reviews: 1,199
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 152
Gots: 233 | FT: 3
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-19-2001)
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Photo of Spica66


4.88/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got this from gwuilliums. Shared with him after brewing Centennial Citra IPA Batch 20.

A: Copper color. Excellent head formation and lacing. Persistent carbonation ring.

S: Smells like a slightly sour dark fruitcake in a good way!

T: A slightly funky explosion of medium dark fruit. In-between figs and apples. Like an aged cider. Wow!!

M: Round and smooth with a wonderful zingy carbonation bite. Absolutely wonderful!

D: A little too much alcohol burn in the chest keeps this from a 5.

One of my favorite beers - ever!!!

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 04:03:01 | More by Spica66
Photo of JMforman


4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I wasn't real impressed with the first beer that I had from Brouwerij Ban Steenberge (their Dubbel), but this one was great.

A- Big head with a deep amber body and good retention.

S- Very earthy: must, hay, alcohol, cherries

T- Alcohol, cherries, dark fruit, and bready malt up front with burnt sugar/ molasses filling the middle, and then a bitter finish

M- Very coating with a medium to full feel

D- Oh yes.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 03:38:49 | More by JMforman
Photo of Wegomlegging


3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours into custom glass with enormous head and very black coloring, with whitish tan head. Smell of faint alcohol and carmel malt with some slight yeasty notes. Fantastic flavor, slightly sweet with malty and roasty undertones, very refreshing despite the appearance. Dangerously easy to drink, as the soft mouthfeel coupled with the large head on the glass make it almost seem like you didn't get enough. Very drinkable, but more alcohol in the flavor than most will enjoy. Overall a very good beer that I hope to keep enjoying for many years.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 04:01:30 | More by Wegomlegging
Photo of jera1350


3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a chalice an amber brown color with a fizzy dark tan head. The lacing slides down the glass to rejoin with the body.

Quite fruity and very sweet smelling.

Very sweet with fruity notes and some noticeable alcohol. Dark fruit, simple syrup and pale malt. Good complexity that is hard to describe in terms of flavors.

Adequate carbonation, medium bodied and mostly smooth. Not the typical big creamy carbonation feel however. Dry stickiness on the finish.

The alcohol is evident, but it is an enjoyable brew. Best to sip this one due to the alcohol and sweetness. Really an enjoyable beer though.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 01:05:35 | More by jera1350
Photo of sloopy


4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

It looked like cola without the fizz.

I couldn't catch an odor off of it, but smelling it gave me a cool sensation similar to a mild vapo-rub. Please don't misinterpret this as me saying it smells like vapo-rub.

Tasted like cola. But once I swallowed I could taste, and feel, that this was a high alcohol beer.

Felt like I was drinking a strong beer. I can't think of a better way to explain it.

It felt semi filling, but not as bad as other darker beers.

I could see these being a hit at a party. People would get a lot drunker than they planned simply because of it's cola like taste.

In my opinion this is the best the beer I ever had. From this day on, I will cite this page whenever I feel a beer is the best I ever had.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 03:55:46 | More by sloopy
Photo of Chincino


4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer on-tap yesterday and this was my first time trying this beer.

It poured a dark brown color (slightly cloudy).

The beer had an aroma of fruit (apples mostly) and malt.

Sweet taste, but not overpoweringly sweet.

Definitely could tell the high ABV with this beer.

I would definitely try this beer again.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2011 12:56:11 | More by Chincino
Photo of CrazyDavros


3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy dark brown with a lasting head.
Nose shows loads of spicy phenols with a fair amount of candi sugar and golden syrup showing through too. Also caramel. Very sweet. Not too mention the spicy alcohol. Very bold aroma, that's for sure.
Flavours are similarly sweet, with lots of caramel, golden syrup and brown sugar before the alcohol rolls through. Somewhat cloying and boozy in the finish.
Carbonation is crazy high.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2011 11:15:17 | More by CrazyDavros
Photo of pinkano

Czech Republic

3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - dark little hazy amber with nice head
S - very sweet smell of dark fruits, jam, caramel, malt and apples
T - sweet taste, which mixes with dark fruits (plums, figs, dates), coffee, malt, yeast with nice long end.
M - medium to full body with medium to low carbonation
D - drinkable, but very heavy and full and also strong, so be carefull

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 21:42:54 | More by pinkano
Photo of gopens44


3.25/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice murky reddish brown beverage sporting a rather enthusiastic latte colored foamy head that dissipated after just a few minutes, leaving behind a 1/8" blanket.

S - Something in the dark fruit arena stikes my nose first. Maybe even currant. A little spicing dances around the bombastic yeast party, fueled by a definite alcohol brightness.

T - There are some dark cherry things going on in the taste that is nearly overpowered by the alcoholic yeast fandango that quickly demands attention. Not oncredibly well balanced in my opinion. Maybe some age could tame this dragon a bit.

M - Well carbonated and surprisingly thin despite the color. Heavy alcohol presence in the finish with just a bit of bitterness in the aftertaste.

This one could have been better if not so boozy. Yes, it has a high ABV, but it's just not as well balanced as some othre representatives of the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 21:51:40 | More by gopens44
Photo of megahurts4


4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gulden Draak Ale

Appearance: dark amber-red, large head, and good lacing.

Smell: apples, pears, malts, slight hops, and faint yeast.

Taste: pear, apples, yeast, a caramel backbone, and faint hops.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy.

This has some great fruit flavor. It is not weak by any means. The fruit flavors are more pronounced than the rest of the brew, but it seems to balance out in the end.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 05:14:00 | More by megahurts4
Photo of notyourdadsbeer


5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged at Euclid Hall into a tuplip glass.

A: Perfect brown with a nice latte colored head that starts high but fades in time. Fantastic lacing and tight bubbles.

S: Caramel and toffee up front but not too sweet. Plums and dark fruit follow and intices the senses. You can pickup bannana notes from the yeast as well.

T: Caramel up front and toffee to finish. Now the finish is very very long and the flavor is a bit fleeting. Makes you want to keep sipping honestly. Warm and slightly booze on the back of the throat. Great hints of dark plum and cherries for fruit and the caramelized malts for the sweetness. Has a nice bite too.

M: This is a full bodied beer for sure! The carbination is perfect as is the balance of this beer between heavy and sweet. The finish lingers but the fruit dies fast forcing you to keep sipping, i love it.

D: This is an amazing beer and one that should be put on a pedastal for Belgium beers. This is a sipper and one that should be shared amongst friends over a fire in leather chairs smoking a stoggie. I would give this beer as a gift to anyone I truly cared about and share it with only those that could appreciate it.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 20:27:20 | More by notyourdadsbeer
Photo of Blackdevil77

New York

4.88/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite beers. This beer pours a very dark, brown, redish color with a small head. Smells sweet, you can smell the roasted malts. Taste's even sweeter. And being 10.5 % ABV, it's extremely drinkable. Does not taste like a 10.5 % beer at all so be careful with this one. This beer is definitely a special treat on ocasion type beer for me. I would enjoy this an hour or two after dinner for desert. Not for everybody, but give it a try. This is definitely one of the tastiest beer's I've ever had. I love it

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 22:13:15 | More by Blackdevil77
Photo of CuriousMonk


4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into tulip glass. Pours a bright copper colour with a beige head that's short lived. Nose is fairly subdued with hints of toffee, fruitcake and sweet malts, and the flavour is fairly similar, but less restrained. In the mouth brown sugar, caramel, apples and pears all join with the elements of the aroma to create a very nice, pretty unique (in my experience) quad that hides its alcohol well and doesn't cloy on the palate. One of my favorite Belgian strong dark ales that's usually widely available at any restaurant I go to.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 04:29:08 | More by CuriousMonk
Photo of Vineyard


4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Overall: Beutiful beer, with a great aroma and taste. I really really enjoyed this beer and would definitley drink it again. I would say it is quite different than other Strong Dark Ales I've had, but not in a bad way.

Appearance: Gorgeous deep ruby red color. About one finger of head which recedes and leaves decent lacing.

Aroma: Inticing. Rich malty notes first, followed by some dark fruit, maybe dark cheeries, a little caramel and chocolate and some very impressive yeast notes.

Taste: Very malty with a cornucopia of flavors underneath. The strongest notes were of caramel, dark fruit and a very nice blend of yeast flavors. The finish is surprisingly dry, with very little alchol flavor/burn for such a large beer.

Mouthfeel: A little chewier up front than I would enjoy, probably the only detraction from the beer. It does have a very nice dry finish however.

Drinkability: Very very good for such a large, complex beer. Very happy that I gave this one a try.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2011 01:31:32 | More by Vineyard
Photo of LazyL

British Columbia (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark red/orange with a thick creamy beige coloured head. Nice lacing on the bulbous glass.
Classic Belgian scents that are very inviting. Good bread and alcohal notes. At 10.5% this is a slow sipper and although not unpleasant by any means, I can feel it almost immediately. A nice dry and some what sweet finish.
This is a well made beer, but the alcohal is a little too up front for my taste. Worth trying and as a bonus a very cool bottle wrap.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 02:16:46 | More by LazyL
Photo of afinepilsner


4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz opaque white plastic coated brown bottle
10.5% abv

Gulden draak Ale was brown in color with good clarity ( the second pour left it a bit hazy). It had a bubbly light tan head with average retention and minimal lacing. The smell was malt, dark fruit, and a little alcohol. The taste was toasted malt, dried fruit, and yeast flavors and spices. It had long dry finish with noticeable throat-warming alcohol. It was medium-full in body with medium-high carbonation. Drinkability was good. This is a good Belgian Ale and worth trying out.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 00:25:27 | More by afinepilsner
Photo of dedrinker


2.83/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark rusty murkiness with a thin light tan head.

Aromas of sugary dark fruit jams.

Flavors of boozy dark fruit, kinda sweet with a little tartness and alcohol heat.

Medium-full body, prickly carbonated mouth feel, and stewed boozy dark fruit and yeast on the finish.

I don't know about all this "dark triple" business. Kinda tastes like a dubbel or a light quadrupel. So can I brew a classic Belgian triple and call it a dubbel blonde?

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 05:59:57 | More by dedrinker
Photo of Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

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

330mL, appealing bottle. Half finger head.

Appearance. Dark copper brown, slight haze.

Smell. Rich, malty alcohol. Cherries and toffee.

Taste. Sweet malt and light fruit syrup. Caramel and bread with a medicine-hop finish.

Mouthfeel. Light carbonation.

Drinkability. A bit on the sweet side. One will do.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 03:36:59 | More by Rutager
Photo of beerprovedwright


4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Two finger head, with good lacing. Color is a 28 on the SRM beer color chart. Smell is enveloping, with aromas of coco, coffee, toffee, and caramel. Taste is a wonderful mixture of caramel, coffee, molasses, raspberries, apple, grapes, vanilla, black pepper, cinnamon, malt, and licorice. There are more flavors in there, but the more you taste the more buzz you get and flavors become muted. Rich, full body of heavy cream passes over my tongue and teeth, added with the wonderful prickly feeling of carbonation. This is one masterful brew which took many many years to perfect. I want more of this fine brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 17:30:37 | More by beerprovedwright
Photo of Elendinn


4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my tulip glass.

Pours a cloudy, dark, earthy brown, suffused with a subtle crimson, with two-and-a-half fingers of off-white head, which leaves a bit of sticky lacing that hangs around for about half the glass -- aesthetically pleasing and rather foreboding.

The nose is sweeter than I'd expected, with lots of dark fruit (cherries feature rather prominently) beneath a huge aroma of molasses, caramel, alcohol, some chocolate, and bread. Smells a bit like freshly baked cookies and hard liquor -- very enticing.

Again, lots of molasses and caramel, a bit of milk chocolate, some mildly-tart dark fruits (reiteration of cherries), and bread are featured predominantly, in rough chronological order, on the tongue. The alcohol is a bit overbearing (reminiscent of Irish whiskey); combined with the yeasty doughyness, the finish is substantially drier than the front-end. The flavors begin to meld more cohesively as the glass warms, becoming progressively more balanced. What's most intriguing is the beer's similarity to a barleywine, but with a Belgian twang.

The first thing I notice upon letting this beer sit in my mouth is the carbonation, which, in a word, is excessive; additionally, the body is a bit chewy. It's difficult to hold for very long and it burns a little on the way down. The mouthfeel is an unfortunate distraction from an otherwise very good beer. Luckily, the carbonation becomes less exhuberant and more tolerable as the glass warms.

Gulden Draak is a delicious beer, but a slow starter, and an even slower sipper. I would recommend letting it warm up a bit before partaking with any sort of diligence. The noticeable alcohol and aggressive effervescence make it a difficult beer to drink more than one of, but it definitely grows on you. It reminds me of Hair of the Dog's Adam, with a little more complexity, a lot more carbonation, and a slightly heftier price tag (though both are great values). Bottom-line: it's strong and a little scary, but I'll get it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 05:43:46 | More by Elendinn
Photo of BryanRex


4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 with a heat-shrink white label and no age stamp. Pours slightly cloudy medium brown with a with a small one finger off white head (questioning the freshness of my bottle)

Strong aromas of licorice and caramel maltiness, figs, and raisins. It reminds me of a seasonal bread.

The taste is sweet with licorice, dark fruits and a slight alcohol finish, not bad for 10.5% ABV.

The carbonation was much less than I expected, even for a Belgian Ale. The beer feels almost like port wine with almost no apparent hops or bitterness whatsoever.

I expected something a bit more complex, but the beer is very drinkable. I can't decide if it should be grouped as a strong Dark Ale, dubbel, or dark tripel. Decent, but not my favorite of any of those styles.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 03:39:04 | More by BryanRex
Photo of russwbeck


4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Huge head on this one, wish I used my Duvel Tulip instead of my Mad Elf version. Head is beige, and the pour is deep mahogany, almost brown. Very nice retention and lacing.

S: Getting alcohol on the nose, dark fruits, and some maltiness. Smells more like a Quad than a Triple. I guess that's why it's listed as a Belgian Strong Dark Ale.

T: Taste starts off with dark fruits, which give way to some warming booziness, finished off by some candied sugar. A bit bitter from the yeast. Very interesting drink.

MF: Nice twang of carbonation on this one and a medium body.

D: I could drink this all day. The alcohol isn't overpowering and the taste is very interesting.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 01:06:43 | More by russwbeck
Photo of chicagoabbot


4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Small Duvel style bottle into a snifter. Pours a dark brown that really darkens up in the glass even more, pretty much opaque, with a generous energetic head. The nose isn't quite as funky and impressive as I was expecting. It's more malty than yeasty and quite sweet. It's also fairly sweet on the tongue and quite malty. The yeast does come through when drinking, and it's quite delicious. Perhaps the best beer I've had from Van Steenberge and certainly the heaviest.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2011 23:06:02 | More by chicagoabbot
Photo of itsfreeasinbeer


4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Reddish-mahogany with a ½ inch of finely bubbled beige head that has serious staying power.

Smell: Smells like plums and apricot. The aroma is very fruity.

Taste: bready malts complimented by floral fruitiness from the yeast. It has a very sweet plum flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: Not heavily carbonated.

Drinkability: definitely a great choice for a dessert beer. At 10.5% abv, it is deceptively balanced. This is a little too sweet to drink much of.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 20:50:25 | More by itsfreeasinbeer
Photo of midworken


4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Extreme amount of head. The body was dark brown and was nearly opaque. Smelled like it should: malts with a slight hint of nutiness. Taste upfront was of fresh baked bread and lingered from the beginning until the sip was long gone. Although this is a sweet brew, it was balanced nicely with hop characteristics represented as a pecan/pine flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 03:30:50 | More by midworken
Gulden Draak (Dark Triple) from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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