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

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,964 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 2,964
Reviews: 1,199
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 155
Gots: 239 | FT: 3
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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jayhawk73

Maryland

4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark caramel color, w/ a nice three finger head into my gulden draak glass. This looks like a serious beer. The smell is sweet, fruity, w/ a alcohol whiff as well. Really improves the warmer it gets. Some spice, raisins, dates and malt in there as well. I love the taste of this beer- it's definitely one of my favorite tripels. You get a nice sweet, sour, malt, fruit and alcohol taste all combined in a nice package. Nicely balanced. This beer definitely opens up nicely the warmer it gets. I'm thinking almost room temperature is ideal for Gulden Draak. Mouthfeel is nice, velvety- w/ the sweet, sour, and alcohol all in play. Smooths out quite a bit the warmer it gets. Drinkability is great. This beer is a sipper at 10.5% ABV, but it goes down a little too easy, and the alcohol will catch up to you quickly. Gulden Draak is world class- but do yourself a favor and drink it slightly chilled at almost room temperature.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 00:14:42 | More by jayhawk73
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Jesse13713

Ohio

3.43/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Maudite Tulip.

Appearance - Two fingers of airy foam cover up a sea of deep brown. Fairly impressive lacing. Looks sort of like a dark fruit juice; like plums or pomegranite.

Smell - Smells heavily of tart dark cherries with a slight belgian yeast note lingering in the background. Smells sort of soapy in a way. Hints of alcohol.

Taste - Very heavy in the area of dark fruits. The plums and pomegranates transfer well from nose to mouth. Dark cherries are present as well. A very sweet finish that makes my mouth pucker slightly. The ABV probably has something to do with this.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - The alcohol is pretty well hidden for being 10.5% ABV. A very sweet and dark fruity beer. Most of the alcohol taste comes with the sweet fruit finish. I enjoyed this beer. For its style, it is high up on my list.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 04:43:42 | More by Jesse13713
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zooalbert

Minnesota

4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I really liked this beer.
The alcohol in the beer is quite high, which something that can be noticed throughout, but does not overpower the taste. Which is quite unique, a sweet after taste with slight bitterness. The taste reminds me of fruit and nuts.
The appearance is quite interesting, a chocolate cloudy look.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2011 04:12:51 | More by zooalbert
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TheBoog013

California

3.38/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750ml bottle

This was an overwhelming beer!

Appearance-- Dark, cloudy and enticing with a firm head.

Smell-- Alcohol comes through right away. Malty with notes of plums.

Taste-- This was very frustrating for me. I felt that the carbonation overpowered everything but the alcohol. I got faint hints of coriander, ginger and bread.

Mouthfeel-- The mouthful overpowered my taste buds with carbonation!

Drinkability-- The most frustrating part of this beer was that by the end I began enjoying it but I think that was mostly due to the alcohol level. Identifying anything past the carbonation, alcohol content or malt flavor was for me, virtually impossible. Maybe my palette wasn't ready for this beer...

I'm going to eventually give this beer another shot but it'll be awhile.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 03:17:18 | More by TheBoog013
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xodin

Louisiana

3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark mahogany with minimal head fading fast. Aromas contains some spice, roasted malts, and a hint of fruit, but dissipate soon after the pour. Taste is comprised of rum-like spice notes, dark candy, and roasted malts with a hint of bitterness from the hops peeking through. Smooth and sweet through the swallow with a slightly dry and bitter finish. Fairly well balanced, and warming, but lacks significant complexity and character. An above average brew, but nothing overly exceptional about its quality.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 01:19:20 | More by xodin
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Avagadro

New Jersey

4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful mahogany in color, and topped with a cream-colored head, Gulden Draak displays marvelous lacing and retention.

S: Deep banana, rum, and spice. This brew has delightful complexity on the nose.

T: More rum, bananas Foster, raisins, and much more. All without being cloying or overbearing.

M: Light, effervescent, and clean on the finish.

D: I, for some reason, was expecting a Duvel knockoff. What I got, however, was one of the most delicious Belgian Strong Dark Ales out there. Much lighter and cleaner than many of the other examples, but with all of the complexity. This is definitely worth a shot for any fan of the Belgian style.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 17:07:14 | More by Avagadro
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socon67

New York

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

My 100th review on BA. Poured into a Corsendonk tulip.

A - Pours dark brown with a thick foamy head. Some lacing.

S - Smells like a fruity brandy, or a sangria.

T - A pleasant taste throughout. A sweet flavor of candied fruits & malt. The finish has a slight burn but is subtle.

M - Very little carbonation. Medium bodied, and smooth given the style. Proboably the smoothest Belgian Strong I can recall.

D - Yes, but you will feel it. The Draak is an enjoyable Belgian.

This is a great way to get people to appreciate Belgian ales. And it works good accompanying a meal or as a sipper later on.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 00:48:41 | More by socon67
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review adapted from notes taken November, 2009

Slightly updated 12/8/12

Appearance: Despite the name, this certainly isn't golden - dark brown with a nice head - leaves a solid wall of lacing

Smell: Lots of dark (not burnt) malts, molasses, dark fruits, alcohol, sweetness - Belgian yeast, with a lot of esters - bananas and bubblegum - almost smells like a dessert wine

Taste: The "dark triple" label doesn't quite explain the weirdness of this beer - very malty, loads of dark fruits, spices, yeast, lots of alcohol, candi sugar - very Belgian, with tons of esters, including banana and bubblegum - extremely sweet but not disgustingly so - there is really nothing else like this beer - it almost feels like a cousin to a sweet wine

Mouthfeel: Syrupy and chewy, a bit too much for me - I have also had this on tap and it was less heavy - maybe my bottle was too old (or too young)

Overall: Not super drinkable thanks to the alcohol and the sweetness - but I think of this as an ideal dessert beer

This is a strange brew. I am surprised that the "dark triple" concept never caught on, for this style certainly has some interesting aspects. I think Gulden Draak is an incredible dessert beer, if nothing else.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 02:17:58 | More by angrybabboon
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Spica66

Indiana

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
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JMforman

Tennessee

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
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Wegomlegging

Virginia

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
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jera1350

Minnesota

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
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sloopy

Florida

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
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Chincino

Massachusetts

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
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CrazyDavros

Australia

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
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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
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gopens44

Virginia

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
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megahurts4

Louisiana

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.

Overall:
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
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notyourdadsbeer

Colorado

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
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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
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

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
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Vineyard

Vermont

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
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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
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afinepilsner

Iowa

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
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dedrinker

Kansas

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
Gulden Draak (Dark Triple) from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
94 out of 100 based on 2,964 ratings.