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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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2,986 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,986
Reviews: 1,201
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 159
Gots: 252 | 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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Photo of ThatWineGuy

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB June 7/09. One finger tan head on the pour, sits atop a dark rust coloured brew. The head gently subsided to a cloudy, splotchy consistency with moderate carbonation and lacing. Smell is sour fruit, black cherry, pumpernickel loaf. Sour and sweet notes alternate with dark fruit, prune tort, bitter sour aftertaste. Mouthfeel is lively with a bit of tartness and malt backbone that comes through in the finish but is overshadowed by the sweet and sour mix. When cold, the alcohol is hardly noticeable but with air and warming there is a cherry brandy quality with enhanced sweetness although the sour kick also sticks around. This is not only very tasty but also very interesting for anyone with an interest in beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2009 03:25:16 | More by ThatWineGuy
Photo of PatrickJR

North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into red wine glass.

A - Nearly clear, rust colored red/brown. A finger of off white head rises with moderate retention before falling to a thin cap. Minimal lacing.

S - Blackberries upfront with a huge aroma of sweet, dark, banana bread and hints of caramel. Clove-like, phenolic character appears on the back end. Some nuttiness, chocolate, and vanilla appear as well.

T - Expansion of the nose. More sweet banana bread laden with vanilla and caramel. Sweetness is high early on but begins to dry out mid palate. Sourish berries hit with a vanilla-like background. Late palate yeilds a bitter aspect akin to pumpernickel and semi-dark chocolate. A fair bitter of phenolic character blends with the sour cherries and dark bread creating a very interesting flavor reminiscent of a cough syrup that actually tastes good. Bitterness is low to moderate with mild notes of char and bitter chocolate. Aftertaste specifically reminds me of a bittersweet chocolate covered underripe strawberry with a smidge of stale coffee. Not a hint of alcohol.

M - Awesome. Medium to medium full with a soft but noticable carbonation. Velvety. Body and lack of carbonation really allow the darker, sweeter flavors to pull through.

D - Very good stuff. All the sweetness and breadiness make for an extremely complex flavor profile, and the mouthfeel accentuates this fact in addition to making the brew go down ultra smooth. Another top notch beer from our friends in Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2009 08:49:41 | More by PatrickJR
Photo of ILikeGoodCider


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

Enjoyed on 05.23.09 from a 330 ml Belgian "bomber."

A: Copper-brown w/off-white head, nice retention and lace.

S: Dark fruit bread (fruity, bready, nutty), a little caramelized sugar.

T: Sweet caramel, bread, fruity & fading to a slightly bitter aftertaste. Alcohol is warming and certainly apparently, but it's not at all assertive. Well balanced, but there's a slight hint of something burnt in the aftertaste.

M: Moderate body is highly carbonated, dry w/ a finish.

D: Quite good, especially considering the strength.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2009 03:46:16 | More by ILikeGoodCider
Photo of Proteus93


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

A: Deep brown with some burgundy hues, topped with a nice and creamy sandy coloured head. Lace is thinly spackled against the glass walls

S: Warm malts and candi sugars, some dark fruit hints with a touch of apple.

T: Plum, apple, rich caramel malts and candi sugars, and an alcohol presence that adds very nicely to it.

M + D: That big, sparkling presence that I love in a good Belgian style. A little bit of tackiness, more oily, really. I found myself sipping away at it quite briskly, but that alcohol content does deserve a little bit of respect and modesty. An excellent beer all around, and certainly something I see myself indulging in again.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2009 01:41:17 | More by Proteus93
Photo of Vancer


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

Got out the Maredsous tulip for this Belgian beer, and it pours a exquisite deep and slightly hazy amber/copper. Massive 2 finger ivory head that leaves a thick sheet lace ring.

Belgian yeast and sour fruit in the aroma, with the heavy malt. Sweet, boozy quaff of malt, fig, plum and cherry. The 10.5% is there in the finish, but not unpleasantly. Still, a bit cloying by bottle end.

Highly charged carbonation does not quit, tiny bubbles dance upward the entire quaff duration. Damn fine frosty.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2009 00:23:32 | More by Vancer
Photo of SleepyMonk


4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bottle poured into a Goulden Draak tulip glass with a handsome golden trim around the top of the glass.

Pours very similar to a Duvel with a thick, yet egg white towards darkish, head taking over the thinned out section towards the top of the glass. Healthy retention keeps the head in the game and lacing is tight.

Color is coffee brown and when held to the light opens up just slightly to a deep red hue towards the bottom of the glass.

Nose is made of a confusing group of sweet flavors and its hard to put your finger on something in particular, anyways its probably best left to that and give up on the nose because taste is where this one is at.

Taste is very strong in the way of sweet malt and a touch of freshly released molasses only assists in improving that. Whilst those two flavors over power anything else it does not matter - those flavors are a real treat.

The body is very well rounded and borders on full. The high alcohol volume doesn't translate. One smooth almost syrup like dark ale that delivers sweet malt notes and finishes with a gradual decline towards peppery end tones.

One great beer and a must for just about anyone

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2009 14:31:53 | More by SleepyMonk
Photo of HeroJH


3.15/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm having trouble liking this one, or wanting more. I think I just have to get used to this kind of belgian. I find the sweet tangy ness a bit much for my palette and I find I pucker a bit after I take a sip. I'll keep trying though. And I'll probably get this again eventually once I become more familiar with these.

A - Dark dark brown, nice lacing

S - Sweet/ Sour, caramel

T - Sour and tangy

M - sweet finish on my palete

D - Better once it warms up, you get more of the body and fullness to offset just the sweet.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2009 23:35:46 | More by HeroJH
Photo of GreyMorel


3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Was had in an 11oz bottle, which had been refridgerated in the store. Beer was not cold, but still very cool when drank upon ariving home. Beer was drank from a tumbler.

A - I rated it slightly above average. I was moderately impressed with its cloudy mahogany brown apearance. The head was an off-white color, of single finger thickness, and was very long lasting

S - The smell was very simple. It consisted mostly of sweet malts. I was struck by just how sweet this beer smelled. Minor alchohol notes are also noticable; this is not surprising considering its 10% ABV. Few other notes could be detected.

T - taste was also simple, consisting mostly of sweet malt flavors. No fruity flavors were detected as with some other Ales. Alchohol flavor was very subdued; this was an unexpected surprise for me.

M - Very smooth.

D - I rated average on drinkability. It goes down without a fuss, but I certainly couldnt gulp it. This is a very good beer overall and I wouldn't turn one down if it were offered to me, but its not something I will be stocking in my cellar.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2009 02:01:44 | More by GreyMorel
Photo of Stinkypuss


4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured ontap at Burgh's

14 oz snifter. Appears mahogony with just a bit of head, which is fine, more Draak for me.

Nose is sweet fruits and dark malt.

Tastes; Fig, At times Apple. Dark chocolatey malt with a vaguely pernicious roasted edge. Wonderful.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and incredibly smooth.

Easy drinking, powerful, and delicious.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2009 00:38:16 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of TheTrevor

New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured an opaque brown with a single-finger tan head. The smell is some bready malt with some dark fruit and spices. The taste starts off with some great thick malt that gives way to a bit of candied orange peel and peppery spiciness that compliments the alcohol on the back end. The mouthfeel is thick with some moderate carbonation and some warming from the alcohol. This is a surprisingly drinkable beer for one that's so big and complex. Definitely one of those milestone beers that you end up comparing others to down the line.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2009 19:13:10 | More by TheTrevor
Photo of sluhdrum07


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

got this in a belgian sample six for my b-day. damn, the label is sick.
pours nice an thick with a 2 finger creme-colored head. dark red-brown color.
the smell is that tripely smell, but with more of a chocolate presence.
holy shit this is one of the best tripels i have had. i have been having allergy troubles today and still the taste is bold. i havn't had a small bottle tripel with so much flavour...ever, i think.
this feels like velvet on my tongue

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 21:34:44 | More by sluhdrum07
Photo of coldmeat23


3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

Pours dark brown with a slight hint of amber. One finger of creamy tan foam for a head. Retention is very good and so is the lacing.

Big nose, full of sweet maltiness. Big notes of candi sugars. Hints of dark fruits. Dark cherries, plums and raisins are prominent, along with notes of bananas. Nice level of yeastiness. Light notes of rum-like booziness.

The taste is not quite as sweet as the nose suggested. It's got a lot more balance to it.
Sweet maltiness is still here, but not quite as bold as expected. Mild presence of candi sugars. Some light presence of dark fruits. Nice notes of yeast and some mild spiciness. A light butteriness.

Good medium, almost full-bodied, beer. Nice, low, level of carbonation. Smooth and mildly creamy.

Great flavor, but at 10.50%ABV, this one will put you down, quick. More of a dessert brew, anyway. It's super-tasty, but slightly on the sweeter side of things.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 02:56:02 | More by coldmeat23
Photo of SpencerSauce


4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a scary looking beer haha. Tasted awsome. Popped the cork off like a rocket.

A- Dark reddish, with a dark head. almost brown.

S- caramel or something sweet , black cherries are prominent. Boozy smell.

T- sweetness of caramel, brown sugar or toffee. Cherries for sure.

M- coats the mouth nicely, smoothe though

D- easy for a while then gets slightly harder.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2009 15:08:16 | More by SpencerSauce
Photo of joecast


3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

got a shock when this turned out to be a gusher. havent had one of them for a while. luckily the glass was close by and only a couple of ounces made it to the counter.

not surprisingly then it forms a decent sized head which is light tan in color. good retention and lacing. dark murky brown with no carbonation bubbles visible.

full sweet malty aroma. sweet dark fruits; raisin, plum, maybe some prunes. not too much else makes it through, though i doubt there is much else there (does that make sense?). a little yeast character which is light and lively (not 100% sure its bottle conditioned but guessing yes).

let it warm a bit as the mouthfeel was still a bit harsh/overcarbed. it does smooth out some, but still an aggressive beer.
this stuff is like beer syrup. concentrated stuff. you could buy one bottle of this and make a six pack of "normal" beer. not bad economics really. sweet almost sugary malt fills the palate. some dark fruits again and just a bit of that yeast. moderate alcohol character which is to be expected.

unfortunately the carbonation lets this beer down. best before date is about a year away so guessing they give this beer five years from bottling that makes this one four years old. mayeb too much time conditioning? i shared a bottle of this with my bro-in-law (think it was a larger bottle, not the 330ml) and it was fantastic. this one has been about two notches down from what i remember.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 11:07:05 | More by joecast
Photo of Macca


3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

OK so I am scared. Not usually a fan of these monsters.

This pours a dark caramel colour with hints of red. A small beige head. Clear.

Sweet fruitiness on the nose. Only a touch of alcohol - this might just be drinkable yet.

Sweetness is the first thing that hits me on the palate and then the alcohol warmth. Syrupy mouthfeel - a bit cloying for mine. A bit of butter as well.

Meh. OK but not life changing bu then again I didn't think it would.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2009 08:55:00 | More by Macca
Photo of RuudJH


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

Gulden Draak is a classic in Belgian beers.
Carefully poured, a clear brown with a decent head,the carbonation was massive.

The smell gives some roasted grain, dried fruit, raisin or plums. Also chocolate, coffee. Candy sugar/caramel.
Tasting it, it is a bit boozy... maybe a bit too much sugar based alcohol, but after that it's slightly sour and hoppy, classically dark strong ale, with fruits, roasted grains, coffee and chocolate. It's a little bitter in the aftertaste, but not bad in any way.
This is a great beer. It has a wide range of flavours. It's strong though, and the alcohol is present, not making it a beer for all occasions.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2009 09:53:54 | More by RuudJH
Photo of endincolorado


4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Deep red-amber, with white head and great lace.

Smell- Quite a fragrant brew. Inviting, almost bubblegum flavor comes right out, from what, I'm honestly not sure. The hops maybe? Spicy yeastiness. Great, bready malt.

Taste- Nice spicy yeast is powerful and delicious. Fruity hops remind me again, of bubblegum, which is both interesting, and wonderful. Some maltiness in the background.

Mouthfeel- Medium body. Sticks to the palate.

Drinkability- Though the ABV is up there, I think this is one beer that I couldn't resist a second or third round of.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2009 00:22:25 | More by endincolorado
Photo of Cylinsier


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

Off the top.

Pours dark, basically clear, sustained head.

Smells more like a dubbel than a trippel. Dark sweetness like molasses with good maltiness.

The taste is heavy like a dubbel too, but with that grainy tartness you expect from a tripple. Otherwise, caramel sweetness and maybe a hint of dark fruit like figs, but very subtle.

The mouthfeel is smooth, bordering on syrupy. The carbonation doesn't interrupt it much.

A fun beer that packs a punch if you aren't careful. Thought its a dark trippel, this is a good one for people who like dubbels.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2009 23:57:13 | More by Cylinsier
Photo of talkinghatrack

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Ginger Man, from notes.

a - nice burgundy. Clear, no head.

s - Belgian yeast, bananas. Some alcohol.

t - nice tangy and sweet. Solid ABV mask.

m - medium body, nice carbonation.

d - tangyness balances ABV. Smooth. Some alcohol on finish but we're talking 10.5% here. Good stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2009 18:48:13 | More by talkinghatrack
Photo of theghost3


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

Style by the label is a "triple".

Pours a reddish brown with lots of carbonated bubbles. There's a 1-finger tan head with sticky, spotty lacing.

The smell is mainly brown sugar with spices & dark fruits--peach, plum & orange stand out. The taste is strong on spices, fruits (particularly raisins & citrus), phenols, caramel malts & molasses. There's a bitterness in the end. Mouthfeel is acidic.

This is drinkable beer, but be careful because the 10.5 percent ABV will sneak up on you.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2009 03:00:52 | More by theghost3
Photo of sjccmd


4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After opening carefully, it began to gush a bit, but not enough to cause any beer lossage (phew)...poured into a Duvel tulip glass, even with a careful pour, an immense and lively light beige head formed, I would like to call the color of the body ruby brown...

wonderful smell that was apparent as soon as I opened the bottle of brown sugar, molasses, spice cake aroma, like a honey cake, light alcohol warmth at the end

the taste was along with the smell but with more dark fruit flavors being more pronounced, nice bready finish with a hint of chocolate

sparkly mouthfeel that finishes smooth, on the light side, but not at all watery

goes down easy, it's on the sweet side, but it's pretty well balanced

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2009 20:38:54 | More by sjccmd
Photo of soccerman7


4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A nice dark brew that has a nice head that slowly faded down the goblet

S - Russian Pumpernickel bread and candy sweetness.

T - Boozy upfront that hits to sweetness and then turns to bread and crust flavors. Really interesting.

M - For a tripel it is very nice and as smooth as the style could be.

D - A most certain sipper but really worth trying. Great brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2009 22:47:11 | More by soccerman7
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served in bottle at the Bulldog off Lyndale.
A: poured into a tulip glass. excellent head that did not retreat for quite a while. Dark brown n color. light colored head
S: smell them malts!
T: very smooth sweet fruit taste
M: lighter than expected for a drker beer
D: yes indeed. high acv makes it a sipper though.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2009 22:17:22 | More by kbutler1
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New York

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

Very good brew that poured with little head; nice spicy brown ale that had a fruity, bready, spicy smell; good malty and fruity flavor with a raisin or rum finish that went down smooth. Overall, a very good beer with a sweeter taste than most Belgians that I've had. The alcohol content does not rear itself, but this beer has a kick and makes it that much more enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2009 02:58:11 | More by CHickman
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Rhode Island

3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

For the price I was expecting more. It was dark brown with little head and came out like liquid caramel. It went down smooth unfortunately, like caramel it was way too sweet and reminded me of a Sam Adams Seasonal. It is very unique though. Just not my bag baby!

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2009 17:25:30 | More by greg202stewart
Gulden Draak (Dark Triple) from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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