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

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BA SCORE
94
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2,930 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,930
Reviews: 1,199
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 152
Gots: 233 | FT: 3
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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hustlesworth

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- loose airy beige head was completely unexpected, full of bubbles and fizzily active. settles rather quickly with a few spots of lace left behind. body is clear and dark rosewood color with a burgundy tint. still a little disappointed with the foam, but it easily rebuilds itself (with better texture) with a good swirl of the tulip.

S- sticky sweet dark fruits and dark cane sugar. apple, cherry, plum, red grape, and a touch of fruity alcohol esters. caramel and toffee come out also with an earthy graininess. some spiciness from the yeast, allspice, & peppercorn, sandalwood, vanilla, acetone, and what may be noble hops.

T- at first it's almost sickly sweet until a fresh grain taste pushes in and begins to balance things out a little. a bit metallic also, my overall impression is plums figs dates and raisins soaked in cognac and a ridiculous amount of candy sugar. almost overly sweet for may taste on the front half but mid way zesty hop flavor and alcohol bitterness cut through somewhat. port wine, wood, and soil, earthy hops, and dark chocolate undertones. yeast spiciness here as well, but it seems be disguised by alcohol and sweetness. earthy and sharp bitter finish with still some more fresh grain taste lingering on the palate.

MF- rich and full, the candy sugar has definitely pumped up the body to stellar proportions. almost stout thick, mouth filling with tight medium carbonation, sadly a filmy coating of cloying sugary sludge remains.

D- i am totally on the fence with this damn beer. i'm not a man with a sweet tooth, so naturally the sweeter things don't appeal to me as much, but as many pros as this beer has for me, it has an equal amount of cons. potency being the least of my concerns, the sugary sweetness seems to drown out other subtle flavors and i would gladly trade the high abv for something a bit more...nuanced. or should i say, something that allows the nuances to be appreciated.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2008 07:40:16 | More by hustlesworth
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Overlord

California

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

Have no idea why I haven't tried this before now. I've seen it enough times!

Pours a bubbling dark brown with a tan head. Smells ... like brown sugar, Belgian candi, and sweet dark fruits.

Taste is overwhelmingly sweet. Like, a Belgian candi bomb. There'a yeasty breadiness to it, as well. Brown sugar, candi, dark fruits ... it's a sugar bomb. I enjoyed it quite a bit. Mouthfeel was nicely chewy.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 12:21:28 | More by Overlord
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jwinship83

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle with no visible date.

A- hazy dark brown colored bottle with a gushing 3 finger head that quickly reduces to a thin layer on the surface. moderate lacing left on the sides of the glass.

S- sweet malts and yeast are the main things i notice first. also some fruits. apples and pears mostly. smells moderately alcoholic.

T- very sweet upfront. lots of yeast and the fruits i could smell. decent amount of alcohol in the finish.

M- extremely light and fizzy from high level of carbonation

D- had some trouble finishing this one. its not that i hated it, its just that 750 is too big. next time ill go with the smaller 330ml. certainly not my favorite for this style.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2008 04:52:03 | More by jwinship83
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magictrokini

California

3.05/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Skunky tripel. Dark amber pour with a thick tan head. Aroma is oakey malt with some prunes and raisins. The taste is very disappointing. Musty and alcoholic the whole way through. Somewhat sweet at the end, but not in a good way. Thank God I only bought the little bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 21:45:20 | More by magictrokini
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gonzo46and2

Florida

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at Dunderbaks in Tampa.

Appearance was a dark and smokey brown with a tinge of red. There was not much head on this one but I think that may have resulted from the pour or the tap system and not the beer itself.

Smell was very malty with brown sugar the most dominant smell. There was also some nice spice and alchohol in the aroma.

Taste was warming and delicious. Very sweet and malty. There wasn't much hops to detect but the spice and malt go very well together. There is definitely some candied sugar tossed into this one.

Mouthfeel was low on carbonation and went down very smooth for such a high abv.

Easy to drink and satisfies the sweet-tooth nicely.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2008 23:13:47 | More by gonzo46and2
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HalfFull

California

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

Poured from an 11.2 oz. shrink wrapped stubby into a tulip glass. Pours a deep and slightly hazy mahogany amber in color with a thin light tan head.

Smell initially reminded me of some sweet liqueur, though I couldn't recall which one. When I revisited that sense was gone as the yeast had arrived, along with candi sugar scents. Notes of alcohol were intermittent on the nose as well as fresh apple cider.

Taste is of dried fruits with a touch of brown sugar up front, a slick malt swallow and offers a bit of lingering pepper-chocolate spice in the close.

Nice medium body on the feel. Rich enough to cover up some alcohol and provide a drinkable brew yet not so much as to detract from the complex malt flavors. Add a good amount of carbonation and it's all good. Interestingly, this beer had a notably lower carbonation than other beers from a mixed six pack from the brewery. And that's a good thing, very well balanced in that regard, and yet can renew a bit of surface film/head with ease. Nice dessert beer or Port wine substitute.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2008 04:27:27 | More by HalfFull
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thierrynantes

France

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

Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 2000.
The Gulden Draak is served in a bottle painted white and decorated with a nice golden dragon.

Appearance : great autumn brown/orange color, with tan foamy head (but not persistent).
Smell : alcohol aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : malt sweetness, nice long caramel notes, persists long in the mouth.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Belgian strong dark ale (too strong). To drink at cellar t°.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2008 09:55:33 | More by thierrynantes
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tanzaniakate

Washington

4.9/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sweet, warm, round. Aftertaste reminiscent of a tawny port. Dark ale flavor with more to it than a regular dark ale. One of our favorites, reserved in our household for special occasions and very special guests.

Doesn't go with everything, so don't plan on serving it with every meal. But it goes great with strong-flavored meats, and as a dessert.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2008 02:56:30 | More by tanzaniakate
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Halcyondays

California

3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 mL bottle,

A: Pours a dark brown with a medium tan head into a snifter, pretty good head retention, some lace.

S: Smell of dark fruits, raisin, plum, fig juice, hint of acidity.

T: Dark fruits make up the main flavour. Primarily fig, light raisin and brown sugar. Booze comes into play at the end, solventy finish.

M: Medium-bodied, it does seem a tad thin at times for 10.5%, slightly medicinal, smooth drinking beer.

D: A good Belgian, not amazing in my opinion. It's relatively inexpensive, drinkable, and easy to find, I'm sure I'll have it again at some point.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2008 18:27:04 | More by Halcyondays
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Magpie14

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured with delicacy, I have never seen such a frothy brew. Huge chunks, big boulders of foam. Lacing was out of this world as it formed intricate spider-webbing. Beer is a deep, hazy crimson color

S: very rich and husky malts, sugared spiced-plums, figs and touch of yeast

T: whew! grains with sweet malts. Bold dark fruits-levulose like. After few sips the alcohol hangs a bit as well as a slightly dry yeast-like flavor. I almost feel as if I taste fresh maple syrup in their...wow

M: champagne bubbly, on the heavy side and a ingratiating aftertaste.

D: a must try for whoever has not! Get ready to have your socks blow off! It is rather sweet overall but it is not a bad thing, might be a turn-off to some
Great, great stuff and two of these boys would put me under the table.
Thanks to midnite2sixman for the recommendation, he is an admirable bartender and a cunning patriot and chronicler of beer!

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2008 03:22:59 | More by Magpie14
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PBBC

New York

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

Picked this up for Sunday dinner with the family.... most were too intimidated to try it for some reason.

The beer pours nicely, yielding large ammounts of slightly tan head on top of a rich red-mahogany.

The aroma I first picked up was grapes... wine grapes. This was followed closely by a sweet-orange peel and rich malt aroma.

The taste was very well balanced: nice full malt body (was this beer based on munich malt?), the toffee-like (candied apple and toasted malt?) sweetness being balanced by the dry, crisp finish of warming alcohol and light hop citrus-tones.

Overall, an excellent beer to accompany any meal, especially on a cold autumn day.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2008 15:28:31 | More by PBBC
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jujubeast6000

Texas

3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Reviewed 11/5/2008 (bottle):

Pours a dark chestnut brown body, clear. Average creamy light tan head, somewhat diminishing. Very floral aroma, some dark fruit. Some alcohol in the nose. Some nuttiness too. Somewhat watery body, soft. Floral taste, some fruitiness like strawberries. Toned down taste compared to the nose. Maybe some toasted or roasted notes. Definitely some dark fruit.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2008 04:03:28 | More by jujubeast6000
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bigkahunas4

Massachusetts

4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It had been one month and 7 days since I first laid my lips on the Gulden Draak, having fallen into a late summer's affair after sampling her at the BBF. I saw it as part of the rotational Belgian draughts at Publick House's Monk's Cell and decided it was once again time to call on my mistress. Labelled as "The Bomb" rather than Dark Triple or aby recognized style like its other brothers on the menu, she came out appropriately in a tulip.

Appearance: I have yet to see a better structured brew. 1.5 finger deerskin head that just hung there truly becoming a permanent body part of the Draak. The body was a translucent amber that sparkled ruby when help up to the light. A gem indeed.

Smell: Nose was extremely rich, candied sugar dominating, with notes of figs, plums, and cinnamon.

Taste: Sweet jesus. Just incredibly constructed; sweet but not too sweet, warming alcohol finish but barely noticeable to the untrained palette. Just a gorgeous Belgian flavor, accented by a lovely brown sugar background.

Mouthfeel: Creamy medium body that goes down smooth. My one critique of this beer is that it turns to foam too quickly inside your mouth.

Drinkability: Obviously one of my favorites here. With a high ABV you certainly can't drink any more than a 750 of this, but it no doubt would be enjoyable throughout. Well masked Abv, and just a pleasure to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2008 12:06:27 | More by bigkahunas4
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choyhosoi

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle ito a sifter glass

A-Pours a mahogahy color with a nice inviting head. At first glance this beer is impressive.

S-Picked up strong alcohol scent at first then grape and caramel.

T- The grape flavor is prevalent with the first couple of sips.

M/D-This is very smooth hardly any carbonation and just a great all around beer. I would drink this all night if I could but the high ABV probably limits people.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2008 03:48:29 | More by choyhosoi
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WishYouWereBeer

District of Columbia

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The appearance of this trippel is one thing that automatically sets it apart from the rest. This beer pours a rich deep brownish color that has a red tinge when held up to the light. The head when poured is somewhat thin and then dissapates fairly fast and leaves some lacing behind. At first smell I think of cherries and a little carmel, with further exploration I smell a little of the hops and yeast. On the tongue this beer is feather light and bubbly but not overtly so. After a few sips you may notice it packs a little wallop, that kind of takes away from it's drinkability; while it's stellar you may not want to drink this all night. I usually cap off at about 2 or 4.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2008 23:29:05 | More by WishYouWereBeer
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abcsofbeer

Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter glass. The appearance is a rosy red color with a good amount of rising bubbles. It is topped by a thick, frothy tan head that holds together with great retention.

The is boldly defined grape juice.

The taste is also very grapelike with accompanying sweet malts. It is followed by mild hop flavors and a small amount of alcohol that increases as it warms.

The mouthfeel is tart and sweet at the same time with a medium to full body in its style. This one is very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2008 23:07:48 | More by abcsofbeer
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ibbjamin

California

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased an assorted Belgian 6 Pack from BevMo in San Jose, CA and this was one the varieties. Poured this 11.2 oz bottle into a snifter. The large share of dust on this one indicates that it may be a bit old. Good thing this brew can be cellared.

A one inch off white head after an aggressive pour. Very dark opaque brown color. Rather creamy, pretty good carbonation. Moderate head retention. Pretty good lacing.

Smells like a quality Belgian. A bit on the spicy side (pepper, clove), but very well balanced with caramel malts, a variety of fruits (raisin, fig, cherry, banana, plum), dank breads/yeast and some well hidden alcohol undertones.

Taste is good, similar to its smell. The mouth of this is where I think there is some room for improvement on this one. It goes down creamy, but not the smoothest and has a somewhat watery finish. Good carbonation. Note that as I got to the bottom of this one, I felt the mouth improved (perhaps it is because it warmed a bit). I look forward to doing a re-review of this one at a later date.

For it being a 10.5%, the alcohol is very well hidden and this is a very drinkable brew. Just wished it was a bit smoother/silkier, especially for a Belgian.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2008 02:37:24 | More by ibbjamin
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elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Deep ruddy brown with a thin, loose tan head. Head leaves plenty of lacing, but settles to just a couple of pools.

Fruity aroma of cherries, raisins, red licorice. Some Belgian yeastiness and just a hint of liquor.

Sweet fruity flavour, more cherries, raisins and grapes in the taste. Hint of licorice. Finish has a faint bitterness, just enough to create some balance. Liquor flavour is invisible, which is surprising considering the strength, though the warming in the belly is expected.

Fairly full bodied, with just enough carbonation to support the body. Pretty good, though nothing outstanding.

This is a very good beer, and is really easy to drink. There's nothing 'in your face', everything is just subtle and nice. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2008 01:33:20 | More by elricorico
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WHROO

Australia

4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: Port like colour, deep & dark red. with a beige coloured inviting 1 & a half finger head. Quickly disappeared to a blotchy film across the surface, fluffy though. Carbonation is beautiful. Reminds me of the Chimay Blue but without as much head retention.
S: Bready, biscuit, loads of alcohol. A very full aroma...Some rum notes, also fruity, plums. Sweet malts. Very very full & very fortified (as with the taste)
T: A very strong Belgian Ale. Not getting as much in the way of burnt notes as I thought. But full of spices, some cloves, pepper, plums & a beautiful alcohol warmth. The ABV is very evident.
M: Love the amount of carbonation, just right & helps to cleanse the tongue of such full body & alcohol.
D: I love this, all round its very nice, but boy it is strong (Alcohol wise, very heavy), & It has left me feeling i have just downed a heap of alcohol (which I have)....hence I cannot see me drinking too much of this in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2008 07:41:52 | More by WHROO
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EPseja

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from the unmistakable white-painted 33cl bottle in a Chimay chalice at cellar temperature. A very cool bottle design that pretty much eliminates light degradation from the aging picture.

A - Crystal clear chestnut color with ruby highlights. Big, fluffy off-white head rises with attitude to a full inch in thickness, becoming creamy and dense on the top, buoyed by bigger, springy bubbles beneath. Lacing is decent and head retention is good.

S - Crystal malts with a burnt caramel backbone. Damp cardboard, which is just fine for the style. Rum soaked raisins and figs. Very faint toasted banana. Smells "authentically Belgian".

T - Assertively sweet right up front. Ambiguous at first, then revealing definite notes of the aforementioned figs and raisins. Throw in some plums -- perhaps prunes for good measure -- soaked in dark rum. Gets a little bit hot in the middle as the alcohol checks in. A mellow yeastiness then chills out the alcohol bravado, and the swallow becomes only slightly dry, allowing some sweetness to remain, but avoiding the discomfort of cloying.

M - Very vigorous puff in volume immediately after tickling the tongue with needling carbonation. Fluffy, but not thick. Slightly gassy swallow... belch inducing.

D - Delicious. Everything about this beer is top-notch, but in my opinion, it could use a little taming in the carbonation. This is probably the best Van Steenberge offering of them all and is worthy of its high accolades.

Important Afterthought... As with most bottle-conditioned ales, I swirled in the sediment after concluding the initial tasting and found what I usually do in instances where the addition of the yeast was a benefit: Fluffier head (+0.5 A). Smoother, creamier body and taste (+0.5 T). Tamed carbonation and huge improvement in the overall mouthfeel (+1.5 M). Better drinkability (+0.5 D). My final scores obviously reflect the addition of the yeast.

Tasting Note: After the rating, I popped a Cinnabon into the microwave to warm it up nicely, and had this beer with it. Holy cow! As I was enjoying the two together, I felt very reminiscent of the Holidays... I could actually imagine it was flurrying outside, and that I was going to see my Christmas Tree in the living room as I went to put my fork in the sink. Awesome.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2008 00:48:23 | More by EPseja
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MYJELLOMISFIT

Colorado

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

A- Exceptional ruby brown body. Beautiful off white head that first appeared one finger thick then fell to a perfect full top lacing.

S- Wonderful fruit, figs, apricot, cherry. Candy sweetness and no alcohol smell to it. A true delight.

T- Plums, figs and a little cherry as the smell predicted. The alcohol is slightly detectable in the finish with a smooth drying of the tongue. Little to no hops in accordance with the style. Wonderfully balanced and smooth transitions from front to back.

M- Mouthfeel was the only thing that left me wanting something. I like thick wet beers. This beer drinks light on the tongue with little to no carbonation and dry, still a masterpiece to swirl around.

D- Drinkability is only killed by alcohol. Share a big bottle with a friend. Drink a small bottle all alone on a cold night. Drink anytime but not too much. The candy sweet figs hide every bit of alcohol in this creeping widow.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2008 02:55:40 | More by MYJELLOMISFIT
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scootny

New York

4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A brown fluid, ruddy and deep pours out of a 330 ml bottle. A good and healthy head rises up and remains for a time in my Chimay chalice. A thin covering lingers. Not much carbonation evident but there is lacing to admire as I drink the glass dry.

Smell is sweet and malty. Belgian candy sugar and bananas. Raisins, currants, figs, faint chocolate and toffee.

Taste is outstanding. Big sweet malt goodness. Copious amounts of the dark fruits in the nose. Figs and raisins being the most prominent. This beer is delectably sweet. Alcohol is well hidden and adds just a bit of spice and pepper to balance the sweet. There are hops in here and they are perfect. Gentle and mild they clean the finish up and dry the mouth. Clean and graham crackery. I need more of this to get all of the flavors down, stay tuned.

Moutfeel is light and creamy. Smooth drinking and and refreshing to the tongue and palate. Velvety as well.

Drinkability is way too good for something of this abv. very easy to knock back two bottles maybe three with the right meal.

An exceptional beer that is simply outstanding. It will have you talking to yourself with each swallow.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2008 03:37:41 | More by scootny
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Sage

United Kingdom (England)

4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Er, where do I start? This a simply fantastic beer. The beer pours a dark reddish-brown, slightly murky. The smell is fine, with lots of fruit and slight toffee/caramel. And the taste is packed - caramel sweetness upfront followed by a clarifying maltiness, and wonderful spicy hints of pepper (that become stronger as the beer warms). And meanwhile somehow the big bludgeoning 10.5 percent of alcohol forgets to step in and hijack the party, instead content to restrain itself to providing a pleasing warming sensation to round it all off. Delicious.

My favourite beer from Belgium that's not black as night (so far...)

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 21:41:35 | More by Sage
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Yesac

Georgia

4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very dark brown/amber color into my Delirium glass. Small white/brown head that fades but leaves a layer on top all the way through. Nice lacing.

S - What a great smell, very powerful and floral with spice and dark grapes.

T - Ahh there it is, that great Belgian style taste that I crave. The beer is so full bodied and flavorful. The taste is very similar to the smell, dark fruits and spices. The 10.50 is well hidden.

M - Just enough carbonation, no burning. Coats the palate nicely inviting you back for more.

D - Again, the 10.5% is hidden well, being the style of this brew, it's hard to drink them back-to-back but one of these is very easily drinkable.

Glad I tried this, it's become one of my favorites. Awesome on tap as well if you can find it.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 01:11:37 | More by Yesac
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cswhitehorse

Oregon

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

The Gulden Draak pours a hazy brown with an aggressive 2 finger foam head that recedes fairly quick. It has the tight bubble pattern that is sticky on the sides of the glass.

The aroma is brown sugar with some spiciness. It has a fruity component which mostly comes through as apple and possibly raisins. The taste was delicious. It had strong sweet maltiness with fruitiness taking the drink the rest of the way. The spicy tones start at the first sip and stay with you in the mouth for quite a while after the drink is down.

The aby really didn't seem to make it presence known as was well hidden in the background. It was highly carbonated and very creamy. Wicked solid brew. I would buy this one again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2008 03:41:24 | More by cswhitehorse
Gulden Draak (Dark Triple) from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
94 out of 100 based on 2,930 ratings.