1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Gulden Draak (Dark Triple)Gulden Draak (Dark Triple)

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

3,056 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 3,056
Reviews: 1,204
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 170
Gots: 281 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V. visit their website
Belgium

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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Gulden Draak (Dark Triple) Alström Bros
Ratings: 3,056 | Reviews: 1,204 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Cascadia
Cascadia

Oregon

4.22/5  rDev -0.2%

Great bottle.

Appearance: Carmel brown with a nice half inch beige head. Great retention.

Smell: Toasted malt, carmel tones with a bit of yeast and crusty bread.

Taste: warming brown sugar, very clean and crisp. This one really gets better as it warms up. The flavors come out more and the bitter hops play a bigger role after it sits for a while. Really nice beer.

Mouthfeel: chewy sweet with a lot of carbonation.

Drinkability: all in all a very good beer, great after a nice dinner of BBQ meats, the smoky flavors mix well with the sweet carmel tones in the beer.

Love the bottle.

06-13-2007 02:49:56 | More by Cascadia
Photo of dacrza1
dacrza1

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev -1.9%

Corked bottle after a good day of work...thin, transparent body with a reddish-brown hue in a Chimay glass...a citrus (grapefruit?) aroma...smooth back-of-mouth malt/hop balance. The effects of the alcohol grow slowly, warming yet heightening the sensesa pleasat digestif, indeed....

06-08-2007 21:43:00 | More by dacrza1
Photo of ChrisA
ChrisA

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%

Company travel offers the benefit of fine dining. As the waitress at Sullivan's steakhouse in Indianapolis rattled off a very common beer list, I resorted to my standard reply that I enjoy the fancier beers. Fortunately somewhere in here training she remembered that they carried Gulden Draak, which she advised was a German beer. It sounded enticing so I ordered it.

Much to my suprise she came back with a 750 ml corked and caged bottle. She even had a special snifter glass with the Gulden Draak name. She poured it perfectly with a thick and foamy three finger head. The aroma was wonderful and the taste sublime. Slightly chilled, the malts imparted a cacaphony of flavors. This triple was so fine that I never noticed the 10.5% ABV. At $19 for the one bottle, thank goodness for business trips.

06-05-2007 13:30:21 | More by ChrisA
Photo of jim102864
jim102864

Connecticut

4.88/5  rDev +15.4%

Nothing annoys me more than the lack of a date stamp on the bottle. Without it, you don't know if the aging process has impacted the beer and why. In this instance, I experienced argueably the best triple I've ever had, but I'd like to know if I should expect that every time or if I just got lucky and bought a bottle that was perfectly aged and uncorked at the right time. Anyway, it poured a lovely copper color with a thin but creamy head into my Chimay goblet. Carbonation was active. The large and unusual white bottle makes me feel like I'm drinking from a milk bottle. The nose was cheery with fruitiness and hints of cherries and cherry licorice. Honestly, not flavors I normally seek out, but somehow this really works. The taste reflects the aroma; fruity with cherries and strawberrries. Very bouncy with candied sugar making for a smooth, sweet but balanced and pleasant experience. Incredibly smooth and drinkable...I'm very suprised, since I don't expect any of these qualities from your average triple. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. The lovely fruitiness bathes the palatte. This is a highly drinkable triple. I never expected such sweetnes and smoothness from a triple, but wow ! This is a must have. Maybe I just lucked out, but I will be sure to seek this out again and check for consistency.

06-01-2007 19:54:55 | More by jim102864
Photo of OWSLEY069
OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -13%

It pours into a Gulden Draak glass with a deep amber hue, with a off white lacing of foam. In the nose, I get dark fruits and a small presence of alcohol. It has the characteristcs of a nice barley wine, with the smoothness of a great Belgian triple.

05-31-2007 21:01:48 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of scoobybrew
scoobybrew

Indiana

3.8/5  rDev -10.2%

This was poured from the bottle into a Piraat snifter-like tulip glass. It has a deep amber color with a nice head that is well retained. The aroma has fruity yeast scents - apple-like. There's also a very sweet malt scent. The flavor is very sweet with alcohol definitely up-front. The malt tastes very caramel-like and biscuity. The finish is somewhat dry. It has medium-light body with high carbonation.

This is a very strong beer. You really have to drink this one with caution. It would be a dangerous session beer. None-the-less it's very tasty.

05-21-2007 02:06:38 | More by scoobybrew
Photo of techdiver
techdiver

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +4%

Pours a deep chestnut brown with a nice foamy head that dissipates slowly.

Brown sugar and malt to the nose.

Taste is balanced and spicy. Sweet malt and hops mellow and marvelous.

Very good carbonation making it feel much lighter. Nothing heavy here, just refreshing and enjoyable.

Very drinkable, need more 750's of this. Glad I finally got around to trying this.

05-12-2007 03:26:44 | More by techdiver
Photo of redrocker
redrocker

Ohio

1.58/5  rDev -62.6%

OK....I don't know what I am missing but I was not impressed at all with this beer.After reading all the raving reviews I could not wait to taste this.WOW,what a disappointment.This beer reminds me of drinking pop...way too carbonated and I did not taste any brown sugar or carmel.The taste is very hard to describe because I was taken back by the carbonation which for me ruined the taste expierence.The alcohol is very noticable though and after drinking it I felt like I just did a shot.

05-10-2007 15:05:24 | More by redrocker
Photo of willjschmidt
willjschmidt

California

4.4/5  rDev +4%

Poured from a 330ml bottle into my Gulden Draak tulip.

A: A very dark brown with red undertones, especially when held up to light. A massive light tan head forms that is slow to recede and leaves thick lacing. I wondered why they made their glass so big but the head went all the way up to the top.

S: Sweet candied malts with a trace of pepper. The alcohol is also present in the aroma.

T: The sweet candied malts hit the tongue first. Followed by some chocolate, some caramel and ripe dark fruits. A little bit of pepper in there as well. The warming alcohol follows in the aftertaste. This is really a delicious beer.

M: Slightly syrupy with nice carbonation and very good mouthfeel.

D: This is a great after dinner/dessert beer. I paired it with some Belgian chocolate and it matched perfectly. I really enjoyed it, I'll definitely be having it again.

05-10-2007 03:19:56 | More by willjschmidt
Photo of John_M
John_M

California

4.4/5  rDev +4%

Was very pleased to see this beer on tap at Max's the other night. This beer has long been a favorite of mine, especially when I can find it on draft (which is not all that often).

The beer is a beautiful dark amber brown, with excellent head retention and impressive Belgium lacing. On the nose one gets sweet caramel and Belgium spice, a promise of what's to come when you taste this bad boy. On the palate the flavor profile is incredible. This beer tastes initially of cherry cough drop, wrapped around flavors of caramel, butter, honey and cream. The beer is very sweet and rich tasting, but is not cloying. For the abv., it's surprisingly drinkable (though certainly still a sipper). As the beer sits in the glass a lot of the medicine flavor fades away, and there's more of an outright cherry, vanilla and almond flavor. This beer is quite luscious, and has a very long, lingering sweet finish. On the mid palate one gets a viscuous, creamy impression that completely fills the mouth.

An excellent beer. An absolute treat whether on draft or on tap.

05-02-2007 12:56:50 | More by John_M
Photo of drpimento
drpimento

Wisconsin

4.63/5  rDev +9.5%

Had this served in a Gulden Draak glass (neat glass too). Light head which is long lasting. Plenty of lace. Sweet estery aromas with lots of caramel, malt, hint of roasty and yeasty. Big flavor! all of the aroma, except the esters which translates to nice fruitiness. Lush body. Alcohol is subtle but there. Killer beer. Sweet caramel finish. One of my all time favs. Better on draft than bottle.

04-30-2007 04:24:35 | More by drpimento
Photo of vancurly
vancurly

Australia

3.58/5  rDev -15.4%

Pours a beige rocky head, with a hazy dark browny-chestnut colour.

Aromas of flinty hop, honeycomb malt, faint yeast.

Tastes sweet & spicy, licorice, musky... raisins.

Nice malty mouthfeel.... quite dry in the finish, with a slight alcohol heat.

Not bad...

04-28-2007 07:10:06 | More by vancurly
Photo of henrysunset
henrysunset

Washington

3.83/5  rDev -9.5%

very dark, probably filtered from what little light made it through, enormous imprssive head.

s: sweet... floral bitterness, but very very floral,

t: very sweet, malts galore.. little alcohol flavor upfront, but increasing on second sip...

very smooth, reasonably drinkable, but I've had easier drinkers at 10%.

04-22-2007 01:32:48 | More by henrysunset
Photo of russpowell
russpowell

Oklahoma

4.65/5  rDev +9.9%

An old friend from Beligue, the simlpicity of the stubby white bottle just makes it so cool

Pours a slightlty hazed ruby red/brown with 2 fingers of fluffed up tan coloerd head into a Vondel snifter. Superior head retention & very goood lacing

S: Straw, pepper & phenolic notes

T: Big breadyness & boozey warmth up front. Peppery grainyess, dates, caramel & scorched Belgian candy sugar & oaky dryness once this warms up. Finishes cakey, with tanins, toffee, dryness, tobbaaco-like notes & pecans. What super complex, yet drinkable combonation!

MF: Medium bodied, syruppy & low-low carbonation

Drinks very easy for such a complex beer, very pricey, but a nice inulgence at $5.50 a bottle

04-17-2007 06:53:12 | More by russpowell
Photo of GISentinel
GISentinel

Illinois

5/5  rDev +18.2%

Although I am by no means as experienced as many other beer tasters here, I recently had some Gulden Drak. The bottle looked more like a wine bottle that had been spray painted white and contained 1pint 9 ounces I believe. At a beer tasting party we compared this with 5-6 other premium beers, which included other offerings from Belgium, a dunkel from Germany, and an ale from England. Our 6 member tasting group unanimously chose Gulden Drak the best of the bunch. Since it was probably the best beer I have ever had, I rate it a 5 across the board.

Delicious! A must try for any who have never tasted it.

04-15-2007 22:57:10 | More by GISentinel
Photo of pinotboy007
pinotboy007

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%

Overall: splendid, amazing craftsmanship -- get a 4-pack, ASAP.

Served in a tulip stem; has an appearance similar to that of fresh espresso. Nice, tan-colored head that gently calms down with some lacing.

Tastes of mocha, caramel and earth with a slightly refreshing carbonation that helps keep it all together.

Enjoyed it on its own as a night cap . . . strong beer!

Yum. This will become a staple.

04-09-2007 12:15:11 | More by pinotboy007
Photo of Poser
Poser

Alabama

4.38/5  rDev +3.5%

Pours a dark brown with decent head and carbonation. Aroma is a slight lemon with a noticeable alcohol tinge and spicy florals. Taste is a strong spicy and thick flavor with noticable alcohol overtones. It's still smooth, however, and even sweet. A great brew, and one I would seek in the future.

04-08-2007 01:50:34 | More by Poser
Photo of July2Nov
July2Nov

Hawaii

4.72/5  rDev +11.6%

330 ml/11.2 fl oz bottle.
A: Has a nice dark chestnut brown hue with a good 2 finger head on it. I know I'm in for a treat now.
S: Instantly hit with the sweet aroma of malty coco goodness. The nose is liking this and the mouth is wanting to get in on this action.
T&M: WOW...this has a deep robust flavor. You can taste the fullness of the characteristics that were listed in the smell. This is super rich and leaves the mouth w/ that oh-face.
D: This is definetly a keeper and should be enjoyed for all it's worth. Highly impressed with this style and brand.

04-05-2007 04:53:44 | More by July2Nov
Photo of Fish113d
Fish113d

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -8.3%

330ml/11.2fl. oz. bottle poured into a large tulip

An aggressive pour reveals a growing, billowy, fizzy off-tan head that quickly begins to dissipate toward the surface. Body is a clear, brown mahogony color with ruby tones. Decent head retention really w/ some cling on the glass.

Aroma is very fruity and spicy; plums, along with toffee hit my sinuses, along with a decent amount of coriander and clove aromas. Alcohol is apparent on the nose as well.

Sipping reveals a very sweet body with a huge fruit flavor up front, followed by a tinge of alcohol on my tongue. Brown malts w/ some mild dryness also comes to play on my palate. The finish leaves a bit of oak dryness along with a bit of bourbon flavor.

The feel is a bit fizzy at first, and when swishing, foams up in my mouth. As I swallow the medium-body quickly warms my entire throat all the way to my belly. This makes a great brew if you're a bit chilly.

I poured this at about 55 degrees (F) and I'll not let it warm too much. Pretty solid Belgian. Enjoyable, but the alcohol burn DOES hinder it just a bit in my opinion. NOt the best of it's style, but nice, and I love the bottle; it'll fit nicely on the shelf.

03-29-2007 01:56:19 | More by Fish113d
Photo of grub
grub

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -5.9%

330ml stubby bottle.

pours deep reddish brown with a huge fluffy tan head. drops very slowly and leaves tons of clumpy lace behind.

aroma is nice. lots of alcohol. bit of yeast and spice. hints of dark fruit. i think i get a little citrus out of it too, lightly sweet, like tangerine more than grapefruit.

taste is nice. medium-low bitterness. yeast. bit of spice, just a little clove. alcohol. banana? bit of crackery malt. a little time to warm allowed this to shine a little more. bit of dark chocolate. hint of roasty character too. cherry and date.

mouthfeel is ok. the carbonation is fairly high, and has a little sting. nice medium body with a fairly dry finish.

drinkability is ok too. the alcohol is a little on the warm side, and the bit of sting from the carbonation takes away from the drinkability a bit. however, after swirling it for a minute the carbonation had subdued to a much more pleasant level and the sting was pretty much gone.

03-27-2007 00:10:53 | More by grub
Photo of 4thoseabout2bock
4thoseabout2bock

Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +9.5%

strong, dark, sweet, lovely
don't be confused by the Gulden -- its not Golden, its a dark triple
packs a punch too
reminds me in that respect of Gouden Carolus Grand Cru/Emporer

pours a dark but clear ruby brown

smells sweet and toffee

taste toffee, plum, belgian spice and a little burnt brown sugar

A wonderful beer that you probably shouldn't drink all night, but given the chance I probably would

Its gonna be a rough Tuesday
this beer is delicious and strong

03-20-2007 01:05:21 | More by 4thoseabout2bock
Photo of msubulldog25
msubulldog25

Oregon

4.63/5  rDev +9.5%

Poured a couple 33cl bottles to a pair of large 'Gulden Draak' tulips and served with a wonderful cast iron skillet-cooked chicken and vegetable dish my wife made. A perfectly 'Belgian'-type dish with a fantastic Belgian beer.

A: Enormous 4+ finger rocky eggshell-white head, that lingers long and fades gracefully. Perfectly crests above the rim of the tulip glass and leaves behind speckled nuggets of sticky lace. Carbonation constantly rises through a clear, deep maple-brown/maroon liquid, tinted with ruby flecks. Gorgeous, plain and simple.

S: Sweet, spicy, amply boozy. When inhaling in this beer, everything seems right in the world. See below, as most everything in the taste comes through in the smell.

T: What strikes me every time is the similarity to the best rum-soaked, raisin-filled warm bread pudding. Every bit of spice, sweetness, alcoholic warmth in that dessert seems to be captured by this beer. Malty and a little yeasty, spiced with cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. Fruitiness like warm ripe cherries and dates. May get just a little too sweet as it warms, but it's hard to find too much fault with that. Just a delicious beer.

M: Moderate bubbly, soda-like carbonation. An active mouthfeel results, with medium to full body. Warming alcohol (not heat) wraps the tongue and clings to the cheeks, with lingering spiciness. Plentiful alcohol stays 'warm' without ever going overboard.

D: A wonderful beer that is enjoyable on all levels, pleasing to all the senses. Paired with food or sipped alone, there are a select few beers that can compete with GD. Will enjoy this one again and again, 4 thumbs up (me & my wife)! Thanks to Jef and the team at Van Steenberge for making this fine stuff!!!

03-10-2007 18:08:43 | More by msubulldog25
Photo of mithrascruor
mithrascruor

California

4.9/5  rDev +15.8%

330 mL bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful clear dark ruby-red-brown color. Luxurious thick, heavy, & lumpy off-white head.

Smell: Very bready, with bananas and figs. A bit faint, however.

Taste: Has a wonderful malty/bready taste with a proper amount of sweetness. Candy-like in some ways, but it's not sickly or over-the-top whatsoever. Spices (such as peper and cloves) are present as well, together with some fruits (such as banana). Slight bit of alcohol in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very smooth with a very mild & tingly carbonation sensation.

Drinkability: The alcohol does gradually become more noticable in the taste after a bit. Very strong (alcohol-wise) as well.

An exceptional beer and one of my favorites. It's not always that easy to find, but if you do, it's definitely worth a try. A real treat.

03-06-2007 02:10:32 | More by mithrascruor
Photo of Drew966
Drew966

Florida

4/5  rDev -5.4%

Gulden Draak (Dark Triple) pours a dark reddish brown color with an enormous off white head from a twelve ounce brown bottle that was painted white. There is serious lacing of my Gulden Draak tulip. I smell dark red fruit, maybe some candy sugar. There is a little red fruit in the flavor, but not much that starts the taste, then it becomes more phenolic with some alcohol spiciness. Interesting, definitely worth a try.

03-06-2007 00:47:41 | More by Drew966
Photo of jmc44
jmc44

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +3.5%

Pours into a Gulden Draak tulip glass a somewhat hazy dark brown with red hues, a 2-finger tannish head. The head leaves very nice lacing and is always present.

Fairly aromatic with some spicy alcohol, malty sweetness, and dark fruits, raisins. Very appealing and pronounced.

Upfront is the malty sweetness, a bit chocolate and caramel, followed by dark fruits, raisins. Finishes with a hint of spice from alcohol. Very, very nice. Wonderful to drink.

The beer is velvety and creamy; a delite to drink. Although it is strong at 10.5% ABV, it goes down easy and will knock you on your butt if you are not careful.

All in all a wonderful beer, one of my favorites.

03-04-2007 15:18:12 | More by jmc44
Gulden Draak (Dark Triple) from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
94 out of 100 based on 3,056 ratings.