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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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3,267 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,267
Reviews: 1,225
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 200
Gots: 383 | FT: 4
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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)
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Photo of talkinghatrack
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of theghost3
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of sjccmd
4.75/5  rDev +12%
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

Photo of soccerman7
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of kbutler1
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of CHickman
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of greg202stewart
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
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!

Photo of Offa
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a delicious, wonderful, compelx, if rather sweet beer.

Copper with very active carbonation, it has a huge, out-of-control tan head with an orange hue, steadily shrinking to a permanent small foamy top and foamy lace.

The aroma is very nice, rich caramelly grain, toasted breasd crut, raisins.

The taste is fruity, raisiny-spicey with hints of spice, caramel, molasses, caramleised bread crust. It's zesty and lively. The main defect is that it is a touch too consistently sweet but otherwise it's wonderful.

Photo of CrawlingSpirit
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I will preface this review notating that I originally spilt a four pack with an avid Viking lover...while I'm more the fine ale lover.

A: dark with a deep red tint when held before backlight. A nice two finger head in the properly branded glassware. Nice presentation.

S: very dense but odor trickles out with swirling. The smell of thick fruity tones regarless. A very asthetic smell, pleasing.

T: it hits the palate smoothly throughout the experience, more prominent initially then mellowing of one of the smoothest fashions possible!!

M: exquisite and divine combine in a possible state of perfection.. You will be unable to overcome this but only if... Deadly deciving in it's ability to shadow a water-like substance.

D: the last point basically touched upon the pure consumability of this fine brew. If susceptible, one very well may find one's self in an ackward situation. Take care and control.

Photo of jlb307
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a goblet.

A: Pours a nice clear dark reddish brown. Not many bubbles, but had a nice off-white fluffy head that retained well. Developed one or two pools of bubbles on the surface as well.

S: Maybe I'm just not feeling too well, but I wasn't getting much of an aroma. I caught mild hints of ripe fruit and a little malt.

T: Very smooth taste with a little alcohol bite to it. Mild notes of malt, vanilla, and cherry with a yeasty aftertaste. Very pleasant taste. Almost like a mild quad.

M: Just the right balance with the carbonation. Velvety smooth with a little spice.

D: Really good beer that's not too powerful, but definitely a sipper.

Photo of roblowther
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged. God I love saying that.
Nice reddish translucent brown with a thin head that builds around the edges of the glass from a thousand tiny bubble trails. The smell is maple syrup and soft wood. Notes of fruit and promises to come. The taste is cherries and wood, then a peppery finish and a crisp, granny smith apple aftertaste. The afertaste melds into a dusky malt that never gets too dry. Outstanding. Nice tingly carbonation up front, a soft buttery feel and then the crisp finish that is as much feel as taste. Very drinkable, hiding its alcohol content well. Not a session beer but we knew that when the style has "strong" in the name, didn't we? A bit warm. An excellent beer and a new addition to my rotation for sure.

Photo of gyllstromk
3.58/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours dark, clear amber. Lots of bubbles. Has the appearance of a cream soda. Caramel, chocolate malts on the nose, some cherry and cinnamon. Taste is caramel and molasses, dark fruits, pears, finishes with cloves and cardamom. Mouth is sticky and thick; leaves a resin on the mouth between sips.

Photo of BarrelO
2.5/5  rDev -41%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

11.2oz bottle poured into a goblet. I've been sort of afraid of this beer since the cork from a 750ml bottle shot me in the eye last May. Now's a good a time as any to face my fears.

A: Dark red, slightly darker than a barleywine. Two-finger head that quickly fades.

S: Heavily fruity. Not just dark fruits, either. There's also BSPA-like pear and citrus notes. This really is like a dark tripel.

T: Yikes. Cloying sweetness combined with heavy phenols. Bready aftertaste.

M: Lighter than expected with the carbonation.

D: Drain pour. I should have left this dragon in its lair. I'm going to have to have a Saison Dupont just to cleanse my palate.

Photo of pants678
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml, a nice deep, dark amber color. Single finger white head with a body that's closer to red than brown.

First is cinnamon, then oak, not overpowering through.

Tastes of brown sugar and sour cherries, on the back, then raspberry or cherry. Sweet but not tart. Hard to go beyond that, really. I once thought of his beer as a stroll on the beach at midnight. Possibly the most pretension thing I've ever said about beer.

The bubbles are fine, as with most Belgian's I've had to this point.

Photo of goblet
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured this into my goblet that is always hungry for a new beer style ,the bottles a chubby milk white 330 ml with a date of 01/2010.

A,this beer is a dark brown with reddish tint to it .i got a froth head but it went away it left some spotty lace .

S, some fruity ester and a nice malt aroma a minor citus and alcohol scent to it,not much hops .

T,this has got some full body and creamy flavor going on. the alcohol is there ,fruit and malt sweetness that hold it`s taste this beer knows you like it,and it right .

M,it`s got some good malt and alcohol feel in my month, brown sugar,lite fruit that has a sweet after taste ,pleasant ,rich and flavorful.

D, it`s a very cool beer, from the bottle to the pour and all the way until your finished it`s a exciting beer to drink . cheers..

Photo of northaustin
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

gulden draak is a treat for sure. it is really good and its price usually reflects so. ive had it in the 750ml cork bottle and in the regular 11.2fl. oz. bottle, i have to say if your gonna pay for gulden draak you might as well go for the 750ml botttle because it tastes better in my opinion and youre gonna want more than 11.2fl. oz.

Photo of wescj
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Color is dark brown, with a nice ruby hue. Khaki head looks great, supports good retention till halfway through.

Very sweet and malty aroma. Not very strong or complex, but appealing nonetheless.

First taste is almost overbearingly sweet, This mellows out after a few sips, and malts come through with more depth.

Mouthfeel is buttery, with lingering spiciness.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Yardhouse in Scottsdale, AZ.
Poured a deep amber color with golden brown highlights, crowned by a good two fingers of sticky, foamy head that hangs around a good long while. Nose of sweet, bready malt, raisin, and a hint of spicy hops, along with a touch of yeasty funk. Taste is mildly sweet up front, then becomes richer and maltier as it goes down.

Photo of cvaypai
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to goblet.

Appearance - Dark brown in color, ruby red-brown when looking at in front of light. Not even 1 finger of head but laces on the glass.

Smell- Yeast and wheat evident, very pleasant smell. No alcohol evident which I thought would be with abv. Citrusy nose.

Taste- Great taste, a little bitter but I like it. Fig and pear fruits come through here. Other fruity tastes I can't quite put my finger on. Came back to edit and give the taste a better score, I know taste the wonderful sweetness and cherry yum.

Mouthfeel - Greet mouthfeel, not too heavy, just right, good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability - Is that of most beers of its power and taste, just a few or till the pocket book doesn't allow it, but still good in moderation.

Pretty good dark tripel. I love the bottle and the art on the cap too.

Photo of robbrauen
2.23/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

After the rave reviews on here, as well as folks personally recommending it to me, I was quite dissapointed. So much so that I wonder if I got a bad bottle or a bottle that has been around too long. I'll need to try this again.

A - Poured a dark ruby color which created a large 5-finger cream colored head that quickly settled down into 3 fingers.

S - Smell was unique. Alcohol mixed with some sweetness and spiciness.

T - I didn't like the taste at all...which completely surprised me. Something about it just turned me off. Super high taste of alcohol, mixed with over-carbonation and an unpleasnant bitterness. Again...maybe I got a bad bottle becuase I didn't taste any of the sweetness that other folks have mentioned.

M - Mouthfeel was high carbonation and an unsmooth bitterness quality.

D - Not very drinkable for me but I will definitely go out and get another bottle to try again. I must have had a bad bottle.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.18/5  rDev -25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After all the hype, this one just did not do it for me. Too sweet I guess. Pours a mostly clear light brown color with a light, fluffy cream-colored head. Nice lacing and retention.

Smell is of minerals, earth, yeast and sweet malts. Hints of champagne and scotch ale, has a pretty big nose in general.

Thin, sweet and different are the first things that come to mind upon quaffing. I also taste some fountain cola syrup and heavy toasty malts. Almost seems like it has too much unfermentable sugars, and that may be on purpose, but it does not quite do it for me. Fun to try, but at nearly $5 a pop, I believe I'll pass next time.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draft at JeanRo Bistro.
Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. Smell is dark fruits, some sweetness and belgian yeast.
Taste is much the same, and it's very good. Very creamy, full on the mouthfeel. This stuff is fantastic. This is dangerously drinkable, you never notice the ABV. This is among my favorite Belgian's, right behind Pannepot and Rochefort 10. Delish!

Photo of cdizinno
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: mahogany brown color with a slight head that dies back quickly but laces along the glass.

S: Slight fruitiness, overpowered by a malt sweetness.

T: Very sweet, almost like brown sugar. Some spicy undertones. Very smooth feel and mild dry after taste. Herbal tea flavor lingers with high sweetness.

Notes: definitely a great brew. I still prefer the Piraat Ale from this brewer, Brouwerij Van Steenberge. But this is a close 2nd!

Photo of joedon
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown with garnet highlights. Huge frothy head that really sticks around.

Smells of malt, raisins, and bread. Very pleasant.

Big taste: lots of dark fruit, port wine and caramel. No noticeable bitterness but it's not cloyingly sweet either.

Nice mouthfeel; you can feel the alcohol but it doesn't burn. Aftertaste of more port wine and fruit.

Mainly a sipping beer but still drinkable considering the ABV.

Photo of endovelico
4.97/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Taken from notes. Reviewed on 13-02-2009. Poured into Chimay glass. Best before date: 04-04-2009. Reviewed under medium high artificial light.

Appearance: Pours a three thinger fluffy white headed brew. Murky. Brown colored. Unperceived Effervescence. Great lacing. Overall excellent appearance, almost unique. Wish i had this on a Tulip.

Aroma: Ripe fruits, raisins, grapes, caramel and belgian dark candy sugar / molasses upfront and chocolate, cinnamon and slightl biscuity aroma in the back. Medium High to high Aroma intensity. Very complex and well balanced. Slight alcohol Aroma, but blends well with the overall aroma profile.

Taste: Very complex and sweet. Caramel / Molasses / Belgian Dark candy sugar, dark fruits and chocolaty like flavors. Noticeable alcohol flavor. Very well balanced. Medium high to high flavor intensity. No hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium low to low bitterness. Full bodied. Medium low to low carbonation. Coating mouthfeel, goes down smoothly. Liquorish like texture. Sweet molassy like aftertaste.

Drinkability: Excellent prototype of the style, and much worth the price. Goes down almost too easily considering the ABV and is not too filling or coying, which is surprising considering the ammount of residual sugars that are probably contained.

On a final note: One of my favourite brews. Should be elevated to be the Standard for the Belgian Strong Dark Ales. Will have whenever possible.

Gulden Draak (Dark Triple) from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
95 out of 100 based on 3,267 ratings.