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

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

3,092 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,092
Reviews: 1,208
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 173
Gots: 297 | 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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-19-2001)
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Photo of GISentinel
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

GISentinel, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of pinotboy007
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

pinotboy007, Apr 09, 2007
Photo of Poser
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Poser, Apr 08, 2007
Photo of July2Nov
4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

July2Nov, Apr 05, 2007
Photo of Fish113d
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Fish113d, Mar 29, 2007
Photo of grub
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

grub, Mar 27, 2007
Photo of 4thoseabout2bock
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

4thoseabout2bock, Mar 20, 2007
Photo of msubulldog25
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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!!!

msubulldog25, Mar 10, 2007
Photo of mithrascruor
4.9/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

mithrascruor, Mar 06, 2007
Photo of Drew966
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Drew966, Mar 06, 2007
Photo of jmc44
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

jmc44, Mar 04, 2007
Photo of bluegrassbrew
4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a short, stubby, three tiered, white bottle. This brew pours a very dark brown, almost black color with a wonderfully thick cream colored head.

Wow! This is the most aromatic BSDA I've had so far. Smells of sweet candy sugars, dates, grapes, beet sugars... A veritable cornucopia of intense aromas.

Tastes of grapes and sweet malts. Maybe a bit of fig or date in there as well. Very full, creamy mouthfeel. The only downside at all is the drinkability. Very powerful abv. Just one of these belgian behemoths and I've got a mean buzz.

bluegrassbrew, Mar 04, 2007
Photo of khiasmus
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep amber that's slightly cloudy with a beautiful creamy light head that retains for minutes.

S- Sweet, fruity, malty, and you can smell the warm alcohol. Very faint hint of piney hops. This beer smells absolutely wonderful.

T- Sweet, complex and strong flavor. much like the smell, very malty, with subtle bitterness in the back from hops that almost balance.

M- Smooth all the way down with medium carbonation.

D- Very, very dangerously drinkable.

khiasmus, Mar 03, 2007
Photo of jmz62565
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy brownish/red with a large tan head that leaves great lacing. A very impressive looking brew. The smell is pungent with sweet malt, alcohol, and some different dark fruits. The taste is creamy with dark fruit,sweet malt,candy sugar,alcohol, and a carmel/like smoothness. The m/f is medium with all the flavors mixing very well wgile doing a good job of hiding the 10.5 alcohol. The warmth is there,just hidden in the first sip. This is a true Belgian classic that should be had by all !!!! Cheers.

jmz62565, Feb 27, 2007
Photo of IceAce
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium brown body capped with two fingers of dirty brown foam. Clarity is excellent and lacing is minimal.

The nose is earthy malt...and slightly musty. Entry is somewhat zippy, leading to a midtaste of burnt sugar and damp, musty earth. The finish is a wonderful combination of toasted marshmallows and rum-soaked cherries.

Simply an outstanding Strong Dark Ale...

IceAce, Feb 26, 2007
Photo of BeerHonky
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, corked and caged. Poured into my small Piraat goblet. Pours a wonderful shade of brown with nice ruby highlights hidden within. Big fluffly white head that dissipated to a nice glass coating lace. BIG hints of dark fruit here particularly raisins and dates soaked in a bit of alcohol. Underneath that I found a faint, buttery malt sweetness aroma. This beer smells really big! To my surprise, it did not taste very big...meaning that it hid its palatable alcohol pretty well. On top of the raisiny flavor I also got a nice refreshing apple taste. Also present is a subtle caramel malt backbone with little bits of butterscotch here and there. This is super tastey. Normally I'd think carbonation would be weird in a beer like this, but the bubbles are very smooth and enhance the creamy mouthfeel which leaves behind a pleasant sweetness that is not sticky. And finally, this beer will kick you to the curb if you're not careful...it hides the booze extremely well.

BeerHonky, Feb 20, 2007
Photo of barefootbrewer
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance of this beer is very dark with a slight amber hue. The carbonation gushed and left a thick off-white persistent head with nice lacing. The smell is sour and spicy – definite malt as well. The taste is malty with sourness. There are some citrus notes….excellently balanced. This beer has a full feel, just shy of chewy. The carbonation lends a refreshing surprise This is an excellent beer that I’m thinking is very drinkable!

barefootbrewer, Feb 18, 2007
Photo of kelticblood
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Absolutely exceptional appearance! Poured a huge very thick beige head that actually retained its height. Reduced a bit which revealed evenly thick lacing that encircled my glass. The color is a very dark red. When held up to the the light it is clear which no sediment or hazing. Bubbling carbonation is seen rising from the bottom up. First sip was extremely over-powering and hits you hard. 10.50 ABV is not hidden. Very thick bodied.. Doesnt really leave a long lingering bitterness, but has a dry finish. Great carbonation.. There is so much going on in the taste its hard to rate and describe. Sweet malts with hints of molasses and raisins.No hop flavor I could detect. Aroma is all malt and alcohol. The mouthfeel is very harsh and doesn't go down smooth. This beer makes no attempts to please the masses and doesn't hold back on anything. This came in a special 6 pack of Exclusive belgian Ales. This is a complex beer that takes no prisoners!

kelticblood, Feb 18, 2007
Photo of jamie2dope
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured into a Chimay chalice a chestnut brown color, with a small white lace head that held up quite well. Smell was through the roof with overly ripe fruit flavors, and some chocolate. Sort of reminds me chocolate covered cherries. Taste was also big on the candy-like fruit, and also a bit of spicy herb as well. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, and high on the drinkability factor. The alcohol is really well hidden on this beer. I never would have guessed that it was anywhere near 10% alcohol. I will definitely be coming back to this beer in the near future.

jamie2dope, Feb 16, 2007
Photo of BitteBier
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bar area was dark, but so is this beer itself. Some crimson peeked out from the dark murk when I exposed it to the light. A really nice, foamy, off-white head on this one that persisted long enough that I had to ingest some of it to get at the liquid foundation. The nose is potent, though less of alcohol than sweet grains and dark, fruity notes. The taste is sweeter than I had expected, and the alcohol was not quite in balance, though also not unduly assertive. A bit of chocolate/red wine and hops makes things interesting. The mouthfeel is nice--substantial but not clingy. Our server pushed this as "what some have called the best beer in the world." That lowered my expectations for it, actually, but I'm glad I gave it a try.

BitteBier, Feb 13, 2007
Photo of Gmann
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark ruby color, with a moderate off-white head that dissipated into a slight cap that left some spotty lacing. The smell is of light candi sugar, dark fruit, not as strong as a tripel. The taste is slightly sweet, a hint of carob, light raisin/plum flavor. This brew would benefit from less carbonation as I think it takes away from the taste. It has tight carbonation, champagne like, finishes smooth. A very nice balanced beer & quite drinkable though the carbonation needs some dulling down.

Gmann, Feb 11, 2007
Photo of Jwaks
3.68/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving 11.2 oz bottle

Lively whisps of fine bubbles course through a murky, muddy brown body, travelling up to meet a slowly settling glossy khaki cap of froth. Loads of thick sticky dirty-white lace cling to the inside of the glass creating a very attractive and appetizing appearance.

Tons of sour apple, dried currant and bitter yeast aromas dominate the nose with hints of chalk, dry carob, yeast,s concord grape jam, sweet bready chocolate malts and whiffs of spicy alcohol. The nose is disconcerting and reason for concern, the look doesn't match the nose and I have a feeling this will be a very unbalanced sweet and sour brew.

Gentle semi-sweet carob, chalky chocolate malt, mild dark bread and granny smith apple flavors effortlessly cascade across the palate giving way to deeper dark bready malts and hints of dried red berries on the equisitly open knit mid palate. Spicy alcohol peaks on the warm and delicious moderately long finish boasting sweet, creamy milk chocolate, a bit of sour apple and bitter yeast. Wow, the nose is thankfully misleading; this is one very enjoyable and complex brew.

A thick, rich and creamy mouthfeel makes this beer feel almost buttery on the palate. Drinkability is very good though slight sourness and warming alcohol keep drinkability a bit below exceptional.

If you ever spy a white bottle adored withs a black label emblazoned with a golden drake then pick it up, you won't be let down.

Cheers!

Jwaks, Feb 07, 2007
Photo of ccrida
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from draft into a Gulden Draak tulip, this is a dangerously wonderful beer. The Appearance is a deep ruby with a very tall, creamy off-white head that leaves a very sticky lace and nice-sized collar until then end...which I have to say, never lasts that long for me, and I've had many! The aroma is very sweet, malt and brandy, slight spice but not to complex. The taste is much deeper, initially a bit sweet and vinous, then opening into fig, toffee, prune and toasted malt, and finishing with a strong boozy kick that is a bit on the fusel side. There is not much effervescence and a nice creamy mouthfeel that is well balanced with a bit of diactly butteriness that really works well here, adding up to a very drinkable beer.

ccrida, Feb 03, 2007
Photo of brdc
3.15/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Beautiful beer with a strong dark color and a nice tan head.
Smells like roasted malts, somewhat like a porter which I thought it was odd.
Taste is also peculiar for a belgian strong dark ale, with the usual heavy malts but a bitter taste that I cannot relate to hops and it just feels different, although not unpleasant.
Full bodied, however, it has that strange bitter taste that makes me wonder if this beer was not too long on the shelf.
As it is, I do not really like it, but will give it another try.

brdc, Feb 03, 2007
Photo of JimsArcade
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Medium-brown and cloudy. The pour from the tap left very little head. It looks heavy and almost daunting.

S: Syrupy, caramel-malt aroma hints at slow-sipping beer: what I'd expect of a beer of this magnitude. The smell is dominanted by raisins.

T: Excusite and complex. The malty sweetness is actually quite mild and finishes relatively dry.

M: Smooth and a little sticky given its associated mild-sweetness. It's not as heavy as I thought it was going to be.

D: Remarkably easy to drink given the alcohol content. If I wasn't told the ABV ahead of time, I would've ordered more and eventually been in trouble.

Draak is one of the best belgian strong ales I've ever had. Highly recommended!

JimsArcade, Feb 02, 2007
Gulden Draak (Dark Triple) from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
94 out of 100 based on 3,092 ratings.