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

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95
world-class

3,215 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,215
Reviews: 1,220
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.82%
Wants: 187
Gots: 349 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-19-2001)
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4.11/5  rDev -2.8%

Greasy, Oct 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.3/5  rDev +1.7%

AaronDio, Oct 28, 2014
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4.35/5  rDev +2.8%

dwatty, Oct 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

RZachLamberty, Oct 28, 2014
Photo of e_dawg
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Pours a dark brown color; when held up to light a mix of ruby red and copper color is revealed. Moderate head which dissipates slowly. Moderate lacing from the high AVB. Toffee and chocolate chip cookie nose. Taste is more toffee with some fruit and cream. Moderate sweetness. Light carbonation. Pleasant finish, the toffee flavor lingers a bit but not too long. The 10.5% alcohol hides itself well.

Don't drink at refrigerator temperature - the flavors open up more when the beer is allowed to warm slightly. Overall this is an excellent and very well balanced beer although it's a touch too sweet for me.

e_dawg, Oct 28, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

nabevch, Oct 27, 2014
Photo of timontheroad
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very dark, nearly opaque brown with a huge head that settled down to a half inch retention. Not much lacing, but that's not surprising considering the alcohol in this beer. The aroma was fantastic, with raisins, toffee and dark fruit notes. The taste is phenomenal, with lots of dark fruit flavors and some malty sweetness and a bit of grape must flavor- simply outstanding! The mouthfeel is creamy and silky smooth, with just a bit of alcohol burn. This is just a great beer!

timontheroad, Oct 26, 2014
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4.76/5  rDev +12.5%

GuldenColts, Oct 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

meangreenc, Oct 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

DrWhoever, Oct 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

cavemanlawyer1999, Oct 23, 2014
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4.52/5  rDev +6.9%

phkalish, Oct 21, 2014
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4.94/5  rDev +16.8%

Ijzerbroot, Oct 21, 2014
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4.32/5  rDev +2.1%

RISeth, Oct 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Bolivian22, Oct 21, 2014
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4.6/5  rDev +8.7%

Versace600, Oct 21, 2014
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4.92/5  rDev +16.3%

aljskelton, Oct 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Devman171, Oct 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Aeroscorp, Oct 20, 2014
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4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful dark copper color. The head is a finger high, just barely off-white in shade. Retention is quite excellent due to all the fizz rising to the top. Lacing left on the glass is consistent and thick. Aesthetic appeal is extremely high. (4.5)

Smell: Wow, the nose pops like a champ just from opening it (so much in fact, it gushed a little bit). It doesn't have some of the darker ester notes from a BSDA (such as raisin or fig), instead the fruitiness takes on more of a white grape/apple/pear quality. Some of the caramel-laden malts come through, as well as some yeasty, peppery spice. I'm even getting some candied sugar. Dark tripel? Sure. Killer aroma? Absolutely. (4.25)

Taste: It's a little sweeter than the nose indicated. It opens up with a combination of fruit esters (some light like apple, some slightly darker like cherry), which then evolves into a spicy mid-taste. It finishes with plenty of candied sugar. Malty touches linger throughout - this maltiness is quite varied with notes of caramel, toffee, graham cracker, and even cream. Fruit esters pop even further when this is allowed to open up. Complex and easy to drink - truly the best of both worlds. (4.25)

Mouthfeel: Big, creamy, and sweet; but the healthy carbonation cleanses the palate admirably. There are only vague hints of warmth on the back of the throat and (on the first sip), but the 10.5% is concealed superbly. It's a bit on the sweet side - which means it isn't quite as dangerous as it could be (thank cripes!) - otherwise I have nothing to complain about here. (4.25)

Overall: Fantastic beer that does everything I want a big Belgian beer to do - be perfectly balanced, bold, easy drinking, and deep all at the same time. Though it's a little expensive, it's still on my "must buy" list for the future. (4.25)

4.26/5: Beers like these are exactly why I love Belgian ales

ThisWangsChung, Oct 19, 2014
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Nightkota, Oct 19, 2014
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4.72/5  rDev +11.6%

vaughtex, Oct 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

shelby415, Oct 19, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

vidisad, Oct 19, 2014
Gulden Draak (Dark Triple) from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
95 out of 100 based on 3,215 ratings.