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

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,964 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 2,964
Reviews: 1,199
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 155
Gots: 240 | 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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ryanonline

Florida

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours dark brown with almost no head, whatever sticks around is light tan. very little lacing.

smell is nice, sort of sour cherry with raisin/fig, and honey. a malty backbone persists sort of doughy too.

tastes much more sweet, the tartness is more on the back-end, but up front is honey all over and a little yeastiness. just a touch of floral hops. malt character is very strong. warming alcohol finish.

mouthfeel is very light, almost watery, but very dry in the finish.

this is not heavy by any means and that is impressive for a dark triple.

yummy.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2010 03:22:45 | More by ryanonline
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MoreThanWine

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love it when a beer sexy on the outside turns out to be sexy on the inside too. Poured almost all head in a light beige color. The body held to the light is a deep brown with reddish tinge. It smells of malt but also dried fruits. Taste is double what you'd expect from the smell plus there's nice caramel. Although the alcohol content of 10.5% is noticeable I think the booziness complements the flavors and experience. Throw in the unusual bottle shape and lovely golden dragon label and you've got one heck of a fun beer experience.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 08:43:43 | More by MoreThanWine
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sabrills70

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz brown stubby bottle painted white with no freshness date. Pours a dark amber with a good frothy 2 finger head and very ggod lace. Good strong malt aromas with some sherry and brandy like aromas. Dried dark fruits - raisins etc. Again with big malt flavors and dried dark fruts. Alcohol is present but not overpowering. Sticky on the lips and warming all the way down. Definate winter beer. Creamy and smooth. Not a beer to gulp but for one with an ABV of this magnitude it is very easy to drink. Tasty and well made.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2006 02:23:51 | More by sabrills70
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jdoolin

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11.2oz painted white bottle poured into the proper gold-rimmed Gulden Draak tulip, with a small circle etching in the bottom.

Appearance: Maybe the most attractive and appealing looking beer I've ever seen, but only in its proper tulip, where the colors blend perfectly. A gorgeous, dark, reddish brown with a huge, foamy, cream color head that lasted the whole time due to the constant stream of bubbles provided by the etching. A sight to behold.

Aroma: Spicy, sweet and yeasty, with hints of fruit. Barleywine like.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Oh, so smooth. Thickness is balanced by the carbonation. Very malty and sweet, with the dark fruit, caramel and molasses flavors of candi sugar. I love the fruitiness of this beer blended with the yeasty flavors. Spicy, peppery, and the sweetness is also balanced well by the carbonation. Not at all cloying. You would never know this was 10.5% ABV by the taste. But by the time you're halfway through the glass, you know it.

Notes: One of my favorites. This is one serious Belgian ale that will knock you on your ass if you're not careful. If at all possible, enjoy this in its proper tulip glass.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2006 05:37:20 | More by jdoolin
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Splendid! Pours a deep, opaque brown with a very thick and remarkably persistent head. Aroma is malty and inviting. Flavor is strong but not fierce, with sweet overtone like molasses and some smoky hints, and just a dash of bitterness. Jazzy and tingly, this is a beer one should sip and savor.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2007 03:23:39 | More by Cyberkedi
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CHADMC3

Connecticut

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep chestnut brown with a dense foamy tan head leaving just a faint lacing behind.

Caramel malt, yeast, dark fruit, and vinous characteristics all highlight the aroma.

More sweetness in the palate versus the nose, but similar chrematistics of sweet, dark fruit, caramel malt, and faint wine/port like flavors and sweet nuts. There are also features of faint earthy hops and hearty yeast.

Medium in body with moderate carbonation, tons of flavor, quite complex, and a nice alcohol warmth.

One of my favorites, easy to drink, so much personality to offer, and far too easy to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2009 01:37:20 | More by CHADMC3
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

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

Great buzz! Great alcohol content. Lots of fun to drink. Appearance is wonderful. Deep dark brown with a super sticky thick, everlasting white head. Great lacing! Smells of wet herbs and hay, a pinch of orange, and peppery grains. Tastes great. Smooth as silk. Super malty. Slightly burnt caramels and chocolates. Sweet and warming. Wet hard woods, leaves, and sweet mulch. Full bodied goodness.

Beer to the point. True greatness. I’ll be picking up a few 750s of this one.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2005 02:42:27 | More by DaPeculierDane
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JoshJ

Australia

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

Had this out of a bottle, expiry date 20-11-11.

Poured into a Chimay Glass. Excellent appearance. Rich, dark and the last run off from the bottle had a darer tinge to the rich foam head. Head retention was good.

Smell was really Malty but had a sweet linger almost like opening a fresh bag of licorice that was always present.

Tasted deep, dark and almost a guilty pleasure. There was very little alcohol aftertaste, especially from a triple with 10.5%. Was nice and fizzy under the tongue and left a malty aftertaste which was as enjoyable as taking a sip itself.

Usually with Triples, I can have 1 or maybe 2 max a night, With this drop, I probably could of sat on it all night as it had alot of flavour but did not seem overpowering.

Loved every minute of it!

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2009 22:51:33 | More by JoshJ
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missginsu

New York

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

Pours with a thick, creamy head over a rich, dark, brown-red brew. Lots of crisp bubbles hit at the forefront of the mouth and the deep molasses and chocolate flavors settle in at the back.

A really beautiful example of the genre. As I drink this beer down, the head diminishes a bit, but still coats the top of the beer and clings to the side of the glass.

I noticed within the pairings section here that this beer is recommended for barbecue. Lo and behold... I happened to have some smoky barbecue a'waitin' for a beer.

As for the pairing, I could not have been more pleased. Smoke and fat love this beer. And frankly, so do I. So sad the dollar is down against the Euro...

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2008 02:36:50 | More by missginsu
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mintjellie

Ontario (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Rich mahogany brown in colour and slightly hazy. A fingers worth of off-white head quickly fizzles away, leaving some lace on the glass and a thin covering of bubbles over the body. The sweet smell of caramelized sugar and toasted bread is complimented nicely by cherry and plum. Dried fruit flavour shows notes of prune and raisin with a sprinkling of brown sugar. Much less cherry than the scent suggests. There's the slightest hint of pepper. Starts semisweet before drying out with a kick of booze and floral hops in the finish. Medium bodied with prickly carbonation. The effervescence makes it feel very light and airy on the tongue. Some beers glide across the palate, this floats. This a wonderful beer, and I wish it was available to me year round. Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2010 21:18:27 | More by mintjellie
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haddon

Kentucky

4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a dark amber with a nice off-white frothy head that doesn't hang around very long. decent lacing down the goblet

S- molasses, biscuit, apricots, raisins & molasses. something else on the nose, maybe butterscotch.

T- dates, figs & rum with a hint of warm alcohol that balances very well.

M- mild to medium body with good carbonation

D- love this belgian ale. only got better as the beer warmed. could drink one every night and never tire of the complex flavor profiles.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2009 02:07:47 | More by haddon
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secondtooth

Indiana

4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque, ruddy amber, with fair carbonation and really no lace at all.

Nose is spiced and fruity -- heavy on the fruit, with touches of raisin, date, dried berries, and more spice.

Taste is smooth and similarly fruit-oriented, with a hint of yeastiness at the end. Also, near the finish, there's a definite alcohol warming. Overall, this is a world class brew, exquisitely drinkable and complex. A must-try for anyone interested in fine, true Belgian ales.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 16:03:10 | More by secondtooth
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techdiver

Pennsylvania

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2007 03:26:44 | More by techdiver
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norwichboy

Australia

4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation deserves a mention with a white coated Duvel shaped bottle, with a striking black label with gold trim and gold dragon print above red lettering "Gulden Draak".

Appearance: very deep golden colour with a large very thick creamy biege head, excellent retention and glass-coating lacing. Smell: very sweet alcohol, bubblegum, caramel and fruit aromas: pear, some cherries and banana too. Taste: woomph, there's the alcohol; dark fruits, some spiciness. Very sweet plus sour and bitter. A very long bitter-sweet aftertaste. Lightly carbonated. Drinkability: there's certainly reward for the very strong alcohol sweetness, and I'm left wanting more. This is a beer to grow and grow on you.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2006 11:19:55 | More by norwichboy
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atigerlife

Hawaii

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

I've reached for this bottle in the store many, many times. Always figured I'd get it next time. Finally had it in a bar. Wow!

Pours a dark brown with a big, brown head. Good lacing.

Aroma was of dark fruits, alcohol with some bread. Hard to smell in a bar.

Taste was sweet with dark fruits and roasted malts. Also some spicy alcohol and I detected some hints of citrus in the background. Delicious.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and creamy.

Overall, a very impressive brew. I will definitely have this again very soon to see what else I can add to this review. Amazingly drinkable given the ABV. Certainly one of the best in this style.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2006 15:52:04 | More by atigerlife
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Pegasus

Texas

4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy amber color, with a small off-white head, which retains very well, and thick, glass-coating lace. No carbonation was noted.

Aroma: Very pronounced vinuous and dark fruit aromas, very much like sherry in character, with an underlying base of sweet malt. The aroma is quite superb.

Taste: Opens with a sweet, complex vinuous note, very much like port or sherry, with abundant dark fruit notes, and little hop presence. The alcohol lends a mild spiciness. Later in the taste there are mild chocolate notes, then a vinuos sweetness which brings the taste to a close.

Mouth feel: Seems a touch thin for the style, I would have expected it to be almost syrupy. Still, hard to find fault with.

Drinkability/notes: Remarkably superb, daunting in its complexity, an unwaveringly superb example of the style.

Many thanks to Aaron for sharing this wonderful beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2006 01:48:05 | More by Pegasus
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SurlyDuff

Oregon

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

I've had this before, heck, ive even got a Gulden Draak chalice/goblet. But am now reviewing it like 4 years later. Funny how things like this happen.

Pours a burgundy brown with a nice dense head.

Sour and overripe apple in the nose. Buttery bread and lemon there too.

Spicy ripe fruit alcohol on the palate with some bitter and sour lemon tart. Very compex and unique flavor, for sure, even compared to other belgian strongs.

A real nice beer, there's a reason why this is available out here in the middle of Oregon!

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2008 04:28:29 | More by SurlyDuff
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NahpunGnome

California

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

330ml bottle poured into a Chimay goblet.

A - Deep dark brown, yet clear. A nice head with very tiny bubbles.

S - I get brandy and slight alcohol.

T - Over ripened cherries. It's sweet, but not overly so. A mildly bitter finish along with a slight tinny aftertaste.

M - Not thin and not thick. The carbonation dances on the tip of the tongue.

D - This one should be sipped and enjoyed slowly. I can't gulp this one and really enjoy it. It is dangerously easy to drink.

Summary - This was the beer that got me into drinking beer for the taste of it. I never really knew what beer was until I tried this on tap. After this, my affection for fine beers has grown immensely. If you haven't tried Gulden Draak, do yourself a favor and have some.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 00:01:40 | More by NahpunGnome
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eberkman

Massachusetts

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

Pours a beautiful deep brown with red highlights into a snifter. Leaves about a two-finger, bubbly tan head. Lots of bubble action streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Leaves a nice, thick lacing too.

The aroma is one of alcohol, toasty malts, yeast and sweet, dark plums and cherries. Very pleasing.

The taste is a lot like the smell -- toasty, malty, yeasty and rich fruity. Some hard candy/caramel in there too. With an awesome alcohol warming on the way down.

Mouthfeel is full, but crisp and bubbly like a champagne. Very drinkable based on taste, but be careful and sip slowly. This one will knock you on your behind if you're not careful.

I loved this. Just a real powerhouse Belgian. Just the prospect of relaxing with a glass of this and good book at the end of a long day could keep me going for a while.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2006 03:08:57 | More by eberkman
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

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

Poured on-tap and served in a chalice, the beer is a clear, dark, orange-hued brown coloring with no head. Beer is very clean in the glass. Aromas of toffee and caramel sweetness, with a slight hopping to balance. The nose is balanced amazingly, and very subtle. Extremely smooth in mouth, with a boozey kick right off the bat. Flavors are toffee sweet malt with a ton of old world fruit charcteristics, including dates, currants, and some raisin. The aftertaste is rich and tangy sweet, with a touch of toffee and hops, and a little bit of warmth at the end of the palate. The finish is slick, and almost creamy. Delicious beer! Masterfully blended and balanced.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2012 17:25:30 | More by GarthDanielson
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John_M

Oregon

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

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2007 12:56:50 | More by John_M
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DubbelTrubbel

Wisconsin

4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite beers for my first review!

750ml bottle into Gulden Draak tulip

A- rich dark ruby, creamy head- large bubbles.

S- candy, sugar, only a little alcohol. Heavy on the fruit- an incredible belgian aroma.

T- Just enough bitterness to balance intense sweetness and slight mustiness. Lemony aftertaste.

M- Nice balance between heavy and light mouthfeels.

O- Great, complex beer. Very drinkable for the alcohol level.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 01:15:04 | More by DubbelTrubbel
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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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John

New York

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

0.33L white painted bottle. Rich, hazy bronze color. Tight tan lasting head. Prickly carbonation. Unique flavor...has the traits of a trippel, but with the malts kicked up making this a toasty and rich trppel. Some oak and yeasty notes impart their own characteristics. Pleasant alcohol warming. Quite nice.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2002 08:07:58 | More by John
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ecoastman

Ontario (Canada)

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

I'm starting to warm up a little by the end. Good stuff and definitely worth a try for Belgian fans. OK to start but loving it by the end. I'd like to see this offered separately from the Belgian sample pack at the Ontario LCBO.

I kind of like the ceramic look-a-like bottle and asian theamed design. The beer pours nicely into a chalice with cherry hues and a nice dense head that recedes to a thin layer but is well retained. There's just a little lacing along the way.

Complex bread, fruit, sweet candy malt belgian-like aromas. Very nice and not too boozy.

The mouthfeel is smooth, creamy and a touch syrupy. There's surprisingly little courseness for the ABV, but then again it's a Belgian...

Sweet and malty to start and the volatiles from the ABV bring out some of the fruity complexities of the yeast. Notes of strawberries and cherries.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2009 03:37:22 | More by ecoastman
Gulden Draak (Dark Triple) from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
94 out of 100 based on 2,964 ratings.