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

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3,215 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,215
Reviews: 1,220
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.82%
Wants: 187
Gots: 348 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V. visit their website

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 weeare138
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears a dark crimson toned orange with a light tan head that slowly fades out into a mild cap that floats during the duration of the drink. Scattered bits of webbing are left around the entire glass.
Smell is of ripe, dark fruit, raisins, cocoa, and some herbal, earth notes.
Taste is of caramel, dark fruit, steeped raisins, and herbal, spicy hops.
Mouthfeel is sweet, syrupy, hot, spicy, and smooth in the finish.

weeare138, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of davidfoley
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Orange, Burnt Caramel, Light Ruby, colour. Moderate head retention. Strong carbonation.

Smell - Malty, Spicy, light hops. Hints of Orange, Apple, Banana, Apricot, Vanilla, Alcohol, & Fig

Taste - Well balanced, tangy sweet with lots of fruit. Hints of orange, rhubarb, summer berries, & lime. Smooth, mild bitterness with some tangy fruity malt in the after taste. Quite sweet and fruity. Mild alcohol presence. Strong sweetness from the malt

Mouthfeel - Smooth, slightly syrup with string crisp carbonation.

Drinkability - Good beer, a little fruity for my taste. Heavy Alcohol weight, 10% ABV, so not a session beer. A nice winter warmer.

davidfoley, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of boss302
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gulden Draak, draft 10.5abv

A Dark brown. Big thick head, not clear, or at least not see through. 3.5

S Sweetness, apples, dried fruit aromas, more or less typical of big belgian beers. 4

T Anise, licorice, flavor is more sweetness than anything else. Hangs on the back of your tongue. I would personally prefer more dryness. I give this beer credit for complexity, but gigged it some for lack of balance. 4

M Full body with a little less carbonation than needed, probably due to the draft system it was served with. I'm sure it would be a different review from the bottle with higher carbonation. 4.5

D Very good complex beer, worth seeking out. I would have a hard time drinking two back to back, due to the alcohol, but the flavor was good. 4

boss302, Aug 08, 2010
Photo of twelvsies
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another one of the great beers on tap at the Moan and Dove for their "2nd Annual Belgian Beer Festival." Poured into a tulip. Big ol' foamy head on this one. Dark brown in color. While the foam settles I get a good chance to pick up the aroma. Nice and bready, sweet malts, with spicy hop characters butting in. Taste is complex, as expected. Sweet figgy plum malt taste and spicy herby hops and warm alcohol. Nice woodsiness too. Musty. Real smooth mouthfeel and easy enough to drink, especially for the
%10.5 ABV. An exceptionally well balanced Belgian.

twelvsies, Jan 28, 2005
Photo of CGeiger0718
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light red right out of the bottle similar to a rose or light red wine, almost no head.

Very pleasant aroma, plums hit the nose immediately. some light vanilla and toffee follow.

enters the mouth light and tart, almost champagne like. i get the malt first but then there is a smooth velvety feel in the mouth as the fruit flavors are released. taste like a typical belgian tripel but leaves something on the palate i cant quite recognize. finishes very nicely

CGeiger0718, May 17, 2010
Photo of MilanoItaly
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Barley wine style example that undergoes secondary fermentation in the bottle .

Sprite-like foam : big bubbles and short standing.
Dark brown even if not black hue, and high ABV to give an above the average trails on the glass, this brew doesn't excel for the appeareance in my case.
Very nice white bottle and label instead,to be considered in the evaluation .

Smell is malty and honey.
Taste adds primarily alcohol, sweetness, medium body sensations
while the main feel are coffee and malt again .

Remarkable bitter end with huge standing, which is a surprise regarding to the initial sweetness, and that makes me appreciate this brew .

MilanoItaly, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of bmwats
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33 cl bottle into a tulip.

A: Medium brown with a reddish hue. Pours about a 1 finger, bubbly, white-brown head. Settles quickly leaving only a smattering of bubbles. No lacing.

S: Nuts, raisin, licorice, and a nutty malt with a bit of tea.

T: Robust and syrupy malt with a sappy, raisin flavor. Lightly bitter, and a balance of sweet.

M: High alcohol profile. A bit of a burning on the palette. But very robust and hearty. Has almost a cloying aftertaste. Kind of a rustic woodiness in there. A little unusual.

D: Sip and enjoy the robust, sweet, malty goodness.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice body with a bubbly head. Settles qucikly though and no lacing. Nose is a combination of malt, and sweetness; with something of a woody body. Flavor is malty but sweet, with a lightly bitter finish and a high alcohol profile. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

bmwats, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of mulder1010
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ML bottle poured into a La Fin Du Monde Tulip

A-- Poured a dark, hazy reddish brown color. Want to say leathery in a way. No real visible carbonation shown besides the one finger head that is light brown in color. Excellent head retention and holds the body of the head real well. Almost reminds me of looking at meringue. Just bits of spotty but thick lacing.

S-- Stewed dark fruits. Plumbs, raisins, and apricots. Sort of a candied smell to this but not overpowering and too sugary. Not a alcohol smell in the nose either. Very well hidden for 10.5%.

T-- Rum soaked plumbs and raisins. Mixed in with some spices as well. Alcohol is much more obvious in the taste.

M-- Rum changes to cognac in the mouth and the carbonation is a bit higher than I remember from last time having this. Very numbing of the tongue. Heavy body but lively in the mouth. Sweetness does really kick in on this once you really let this sit for a while.

D-- Very much a sipper. Quality sipper at that. Great nose and look but after a while the rum and cognac taste is very aggressive and overpowering. Also gets a bit sweet for my taste. Darned good beer though. Good nightcap though one is enough and hurts the drinkability of it, as one is all you need.

mulder1010, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of dqrull
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark copper with a red tinge to it, lightly dirt-coloured small head, minus for the head but huge plus for the beautiful colour.

Smells wonderful of sweet dark fruits, dried figs, caramellized sugar and a tart hin t of red berries, maybe raspberries?

Taste has some lightly roasted malts with chocolate and dried dark fruits, plums, figs and the same touch of red berries I found in the nose. Not as sweet as I expected and remembered, but still sweet, with a light bitterness all throughout, a bit too much yeast at the end.

Medium body with a weak but soft carbonation.

dqrull, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of TommyC
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, translucent amber; large-medium size bubbles. Great color (almost purplish reflections from some angles), but small head with little retention.

Nose: fruit; bread.

Taste: plum; grape; cherry; herbs; malts; sharp spices; (and perhaps a tinge of fennel?). A well balanced affair with sweetness tempered by a minor touch of tang.

Mouthfeel is somewhat unremarkable: thick enough, but doesn't really have the proper head to create the creaminess that suits this style (IMO).

Overall, I liked this: flavorful yet balanced, bringing a quad-like palate but with much more subtlety and far greater drinkability than any quad I've had. However, I'd prefer if it had a thicker, finer head.

TommyC, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of DeepSix
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a snifter.

Poured a brown color with a significant head that made pouring the whole bottle at once impossible. Don't know if thats storage or pouring technique or what. Back to the color impossible to see through.

Smell is of dark fruits, plums, raisins, candi sugar, and the alcohol

A continuation of the smell, maybe with some spice in there? The alcohol is present as well, as with some minor bitterness which i cannot place if is alcohol or hops, I will guess the latter.

This has a pretty thick mouthful, a bit like syrup. Alcohol is present here as well.

The drinkability is there, but I feel as the beer warmed up the ABV became more noticeable, i was tempted to bring down my score because i drank the beer as I was writing this review, but in the end I decided no. Though have no fear the beer seems to taste better as warmed though as well. These like any high ABV beer can knock you on your ass, and this beer is pretty deceptive when still cold.

DeepSix, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of IronCitySteve
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap poured into a tulip glass

A: Dark brown coffee appearance. Heavily carbonated. A small brown head with some lacing that sticks around for the whole drink.

S: A orange citrus scent with some heavy malt scents (brown sugar).

T: Lots of malt flavor, some chocolate and caramel. Lots of sugar flavors, almost candy like. It was nothing I have tasted before, which may just be inexperience, or the beer may be that unique.

M: Oh so creamy, leaving a sweet, somewhat alcohol taste on the tongue, teeth and lips.

D: An extremely high ABV, but it is oh so good. Definitely a sit back and sip on beer, good for the winter.

IronCitySteve, May 29, 2008
Photo of MuddyFeet
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Liquid pumpernickel. The beer looks like liquified pumpernickel and smells like it. Filtered mud. There was a thick and stubborn head on top. The nose is bready and yeasty. The taste is very fruity--but dried and earthy fruits like raisins, prunes, apples, apricots and bananas. Also, just a hint of honey. A very full bodied beer that clings to the palate.Would make a great beer to go with a dessert tart.

MuddyFeet, Mar 27, 2005
Photo of allengarvin
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this into a Duvel glass, which turned out to be a good choice as a large frothy head foamed on top of the dark red brew. The nose has a sweet, ripe fruitiness and a very faint corky mustiness. Quite sweet flavor... just bordering on cloying. Malt is restrained, as is bitterness: emphasis is on the yeast character, and it's nice and complex with a lot of fruitiness, as well as some lightly peppery, almost herbal, phenols that blend with the warming alcohol at the finish.

I would prefer a bit less sweet of a beer, but this is still pretty good.

allengarvin, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of jpro
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a Chimay glass...

A: Ruby-tinged amber, with about a half finger of fizzy almond head; a steady stream of bubbles rises up through the murkiness to support a creamy layer of foam; no lace on this 10.5% ale.

S: Dark fruits with some touches of alcohol; figs; molasses; toast; notes of toffee. A lot of interesting nuances in the aroma.

T: Interesting flavors, right off the first sip: raisin, a touch tangy / vinous; quite sweet with some alcohol towards the end.

M: Full bodied; high, tingly carbonation; very lively; a touch of alcohol heat.

O: An interesting beer; glad I tried it; very smooth and drinkable at 10.5%.

jpro, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of Patrick999
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark triple, eh? My brother hooked me up with this before his wedding a few weeks ago - we were all sitting in the groom's staging area before the wedding, drinking Gulden Draak out of the bottle. Good times. Obviously I wasn't able to review it then, so I bought a 750ml bottle for a real review.

A - Poured into a chalice. Looks a little more innocent than most BSDAs; has a cola-like look to it. Head foams up a bit, then settles to a thin layer.

S - Massive hit of malt in the nose. Hot caramel on top of an ice cream sundae. Oh yeah, lots of spiced rum. Faint whiffs of alcohol.

T - I hope you like your malt. It's a malt bomb for the malt-heads out there. I'm sure there's a hop or two buried beneath, but it's just a formality. Dark fruits and a good bit of spice. Not as massively phenolic as I might have imagined. Very sweet...ultimately a bit too sweet for me, but it's still a hell of a brew.

F - Nice and light, belying the debauched monstrosity that is this beer.

D - While it feels light, the sweetness to me begins to get tiresome. A full 750ml is a bit much for one.

Patrick999, Apr 26, 2008
Photo of BMMillsy
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle at World of Beer in Tioga. Pours purplish reddish brown with a nice cream colored head. Aroma of plums, booze, and yeast funk. Flavor follows with yeasty bitter on top of sweet dark fruits, raisins, figs, etc. hit me hard as I have not eaten and this drinks pretty easy. Solid Belgian brew.

BMMillsy, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of Maudite
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Rich, thick, hazy, the color of toffee, breakfast tea, or figs. 3 fingers of deliciously thick nut brown head formed and wouldn't quit.

S- Spicy, rich warm maltiness, sweet, apples...dark rich fruits (figs, dates, raisins...), earthy dark bread. A slight butterscotchy diacetyl. A complex and warm nose.

T- Warming alcohol bite, caramel, toasty grains, bread, dark fruits, spiced cake...almost like a brandy.

M- Acidic, bright, warm. Sticky and sweet in the mouth, quite lingering, subtle hop spice on the finish.

D- Very delicious apéritif. A strong drink, so hard to recommend more than one, but perhaps something worth keeping on hand for when the occasion arises.

Maudite, Mar 30, 2008
Photo of botham
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2 oz squat bottle poured into a tulip. pours a dark copper/caramel color with garnet highlights and four fingers of light tan head that remains for a couple minutes. light lacings.

aroma is sweet and fruity, with a sour character that contains notes of grape and apple. a bready yeast aroma forms a base, while apricot and caramel round out the profile. nicely concentrated, with a good breadth of aromas.

taste is mildly sweet up front, with fruit notes of apple, grape and apricot, along with a notable alcoholic presence and a bready note on the back of the palate. finishes on an alcoholic note with residual apple, malt, and a touch of bittering hops.

mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a sharp texture, due to CO2 levels and alcohol. finishes semi dry with soft CO2 on the way down. could be a bit smoother on the palate.

drinkability is good. this is a complex brew with many flavors and aromas, and a notable alcoholic tag. the richness of the profile makes this one more of a sipping brew. a very enjoyable belgian strong dark.

botham, Apr 26, 2008
Photo of bjlovers68
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml brown bottle wrapped in white casing, very similair to picture.

A-Definitely some red in its appearance, an amber colour with very little light passing through. The head is rich and lingering, a beige colour.

S-The alchohol content is noticeable right away, almost overpowering. A fruity smell, hints of fig, and spice.

T/M-I loved the taste and feel of this beer. The alchohol is noticeable -as in the smell- but not overpowering. A sweet beer with tastes of spice and ginger. Goes down smooth and feels very soft. Burns a little when it touches your throat, but the aftertaste is very enjoyable.

D-Seems like a beer to sip on occasion. I wouldn't go buy 6 of them (especially at 3.50-4.00 bucks a bottle) but every now and then it's nice to drink something different and delicious. Reward yourself with this ale, you won't be dissapointed.

bjlovers68, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of pkalix
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

mahogany brown, with some redddish tint where it can get light through it.
smell is of dark and tangy fruit.
taste is of dark and tangy fruit. what kind of malts produce this kind of taste? definitely some alcohol in the taste, but well hidden for a brew at 10.5% ! ! !
mouthfeel? still trying to overcome the taste!
overall? this was also a part of a sampler pack (again). not bad stuff overall in the sampler pack and it's not not a bad brew, but there are certainly some better brews from belgium. considering all beers i've had from all nationalities, this is a fine beer for having a 10.5% content. but comparing against other belgiums, it's a little too tart, tangy, bitter, dark-fruity for me. still drinkable and always welcome, though...

pkalix, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of mmmbeer
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 mL stubby with no freshness date needed due to the ABV and the painted bottle. Pours a reddish color that is bright red when light shines through. It has a 3 finger rocky head that pokes above the rim of the tulip and leaves a lot of foamy lace. Toward the end I poured in the rest of the bottle, which gave it a murky, more brown color. It smells of raisins and orange predominantly, but has banana, sour apples, pepper, melons?, bubblegum, and maybe some hops. The first sip is heavy and very sweet with a touch of metal, which is not quite what I was expecting, but let's work with it. As I drink, there are also raisins, apples, cloves, pepper, oranges, and a sweetness that is still there, strong, but not as cloying as it could be considering how malty this brew is. The body has more initial carbonation than I would have thought, but it smooths and becomes near flat by the end of the glass. The drinkability suffers not from the high ABV, which is only evident in a slight warming sensation, but from the strong sweetness. However, it is still a good beer and it's getting me excited about the other Belgians I have stashed away

mmmbeer, Nov 17, 2005
Photo of tewaris
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Dark amber to rusty brown hued with a medium head and good retention. Fruit, toast, very similar to a Quadrupel. I think it is one. Sweet and dark with some tannins and a creamy smoothness. Full carbonation and medium body. Slightly alcoholic at times, but that does not distract at all. Thoroughly enjoyable and very well made.

4.5, 4, 4, 4, 4

tewaris, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of BMoldy
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Large frothy light-brown head crowns an almost opaque chestnut brew. Fantastic retention and good lacing as well.

S: Lots of dark fruity esters complemented by rich toasted malts and rounded out by a lush herbal hoppiness.

T: Dark, caramel-like sweetness mixes with ripe plums and almost earthy raisins. Mild bitterness mostly serves to hold back the malt. The dark fruits are what really stick out here. Long, complex finish with hints of licorice and toffee.

M: Heavy mouthfeel with a very robust carbonation that renders the beer slightly creamy. Slightly astringent on the finish and maybe a tad hot as it goes down.

O: A nice, rich beer that packs a kick and represents its style well. While the mixture of fruits and sweetness was appealing, I would have liked to see a slightly more complex malt bill. I imagine some more burnt notes would go well with this beer. But hey, that's just me. Definitely a keeper, though, and worth going back to.

BMoldy, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of drizzam
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured with a clear brown body with ruby highlights when held to the light. The head on this was ridiculous, four fingers of off-white chunky foam that took forever to recede enough to drink. Giant chunks of head clung to the side of the glass while drinking...never had that happen before!

S - Sweet malt with dark fruit and an unidentified spice lurking in the alcoholic smelling finish.

T & M - Very sweet, the dark fruit comes through in a big way in this brew. There is some caramel or butterscotch that appears toward the end. As heavily carbonated as this appeared I thought it would have a coarse mouthfeel...turns out that it's rather creamy and slick. It finishes with a bit of dark fruit and a slight warming alcoholic kick.

D - This is a good beer and one worth a try. Sweet, but not cloyingly so. The ABV and the price are the biggest hindrances in the drinkablility. I would recommend it, if not just for the experience.

drizzam, Dec 09, 2010
Gulden Draak (Dark Triple) from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
95 out of 100 based on 3,215 ratings.