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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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2,934 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,934
Reviews: 1,199
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 151
Gots: 234 | FT: 3
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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 capeannbass36


4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a fairly clear dark chestnut brown, topped with a tan 2 finger head that disappates rapidly. Medium light lacing left behind.

S- Dark fruit, caramel, sweet malt.

T- Follows the nose. Caramel and sweet malt.

M- Medium light carbonation. Slightly slick and oily. Somewhat dry finish.

O- Would definitely purchase again. Sweet, but not overly sweet. Mighty tasty. Packs a punch.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 21:20:39 | More by capeannbass36
Photo of mdfb79

New York

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 11/25/11 notes. Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a dark mahogany brown color with two fingers of fluffy tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of dark fruits, molasses, sweet fruity malts, light alcohol, and light spices.

t - Tastes of sweet dark fruits, molasses, bready malts, booze, yeast, and light spice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink for over 10% ABV.

o - Overall a very good Belgian dark ale. Lots of sweet dark fruits mixing with a little spice. Something I would definitely buy again.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 17:56:42 | More by mdfb79
Photo of CwrwAmByth

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330ml glass bottle into a Gulden Draak tulip glass.

Pours a nice dark brown with a solid brown head that slowly reducing leaving lace as it goes.

The smell is potent, spicy and alcohol.

The taste matches the smell, spices and dark flavours being slightly outdone by the taste of the alcohol, making it at times too over powering.

Overall a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 20:10:47 | More by CwrwAmByth
Photo of Chincino


4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer on-tap yesterday and this was my first time trying this beer.

It poured a dark brown color (slightly cloudy).

The beer had an aroma of fruit (apples mostly) and malt.

Sweet taste, but not overpoweringly sweet.

Definitely could tell the high ABV with this beer.

I would definitely try this beer again.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2011 12:56:11 | More by Chincino
Photo of Naerhu


4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An annoyingly large tan head on a completely opaque body.
Spicy dark bread aroma fills the room upon opening. A little pastry sugar and molases and a herbaceous hoppyness as well.

Long lasting dark sugar flavor, though not a sweet beer. Bitterness on the back of the tongue is outstanding. Caramel maltiness.

The bitterness, though appreciated is also a bit rough.

This is an enjoyable beer. I cannot imagine why I would ever buy one again, though. I mean it does not go with food, and if we are thinking of an after dinner drink, then port wine or barley wine has my vote.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2004 13:18:01 | More by Naerhu
Photo of Haybeerman


4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Brown color; caramel around the edges. Poured a 2 finger off-white head that lingered to a thick skim. Lots of lace sheeting down the side of the glass.

S: Dark fruits; plums and raisins. Sweet foundation with candi sugar.

T: Bitter up front followed by lots of dark fruit flavors. Finishes sweet with a mild spiciness.

M: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Sweet in the mouth. Hint of alcohol; more prominent as it warms.

D: Nice flavorful beer. Fairly complex. ABV limits drinkability a bit, but well worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 21:18:06 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of axeman9182

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle from Amanti Vino's Beer of the Month club March package. It was poured into my Duvel tulip.

Gulden Draak pours a hazy chestnut brown, with a voluminous four fingers or so of very light tan foam. Head retention is outstanding, it positively creeps down towards the body of the beer. Lacing isn't quite up there with the best Belgians though, it's fairly spotty. The nose is wonderful, heavy on figs and raisins and brown sugar, with just a little bit of alcohol creeping in in the background. The flavor profile can't quite follow through on all that though, as it's very heavy on plums, and the booziness (while still not harsh) is a bit more prevalent here. The brown sugar is faded significantly, an the dark fruit aspect of the beer doesn't have the same depth, it's much more one note here. The body is sufficiently light for a high ABV Belgian beer, but the carbonation just doesn't quite have the activity/effervescence that some of the best do. This is my first time trying Gulden Draak in a couple years, and I'm enjoying it a bit more now than I remember. It's a well above average Belgian Strong Dark Ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 04:16:03 | More by axeman9182
Photo of alkemy


4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper/rusty/ruby brown with about a finger of off-white head. The scent is a mix of pepper, alcohol, spice, and dark dried fruits. The first scent is fruity (dates, plums, and bananas) which are quickly joined by alcohol finishing with spice. For me the scents seemed to be in stages. The taste was much of the same other than a slightly different order. Dark fruits and spice on the front coming in front of a wet bready malt. The alcohol finishes things off and lingers for a bit. Pretty dry finish. Sweet, but not overdone by any means. This is a pretty solid ale and one of my favorite styles.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2010 23:35:45 | More by alkemy
Photo of wahhmaster


4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, almost purple, color. Has a tight, white head that lingers for a while and leaves spotty lacing.

Smell: Smells of fruit, especially grapes and other dark fruits, as well as candy. Has a strong sweet smell as well. Smells especially strongly of TRIUMPH.

Taste: Starts bitter with hints of dark fruits. Finishes sweet with a hint of spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a nice carbonation bite.

Drinkability: A decent beer. Not the greatest example of a Belgian beer that I've had but not bad nonetheless. It's worth a try but not something that I'll seek out time and again.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2010 00:17:29 | More by wahhmaster
Photo of colts9016


4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass at 46 degrees.

Appearance: A frothy tan head that has retention the head is one finger thick. The color of the beer is dark brown color. The clarity is nearly opaque with some effervescence bubbles on the side.

Nose: A rich dark toasty malt that has phenol and solvent aromas. The hops is floral and woody. In the background there is a hint of sweetness.

Taste: A very rich deep malt that has toasty, yeasty and biscuit characters. The hops is a spicy white pepper, floral bouquet, some wood and grapefruit. There are solvents, phenols and a subtle molasses flavor.

Overall: The mouth feel is creamy, carbonated, and slightly astringent. The body is medium with a medium finish. This is a really good beer, I enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2010 05:46:14 | More by colts9016
Photo of tmoneyba


4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a reddish/brown hue with a moderate light brown head that diminished slowly with fair lacing. Full aroma of sweet fruit and alcohol. Medium to full body with smooth texture. Full flavor of fruit, caramel with a solid alcohol bite at the finish.

Very good brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2009 18:40:43 | More by tmoneyba
Photo of dasenebler


4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl, Netherlands.

Sexy light garnet with a thick, bubbly light tan head. Thin layer retains, with a bit of lacing.

Aroma is outstanding with a rich, vinous alcohol note, along with ripe stone fruit, such as cherries and plums.

Flavor is warming as hell. This is a very strong beer, but it's pretty smooth. I like the concept of the dark tripel, though my favorite tripels are dry and refreshing, whereas this beer is quite sweet and pretty heavy. There's a big cherry sweetness, along with some brown sugar and molasses. This is a tasty beer, but the alcohol is quite present. The mouthfeel was well-carbonated and pretty slick and medium-heavy.

As a "dark tripel," Gulden Draak is a unique Belgian ale that makes for a great digestif...or nigthcap, in my case.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 21:10:43 | More by dasenebler
Photo of Pooter


4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Amber brown, nice head that dissipates after a minute or two
S: Clovey, not too strong
T: Pretty good. I want to say banana but not quite, something sweet but complex.
M: Goes down surprisingly well for the ABV!
D: Very high. This feels sessionable but if treated so would be a time-bomb. Be warned!

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2010 02:53:30 | More by Pooter
Photo of AdmiralDiaz


4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark reddish brown with a huge off white head with huge fat lacing. Smells like apples yeast banana with good amount of spice. Taste is the same with a bit of alcohol comin through. Mouthfeel is subpar with weak carbonation. Very drinkabe for the abv.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2009 00:59:59 | More by AdmiralDiaz
Photo of BeerForMuscle

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy maple syrup body with a small cream head.

S - Sweet malty syrup and dark honey crystals. Brown sugar and a faint rubbing alcohol note. Faint fruit skin, raisins, and spice notes.

T - Spiced alcohol and sweet, viscous, dry malt. Bitter grape skin and tingly clove effect. Warming alcohol and touch of dark sugars.

M - Warming and drying, this BSDA has a strong effect.

O - A sturdy, strong beer with a complexity and roundness to it.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 00:30:20 | More by BeerForMuscle
Photo of dherling

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured out a dark reddish brown, with a bubbly off white head, great lacing. The nose offers lots of dark fruits like plums, cherries and raisins, followed by sweet candy sugar. There's a bunch of alcohol in the nose too. The taste is sweet sugar, bubblegum, cottong candy, and spice up front. The finish hits you with dark fruit again, then some faint chocolate and alcohol. Mouthfeel was creamy, with a long burning finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2006 23:37:19 | More by dherling
Photo of udubdawg


4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a deep reddish brown color, not particularly clear, but topped with a cap of fizzy tan head that lasts better than expected.

Big aromas here, almost too many to name. Abundant alcohol, rich caramel and a lighter component I assume is some sort of candi sugar. Also a toastiness here that is Munich-esque. Fruits are mostly dark in the raisin/plum range but there is a little bit of lighter orchard fruit here too. Complex.

the bottle is aged, and the alcohols have mellowed from "hot" to wonderfully spicy. Still sweet as hell, but I don't really mind. Again, it is quite spicy; more so than I recall. Mild earthy flavors, wish the finish would be a bit drier but then again it would probably demand another sip and this is already a sipper. As mentioned it isn't particularly hot any more, but it is warming everywhere...

moderately carbed, no more than average and probably slightly below average for the style. Body is pretty big, and it is slightly sticky.

this is some strong shit, and it doesn't hide it. I'm happy to sip a single 11.2 oz bottle; a 750 would be too much for me to finish in one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2010 17:56:00 | More by udubdawg
Photo of BeerDocT


4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Original review 8/21/11. Updated 1/11/14.

Poured from a bottle into a wide-mouthed glass.

-Appearance 4.0: Completely opaque, chestnut brown in color. Despite my best efforts, upon pouring it foamed up to a huge head, over an inch in height. Head dissolved to medium sized bubbles and some remaining foam. Might want to try a larger mouthed goblet next time.

-Smell 3.75: Smells...very subdued. I smell a lot of brown sugar, maybe caramel. No discernible hops, but a distinct trace of Belgian yeast.

-Taste 4.25: Smooth, but a big malt kick. Aftertaste reveals more brown sugar and caramel, with slight hoppiness. There is a definite "dark" taste to this beer, slightly smoky. Sweet, but the carbonation sweeps this sensation away and whisks you over to tasting hops and candied fruits. Yes, I typed "candied fruits." If you've ever had any, you'll know what I mean.

-Mouthfeel 4.0: Lots of bubbles. I'm talking champagne level of bubbles. Still, these bubbles help to break up what would no doubt be -since this beer is over 10% ABV-- a treacly sweet beer.

-Overall 4.25: Excellent ale. Multi-layered tastes in every sip. Very complex, but the high level of bubbles can obscure certain taste levels. Regardless, this brew is smooth, balanced and contains absolutely no indication of its epic ABV. This factor -on its own-- is enough to make this beer world class. The Steenberge brewery should be proud of producing several ales that are consistently excellent, Gulden Draak being one of its flagships and rightfully so.

Paid $13.99 for a four pack of the Draak in Atlanta, GA.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 05:04:34 | More by BeerDocT
Photo of mjtiernan

New York

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a goblet at slightly above cellar temp. No freshness dating found.

A: Deep ruby red body sits below a frothy off-white two-finger head. Real nice retention.

S: Dark fruit, butterscotch, vanilla and grain.

T: Raisins, dates and apple cider. A little of the sweet malt caramel comes through.

M: The alcohol is warming but the flavor is difficult to perceive. Body is medium to full, texture creamy and the carbonation is lively. Finish is slightly chalky.

O: A nice dark belgian that’s a bit atypical to many others. Although the alcohol is high, this seems like it would be fairly approachable for Belgian newbies.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2012 01:48:49 | More by mjtiernan
Photo of beerkittycat


4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearane is a murky deep amber brown with a lingering frothy tan head. Malty aroma laced with essence of plum, cherry and very faint flowery hops. Taste is full of the same malty flavors of plum and cherry. Low hop flavor and bitterness takes a backseat to the malt flavors but complements nicely. Mouthfeel is bordering on chewy but not quite like a barelywine. Finish is slightly sweet and dry but not cloying. A beautiful beer all around.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2008 05:57:49 | More by beerkittycat
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at World of Beer Raleigh. Served in a tulip.

A - a dark plum color with a thin lacing of head

S - bready, spicy

T - bread, caramel, toffee, sugar, alcohol

M - medium to full bodied, warm, crisp

This is a really nice beer. It's malty, sweet, balanced, and complex. This is probably one of the better beers that I've had in this style. I will have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2012 09:14:16 | More by tdm168
Photo of dbossman


4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy, redish brown; one finger head with decent retention
S: Belgium yeast strain; bananas and cloves are subtle; sweet maltiness and raisins are also prevalent
T: Bready and malty; banana/cloves; something slightly medicinal-it isn't off puting though; the alcohol is well-masked throughout
F: Well-balanced carbonation; farily even mouth coating; smooth but slightly thin on back end
D: So smooth and easy going for a 10.5% beer

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 04:40:03 | More by dbossman
Photo of ib7jhurley


4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.
Dark amber with red hue. Little head with nice lacing.
Very fruity with maybe a little nutmeg. I could have sworn when I first smelled this, it was like fruit punch.
Very very flavorful of malts and fruit. The alcohol leaves a nice warming sensation at the end. Little carbonation.
This is a very nice beer, but the sweetness definitely limits my intake.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2010 07:11:03 | More by ib7jhurley
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the stubby 330ml bottle into a Duvel glass.

Pours a dark brown with reddish hints. Very loam foam, and less lacing than I'd expect.

Light malty sugary smell, but otherwise difficult to coax out. Buttery.

Strong belgian taste, hints of sugar wrapped around malty lemons. Very complex.

Long finish. Active carbonation. Good alcohol burn. Good drinking Belgian. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2010 02:02:15 | More by KTCamm
Photo of generalnotsew


4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into oversized wine glass. Huge frothy light brown head. Coloring is a dark brown woody color. Very dark beer. Light does not pass through it. Think I will have to let this one warm a tad before I go further. The nose is very sweet. Has a good sweet burnt sugary smell. A twinge of the plum smell but mostly the sweet sugar with a bit of an earthy tone. Taste is a nice spicy sugar mix. Dried plums with a twist of a slight hop bitterness follows it up. The sugar, fruit, bitterness and earthy notes all come together nicely in the middle even though they are distinct in the front and the back. Does have a slight burn in the throat but I noticed most Belgian Strong Dark Ales do. Actually this is the first Belgian I have had in a long time. At least a year. I do have a hard time picking out the differences between Quad and this style but I can't complain because they are both great.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 03:38:51 | More by generalnotsew
Gulden Draak (Dark Triple) from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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