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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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Ratings: 3,380
Reviews: 1,259
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 11.56%
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Gots: 474 | FT: 5
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-19-2001

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Photo of weeare138
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of davidfoley
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of Cozzatoad
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle

A- Very dark brown. head is foamy and goes up quick but also recedes quite too quickly, leaving minimal lacing

S- Spicy alcoholic aroma, nicely blended with dark fruit notes. Not much else

T- Awesome. Malts were not to felt much in the aroma but they sure are there, with sugary and caramel notes. And of course there's what the smell suggested: a warming and delicate spicy alcoholic character and a strong dark fruits flavour (that is mostly on the tongue, do hops have something to do with that?)

M- The beer is not as strong or full bodied as you'd expect from a 10.5%ABV. It has a very smooth character, with a cream-like feel that gives this strong dark ale it's peculiar character. However, i feel like the alcoholic notes tend to meddle in too much and ruin that creamy feel

D- At 10.5%ABV this is very good drinkabilty thanks to it's smoothness, you would say the beer has 8/9%ABV. The finish has some issues though, alcohol and sweetness get really too strong in the last sips

Another classic brew from Belgium

Photo of mulder1010
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of dqrull
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of TommyC
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of natelocc787
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This BSDA let me down slightly in appearance. I poured into a goblet, I will pour the last half into a tulip and see if that changes. What I mean is-there was only a half inch head after a generous pour. This combined with the goblet glassware left much to be desired in appearance and aroma.

Beer pours orange ruby crimson. Small head but fantastic lacing! Light caramel colored head dissipates quickly. Smell it while you can.

Definitely dark fruits like fig, plum and dates. Smells like the inside of an apple fig newton. Malty and sugary with a yeast reminiscent of a dubbel or quadrupel. A big leathery aroma.

This is listed as a dark Triple but I'm not buying it. Since it IS a triple (fermented 3x) I must say this is pushing the envelope as far as a triple is concerned, tastes more like a Trappist to me.

I am very satisfied with the taste of this beer. I was expecting a bad beer or possibly aged beer because I saw others noted it with a large head and this one poured with almost none. WOW! Dark Belgian candi sugar is raping this beer! Spicey with clove and white pepper. Fruity with purple plum, raisins and fig. Chocolate and caramel. Complex and tasty. Still not great in this area though. Nice and boozy in the finish though and this alcohol kick gives the score a boost because it adds to the complexity. Anyone who likes the Cuvee (Gouden Carolus) will love this brew.

Feels great like a Belgian should. Silky, carbonated and heavy. Great beer to roll around the palate before you swallow.

I would definitely buy "Golden Dragon" again. Got this 750ml for 7.99 at 7-11! Last one they had and I'm glad I found it. Great BSDA but not the best.

***Note: second half poured into unibroue tulip and the head was MUCH improved. Big 4 inch head and it made the aroma stand out much more as well. Scores have been updated respectively.

Photo of JMforman
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I wasn't real impressed with the first beer that I had from Brouwerij Ban Steenberge (their Dubbel), but this one was great.

A- Big head with a deep amber body and good retention.

S- Very earthy: must, hay, alcohol, cherries

T- Alcohol, cherries, dark fruit, and bready malt up front with burnt sugar/ molasses filling the middle, and then a bitter finish

M- Very coating with a medium to full feel

D- Oh yes.

Photo of IronCitySteve
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a light coffee color, with HUGE tan, rich,cremy foam that left decent lace. The aroma was citrusy, with hints of apple, and a bit biscuity. The taste was malty, biscuity, a bit of caramel, floral hops, sweet malt, hint of fruitiness (bananas and apples). The mouthfeel wa sweet. creamy, warming (alcohol), tangy, with good carbonation.

The drinkability was good. Fruity and hoppy.

Photo of Maudite
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of botham
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of tiger88
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep copper/mahogony into thw glass that prodused a coppery white head. The head dissipated rather quickly. The aroma of malty bread goodness coupled by a sweet spice came through. It tastes remarkably like it smells. The alcohol is well hidden and the spiciness lays over the malt really well. There is a realy clean mouthfeel with this beer with little to no aftertaste. Very drinkable triple. Seek this one out!

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Gulden Draak appears a chestnut brown color with ruby / crimson highlights visible when held to the light. The liquid is murky and hazy, with random bits of sediment meandering randomly through the beer. Atop the beer sits a half inch of khaki head that leaves some decent lacing on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, alcohol, slightly sweet malts. The beer tastes better than it smells, actually. The aroma is fine, but could be more grandiose.

T: The beer is sweet and malty. In spite of this, the heat, or alcohol presence, is quite subdued. If it weren't for the sweetness, it would be pretty easy to gulp down a few of these too fast. The Belgian yeast flavor is great, but I would prefer it to be brought to the forefront a bit more.

M: Alcohol content is well hidden. The feel is medium-bodied and creamy, with a malty / candy sweetness present throughout.

D: A good beer, but not my favorite BSDA. Still, it's a solid beer and one I will continue to enjoy on occasion.

Photo of mmmbeer
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
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

Photo of ElGordo
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 330ml bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Body is a deep amber color with golden brown highlights, crowned by a good two fingers of sticky, foamy head that hangs around a good long while. Aroma of sweet, bready malt, raisin, and a hint of spicy hops, along with a touch of yeasty funk. Palate is mildly sweet up front, then becomes richer and maltier as it washes over the tongue. A raisiny sweetness emerges just before the swallow. Finish is smooth, sweet malt with just a hint of lingering heat from the alcohol.
Body is rich and creamy, just great for a Belgian dark ale. Velvety smooth in the mouth, without being foamy on the swallow. This is an excellent example of the style, and one that I wish I drank more often. Hopefully I'll amend that soon.

Photo of Immortale25
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a medium brown color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Dark bread, dark fruit and a bit of brown sugar sweetness. The yeast ties everything together to make for a nice bouquet.

T- Sweet, toffee-like malt flavor with more dark bread notes and plenty of spice. Alcohol is there but not overbearing. Slight metallic taste.

M- Somewhat dry with medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- Haven't had this one in a while and it's pretty much just as I remember it. Solid strong Belgian flavor that's complex but still approachable. I used some salty Danish Havarti to cut the sweetness and slight booze bite.

Photo of Vixie
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruby red with a 3/4" white head that slowly dissipated. This is a very nice looking beer, I had this at a family gathering, and kept showing off how nice it looked.

The smell was a bit lighter than expected. Thee is malt, and fruit. Overall kind of reminds me of the smell of wine.

Taste was fruity, with a hint of molasses. There is that distinctive Belgian candy sugar flavor as well. It's a sweet brew, but not overly so. Has a nice warming at the finish.

The feel was a touch on the light side for the style. It was fairly solid, but not up to what I've experienced with other beers of this style.

Overall a really good beer. This is one of my favorite styles, and this is a great example of why. Nicely balanced taste, and just a really good beer. I expect to be buying more of this in the future.

Photo of RobertDwight
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass it has an inviting deep reddish brown hue. I poured it very slowly to compensate for the extreme growth of white head after pouring. It grows like a chia pet to about three fingers big. After taking a few sips the head reduced to 1 finger with light lacing around the glass. I get sweet smells along with dried fruits and spices. Taste starts out sweet and then slightly sour with flavors of prunes and dried apricots; then moves to more roasted malt flavors. It warms the throat as the alcohol is present right at the end, especially when it warms up. Mouthfeel is rich, but not overly viscous. It has very good drinkability, and its a pleasure from start to finish...I wish I had some more!

Photo of Howlader
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Abe_Froman
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of chugalug06
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very strong soapy head. Head is slight red color with lots of brown. Brew is nice ruby red, also with lots of browns. Clarity is weak as is lacing.

S - Deep sour apple scent. Lots of light airy spices. Mild apricot and mango. Scent is very nice.

T - Very strong heat up front that slowly strengthens. Brew is nice and sweet with wonderful cover over the heat. Brew also is very spicy with lots of unique flavor.

M - Perfect bitter level. Very wet and drinkable. Carbonation is slightly over done, but doesn't distract.

O - Super glad I got to try this one. I will age one and report back in a few years. Until then, cheers!

Photo of kawilliams81
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a Pipeworks snifter.

A- pours a dirty, dark copper with a 2" light tan head. Bubble blotches and some trails of lacing remain on the glass.

S- caramel, toffee, brown sugar, dark fruits, bready yeast

T- toffee, brown sugar, dark fruits, bread, spicy Belgian yeast with slight metallic taste.

M- medium body and high carbonation. Light syrup feel with dry finish and slight alcohol burn.

O- good strong ale, nice sweet flavors and dark fruits. I bet with some age the alcohol would mellow and the carbonation might lighten as well.

Photo of bluesplit63
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet with a deep brown color and a fast growing head. Ended up overflowing the goblet because of the amount of carbonation in the bottle. Was purchased in a Belgium 6 Combo Pack with 5 other beers.

Overall the scent was sweet from fruit.

The taste on the other hand was not as sweet as you would expect from the scent. This though was not a bad thing. If this beer taste like it smelt you might as well have had a glass of wine.

Great Belgium beer that won my vote over the other 5 purchased in the mixed pack.

Photo of Teleweizen2
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - this beer pours a murky, opaque burgundy/brown. a light tan foam dissipates quickly to a mere film, leaving just a slight bit of lacing.

S - the aroma is quite unique. chocolate is most prominent. notes of caramel, banana, raisins, and spice round out the complex aroma.

T - a toasty, nutty malt character on the forefront, which adds a light herbal bitterness as it warms on the tongue. the notes of spicy yeast, dark malts, and high alcohol elicit flavors of rum raisin and banana bread. the finish is long and sweet.

M - the ale has an almost buttery character. medium bodied with a mild carbonation.

O - a very interesting ale, perfect for winter/cold weather consumption.

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Gulden Draak (Dark Triple) from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
94 out of 100 based on 3,380 ratings.