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

Gulden Draak (Dark Triple)Gulden Draak (Dark Triple)

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2,763 Ratings

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Ratings: 2763
Reviews: 1190
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.35%

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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 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 Vineyard


4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Overall: Beutiful beer, with a great aroma and taste. I really really enjoyed this beer and would definitley drink it again. I would say it is quite different than other Strong Dark Ales I've had, but not in a bad way.

Appearance: Gorgeous deep ruby red color. About one finger of head which recedes and leaves decent lacing.

Aroma: Inticing. Rich malty notes first, followed by some dark fruit, maybe dark cheeries, a little caramel and chocolate and some very impressive yeast notes.

Taste: Very malty with a cornucopia of flavors underneath. The strongest notes were of caramel, dark fruit and a very nice blend of yeast flavors. The finish is surprisingly dry, with very little alchol flavor/burn for such a large beer.

Mouthfeel: A little chewier up front than I would enjoy, probably the only detraction from the beer. It does have a very nice dry finish however.

Drinkability: Very very good for such a large, complex beer. Very happy that I gave this one a try.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2011 01:31:32 | More by Vineyard
Photo of Anthony88


4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: I nice rustic brown, yet when the light hits it it almost appears a dark amber. A nice haze, but not opaque and a wonderful head that remained throughout the whole beer. The lacing follows accordingly.

S: Has an aroma of Belgian yeast, alcohol, slightly sweet malts. The smell does not do the taste justice. Has a more average smell and the taste is not what you would expect.

T: This beer is definitely malty with a sweet, almost fruity taste. The alcohol is present, but definitely not overpowering and the yeast is also there. The sweetness of the beer keeps you drinking this at a more moderate pace.

M: A malty feel without much heat from the alcohol. A creamy thick feel.

D: A nice tasting brew and definitely one to at least try.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2010 06:26:04 | More by Anthony88
Photo of wampahoofus


4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Dark amber with about an inch of cream colored head. Some lacing that fades in a few minutes.

Smell: The sweet esters dominate the smell. Fruity and full of aroma.

Taste: Ah. Lots of fruity esters with this wonderful caramel malt backbone shining through. Very little bitterness.

Mouthfeel: The well rounded malts linger on the palette.

Drinkability: for a beer of this strength, it is scary how drinkable it is. You could sip these all night. However, I would not make it past two.

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2010 22:48:51 | More by wampahoofus
Photo of deltatauhobbit


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

Over at the LP.

Pours into a tulip glass a dark brown color with a sizable tan head, fades at a slow rate and leaves some small patchy lacing along the glass.

Smell is primarily caramel malt with a touch of dark fruit, bit of alcohol in the nose as well.

Taste has a decent balance of malt, dark fruit and breadiness, not overly sweet, the alcohol isn't as noticeable as it was in the nose but it still shows up a bit on the taste buds, seems a bit musty at times which is rather odd.

Can't believe it's taken this long for me to try Gulden Draak.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2010 14:48:36 | More by deltatauhobbit
Photo of david18

New York

3.4/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had a twelve ounce draft of this at the Amsterdam Ale House on the Upper West side. One of the reasons I like Tripels over Dubbels, Quads and Strong Darks is because I like the lightness better. So I'm not sure what a dark Tripel is.

This beer was pretty good but not a real standout. Color was a dark amber with a dark head and low to medium carbonation. Aroma was typical for a quad, yeast, dark fruit, very little hops. The flavor as well had a lot of malty and dark fruit characteristics. Good if you like quads.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2010 20:42:07 | More by david18
Photo of yobeerman


4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark Brown in appearence with a creamy tan head that lasted a while.

S - The smell was of toffee and molasses, with raisens and plums, and a hint of alcohol.

T - The taste was of malt, with toffee and raisens, and a mellow hoppiness.

M - This is a full bodied, thick, and smooth brew. Meant to be sipped and gets better as it warms.

D - This is good Belgian, and one I'd gladly order again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2010 03:30:50 | More by yobeerman
Photo of EgadBananas


3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark, red bronze in color, with a very minimal head that dissipates super fast.

Aroma is bready, sweet caramel malts, with some noticeable alcohol and roasted notes.

Taste is much of the same with sweet malts, caramel and noticeable alcohol sting, along with some brandy-like qualities.

Feel is solid medium in body, minimal carbonation and a slight creaminess.

Very enjoyable, but the alcohol puts a damper on the drinkability. 1 is satisfying.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2010 13:45:21 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of celldog


4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Simply the best beer on the planet. I get my Gulden Drak from Yardhouse restaurants. Have never had it from the 12 oz or 750ml bottles.

The explosive flavors of this tripel are so wonderful. Nothing I have tasted compares. This is not for the bud light drinker. This beer is only meant for those who appreciate quality and substance in their beers.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2010 22:40:18 | More by celldog
Photo of MrDanno96


4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep brown/mahogany color with about a finger of off-white head. Not much lacing, but a little liquid clings to the sides of my snifter.

S: Fairly sweet on the nose - sweet dark fruit, caramel, and a little Belgian spiciness.

T: As the nose indicated, fairly sweet, but very well balanced too. Lots of sweet dark fruit up front - plums, figs, grapes - along with sweet brown sugar and caramel. Some of that typical spice from the Belgian yeast makes its way into the finish, providing a bite of dryness that adds good balance. Well done!

M: On the lighter side of full bodied and incredibly smooth for 10.5%. The alcohol is barely detectable.

D: Quite dangerous. Without knowing the number, I would guess this was 7-8% abv at most. Gulden Draak drinks impressively well for a 10%+ brew. Bravo!

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2010 22:12:55 | More by MrDanno96
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

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2010 03:50:30 | More by boss302
Photo of CampusCrew


4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Engine 15

appearance: dark brown in color with lots of holding head, great lacing

smell: very herby and spicy aromas, some caramel sweet candy aromas

taste: sublte sweetness with some nice dark fruits notes, sublte banana and spices

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: nice Belgian beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2010 21:10:04 | More by CampusCrew
Photo of ronniebruner


4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I had a pint of this on tap at The Yardhouse. This is very, very strong beer. The aroma is crisp and strong, the beer itself sweet and tarty. The beer is definitely not smooth or for the faint of heart, but this is a great beer. High ABV and a strong sugary taste, not too sweet, not too bitter, but will definitely leave a strong aroma in your mouth

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2010 03:12:35 | More by ronniebruner
Photo of ledemie

New York

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown in color with ruby highlights.

I detected lemon, raisin, and spiciness. Some alcohol as it warms more.

fruity malt esters with a peppery dry finish leaving hints of biscuit in the mouth

This is dangerously drinkable for such a potent bere. Full bodied and smooth, with just the gentlest of warming sensations from the alcohol.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2010 14:41:06 | More by ledemie
Photo of Radome


3.68/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in goblet from tap at Yard House.

A - Dark amber color. Lighting was dim, but it seemed to have a definite red hue. Was much darker than I expected, since I've only ever seen the beer in opaque painted bottles. From the name I expected a golden ale. Head was very thin but lacing was good on the glass. Not much visible carbonation, which might be the fault of the tap system.

S - Very hard to pick up anything in the straight-sided goblet I had. I smelled a sweet aroma, maybe crystal malt and candi sugar, nothing else detectable. Perhaps more carbonation would bring out more aromas.

T - Flavor is a mix of alcohol and the sweet candi flavor from the aroma. Very clean and straight-forward but disappointedly lacking in complexity. Flavors fade quickly.

M - Slightly thin and non-mouth-coating. Some alcohol heat. Like the flavor, the mouthfeel is a little too clean for my liking/expectation. Carbonation is fairly light.

D - This is a very well-made beer. I just found myself wishing it had a little more complexity and maybe was more cloying! Can a beer this flavorful be faulted for being too drinkable? I find it hard to argue that point. If the carbonation was higher more characteristics might come out.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2010 05:04:21 | More by Radome
Photo of golffan8


4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had the beer on tap with a Chilean Sea Bass topped with a miso sauce...great paring! This is a slow drinking, sipping beer that is meant to be appreciated and savored.

A - Appearance was a gold.

S - Smell was dried fruit and alcohol.

T - Initial taste was: molasses, oak and alcohol. It finished with dry fruit and notes of pear and plumb.

This is a great example of an excellent Strong Belgian Ale. It is a beer that should be appreciated with a great dinner and should be paired with a meal with strong flavors (gamey meats, meat or fish topped with a sweet sauce or smoky flavors).

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2010 02:34:22 | More by golffan8
Photo of robwestcott


4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this one was poured from tap into a gulden draak goblet with a two and a finger long lasting foamy head. deep rich amber, and pleasant slightly caramel nose. very smooth, malty, brown / belgian sugars way up front and the high abv was all but not noticed until well afterward.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2010 13:38:01 | More by robwestcott
Photo of BeerGodz

New Jersey

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

Look: Dark mahogany color, med head, awesome lacing

Smell: Yeasty, dried fruit, chocolate, plum , caramel, bourbon

Taste: Up Front: Yeast, coffee, brown sugar, raisins , toffee. Finish: Sweet, slight hoppy, slight alcohol

Mouthfeel: Smooth, thick and creamy

Drinkability: OH YEAH! I could quaff one or two....uh... two or three....It's a Belgian Dammit!

Overall Impression: This is a funky, complex beer, just like me, except with more alcohol! If you find this beer...DRINK IT!

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2010 19:46:52 | More by BeerGodz
Photo of snpub540


3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark drown that had some slightly honey colored highlights when held to light. Not alot of head going on here.

Smell was very much bready malts, with an earthy yeastiness and some spices. Some alcohol sweetness is apparent there as well.

Flavor is very much sweet malts upfront with some spicy and floral hop bitterness. Nice warming alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but the alcohol is pretty upfront. Put one down and felt the alcohol when I got off my stool.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2010 00:16:45 | More by snpub540
Photo of Katahdin


4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A unique Belgian style beer in that it is very dark and full bodied. Rich, creamy head that lingers in the glass and holds together well. The taste has a interesting blend of pepper and fruit. The richness and complexity of the pepper is balanced by the dried fruit taste that lingers longer than the peppery flavor. An easy beer to drink and a credit to the Belgian Tripel class. Highly recommend!

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2009 19:43:03 | More by Katahdin
Photo of thegodfather2701

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap and it was poured into a Gulden Draak tulip glass. It is a dark amber/brown color with a beautiful thick, creamy head. The nose was kind of weak, but consisted of raisin, alcohol, and very malty. The taste was pretty good and got better as it warmed. There was a lot of raisin, very malty, with a nice spiciness. I could feel the alcohol on the back of my throat. It seemed almost too sweet. The mouthfeel was pretty syrupy with a touch of carbonation. The sweetness cuts into the drink ability of this beer, not to mention its high alcohol content. However, if I wasn't driving I could have had at least one more of these before trying something else. This beer does not match up with Chimay Grande Reserve in my opinion, but overall I was very pleased to try this beer and would like to have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2009 19:12:12 | More by thegodfather2701
Photo of Kadonny


4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at Ortinos Northside into a 10 ounce tulip glass.

A: A dark brownish red color with a two finger fluffy off white head. Not much glass lacing.

S: Sweet sugar and candy malt with some sweet fruit smells. A hint of tangyness.

T: Sweet dark fruits with plum, raisin, cherry and a hefty sugar candy sweetness that also gives off biscuit sweetness and a hint of molasses and some light chocolate flavor. A slight hop tartness offsets the sweetness but never takes center stage. Finish is smooth and coating but alcoholic.

M: Full, coating, sweet with a decent alcohol presence. Alcohol does not hinder the flavor at all.

D: Medium. I could have one or two, but that would be it.

Overall a nice Belgian that I was happy to try on tap. A great beer that everyone should have the opportunity of trying. Well done.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2009 22:01:36 | More by Kadonny
Photo of selecter70


3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

How could I turn down the fierce clawing dragon tap-head? A nice pour from the Independent, definitely now one of Boston's best beer joints (thanks Evan!). A dark reddish smooth pour with fine bubbles settled to a thin head that soon dissipated. A sweet malty caramel aroma, and similar flavor, with yeasty honey qualities, sweet dark plums and anise. The alcohol (10.5%) is not hidden, but rather pointed out by the sweetness, although there is enough tartness to balance. Smooth and creamy, but not so much as to have more than one, this dragon is best sipped by a fireplace on a cold rainy night.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2009 15:52:42 | More by selecter70
Photo of nickd717


3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Cheeky Monk in Denver. Is this a tripel or a quad? Sort of in the middle.

A - Reddish-brown in color with a large foamy off-white head.

S - Caramel, candi sugar, spices, and dark fruits.

T - Caramel malt, toffee, candi sugar, plum, raisin, spices, mild hops, and some metallic notes. Pretty sweet. Would be very good if not for the slight metallicity.

M - Palate is medium-full with fairly high carbonation and some alcohol warmth.

D - Average-plus.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2009 19:57:11 | More by nickd717
Photo of chadd11


4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Overall, I was very impressed with this beer. I read a lot of the reviews before trying, so I knew what I was getting into. The over sweetness of the beer is not for me, but I can see how people appreciate it. The strong caramel flavoring was a little overshadowed in my opinion by how cold it was served. The beer was served much colder than I am used to, which only added to the drinkability. However, there was no significant aftertaste, even as the beer got warmer, earning a high drinkability rating.

A - nice deep brown coloring with a thick head

S - Very sweet, caramel smell with hints of chocolate and fruity aromas

T - Overly sweet, IMO, but very bold. Warming sensation was comparable to other beers in the range

M - Good Carbonation, very crisp and clean. A little too cold for this beer (location's fault, not beer)

D - Recommended drinking for cold winter nights out by a bonfire. Nice warming sensation in the chest

OVERALL: One of the better dark Belgian ales I've ever had. Would definitely recommend you give it a try.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2009 20:05:01 | More by chadd11
Gulden Draak (Dark Triple) from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
94 out of 100 based on 2,763 ratings.