Gulden Draak (Dark Triple) - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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4.24/5 rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured out of an 11.2 oz. bottle into my goblet glass, this beer pours a dark, murky copper color with a nice fluffy looking tan head that is about an inch thick when poured. Settles to a a nice 1/4 inch layer with a thick ring lining the inside of the glass. Pretty good lacing too. Aromas of dark caramel malts along with fruit such as plum and banana and some Belgian candy sugar as well as some yeast and a slight hint of hops. Has a very tasty sweet dark caramel malt and Belgian candy sugar flavor upfront that gives way to dark fruitiness of plums, grapes, and a bit of berries. Rounds out with a nice hint of peppery spice along with a very slight hint of hops on the very back of the tongue. The alcohol is noticeably present here in a pleasant sort of way. Has a slightly crisp, but mostly smooth and a bit creamy, slightly oily mouthfeel that really coats the palate for awhile and lingers well after having swallowed the sip. Medium body with light to moderate carbonation. Certainly could have benefited from a bit more carbonation I think, but a very good beer all around! Easy to drink in the way good beer should be! A real winner here overall!
Serving type: bottle
01-24-2013 03:59:18 | More by neenerzig
4.34/5 rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
On tap at Biergarden.
A - Amber honey color. Nice and hazy.
S - A cornucopia of flavors. Complex and delightful.
T - So balanced with lots of fruit. Delicious every time I have it.
M - Not a huge mouth but still nice.
O - This is a great easy drinker. Superb beer that I always enjoy.
Serving type: on-tap
01-23-2013 04:16:29 | More by Beer-A-Lot
4.88/5 rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.
A - Pours a magnificent looking deep ruby with a massive, fluffy, four-finger head. Head dissipated fairly rapidly, with big soapy bubbles of lacing.
S - Smells of dark malts with a hint of fruits, Belgian yeasts, and spicy hops. Everything in perfect harmony here.
T - Taste follows the nose, with lush fruits (red grape, plum, beet, mulberry) taking center stage, with an undercurrent of unroasted sweet caramel malts. Belgian yeasts nowhere near as noticeable as they were in the aroma. Spicy/peppery hops carry the finish. ABV noticeable but in a good way, without being "hot". Flavors are very rich. What amazes me is how well balanced this is; total fusion with none of the above characteristics standing out over the other. Perfection.
M - Medium bodied, with standard fizzy Belgian carbonation. Manages to still feel "light" despite the richness and abv. Wizardry!
O - For my tastes, closer to a Tripel than a "Belgian Dark Ale", and a fine one at that. In fact this is one of the best beers I have ever tasted for ANY style. Need more of this immediately.
Serving type: bottle
01-22-2013 03:01:03 | More by TempeBeerMan
Gulden Draak (Dark Triple) from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
94 out of 100 based on 2,964 ratings.