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

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,975 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 2,975
Reviews: 1,199
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 155
Gots: 246 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V. visit their website
Belgium

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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phishbone23

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-22-2013 21:40:04 | More by phishbone23
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ejyoung

Arizona

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-22-2013 19:52:43 | More by ejyoung
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bobv

Vermont

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-22-2013 18:53:16 | More by bobv
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TempeBeerMan

Arizona

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
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NYCBUCKEYE

New York

3/5  rDev -29.1%

01-22-2013 01:41:30 | More by NYCBUCKEYE
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Luk13

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

01-22-2013 00:19:57 | More by Luk13
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Ciocanelu

Romania

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-21-2013 21:04:16 | More by Ciocanelu
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jampics2

Ohio

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-21-2013 15:04:28 | More by jampics2
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Bnoise11

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

01-20-2013 22:47:10 | More by Bnoise11
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DarthKostrizer

California

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-20-2013 19:38:24 | More by DarthKostrizer
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randylangford

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

01-20-2013 16:49:11 | More by randylangford
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seanwhite

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

01-20-2013 04:51:29 | More by seanwhite
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rale

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

01-19-2013 22:31:05 | More by rale
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ant880

New York

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-19-2013 18:59:06 | More by ant880
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eawolff99

Colorado

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-19-2013 14:36:37 | More by eawolff99
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Steve_Oldrati

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-19-2013 07:08:32 | More by Steve_Oldrati
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Twal

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-19-2013 05:18:10 | More by Twal
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decimator

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330ml poured into a pint glass. ABV 10.5%.

A - Poured a dark mahogany with a 1cm bubbly head. Head dissipated to surface bubbles. No lacing.

S - Herbal, earthy, dark fruit, honey, some tropical fruit, alcohol. Not quite what I expected but it smells pleasant.

T - brown sugar, some dried fruit, some of tropical fruit (pineapple in particular), more brown sugar, the finish is medium bitterness that sticks around and some booze. As it warms I find there's a slight resin flavour coming through and the finish is a bit harsh.

M - Medium-heavy body, medium carbonation, syrupy, sticky, oily, the finish is dry with some heat.

O - There's a slight harshness in the finish that detracts from this beer. Hard to believe the ABV is that high as the alcohol isn't too obviously although it is noticeable. Still pretty good and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 03:52:40 | More by decimator
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tbryan5

Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-19-2013 02:50:12 | More by tbryan5
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BierJager89

California

4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a small bottle into a snifter at BJ's.

A: Translucent copper with a slightly tan head.

S: Lots of cherry and pineapple in the nose. Smells delicious.

T: A slight hint of alcohol, a ton of fruit, especially cherry, and a touch of honey.

M: Medium bodied and less than smooth.

O: This is a great Belgian strong dark ale that you can find just about anywhere.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 20:38:18 | More by BierJager89
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lupercmda

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-18-2013 04:32:38 | More by lupercmda
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beercatbrew

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-18-2013 03:21:52 | More by beercatbrew
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-18-2013 01:33:07 | More by yourefragile
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Danobold

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-17-2013 03:18:45 | More by Danobold
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Single, Duvel-like bottle from the LCBO. Very excited to see this brew on the shelves, and at a good price too, I snapped up a fair few.

Poured into my Duvel goblet. Nice caramel amber, with a sturdy inch and half of head that slowly recedes into a thick ring. Good lacing and retention. Brew's got some legs to it.

Nice nose to this, although I'm getting a strong whiff of yeast that isn't all that agreeable. Nice fig/raisin caramel sweetness though, with some brown sugar and light medicinal quality.

Ah, there it is! Terrific taste on this, and thankfully the yeast is far more muted here. Lovely sweet fig and raisin, slight puckeryness in the mix, and a nice nutty finish. Alcohol accentuates, rather than fights with the flavors of the brew. Candied fruit and caramel.

Mouthfeel is a big hit here - the carbonation is mild enough not to become abrasive, but sufficient enough to give the brew a creamy, airy quality. Very nice.

Very fine dark ale. This is what Belgian ales are all about.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 01:07:42 | More by JohnnyBarman
Gulden Draak (Dark Triple) from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
94 out of 100 based on 2,975 ratings.