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

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,968 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 2,968
Reviews: 1,199
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 156
Gots: 241 | 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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sammyg832

Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

06-27-2014 20:03:43 | More by sammyg832
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hoppecatania

Italy

4/5  rDev -5.4%

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Roguer

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -5.4%

06-27-2014 17:33:14 | More by Roguer
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leaversuch

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

06-26-2014 20:59:10 | More by leaversuch
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huntermop

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.4%

06-26-2014 19:28:52 | More by huntermop
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Rhody1

Rhode Island

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

06-26-2014 00:33:11 | More by Rhody1
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DROIDxJR


5/5  rDev +18.2%

06-25-2014 18:34:40 | More by DROIDxJR
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Stefang316


5/5  rDev +18.2%

06-25-2014 09:47:46 | More by Stefang316
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StoutHunter

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I was given a bottle of Brouwerij Van Steenberge's Gulden Draak. I was pretty sure I've had this beer before, but when I looked it up it showed that I hadn't reviewed it, so I don't know if I tried it or not, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a white Belgian style bottle into a chalice.

A- The bottle looks nice, it's got a distinctive look to it that makes it stick out a little. It poured a muddy brown color that took on some crimson hues around the edges when held to the light with about a fingers worth of bubbly tan head that quickly faded to a thin ring that eventually disappeared and it didn't leave any lacing behind This was a decent looking beer, but I wish the head and lacing were a little better.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness and it's followed by a fruity aroma being the first to show up and that seems like a pretty even mixture of dark fruit and apple juice like aromas. Up next a slight brown sugar aroma along with some caramel and light toffee like aromas and there's a some spicy Belgian yest showing up in the background. The aroma was decent, but the apple juice aromas were unwanted.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar and it starts off with a lighter amount of high sweetness that had a brown sugar like flavor to it and it was followed by the same fruity aspects that I got in the aroma, but this time they are lighter with neither aspect sticking out the most. Up next comes the malts which impart a sweet malt, light caramel and light toffee flavors with some brown bread and spicy belgian yeast in the background. On the finish there's a slight boozy flavor with pretty much no bitterness and it had caramel, toffee and dark fruit like aftertaste. This was a decent tasting beer, but I thought the sweetness was a little too high.

M- A little smooth, slightly cloying, a little sticky, fairly crisp, on the lighter side of being full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was decent, but I wish it was a little smoother and not so sticky.

Overall I thought this was a decent beer and I thought it was a pretty average example Belgian Strong Dark Ale, the brewery claims this in a dark Tripel, but to me it's just an average Belgian Strong Dark Ale and there isn't anything about it that immediately makes me think of a Tripel. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, it was a little smooth, slightly cloying, a little sticky, fairly crisp, a little filling and the taste didn't do the best job at holding my attention, so I think one bottle would be my limit and even that is a little more than enough, I wouldn't want to have another one in a row. What I like the most about this beer was nothing, there wasn't one single aspect that stuck at as being better than the rest. What I liked the least about this beer was the sweetness and lack of complexity, that seemed to be this beers biggest downfalls. I might buy this beer again if I knew it was fresh, but I'm in no hurry to find a fresh bottle and as it stands now I can't say I would recommend it. All in all I just wasn't too into this beer it seemed a little bland and with the sweetness sticking out the most it didn't really make for the best introduction to a dark Tripel. This isn't my favorite beer from this brewery or my favorite BSDA. Better luck next time guys, this one just wasn't for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2014 03:31:40 | More by StoutHunter
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Jeffwildcat

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

06-24-2014 05:49:48 | More by Jeffwildcat
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Brutus627

Maine

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

06-24-2014 01:48:37 | More by Brutus627
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DETHOM12

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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jcallover34

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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MickeyHops

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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mrcraft

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

06-22-2014 22:00:29 | More by mrcraft
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wshinevar

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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cd34

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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beanoboy7

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +18.2%

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sunsjammer

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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c-rum

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

06-20-2014 20:10:48 | More by DMarlinJ
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Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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Belgium

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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Gulden Draak (Dark Triple) from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
94 out of 100 based on 2,968 ratings.