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

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,930 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 2,930
Reviews: 1,199
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 152
Gots: 233 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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PEIhop

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +18.2%

11-23-2011 02:27:56 | More by PEIhop
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Brad007

Vermont

4.97/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a mild brown color with a one-finger head that fades fast. Carbonation seems just right.

Aroma is strong with the aroma of plum, raisin, grape and apple. Spicy and inviting.

Taste is smooth with the plum, grape, candied sugar and raisin. A bit of alcohol heat is detectable as well.

Mouthfeel is nice and smooth. Carbonation is just right and doesn't "sting" the throat. The flavors as mentioned above, meld together so well that it makes this beer enjoyable.

Drinkability is high on my list. Very smooth, carbonation is just right and I can actually tell the flavors better. Not muddled like a few other examples I've had. The alcohol is barely present, which is the work of a skilled brewer. Worth another bottle for aging because at 10.5% this beer is deceptively drinkable!

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2008 19:15:27 | More by Brad007
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THECPJ

Delaware

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

Reviewed from notes: Shared with my good friend Matt.

appearance: copper brown orange with 1 finger off white head

smell: dark fruits, malty, sweet, slight sourness

taste: dark fruits, grapes/raisons, malts, some oxidation,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: not a bad beer just not really my style. glad I got to try it though.

cheers,l
The CPJ

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 02:00:34 | More by THECPJ
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This "dark triple" is really more of a quadrupel... but the line between a "Belgian strong dark ale" is certainly blurred.

A: Copper-brown, off-white head, nice retention and lace.

S: Dark fruit bread (fruity, bready, nutty), a little caramelized sugar.

T: Very Belgian (special B malt?). Sweet caramel, bread, fruity (raisins, prunes, figs, pineapple), fading to a slightly bitter/burnt aftertaste. Alcohol is warming and certainly apparantly, but it's not at all assertive. Well balanced, but there's a slight hint of something burnt in the aftertaste (that isn't appealing).

M: Moderate body is highly carbonated, finish is dry.

D: Quite good, especially considering the strength.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2006 22:57:19 | More by Derek
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billab914

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

04-19-2013 00:04:37 | More by billab914
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4/5  rDev -5.4%

11-14-2011 10:53:22 | More by TurdFurgison
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dmorgan310

Panama

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

08-19-2012 23:37:02 | More by dmorgan310
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afsdan

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

03-22-2014 21:30:16 | More by afsdan
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chinchill

South Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle from a Belgian sampler 6-pack served in a large glass wine goblet.

Bottled under pressure, as evidenced by the soda pop sound (Psssfft) upon opening. The beer has an generous but not overwhelming fizzy head that quickly settles to a lasting but irregular tan top coat with a thick ring. The liquid is a cloudy near-opaque brown that has a reddish-orange glow when backlit.

S - Moderately strong and rich aroma that is primarily fruity/yeasty and malty, with a medium/dark blend in the malts. I found it quite appealing, and near the 5 mark. There's little hint of the high ABV.

T - Bordering on too sweet, but with notable sour and bitter elements to keep this from detracting from my enjoyment. And I suspect this sweetness helps make the alcohol largely disappear. Rich and complex, with plenty of dark fruit from mid-taste on, and traces of spices including cinnamon. A fine flavor mix that changes with temperature and from the start of a sip to the finish. A tiny bit too much sourness in the finish for my taste, but I know many other aficionados like this effect, and the finish remains a bit sweet nonetheless.

M - good, if somewhat high, carbonation helps produce an excellent mouthfeel that is neither too heavy nor too light. Very smooth, Finish is a bit less dry than I'd expect given the ABV.

O - an excellent Belgian dark tripel (or BSDA). Good enough to be a reasonable inclusion if you ever get the chance to do a side-by-side taste test of world-class Belgians; I wouldn't expect it to win, but it wouldn't be out of place and is relatively inexpensive (vs., say Chimay, Delirium or Rochefort) in the US.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 00:50:25 | More by chinchill
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.4%

12-17-2011 16:31:58 | More by xnicknj
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harpus

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

03-18-2013 19:49:56 | More by harpus
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml stubby poured into wine glass 27/1/12

A looks light brown until held to the light where it glows a ruby red amber, very short lived tan head leaves no lace

S plums, raisins, lots of brown sugar, sweet malts, and a little booze

T a little molasses on top of what I smell, booze is fairly well concealed but its getting pretty sweet, use of brewers candy I'm guessing

M a little syrupy at then the bubbles help its cause, sticky on the lips with a little heat

O good beer but I thought it would be a little better being a beer of fame and all, not overly complex but still quite nice

for under 4$ I really can't complain, not the best Belgian I've had recently but certainly nothing to be ashamed of

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 20:25:32 | More by wordemupg
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

07-11-2012 21:37:29 | More by rolltide8425
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drummermattie02

Texas

4/5  rDev -5.4%

12-07-2011 21:41:51 | More by drummermattie02
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GraduatedCashew

California

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

06-11-2013 00:16:39 | More by GraduatedCashew
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ccrida

Oregon

4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from draft into a Gulden Draak tulip, this is a dangerously wonderful beer. The Appearance is a deep ruby with a very tall, creamy off-white head that leaves a very sticky lace and nice-sized collar until then end...which I have to say, never lasts that long for me, and I've had many! The aroma is very sweet, malt and brandy, slight spice but not to complex. The taste is much deeper, initially a bit sweet and vinous, then opening into fig, toffee, prune and toasted malt, and finishing with a strong boozy kick that is a bit on the fusel side. There is not much effervescence and a nice creamy mouthfeel that is well balanced with a bit of diactly butteriness that really works well here, adding up to a very drinkable beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2007 08:16:34 | More by ccrida
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

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

Bottle from an LCBO giftpack, 330ml into a tulip. Best before June 14, 2013.

Poured a cloudy reddish brown with a light tan head and some sticky lace. Good head retention. Nose has some dark fruits, grapes and raisin, and some gentle spicing. Taste has more dried dark fruits and grapes, some vinous notes, booze and some toffee-like sweetness. High carbonation that is a bit peppery in feel, and a heavy moderately boozy body. Long sweet finish. Solid but not great, I wouldn't have this as a first option in light of other BSDA's on the market.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 19:58:26 | More by liamt07
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tobelerone

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big fluffy head on a dark, amber colored beer. Long lasting retention. Nicely clinging lace.

Aroma is defintitely boozy, sweet with toffee, raisin, yeastiness. Touches of malt and citrus as well.

Tasty and strong. Booze is there in every sip as well as in the finish. Peppery, citric, sweet, low bitterness levels. Big and boomy flavor. Pretty unforgettable. Not an every day drink, this one will lay you out quick.

Mouthfeel pleasantly combines bubbly carbonation and somewhat chewy viscousness. The booze and malty sweetness linger on.

Very complex, intriguing beer. Not for the faint of heart!

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 23:15:26 | More by tobelerone
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bark

Sweden

3.38/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The colour is brown-red, the liquid is clear. The large head is pale brown; it sinks slowly leaving lots of thick lacing.

The smell is fresh and a bit roasted. Phenol-notes of soap and chemicals. Some bitter and dry flavours.

The taste is sweet and spicy with lightly roasted fruity notes. It reminds me a bit of Coca-Cola. Sour-bitter hints in the aftertaste, as well as warming alcohol, earthy-fruity notes in the finish.

The carbonation is fresh and short. The carbonation is a bit smooth.

This is a beer that I used to recommend as a interesting and a bit unusual Belgian beer. But now when I think about it, it is not that special. Still an OK beer, though.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 08:22:29 | More by bark
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on-tap and served in a chalice, the beer is a clear, dark, orange-hued brown coloring with no head. Beer is very clean in the glass. Aromas of toffee and caramel sweetness, with a slight hopping to balance. The nose is balanced amazingly, and very subtle. Extremely smooth in mouth, with a boozey kick right off the bat. Flavors are toffee sweet malt with a ton of old world fruit charcteristics, including dates, currants, and some raisin. The aftertaste is rich and tangy sweet, with a touch of toffee and hops, and a little bit of warmth at the end of the palate. The finish is slick, and almost creamy. Delicious beer! Masterfully blended and balanced.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2012 17:25:30 | More by GarthDanielson
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

01-09-2013 03:37:08 | More by jrallen34
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This curious little white bottle finally got to me today.
A careful pour produces a clear ruby brown liquid with an overflowing beige head that dissipates rather quickly. Smells of wet cardboard, rich caramel malts, bits of dark fruit. Airing it for a bit thankfully removed most of the aromas of oxidation. The flavor is sweet with lots of brown and caramelized sugars. Deep rich dark fruits mixed with a hint of alcohol round out the flavor quite nicely. Medium to thick body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a sweet bubbly mouthfeel. This is a nice dark ale I quite enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 23:55:22 | More by johnnnniee
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought 2 bottles of this stuff at Wilbur's in Ft. Collins, Colorado.

Pours so darned beautifully ending up a dark gold in my Chimay glass. Nice head that lingers with very nice lacing around the glass.

The smell is a superb apple, reminiscent of my favourite soda..Jones Green Apple. I couldn't wait to dive right in. ;^)

The taste is a plethora of fruity flavours that are dominated by apple but yet aren't.(if you catch my meaning)
At 10% abv, I want to just sip and enjoy but the drinkabilty of this brew has to be experienced to be appreciated. This is, for me, a truly world class experience in Triples and I'll certainly buy it again!

Long live the Golden Dragon!!

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2005 23:32:50 | More by Bitterbill
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avalon07

South Carolina

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

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a brownish color and a thick, murky consistency. There was a huge, foamy, long-lasting head and good lacing.

S: A strong, almost pungent aroma of apples, alcohol and sugars.

T: Like the smell, the taste is complex, but rather strong. Apples, raisins, alcohol, caramel, malt and even some chocolate. Hops in the finish.

M: Had a high level of carbonation and a smooth finish. Full-bodied.

D: This is a drinkable beer, but it's one with a big, bold flavor. Might not be for everyone.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2009 13:43:09 | More by avalon07
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at World of Beer in WPB. Served in a tulip.

Appearance - Murky brown body with an ample cream colored head. Surprising head on it, but maybe just because it's on tap. A minimal amount of lacing graces the surface of the beer.

Smell - I get bananas and apples. The apples have a slight tang to them. Some dark fruits. The description on the menu said toffee, but I don't get that over the fruits. A bit of booze in the nose, too.

Taste - Again, a bit of banana from the yeastiness, followed by a strange citrus tang that accompanies the dark fruits prevalent in Belgian darks. It's not bad, it's just not what I expect at all. A complex flavor, to be sure.

Mouthfeel - The flavor is good and I guess they're going for the tripel style, but I'm not liking it. It makes it dry and spicy in the finish when I want it thick and smooth. A strange hybrid of styles that I don't necessarily appreciate.

Overall - Good flavor, for sure. Nothing I haven't tasted before, but still good. I just don't like the dryness in the finish.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2011 03:40:52 | More by Alieniloquium
Gulden Draak (Dark Triple) from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
94 out of 100 based on 2,930 ratings.