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

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

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

3,276 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 3,276
Reviews: 1,228
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 200
Gots: 390 | FT: 4
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-19-2001)
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Photo of AlexM
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of McNazz
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of dacrza1
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked bottle after a good day of work...thin, transparent body with a reddish-brown hue in a Chimay glass...a citrus (grapefruit?) aroma...smooth back-of-mouth malt/hop balance. The effects of the alcohol grow slowly, warming yet heightening the sensesa pleasat digestif, indeed....

Photo of cavedave
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour produces a thick, glowing brown with red highlights, cloudy with fine yeast to the point of opacity, beauty of a beer. It is topped by a finger's worth of beige head, which diminishes languidly to a bubbling cap. Lace splotches cling momentarily to the snifter, then fall.

The smell is a hypnotic bouquet of yeasty notes of a sweet and spicy variety, candy sugar, earthy tones, and a malt presence that is hard to finger, not a bready smell, not caramel, all wrapped in a fruity, and herbal edge. Man, this is complex, and balanced. I could keep my nose here until supper burns. I feel a buzz from just the aroma, if that's possible.

The beer is warmed to where I like drinking tripels now. Good gosh, the flavor of this is staggeringly fine. The yeast is more subdued in the sip than in the aroma, but still it finds a rhythm right away, leading into a sweet rush of caramel, plum, subtle earthy notes, leading into a juicy finish that stays clean and pure, with hints of herbs and spice lingering seductively. Alcohol is present like a ghost, felt but not tasted; there, but not.

Mouthfeel is the perfect combination of thick but not cloying, and low carbonation. Somehow it does the impossible, supporting a long finish, and clearing out. I like the clear out of Unibroue beers, but this is even a better clear out.

Drinkability? Triple red flag warning for extremely, dangerously, fantastically drinkable. This beer fucking rocks. Wish it were less expensive. Lotta nickels for this one!

Photo of riemster
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of DenverHopHead
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Callmecoon
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of polloenfuego
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the distinctive white 330 ml bottle to a snifter.

A: poured a hazelnut or ruby brown with an enormous head that over filled the glass but stayed tight. The head eventually breaks down after a few minutes leaving nice lacing and a thin layer of foam.

S: Yeasts, raisins, dark fruits and a hint of cherry.

T: subtly sweet and yet not. Malts are there, as is the yeast. Dark fruits and cherry linger on the palate as you drink this beer. The alcohol is there but hidden in the back.

M: good carbonation, full bodied. As others have said, this beer is a sipper...enjoy it a bit at a time.

O: a great BSDA. Very flavorful and enjoyable. I would recommend this beer to anyone who wants to enjoy a nice full bodied beer on a cool blustery fall/winter day.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of bigox420
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of Pog-Mo-Thoin
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of jayhawk73
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark caramel color, w/ a nice three finger head into my gulden draak glass. This looks like a serious beer. The smell is sweet, fruity, w/ a alcohol whiff as well. Really improves the warmer it gets. Some spice, raisins, dates and malt in there as well. I love the taste of this beer- it's definitely one of my favorite tripels. You get a nice sweet, sour, malt, fruit and alcohol taste all combined in a nice package. Nicely balanced. This beer definitely opens up nicely the warmer it gets. I'm thinking almost room temperature is ideal for Gulden Draak. Mouthfeel is nice, velvety- w/ the sweet, sour, and alcohol all in play. Smooths out quite a bit the warmer it gets. Drinkability is great. This beer is a sipper at 10.5% ABV, but it goes down a little too easy, and the alcohol will catch up to you quickly. Gulden Draak is world class- but do yourself a favor and drink it slightly chilled at almost room temperature.

Photo of Exeter
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of vicsju1991
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of Dave1999
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Photo of MickeyHops
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of DavidST
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a goblet, no bottle date.his pours a reddish brown tea color slightly cloudy with a nice tan head which dissipates down to a thin head. The smells are somewhat good, you get some dark fruit, candied sugar and alcohol. The feel is medium high carbonination. The taste is good but very potent alcohol burn and a level of booziness, the taste is also of candied sugar and dark fruit.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of bmmortale
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of ItsYourBoyBlue
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of LittleCreature
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4.5
Damn fine looking beer, head is quite thin and cream to beige in colour, body is dark reddish brown, but when held to the light it is the most brilliant, clear, deep red like a port wine jelly.

Smell - 4.0
Very sweet aroma, slightly peppery, burnt golden syrup, baking cake or biscuits.

Taste - 4.0
As with many BSDAs, the very high alcohol level is tempered by a rich palate of flavour. Malt and dark candy sugar dominate with toasty flavours of golden syrup, prunes, lemon zest, light spice and a slightly herbal hop taste. Would be an instant 4.5 were it not oversweet.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
A little heat from the alcohol, smooth, fine carbonation. Approaching syrupy.

Drinkability - 4.0
A little sweeter than I would like, so I wouldn't go for a second in a sitting. Would I drink it again? Even at $9 a bottle I have to say yes.

OVERALL - 4.1
This was a beer that greatly impressed me with the first sip, but the more I sipped, the less impressed I was. Plenty of flavour, enough complexity and quite easy to drink for the strength. Much better than the likes of Leffe, but a little oversweet, not quite up with the best. Still a must try for anyone who likes Belgian ales. Best when quite cool (perhaps 10 degrees celcius) to avoid the sticky sweet finish.

Gulden Draak (Dark Triple) from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
94 out of 100 based on 3,276 ratings.