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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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3,053 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,053
Reviews: 1,204
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 169
Gots: 280 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of berley31

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -7.8%

A: Poured with a small head that dissipated to a thin film. Body is a dark brown color, and very hazy. Tiny bit of spider-web lacing on the glass.

S: VERY fruity aroma, with the dark fruits most apparent. Grapes / raisins shine through over everything else.

T: Sweet at first, with the raisins coming through again. Actually finishes fairly dry, which quickly keeps the sweetness from lingering on the palate. Surprisingly, the alcohol is barely detectable.

M: Light-body, medium-creamy texture, and very fizzy carbonation.

D: A tasty, fruity Belgian Strong Dark.

03-04-2010 19:34:27 | More by berley31
Photo of CharlesRiver


4.38/5  rDev +3.5%

First off, very cool bottle with a very cool lable and cap. Bottle itself (11.2 oz) is completely white. I have had this beer in my cellar for well over a year and a half. Pours a cloudy reddish brown with a huge tan head. I don't remember the draft version being this cloudy or dark. The smell is sweet malt and yeast. Looks very effervesant as tons of tiny bubble climb to the top.

The taste is very smooth and complex. Very explosive on my tongue. Sweet and malty in the beginning. Followed by something a bit metallic and then a nice warming. I also pick up some dates and raisins, much like a dubble. No alcohol present until the end. The head seems a bit obstrusive and won't die down.

Seems very different than the draft version that I had at Redbones. I love both but the bottle is better. Now to try the 750ml.

12-09-2003 23:28:54 | More by CharlesRiver
Photo of Crimsontider22


4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-12-2013 01:37:53 | More by Crimsontider22
Photo of DenverHopHead


4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

06-30-2013 20:56:41 | More by DenverHopHead
Photo of crwills

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

Cool, stubby, white, opaque bottle. Poured into a Fischer glass (yeah, bad choice, probably), a deep orangey brown with bronze highlights and a big yellowy-beige head.

Smell is spicy alcohol, ripe fruit, raisins and pepper.

Flavour is very barley-winish, at least to my inexperienced palate. Raisings, plums, nutmeg, pepper, and a strong alcohol presence. Somewhat sour aftertaste that I didn't particularly like. This beer is high enough alcohol (10.5%) to warm the ears, which is fine but lowers its 'drinkability' a bit in that you can't have much of it.

I remember liking this better the first time I had it at Smokeless Joe in Toronto, but still quite good. I've got another bottle someone gave me for Christmas too, so we'll see how it goes the third time around.

01-21-2006 20:36:51 | More by crwills
Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

03-29-2013 23:34:43 | More by His_Royal_Hoppiness
Photo of Lexluthor33

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Dark reddish brown with a small,bubbly head that retains quite well.
The aroma of grains,malts, dark fruits and alcohol.
The taste starts sweet with some caramel hints and a fruit flavor.
Grapes,candy apples and malts follow. A spicy brew,but well balanced.
It had a medium body feel with medium carbonation. I detected some yeast and the alcohol was very well placed. Better as it warms,but good even when chilled.

Notes: This was such a pleasure to have I just wished I had the words to describe the complexity. A stand out beer with a stand out bottle.

01-06-2009 03:14:50 | More by Lexluthor33
Photo of linnymtu


4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

08-06-2013 00:54:41 | More by linnymtu
Photo of themind

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +3.5%

A very good brew that's not so easy to find. If you ever see it on the shelf...grab it! It's a bit pricey but worth it. Reminds me of Duvel, just an excellent beer.

Pours a good head, aroma is good and the taste is fantastic!

Bottom Line: If you see it...buy it!

03-03-2012 21:49:57 | More by themind
Photo of SurlyDuff


4.4/5  rDev +4%

I've had this before, heck, ive even got a Gulden Draak chalice/goblet. But am now reviewing it like 4 years later. Funny how things like this happen.

Pours a burgundy brown with a nice dense head.

Sour and overripe apple in the nose. Buttery bread and lemon there too.

Spicy ripe fruit alcohol on the palate with some bitter and sour lemon tart. Very compex and unique flavor, for sure, even compared to other belgian strongs.

A real nice beer, there's a reason why this is available out here in the middle of Oregon!

03-05-2008 04:28:29 | More by SurlyDuff
Photo of JEdmund


4.15/5  rDev -1.9%

Maroon/brown body with an off-white foamy head. Head fills the top of the glass nicely, and settles out fairly fast, but leaves behind some good lacing.

Smell is really pleasant and not what I’d expect for a 10.5% dark beer. It reminds me of a nice German dunkel with its apple skins and wine qualities. Certainly fruity, and not at all sugary sweet like I’d expect for a dark Belgian.

Gotta love that bottle conditioning! It’s so carbonated and light and fluffy going down. Really keeps the drinkability dangerously high. Plus it’s dried out enough that it’s far from too sweet. It’s a nicely balanced beer, with good tart qualities that I especially enjoy. There really is a wine- and almost cider-like quality to the flavor. It’s actually pretty refreshing (and I even just mowed the lawn!). As it warms, I get some more sweetness, especially in the finish; it reminds me a bit of the Belgian candy sugar flavor you get in quads. But the finish is still very light and dry thanks to that conditioning.

I can add this to the “Why did I wait so long to try that?” list. Gulden Draak is a widely available, high quality Belgian offering everyone should try. I will look forward to having this again. It would be a good one to split between friends for a nightcap.

04-06-2012 22:47:16 | More by JEdmund
Photo of ruckus232


4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

12-25-2012 20:10:05 | More by ruckus232
Photo of jpro

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -4.7%

11.2oz bottle poured into a Chimay glass...

A: Ruby-tinged amber, with about a half finger of fizzy almond head; a steady stream of bubbles rises up through the murkiness to support a creamy layer of foam; no lace on this 10.5% ale.

S: Dark fruits with some touches of alcohol; figs; molasses; toast; notes of toffee. A lot of interesting nuances in the aroma.

T: Interesting flavors, right off the first sip: raisin, a touch tangy / vinous; quite sweet with some alcohol towards the end.

M: Full bodied; high, tingly carbonation; very lively; a touch of alcohol heat.

O: An interesting beer; glad I tried it; very smooth and drinkable at 10.5%.

06-17-2013 23:13:53 | More by jpro
Photo of riemster


4/5  rDev -5.4%

07-18-2013 04:06:26 | More by riemster
Photo of twelvsies


4.03/5  rDev -4.7%

Another one of the great beers on tap at the Moan and Dove for their "2nd Annual Belgian Beer Festival." Poured into a tulip. Big ol' foamy head on this one. Dark brown in color. While the foam settles I get a good chance to pick up the aroma. Nice and bready, sweet malts, with spicy hop characters butting in. Taste is complex, as expected. Sweet figgy plum malt taste and spicy herby hops and warm alcohol. Nice woodsiness too. Musty. Real smooth mouthfeel and easy enough to drink, especially for the
%10.5 ABV. An exceptionally well balanced Belgian.

01-28-2005 18:21:45 | More by twelvsies
Photo of LordAdmNelson


4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

Pours a nice hazy ruby-amber color with sandy head. Nice lacing, beautiful color. Nose is fruity, with cherries, raspberries, and a bit of yeastiness. Taste follows with some good grape, cherry, raspberry, and malt flavors. A really good BSDA, though I'm not convinced that it's better than the cheaper offerings from Unibroue. Delicious as it warms, cloves and other spices come out. Very smooth MF, though a bit thin, could be creamier for my tastes. Very drinkable, had no idea this was a 10.5% beer. Great one, worth picking up.

03-01-2010 00:50:53 | More by LordAdmNelson
Photo of Kinsman


4.43/5  rDev +4.7%

Here we have a beautiful reddish-brown colored body with ruby accents and a fizzy, foamy, and rocky light tan head. The head slowly fades without leaving much a lace behind but does leave a beautiful creamy crown, about 1cm thick, on top for the remainder of the glass.

Aroma is packed full with a wide variety of flavors. It greets you with a sugary molasses aroma, which slowly steps aside for a notable phenolic aroma. Fruity and a bit yeasty too.

The first taste greets you with an onslaught of flavor and alcohol. In fact, the alcohol is one of the first things I noticed. The date code is to cryptic for me to understand, but I would guess this bottle is no more than a few months with heat like this.

Once you get past the fire-breathing dragon of alcohol and enter the dragons lair, the beer becomes much more welcoming (sorry for the corny dragon reference, but you just have to with this beer). Lots of sweet and sugary malt flavors plus some dark fruitiness. Further exploration reveals a strong phenolic presence. After all is said and done, the beer finishes with a bit of a spicy note reminiscent of cloves and pepper.

Mouthfeel just about requires a full body with this much flavor. It certainly does deliver, and it comes along with a live bubbly carbonation.

Drinkability... well its enjoyable, but this is one hell of a beer. You only need one of these in the night, but its worth it.

10-23-2010 23:11:56 | More by Kinsman
Photo of Dapperticus


4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

01-16-2013 04:36:48 | More by Dapperticus
Photo of wolf_switzer


4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

08-26-2013 06:23:27 | More by wolf_switzer
Photo of megahurts4


4.33/5  rDev +2.4%

Gulden Draak Ale

Appearance: dark amber-red, large head, and good lacing.

Smell: apples, pears, malts, slight hops, and faint yeast.

Taste: pear, apples, yeast, a caramel backbone, and faint hops.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy.

This has some great fruit flavor. It is not weak by any means. The fruit flavors are more pronounced than the rest of the brew, but it seems to balance out in the end.

02-05-2011 05:14:00 | More by megahurts4
Photo of perrymarcus


4.22/5  rDev -0.2%

750ml bottle served in a snifter.

pours a mahogany tone while yielding a foamy 1" tan head. fades somewhat quickly into a thin cap, collar around the glass.

nose is decidedly sweet with notes of candied / dark fruits, brown sugar, and caramel.

flavors follows the aroma somewhat: sweet, yes, but carries none of the cloying sweetness i sort of anticipated. nice and flavorful with the fruitiness, brown sugar, some spice, and caramel all pulling through; there's even a secondary sour character to it. medium bodied mouthfeel with adequate carbonation.

overall, an excellent beer. can't believe it's taken me this long to try it. can't place it among my favorite belgians, but very, very good nonetheless.

08-30-2011 03:19:17 | More by perrymarcus
Photo of MarioM


4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

11-23-2012 03:39:21 | More by MarioM
Photo of bucklemyshoe


4.2/5  rDev -0.7%

330 mL bottle at 48 degrees into a Chimay chalice.

A: It pours a mostly opaque very dark red color with a half-finger of off-white head that falls slowly and does not leave significant lacing.

S: Booze-soaked dark fruits, a mild yeasty character, and some faint banana. It is bold but not very complex.

T: Sweet and boozy dark fruits early combining with cocoa, tobacco, leather, cinammon, and nutmeg. It really opens up as it warms and becomes quite complex.

M: The body is medium-thick with below-average carbonation and a semi-sticky finish.

O: This is very good but certainly not world class. I am reluctant to drink it again because it is $4.99 per 330 mL and $10.99 per 750 mL.

03-21-2011 03:41:36 | More by bucklemyshoe
Photo of PeakedInHighSchool


4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

05-14-2014 21:44:55 | More by PeakedInHighSchool
Photo of theboozecruise


4.22/5  rDev -0.2%

Solid 'A' beer... dark brown color with a creamy beige head.

Typical spicy tripel aroma, very nice. A little bit sweet but some malt smell too.

Tasty for sure... not an overwhelming alcohol presence at all. Very very solid beer but not a top 5 brew.

09-26-2009 20:32:07 | More by theboozecruise
Gulden Draak (Dark Triple) from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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