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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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95
world-class

3,272 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 3,272
Reviews: 1,226
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 200
Gots: 387 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-19-2001)
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Photo of JLapadura
3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of DbbC
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of beermanbrian
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked bottle. Brownish amber color with a tan fine bubbled head. Fine bubbled lace trails behind the liquid in sheets but always leaves some splotches behind. Smell is sweet and dark fruits up front. Plums come to mind. First taste was beet sugar sweetness but the more complex fruit flavors push to the front. Heavy carb level gives this one a smooth mouth. I think this helps hide the ABV. Some of the alcohol shows itself in the slightly burning finish. Across the board 4.0 good beer. Nothing outstanding but nothing lacking either.

Photo of BierJager89
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of hellhammermario
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of athomasPSU
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of sfprint
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark amber red with a suddsie single finger head, too dark to determine if it's translucent.
S: Cherry but not too sweet, ice cream.
T: Intense in flavor though the alcohol isnt so apparent. Dark fruit, slightly syrupy, somewhat sweet, tinge of sourness, vanilla, cherry in the background.
M: Slightly foamy, almost medium body.
D: Great but a knockout with the alc %

Photo of IanSpindler
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of sammo
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of heysuz
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of NumberNone
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.93/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a cute little stubby 11.2oz single from Steve's Liquor here in Madison. Neat white bottle too.

Pours a murky mahogany brown with a short off-white head in my sweet new Schlitz chalice. That's right - Schlitz chalice. Anyhow, nose is warm and spicy with apple cinnamon and nutmeg over Belgian yeast. Tastes like chilled sparkling apple cider - winter spices, fresh pressed apples, figs, and some light bready yeast. Quite sweet overall, not a whole lot of bitter to balance it, but I didn't mind. Like a much more refined version of New Glarus' Apple Ale. The 10.5% is almost nonexistent, expertly hidden without bitterness. Another pleasant surprise for the night after DFH's 90 Minute IPA. Good beer night for me. Wish this wasn't so damn expensive, so a rare treat for me that I will surely enjoy again.

Photo of gopens44
3.25/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice murky reddish brown beverage sporting a rather enthusiastic latte colored foamy head that dissipated after just a few minutes, leaving behind a 1/8" blanket.

S - Something in the dark fruit arena stikes my nose first. Maybe even currant. A little spicing dances around the bombastic yeast party, fueled by a definite alcohol brightness.

T - There are some dark cherry things going on in the taste that is nearly overpowered by the alcoholic yeast fandango that quickly demands attention. Not oncredibly well balanced in my opinion. Maybe some age could tame this dragon a bit.

M - Well carbonated and surprisingly thin despite the color. Heavy alcohol presence in the finish with just a bit of bitterness in the aftertaste.

This one could have been better if not so boozy. Yes, it has a high ABV, but it's just not as well balanced as some othre representatives of the style.

Photo of mzwolinski
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown in color with ruby highlights. *Very* well carbonated with a thick foamy head which soon settles into a finger thick creamy top.

The aroma first struck me as a little odd. Definitely needs to sit a while to reach its peak. Once it did, I detected lemon, raisin, and spiciness. Some alcohol as it warms more. Very unusual.

Whatever oddness I found in the aroma was more than made up for in the taste. An extremely sweet beer but not in the least bit cloying. Belgian candi sugar, fruity malt esters with a peppery dry finish leaving hints of biscuit in the mouth. As their website states, this is very much like a barley wine but definitely a Belgian entry into the category.

This is dangerously drinkable for such a potent bere. Full bodied and smooth, with just the gentlest of warming sensations from the alcohol.

Photo of Zraly
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful garnet-brown with a delicate, off white head. Tight, compact bubbles present the appropriate carbonation.

Wonderful smells of spice, malt and alcohol permeate my nose. Upon first sip, the carbonation tickles the outside of my mouth, basically teasing me and preparing me for what stands before me...

A most perfect tasting ale. Loads of sweet malt and fruits dominate, with an intoxicating candy-like and phenolic backdrop. A strong notion of creme brulee (burnt sugar and all) purrs through. The alcohol hums its way around my mouth and eventually my bloodstream. Smooth, dreamy finish that is warm, luscious and invites another sip.

Classy and a benchmark for the style, this is an all-around selection of goodness in a bottle. I am splitting a glass with my girlfriend pre-dinner. It's starting the evening off on a most sultry note.

Photo of Pellinore1
4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of bigdeuce
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have never given all "5's" on a rating as to date. I had to bow down in awe at this beer! It is an absolute MASTERPIECE! Nice white cap head with a tremendously appealing dark brown color. Scented of light apricots with a splash of maraschino cherries. The taste is so clear and clean. I couldn't even fathom that this brew was 10.5%. Despite that I could session this beer, well maybe for about 90 minutes. It goes down with a slight oft-plum taste with crazy belgian yeasts and smooth, crispy effervescent flavors. I could not find a morsel wrong with this one. It should be on the USA banned substances list!

Photo of BigPlay1824
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a snifter

A: Pours a hazy mahogany brown color with a ton of fizzy light tan colored head that lingers extensively, pours really beautifully, leaves a decent amount of spotty lacing
S: nice licorice note from the star of anise and something warmer and deeper that lingers at the end
T: wow immeditely hits with the star of anise which is incredibly intense, i once chewed on a small piece of this herb at brewery ommegang while drinking their abbey ale during a tasting, this beer really reminds me of that experience, just such incredible taste and flavors, intensely strong but in the best way, spot on, actually backs off the palate rather rapidly and leaves the mouth pretty clean of taste, really awesome, absolutely no taste of the 10.5%
M: medium carbonation tingle then moves into a bit of an odd feeling on the palate, almost spiced up i guess is what id call it, leaves the mouth just slightly dry
O: incredible, this beer has such incredible taste and flavor profile, this is absolutely going to be purchased again and again, wow

Photo of BigCheese
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of MeisterBurger
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This looks as it should, dark and ruddy topped by an off white head. Nice head retention and lacing. It certainly looks the part.

The aroma is very sweet and plummy with notes of brown sugar, caramel and vanilla. It smells rich and decadent.

Whoa. This is very strong. Very rich and sweet with a candi sugar aspect but not treacly or cloying. Dried dark fruits--prunes, raisins--with a burnt aftertaste followed by a lingering warming fusel alcohol. The sweetness is kept in check more from a phenolic plasticity than from any hop bitterness. Almost tastes like sucking on an orange pekoe tea bag.

Mouthfeel is thick and viscous. Very full bodied.

In one way I like the over-the-top heavy sweetness, which is good for a long winter's night of sipping. But for the style, I prefer something a little drier and lighter in body. So I'm torn even though I dig it. Either way this is not for the feint of heart.

Photo of bluesplit63
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet with a deep brown color and a fast growing head. Ended up overflowing the goblet because of the amount of carbonation in the bottle. Was purchased in a Belgium 6 Combo Pack with 5 other beers.

Overall the scent was sweet from fruit.

The taste on the other hand was not as sweet as you would expect from the scent. This though was not a bad thing. If this beer taste like it smelt you might as well have had a glass of wine.

Great Belgium beer that won my vote over the other 5 purchased in the mixed pack.

Photo of allenson21
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of davidwhatshisnam
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Gulden Draak (Dark Triple) from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
95 out of 100 based on 3,272 ratings.