Gulden Draak (Dark Triple) - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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4.1/5 rDev -3.1%
Gulden Draak is a classic in Belgian beers.
Carefully poured, a clear brown with a decent head,the carbonation was massive.
The smell gives some roasted grain, dried fruit, raisin or plums. Also chocolate, coffee. Candy sugar/caramel.
Tasting it, it is a bit boozy... maybe a bit too much sugar based alcohol, but after that it's slightly sour and hoppy, classically dark strong ale, with fruits, roasted grains, coffee and chocolate. It's a little bitter in the aftertaste, but not bad in any way.
This is a great beer. It has a wide range of flavours. It's strong though, and the alcohol is present, not making it a beer for all occasions.
04-25-2009 09:53:54 | More by RuudJH
4.22/5 rDev -0.2%
I poured this beer improperly, because an accident has left me without the use of my left hand. Colour looks like tanned leather and dry apples. HUGE head due to improper pour. After 10 minutes, it subsides to about 2 fingers of tanned, dense foam. Smells of caramem malts, citrus(lemon? grapegruit?), spices and... the smell of a mowed lawn about 4 hours and the cut grass has dried in the sun. Big malt and candy sugar taste, with some maple syrup. Very sweet. Any sweeter, and it'd be nauseating. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, with an almost syrupy texture. Very drinkable and goes great with a heavy meal of beef wellington.
05-03-2006 20:52:18 | More by slitherySOB
4.65/5 rDev +9.9%
Poured into a snifter, this living beer poured a reddish tinted dark brown and emitted a generous head. Apparently, the yeast was tired of being bottled up, and wanted out desperately. When the bubbles mellowed, the aroma was mildly sweet. Hints of banana and dry malt were present. The initial taste was sweet and smooth. Certainly, this is an easy drinker. A sweet banana flavor made an appearance with a mild spiciness. The flavor in this one is pretty close to perfect, it does not overwhelm and is not too mild. In the aftertaste, the tart fruit of a triple such as prune and over-ripe are present. The warming sensation of the alcohol does not burn like a a hard liquor, but is quite gentle. The aftertaste almost has the flavor of a good sherry. Like sherry, the first few sips are the best. If you drink to much, you risk failing to appreciate the complexity of the drink. This is one by favorites, and it is very accessable.
05-06-2012 01:36:11 | More by JohnnyHopps
3.88/5 rDev -8.3%
330ml/11.2fl. oz. bottle poured into a large tulip
An aggressive pour reveals a growing, billowy, fizzy off-tan head that quickly begins to dissipate toward the surface. Body is a clear, brown mahogony color with ruby tones. Decent head retention really w/ some cling on the glass.
Aroma is very fruity and spicy; plums, along with toffee hit my sinuses, along with a decent amount of coriander and clove aromas. Alcohol is apparent on the nose as well.
Sipping reveals a very sweet body with a huge fruit flavor up front, followed by a tinge of alcohol on my tongue. Brown malts w/ some mild dryness also comes to play on my palate. The finish leaves a bit of oak dryness along with a bit of bourbon flavor.
The feel is a bit fizzy at first, and when swishing, foams up in my mouth. As I swallow the medium-body quickly warms my entire throat all the way to my belly. This makes a great brew if you're a bit chilly.
I poured this at about 55 degrees (F) and I'll not let it warm too much. Pretty solid Belgian. Enjoyable, but the alcohol burn DOES hinder it just a bit in my opinion. NOt the best of it's style, but nice, and I love the bottle; it'll fit nicely on the shelf.
03-29-2007 01:56:19 | More by Fish113d
4.5/5 rDev +6.4%
A: poured with delicacy, I have never seen such a frothy brew. Huge chunks, big boulders of foam. Lacing was out of this world as it formed intricate spider-webbing. Beer is a deep, hazy crimson color
S: very rich and husky malts, sugared spiced-plums, figs and touch of yeast
T: whew! grains with sweet malts. Bold dark fruits-levulose like. After few sips the alcohol hangs a bit as well as a slightly dry yeast-like flavor. I almost feel as if I taste fresh maple syrup in their...wow
M: champagne bubbly, on the heavy side and a ingratiating aftertaste.
D: a must try for whoever has not! Get ready to have your socks blow off! It is rather sweet overall but it is not a bad thing, might be a turn-off to some
Great, great stuff and two of these boys would put me under the table.
Thanks to midnite2sixman for the recommendation, he is an admirable bartender and a cunning patriot and chronicler of beer!
11-18-2008 03:22:59 | More by Magpie14
4.72/5 rDev +11.6%
Poured into my crystal mug the beer had a beautiful murky amber red color and a creamy beige head building. The head leaves relatively fast and leaves little lacing. It looks very attractive and makes your mouth watering.
Smelling the beer very fruity flavors meet your nose. Apple cider , peach and plum.
Tasting this beer you will immediately fall in love with this perfectly measured fruit composition up front, being met with a sensitively calculated amount of malty flavors. At the end this full bodied beer finishes up with an immaculate hop, that rounds the beer up with a beautyful mouthfeel. The alcohol is nicely hidden. This beer is a work of art. Buy it wherever you can. I would drive 25 miles just to get another bottle.what a great beer!!!
04-01-2011 03:23:34 | More by Hopfenpeter
3.63/5 rDev -14.2%
Sampled at Staminee de Garre, in the proper glassware, of course.
Appearance: Dark brown with red overtones. Thick coffee cream head.
Smell: Good caramel, and something else that kinda made me think of those lactic milk stouts.
Taste: Caramel, but with a bit of butterscotch diacetyl. Really thich mouthfeel and aftertaste that lingers for a long while. In the land of strong dark ales, I'd put this in the upper middle.
09-23-2004 23:27:11 | More by Goldorak
4.08/5 rDev -3.5%
An amber and light brown with reddish highlights that more than one surprise. A fruity nose that also draws on toasted malt. The palate, meanwhile, is soft and caramelized (we note the presence of typical Belgian candy sugar), slightly vinous with discrete traits acids and presence alcoholic noticeable but not intrusive. Some point to the body of the beverage as tiramisu. The finish gives the pungent bitterness and alcohol, but as a rule, the ABV beer is not felt and it is only beneficial.
04-20-2010 10:43:57 | More by ThaCreep
4.4/5 rDev +4%
Poured from a 330ml bottle into my Gulden Draak tulip.
A: A very dark brown with red undertones, especially when held up to light. A massive light tan head forms that is slow to recede and leaves thick lacing. I wondered why they made their glass so big but the head went all the way up to the top.
S: Sweet candied malts with a trace of pepper. The alcohol is also present in the aroma.
T: The sweet candied malts hit the tongue first. Followed by some chocolate, some caramel and ripe dark fruits. A little bit of pepper in there as well. The warming alcohol follows in the aftertaste. This is really a delicious beer.
M: Slightly syrupy with nice carbonation and very good mouthfeel.
D: This is a great after dinner/dessert beer. I paired it with some Belgian chocolate and it matched perfectly. I really enjoyed it, I'll definitely be having it again.
05-10-2007 03:19:56 | More by willjschmidt
3.9/5 rDev -7.8%
Pours a dark cloudy copper. Soap bubble head with good lacings.
Blackcurrants and alcohol on the nose.
Creamy mouth feel at first followed by some hot carbonation under the tongue. Bittersweet malt with lots of vinous fruits. A sharp, long finish with warming alcohol.
A bit strong to toss back, but certainly a tasty beer.
12-07-2009 01:35:08 | More by CanuckRover
Gulden Draak (Dark Triple) from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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