1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Gulden Draak (Dark Triple)Gulden Draak (Dark Triple)

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

3,048 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 3,048
Reviews: 1,204
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 169
Gots: 277 | FT: 3
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Gulden Draak (Dark Triple) Alström Bros
Ratings: 3,048 | Reviews: 1,204 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of RuudJH
RuudJH

Netherlands

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
Photo of tbeer40
tbeer40

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

07-28-2013 22:14:37 | More by tbeer40
Photo of fizzyted
fizzyted

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -5.4%

12-28-2011 04:52:57 | More by fizzyted
Photo of slitherySOB
slitherySOB

Ontario (Canada)

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
Photo of JohnnyHopps
JohnnyHopps

Indiana

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
Photo of heytomcat
heytomcat

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

09-03-2013 22:08:35 | More by heytomcat
Photo of Fish113d
Fish113d

Pennsylvania

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
Photo of Magpie14
Magpie14

Michigan

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
Photo of Hopfenpeter
Hopfenpeter

Maryland

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
Photo of 1Sundown2C
1Sundown2C

New York

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

06-09-2014 04:00:04 | More by 1Sundown2C
Photo of lic217
lic217

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

05-09-2014 01:42:48 | More by lic217
Photo of Peyton5410
Peyton5410

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-15-2012 01:43:29 | More by Peyton5410
Photo of Schmuckles
Schmuckles

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

08-14-2012 02:26:56 | More by Schmuckles
Photo of YamagamiTravis
YamagamiTravis

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

05-01-2013 14:32:48 | More by YamagamiTravis
Photo of Goldorak
Goldorak

Quebec (Canada)

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
Photo of Joecaddie
Joecaddie

Delaware

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

07-25-2014 00:17:34 | More by Joecaddie
Photo of MrBoh
MrBoh

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

12-09-2012 05:05:02 | More by MrBoh
Photo of SaisonRichBiere
SaisonRichBiere

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

03-02-2013 00:21:04 | More by SaisonRichBiere
Photo of wizo
wizo

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

04-19-2014 22:51:01 | More by wizo
Photo of ThaCreep
ThaCreep

Belgium

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
Photo of Tumble
Tumble

Florida

5/5  rDev +18.2%

02-28-2012 20:10:01 | More by Tumble
Photo of willjschmidt
willjschmidt

California

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
Photo of CanuckRover
CanuckRover

Ontario (Canada)

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
Photo of Beermazter310
Beermazter310

Nevada

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

10-24-2013 05:50:30 | More by Beermazter310
Photo of JamesMN
JamesMN

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

06-24-2013 19:18:36 | More by JamesMN
Gulden Draak (Dark Triple) from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
94 out of 100 based on 3,048 ratings.