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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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3,356 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,356
Reviews: 1,251
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 214
Gots: 452 | FT: 4
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-19-2001

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Photo of blknikon
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of MammothTarantula
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of EPICAC
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy brown with ruby edges. A thin beige head tops the beer and quickly fades to a very persistent layer.

Smell: Sweet malts, dried fruits, dates, peppery spice, yeast and moderate alcohol.

Taste: Sweet and bready upfront with notes of dried fruit. There's a slight tartness before the spicy alcoholic finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium-bodied, creamy, tingly-carbonation.

Drinkability: The alcohol is pretty strong, but the flavors are very nice.

Overall: A nice sweet, spicy and strong dark ale.

Photo of alex_hart
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of DemoniChris
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%

Photo of heytomcat
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of atigerlife
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've reached for this bottle in the store many, many times. Always figured I'd get it next time. Finally had it in a bar. Wow!

Pours a dark brown with a big, brown head. Good lacing.

Aroma was of dark fruits, alcohol with some bread. Hard to smell in a bar.

Taste was sweet with dark fruits and roasted malts. Also some spicy alcohol and I detected some hints of citrus in the background. Delicious.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and creamy.

Overall, a very impressive brew. I will definitely have this again very soon to see what else I can add to this review. Amazingly drinkable given the ABV. Certainly one of the best in this style.

Photo of athomasPSU
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle 10,5% Abv

Appearance: Gulden Draak pours a beautiful shade of deep red-brown with stunning crimson highlights when held to the light. The beer is almost clear with only a few small yeast particles floating around. As with almost all Belgians I have had to date the head is massive. It is light coffee coloured and lasts pretty well, but unfortunately leaves only patchy lace.

Smell: Wow, what a nose... Sweet caramel malt, fruitiness made up of dark cherries, stewed plums, raisons and dates, some scotch like smokiness and a light dusting of spice - hints of clove and cinnamon-.
The alcohol is very well hidden in the nose and that which does come through as the beer warms adds a "good rum" like quality to the nose.

Taste: Again WOW and I thought the nose was good; I really have no choice but to give this beer full marks for flavour. The flavour profile begins with sweet caramel (almost dark brown sugary) malt, this follows into spiced (cinnamon, cloves and a hint of pepper), rum soaked dark fruits (cherries, plums, raisons and dates). The Scotch smokiness from the nose is there along with a hint of chocolate. The finish is slightly bitter and works perfectly in preventing the beer from becoming overwhelmingly sweet.
There is some warming in the throat and stomach; however the alcohol is generally very well hidden for the Abv.

Mouthfeel: Just a tad lighter than full bodied with lively (albeit very pleasant) carbonation, that drifts towards a perfect level around halfway through the bottle.

Drinkability: Superb, I could have easily finished a 750 and will most certainly have this beer again.

Photo of rcjennings
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of desint
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of ski271
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Medium-dark ruby-brown with a medium-sized, light tan, slowly diminishing head. Smell is sweet and malty and big. Belgian yeast, candi sugar, dark fruit and alcohol. The taste is huge. Very complex. Figs, dark cherries, raisin, and tobacco to name a few. It's complexity is matched by thick, full body and syrupy texture. This is one beast of a beer. Fantastic! I definitely recommend seeking out this beer.

Photo of TicoCali
5/5  rDev +17.9%

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 sfprint
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
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 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 retry4z
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of sammo
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of PaulsBrew
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of BreweryRun
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.92/5  rDev +16%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Gulden Draak (Dark Triple) from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
94 out of 100 based on 3,356 ratings.