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

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

3,151 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,151
Reviews: 1,212
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 178
Gots: 317 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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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 polloenfuego
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the distinctive white 330 ml bottle to a snifter.

A: poured a hazelnut or ruby brown with an enormous head that over filled the glass but stayed tight. The head eventually breaks down after a few minutes leaving nice lacing and a thin layer of foam.

S: Yeasts, raisins, dark fruits and a hint of cherry.

T: subtly sweet and yet not. Malts are there, as is the yeast. Dark fruits and cherry linger on the palate as you drink this beer. The alcohol is there but hidden in the back.

M: good carbonation, full bodied. As others have said, this beer is a sipper...enjoy it a bit at a time.

O: a great BSDA. Very flavorful and enjoyable. I would recommend this beer to anyone who wants to enjoy a nice full bodied beer on a cool blustery fall/winter day.

polloenfuego, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of slitherySOB
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

slitherySOB, May 03, 2006
Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!!!

Hopfenpeter, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of alexsergio
4/5  rDev -5.4%

alexsergio, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of Fish113d
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Fish113d, Mar 29, 2007
Photo of Magpie14
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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!

Magpie14, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of cd34
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

cd34, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of PG2G
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

PG2G, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of Peyton5410
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Peyton5410, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of jonb5
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle, poured into large tulip shaped wine glass.

A: Dark ruby, taned head, great retention + lacing, looked thick rather than hazy or opaque.

S: Malt, rasperry, molasses.

T: Malt, plum, biscuit, brown sugar, earthy molasses. Burn from the booze comes at the finish.

M: Smooth, body is medium to slighty thick, coarse edge from the booze burn.

O: I think this would benefit from being aged, missing the wow factor but still very good.

jonb5, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of JamesMN
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

JamesMN, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of Goldorak
3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Goldorak, Sep 24, 2004
Photo of griffeyb
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

griffeyb, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of Rick778
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Rick778, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of kayrex
4/5  rDev -5.4%

kayrex, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of Beermazter310
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Beermazter310, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of kguard
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

kguard, May 14, 2013
Photo of beerhast
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

beerhast, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of wizo
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

wizo, Apr 19, 2014
Photo of magpieken
5/5  rDev +18.2%

magpieken, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of taigor
4.88/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into regular glass.

A - Poured hazy dark brown/amber color with small head that dissipated slowly leaving slight lacing around the glass.

S - Malts and yeast with hints of banana and cloves.

T - Sweet and bready upfront with slight hints of fruits and spices. Very simple overall.

M - Full bodied with medium carbonation.

D - Very smooth and easy going dark ale. ABV is extremely well hidden and not noticed at all. Excellent ale overall and would love to drink more in the future.

taigor, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of rcjennings
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

rcjennings, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of ThaCreep
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

ThaCreep, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of heysuz
4/5  rDev -5.4%

heysuz, Apr 08, 2013
Gulden Draak (Dark Triple) from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
94 out of 100 based on 3,151 ratings.