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

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

3,081 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 3,081
Reviews: 1,206
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 172
Gots: 294 | FT: 3
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 theopholis
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%

Appearance-Dark amber/ruby wuth an aggreasive off-white head. Head appears to have significant staying power, and leaves a decent amount of lace. Amazingly, you can't taste the 10.5% alcohol. Must be the Belgium influence....

Aroma- Rich, sweet malts with a fair amount of breadiness. Some molasses and caramel. Yet very clean smelling.

Taste- Full bodied. Very nice,complex malt sweetness with hints of caramel, brown sugar, and ripe dark fruits . The spice and fusels are very subdued but are there.

Mouthfeel- Medium body. Just a tad over-carbonated, but it's not bad.

Drinkability- Pretty drinkable for a 10.5% beer.

theopholis, Feb 01, 2007
Photo of Macca
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%

OK so I am scared. Not usually a fan of these monsters.

This pours a dark caramel colour with hints of red. A small beige head. Clear.

Sweet fruitiness on the nose. Only a touch of alcohol - this might just be drinkable yet.

Sweetness is the first thing that hits me on the palate and then the alcohol warmth. Syrupy mouthfeel - a bit cloying for mine. A bit of butter as well.

Meh. OK but not life changing bu then again I didn't think it would.

Macca, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

BB June 7/09. One finger tan head on the pour, sits atop a dark rust coloured brew. The head gently subsided to a cloudy, splotchy consistency with moderate carbonation and lacing. Smell is sour fruit, black cherry, pumpernickel loaf. Sour and sweet notes alternate with dark fruit, prune tort, bitter sour aftertaste. Mouthfeel is lively with a bit of tartness and malt backbone that comes through in the finish but is overshadowed by the sweet and sour mix. When cold, the alcohol is hardly noticeable but with air and warming there is a cherry brandy quality with enhanced sweetness although the sour kick also sticks around. This is not only very tasty but also very interesting for anyone with an interest in beer.

ThatWineGuy, May 27, 2009
Photo of mythaeus
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

mythaeus, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of azorie
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

azorie, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Rick778
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Rick778, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of jadler16
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

jadler16, Apr 30, 2014
Photo of polloenfuego
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%

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 heysuz
4/5  rDev -5.4%

heysuz, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of jmccullough108
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

jmccullough108, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of Luk13
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Luk13, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of zachary80
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

zachary80, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of yeaprolly
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

yeaprolly, Jun 12, 2014
Photo of RandyKemka
4/5  rDev -5.4%

RandyKemka, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of assurbanipaul
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%

Pours a clear, dark garnet with a firm, half-inch white head. Aroma is faint, dark sticky malts.

Taste is more rich, deep malts, quite sweet. Contains some flavors of raisins and sweet candy sugar, but not without just a hint of malty sourness. Some dark cola syrup and some good esters also hide in the profile. No flavors of alcohol but its kick is quite noticable.

Mouthfeel is medium but the alcohol leaves the palate sticky. Leaves the palate with a dry malt aftertaste. Could almost make it as a Belgian wee heavy. It hurts so good I can't stop.

assurbanipaul, Sep 25, 2006
Photo of wahhmaster
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

Poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, almost purple, color. Has a tight, white head that lingers for a while and leaves spotty lacing.

Smell: Smells of fruit, especially grapes and other dark fruits, as well as candy. Has a strong sweet smell as well. Smells especially strongly of TRIUMPH.

Taste: Starts bitter with hints of dark fruits. Finishes sweet with a hint of spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a nice carbonation bite.

Drinkability: A decent beer. Not the greatest example of a Belgian beer that I've had but not bad nonetheless. It's worth a try but not something that I'll seek out time and again.

wahhmaster, Jan 12, 2010
Photo of ackeeper
4/5  rDev -5.4%

ackeeper, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of kybeerdrinker
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

kybeerdrinker, May 11, 2014
Photo of ej285701
4/5  rDev -5.4%

ej285701, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of PhageLab
3.45/5  rDev -18.4%

Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Gorgeous deep ruby coloration with murky brown hints. Nice head of froth that rode the whole way down. Laced very well. Easily one of the most attractive brews I've seen in a while.

S - Alcohol hits first, but sifting past that a barrage of different fruits and nuts makes themselves known.

T - Apple and sugary malts seem to dominate the profile, which is consistently battling the alcohol taste for the spotlight. Slightly disappointing, I can't help but think this would be much more flavorful with a lower abv. Finishes sweet and fairly dry.

M - Full bodied, low carbonation level, pungent alcohol sting.

D - Small servings only please, the large bottle of this was difficult to finish, even sharing it with friends. It seems that Steenberge loves high alcohol brews, I just wish they'd make a session brew. They obviously have great talent, but does every beer need to be over 10%?

PhageLab, Apr 28, 2008
Photo of cvfish
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%

A - Poured a dark amber color that produced a fluffy light tan head that laced around the glass nicely

S - Brown sugar, dried plums, red grapes, and yeasts

T - Tastes like maple and brown sugar oatmeal, with raisins and plums mixed in with hops and malts

M - Smooth and creamy medium bodied with light carbonation

D - Great beer, beautiful example of why people love beer....I can't fully express, but its wonderful

cvfish, Dec 22, 2008
Photo of TheHammer
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%

Appearance: A nice deep dark ruby/amber color with a solid finger of head that produced decent lacing and good retention. Constant carbonation in the body without a trace of sediment. A little bit more head and lacing would have earned the perfect score.

Smell: Predominant soft fruit with a caramel malt backing. Plums and Pluots with touches of figs and honey. Not a lot of warming was required for it to come out which is also nice. A slight bit boozy though, which while not expected could be concealed.

Taste: Starts with light caramel malt with a mixed berry and plum taste that turns to a bit more molasses like in taste and texture and ends with a somewhat odd whisky end, complete with a high alcohol twang. I'd give it 3.75 but it does enough, but that end isn't very nice.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation that helps out the entire beer, and very nice transitioning. Doesn't leave much of an aftertaste, although that is mainly due to the biggest detraction of the beer. The solvent note that the unconcealed alcohol brings is my biggest beef.

Drinkability: Hmm...tough call, I mean the high alcohol twang holds it back a bit, but it's not like you wouldn't expect it from the style. Smooth and medium bodied so all it all it comes out decently ahead. There is room for improvement though.

Final Thoughts: I think it really needs to be paired with food, which I think the high alcohol cleansing the beer offers would help. Drinking this has me thinking back to Chimay Blue, and it's been long enough that I'm not sure if this or Chimay would come out ahead. Certainly worth a shot though.

TheHammer, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of SonOfKyuss
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

SonOfKyuss, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of Vylo
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Vylo, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of desint
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

desint, May 24, 2013
Gulden Draak (Dark Triple) from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
94 out of 100 based on 3,081 ratings.