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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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3,234 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,234
Reviews: 1,222
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 190
Gots: 361 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V. visit their website

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 megahurts4
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gulden Draak Ale

Appearance: dark amber-red, large head, and good lacing.

Smell: apples, pears, malts, slight hops, and faint yeast.

Taste: pear, apples, yeast, a caramel backbone, and faint hops.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy.

This has some great fruit flavor. It is not weak by any means. The fruit flavors are more pronounced than the rest of the brew, but it seems to balance out in the end.

megahurts4, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle at 48 degrees into a Chimay chalice.

A: It pours a mostly opaque very dark red color with a half-finger of off-white head that falls slowly and does not leave significant lacing.

S: Booze-soaked dark fruits, a mild yeasty character, and some faint banana. It is bold but not very complex.

T: Sweet and boozy dark fruits early combining with cocoa, tobacco, leather, cinammon, and nutmeg. It really opens up as it warms and becomes quite complex.

M: The body is medium-thick with below-average carbonation and a semi-sticky finish.

O: This is very good but certainly not world class. I am reluctant to drink it again because it is $4.99 per 330 mL and $10.99 per 750 mL.

bucklemyshoe, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of Rick778
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Rick778, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of jshusc
4/5  rDev -5.7%

jshusc, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of perrymarcus
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle served in a snifter.

pours a mahogany tone while yielding a foamy 1" tan head. fades somewhat quickly into a thin cap, collar around the glass.

nose is decidedly sweet with notes of candied / dark fruits, brown sugar, and caramel.

flavors follows the aroma somewhat: sweet, yes, but carries none of the cloying sweetness i sort of anticipated. nice and flavorful with the fruitiness, brown sugar, some spice, and caramel all pulling through; there's even a secondary sour character to it. medium bodied mouthfeel with adequate carbonation.

overall, an excellent beer. can't believe it's taken me this long to try it. can't place it among my favorite belgians, but very, very good nonetheless.

perrymarcus, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of heysuz
4/5  rDev -5.7%

heysuz, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of theboozecruise
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid 'A' beer... dark brown color with a creamy beige head.

Typical spicy tripel aroma, very nice. A little bit sweet but some malt smell too.

Tasty for sure... not an overwhelming alcohol presence at all. Very very solid beer but not a top 5 brew.

theboozecruise, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of griffeyb
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

griffeyb, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of JxExM
4.75/5  rDev +12%

JxExM, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of tbeer40
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

tbeer40, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of khiasmus
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep amber that's slightly cloudy with a beautiful creamy light head that retains for minutes.

S- Sweet, fruity, malty, and you can smell the warm alcohol. Very faint hint of piney hops. This beer smells absolutely wonderful.

T- Sweet, complex and strong flavor. much like the smell, very malty, with subtle bitterness in the back from hops that almost balance.

M- Smooth all the way down with medium carbonation.

D- Very, very dangerously drinkable.

khiasmus, Mar 03, 2007
Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Foggy brown body. Light brown head.

Smell - Malty. Alcoholic. Very much like a duvel, but with flavor.

Taste - Malty body. Sour finish. Delicious. Strong. Moderately heavy complexity. Candy sugar finish.

Mouthfeel - Surprisingly little to no solvent burn. Smooth. Sexy.

Overall Drinkability - Delicious. Absolutely awesome. One of the best beers I've had in months.

ZenAgnostic, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of supercolter
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is quite delightful. Three finger head that dissapates slowly and excellent lacing on the sides. Dark brown in color.
Smell is fantastic as well. Sweet malt greets your nose followed by both citrus and dark fruit (apricot, and plum are most noticable)
Taste is good as well. The taste is a bit drier than the smell led me to believe it would be. A lot of wheat and oat taste, but there is a hint of fruit.
Mouthfeel is nice and frothy but still drinkable.

supercolter, Aug 04, 2006
Photo of cowboy83
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

cowboy83, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of tuckerlikesbeer
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

tuckerlikesbeer, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of kguard
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

kguard, May 14, 2013
Photo of scoobybrew
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This was poured from the bottle into a Piraat snifter-like tulip glass. It has a deep amber color with a nice head that is well retained. The aroma has fruity yeast scents - apple-like. There's also a very sweet malt scent. The flavor is very sweet with alcohol definitely up-front. The malt tastes very caramel-like and biscuity. The finish is somewhat dry. It has medium-light body with high carbonation.

This is a very strong beer. You really have to drink this one with caution. It would be a dangerous session beer. None-the-less it's very tasty.

scoobybrew, May 21, 2007
Photo of Elfastball7
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Elfastball7, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of eat
4/5  rDev -5.7%

eat, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of jonb5
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
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 willjschmidt
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

willjschmidt, May 10, 2007
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

cavemanlawyer1999, Oct 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

SonOfKyuss, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of JeffreyJDavis
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

JeffreyJDavis, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of KevChiTown
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

KevChiTown, Sep 16, 2014
Gulden Draak (Dark Triple) from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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