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

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3,174 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,174
Reviews: 1,215
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 180
Gots: 324 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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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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4/5  rDev -5.4%

alexsergio, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of willjschmidt
4.4/5  rDev +4%
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
Photo of JeffreyJDavis
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

JeffreyJDavis, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of nhindian
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a Delirium Tremens tulip.

Gulden Draak, often described as a Dark Tripel, is often characterized as the catch-all, "Belgian Strong Dark Ale", and by the brewery itself as a Barleywine style. Hopefully throughout this review I can try to deduce some points of the beer rather than try to lump it in with a style.

A - Upon pouring, it certainly takes on characteristics of a Quad. Dark burgundy body with bright, cordial highlights. Builds a huge 3.5 fingered, khaki colored head that is apparent throughout the entire beer. The bright highlights make it possible to see the absolute torrent of bubbles streaming from the bottom of the glass which really aids the retention. Lacing is on the high end of the spectrum, as there are elegant and eccentric webs spinning all over the glass.

S - The smell is also very reminiscent of a Quad or a heavy Dubbel. Lots of dark, candied fruits with only small traces of Belgian yeast. Figs, plums, grapes and bready malts make up the majority of the smell and there is also noticeable heat from the alcohol. Alcohol imparts an strong ethanol characteristic which is a bit unpleasant.

T - One sip from this makes me feel like I could jump in the vessel on the bottle and sail across the ocean. Very sweet and alcoholic. The fruits are incredibly sweet and tangy, and as they assault the front of the mouth, the alcohol goes straight to the back to complete the two-stage attack. Grapes and plums are the forefront of the siege, and the tannic notes from them really mesh well with alcohol heat. It tastes like a sugary Welsh's Grape Juice with a shot of Everclear. It isn't unpleasant initially, but it wears on as the drink settles.

M - Mouthfeel is heavy bodied with lots of mouth involvement. As mentioned earlier, each characteristic of the beer hits a different spot of the mouth, and the heavy carbonation helps keep everything moving smoothly.

D - Drinkability is moderate. The flavors are strong and smooth, but the sweetness is just a bit too much as I continue to drink. Pretty heavy bodied and a bit syrupy, it's a nice treat to start but a sugary at the end.

nhindian, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of Rick778
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Rick778, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of MrBoh
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

MrBoh, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of kguard
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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

Schmuckles, Aug 14, 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
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

cd34, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of dherling
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured out a dark reddish brown, with a bubbly off white head, great lacing. The nose offers lots of dark fruits like plums, cherries and raisins, followed by sweet candy sugar. There's a bunch of alcohol in the nose too. The taste is sweet sugar, bubblegum, cottong candy, and spice up front. The finish hits you with dark fruit again, then some faint chocolate and alcohol. Mouthfeel was creamy, with a long burning finish.

dherling, Nov 26, 2006
Photo of giblet
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very nice rich beer. had this one in florida and was impressed.

poured rich dark color. huge carbonation. careful in pouring it or it will be almost all head. nice lace. excellent rich flavor of toffee and citrus, but a little strong in the abv taste. likely to only have one or three of these in one sitting.

suckem up and movem out!


giblet, Mar 10, 2008
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

ackeeper, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of RuudJH
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

RuudJH, Apr 25, 2009
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

fizzyted, Dec 28, 2011
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
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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
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

JamesMN, Jun 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Peyton5410, Feb 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

rcjennings, Feb 07, 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 Beermazter310
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Beermazter310, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of kayrex
4/5  rDev -5.4%

kayrex, Nov 29, 2011
Gulden Draak (Dark Triple) from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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