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

Gulden Draak (Dark Triple)Gulden Draak (Dark Triple)

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,763 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 2763
Reviews: 1190
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.35%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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ZAP

Minnesota

4.83/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Maroon colored...nice fluffy white head...sweet aroma of caramel drenched black cherries..a bit yeasty on the nose with a very faint barn yard like smell....taste is big time sweet...doppelbock like sweetness...Big sweet dark fruits, also some tropical fruits....rum...caramel, molasses, cotton candy, this is an awesome tasting beer....body is medium...carbonation about medium...drinkability sky high for me..High ABV is nowhere to be found in the taste...this one could be dangerous if I had a lot of it in the house...

What a fucking treat this one was....I must have more of this...I must move to Belgium soon.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2005 04:22:30 | More by ZAP
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of those beers that I saw many, many times but always passed, figuring I would get around to it. Three years is long enough, so I grabbed a bottle the last time I was at State Line, and then again, on tap at BXL Cafe in NYC (an excellent bar, IMO). This review is for the bottle.

Not as impressive as the pour I had at BXL, this beer is still gorgeous. Deep mahogany red with rich, reddish brown highlights, there's a dense, light brown head that recedes to a disk slowly. Retention is excellent, 20 minutes into the beer, the head is still dense, an excellent attribute for a 10.5% beer. The nose is excellent. Very rich and fruity with plums and prunes, soaked in rum. Brown sugar and a very prominent yeast character are present. Moderately phenolic, the expressiveness of the yeast reminds me in some ways of the St. Bernardus Abt 12. A little tobacco, a little earth and a little leather are all present. This really is a beer to cook and pair with, and I should try that sometime.

The palate opens moderately sweet with brown sugar, a little vanilla and a moderate leathery and earthy backbone. Definitely fruity, there's a pronounced prune character here. It's not a flavor I typically care for, but combined with the yeastiness, it's very compelling. There's a mild spice note as well, mildly cinnamon sugar and maybe some mace? Alcohol is very well hidden here, there's some that appears towards the finish, amplifying the mild spice flavors. Medium in body with moderate carbonation, the beer greatly benefits from swirling to release the carbonation. Fruity and mildly sugary on the finish, this feel pretty great on the palate. This is growing a lot on me, and I will revisit this. Maybe just a touch sweeter than I'd like, but I can't imagine what a lower FG will provide here, so I can't be too harsh.

I can't help but think that this would make a great beer to braise lamb with. I just might have to try that. Ultimately, this beer does what a dark tripel should do, it has the fruitiness and mild sweetness that a more traditional tripel should, but only with dark fruits and dark sugars. Quite unique IMO.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 23:22:36 | More by DefenCorps
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a white 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of dark fruits and alcohol. Taste is good, fruit and spice, some alcohol. Feels full bodied in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall this is a high quality brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2010 03:43:15 | More by tone77
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bark

Sweden

3.38/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The colour is brown-red, the liquid is clear. The large head is pale brown; it sinks slowly leaving lots of thick lacing.

The smell is fresh and a bit roasted. Phenol-notes of soap and chemicals. Some bitter and dry flavours.

The taste is sweet and spicy with lightly roasted fruity notes. It reminds me a bit of Coca-Cola. Sour-bitter hints in the aftertaste, as well as warming alcohol, earthy-fruity notes in the finish.

The carbonation is fresh and short. The carbonation is a bit smooth.

This is a beer that I used to recommend as a interesting and a bit unusual Belgian beer. But now when I think about it, it is not that special. Still an OK beer, though.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 08:22:29 | More by bark
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flagmantho

Washington

3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into a wine goblet.

Appearance: deep, dark red-brown. Thin but attractive head, with a nice lacing.

Smell: caramel, hazelnut and maple aromas. Sweet and malty; smells quite like a nut brown ale.

Taste: malty, a little fruity and a little nutty. A lot like a nut brown ale. Sweet, and not particularly bitter.

Mouthfeel: medium body, but a little syrupy; nice carbonation.

Drinkability: good flavor but it's more of a slow sipper.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 03:41:07 | More by flagmantho
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.78/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: An 11.2 fluid ounce (330ml) “Duvelian-like” stubby coated with a unique looking white paint finish. Black label, with golden bounds has the words “Gulden Draak Ale” in red text over and above a picture of a golden dragon. Listed at 10.5% ABV.


Appearance: *Catalogue princess, apprentice seductress.*
Dirty thick ruddy dark brown body on the pour. Off-white head, the tanned creamy upper crown sits uniformly across the vestige of my Westvleteren goblet. Closer examination reveals a pellucid mahogany body with deep rich ruby tones. Bespoke looks.

Nose: *Fragrant aphrodisiac, the withered tuberose.*
Alcohol – yes, it either fails to mask the pungent ethanolic aromas, or it wants you to know that it may kick your ass later in the night. A nice dry hop aroma in the back end is somewhat spoiled by the vitriolic alcohol at times.

Taste: *Dynamic young Tarzan courts the bed-sit queen.*
A tasty and viscous warm layer of malts lay the foundation. Sharp herbal traits fill the gaps. Thick caramel and burnt sugar mixes with prunes and dates juice.

Mouthfeel: *Playing games with faces in the neon wonderland.*
An enticing rich thick carpet of malts lays down the base of dark fruits and a high temperature catwalk finish. My neck sweats as the warmth induces a satisfying heart attack that I don’t want to break out of. Like shitting yourself in public; it’s embarrassing in the finish but for a short time up front it kind of feels good, warm and comfy.

Drinkability: *Perform to scattered shadows on the shattered cobbled aisles*.
A massive tornado of enticing warm malts and a rich thick globulating warmth of alcohol are the foundation for a serious night cap brew!!! Nevertheless, it may only contain 330ml but I want more. Damn this brew, it is the Devils work indeed.

Overall: *She said she wanted to be an actress or something. Nobody knows where she came from, where she was going. Funny thing was she had a smile on her face. She was smiling. What a waste!*

You know, I *loved* this brew from the very first time I tried it, some 14 or so years ago. Man this is one powerful spicy (yet unspiced!!!) brew. One sip returns me to care free times in Belgian; it can transport me from the bustling Grand Place, the busy yet cosmopolitan Brugge to the quiet of the De Gans, Huise farmhouse café in the rustic East Flanders countryside. Van Steenberge is unfortunately renowned for many of their “sump” brews, but the Gulden Draak is most certainly a first generation creation that demands respect, and it always gets it from me.

Gulden Draak almost begs to pronounced with a thick Romanian accent such as the original name of Bram Stokers Whitby legend Vlad Drăculea, or rather better still as Vlad the Impaler. Either way, **don’t dare** turn you’re back on this one for it WILL come back to get you, either in the daylight, or worse, later at night when you sleep.

But for now it’s just another Chelsea Monday,
Sweet Chelsea Monday.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2006 06:32:40 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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dgilks

Australia

3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sweet, bready malt aroma. Lots of dark fruit. Slightly spicy. Good.

Hazy brown, chestnut colour with basically no head.

Sweet malt with bready overtones. Light toast. Fruity yeast character wiht light stone fruit notes. There is some spice here too.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Silky and good.

This is a decent BSDA. The flavours are good, the alcohol well integrated and the finish dry enough not to be cloying. The aroma could be better but on the whole its decent.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 08:49:51 | More by dgilks
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have a hard time finding any faults with this one.
330ml stubby bottle.
Pours out a hazy brown-orange. Big foamy tan head last around the entire time.
Rich maltiness on the nose. Raisins and more exotic fruit.
Taste verifies these smell. Lots of raisin and molasses notes. Quite sugary too. Faint hints of pineapples and other sweet fruits. Honey, carmel and faint pepper as well.
Reminds me of a nice big doppelbock with sugar added.
Almost too sweet...but so damn tasty.
Big and thick in the mouth. Coating, but cleans out nicely.
10.5%? You could have fooled me. Masks it wonderfully...shows itself in the warmth it provides, but not the taste.
Great stuff.
More please.
Right at the top of my list of favorites

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2002 00:13:25 | More by cokes
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nickfl

Florida

4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - One finger of light brown head on a dark brown body with good clarity. The foam dissipates quickly and leaves moderate lace.

S - Lots of malt and fruity belgian yeast. Notes of caramel and raisins with sweet chocolate and more dark fruit. Some herbal hops in the background.

T - Lots of raisins and dark sugar. Sweet caramel and molasses with figs and plums. Strong note of chocolate and caramelized sugar in the middle, very candy-like. The finish becomes more phenolic with some clove and tobacco notes as well as the pervasive chocolate and caramel notes.

M - Medium-thick body, high carbonation, and a semi-sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable, it never shows its alcohol or becomes cloying. The malt character is complex and spectacular. I really can't come up with anything critical to say about it. A very nice example of the style and much more drinkable than most.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2009 05:28:38 | More by nickfl
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Prime 16 into its proper branded tulip. Cheers to matching glassware!

A: Clear, radiant ruby body under a half-inch of fine off-white foam that quickly recedes into a ring. Lovely color, and adequate carbonation for the strength.

S: Craziness! Sherry, molasses, creme brulee, brown sugar, rum-soaked raisins, caramel apple. Very sweet, rich, and decadent. Intoxicating in the extreme.

T: Sherry really jumps out, backed up by burned sugar, toffee, dark fruit, vanilla, and fruity alcohol. THe booze is a major component of the finish, but isn't quite overbearing. Delicious.

M: Thick, viscous, and lusciously carbonated. Luxurious.

O: What a beer. I was expecting something big and tasty, but was utterly unprepared for a flavor explosion that reminds me much more of a terrific, fruity barleywine than anything explicitly Belgian. The dessert wine overtones were unmistakable and amazing, while the fruitiness gave enough complexity to keep the sweetness from getting cloying. I might have to pick up a bottle or two to age for a while.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 02:02:12 | More by woosterbill
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This curious little white bottle finally got to me today.
A careful pour produces a clear ruby brown liquid with an overflowing beige head that dissipates rather quickly. Smells of wet cardboard, rich caramel malts, bits of dark fruit. Airing it for a bit thankfully removed most of the aromas of oxidation. The flavor is sweet with lots of brown and caramelized sugars. Deep rich dark fruits mixed with a hint of alcohol round out the flavor quite nicely. Medium to thick body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a sweet bubbly mouthfeel. This is a nice dark ale I quite enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 23:55:22 | More by johnnnniee
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this served in a Gulden Draak glass (neat glass too). Light head which is long lasting. Plenty of lace. Sweet estery aromas with lots of caramel, malt, hint of roasty and yeasty. Big flavor! all of the aroma, except the esters which translates to nice fruitiness. Lush body. Alcohol is subtle but there. Killer beer. Sweet caramel finish. One of my all time favs. Better on draft than bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2007 04:24:35 | More by drpimento
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at World of Beer in WPB. Served in a tulip.

Appearance - Murky brown body with an ample cream colored head. Surprising head on it, but maybe just because it's on tap. A minimal amount of lacing graces the surface of the beer.

Smell - I get bananas and apples. The apples have a slight tang to them. Some dark fruits. The description on the menu said toffee, but I don't get that over the fruits. A bit of booze in the nose, too.

Taste - Again, a bit of banana from the yeastiness, followed by a strange citrus tang that accompanies the dark fruits prevalent in Belgian darks. It's not bad, it's just not what I expect at all. A complex flavor, to be sure.

Mouthfeel - The flavor is good and I guess they're going for the tripel style, but I'm not liking it. It makes it dry and spicy in the finish when I want it thick and smooth. A strange hybrid of styles that I don't necessarily appreciate.

Overall - Good flavor, for sure. Nothing I haven't tasted before, but still good. I just don't like the dryness in the finish.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2011 03:40:52 | More by Alieniloquium
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chinchill

South Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle from a Belgian sampler 6-pack served in a large glass wine goblet.

Bottled under pressure, as evidenced by the soda pop sound (Psssfft) upon opening. The beer has an generous but not overwhelming fizzy head that quickly settles to a lasting but irregular tan top coat with a thick ring. The liquid is a cloudy near-opaque brown that has a reddish-orange glow when backlit.

S - Moderately strong and rich aroma that is primarily fruity/yeasty and malty, with a medium/dark blend in the malts. I found it quite appealing, and near the 5 mark. There's little hint of the high ABV.

T - Bordering on too sweet, but with notable sour and bitter elements to keep this from detracting from my enjoyment. And I suspect this sweetness helps make the alcohol largely disappear. Rich and complex, with plenty of dark fruit from mid-taste on, and traces of spices including cinnamon. A fine flavor mix that changes with temperature and from the start of a sip to the finish. A tiny bit too much sourness in the finish for my taste, but I know many other aficionados like this effect, and the finish remains a bit sweet nonetheless.

M - good, if somewhat high, carbonation helps produce an excellent mouthfeel that is neither too heavy nor too light. Very smooth, Finish is a bit less dry than I'd expect given the ABV.

O - an excellent Belgian dark tripel (or BSDA). Good enough to be a reasonable inclusion if you ever get the chance to do a side-by-side taste test of world-class Belgians; I wouldn't expect it to win, but it wouldn't be out of place and is relatively inexpensive (vs., say Chimay, Delirium or Rochefort) in the US.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 00:50:25 | More by chinchill
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francisweizen

Arizona

4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark dark rusty golden with a big head of slightly off-white head that hangs around forever and ever. Aromas of dark Belgian candi sugar, spicy yeast complexity, alcohol, fruits, and more. Taste is fruity and boozy with a very sweet caramelized burnt sugar, sort of creme brulee thing going on. Very nice, but after a while a bit much. Mouthfeel is sweet and heavy, syrupy and almost cloying, and the drinkability suffers a bit after time. This is a very nice and intense dark tripel...but it's just so damn sweet after a while that it is not my favorite...

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2006 16:04:36 | More by francisweizen
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FosterJM

California

4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

568th Review on BA
Bottle to Goblet
330ML

Bevmo Belgian Pack

App- Bordering on dark amber with some shimmery notes in it. I got a one and a half finger head with some nice cling to it.

Smell- Ah, the smells of Belgium that I have come to adore. Yeast, spice, grains. This one was just slightly tempered back. Good, but on the small side

Taste- Again its a style I love to have. This one has the essence and is one of the premier beers when people think of the style, its just never been re-worked. Its yeasty, a little spice nice grain bill.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. Its the yeast on a heavy beer that makes it dance on the feel.

Drink- I can't believe I have never had this. I thought for sure I had. Oh well, stranger things have happened. This was a good BSDA but needed more pop.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 05:09:50 | More by FosterJM
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a brown colour with a large fizzy beige coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is some great lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Chocolate, butterscotch, malts, raisins, yeast, spices

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste lots of dark fruit - cherries, and raisins, mixed with malts and a hint of chocolate and butterscotch. There is also some banana taste and a bit of coriander/all-spice. It ends with a dark fruit sweet aftertaste.

Overall – What a fantastic tasting beer. I can't believe how well the alcohol is hidden and it is truly a dream to drink. I was a little disappointed in it's boring appearance in the glass but the taste and smell more than makes up for it. This is a world class beer that is a must try.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 16:55:25 | More by spinrsx
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle served in a tulip. Poured a murky reddish-brown with a quarter inch, tan-colored, effervescing head embedded with tiny bubbles. Head eventually dissipated into a swirl with strands of lacing revealed as the brew was consumed. Nose is predominantly dark fruit, definitely some cherries in the mix. Taste follows nose, but quite a bit of alcohol heat, as well as a slightly medicinal, cherry cough syrup quality with a light, hoppy finish. Mouthfeel fell between light- and medium-bodied with an appropriate amount of background carbonation. In terms of drinkability, I found this brew a little too close to cough medicine to be enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2009 23:58:45 | More by Jwale73
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Darkish, murky, russet brown, with amber edges, topped by a two finger cushion of light khaki head that laces nicely. Nose is tangy and oaky, with caramelized brown sugar, yeast, light fruits, and faint pepper. Intense malt flavors up front: sugary sweet tropical fruits (banana, pineapple juice, kiwi) dominate, but are somewhat tempered by a toasted bitterness. Sweetness easily wins out. Brown sugar and caramel flavors mix with yeast. Light spiciness noticeable near the finish. Finish is sweet, yeasty, and very warming. Full-bodied with a near syrupy consistency toward the finish. Somehow avoids being cloying, but very sweet nonetheless. Oh, and quite good!

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2005 21:43:02 | More by alexgash
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Brent

Kentucky

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Normally high abv Belgians like this aren't my favorites because they usually fall into two categories: syrupy sweet or heavy-handed with the alcohol. This golden dragon defies both camps. Murky reddish brown - the aroma is a caramel sweet invitation. 10.5 abv, but no fusel alcohols are present. The flavor is a hodge-podge to search through - rock candy, caramel malt, prune, apple - all in harmony. Despite the overall sweetness, it is not cloying and, while the finish can not be described as clean, it is surprisingly light. And where is the alcohol? Only a peppery bite on the tongue gives it away. Astoundingly smooth and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2003 01:13:49 | More by Brent
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GClarkage

California

4.78/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

08/11/06- Purchased at Beverages and More in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 11.2oz stubby bottle. No freshness info, but there is a small stamped code at the bottom of the label. Poured into an oversized wine glass that looks remarkable like a St. Bernardus chalice.

Appearance- Liquified caramel coloring. One maybe 1 1/2 inch larger bubbled head forms upon the pour. Remains at a good 1/5th inch thick and creamy head. Minute yeasties float around. Spalltered lacing all around. It was a crapshoot between a 4.5 and a 5. Did a coin flip.

Smell- This is a caramel/fruit cocktail. Doesn't fume out like you would hope, which is the only strike against the smell. Melted fresh made carnival caramel like the kind you would dip an apple into. Dark fruits galore. Figs, plums, prunes, raisins, plus some licorice.

Taste- Big and bold as you would expect from a 11% or so brew. Taste mirrors the scent to presice pinpoint. Like a liquid Caramello bar. Anise and liquorice jump out after the caramel coats your tongue. The dark fruits follow. Prunes and figs are predominant. Plums and raisins meld in nicely.

Mouthfeel- Slightly drying. Full and thick...even a bit vinous mouthfeel. Medium carbonation (just about right). Really makes you crave another sip.

Drinkability- This dude is strong. Drank this on an empty stomach right before lunch (may regret that, but I still have a bottle of Beatification and Stone 2006 Old Gaurdian to consume before the day is over). Quite the tasteful one and worthy of considerable praise. Will have to find a large bottle of this. Still trying to figure out what bottle I am going to break open once my child is born in March...this ain't a bad prospect. Again, will have to steal the Rachel Ray catch phrase..."YUMMO"!

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2006 17:57:11 | More by GClarkage
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at World of Beer Raleigh. Served in a tulip.

A - a dark plum color with a thin lacing of head

S - bready, spicy

T - bread, caramel, toffee, sugar, alcohol

M - medium to full bodied, warm, crisp

This is a really nice beer. It's malty, sweet, balanced, and complex. This is probably one of the better beers that I've had in this style. I will have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2012 09:14:16 | More by tdm168
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Gmann

New York

3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark ruby color, with a moderate off-white head that dissipated into a slight cap that left some spotty lacing. The smell is of light candi sugar, dark fruit, not as strong as a tripel. The taste is slightly sweet, a hint of carob, light raisin/plum flavor. This brew would benefit from less carbonation as I think it takes away from the taste. It has tight carbonation, champagne like, finishes smooth. A very nice balanced beer & quite drinkable though the carbonation needs some dulling down.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2007 06:12:17 | More by Gmann
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz white bottle, served in a tulip glass.

L - clouded, dark red/amber color with a huge beige head that left globs of sticky lacing.

S - sweet, date/fig aroma.

T - sweetness of dark fruit flavors start this one out, balance of hop bitterness kicks in before the caramel sweetness on the finish.

F - medium bodied with plenty good carbonation.

D - easy drinking brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2008 23:39:21 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - A dark lightly hazy copper pour with half a finger of tan head that slowly fades.

S - Lots of sweet malts and deep, dark fruits (figs and raisins), but ALOT of booze.

T - Like the nose there are lots of rich dark fruits and sticky sweetness but behind that there is so, so much booze.

M - Should be heavy but the fair amount of carbonation keeps it up off the tongue.

O - I feel there are better strong dark ales than this. It was goos, but way, way too boozy for my liking.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 18:04:29 | More by rudzud
Gulden Draak (Dark Triple) from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
94 out of 100 based on 2,763 ratings.