Gulden Draak
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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From:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
 
Belgium
Style:
Belgian Dark Strong Ale
Ranked #8
ABV:
10.5%
Score:
94
Ranked #2,098
Avg:
4.24 | pDev: 11.32%
Reviews:
1,445
Ratings:
2,867
Status:
Active
Rated:
Oct 20, 2022
Added:
Dec 19, 2001
Wants:
  333
Gots:
  1,015
SCORE
94
Outstanding
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Notes: Dark Triple Ale brewed with caramel malt and re-fermented with Bordeaux wine yeast
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Rated: 4.5 by rawbraves from Colorado

Oct 20, 2022
 
 
Rated: 4.83 by beerrat from Virginia

Oct 16, 2022
 
Rated: 4.73 by Insector44 from Netherlands

Oct 04, 2022
 
Rated: 4.24 by MrJones07 from Spain

Sep 25, 2022
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Rated by cakebutt

4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
delicious malty beer. great head, dense foam. sweet and silky on the tongue.
Sep 13, 2022
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Rated by Spiritale

1.77/5  rDev -58.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
Tastes like carbonated soy sauce. Smells like soy sauce. Am i drinking spoiled Draak?
Sep 04, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by GFK from Michigan

Sep 02, 2022
 
Rated: 4.56 by windowside from Germany

Aug 12, 2022
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Reviewed by QuakeAttack from California

4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Went all the way to Grace in Growlers in Oahu to try this Belgium Strong Dark Ale. Pours a beautiful ruby, red, brownish, black. Nice lacing and hits all the notes (fruit, slight sweetness) of a Strong Dark Ale. It's been several years that I have add a Belgium Strong Dark Ale and the yeast just popped (could be the humidity!).
Aug 11, 2022
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Rated by guidodewaal from Netherlands

4.94/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Strong malt, caramel with a mouth filling taste. Smooth creamy mouthfeel. My absolute favourite. Always a treat to drink.
Aug 02, 2022
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Reviewed by MrOH from Malta

4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Ruby colored with a nice khaki head, great retention and lacing
Dark malt aroma with some banana and light clove
Prune, brown bread, some banana and light clove flavor
Medium bodied and appropriately carbonated
Pretty good
Jun 25, 2022
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Reviewed by mikeg67 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
11.2 oz bottle. Pours dark red with tall, long-lasting, foamy off-white head and nice lacing. Aroma is Belgian yeast, caramel malt, spices, brown sugar, herbal hops and dark fruit. Body is full and crisp. Taste is similar to aroma. Finish is long and spicy. Great brew.
Jun 24, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by Stengelfoot from California

Jun 12, 2022
 
Rated: 4.09 by Hawkfish from Washington

Jun 05, 2022
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Reviewed by schoolboy from Ohio

4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
To me, this brand has always been synonymous with excellence and authenticity. They seem to always have that Belgian yeast taste and beautiful balance. This is no exception, but as worth the others I've reviewed, it is exceptional.

It pours deep reddish brown with plenty of foam. Gorgeous. The aroma says Belgium. There taste is that malty darkness with yeasty astringent overtones. The experience is always a treat.

Highly recommended. When you need to break out of any kind of funk, this will do it.
Jun 04, 2022
 
Rated: 4.56 by cold_beer

May 06, 2022
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Reviewed by Iamaskier from Idaho

4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Huge foamy head with a hazy rusty brown body. Smell is lighter than expected; bubblegum, banana, plenty of esters, bread dough, and a hint of coriander. Taste is boozy, upfront caramel and figs, then banana and more caramel, and a slightly hoppy backbone, with hints of orange peel and spice throughout. Very smooth, as noted by many. Not disappointed.
May 01, 2022
 
 
Rated: 4 by Enomas from Portugal

Mar 01, 2022
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Reviewed by Piwo from Michigan

4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Look: Dark golden brown with light brown, thin head. Very nice.
Smell: Slightly boozy, very sweet and malty
Taste: Malty, and slightly fruity notes. Pleasant caramelly finish.
Feel: Thick and smooth, not very dry.
Found it in a dark corner of a local market in the imports section. Very pleasant beer overall. Satisfied with my pick.
Feb 17, 2022
 
Rated: 4.04 by dan_amdg from Illinois

Feb 12, 2022
 
Rated: 4.1 by Monkeyknife from Missouri

Jan 30, 2022
 
Rated: 4.18 by LunchMoney from Minnesota

Jan 29, 2022
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Reviewed by Dinglehacker from Wisconsin

4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Poured into snifter. Ruby brown, a good khaki cream head that abates to a persistent but thin ring and a big blotch of lace.

Nose is dark fruits and malt.

Taste is the same, very malty sweet, some banana notes with the dark fruits. Delightful.

Feel is crazy smooth especially with that ABV.

Years ago, this was my first fancy Belgian ale. It's still great.
Jan 25, 2022
 
Rated: 4.34 by Fordcoyote15 from Pennsylvania

Jan 07, 2022
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Reviewed by LanceBiggums from Canada (AB)

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Beautiful beer. Lovely clear red amber, with a big, tan, pillowy, three finger, Belgian head. The aroma is dominated by cherry, caramel, and red wine, with a hint of ethanol. The taste is a symphony of fkavour: berries, caramel, red wine, brown sugar, and noticeable but very well balanced alcohol. This is by far the smoothest and most agreeable 10.5% I've ever had. This is great stuff, and widely available, so get some and enjoy it. If someone wanted to know what Belgian beer is like, I would give him one of these as the archetypal Belgian.
Jan 02, 2022
 
Rated: 3.88 by irishevans from California

Dec 29, 2021
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Reviewed by Ladiloque from Italy

3.79/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Served at 4°C. 1,5€ 0,33l from Lidl.
L: Huge marvellous head that slowly recedes (5 min) into a thin lacing. Brown-Dark amber opaque colour.
S: Malts and caramel.
T: Taste of smoked malt, caramel, nuts, spices, bittersweet (more on the bitter side) and complex.
F: Low carbonation. Medium bodied. Heavy ABV.
Very good warming winter beer.
Dec 25, 2021
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Reviewed by eatsluggs from Oregon

4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
I wanted to try this beer since 2013.
For some reason I kept postponing it for years. Big mistake.
Probably the smoothest Triple Ale I've ever tasted.
Dec 24, 2021
 
Rated: 3.32 by Bigmoist from West Virginia

Dec 24, 2021
 
Rated: 4.83 by jslywiak from California

Dec 22, 2021
 
Rated: 3.5 by NorbertB1974 from Germany

Dec 18, 2021
 
Rated: 3.56 by SayBoom from Ukraine

Dec 18, 2021
 
 
Rated: 4.24 by Rhetion from Florida

Dec 03, 2021
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Rated by 13adam13 from Kentucky

4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Smooth, light.
Subtle flavors, enjoyable.
Nov 27, 2021
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Reviewed by Anders91 from California

4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Look: dark amber with a medium off white head

Smell: malt, dark fruits, hops

Taste: nice balance of malt and dark fruit flavors

Feel: smooth and bubbly
Nov 19, 2021
 
Rated: 4.38 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Oct 25, 2021
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Rated by Kiiz

4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
It’s like sparkling grape juice, ale, and figs had a baby. Very good celebratory beer, will definitely revisit around Christmas.
Oct 24, 2021
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