Gulden Draak
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Style:
Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
Ranked #4
ABV:
10.5%
Score:
95
Ranked #930
Avg:
4.28 | pDev: 11.21%
Reviews:
1,411
Ratings:
4,220
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Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
 
Belgium
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Year-round
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Gots
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SCORE
95
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Notes: Dark Triple Ale brewed with caramel malt and re-fermented with Bordeaux wine yeast
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AlCaponeJunior from Texas

4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ab fab! We had snifters, so that's the glasses we used. Good choice. A nice sheen capped what turns out to be a real nice sweet stouty treat. Good for what ails ya.

Sep 22, 2020
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plutonash from Latvia

4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Dark brown, with a hint of red. Small bubbly firm head, nice lacing.

S: Overripe fruits, raisins, caramel, toffee. In the back some lingering dark cherries.

T: Bunch of fruity esters, including pairs, apricots, some bananas, basically like opening a box of dried fruits. Sweet, malty, some unnamed spices greet from the back row.

F: Well rounded, full bodied. If one would ask how strong this is, I'd say 6-7%, but not 10.5%!

O: Very nice beer (2019, so only 1yr old) where new and interesting nuances can be found after each sip. Not a session brew, as it starts a dialogue with one's mind.

Aug 01, 2020
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Shintetsuken from Canada

5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Looks great and opaque. Smells a little like iron: the taste is great, but the finish is what makes this remarkable. Little bit of a tangy feel on the tongue, but quite smooth and delicious. Definitely a sipper.

Jul 28, 2020
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faraday326 from California

4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It pours a beautiful hazy mahagony.. brown w/ red. The head for me was thick and awesome. The nose was pure cherries. I was actually startled and impressed by the scent of cherries over a lighter hops and maltiness. The flavor was far more smokey and bready than the nose but still with a distinct finish of hops, spice, and cherry.

Jul 27, 2020
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz marked "Brew Tank N°04 Brew Year 2019"

Clear oak-ruby, small head that recedes. Smells like foot and yeast, but opens up into a sweeter more traditionally belgian-y experience. Sweet and chewy Belgium style. A little hit of oak, but not much, mostly bubblegum and ruby schmaltz

Enjoyable but not a go-to

Jul 26, 2020
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sjrider from California

4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle - almost clear mahogany color with thick foamy khaki head leaving significant frosty lacing. This is one pretty pour.Nose is mildly malty with hints of earth,stone fruit, yeast and spice. Taste follows more or less, this is delightful in the spectrum of what Belgium produces. Finish is creamy, carbonated and solid with some lingering spice and sweetness.Damn this is good.

Jul 10, 2020
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misteil from Ireland

4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

look: beautiful beer, one finger creamy off white head with excellent retention, decent bit of lacing, beer is self is a lovely foggy mahogany colour with dense waves of small bubbles rising within the beer.

smell: good bit of malty aroma, it’s biscuity and smokey and earthy, lots of sweet fruit flavour, black currant and cranberry, cherry, banana, raisin, some spice to it, typical belgian ale flavours, some coffee maybe, hint of vanilla, inviting indeed.

taste: those flavours are wonderful, nicely malty, lots of roasted smokey flavour but some biscuity bready flavour too, really earthy, oaky, floral, the sweetness comes after the malt flavour but the smoke flavours linger, lots of cranberry and raisin and banana, cherry too, sweeter on the palate than it is on the nose, gentle hit of bitterness on the finish, the bitterness, the smokey flavours, and the fruit flavours all linger for a long time, lovely finish, lovely beer.

feel: full bodied, medium to high carbonation, carbonation pushes the beer around the inside of the mouth, lots of warming from the alcohol, lingering bitterness on the back of the tongue, dense, somewhat syrupy but only a touch.

overall: it’s my kind of beer, to be sipped, but every little sip is bursting with flavour, and the flavour is just wonderful, the finish exquisite too, a wonderful belgian ale.

Jul 05, 2020
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fluxcore from Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Stubby bottle poured into Duvel chalice after damn near exploding when I opened it.
Smell: fermented cherry and other reddish fruits
Look: rusty reddish-brown
Taste: spiced, some slight alcohol (despite being 10.5% it’s masked with wonderful flavors)
Feel: bubbly and smooth
Overall: delicious sipping beer to be enjoyed and savored! I have 2 other variants I’ll try later

Jun 17, 2020
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C-Stockwell from Rhode Island

4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: very rich burgundy red with a thick khaki head that stays well
S: rich malt, cherries and other dark red fruit, spice
T: chocolate, molasses, malt, and fruit
F: awesome carbonation and mouthfeel

An overall excellent, heavy beer with no alcohol bite. A perfect beer for a cold day or for relaxing with. Sip and enjoy with rich food.Smooth.

May 10, 2020
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a snifter
No bottle date, but this is about 5 years old

A- pours deep brown in color with a one-finger creamy off-white head that has great retention and leaves plenty of lacing behind

S- an array of dark fruit notes up front; black cherry, raisins, figs & prunes. Brown sugar, earthy yeast, caramel, a bit of a vinous red wine note

T- sweet dark malty notes up front give flavors of brown sugar, brown breads, caramel & toffee. Mid-palate gives notes cherry, figs and raisins. The finish gives earthy and slightly peppery yeast, Belgian candy sugars and more dark fruit on the linger

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into a velvety, slightly warming finish

O- a classic of the style, it ages with the best of them

Apr 01, 2020
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Pivopijak from Washington

4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

draught
Thin head. Translucent caramel & dark orange appearance. Roasted sweet malt & toffee aroma. Yummy, thick consistency and tasting similar to non-sweet toffee and caramel with a very easy hop presence.

Mar 31, 2020
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Mugman8 from New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My tour of Belgians continues with the Gulden Draak Classic Triple. Pours a muddy brownish with ample long-lasting beige head and ample lace. Aroma is malty and sweet. Taste is caramel, dried fruits and malt. Finish is full-bodied, smooth and dry. ABV is well-hidden -- this isn't a boozy beer. This is a truly great brew -- one of the best I've had....maybe a slight notch behind the Chimay....but right up there.

Mar 17, 2020
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tmalt from Florida

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This triple has a golden brown color with a creamy white head. The smell is very nice like yeast, vanilla and brandy. I can taste caramel, plums, vanilla, orange peel, and alcohol. Very drinkable with a moderate peppery carbonation. The sweetness from the malts and candy sugar are balanced with a lot of fruit flavor, yeast and alcohol. overall I liked for a strong Belgium ale with a lot of complexities in flavor and a finish that is both dry and wet. This is a very smooth slow sipper to enjoy in cool weather.

Mar 07, 2020
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akme223 from Kentucky

4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Foam runneth over when I popped the cap off. Pours a very dark amber color. An off-white/slightly tannish head of about 1”. Strong caramel maltiness. Slightly fruity and sweetness. Very well balanced and just complex enough to keep me coming back for another sip. Slightly warm aftertaste but not over-bearing. Alcohol is very well hidden. Smooth finish, take it easy with this one as it’s an easy drinker and can get yourself in trouble after a few! Great beer, will definitely come back to it!

Jan 03, 2020
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BeanBump from California

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer will always hold a special fondness to me. I thoroughly enjoyed quite a few of these while honeymooning in Porto. Its dark and malty with just the right amount of sweetness. Not the cheapest nor the easiest to find but I always find it tough to resist as it takes me back every time. Great beer.

Jan 02, 2020
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark chestnut brown color with a billowing head of ecru foam. Lots of staying power and sticky lacing.

Aroma is slightly metallic at first, but that fades into a rich malty sweetness. Dried fruit esters, caramelized sugars, a touch of sarsaparilla.

Dark bread crusts, caramel sauce, toasted malt, a hint of earthy hop character lingering in the finished. Moderate caramel sweetness up front that fades into a light bitterness by the end. Full bodied, rich and chewy. A fine slow sipper on a winter’s night.

Dec 30, 2019
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Benish from Wisconsin

3.76/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: just after opening the bottle, foam came pouring out. It appears a dark reddish hue pouring into the glass with a large amount of beige head.

Smell: sweet candied yeast, bready, and dark fruits.

Taste: burnt brown sugar, Belgian yeast, sweet bready malt, and dark fruits. Some spices as well.

Mouthfeel: medium body, heavily carbonated.

Overall: it’s very sweet but not too hot. The complexity of flavors balances out the sweetness.

Dec 29, 2019
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entheos from California

5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just an excellent brew! This one is what would have made me convert to the monastery just to witness the process of making such a great beer. It’s aromatic, fulfilling and delicious! God bless us all!

Dec 21, 2019
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octortus from Canada

4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL Bottle. ABV 10.5%.
Appearance: Red/Light brown, Soft carbonation, Under one finger of tan creamy head (with a slight red tinge), Decent retention, Slight lacing.
Aroma: Bready/Caramel malts, Slightly funky Belgian yeast, Dark fruit (plum, raisin) Apple, Grape, Spice, Good complexity.
Mouthfeel: Under medium body, Soft, Creamy (seems flat initially), Detectable alcohol but well hidden for the high ABV.
Flavour: Bready/Caramel malts, Dark fruit, Grape, Spice.
Overall: Gulden Draak fits the style quite well and I enjoyed it more and more as I drank.

Review: 94

Dec 10, 2019
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The white plastic wrapped bottle isn't a thing of beauty, I hope the contents are better.
L- Deep chestnut brown. It is bottle-conditioned, minor sludge in the bottle had settled well and didn't join the pour. Poured slowly with little head, adding a couple of Cm height briefly instantly yielded a fat 3Cm pale tan head.
S- Spices and deep roasted fruits.
T- Follows the Smell^, caramel plus the pungency of a pretty thumping 10.5% which builds on the palate for a few seconds.
F- It's deep, pungent, with fruity notes - though fruity as in the pungent roasted fruitiness of a trad Brit Xmas pudding, and it has quite a rich finish.
O- A pretty full-on brew, ideal for slow-sippin' in winter. Higher ABV% than I'd normally buy, but I'm glad I tried it. I'd happily drink this again.
Bought from Beerhawk/UK. 330ml bottle. BB: 22/08/21 (dot-matrix printed in black near base of lable at front).

Nov 30, 2019
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rarigney from Washington

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is slightly cloudy dark amber with a big pillowy, off white head with excellent retention and lacing. Aroma is dark fruit and a little boozy. Taste is slightly sweet and fruity. There is a nice malt presence and a bit of spiciness. Alcohol is clearly high, but not overwhelming.

Nov 19, 2019
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officerbill from New York

4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: dark amber/red with a tall, thick cream colored, long lasting head that laces the glass as it dissolves
S: yeast, bread, cherry, raisin
T: lots of malt, honey, raisins, fresh whole-grain bread, toffee, burnt sugar
F: lots of carbonation tingles the tongue, thick (almost syrupy) feel. Richly sweet on the front with an mild bitterness at they end
O: You can feel the 10.5% warmth and it's a little too sweet for multiples, but otherwise, a very good, very satisfying triple

Nov 16, 2019
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Lanas from Greece

4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Remind me the "Chimay blue" this beer.. It is one the same spot.. Perhaps this beer is more fruity and has litte more explosion.. The very strong alcohol inside make this beer very powerful and can fill your mouth for fun..
Overall a great beer to drink.. If you love fruity beers with strong alcohol, this is the one..

Sep 14, 2019
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Anacross from Washington

5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours as a dark copper foamy liquid. Smell and taste are rich, creamy with many fruity and milky hints for an amazing and unique result.
An outstanding and superbly made beer!

Jul 05, 2019
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ONUMello from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle poured into a chalice
A: Mahogany with a lingering two-finger head
S: Caramel, dates, Belgian yeast
T: Matches the nose adding cherry and brown sugar
M: Full bodied, smooth
O: Very well made and a great example of the style

May 05, 2019
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