Gulden Draak | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Belgium
vansteenberge.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Dark Triple Ale brewed with caramel malt and re-fermented with Bordeaux wine yeast

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-19-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,948
Reviews:
1,343
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
11.43%
 
 
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Photo of jrsqc7
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with great head and sticky lacing.

Flathead cherries and a variety of bready malts and alcohol. The carbonation is light but the brew still feels VERY robust.

Pretty damn good.

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Photo of hopflyer
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Unknown bottle date

Pours deep copper/ruby color, very clear. Full 4 finger head hangs around a while. Lots of carbonation.

Yeasty smell, farmhouse, grassy. Some fruit like black cherry and plum.

First sip carries the black cherry flavors along with the yeast.

Light to medium bodied, high carbonation. Little to no alcohol detected given its 10.5%

Very good belgian with usual teary character.

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Photo of Vipsanius
4.64/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DavidRandall
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OldTownBeerGeek
3.71/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stay_Positive
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of The_Bujon
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep plum, with a caramel tinted head.

The head disappears in a flash and is a bit of a disappointment.

Aroma is toffee and prune, and a hefty waff of alcohol to boot. This drinks smells like it's going to put hairs on your chest.

Taste is equally as good, perhaps a touch too sweet, but suppose at 10.5% abv it was a little expected. Plenty of spice and winter warming fruits, and the alcohol does warm the gullet.

Feel is surprisingly watery, which is a bit of a shame, because the appearance and taste are full blooded.

Aftertaste is just like bonfire toffee, sweet and lingers on the roof of the mouth.

It's a bloody good beer, one for the wintery nights in Bruges.

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Photo of bottmfeedr
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mikeycibelli
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LennyBound
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of ThisSeasonsWaifu
3/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of red_5_sooner
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Brolo75
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a clear chestnut color with a toffee colored head, no retention or lacing, not much carbonation.

A: Slight notes of dark fruits like figs, plums, dates, burnt brown sugar, caramel, toffee, Belgian yeast note like banana, pepper, and clove, smells promising.

T: Initial notes of dark fruit like dates, plums, figs as well as burnt brown sugar and caramel, slight bitterness in the middle, finish has banana, pepper, and clove lingering in the aftertaste, alcohol comes through pretty strong.

M: Medium/full bodied with a dry finish, good amount of carbonation.

O: A solid beer, lots of depth, complexity, and flavors in this beer, nice balance of flavors, my only complaint is that the alcohol is noticeable and it's presence increases as the beer warms.

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Photo of Frankyshuteye
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of yuno
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Estria
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of B_B
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ADG2995
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MattMorin
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of puck1225
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had it on tap into a snifter. Dark golden yellow color with a foamy cream head and great lacing. Smell of sweet apples and pears. The apples and pears carries over to the taste with cloves and cinnamon. An excellent beer!

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Photo of Zach136
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zazzi82
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jmryan8
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kkmiller76
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a chalice every time I’ve had it. The appearance was a nice gentle golden hazy orange to brown color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving a nice clingy foamy lacing gracing the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of a light Belgian spice of clove and coriander to adequately weave itself in and out of some nice sweet candied fruits such as plums, apricots and peaches. The taste took all of those previously mentioned flavors and wrapped them up into a super nice sweet and spicy package to grace my taste buds in a very nice way. On the palate, this one sat right at about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. However, I find myself sipping this for the most part. Overall, this one was a mighty fine Belgian Strong Ale. Everything just seems to fit nicely.

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Gulden Draak from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
4.2 out of 5 based on 3,948 ratings.
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