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
Ranking:
#835
Reviews:
1,361
Ratings:
4,020
pDev:
11.32%
Bros Score:
4.42
 
 
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Photo of travelguy
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vantro
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Wow look at that head it's like a full two inches! Perfect topping for this dark copper dream.
Smells like banana and fruit
Tastes very sweet lots of malt and honey and dark fruits.
Mouthfeel is not too thick mild carbonation.
Overall it's got a quality a little like mead but not as thick.

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Photo of Zet
3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this one cellared, drank it eight months after its best before date. Then again, the best before date seems to claim that this beer expires two years after its bottling, which is a very careful estimate for a beer of this caliber. Lovely dark brown colour with a steady layer of foam that leaves nice lacing. Interesting smell of malt, wine, cinnamon, caramel and alcohol. The smell definitely has a vineous profile. The taste has fruit flavours like sweet apple and sour cherry. It has also reminiscent of brandy. Cinnamon is still there, but the alcohol is omnipresent here. It does mix well with the other flavours, but the entity is a tad too sweet and boozy for me. It's easy to drink though, and the alchohol gives a nice warming feeling. Derspite the strong alcohol presence, this beer doesn't lose its character, which is nice.

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Photo of ChrisMartinez
3.52/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

alcohol and hops overpower

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Photo of Raime
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Have seen this a hundred times at my local craft shop but simply never picked it up until now. At $5 for the single I'm hoping for a solid brew.

Look - Ruby red with a brown twinge. Finger of off white head an ample carbonation on the appearance.

Smell - Cherry apple pie is the first thing that comes to mind. A fair bit of that typical belgian yeast as well.

Taste - Again, A mixture of cherry, baked bread, apples, with a moderate kiss of alcohol.

Feel - Very alcoholic and moderate bodied with a high level of carbonation.

Overall - At the price point I was hoping for better but this is still a solid, slow drinking and tasty belgian. Like a much smoother and less cloying dubbel for comparison. On a 2 degree Fahrenheit Michigan night, it's pretty nice for the warming effects. May change ratings as I finish the bottle if I feel a warmer brew experience is drastic enough from the experience fresh out of the fridge.


EDIT UPDATE : The flavors retained much the same but I must admit that this beer became aeons smoother as it warmed and that fact coupled with the ABV warrants a few changes in the ratings.

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Photo of Cycle69
4.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Metalsnota
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Duncian
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of brew-Ed
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JuiceMan818
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ichoosefiction
2.94/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of rodbeermunch
2.69/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

I'm frequently amazed how some thousands of reviews later, I keep coming across beers that I've drank for ~020 years that I haven't written a review for. Anyways, pours a light amber color with a thin white but not virgin white color that is thin and around 1/4" deep. The smell kicks down a hot alcohol burn, some caramel and apple notes.

Taste still drops the apple notes and the alcohol burn is still the most prominent thing about the beer. Every time I've had this, I have always wondered why such punishing alcohol gets a pass taste and mouth feel wise from people. It is really oppressive, there isn't much in the way of other flavors to help carry it. Its like those hot sauces that are just hot, that provide little other flavor to it. Once you get as accustomed as you can to the heat, you can pick up notes of raisin and other dark fruit from the yeast profile.

Sorry I can't endorse this beer. Typical American.

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Photo of Nichols33
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of q33jeff
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

**
01/10/18

I know I had this several time sin the past, but just never rated it,

12 oz. Bottle to snifter.

LOOK: medium brown with a reddish hue, healthy frothy eggshell head. Mostly Clear, but not much light gets through.
AROMA: aroma is warm and spicy and sweet. Brown Sugar, fruitcake, rum. Light cinnamon. Maybe a hint banana.
TASTE: Apple cider, raisin, Rum or brandy presence and high abv give this a very warming finish.
FEEL: Full body and thick. A healthy supply of carbonation as well.

Great winter beer.

**

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Photo of StormAles
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of andrewh995
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red mahogany with an off white head. Smells of sweet caramel, malt, and toffee. Tastes of Belgian yeast, honey, malt, very sweet caramel, toffee, and dark fruits. Medium in body and carbonation. Overall a very good Belgian dark, but a little sweet for my tastes.

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Photo of Stoutmaster9
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

11.2 fl.oz
Poured into a big mouth wine glass.
Smoke from the bottle.
Bubble eruption, at first large, loud and foamy. Fine bubbles soon to follow.
Deep color, dark rusty amber/gothic copper.
Scent of malts, dark fruits, especially Figs. An abundance and depth almost absurd. Secondary wave more figs, figgy-citrus.
Fantastic throat burn; tastes of old fashioned Candy. Cellared fruits and titanic malt. Intense carbonation.

A lingering saucy tart. A cherry fruitcake , dreaming creamy. Brandy glaze hop-tang.

Our Golden Dragon dreams upon thresholds of bliss most perilous!

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Photo of DrewTheBrew
3.67/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beerPhysics
4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Gazz1e
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Uconnelmo
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jim67
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For the price I would pass

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Photo of Beerbuds
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DrunkenSuperman
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Gulden Draak from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 4,020 ratings