Gulden Draak
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Style:
Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Ranked #4
ABV:
10.5%
Score:
95
Ranked #933
Avg:
4.27 | pDev: 11.24%
Reviews:
1,389
Ratings:
4,152
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Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
 
Belgium
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Year-round
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Notes: Dark Triple Ale brewed with caramel malt and re-fermented with Bordeaux wine yeast
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Photo of Lanas
3.91/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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..

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Photo of Anacross
5/5  rDev +17.1%
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!

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Photo of ONUMello
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
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

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Photo of Longhorn08
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Overall a very solid Belgian strong ale although there are others just as easy for me to get that I like more. Great dark fruit and brown sugar nose and taste with classics carbination for the style.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2019-04-01
750ml corked/caged bottle served in a big snifter. Brew tank number 04, brew year 2018. 16 JR is stamped on the label, but I have no idea what that means.

Pours a dark ruby-brown with a huge head that fades slowly, lots of carbonation. Smell is yeast, cloves, grass, toffee, dates.

Taste is pretty sweet -- cloves and toffee come across and a lot of yeast. Also dates. Something sharp cuts the sweetness nicely -- maybe that's more of the flavor of cloves.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly light, yet still sticky, and nicely carbonated. Overall...this is a very good beer. I swear I've had it before, but couldn't tell you specifically when or where or anything about it. I'm glad I decided to pick it up, whether it's the first time or a repeat.

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Photo of Martin194
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Clear, rich mahogany with a light tan head.

Smell: The first thing I noticed was the scent of wine, along with booze, sweet malts, dark fruits, and a hint of apple.

Taste: Dark fruit, wine, molasses sweetness in the mouth; aftertaste is bittersweet, alcohol and sugar.

Feel: Fairly light body, "spicy" carbonation. Leaves a warm, dry mouthfeel.

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Photo of CaptainHate
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an oversized wine glass, had a thick light tan head with outstanding retention over a reddish brown body. Nice spicy sweet earthy aroma. The taste was loaded with bready dark fruit and no alcohol burn. Substantial mouthfeel which is refreshing while retaining the flavors after swallowing. This will be part of my Christmas rotation from this point forward.

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Photo of dcotom
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 11.2-ounce (330 cl) bottle into a Duvel tulip because it was the right thing to do. Slightly hazy caramel-colored body, with a ton of soapy light tan head that left lots of clingy lacing before settling to a thick cap. Big aromas and flavors of caramel, dark fruit (fig, raisin, prune), a little molasses, and a hint of tart apple. Substantial mouthfeel, with a little lingering sweetness and tartness on the finish. A little alcohol warmth, but not nearly what one might expect from such a big beer. This would make a great pairing with a holiday fruitcake, and a magnum would make a great centerpiece for the Christmas table.

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Photo of cardfan212
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a shaker pint.

Look - Gorgeous dark amber brown body with a towering white head.

Smell - Very light distant fruit bouquet, like apples, pears, and grapes. A pretty and delicate scent.

Taste - Similar to the nose with an added bit of sweet breadiness to it.

Feel - Very smooth medium body with a nice but low amount of carbonation. The slightest alcohol sting, but nothing overpowering.

Overall - A very tasty Belgian brew, but I don't have a whole lot to say about it. It's a weird one that escapes but encapsulates me.

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Photo of dukeandduke
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12/23/18 (Las Vegas, NV): $5.94 330 ML bottle purchased at Total Wine & More Summerlin, poured into large snifter, no bottled date noted. Dark brown pour, incredibly rich and creamy off white head and lacing, heavy carbonation. Aroma of bread and fruity, very nice. Strong bread, yeast and fruit taste, caramel as well. Somewhat on the sweet side. Smooth, rich, creamy mouth feel, very easy drinking. Overall Excellent Belgian!!!

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Photo of Beejay
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: medium brown in color with a massive brown head.

S: Beautiful Belgian yeast aroma. Stone fruit, clove, and light caramel.

T: Rich caramel with touches of fruit, dried apricots and apples, as well as clove, and a touch of booze in the finish.

M: Medium light, with very assertive and fine carbonation. Finish is dry.

O: A classic style done with grace, subtlety, and flavor.

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Photo of Viaduck
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pour gently! It may not look like it at first, it’s head is slow to form but it’s so thick you could shave with it. The body color is burnt orange/mahogany. Aroma: caramel, yeast ,fruits, alcohol. Taste is mildly sweet. Flavor is tha same as it’s aroma with the addition of roasted malt. Creamy mouthfeels with plenty of carbonation & alcohol. An excellent triple.

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Photo of jamesroses
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black with ruby hues. Big carbonation, builds amazing beige head of small bubbles.

Aromas of red wine, caramel, belgian yeast, black bread, sweet dried fruits.

Taste follows the nose, caramel and dried fruits notes being dominant.

Mouthfeel is full, booze slightly present. Balanced sweetness and hoppiness. Warms your chest!

Great belgian beer.

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Photo of elnachooo
2.51/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Cerveza de cuerpo medio y baja carbonatación. Del aroma se destaca la levadura, la malta, el caramelo y la vainilla. El problema de la cerveza viene al probarla, ya que es muy dulce y el final es largo pero agridulce. Se siente en exceso el caramelo y eso a gusto personal le resta puntos.

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Photo of MoreBeer4me
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yeah...Gulden Drakk is some damn good tasty brew. When I see it, I always snatch up a few 4-packs. Its just a delicious, creamy and complex beer to sit back and drink slowly from your favorite glass.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled and presumably bottle conditioned
pours a brown sugar body with tan coloured head that's decent enough
aroma is creme brulee, you know when they've got that sugar bubbling.
brandy and molasses in the flavour with plenty o booze

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Photo of sjlamb77
4.66/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

L: Mahogany brown, inviting, enticing.
S: Fruit bread, yeasty, boozy, dried fruit
T: Dark dried fruit, malt, toffee, brown sugar. Aftertastes of maraschino cherries and burnt toffee.
F: Thick and smooth, but a little overpowered by the carbonation
O: Wonderful beer. The first I've had in this category, but I'm in love. My only complaint is that the carbonation is a little overpowering. However, this beer is expertly crafted and is one of my very favorites.

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Photo of JacobusFavier23
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L- Pours a huge headed rocky beer. The bottle popped open without me pulling the cork. Full mahogany dark yet clear color. Beautiful looking.
S- Yeasty (bread, phenol, banana), malt (brown sugar, molasses), grape/grape cola, and dark fruits such as apricots, plum and cherry. There's quite an interesting umami/savory aroma that follows as well. An almost smokey aroma is also present.
T- Follows the nose, with a well fleshed out malty sweetness, sweet cherries, plum, grape and apricots, molasses and brown sugar. No real traces of alcohol in the flavor. Absolutely amazingly crafted. Devine flavor.
F- Surprisingly dry beer with a full bodied mouth feel. It's heavy but it ends smooth and dry. Very nice.
O- Stunned by how phenomenal this beer actually is. I know it's a heavy hitter but I didn't know I'd enjoy it to this level. Expertly crafted and one of the best triples/strong darks I've had. Wonderful!

Second note: I decided to age this beer for 6+ months and I've noticed much stronger notes of grape/grapecola flavor.

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Photo of EMV
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a squat 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Cloudy mahogany brown pour with 2 fingers of foamy white head. Great ring of lacing.

S: Candy sugars, dark fruits, and yeast. Bread candy.

T/F: Sweet caramel and toffee malts and Belgian candy sugars. Dark fruits.. fig, cooked raisin, and plum. Molasses and brown sugar with mild winter spice. Yeasty esters... complex with mild hopping for balance. Thick and sticky on the tongue.... soft carbonation. The finish is more complex sweets. Warming... a sipper, and the ABV is nicely hidden.

O: A belgian classic for a reason. Fantastic Strong Ale... just delicious, and a beer I love to revisit. Even better on draft.

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Photo of Rlhj
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Hides the 10.5% ABV. I'm not an IPA hoppy guy by any means, and love red ales, ambers and belgian dubbles. This is the gold standard so far. There are beers I'd drink again, and those I'd seek out. This is the latter.

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Photo of GoatLender
3.45/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

L: Pours a nice, bright amber. Substantial streaming carbonation. Pours a fairly thick but quickly dissipating tan foam.

S: Barley, raw honey. Interesting smell.

T: Very strong and rich flavour with almost a syrupy sweetness to it, almost like a liquer. An interesting flavour but the sweetness alongside the harshness of the high alcohol percentage is overpowering.

F: Medium body, washes down ok but again the high alcohol percentage makes this a bit harsh to drink.

O: Interesting to try, and perhaps this is simply a matter of the style of the beer, but the strong alcohol percentage and overbearing sweetness was a bit too harsh for my tastes. Based on the other reviews here it's accomplishing what it sets out to do, but it's just not for me.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark plum-brown with a finger of khaki foam on top. Head retention is good, but leaves only a thin veil of foam over the top with dense lacing left behind. Aroma is plum, caramel, toffee, raisins, clove, and yeast spice. It smells like a kitchen full of holiday baking goods with a vat of warming dark Belgian beer in the corner. Flavor profile is plum, caramel, molasses, raisins, clove, and yeast spice - again. Lovely sugary flavor profile that doesn't come off as overly sweet. Mouth feel is a touch fizzy and harsh, but carries an otherwise velvety feel within a medium-thick thickness. Overall, great beer overall with sugary sweet characteristics poking out without being overwhelming or unbalanced. It hides its 10% ABV while still coming off strong and hearty.

Served in a Chimay chalice from a 750mL bottle.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark caramel color. Thick creamy body with almost champagne like carbonation,overall really nice feel. Aroma is a mix of malt and bananas, yeast, some dried dark fruit. Taste is very similar, dried fruit comes on stronger in taste than aroma. A bit sweet and heavier on the fruit including banana than malt or yeast. Overall a really nice ale, would definitely seek this out again

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Photo of motrhead
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

At 10.5% I expected a lot of alcohol taste, but honestly, I found it quite smooth, creamy, and drinkable. It's been a few years since I last sampled this fine brew, but I am quite happy I decided to try it again.

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Photo of BenHoppy
4.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Have no idea how old this was but I did age it an extra 18 months from when I bought it. Poured into a tulip at cellar temp:

L: Nice frothy head above a murky, caramel copper body

A: bananas, Brown sugar, cherries, Belgian yeast

F: sweet and creamy yet well balanced. Carbonation held up well with age. Nice slow sipper, has a brandy sweetness to it as well.

T: Brown sugar, chocolate, slightly fruity, Belgian yeast, mild booze, cinnamon, and baked bread

O: I really enjoyed this and could've probably continued aging it for another 3 years. Much better than any Rochefort or St. Bernard I've had. This is a real treasure and for $5 a 11.2oz bottle you really just can't go wrong with it.

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