Gulden Draak | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

3,918 Ratings
Gulden DraakGulden Draak

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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

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

11.2oz bottle decanted into a Chimay goblet.

A: Clear reddish-brown color. Towering pillowy beige head has great staying power. Lacing forms thin, fine bubbled rings.

S: Fruity and spicy with aromas of cherry, brown sugar, caramel, molasses, toasted walnuts, and banana bread. Great complexity, the beer opens with more time to divulge further scents of baked apples, cocoa, browned biscuits, and more spices.

T: Cherries, dried figs, baked apples, plum. Cinnamon, brown sugar, spices, touch of clove. Slight spike of alcohol remains well hidden. Toasted walnuts, cocoa, brown bread, and more layered malt flavors. Hop bitterness is noticeable toward the end, but it fades into the background quickly. Dry finish is spicy with a lingering bready flavor.

M: Medium-thick body seems it would have a sludgy weight to it were it not for the high level of aggressive, scrubbing carbonation. Deep warmth in the mouth and belly after swallowing lets you know this beer means business.

O: Just an excellent beer all around. My hasty review really doesn't do it justice. It's an absolute must-try. It paired very well with a nice French Munster, but it could probably complement a lot of big, assertive cheeses. The scrubbing carbonation does wonders to lift some of the heavier, creamier cheese textures.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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

Purchased in the van Steenburge sampler box. A wonderful brew in many ways. The bottle design is wonderfully simple, with a nice Medieval style dragon label on a white bottle surface. It poured smoothly into my chalice, and formed a nice head to match. The smell had powerful scents of malts, what I love in a good Belgium dark strong ale. The taste was up there with the best Belgiums I have had, i.e. Chimay's Grand Reserve. If this beer tasted great from a small capped bottle, I wonder how incredibly a 750ml corked version would be? (If it is made at all)

I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. While I am very particular to the dark strong ales, which is my drink of choice, that bias makes me picky. I would purchase Gulden Draak again in a heartbeat.

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

Pours dark, almost black with some light amber reddish high lights. Nice thick half inch head that doesn't seem to be going any where. Sent is subtle with smells of butterscotch and notes of caramel, cloves and bread. Taste is nice, sweet, mild barley, sweet caramel, bread, little toasted malt, hint of bitterness mixed masterfully with fruit I can't name. The after taste is nothing too crazy, but enough to keep you coming back for more. The burden and blessing with this beer is it's alcohol content. Its great that such an intoxicating beer is so good, but I can only drink so many before I am sauced. All the same I enjoy this beer and its adventures once every other week.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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

Thanks to my wonderful wife for snagging this brew for me.

A - Dark copper body topped by a two inch medium brown head that fades with the look of lava.

S - Strong aroma of sweet appricot and figs. The nice presence of a floral Belgian yeast is prevalent amidst an alcohol scent.

T - Strong Belgian floral yeast, firm and sweet malt, just enough spice, and the evaporating precence of alcohol make for an extremely unique and tasty Belgian Strong Ale.

M - Light, somewhat airy, moderately corase, and sticky in the finish.

~ There's a reason this beer is considered one of the best on the planet. Try one for yourself so that you too can witness a great beverage.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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

This beer knocked my socks off, different flavor profile than I'm used to. Little spice, nice amount of malt, yeast, caramel color and flavor, dark fruit, raisin. I'm in heaven.. oh and 10.5 abv, oh my! All the flavors and alcohol are so well integrated. This is a special beer worth seeking out.

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

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a Unibroue tulip.

A: Pours a hazy, dark copper-orange color with two fingers of billowy khaki head. Strong retention and lace.

S: Brown sugar, a little banana, mellow spices. Excellent.

T: Leads with sweet spice, followed by stewed dark fruits, then finishes with more spice. Sweet cola and a little tea on the aftertaste. Very nice.

M: Medium body, well-carbonated. Lots of oil on the finish.

O: Used to drink this quite frequently. Haven't had in over a year, and really can't figure out why it's been so long. A fantastic beer, definitely worth seeking out. Quite sweet and makes a complete dessert on its own.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Gulden Draak from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
4.2 out of 5 based on 3,918 ratings.
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