Gulden Draak | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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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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Poured from a bottle ito a sifter glass

A-Pours a mahogahy color with a nice inviting head. At first glance this beer is impressive.

S-Picked up strong alcohol scent at first then grape and caramel.

T- The grape flavor is prevalent with the first couple of sips.

M/D-This is very smooth hardly any carbonation and just a great all around beer. I would drink this all night if I could but the high ABV probably limits people.

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A- Exceptional ruby brown body. Beautiful off white head that first appeared one finger thick then fell to a perfect full top lacing.

S- Wonderful fruit, figs, apricot, cherry. Candy sweetness and no alcohol smell to it. A true delight.

T- Plums, figs and a little cherry as the smell predicted. The alcohol is slightly detectable in the finish with a smooth drying of the tongue. Little to no hops in accordance with the style. Wonderfully balanced and smooth transitions from front to back.

M- Mouthfeel was the only thing that left me wanting something. I like thick wet beers. This beer drinks light on the tongue with little to no carbonation and dry, still a masterpiece to swirl around.

D- Drinkability is only killed by alcohol. Share a big bottle with a friend. Drink a small bottle all alone on a cold night. Drink anytime but not too much. The candy sweet figs hide every bit of alcohol in this creeping widow.

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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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Gulden Draak from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 4,011 ratings
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