Gulden Draak | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

Gulden DraakGulden Draak
BA SCORE
90.6%
Liked This Beer
4.24 w/ 3,967 ratings
Gulden DraakGulden Draak
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:
#802
Reviews:
1,347
Ratings:
3,967
Liked:
3,594
Avg:
4.24/5
pDev:
11.32%
Alströms:
4.42
 
 
Wants:
315
Gots:
881
Trade:
4
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Ratings: 3,967 |  Reviews: 1,347
Photo of hansavijaticar
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy red colour, rich head. Smell and taste of honey and dark fruits. Very sweet, possibly one of the sweetest BSDAs I've tried. A bit of acidity when warmed. Similar by sweetness to La Trappe Quadrupel and Urthel Samaranth, which are slightly better. Not bad, but I wouldn't recommend it to someone who wants to discover Belgian strong dark ales.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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Photo of Takahiro
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark brown, with thick foam, dissipating rather quickly
S: mineral, caramel malt, toffee,
T: dried prune, caramelized sugar, grapes, alcohol, "touch of wine"
M: complex, there's some winey character towards the end, finishes off rather dry. nice
O: little bit sweet, but not cloy, finishing very dry. nice beer

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Photo of glass_house
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle poured into a footed tulip

Pours a dark, cloudy amber-brown with garnet highlights and 3 fingers of creamy off-white head, which settles to a thin collar with light lacing. Just a bit of light comes through around the edges and makes it glow. Smell is slightly sweet with faint dark fruit, alcohol, and some roasted notes in the background.

First impression is smooth and crisp, with a slight tickle from the carbonation. Feels remarkably light on the tongue, considering the ABV and array of flavors. Smooth, soft fruits--fig, raisin, and concord grape skin--are accented by a barely tart grassiness and mild spice. Balanced well with toasty toffee and vanilla notes. Finishes with a bit of alcohol heat. As it nears room temperature, the carbonation recedes and the fruits become more pronounced. The last couple ounces are almost reminiscent of a sweet table wine.

I'll never pass up on the Draak when I see it at a decent price. It's deceivingly smooth and hits all the right notes when I'm in the mood for something sweet, complex, and strong.

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Gulden Draak from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Beer rating: 90.6% out of 100 with 3,967 ratings
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