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
Ratings:
3,918
Reviews:
1,336
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
11.43%
 
 
Wants:
305
Gots:
858
For Trade:
4
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1/5  rDev -76.2%

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1.44/5  rDev -65.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

This beer is awful! I don't understand all the hype at all! And I'm a huge fan of Quads, BSDAs, Dubbels, Tripels and Barleywines.

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1.5/5  rDev -64.3%

Cherry cough syrup disguised as beer.

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1.5/5  rDev -64.3%

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1.99/5  rDev -52.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A-dark ruby brown with a LOT of light tan head

S-sweet barley and some syrup, a tad bit boozy as well.

T-eh this is quite boozy, i get some syrup but not too much else. this is just way too harsh of a beer. the abv is way too striking in apparent. i get an after-taste of some belgian sugars.

M-high carbonation, very scratchy to the mouth, and very dry as well.

D-I can't finish this. I'm used to drinking some high alcohol content beers but this one is just way too much of a mess. I hate it.

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2/5  rDev -52.4%

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2.03/5  rDev -51.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle poured into a snifter

A: Amber colored with a persistent, foamy head. I assumed it was going to be golden.

S: Smells of overripened apricots, bubble gum and cotton candy. Wait, what? Yes, it smells spectacularly sweet like carnival confections.

T/M: The taste follows suit: molasses, blackberries, pungent apricot, it’s really overbearing.

I realize this is supposed to be strong, but I much rather prefer the taste of alcohol over super sweetness. I’ll keep this one in mind next time my sweet tooth is craving some candy.

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2.08/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I was anticipating the sampling of this brew because I had seen it at my local beer shop on nearly every visit, so I figured it was in demand and desirable. Well, not everybody has the same tastes.

It poured a clear dark amber with minimal carbonation. The aroma had an interesting sweetness to it, like honey and flowers, very pleasant to my nose. The taste was a complete letdown. At first it's has a heavy malty presence with honey and fruit, sort of like a beer version of a desert wine. As it settled on my tongue it became heavier and more sour, to the point it was somewhat offensive to my pallet. It reminded me a bit of SA triple bock. This unfortunately ended up being a drain pour because I just could not force myself to have another gulp.

NO ME GUSTA !

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Gulden Draak from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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