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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Corked bottle. Brownish amber color with a tan fine bubbled head. Fine bubbled lace trails behind the liquid in sheets but always leaves some splotches behind. Smell is sweet and dark fruits up front. Plums come to mind. First taste was beet sugar sweetness but the more complex fruit flavors push to the front. Heavy carb level gives this one a smooth mouth. I think this helps hide the ABV. Some of the alcohol shows itself in the slightly burning finish. Across the board 4.0 good beer. Nothing outstanding but nothing lacking either.

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Poured from tap at Ortinos Northside into a 10 ounce tulip glass.

A: A dark brownish red color with a two finger fluffy off white head. Not much glass lacing.

S: Sweet sugar and candy malt with some sweet fruit smells. A hint of tangyness.

T: Sweet dark fruits with plum, raisin, cherry and a hefty sugar candy sweetness that also gives off biscuit sweetness and a hint of molasses and some light chocolate flavor. A slight hop tartness offsets the sweetness but never takes center stage. Finish is smooth and coating but alcoholic.

M: Full, coating, sweet with a decent alcohol presence. Alcohol does not hinder the flavor at all.

D: Medium. I could have one or two, but that would be it.

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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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