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
Ranking:
#828
Reviews:
1,357
Ratings:
4,011
pDev:
11.32%
Bros Score:
4.42
 
 
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318
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Photo of JuiceMan818
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ichoosefiction
2.94/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of rodbeermunch
2.69/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

I'm frequently amazed how some thousands of reviews later, I keep coming across beers that I've drank for ~020 years that I haven't written a review for. Anyways, pours a light amber color with a thin white but not virgin white color that is thin and around 1/4" deep. The smell kicks down a hot alcohol burn, some caramel and apple notes.

Taste still drops the apple notes and the alcohol burn is still the most prominent thing about the beer. Every time I've had this, I have always wondered why such punishing alcohol gets a pass taste and mouth feel wise from people. It is really oppressive, there isn't much in the way of other flavors to help carry it. Its like those hot sauces that are just hot, that provide little other flavor to it. Once you get as accustomed as you can to the heat, you can pick up notes of raisin and other dark fruit from the yeast profile.

Sorry I can't endorse this beer. Typical American.

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Photo of Nichols33
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of q33jeff
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

**
01/10/18

I know I had this several time sin the past, but just never rated it,

12 oz. Bottle to snifter.

LOOK: medium brown with a reddish hue, healthy frothy eggshell head. Mostly Clear, but not much light gets through.
AROMA: aroma is warm and spicy and sweet. Brown Sugar, fruitcake, rum. Light cinnamon. Maybe a hint banana.
TASTE: Apple cider, raisin, Rum or brandy presence and high abv give this a very warming finish.
FEEL: Full body and thick. A healthy supply of carbonation as well.

Great winter beer.

**

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Photo of StormAles
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of andrewh995
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red mahogany with an off white head. Smells of sweet caramel, malt, and toffee. Tastes of Belgian yeast, honey, malt, very sweet caramel, toffee, and dark fruits. Medium in body and carbonation. Overall a very good Belgian dark, but a little sweet for my tastes.

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Photo of Stoutmaster9
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

11.2 fl.oz
Poured into a big mouth wine glass.
Smoke from the bottle.
Bubble eruption, at first large, loud and foamy. Fine bubbles soon to follow.
Deep color, dark rusty amber/gothic copper.
Scent of malts, dark fruits, especially Figs. An abundance and depth almost absurd. Secondary wave more figs, figgy-citrus.
Fantastic throat burn; tastes of old fashioned Candy. Cellared fruits and titanic malt. Intense carbonation.

A lingering saucy tart. A cherry fruitcake , dreaming creamy. Brandy glaze hop-tang.

Our Golden Dragon dreams upon thresholds of bliss most perilous!

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Photo of DrewTheBrew
3.67/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beerPhysics
4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Gazz1e
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Uconnelmo
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jim67
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For the price I would pass

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Photo of Beerbuds
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DrunkenSuperman
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of petrusek23
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of coachp73
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nrod
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheCrowsEye
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mamaraza
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dawon
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of detgfrsh
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From a 750ml bottle. Pours dark brown with a finger of fluffy tan head. Smells of bready malts and raisins. Heavily carbonated feel, slightly syrupy. Rich and complex taste, with sweet malt and raisin flavors dominating. Some alcohol burn at the end. I think there's a bit too much carbonation, it overshadows some of the flavor. Otherwise, this is a very good dark Belgian.

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Photo of Jtee
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a 330ml bottle served straight from the fridge at 8 degrees Celsius into a white wine glass. Best before date: 03/07/2019.

Look: The beer pours a slightly veiled deep amber/light copper with 6cm of rocky, tan head that fades into a solid cap within 5+ minutes. Good lacing with very persistent head for a 10.5% ABV beer.

Smell: Moderate strength and malty-sweet. Rich and complex with notes of dried fruit (golden raisins and figs), mild strawberry & milk chocolate, bready-toasty malts, and a very low phenolic spice. The significant, perfumy ethanol makes a pleasant contribution to the beer's overall bouquet. No apparent hop-aroma. Layered, harmonious, and enticing.

Taste: Follows the aroma with medium-strong intensity and sweet balance. Rich and complex with notes of dried fruit (golden raisins and figs), bready malts, and again with a faint berry-like note (strawberry) & milk chocolate. The finish is long, strong, and malty-sweet.

Feel: Medium-full body with lively carbonation. Creamy with moderate, yet smooth alcohol warming.

Overall: Gulden Draak does not disappoint. It's very Belgian in it's character and though lighter than many other beers within the style, it's still an excellent representation of Belgian dark strong ales. Thus far, this is my favourite offering from Van Steenberge. Try it if you like em' strong and Belgian.

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Photo of Heeenrik
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ken3c
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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