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
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Reviews:
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Avg:
4.2
pDev:
11.43%
 
 
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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a half-magnum bottle into a shaker pint glass. I started with a high-moderate pour but had to immediately back off the pour to avoid overfilling the glass. The pour produces about 1.5 inches of tan head. The beer is a murky, medium dark reddish-brown with pretty high carbonation. You can see sediment settling toward the bottom of the glass.

Right at first, I get a really distinct tomato paste or ketchup aroma and flavor, or something rather like marinated (?) grape skins. As the tongue becomes more accustomed to this fruitiness, malty and more hop-like flavors seep through. A nutty bitterness is discernible, along with some lingering licorice, spice and citrus. The alcohol is pretty well hidden, but does serve to accentuate the flavors. It's fairly light in body.

I've never had a beer with such a distinct grapeskin taste. I wonder, given the region this brew stems from, if grapes may indeed have been used as an adjunct to malts. This is a very complex, unique and enjoyable brew, though I wouldn't rate it as highly as some other dark strong Belgians I've tried. A very good but not outstanding beer, considering the cost of the bottle (about 11 bucks).

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Gulden Draak from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
4.2 out of 5 based on 3,932 ratings.
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