Gulden Draak | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

3,920 Ratings
Gulden DraakGulden Draak

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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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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in downtown Janesville, WI. This pours a brown color with a light beige head. Not too much of a scent other than a little malt aroma. There is a sweet, malty flavor that erupts with delicious flavors. A little bit of alcohol burn given the A.B.V. but very well made.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle marked 17IM at 45 degrees into goblet and allowed to warm to 50 degrees
Aroma somewhat figgy with a hint of alcohol
Head large (5 cm), very light tan, creamy, slowly diminishing
Lacing good with irregular thick rings of small and medium bubbles
Body dark amber, hazy
Flavor begins moderately sweet with hints of figs and dates; no alcohol, no hops, possibly a hint of diacetyl. Flavor ends quickly immediately followed by an alcohol burn in the stomach.
Palate medium to full, creamy, soft carbonation.

This is a very pleasant easy-drinking Belgium ale.

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Gulden Draak from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
4.2 out of 5 based on 3,920 ratings.
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