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:
3,932
Reviews:
1,339
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
11.43%
 
 
Wants:
308
Gots:
862
For Trade:
4
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Photo of mattboyer182
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of razorsdescent
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kkmiller76
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bryanlindsey12345
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Naerhu
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An annoyingly large tan head on a completely opaque body.
Spicy dark bread aroma fills the room upon opening. A little pastry sugar and molases and a herbaceous hoppyness as well.

Long lasting dark sugar flavor, though not a sweet beer. Bitterness on the back of the tongue is outstanding. Caramel maltiness.

The bitterness, though appreciated is also a bit rough.

This is an enjoyable beer. I cannot imagine why I would ever buy one again, though. I mean it does not go with food, and if we are thinking of an after dinner drink, then port wine or barley wine has my vote.

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Photo of CityofBals
3/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of soulgrowl
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A blend of coffee and root beer with a smooth, beige head that retains well. Excellent, Swiss cheese-like lacing.

Smell: Very fruity, full of banana and strawberry, plus chocolate and nutty malts. Almost like a sundae!

Taste: Excellent. Starts with coffee, then segues into banana and chocolate, and ends with roasted hazelnuts and a vodka-like alcohol flavor. Sweet and brown sugary, especially towards the end. Very complex and well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Tingly yet chewy with a slight alcohol burn on the way down.

Drinkability: A tad heavy, and the elevated ABV is somewhat prohibitive, but besides that this is very drinkable.

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Photo of cuvtcuv
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Phoodcritic
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 poured into a snifter

A- Pours almost black. It is a murky dark brown/red with some light around the edges. A massive three finger off white thick head.

S- Belgian yeast. Caramel, toffee. Dark fruits like raisins and grape. Some alcohol. A slight spicyness.

T- A huge beer. This a massive carbonation and some alcohol sting up front. It follows up with a lot of caramel and a very creamy malt profile. There is some alcohol taste in here but it helps cut the other flavors. A big dark fruit profile. Raisins, figs, a lot of spices. A beast of a Tripel.

M- This a big one. Massive carbonation up front. A lot of alcohol in here, very warming. Has a very pleasant feel to it and is quite creamy.

O- This is a monster of a beer. I think with time it may lose some of the alcohol and really let the dark fruits pop out. Awesome stuff.

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Photo of kornkid8600
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of lonewolfcry
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Theogre83
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer i suspect will get better with age. It pours looking like a dubbel, and is kind of a mix between dubbel and trippel. It pours dark brown with a thin white head. smells like a strong ale, but doesnt taste like one. at first it feels and tastes like a dubbel in the mouth as the carbonation is more flat than most trippels but more abrasive than most belgian strong dubbels. an interesting and certainly good beer but i found it a bit watery by belgian standards and for its color. But nothing to snuff at. I bet it will be delectable with three or four years of cellar time. abv is hidden well

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Photo of ortie
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of PGVG
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of anon
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of those beers you look at over and over and finally get. One of those beers you wondered why you waited so long to do so.

A deep, dark ruby/bronze hue. Thick, creamy two finger head that sustains itself for quite some time. Over the top retention, a small layer of foam never ceasing to dissipate, even at the end, with traces of lace hanging on throughout.

Smells quite sweet. Candy, berries, toffee. Dark fruit; raisin, plum, fig. Black cherry, Oak, soil, malt, booze. Sweet forward on the tongue. Lucious candy and caramel sweetness coats your mouth and leaves you smacking your lips. Very fruity and tasty; raisin, plum, fig, juniper berry, grape. Heavy grain and malt undertones. Leathery and earthy. Boozy and heavy. Light spice.

Definitely full bodied, thick, rich, creamy, smooth and boozy. The heavy sweetness lingers but gives way to a slightly bitter earthy attribute that mellows things out. An absolutely excellent ale overall. I can imagine drinking this back in the times it was inspired. A somewhat simpler time. The Golden Dragon leaves it's mark.

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Photo of Dewey0603
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy brownish/red with a large tan head that leaves great lacing. A very impressive looking brew. The smell is pungent with sweet malt, alcohol, and some different dark fruits. The taste is creamy with dark fruit,sweet malt,candy sugar,alcohol, and a carmel/like smoothness. The m/f is medium with all the flavors mixing very well wgile doing a good job of hiding the 10.5 alcohol. The warmth is there,just hidden in the first sip. This is a true Belgian classic that should be had by all !!!! Cheers.

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Photo of PaBeerLover
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: much darker pour than I expected for a "Golden Dragon" beer. Pours a moderate brown (with reddish golden highlights when backlit) with a nice, but small off-white head that was strong enough to hang together through the drinking session.

Aroma- much different than many Belgians I've had- for one thing, it was pretty weak. I poured this in a St. Bernardus goblet, which should have concentrated aromas, but it was weak. What was there was very hard for me to pull out specifics- grassy, semi-sweet, earthy tones are my best guess. Flavor was very nice- malty semi-sweet breadiness that included heavier fruits (plums & raisins), chocolate, & toffee. Not as sweet as some, but nice and rich tasting. There was a light herbal finish with a little sharp hop bite at the end- a nice touch. There was also a touch of alcohol feeling at the end.

Overall, this was a nice brew, and I enjoyed it, but it did not wow me. I guess the balance wasn't quite what I hoped for, and the aroma was disappointing.

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Photo of johntfox
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of dipso123
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brushkanna
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of MaxPowers
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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