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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:
#817
Reviews:
1,353
Ratings:
3,994
pDev:
11.32%
Bros Score:
4.42
 
 
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of russwbeck
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Huge head on this one, wish I used my Duvel Tulip instead of my Mad Elf version. Head is beige, and the pour is deep mahogany, almost brown. Very nice retention and lacing.

S: Getting alcohol on the nose, dark fruits, and some maltiness. Smells more like a Quad than a Triple. I guess that's why it's listed as a Belgian Strong Dark Ale.

T: Taste starts off with dark fruits, which give way to some warming booziness, finished off by some candied sugar. A bit bitter from the yeast. Very interesting drink.

MF: Nice twang of carbonation on this one and a medium body.

D: I could drink this all day. The alcohol isn't overpowering and the taste is very interesting.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Gulden Draak pours a slightly hazy brown ruby color with a modest, fast-fading tan cap. Not much lacing either.

Smell: Full dark fruits with a focus on raisin. Dark cherry and plum as well, as well as some molasses and toasted malts. Some rum notes in the back.

Taste: It starts sweet and stays sweet all the way through. The malt is full of molasses with a bit of rum flavor to it as well. Raisins, plums, some dark cherries, and some dates provide a nice dark fruit presence. There is a soft rum booziness throughout, which seems to help prevent the sweetness from becoming cloying.

Mouthfeel: There is a soft warming alcohol present throughout the sip. A fairly strong residual stickiness stays on the tongue and lips after each sip.

Overall: Whether it is the alcohol or something else that keeps the sweetness in check, I really enjoy this from start to finish.

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of irishkyle21
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my favorite beer in the mixed six pack. Has a deep brown color with some ruby in the mix as well. Full sized tanned head holds up well, thick rings of lace mark their territory.

Smells of sweet dark fruits, candy sugar, caramel malt, molasses and a dark rum like alcohol.

The taste is fairly sweet but finishes slightly sour and bitter. Also has hints of caramel and dark fruits.

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Photo of mattcrill
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

What a pleasant departure for me! Not sure I would do this very often but a nice change of pace. Served in a brandy snifter type glass which helped bring out the nectar-like aromas. Color is reddish-brown with a nice but not over-powering head. Very silky in the mouth and a sweetness that could get over powering. A good starter or finisher but not sure I'd hang my hat on this one the whole night. If you want a refreshing change, this is a winner. Went great with the chicken quesadillas I had.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my crystal mug the beer had a beautiful murky amber red color and a creamy beige head building. The head leaves relatively fast and leaves little lacing. It looks very attractive and makes your mouth watering.
Smelling the beer very fruity flavors meet your nose. Apple cider , peach and plum.
Tasting this beer you will immediately fall in love with this perfectly measured fruit composition up front, being met with a sensitively calculated amount of malty flavors. At the end this full bodied beer finishes up with an immaculate hop, that rounds the beer up with a beautyful mouthfeel. The alcohol is nicely hidden. This beer is a work of art. Buy it wherever you can. I would drive 25 miles just to get another bottle.what a great beer!!!

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3.28/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Deep red with a crackiling bubbly reddish tan head.
Aroma of wet wheat, fruit and horse blankets.
Robustly flavored of dark fruit (fig/cherry/plum), molasses and roasted caramel. Notes of a distilled spirit nature.
Medium-full feel, very syrupy.
Seemed as if it hadn't fully fermented, almost like malt extract.

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Photo of Johnct
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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3.17/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not a fan of this flavour, but can appreciate the brew

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Shaw
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed a 0.3L glass on-tap at my local pub, the Cock & Bull. I've had it several times before but finally got around to reviewing it.

It's a dark brown with reddish notes and a small head. It has a powerful aroma that includes malt, alcohol and spices. The smell carries over to the taste. It is quite the complex brew, far too complicated for my amateur palate. I note cherry sweetness along with nuts, malt and good old alcohol goodness. This is one of those beers you have to try to truly appreciate.

With 10.5 percent ABV, this ale has a wonderful mouthfeel. The alcohol glides over the tongue while its substantial body plays around with the rest of your mouth. Sorry to get so esoteric with the review. I'm writing it after finishing my glass so I'm still in the grips of Gulden Draak.

I wouldn't recommend drinking a lot of this ale, considering its strength. Enjoy it in moderation and when someone else is driving.

Gulden Draak is another winner from Belgium. Bless those brewers, for they have brought so much beer-laden joy to the world.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gehrig
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gulden Draak presents three fingers of highly durable off-white froth on a mahogany body with ruby trim--incredible. The nose is good and improves as the beer warms, with plenty of berry, grape, and overtures to banana and chocolate emerging with patience that is not one of my trademarks.

I cannot say enough about the taste--flush with fruit, chocolate, perfectly carbonated, and with a head that won't quit. I'm completely wowed. The very high ABV (10.5 %) catches up eventually, but this is not one to be missed. A beer that deserves to be described in superlatives, Gulden Draak is sumptuous, serious, and outstanding, a gem of a BSDA and superior to most I've had, and I've had a few. Great.

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4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had it on tap into a snifter. Dark golden yellow color with a foamy cream head and great lacing. Smell of sweet apples and pears. The apples and pears carries over to the taste with cloves and cinnamon. An excellent beer!

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4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
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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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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Gulden Draak from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 3,994 ratings
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