Gulden Draak | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

Gulden DraakGulden Draak
BA SCORE
4.24/5
3,973 Ratings
Gulden DraakGulden Draak
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:
#811
Reviews:
1,348
Ratings:
3,973
pDev:
11.32%
Bros Score:
4.42
 
 
Wants:
315
Gots:
887
Trade:
4
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3.79/5  rDev -10.6%

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This bottle is at least 2 years old.

Pours a beautiful mahogany body. Aromas of brown sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon. Flavors include cola, cherry, brown sugar, and cinnamon. But, it is not sweet at all. Pairs perfectly with the Belgian waffles down at the Cheeky Monk.

Man, I love this beer. Rich and malty, smooth and easy. A real creeper of a beer. You don't know its 10% while you're drinking it, but in 10 minutes...

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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

Poured into Gulden Draak dragon egg glass.
L: Dark ruby a massive foam head.
S: Smells dark-fruity, raisin.
T: Sweet, wine, caramel a little bit.
F: Warm and massive, a little boozy.
O: Definitely one of my favourite!

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of rand
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle into a snifter

2012 bottle...been letting it chill for awhile

A: Dark-mahogany in color, super-effervescent, presumably from the extended bottle-conditioning. It's not as viscous as expected, and a giant head dissipates down to nothing.

S: Booze and esters dominate the bouquet. Sweet, biscuity, with notes of raisin and butterscotch. There's a touch of hop astringency at the edge of the bouquet, offset by a creamy, dairy-like aspect.

T: The butterscotch notes seem to hit the palate first, I think because they're so tasty and unusual. They're not cloying, and seemingly not from diacetyl, more like a palate-interpretation of the esters. Mid-sip there's a bit of earthiness - oaky and bready, but this brew is as smooth as they come. Aging probably helped, but the flavors here are streamlined and elegant. Medium finish with lingering sweetness.

M: Relatively light on the palate, at least for the style. Bottle-conditioning added a lot of carbonation that gives the brew levity.

I'm not really sure why, but this isn't as popular as some other examples of style, at least around San Diego. This deserves to be on a pedestal - a perfectly drinkable beer that blurs the line between a beer and a liqueur.

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4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip and chalice. I think this is about two years old. Pours brown with ruby highlights, nice big beige head, very foamy, retains nicely, Some large clumps of lace. Quite attractive.

Aroma starts yeasty and a bit funky with raisins, apples, banana, balanced with healthy dose of sweet chocolate, caramel, and toffee malts. Complex and very nice.

Flavor sweet chocolate, caramel, malty, with a good balance of apples, raisins and other fruits, some candy sugar and yeast/bread. Sweet overall, but incredibly complex and delicious. Some alcohol warming, but not hot in any way. I can see a fresh bottle having a bit of alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel is full and rich, yet prickly carbonation, especially when first poured. The sweetness and fullness can become a tad cloying toward the end.

I had passed this by many, many times, despite the beautiful bottle, being under the assumption it was a golden triple which isn't one of my favorite styles. Really glad I tried this, Gulden Draak is incredible, highly recommended. Great depth, evolves tremendously with temperature. Not your average Tripel by any means.

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

11.2 oz bottle from Amanti Vino's Beer of the Month club March package. It was poured into my Duvel tulip.

Gulden Draak pours a hazy chestnut brown, with a voluminous four fingers or so of very light tan foam. Head retention is outstanding, it positively creeps down towards the body of the beer. Lacing isn't quite up there with the best Belgians though, it's fairly spotty. The nose is wonderful, heavy on figs and raisins and brown sugar, with just a little bit of alcohol creeping in in the background. The flavor profile can't quite follow through on all that though, as it's very heavy on plums, and the booziness (while still not harsh) is a bit more prevalent here. The brown sugar is faded significantly, an the dark fruit aspect of the beer doesn't have the same depth, it's much more one note here. The body is sufficiently light for a high ABV Belgian beer, but the carbonation just doesn't quite have the activity/effervescence that some of the best do. This is my first time trying Gulden Draak in a couple years, and I'm enjoying it a bit more now than I remember. It's a well above average Belgian Strong Dark Ale.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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3.58/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle poured dark reddish brown whith an off white billowy head Aromas of grapes (almost vinegar) and yeast fill the nose thru the tulip glass . Smooth rich palate with a slight alcohol burn . The taste of malts, fruits, and alcohol are wonderfuly filling my mouth a well made ale and great bottle design keeps out the uv’s

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4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my wonderful wife for snagging this brew for me.

A - Dark copper body topped by a two inch medium brown head that fades with the look of lava.

S - Strong aroma of sweet appricot and figs. The nice presence of a floral Belgian yeast is prevalent amidst an alcohol scent.

T - Strong Belgian floral yeast, firm and sweet malt, just enough spice, and the evaporating precence of alcohol make for an extremely unique and tasty Belgian Strong Ale.

M - Light, somewhat airy, moderately corase, and sticky in the finish.

~ There's a reason this beer is considered one of the best on the planet. Try one for yourself so that you too can witness a great beverage.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

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

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Gulden Draak from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 3,973 ratings
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