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:
3,921
Reviews:
1,336
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
11.43%
 
 
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Photo of DaveCash
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RMW66
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of heddar33
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hermit990
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Foley67
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of khmel
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DaverCS
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at chandler Whole Foods. A quick review.

Dark Amber

Very Belgian-spice forward. Tons of bubblegum and licorice... almost to a fault. Very malt forward. A good amount of grain character as well. Viscous in flavor and mouthfeel with a surprisingly lighter carbonation level. Overall, I wouldn't have this beer again. There are many better Belgian beers available. It gets a 82.5/100.

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

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

Photo of mmmbeer89
3.32/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Tomislav
4.69/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BeerTest
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of joshautry
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of siebevl
3.76/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ptarmigan98
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Beerucee
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

After awesome jazz fest with Harry connick, had this one waiting for me at hotel. Great choice. Run forest run.

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4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bubbawilly88
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of crimsonfloyd
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Reddish brown. Smells of clove, dates, and syrup. Taste is of caramel, dates, and cola. Nice, smooth, and rich on the tongue, but a bit of a minty bite on the finish. Overall very well rounded and flavorful.

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Photo of Casey_L
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kbrown
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ThreeBeersWalkedIn
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of handmuffin
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into glass at home. Pours ruby brown in color, medium high clarity, with large, long lasting tawny colored head. Aroma is a mostly dried fruit, like raisins and cherries with some caramel malt. A small amount of alcohol aroma is detected. No hop aroma is detectable. Flavor is more dried fruit and caramel, no dark roasted flavors but a more mellow maltiness, like a Marzen. No hop flavor detectable. Very minimal alcohol flavor at the end. Medium body with medium high carbonation. Overall this beer is fruity, boozy and slightly sweet, with a dry finish. All of the characteristics are very well balanced, producing an extremely drinkable 10.5% beer. It may lack a little of the richness and complexity expected of Belgian beers like the Trappist ales or other quads, but still very interesting and enjoyable.

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4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Gentle pour into snifter (it's a volatile Belgian after all). Steady khaki head. Thick nutty brown color.

Sweet nose with some caramel and fruit, among other subtleties.

Similar taste, with brown sugar, sweet malts, and some berries.

Mouth has carb, but is overall medium in body.

General consensus is pretty accurate, a great, sweet-but-strong Belgian dark. Comes in a pretty unique bottle shape too. Strong resemblance to some dunkel lagers, like eisbocks.

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Photo of descobar
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Cellared 2013 Bottle:
Smell: Bold caramel and toffee, raisins and plums, estery earthy yeast.
Look: Pours amber/brown with a nice 1/2" thick tan head with decent retention. The beer is opaque and maybe a bit darker at the bottom of the glass, probably due to sediment accumulation. Minimal lacing observed.
Taste: complex combination of strong sweetness (caramel, toffee, candy sugar), dark fruits (raisins dominating), med-heavy bitterness and some vinous notes. Almost tart.
Palate: medium bodied, rich, creamy texture, lively carbonation, and significant astringency at the back of the palate. Finish is sweet and malty with lingering astringency and a slight alcohol burn.
Overall: this is complex Belgian beer. after aging, remains very complex. cannot say it has "mellowed" but is still drinking strong and assertive! #respect hahaha

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Gulden Draak from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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