Gulden Draak | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

BA SCORE
93
outstanding
3,920 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
Ratings:
3,920
Reviews:
1,336
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
11.43%
 
 
Wants:
305
Gots:
858
For Trade:
4
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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly cloudy ochre with loose honeycombed sandstone froth. Mild gusher.
Toffee, goji berries, spiced apple, granary bread, wax - multi-facteed.
Lots of blonde caramel (candy sugar?), some Japanese plum, hints of cinnamon and cedar, a big whack of clovey spice, and slight noble hop end.
Rock candy, sour cherries, and cocoa dust with numbing booze and herb linger.
Crisp, round, slightly hot.

BSDA, dark tripel, "red strong beer" as the label says - not sure what to expect with this one, in spite of its reputation. Nose is too brown for a tripel but not fully dark. That ends in the taste - it drinks very light. There's not huge complexity to the taste, just a couple of sugar + spice elements playing off each other, yet it's strangely tasty and moreish. Almost play like a cinnamon-herb hard candy or a Christmas ale.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Better than expected. Well balanced strong but smooth, the way I like it.
I do not need 250 characters to review this beer. Bla bla Bla bla bla I just like it , i am not a critic to spend 1 hour writing stuff. Better than expected. Well balanced strong but smooth, the way I like it.
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Where to start with this great beer? It pours a big foamy tan head which is the only thing I can say I don't like about this beer because after I pour it I just want to drink it.

It smells of dark fruits (figs, prunes, raisins) and just an overall sweetness.

At 10.5% abv this is a very dangerous and drinkable beer. It taste very sweet at first followed by a fig newton taste and then a bit of caramel on the finish. Afterwards, I find myself licking my lips to still find the wonderful sweetness still there. You can't taste the alcohol hardly at all.

Overall this is an excellent beer. A little pricy when I bought it as a four pack but hey, a Sam Adams at a sports bar would be the same price as one bottle of this at my local craft beer store.

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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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