Gulden Draak | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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

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Reviews: 1,386 | Ratings: 4,138
Photo of zerk
4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this one on tap last night, and it was everything I remembered and more... beautiful cloudy dark amber, with a creamy head. Yeasty, sweet, and spicy... notes of dried fruit and maybe even cinnamon. I've been looking long and hard for a beer that I like more that this, but as of now, Draak rules.

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

I have a hard time finding any faults with this one.
330ml stubby bottle.
Pours out a hazy brown-orange. Big foamy tan head last around the entire time.
Rich maltiness on the nose. Raisins and more exotic fruit.
Taste verifies these smell. Lots of raisin and molasses notes. Quite sugary too. Faint hints of pineapples and other sweet fruits. Honey, carmel and faint pepper as well.
Reminds me of a nice big doppelbock with sugar added.
Almost too sweet...but so damn tasty.
Big and thick in the mouth. Coating, but cleans out nicely.
10.5%? You could have fooled me. Masks it wonderfully...shows itself in the warmth it provides, but not the taste.
Great stuff.
More please.
Right at the top of my list of favorites

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Photo of jackndan
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gulden Draak: White stubby Belgian bottle. I have never seen a pour like this one: the entire glass is filled with foam, and the beer had to work its way down through the foam, like water through sand. Reddish, clear in appearance; needless to say, huge dense head, tan, very long lasting (five minutes after the pour, I still have not tasted it). Thick, rich molasses syrup, very sweet. Long lasting sweet aftertaste. Very nice, once a week.

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Photo of John
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

0.33L white painted bottle. Rich, hazy bronze color. Tight tan lasting head. Prickly carbonation. Unique flavor...has the traits of a trippel, but with the malts kicked up making this a toasty and rich trppel. Some oak and yeasty notes impart their own characteristics. Pleasant alcohol warming. Quite nice.

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

Big bubbled head, settles at 1/4 of an inch for a while. Murky brown color. Complex smells, malts and slight citrusy aromas. Noticeable carbonation in mouthfeel but "beer-like" presence of dense raisins and an acidic wine quality with more than usual hoppiness. Alcoholic...but clears from the palate pretty quickly. Best when inhaling the aromas while tasting. I'm not a monstrous fan of some of the more acidic Belgians, but this was nice. Cool "milk" short and stepped glass bottle.

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

I had the little white bottle, pours dark copper brown, with a big foamy head.Cloudy appearance. Darker than most wheats beers I have had. Heavy yeast smell. Tasted very sweet and delicious, like alot of the beligium wheats. Alot of fruit and spices that match up well with my grilled chicken dinner. Nice warm finish with 10.5 % ABV. Very drinkable though. I would buy this again and keep for nice dinners.

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Photo of rastaman
3/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sticky, syruppy, sweet,malty and just a bit over the top. I like beers with a big complexity, but this is perhaps a bit too much. But its not bad, could have been better.

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Photo of sprinkle
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The golden dragon does live up to its rep. Beautiful bright copper/red. Good nose you can tell its going to be rich.Pour slowly cause this beer gives you a nice head no matter how you pour it.Rich and malty taste,slight toffee and sweetness.Nice balance,great for dessert.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Just an excellent beer, too bad its $3.99 for 330ml, thick long lasting head. Reddish color. Easy to find white bottle at the largest liquor stores. Also available 750ml - $10.39.

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Photo of Viking
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

O, joyous day! I found Gulden Draak on tap! Anyone in the Indianapolis area should go to Chalkies to try it out. After tasting on tap, I had to increase my rating a bit.
An excellent beer. I tried a single bottle one weekend and was hooked! Unfortunately supplies in Indy are a bit limited. This brew is best when slightly chilled on cold evenings.

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Photo of mmthompson33
4.76/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Definitely an exceptional beer. Hard to find here in the states, but a treat when you get a bottle. It's a classic example of Belgium's best. This one will lay you down if you're not careful!!

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Gulden Draak from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 4,138 ratings