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:
3,943
Reviews:
1,341
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
11.43%
 
 
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311
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Photo of fallenshadow
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rickklein9
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of InsaneBeerLover
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Volburin
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SargeMcCluck
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a muddy, amber brown. Topped with a moderate eggshell head.

An initially modest aroma opens up as the beer warms, bringing on a blanket of peppery, fruity toffee, and a bunch of booze. Biscuit, cloves, rum and nutmeg are added to the mix when sipping, making for a balance of dark autumnal flavours and the cloud of crisp, sweet alcohol that remains apparent on the nose.

The mouthfeel is pleasant fizz and enveloping warmth, making things very comfy as you get down to the bottom. A lovely treat - definitely picking up that badass goblet, too.

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Photo of redfox405
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Oidmoe
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lilmikey1989
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tlema1
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: murky mahogany color, with a thin off white head
S: some dark fruit, not a huge nose
T: caramel, dark fruit, candy sweetness at the end
F: medium body, most of the mouthfeel is up front
O: a great Belgian dark ale

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Photo of anarchy
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hanglow
3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of justinz4
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the bottle, it pours a hazy dark amber with a good sized head, dissipating to a small head quickly. Scent is sweetish, with caramel and raisins. The mouth definitely follows the nose. Wow!

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

Photo of beerao
2.69/5  rDev -36%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a hazy dark red with a three finger off white head. The head recedes quickly leaving tons of heavy soapy lacing.

S- Aroma is caramel malts, pears and raisins.

T - The taste is tons of caramel malts, brown sugar, plums and raisins.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Soft creamy mouthfeel with a sticky dry finish.

O - A classic and one of the best bang for your buck Belgians around.

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Photo of TripleSun
4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L - dark red with a small head
S - caramel malt, very fruity
T - A hint of spice and the fruitiness is as big on the nose as the tongue
F - Nice carbonation, slight hoppy feel

Wow don't know why I waited so long to experience this beer. Has been in my fridge for months and it kept getting overlooked. Will be back to buy more!

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Photo of Ltdsaint
4.79/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Excellent Belgium strong ale picked up (unbelievably) in a sampler 6 pack from the Van Steenberge brewery in a Lidl in Edenderry, Co. Offaly, Ireland for the steal price of 14.99 euro for the 6.

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Photo of zachthelaxer93
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look : Two finger volumes white-brown head, hazy red-brown body.

Smell : Plums, pear, and caramel mainly.

Taste : Sweet brown sugar, caramel, plum, nutmeg, cinnamon.

Feel : High carbonation, medium body, sweet, warming alcohol.

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Photo of Richie71
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jonmikel
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter from a 330 ml bottle bought at a small shop in my home town Getxo (Spain).
-Very very dark amber color. Almost no foam (it disappeared very quickly).
-Very profound smell. Spices at first but it gets more alcoholic if you approach the nose.
-It tastes quite well leaving the flavour in the tongue for a while.
-The carbomation is felt. The feel is much heavier than usual beer.
It has got 10,5% alcohol so you can feel the burden after drinking it.

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Photo of Griphon
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of needMIbeer
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gulden Draak from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
4.2 out of 5 based on 3,943 ratings.
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