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:
888
Trade:
4
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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, translucent amber; large-medium size bubbles. Great color (almost purplish reflections from some angles), but small head with little retention.

Nose: fruit; bread.

Taste: plum; grape; cherry; herbs; malts; sharp spices; (and perhaps a tinge of fennel?). A well balanced affair with sweetness tempered by a minor touch of tang.

Mouthfeel is somewhat unremarkable: thick enough, but doesn't really have the proper head to create the creaminess that suits this style (IMO).

Overall, I liked this: flavorful yet balanced, bringing a quad-like palate but with much more subtlety and far greater drinkability than any quad I've had. However, I'd prefer if it had a thicker, finer head.

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Poured out of an 11.2 oz. bottle into my goblet glass, this beer pours a dark, murky copper color with a nice fluffy looking tan head that is about an inch thick when poured. Settles to a a nice 1/4 inch layer with a thick ring lining the inside of the glass. Pretty good lacing too. Aromas of dark caramel malts along with fruit such as plum and banana and some Belgian candy sugar as well as some yeast and a slight hint of hops. Has a very tasty sweet dark caramel malt and Belgian candy sugar flavor upfront that gives way to dark fruitiness of plums, grapes, and a bit of berries. Rounds out with a nice hint of peppery spice along with a very slight hint of hops on the very back of the tongue. The alcohol is noticeably present here in a pleasant sort of way. Has a slightly crisp, but mostly smooth and a bit creamy, slightly oily mouthfeel that really coats the palate for awhile and lingers well after having swallowed the sip. Medium body with light to moderate carbonation. Certainly could have benefited from a bit more carbonation I think, but a very good beer all around! Easy to drink in the way good beer should be! A real winner here overall!

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On tap at Biergarden.

A - Amber honey color. Nice and hazy.

S - A cornucopia of flavors. Complex and delightful.

T - So balanced with lots of fruit. Delicious every time I have it.

M - Not a huge mouth but still nice.

O - This is a great easy drinker. Superb beer that I always enjoy.

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