Gulden Draak | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

3,946 Ratings
Gulden DraakGulden Draak

Brewed by:
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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-19-2001

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a wire and cork 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Mahogany color with a huge foamy off white head that lingers and settles into fluffy cloud on a small dense head. Lacing is really nice.

Smell is dark Belgian classic. Candied fruit,maybe brandied fruit, sweet malt, light phenols, yeasty goodness.

Taste is spectacular. Sweet malt with practically no hop. Candied fruit maybe stewed prunes. Raises, slight banana. Great dark Belgian tastes. The alcohol is hidden but definitely there.

Mouthfeel starts with maybe too much carbonation but, one might imagine, it smoothes out as it warms. Really nice.

Overall, this may be my favorite dark Belgian. Great beer.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -34.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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

11.2oz bottle decanted into a Chimay goblet.

A: Clear reddish-brown color. Towering pillowy beige head has great staying power. Lacing forms thin, fine bubbled rings.

S: Fruity and spicy with aromas of cherry, brown sugar, caramel, molasses, toasted walnuts, and banana bread. Great complexity, the beer opens with more time to divulge further scents of baked apples, cocoa, browned biscuits, and more spices.

T: Cherries, dried figs, baked apples, plum. Cinnamon, brown sugar, spices, touch of clove. Slight spike of alcohol remains well hidden. Toasted walnuts, cocoa, brown bread, and more layered malt flavors. Hop bitterness is noticeable toward the end, but it fades into the background quickly. Dry finish is spicy with a lingering bready flavor.

M: Medium-thick body seems it would have a sludgy weight to it were it not for the high level of aggressive, scrubbing carbonation. Deep warmth in the mouth and belly after swallowing lets you know this beer means business.

O: Just an excellent beer all around. My hasty review really doesn't do it justice. It's an absolute must-try. It paired very well with a nice French Munster, but it could probably complement a lot of big, assertive cheeses. The scrubbing carbonation does wonders to lift some of the heavier, creamier cheese textures.

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4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite beers for my first review!

750ml bottle into Gulden Draak tulip

A- rich dark ruby, creamy head- large bubbles.

S- candy, sugar, only a little alcohol. Heavy on the fruit- an incredible belgian aroma.

T- Just enough bitterness to balance intense sweetness and slight mustiness. Lemony aftertaste.

M- Nice balance between heavy and light mouthfeels.

O- Great, complex beer. Very drinkable for the alcohol level.

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Gulden Draak from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
4.2 out of 5 based on 3,946 ratings.
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