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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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-19-2001

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 poured into a snifter

A- Pours almost black. It is a murky dark brown/red with some light around the edges. A massive three finger off white thick head.

S- Belgian yeast. Caramel, toffee. Dark fruits like raisins and grape. Some alcohol. A slight spicyness.

T- A huge beer. This a massive carbonation and some alcohol sting up front. It follows up with a lot of caramel and a very creamy malt profile. There is some alcohol taste in here but it helps cut the other flavors. A big dark fruit profile. Raisins, figs, a lot of spices. A beast of a Tripel.

M- This a big one. Massive carbonation up front. A lot of alcohol in here, very warming. Has a very pleasant feel to it and is quite creamy.

O- This is a monster of a beer. I think with time it may lose some of the alcohol and really let the dark fruits pop out. Awesome stuff.

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Photo of crazyfraser
3.4/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance... Its kind of a red brown with a creamy white head,...

Smell.... is kinda weak, a little boozy.

Taste.... defiantly boozy.. almost too strong to enjoy.. a little caramel, wheaty..

mouthfeel.... very bubbley, high carbonation,

Overall I am not impressed with this brew, too strong, over powers the flavors ..

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque, ruddy amber, with fair carbonation and really no lace at all.

Nose is spiced and fruity -- heavy on the fruit, with touches of raisin, date, dried berries, and more spice.

Taste is smooth and similarly fruit-oriented, with a hint of yeastiness at the end. Also, near the finish, there's a definite alcohol warming. Overall, this is a world class brew, exquisitely drinkable and complex. A must-try for anyone interested in fine, true Belgian ales.

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4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden Dragon... sounds impressive, sounds like the sort of brew you would buy in a fantasy medieval tavern that after one sip can melt the face off the mightiest of Orc's (hat tip reference to dragon's breath beer found in an old school PC game)... one can hope for a similar (though non-lethal) version of beer with Gulden Draak.

Poured from a 330ml (love the design of this) bottle into a chalice.

A: Light dusting of tan foam on a very dark chocolate body. Looks good though I was expecting this brew to have a golden body for some reason.

S: Aromas of over-fermented apples, pears, cinnamon and cloves. Overlaying this is a background of rich caramel malts, dark fruits (figs, raisins, and prunes) and a musty yeast... expecting big warm winter flavours with this one.

T: Flavour hits like a dump truck full of bricks! The over-fermented apples and pears is replaced by an upfront bubblegum hit. Then we have the rich malts, dark fruits and yeast, along with enough sugar to kill a diabetic. Ending with a peppery note and a slight dry finish. More like a mixture of mead and port than beer, the sugar and bubblegum are the most dominant tastes hiding the alcohol.

M: Sticky, resinous body with a light but dense carbonation.

D: This is a big hitting brew that some would say is heavy-handed. Lets face it; some beers should be heavy-handed and this is one of them, despite the high ABV and the huge hit of sugar this brew contains it still manages to hold some civility, and drinks more like a fine glass of port than an overly sugary mess. If it wasn't prohibitively expensive it would make a fine top shelf end of the night brew for me.

Note: I feel like I'm wearing a cassock in the catacombs of some Franciscan monastery when I sip this ale, and can hear a friar chorus singing mass in the background. Quite a religious experience of a beer here.

Food match: Its a tough beer to match - the headiness and bold flavours make it sit between the boundary of heavy roast game meats and dessert. In a way both would work well so my suggestion would be: roast haunch of venison with roast vegetables and a thick pepper gravy, followed by a dark chocolate and baked fig ganache with a berry compote.

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3.41/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A cloudy yet strong caramel color with very good lacing.

S- It smells like an Irish Spring dryer sheet, a very clean and refreshing smell

T- Soapy with an hint of spice that I cannot pinpoint. Tastes like a Marzen.

M- Pleasant creaminess with an appropriate amount of lingering for aftertaste

O- An obvious Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Would be great on a crisp, cool evening...not a cold night or a hot day.

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Gulden Draak from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 3,985 ratings
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