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
Ranking:
#1,558
Reviews:
1,373
Ratings:
4,095
pDev:
11.32%
 
 
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322
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Photo of sjlamb77
4.66/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

L: Mahogany brown, inviting, enticing.
S: Fruit bread, yeasty, boozy, dried fruit
T: Dark dried fruit, malt, toffee, brown sugar. Aftertastes of maraschino cherries and burnt toffee.
F: Thick and smooth, but a little overpowered by the carbonation
O: Wonderful beer. The first I've had in this category, but I'm in love. My only complaint is that the carbonation is a little overpowering. However, this beer is expertly crafted and is one of my very favorites.

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4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
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4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L- Pours a huge headed beer with a huge lively head. The bottle popped open without me pulling the cork. Full mahogany dark yet clear color. Beautiful looking.
S- Yeasty (bread, phenol, banana)l, malt (brown sugar, molasses), and dark fruits such as apricots, plum and cherry. There's quite an interesting umami/savory aroma that follows as well. An almost smokey aroma is also present.
T- Follows the nose, with a well fleshed out malty sweetness, sweet cherries, plum and apricots, molasses and brown sugar. No real traces of alcohol in the flavor. Absolutely amazingly crafted. Devine flavor.
F- Surprisingly dry beer with a full bodied mouth feel. It's heavy but it ends smooth and dry. Very nice.
O- Stunned by how phenomenal this beer actually is. I know it's a heavy hitter but I didn't know I'd enjoy it to this level. Expertly crafted and one of the best triples/strong darks I've had. Wonderful!

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a squat 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Cloudy mahogany brown pour with 2 fingers of foamy white head. Great ring of lacing.

S: Candy sugars, dark fruits, and yeast. Bread candy.

T/F: Sweet caramel and toffee malts and Belgian candy sugars. Dark fruits.. fig, cooked raisin, and plum. Molasses and brown sugar with mild winter spice. Yeasty esters... complex with mild hopping for balance. Thick and sticky on the tongue.... soft carbonation. The finish is more complex sweets. Warming... a sipper, and the ABV is nicely hidden.

O: A belgian classic for a reason. Fantastic Strong Ale... just delicious, and a beer I love to revisit. Even better on draft.

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Tasted like it was brewed through a dirty sock!

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Hides the 10.5% ABV. I'm not an IPA hoppy guy by any means, and love red ales, ambers and belgian dubbles. This is the gold standard so far. There are beers I'd drink again, and those I'd seek out. This is the latter.

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Gulden Draak from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 4,095 ratings