Gulden Draak | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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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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3.6/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I refer to this beer as the "Hair of the Dog" beer. Best for a hangover! I went to the Redwood City Brew Haus and was recommended along with the German food to help me from the wine party the night before. It worked for the high alcohol level. With that said, I didn't know what to think at first with the distinct white label and wasn't prepared for the full body taste. The after taste is a tad bitter but not overwhelming. This is a sipping beer like a good scotch. Tiny sips at a time not a drink it down quickly style of beer. One to be enjoyed slowly to enjoy the smooth texture. Cheers!

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

33cl bottle. Dark ruby pour, clear, with a medium height beige head. Caramel, dried fruit and a subtle metallic feeling. Too sweet.

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3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful deep ruby red body with an off white head and tons of bubbles rushing through it.

This is a very fruit forward smelling beer. The alcohol is definitely detectable. Nice touch of sweetness and a pleasant peppery component as well.

The alcohol isn’t hiding here. More fruits and sweetness pop in the flavor. It is also very herbally.

Smooth medium bodied and fairly drying.

A little heavy on the alcohol but still an enjoyable brew.

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

33cl bottle poured into a weizen

A: dark brownish carbonated cola look large sticky frothy tan head that sticks around for a bit

S: toffee, sweet, hints of dark red fruits and faint floral notes

T: caramel, grape, spicy pepper, bitter, noticeable alcohol taste as it moves over the palate and quickly dissipates

M: slightly carbonated mouthy feel. Sticky, hops balancing with malt to the brink of sweetness.

O: Very nice filling brew. Seems the warmer this beer, the more the alcohol aftertaste stands out. Will definitely buy more but not for the hot days.

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

750ml bottle served in a snifter.

pours a mahogany tone while yielding a foamy 1" tan head. fades somewhat quickly into a thin cap, collar around the glass. nose is decidedly sweet with notes of candied / dark fruits, brown sugar, and caramel. good but nothing really remarkable.

flavors follows the aroma somewhat: sweet, yes, but carries none of the cloying sweetness i sort of anticipated. nice and flavorful with the fruitiness, brown sugar, some spice, and caramel all pulling through; there's even a secondary sour character to it. medium bodied mouthfeel with adequate carbonation. for me much better than i anticipated from the nose.

overall, an excellent beer. can't believe it's taken me this long to try it. can't place it among my favorite belgians necessarily, but very, very good nonetheless. a must try.

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Gulden Draak from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Beer rating: 90.6% out of 100 with 3,965 ratings
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