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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4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 330ml bottle to my duvel tulip. Body of the beer is a hazy red-brown color. The pour yields a tan head about 2 fingers tall, carbonation can be seen rising in the beer. Retention isn't spectacular, but that is to be expected when this registers at 10.5 ABV. It recedes to a ring and an island of foam in the center of my glass. The smell is of rich sweet barley malt, some caramel, apple, Belgian yeast. In the taste I get a hint of apples up front as well as an acute candy sweetness. Towards the middle I notice more dark fruit, sweet heavy malts. I also detect some alcohol in the taste. Mouthfeel is on the thicker side, but some assertive carbonation livens it up. This is a really interesting beer, I like the idea of a dark triple, and this one is put together really well.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Penguin Pizza in a Piraat tulip- poured a dark brown/ruby color that is partially transparent. Has a very small head and no retention or lacing.

Smells very pleasant- all sweet dark malt with a little bit of yeast.

Taste is full and rich. Dark malts dominate- I taste a bit of raisin. There is also a hint of Belgian yeast.

Mouthfeel is very much lacking- I like a well carbonated beer. This one is vert syrupy and has no carbonation. If it was better carbonated I would love this beer- however, I've had it on tap and out of the bottle and both are extremely flat. I won't try it again.

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4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a snifter

A: Pours a hazy mahogany brown color with a ton of fizzy light tan colored head that lingers extensively, pours really beautifully, leaves a decent amount of spotty lacing
S: nice licorice note from the star of anise and something warmer and deeper that lingers at the end
T: wow immeditely hits with the star of anise which is incredibly intense, i once chewed on a small piece of this herb at brewery ommegang while drinking their abbey ale during a tasting, this beer really reminds me of that experience, just such incredible taste and flavors, intensely strong but in the best way, spot on, actually backs off the palate rather rapidly and leaves the mouth pretty clean of taste, really awesome, absolutely no taste of the 10.5%
M: medium carbonation tingle then moves into a bit of an odd feeling on the palate, almost spiced up i guess is what id call it, leaves the mouth just slightly dry
O: incredible, this beer has such incredible taste and flavor profile, this is absolutely going to be purchased again and again, wow

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4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle split and shared with a friend. Pours a very dark cherry wood color. Capped off by a good amount of fluffy foam. Retained fair enough. The nose was very fruity with plum, strawberry, pineapple. Finished out with a mild yeast aroma. Good heft to the feel, stands under the weight of the alcohol quite well. Fruit flavors carry over where the aroma started things off. Plum, raisin, sweet pale fruitiness. The yeast character is not as pronounced as other BSDAs I've encountered. This is not a bad thing. Not a style I usually stock my fridge with, but this is not a bad beer at all.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served out of a bottle and into a stemless wine glass.
Appearance- dark brown, light to medium carbonation, two finger head that quickly reduces.
Smell- notes of rasins, ginger and figs, wonderful aroma.
Taste- Dark fruit and Belgium yeast shines through balanced with malt and hops, alcohol warms at the end.
Mouthfeel- very pleasant.
Overall- Very Drinkable Belgium beer that is acutally rather complex.At 10.5 abv you wouldn't know it as it is so well balanced.

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

Appearance: (4.5)
- Frothy light tan fingers of foamy creamy head, settles to pillowing blankets and spotty patches all about the tulip. Dark filtered ruby red/brown brew. This puppy looks wicked.

Smell: (4.0)
- Sharp fruity esters. Belgian yeast galore. Sweet fruits, strawberry, banana, and some clove spice. Herbal and grassy. Sweet malt without a lot of bready and biscuit character. Certainly a unique smelling brew. Light alcohol aromas.

Taste: (4.5)
- Oh my. Esters, fruit, prune, light bitter strawberry, fig, and many herbal notes all over the palate. Lots of raisins. Sweet without being overpowering. Alcohol is absent in the flavors, but only shows up later in the stomach. Candy sugars, clove and molasses. Slight bready yeast notes. Fantastic brew.

Mouth Feel: (3.5)
- As usual,I have a slight beef with Belgian yeasts. I love the flavor character of them, but I rather dislike how bubbly they are. I like more mild carbonation in my beers. As it sits and warms, it remains quite bubbly. It's sticky, and cloying. Slight dry feel. Overall expected and not bad.

Overall: (4.5)
- Hard to find, expensive, and rare in these parts. I'm glad I ran across it. Your average consumer won't be out looking for it. I suggest anyone reading this to go seek it out. It's a stellar beer. It's to be had slightly warm, and is a sipper. Drink it, and pair it with some nice red meats and crisped veggies. Perhaps some spicy stuff as well. It's solid and truly shows the art form of brewing.

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

Pours brown with a hint of gold. A large off white head slowly dissipates to leave some lacing.

Smell is that Belgian yeast, and nutty caramel, with alcohol.

Taste is caramel and toffee malt. Some undercurrent of sweet hops, with a boozey finish.

Feel is smooth, medium to low carbonation makes this feel nice and heavy.

Great beer, another classic, still could not drink too many of these, but who needs to amirite?

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Gulden Draak from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Beer rating: 90.6% out of 100 with 3,967 ratings
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