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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4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
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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4.2/5  rDev 0%
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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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served into goblet. 

Appearance: Slightly dark amber head is an off white coming 1/8" roughly off the body

Smell: Slightly sweet, little but like molasses meets maple.

Taste Incredibly smooth slightly sweet not bitter and you taste nothing but alcohol after the second sip

Mouth: Light carbonation smooth finish which the after taste of alcohol flowing through your cheeks.

Overall: Well finished but could be tweaked just a little bit. Smell is slightly bland but regardless doesn't mean it is a bad beer. Keep drinking, the more you do the more you will lust this beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark amber to brown with a 2 finger tan head made of large bubbles. The head has decent retention and leaves a lot of lacing.

S: Aromas of ripe fruit, plums, sweet malts, brown sugar, and alcohol.

T: Flavors of dark ripe fruits, plum, cherry, molasses, candy sugar and sweet + roast malts. The taste of the alcohol which is present in the nose is covered up nicely in the flavors.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation and slightly creamy.

O: Overall this is a quite nice beer and very enjoyable. I would definitely enjoy another of these (even right now if I had one on hand). The high ABV is well hidden in the taste and it kind of sneaks up on you.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have never given all "5's" on a rating as to date. I had to bow down in awe at this beer! It is an absolute MASTERPIECE! Nice white cap head with a tremendously appealing dark brown color. Scented of light apricots with a splash of maraschino cherries. The taste is so clear and clean. I couldn't even fathom that this brew was 10.5%. Despite that I could session this beer, well maybe for about 90 minutes. It goes down with a slight oft-plum taste with crazy belgian yeasts and smooth, crispy effervescent flavors. I could not find a morsel wrong with this one. It should be on the USA banned substances list!

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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