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:
#875
Reviews:
1,366
Ratings:
4,043
pDev:
11.32%
Bros Score:
4.42
 
 
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317
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of soulfly1492
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Sweet and sour. Lots of esters, dates, apple and plums. Dark spices, cinnamon. Peppery. Soft spicy alcohol. No hops. Rich malts, caramel, bread, and just a bit of Munich-like bitterness. Huge, bold aroma.

Appearance: Deep, deep amber. It's hard to tell without the use of a flashlight, but it's very cloudy with lots of tiny particles in suspension. Pours a tall light brown head. Good retention.

Taste: Tons of esters. Raisins, apple and plums. Overall very sweet. Some bitterness associated with the apple, and some spiciness from the cinnamon and alcohol flavors. Just a bit of brown malt flavor. Tastes like a delicious apple cider with cinnamon and a bit of a brown ale mixed in, if that makes sense. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation, fizzes on the tongue. Medium to full body, which is unusual considering the carbonation level. Quite slick and oily. Just slightly dry at the finish.

Overall: Lots and lots to savor here. Just excellent. I used to be a fan of exclusively US craft breweries, but this one is hard to top by any US brewer. You just can't find a perfect balance like this anywhere else.

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Photo of NOLANDMAN
4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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1/5  rDev -76.4%

Photo of GregF78
4.75/5  rDev +12%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of MattyG85
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark and hazy brownish amber with some ruby red. Pours with a huge off white head that easily takes up the entire space of the tulip. Head slowly fades into a bubbly patchy layer leaving a good amount of lace on the glass.

Smell: Some spicy Belgian yeast and a huge aroma of dark fruits. Big hints of prune juice, raisins, and cherries with some brown sugar, banana, and clove. Also some hints of sweet roasted caramel malts. Alcohol aroma is actually fairly mild.

Taste: Upfront is some Belgian yeast and clove spice. Then comes a big taste of dark fruits with notes of prunes, cherry, and raisins. Also some brown sugar and a hint of banana. A nice taste of roasted caramel malts towards the finish give a bready aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy, juicy, and somewhat prickly. Very smooth with no noticeable alcohol heat.

Overall: A great Belgian ale. Vibrant dark fruits and complex.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

Photo of BeerCon5
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber color with very foamy/creamy off-white head that remains throughout the beer.

The scent is of sweet belgian sugars, brown sugar, spice and fruit.

The taste is of dark fruit, sweet sugar, brown sugar, notes of toasted malts, strong presence of alcohol.

Full body, smooth and creamy, moderate carbonation.

This was a very good belgian, excellent flavor, though I thought the alcohol was overpowering at times. I would still like to have this again.

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Photo of mfigueroa713
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Gulden Draak from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 4,043 ratings