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:
#859
Reviews:
1,365
Ratings:
4,030
pDev:
11.32%
Bros Score:
4.42
 
 
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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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a Unibroue tulip.

A: Pours a hazy, dark copper-orange color with two fingers of billowy khaki head. Strong retention and lace.

S: Brown sugar, a little banana, mellow spices. Excellent.

T: Leads with sweet spice, followed by stewed dark fruits, then finishes with more spice. Sweet cola and a little tea on the aftertaste. Very nice.

M: Medium body, well-carbonated. Lots of oil on the finish.

O: Used to drink this quite frequently. Haven't had in over a year, and really can't figure out why it's been so long. A fantastic beer, definitely worth seeking out. Quite sweet and makes a complete dessert on its own.

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A- Dark amber with a substantial brown head

S- Raisin, sweet malt

T- Dark fruit, sweet malt, light bitterness, very complex flavors throughout

M- Good amount of carbonation, heavy body and smooth

O- Very enjoyable, doesn't taste or feel as strong as 10.5% which makes it dangerously drinkable, complex flavors keep you coming back for more.

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330ml bottle poured into a chalice

a: pours a dark brown ruby with a two finger fluffy head. decent lacing. very nice color.

s: aroma of malts, brown sugar sweetness, dark fruits, strong alcohol heat.

t: brown sugar sweetness, raisins and plums. quite boozy and syrupy, and overly sweet. alcohol quite apparent.

o: lots of different interesting flavors, but the alcohol presence and sweetness really got to me. at the end, it was difficult to finish rather than enjoyable once it had warmed up considerably. interesting beer, but flawed.

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Gulden Draak from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 4,030 ratings