Gulden Draak | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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4.24/5
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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:
4,037
pDev:
11.32%
Bros Score:
4.42
 
 
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317
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Ratings: 4,037 |  Reviews: 1,366
Photo of stampfler07
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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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Photo of DaveONan
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of DMills
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of RodneyFarva
3.33/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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Photo of JoeyRamone
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Photo of dansmcd
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Ruby brown colour, a disappointingly thin and flimsy bubbly head.

S - Sweet funky yeast, roasted coffee and brown sugar. Nice complexity.

T - Very sweet and very boozy, prune, caramel, toffee apple, coffee.

M - Lovely medium to full body, medium to high carbonation. Perfect balance.

O - There's plenty going on here, a top beer no doubt but just a touch to much sugar for my taste.

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Photo of OldTime
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of neckbracesub
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 25.4 ounce bottle into a double shot glass, enjoyed in sipping sessions with my fiancee until it was gone.

Where do I even begin with an ale that is this heavenly? There really isn't a single area that Gulden Draak could have room for improvement. This is one of those rare brews that is completely deserving of the term PERFECTION.

It pours a gorgeous autumn color and has a slight carbonation with a nice foamy head.

The aroma gives off a pleasant scent of brown sugar and a blend of subtle fruits.

As soon as it hit the tip of my tongue its taste won me over. I had been told on several occasions that this was a world-class beer, but I had no idea I would find it as flawless as I did. There is an amazing combination of just the right amount of semi-carbonation, sugar and fruit in the tones of this ale that make it a one-of-a-kind!

As for the aftertaste: It goes down like a wonder and leaves the senses in a state of bliss long after you're done.

Bravo!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

not as good as i wanted it to be. pours a mahogany brown color with a bubbly tan head that almost immediately fades away. smells like dried fruit, belgian yeast, and big bready malts. flavor is less fruity than the nose but otherwise similar. the yeast is rich and unique in this one, really imparting an interesting flavor. mouthfeel was a letdown for me. it got flat as it warmed up and didnt hold any of its nice initial head. flavor was fine, but it didnt stand up well to highly seasoned prawns, which i was hoping it would have done brilliantly. in any event, its a good beer but at 16 dollars a bomber, ill drink another belgian.

edit: i actually am finding myself liking this more and more each time i drink it, and while its still a little thin for what it is, i may have been overly critical in my initial review. the spice profile of the yeast is excellent, and the is a fruitcake wintery festive vibe that i get more here than in other beers of this style. i like it in small doses, but this is better than i originally gave it credit for being...

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Photo of Leschber
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of jamesar
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Archemedies
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have absolutely NO idea how old this small bottle is (``29F J'' on the bottle). I bought it over a year ago and forgot it was in my cellar. It might have been 2-3 years old when I bought it. At any rate, at 10.5% I'm not worried.

Poured from the (old?) bottle into a Duvel tulip. A beautiful pour. Dark, deep ruby reddish-brown and clear with a nice choppy foam top. Subdued nose has hints of dried fruit, candied sugar, and sherry.

A nice level of carbonation opens the palate to sweet bready and fruity flavors of plums and raisins. The alcohol is not hidden at all. It comes in around mid-palate and warms things up substantially, lending the beer a distinct sherry-like quality. Very firm, almost oily mouthfeel. The beer is extremely strong and definitely a sipper. An outstanding beer to be sure, but the alcohol presence is a bit strong and may detract a bit from the overall drinking experience for some.

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Photo of ncworster
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Photo of DexterP236
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of jwat
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of robo90124
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of BierAdvoNikk
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of StoicBeast
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of dAS_0
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of cates1tg
3/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of capeannbass36
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a fairly clear dark chestnut brown, topped with a tan 2 finger head that disappates rapidly. Medium light lacing left behind.

S- Dark fruit, caramel, sweet malt.

T- Follows the nose. Caramel and sweet malt.

M- Medium light carbonation. Slightly slick and oily. Somewhat dry finish.

O- Would definitely purchase again. Sweet, but not overly sweet. Mighty tasty. Packs a punch.

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Photo of twizzbeatz
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Pillowburn
5/5  rDev +17.9%

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

bottle into a tulip.

a - pours a deep chestnut shade with a huge, 3 finger, cream colored head. after calming i get a thin cap and thick swaths of lacing in the glass.

s - sweet bread, clove, carmel.

t - bready carmel malt with notes of clove and candi sugar. a nice earthy bitterness comes in at the end to finish it out.

m - lighter side of medium with lots of carbonation. medium co2 profile with a slight alcohol warming.

o - abv kicks in fast. enjoyable though and a nice beer overall. i probably wouldn't buy this often but it seems like a good candidate for holidays and special occasions.

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Gulden Draak from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 4,037 ratings