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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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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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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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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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330ml stubby poured into wine glass 27/1/12

A looks light brown until held to the light where it glows a ruby red amber, very short lived tan head leaves no lace

S plums, raisins, lots of brown sugar, sweet malts, and a little booze

T a little molasses on top of what I smell, booze is fairly well concealed but its getting pretty sweet, use of brewers candy I'm guessing

M a little syrupy at then the bubbles help its cause, sticky on the lips with a little heat

O good beer but I thought it would be a little better being a beer of fame and all, not overly complex but still quite nice

for under 4$ I really can't complain, not the best Belgian I've had recently but certainly nothing to be ashamed of

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Gulden Draak from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 3,994 ratings
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