Gulden Draak | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

3,932 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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3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drank one from my cellar. 33cl bottle

I must say it didn't quite taste as usual. Strange harsh tast, very alcoholic. I was expecting something different, smooth and sweeter. Normally one of my favourites to end the day in my chair.
Was it because it was still a young one, perhaps.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: mahogany red body, finger khaki head,
patchy lacing

S: big spices, ripe fruit, solid malt

T: alcohol warmth/mild spicy finish

M: med/heavy body, smooth mouth

O: This is incredible. Highly recommend
it and will seek it out again. The ABV
is well hidden and really sneaks up on you.


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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a Trappistes Rochefort goblet...

A - nice dark caramel color. small head. highly effervescent

S- sweet toasted caramel aroma, but overall subtle in the smell department

T- very sweet, yet somehow works. I'm usually turned off by beers this sweet, but this one keeps my attention (opium laced?). has a bit of a wine taste to it, but in a good way. caramel, with pepper spice and dry finish. With ABV at 10.5, you would expect a real whollop in the taste, but it is masked well by the sweetness. Make no mistake, however... you do start to feel the warming glow of the alcohol

MF- pleasant mouth-feel with crips carbination and nice dry finish

O- This is a nice beer to enjoy on a cold winter evening. you might even enjoy two, but beyond that, you might forget your name. Not my favorite hailing from Belgium, but would definitely revisit this one.

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an awesome creamy thick tan three finger head sits atop a body of beer that changes color with every direction i look at it. i see shades of brown, purple, mahogany and amber. retention and lacing is outstanding.nose is kinda faint with some malt, candied fruit and earth tones mixed together. taste is really sweet. i can pick out notes of grapes, prunes, spice, malts but mostly alochol. mouthfeel is thick and syrupy. great carbonation and a warming finish. this is a big time beer in a little bottle.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy dark amber with a thick, pillowy beige head that lasts forever, lacing deep into the glass.

S: Aromas of cider apples, caramel, toffee, and spiced pears are present on the nose. Surprisingly, I'm not picking up any alcohol on the nose.

T: Gentle, delicate notes of toffee, caramel, cider apples, pear drop candy, licorice, star anise, gingerbread, toasted almonds, and a woody, herbal spiciness akin to juniper berries wash across the palate. The finish is gentle and warming with cider apple, pear drop, and woody spice notes underscored by mellow alcohol.

M: Relatively full-bodied and dry with prickly, cleansing carbonation. There is a slight alcohol presence, though it is very subdued and never even remotely distracting. To me, this beer is the prototypical evening sipper.

O: This was one of the first authentic Belgian ales that I really became attached to, and as such, I can't help being a little bit biased when I review it. I still think Gulden Draak is an exceptional ale, and I seem to return to it again and again. In my opinion, this is the best beer made by Brouwerij Van Steenberge.

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Gulden Draak from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
4.2 out of 5 based on 3,932 ratings.
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