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
Ratings:
3,932
Reviews:
1,339
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
11.43%
 
 
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

oh, such lovely, sweet nectar. My ideal (at least today)

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A nice deep dark ruby/amber color with a solid finger of head that produced decent lacing and good retention. Constant carbonation in the body without a trace of sediment. A little bit more head and lacing would have earned the perfect score.

Smell: Predominant soft fruit with a caramel malt backing. Plums and Pluots with touches of figs and honey. Not a lot of warming was required for it to come out which is also nice. A slight bit boozy though, which while not expected could be concealed.

Taste: Starts with light caramel malt with a mixed berry and plum taste that turns to a bit more molasses like in taste and texture and ends with a somewhat odd whisky end, complete with a high alcohol twang. I'd give it 3.75 but it does enough, but that end isn't very nice.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation that helps out the entire beer, and very nice transitioning. Doesn't leave much of an aftertaste, although that is mainly due to the biggest detraction of the beer. The solvent note that the unconcealed alcohol brings is my biggest beef.

Drinkability: Hmm...tough call, I mean the high alcohol twang holds it back a bit, but it's not like you wouldn't expect it from the style. Smooth and medium bodied so all it all it comes out decently ahead. There is room for improvement though.

Final Thoughts: I think it really needs to be paired with food, which I think the high alcohol cleansing the beer offers would help. Drinking this has me thinking back to Chimay Blue, and it's been long enough that I'm not sure if this or Chimay would come out ahead. Certainly worth a shot though.

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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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