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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:
#818
Reviews:
1,353
Ratings:
3,994
pDev:
11.32%
Bros Score:
4.42
 
 
Wants:
317
Gots:
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Trade:
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Photo of marcrech
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Holderness
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L — Pours a lovely filtered deep ruby amber with a good-sized cream colored head produced with moderate pour. Decent retention and great lacing
S — Caramel, toffee, fruity yeast esters, tamari, molasses, and a touch of booze
T — Leads with a good amount of sweet malts and banana esters. Followed by waves of caramel, toffee, herbaceous grassiness, and burnt sugar
F — Almost velvety mouthfeel. Medium+ carb. Long lasting, charred/bitter finish
O — A huge Belgian that is all I anticipated but nothing more. Better with the yeast mixed in.

86/100

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Photo of DarthTexan
4.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I tried this beer on a recommendation from my server. Nice thick head on the beer. Flavorful and great for sipping. Enjoyed it.

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Photo of TheMachine
4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of cpw
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of VoxRationis
4.99/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Decanted from an 11.2 oz (330 ml) white bottle into a conical pint glass; no production information.
A: Pours a hazy, dark copper color with a generous off-white head although limited retention or Belgian lacing.
S: Aromas of apple, caramel, maple syrup and mocha predominate with a very nice interplay.
T: Flavors follow the nose. Complex. Alcohol notable (how could it not be) but has almost a brown rum quality. Very little bitterness evident.
M: Full bodied with very pleasantly persistent effervescence evident. The bubbliness continues throughout consumption.
O: Wow! This is a really top of class beer. Definitely among the best drink experiences I have had lately and definitely imparts further respect for the style (as if it needed any). Would without question drink/serve/gift/relish.

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Photo of Curt3
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of irongator
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Plonk
3.71/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tyjohnson55
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tanzervaz
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The perfect afternoon Belgium ale. I had the pleasure of trying the draft nitro version at Brat Haus in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Great full bodied mouth feel! especially after the bartender made sure the nitro was poured right and the foam head was a perfect 20%. A must try, one of my all time favorites. 4.8/5

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Photo of andyjeigh
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ntomich
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Vidblain
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pkkosmatka
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MinerBob
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For a beer rated at 10.5% this beer awesomely smooth! Pours a dark tea color with a white head. Has a wine smell with deep molasses. The flavor is very good but a little sweet.

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Photo of Nace4
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ArnoldStotzer
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of txx675rx
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ajdemma
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of iawaska
4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This is a beautiful, dark Belgian ale. It pours smoothly into a hazy dark brown with a full creamy tan head without being overly carbonated. It smells very much like caramel and licorice with a bit of chocolate and maple syrup aromas and even cheesecake. It is hard for me to describe the flavor of this beer since it is very complex but has a fairly close resemblance to its smell. It tastes of caramel and licorice with a fruity taste I can't pin down. Perhaps raspberry? It goes beyond this elementary description, of course, but these flavors were most prominent to me. The alcohol is apparent but far from overpowering. I expected this beer to be much more bitter than it was but it actually went down as smooth as one could hope for when drinking such a thick and sticky beer. Overall, this is a beer I am going to come back to again and again for its incredible depth of flavor and properly satisfactory finish in every standard from look to smell to feel. I would recommend this to everyone interested in craft beer. From newcomers to the long-haul dedicated drinkers of beer, this is a world-class beverage that is worth a try.

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Photo of jrsqc7
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with great head and sticky lacing.

Flathead cherries and a variety of bready malts and alcohol. The carbonation is light but the brew still feels VERY robust.

Pretty damn good.

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Photo of hopflyer
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Unknown bottle date

Pours deep copper/ruby color, very clear. Full 4 finger head hangs around a while. Lots of carbonation.

Yeasty smell, farmhouse, grassy. Some fruit like black cherry and plum.

First sip carries the black cherry flavors along with the yeast.

Light to medium bodied, high carbonation. Little to no alcohol detected given its 10.5%

Very good belgian with usual teary character.

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Photo of Vipsanius
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DavidRandall
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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