Gulden Draak | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

Gulden DraakGulden Draak
BA SCORE
90.6%
Liked This Beer
4.24 w/ 3,967 ratings
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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:
#803
Reviews:
1,347
Ratings:
3,967
Liked:
3,594
Avg:
4.24/5
pDev:
11.32%
Alströms:
4.42
 
 
Wants:
315
Gots:
881
Trade:
4
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Ratings: 3,967 |  Reviews: 1,347
Photo of simont1
3/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of lanciloti
3/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BigJTrucker
3/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark mahogany color with a thick billowing tan head. Excellent head retention. Pleasant malty aroma with hints of cane sugar and black licorice.Tastes very much like licorice, almost to the point of being like cough syrup in it's flavor. 10.5% abv is very upfront and apparent. Thick and syrupy mouthfeel. As far as drinkability is concerned, it's a bit to much like cough syrup in it's taste and feel to be TRULY enjoyable to me, but not so bad as to be dumped out. Maybe i've stayed away from truly flavorful beers for too long....

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Photo of CityofBals
3/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of saison90
3/5  rDev -29.2%

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3/5  rDev -29.2%

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3/5  rDev -29.2%

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3/5  rDev -29.2%

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3/5  rDev -29.2%

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3/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of LBIsurf
3/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of afrothunder
3/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of nanobrew
3/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of Ryan82
3/5  rDev -29.2%

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3/5  rDev -29.2%

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3/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of kevrice88
3/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of MasterRigger
3/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of MONKandTUCK
3.02/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

An old favorite of mine. Keep in mind, I was largely drawn to craft beer for the frequency of hefty ABV's.

A- poured into a tulip glass. Brownish-black... kinda dark ruby. It's not thick like a stout, so it doesn't have that same suggestion of high viscosity.

A- milder than I remember, lots of Beglian yeast, some maltiness.

T- Salt Water Taffy, Rummy, Tangy yeast esters, Raisins, Sweet. Kinda like a liquid candy, but if you drink this beer expecting sweetness you'll find prominent alcoholic bite. That said, for such a strong beer it comes across as very tame... in that department. Otherwise, your tongue is awash in sharp, dark flavors. Not as pruney as some dark beers, but the the dark fruits and sweets are there along w/ the phenols.

M- thinner than one would expect, but Belgians beers excell here. As it warms the sweetness prevails and the mouthfeel becomes a tad chewier. It's medium mouthfeel and the drink progresses.

O- This one doesn't really grow on you. As it warms more flavors becomes present, but not necessarily for the better. It works... it's strong w/o being overbearing, and it has a unique flavor profile. Beyond that, I think it's another overrated Belgian beer that is too quirky for it's own good.

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Photo of brewmudgeon
3.03/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

gulden draak
3.5 deep amber, short head, not much lace
3 obvious high alcohol content wafts about freely (would have believed 15-20%, easy). when the nose begins to recover, some sweet fruits are noted--guava, cherries, bananas. there is also a rummyness. but it's all way too dominated by the alcohol.
3 taste is alcohol, alcohol, sweet fruits, alcohol. it's like jumping the gun and having a fruit flavored rum ball before the excess alcohol has had some time to evaporate.
4 body on the full side of medium, carbonation ample.
2.5 not that it's bad beer, but it's hard to find under all that solvent.

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Photo of baldmasterflex
3.04/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11oz Stepped stubby bottle (same as the picture) into a wine glass. Wanted to try this because of the interesting flat white bottle and the menacing sounding name. $5.99 at totalwine in delaware.

Dark dark brown with red lowlights when held to the light. White head that didnt accumulate much but lacing clings strongly to the glass.

Smell is very sharp, a little banana sweetness but i find it not very pleasant, peppery and alcoholic.

Taste is very flat, prunish and not much more. Not much like a "trippel" that i was imagining.

Mouthfeel is good, tiny tingly carbonation, not to sticky or thick. Does not taste like 10.5% alc.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.06/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Skunky tripel. Dark amber pour with a thick tan head. Aroma is oakey malt with some prunes and raisins. The taste is very disappointing. Musty and alcoholic the whole way through. Somewhat sweet at the end, but not in a good way. Thank God I only bought the little bottle.

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Photo of stumac
3.07/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Going off old notes. Pours a murky copper color with a nice tan head. The nose is sweet malts and dark fruits. I taste dark fruits like plums and more sweet malts. Light body, low carbo. Very sweet beer!

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.11/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into Ommegang Tulip glass.

Appearance: Deep caramel/amber color with a long-standing two-finger off-white head that leaves behind decent lace.

Smell: Candy sweetness with some alcohol.

Taste: Candy sweetness throughout, with slight alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Pretty heavy body, with a bit too heavy carbonation and a cool, refreshing finish.

Drinkability: A strange beer, and I can't say I'm a fan of the candy malt. Not much depth in this, but still worth a try- I seem to be an exception.

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Gulden Draak from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Beer rating: 90.6% out of 100 with 3,967 ratings
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