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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:
#819
Reviews:
1,350
Ratings:
3,983
pDev:
11.32%
Bros Score:
4.42
 
 
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Ratings: 3,983 |  Reviews: 1,350
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

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

Photo of Stay_Positive
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of The_Bujon
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep plum, with a caramel tinted head.

The head disappears in a flash and is a bit of a disappointment.

Aroma is toffee and prune, and a hefty waff of alcohol to boot. This drinks smells like it's going to put hairs on your chest.

Taste is equally as good, perhaps a touch too sweet, but suppose at 10.5% abv it was a little expected. Plenty of spice and winter warming fruits, and the alcohol does warm the gullet.

Feel is surprisingly watery, which is a bit of a shame, because the appearance and taste are full blooded.

Aftertaste is just like bonfire toffee, sweet and lingers on the roof of the mouth.

It's a bloody good beer, one for the wintery nights in Bruges.

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

Photo of mikeycibelli
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LennyBound
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of red_5_sooner
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Brolo75
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a clear chestnut color with a toffee colored head, no retention or lacing, not much carbonation.

A: Slight notes of dark fruits like figs, plums, dates, burnt brown sugar, caramel, toffee, Belgian yeast note like banana, pepper, and clove, smells promising.

T: Initial notes of dark fruit like dates, plums, figs as well as burnt brown sugar and caramel, slight bitterness in the middle, finish has banana, pepper, and clove lingering in the aftertaste, alcohol comes through pretty strong.

M: Medium/full bodied with a dry finish, good amount of carbonation.

O: A solid beer, lots of depth, complexity, and flavors in this beer, nice balance of flavors, my only complaint is that the alcohol is noticeable and it's presence increases as the beer warms.

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Photo of Frankyshuteye
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of yuno
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Gulden Draak from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 3,983 ratings
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