Gulden Draak | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Gulden DraakGulden Draak
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:
3,919
Reviews:
1,336
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
11.43%
 
 
Wants:
305
Gots:
858
For Trade:
4
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Photo of LJTate
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BlueSpader
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a slightly hazy red orange with a one finger off-white head with good retention and nice lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, dark stone fruit, sweet and slightly boozy. Flavor follows, with caramel and bready malt, rich fresh and dried plums, hints of tart apricots, Belgian yeast. Finishes warming with a hint of bops and lingering dark fruit. Medium bodied with light creaminess. I can't believe I never reviewed this beer; it was one my first "wow" imported beers and introductions to Belgians. Possibly one of the top 10 Belgian beers I've drunk all my life. As a matter of fact, this Belgian ale inspired me to buy my first dedicated glass, a Gulden Draak tulip that I still use frequently today, so much the gold trim around the lip is worn off. This is a classic Belgian strong dark ale, with great fruit notes and big supporting caramel malt. It's presentation in an unusual bottle, look, smell and taste are all great. A classic, and one of the ales I miss in my quest to try so many different beers; it's been years since I had one of these. A genuine pleasure.

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Photo of Rootscipio
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Themanfromvierlingsbeek
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of joberlander
3.29/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Seangrdn
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up on my trip to Belgium last year. Pours a dark brown colour with beige foamy head that lasts and leaves lacing. The aroma is rich of flavour which include caramel, dried fruit, raisins & figs. Taste is on the thick & slight sweet malty side with caramel, dried fruits, plums, cloves, raisins & hints of spice. Aftertaste has a slightly dry finish, alcoholic warmth and complex fruitiness with a low to medium bitterness. Full body, moderate carbonation. Considering the high alcohol content, it is very well hidden. I'm pleasantly surprised just how good it was & certainly would have it again.

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Photo of Robertas
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BIGPOPPAS
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the better Belgian Tripels . Nice and dark with loads of flavor . You can't go wrong with this choice any day of the week :)

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Photo of cbcrunch
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rsquared59
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BrewskiBrandon
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of bwarren82
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PugsandBeer
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AngEo
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WalkerHater
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cyning
4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of OlaB
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: gives a dark red color with a good top of creamy head. Nice lacings on the glass.

S: dark and dried fruits like raisins,plum and pears . I also sense some cherries. Other thing I feel on the nose is caramel,peppercorn and candied sugar.

T&F: the taste is dark fruits with nice caramel malts in the background. In the middle I get more of a peppery flavour and I also get that yeasty sweetness in my mouth, the finishing is sweet dryness in the aftertaste that last for a good time. Gives almost a immediately warming feeling after the first sip.

O: a classic belgian beer that is very enjoyable and tasty. One of the better belgian dark beers

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Photo of LocusSolus
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DegenErik
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of thoglund
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sparx1100
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GarbageMan10
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gulden Draak from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
4.2 out of 5 based on 3,919 ratings.
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