Gulden Draak | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

3,947 Ratings
Gulden DraakGulden Draak

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle marked 17IM at 45 degrees into goblet and allowed to warm to 50 degrees
Aroma somewhat figgy with a hint of alcohol
Head large (5 cm), very light tan, creamy, slowly diminishing
Lacing good with irregular thick rings of small and medium bubbles
Body dark amber, hazy
Flavor begins moderately sweet with hints of figs and dates; no alcohol, no hops, possibly a hint of diacetyl. Flavor ends quickly immediately followed by an alcohol burn in the stomach.
Palate medium to full, creamy, soft carbonation.

This is a very pleasant easy-drinking Belgium ale.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A quick pour easily achieves a three finger head that is full of biscuity light brown bubbles. The bubbles crackle away in a matter of minutes and leave dots of lace behind. Body is a deep mahogany brown tone.

Nose is nicely complex in its own right with hints of sweet bread, vanilla, graham cracker and a malty spicy backbone. Really a lot going on here in just the smell.

Slightly tart as it glides across the tongue with first sip. Really rich and sweet but not overly so. Lots of dark fruit with tones of plum, raisin, and prune play here. Once again the sweet breads and crackers come through in a big way. The alcohol is noticeable but not harsh. This beer would age wonderfully for many years. Very complex brew.

Mouthfeel is rich and thick but not to heavy. This beer is a pure joy to drink. A true classic.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Gulden Draak from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
4.2 out of 5 based on 3,947 ratings.
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