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:
3,932
Reviews:
1,339
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
11.43%
 
 
Wants:
308
Gots:
862
For Trade:
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Photo of steverx8
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of TastyIsBeer
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy dark amber color with a thick foamy head. Head retention and lacing are excellent. Sweet aroma with Belgian yeasts and dark fruits. Very smooth taste. Raisins, brown sugar, other dark fruits and sweet malts predominate. Medium to lighter bodied with mild to moderate carbonation.

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Photo of BeerBobber
3.31/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a caramel brown with a thick soapy tan head. Leaves a nice heavy lacing down the glass.

Smells of roasted caramel with a lot of sweet malts. Oddly getting something like a boiled rice smell as well.

The taste was plums, raisins, caramel and a lot of malts. All of these on the heavy side of sweet. Getting overpowering raisin taste.

Medium mouth that was sticky on the tongue and has a heavy wet finish.

Not for me. The raisin sweetness overpowering that taste just was not going anywhere for my taste buds. Oddly same reaction from the wife but she thought it was overpowering in sweetness somewhere else, just could not pin point it. The other odd thing was when I went to pour I popped the top on the bottle and it exploded with a rush of smoke followed by a fountain of beer. Both bottles did this and had been sitting silently in the fridge prior to pouring. They were not shaken or disturbed in any fashion. A bit disappointing at a price point of about$20 for a four pack, yet I am still glad I ventured into Draak territory and survived.

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Photo of CAlexandra423
4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Biggtriksta
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Timc32
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Quafftastic
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of warpedrevolution
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RBRLBRB
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MasonHulin
4.56/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jellibeen
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DesertFox24
3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ordybill
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a bright slightly murky brown with a very small off-white head. The aroma is malt driven with a noticeable alcohol presence. The taste is malt and alcohol. A really good beer, you have to be in the mood to drink a strong ale to fully enjoy it.

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Photo of Lars3141
4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of AxlSkull
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Birdman89
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of sjdevel
4.79/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look:
Dark and hazy brown with a red tint. Super active upon pouring. 3-4 finger head with a slower pour than I normally perform. Very Dark!! Very active and remains so - the head never really dissipates. Nice retention / bubble replenishment. Nice lacing everywhere the brew touches.

Smell:
Smells of dark sun ripened fruit. Prunes and raisins. Rich and sweet smelling. Quite aromatic. Definitely can smell the Belgian yeast.

Taste:
Wow! Not what I expected. I saw this brew listed as a Dark Tripel? But see its in the Belgian Dark Strong category. Not much like a tripel at all. Only a hint of bitterness at first sip. Then there is a sweet blast of malt and caramel that overpowers. Sweet and rich fruit flavors swirl around. There's grape/raisin, plum/prune, fig, molasses, caramel, and more. It only dries out slightly as the rush of alcohol cuts through. It gets pretty boozy for a few seconds, but slowly fades out. Not too overpowering. A bit of spice and yeast. Quite complex and like a really strong Quad.

Feel:
Full-bodied and very fizzy. Stays active and very interesting.

Overall:
Awesome beer!! Will definitely buy in the future. Really surprised with this one. There are so many flavors in this bottle. Quite strong (high ABV). Rich, fruity, and caramelly.

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Photo of jcole524
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tcsox
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Jliscin
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MjBrewhouse
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer knocked my socks off, different flavor profile than I'm used to. Little spice, nice amount of malt, yeast, caramel color and flavor, dark fruit, raisin. I'm in heaven.. oh and 10.5 abv, oh my! All the flavors and alcohol are so well integrated. This is a special beer worth seeking out.

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Gulden Draak from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
4.2 out of 5 based on 3,932 ratings.
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