Gulden Draak | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

BA SCORE
93
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3,921 Ratings
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:
3,921
Reviews:
1,336
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
11.43%
 
 
Wants:
305
Gots:
859
For Trade:
4
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Ratings: 3,921 |  Reviews: 1,336
Photo of cryptichead
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of yaron73
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Pundit_of_Potability
4.94/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Okay.....Let me take a breath for a second, because this one is wonderful....And I am still savoring my first glass, with two more to go! The cork wanted out of this one....Popped like a champagne cork. Wonderful yeast, fruit and caramel smell...Beautiful frothy head with light lacing. A wonderful dark brown color... The first sip knocked me over.... It seemed great. The second sip blew my mind as I could taste all the wonderful malt and caramel flavor, yeasty fruitiness, raisin-esque sweetness, and then the spicy background. all these flavors come together wonderfully for a combined oneness. If I forget about "tasting," everything it just melds together perfectly. Mouthfeel: Perfect blend of creamy and carbonated....So easy to drink! But beware, almost 11 ABV! A MUST experience, even at $13 a bottle! I know they call it a "Dark Tripel," but more likely a Strong Dark ale--all semantics I suppose.

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Photo of rosh305
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jvgoor3786
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HappyGuy12345
4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 12 ounce bottle into tulip glass
Appearance: Deep brown in color with over 4 fingers of slowly dissipating tan head
Smell: Strong hints of coffee, caramel and chocolate along with some fruits. This is one of the best smelling beers that I have ever tried.
Taste: Pleasurable arrangement of caramel malts, hops bitterness, coffee, and array of fruits. The flavor profile is complex, but it is done very well in this Triple. The high alcohol content (10.5% ABV ) is obvious to anyone who has tried this beer.
Mouthfeel: Definitely a full bodied beer with moderate amount of carbonation.
Overall: Very tasty and aromatic beer overall. Due to noticeable high alcohol content, this is definitely a beer that needs to be imbibed slowly to be most enjoyable. It is certainly a delicious beer that I would love to try again, and it's no surprise why it has such a high rating on BA.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep reddish brown with massive foamy head and lacing that just hangs on the glass till empty. Smell is fantastic, very light floral notes and fruit mix with a breadiness to it. Taste is great, I expected a bite of alcohol but it was very smooth and clean, great tastes of fruit, floral and malt. The finish is very clean and leaves a slight wine finish. Overall this was an awesome beer. I always see it at the store and I finally gave it a shot. I will be drinking this many more times, excellent beer and just a complex mix of flavors that result in a world class beer.
Cheers

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Photo of Treycotton
3.79/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dbelancic
4.66/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Its_Dipset_Eyy
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Commandophile
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Macamah
2.94/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Photo of BlueNotes
4.9/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of iridius
3.45/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Ok, so this was one of those beers that I did not like at all during the first glass, got smoother the second and by the end I wanted some more, but at 10.5% ABV probably better that I only had one bottle. I would not buy it again at $15/big bottle, but I also would recommend people that like stronger beers try it at least once, and make sure you have a larger bottle to get the experience.

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Photo of SamuelMiller
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.84/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy, dark cherry red with a one-finger, creamy, off-white head. Lots of lacing, no carbonation.
S- Awesome Carmel malt an dark fruit smell.
T- Follows nose. Awesome dark cherry pie! Tons of malt, yeast and funk combines with Dark fruits of cherry, dates, caramel for an amazing triple, A slight slap on the ass on the way out from the alcohol.
F- This is one perfectly smooth beer. There is some age on this one, and I wonder what this would taste like fresh from the brewery in Belgium. One day my friends!
O- I do not have a lot of experience with the Trippel. This is the best I have had.

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Photo of bwbetts
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of snowmageddon
3.46/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Galijun
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of sherillc
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Silke_Neryn
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JustinAbs
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the single-serve iconic white bottle emblazoned with gold dragon.

Appearance--Classic murky brown Belgian Strong Dark with classic two-finger head giving way to a faint lacing all the way down the drink.

Aroma--Malts and dark dried fruits, VERY forward, but with nearly as strong herbal notes to balance out the presentation.

Taste--Where do I start. This has complexity in spades. Get a wine reviewer because I won't do this justice. I will revert to the beer-reviewer vernacular. Reminds one a bit of a barleywine because of the depth of flavors that are muddling around on my palate, crossed with a tripel, because there is a deceptive dryness and bitterness that comes through as well. Maybe a little heavy-handed on the malts up front, but balanced well with herbal notes and spicy alcoholic notes. The ABV is there but exceptionally well-hidden. Dangerously-drinkable.

Feel--This thing would probably come off too darn sweet, but the carbonation is pretty high for the style, and delivers just the crisp finish that is needed. It prevents this from being what would otherwise possibly be a "cloying" offering. Maybe a little "thin" compared to what I would expect, but not in a bad way.

Overall--If you're with some wine snobs that look down their noses at your brew, have them try this one on for size with whatever they drink with their cheese. A bold, excellent, brew that stands up well against the best of the style.

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Gulden Draak from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
4.2 out of 5 based on 3,921 ratings.
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