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
Ratings:
3,932
Reviews:
1,339
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
11.43%
 
 
Wants:
308
Gots:
862
For Trade:
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Photo of Satorn
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

330 ml bottle, Lidl, Bristol - Pours clear amber with a large light tanned foamy head. High carbonation. Nice lacing. Aroma - yeasty/bready overnotes, ripened orchard fruits. Taste - Sweet, light tartness, ripened fruits, yeasty notes at the back. Lovely strong Belgian ale.

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Photo of Fdalelax24
4.79/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

So much flavor!

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Photo of PJCarnell
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wrigfen
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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

I drank it a bit early on a Sunday morning, but it is a magnificent brew. The whiskey flavour could have been a bit stronger and the aftertaste was a bit weak.

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

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

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

Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle,into a Funky Buddha snifter.

Frothy,off white / light khaki,2 finger head with nice retention.Hazy light brown in color,with minimal,distorted light showing through the glass.Medium / heavy carbonation.

The nose starts off with some bright / dark fruit notes...Mostly grape with some orange zest.Also getting some sweet malt,and bread notes.A little bit of caramel and some hidden spices as well.

The palate is very sweet,with tons of bright citrus flavor.Backed up by some sweet bread,and malts.It almost tastes more like a wine,or a Saison.Once it started to warm the caramel,and spice flavors came out beautifully.

The body is medium,with a dry finish.

This is my first time trying a dark tripel,and I'm not sure how to feel about it....Tastes and smells great,bit its almost like I'm not drinking a beer.But overall I would say it is very good.

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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

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