Gulden Draak | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

3,932 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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4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew is a thick, cloudy brown/purple colored brew, decent sized tan foam head. Sweet grape, cherry, fruit scent, very nice. This brew is delicious. Lots of different fruit, sweet sugars, alcohol spice, hop bitterness on top of everything. This beer is damn good, and makes me quite interested in this style of beers.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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

Photo of BostonHops
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle served in a snifter.

pours a mahogany tone while yielding a foamy 1" tan head. fades somewhat quickly into a thin cap, collar around the glass. nose is decidedly sweet with notes of candied / dark fruits, brown sugar, and caramel. good but nothing really remarkable.

flavors follows the aroma somewhat: sweet, yes, but carries none of the cloying sweetness i sort of anticipated. nice and flavorful with the fruitiness, brown sugar, some spice, and caramel all pulling through; there's even a secondary sour character to it. medium bodied mouthfeel with adequate carbonation. for me much better than i anticipated from the nose.

overall, an excellent beer. can't believe it's taken me this long to try it. can't place it among my favorite belgians necessarily, but very, very good nonetheless. a must try.

(originally reviewed: 08-30-2011)

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2 oz squat bottle poured into a tulip. pours a dark copper/caramel color with garnet highlights and four fingers of light tan head that remains for a couple minutes. light lacings.

aroma is sweet and fruity, with a sour character that contains notes of grape and apple. a bready yeast aroma forms a base, while apricot and caramel round out the profile. nicely concentrated, with a good breadth of aromas.

taste is mildly sweet up front, with fruit notes of apple, grape and apricot, along with a notable alcoholic presence and a bready note on the back of the palate. finishes on an alcoholic note with residual apple, malt, and a touch of bittering hops.

mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a sharp texture, due to CO2 levels and alcohol. finishes semi dry with soft CO2 on the way down. could be a bit smoother on the palate.

drinkability is good. this is a complex brew with many flavors and aromas, and a notable alcoholic tag. the richness of the profile makes this one more of a sipping brew. a very enjoyable belgian strong dark.

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3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

RBESG 2006 in Göteborg, Grand Tasting. 750 ml bottle, ABV is 11.5%. Chestnut colour. INTENSE sweet aroma of oak and fortified wine, spicy notes. Oaky and spicy flavour, warming mouthfeel as expected from an 11.5% ABV beer. No thirstquencher this one, but an interesting sipping beer.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark amber, nice head with excellent lacing. Smell was fruity (cherries) and very inviting...entices you to drink. Taste is full and fruity...definte cherry presence imo. There is a richness here that would probably do well if served warm as a winter brew. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and suggests an alcohol presence in its syrupy feel, but the alcohol does not overwhelm. For such a high abv,,,not bad on the drinkability scale, either. Great bottle too..defintely recomemnd.

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4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour produces a thick, glowing brown with red highlights, cloudy with fine yeast to the point of opacity, beauty of a beer. It is topped by a finger's worth of beige head, which diminishes languidly to a bubbling cap. Lace splotches cling momentarily to the snifter, then fall.

The smell is a hypnotic bouquet of yeasty notes of a sweet and spicy variety, candy sugar, earthy tones, and a malt presence that is hard to finger, not a bready smell, not caramel, all wrapped in a fruity, and herbal edge. Man, this is complex, and balanced. I could keep my nose here until supper burns. I feel a buzz from just the aroma, if that's possible.

The beer is warmed to where I like drinking tripels now. Good gosh, the flavor of this is staggeringly fine. The yeast is more subdued in the sip than in the aroma, but still it finds a rhythm right away, leading into a sweet rush of caramel, plum, subtle earthy notes, leading into a juicy finish that stays clean and pure, with hints of herbs and spice lingering seductively. Alcohol is present like a ghost, felt but not tasted; there, but not.

Mouthfeel is the perfect combination of thick but not cloying, and low carbonation. Somehow it does the impossible, supporting a long finish, and clearing out. I like the clear out of Unibroue beers, but this is even a better clear out.

Drinkability? Triple red flag warning for extremely, dangerously, fantastically drinkable. This beer fucking rocks. Wish it were less expensive. Lotta nickels for this one!

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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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