Officially labeled a "Belgian Strong Dark Ale," the Draak had a much different look and taste to it than its other dark-ale brothers. It almost felt like the love-child of a pure tripel and a pure quadrupel because of the flavor sensations (and reddish-bronze look) that were going on. I certainly sensed some cherries as well as other darker fruits, but then you are infused with some caramel-like sweetness as well.
But, even some of the most perfect things in life also have flaws...the Gulden Draak's just happens to be that hideous white bottle. Even though mine was served from the tap, I just don't understand how such a perfect beer can be served in a poor man's-milk jug of a bottle. They are doing amazing things with graphic design these days ya know? Work on your presentation please Brouwerij Van Steenberge!
Overall, this beer is no joke at 10.5% abv, but you would never know it! My only regret is that I chose to follow this beer with a Rogue. Worst decision of my life! This beer rates an A+ all the way and I'm a big believer in not inflating grades. It currently sits in my top 5 beers easy.
Still don't believe me? Would this guy lie to you?
That's what I thought.
*Please note that I can't confirm what that guy is actually drinking and it doesn't look like a Gulden Draak, but he does come up when you google image "Gulden Draak" so I made the amazing decision that he should appear on this blog.