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Brewed by Brouwerij Van Steenberge
Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Ertvelde, Belgium

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RATINGS: 788   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Gulden Draak, lonely at the top for 25 years, now gets company
The birthday present: Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple, an enrichment of the Gulden Draak range.
An ode to the past and to the city of (9000) GHENT The Gulden Draak is named after the gilded statue on top of the belltower of Ghent. Such eminent symbol, that has been standing firm for over 6 centuries, deserves equally grand beers. The unsurpassed Gulden Draak as dark tripel of 10,5% alcohol gets, after 25 years of growing success, quite an addition, the Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple.

All features of the Gulden Draak The extremely rich and complex taste sensation and the stable beer head can also be found in the Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple. The sweet caramel touches, however, are still reserved for the Gulden Draak.

With addition of extra malt The new recipe, on basis of 3 different kinds of malt added in a volume of 4 times the content in lager, provide the Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple with a deep golden amber colour and a fruity scent. Together with the smooth and subtle sweet taste ensures this a wonderfully accomplished bouquet.

In line with the traditions of Brewery Van Steenberge Just like the other specialty beers of Brewery Van Steenberge is the Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple a beer of high fermentation with secondary fermentation. A wine yeast is used for the secondary fermentation, which also contributes to the grandiose taste.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
firstsip (681) - Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2014
From bottle. Very bubbly. Dark golden amber. Thick head on pour transitions into nice layer of lingering foam. Nose is predominantly Belgian candi sugar. Tastes of candied fruit, banana, clove. Quintessential Belgian quad sweetness with an added bite of alcohol on the end that slightly bitters it, rather than further sweetens.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bendrixian (1330) - Canadiana, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 4, 2014
Copper/amber colour, hazy and leaves a nice frothy white head with some lacing. Fairly expressive aroma, very bread like aroma and some esters and dried fruit notes and shows sweet boozy esters as well. On the palate it is rich with integrated flavours and a boozy finish. I find this is made in a more lightly malted style lightly spiced styles which showcases those estery and yeasty notes

2.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Leini (1326) - SWEDEN - FEB 4, 2014
Sample at a tasting. Golden/orange body with a white head. Some hay and spices. Way too sweet.

1.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
skortila (4826) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - FEB 4, 2014
Bottled. Full 33cl sample (however drain poor after say a third of it ). The aroma is quite weak for such a strong beer, has raisin, alcohol/green apple. Hazy, orange-red coloured beer with an off-white, rather big head. The taste is very sweet, has raisin, caramel, prunes and a strong alcoholic afterburn accompanied with some exotic metals. Very unbalanced. Though it got a little better after the first sips, I couldn’t finish it. I am really puzzled by the commercial description ’smooth and subtle sweet taste’. Nowhere near.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pivnizub (9302) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - FEB 3, 2014
Bouteille: Deep golden, a bit unclear, lazy but visible carbonation, firm, creamy and very stable off-white head with a good lace, fruity-orangey nose (orange-peel detectable), juicy-bisquity background; moderate sweet-bitter flavour, medium to full bodied, quite soft; sweet fruity finish, accompanied by a little tartness, followed by warming - brandy-like - alcohol. Very pleasant night - cap…

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarinaMarket (221) - POULSBO, Washington, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Pours into a tulip with wicked frothy tan head. Aroma of fruit, malt, and alcohol. Very slight haze, amber with appropriate carbonation. Sweet fruit and alcohol flavors, almost no bitterness, and a slight sour note. Lingering malts and candi sugar. Medium bodied with a slight stickiness and lingering mild sweetness. Very nice quad IMO. Tasted at 58F.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
4theluvofbeer (115) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2014
Cloudy amber colour. Aroma is caramel and malty. Taste of citrus, coriander and sweet malt. Alcohol is distracting ....in your face.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mike5326 (1139) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2014
Poured from a tap. Cloudy amber color, nice medium frothy off white head. Sweet malt spice and clove fragrance. Sweet malt and clove taste with a sweet alcohol and spice finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DJoer (955) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 28, 2014
Clear chestnut colour,medium white/mokka coloured head, sweet apple like carbonation smell and nose feeling, medium to high tinteling and peppery carbonation, medium bitter, warm a bit apple like taste

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jookos (3495) - FINLAND - JAN 28, 2014
Bottle. Golden amber, beery colour. Spicy belgian yeastyness, some alc, pale malts... some citrus coriander. Full bodied. Some sweetness, icky caramel. Feels a bit too boozy icky right now. Quality of the stuff is still top-notch, doesn’t just fit me now.


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