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

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RATINGS: 731   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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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.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gr0ve (2169) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 29, 2013
330 ml boottle. Deep golden and crystal clear. Medium-sized fine white head that clings to the glass. Mellow aroma with notes of noble hops and marzipan. Smooth malty flavours. Belgian yeast flavours, but well hidden. Lots of marzipan flavours. Rich and sweet without cloying. A little too alcoholic perhaps, but otherwise very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shark_Pants (349) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 28, 2013
Pours nice deep red/orange color into a Trappist glass with persistent one finger head. Strong rum & raisins aroma with some toasted malt. Taste is rum & raisins, brandy, burnt caramel and some hop bitterness at the end cutting through all the sweetness. Think this sits more in the BSA category rather than quad. Like a lot of other reviewers have said, not the most complex quad/ dark BSA but I think it's still a very enjoyable sipper nonetheless. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
WheatKing (1319) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 27, 2013
Bottle. Pours cloudy amber with white head. Nose is spice, caramel/toast, prune. Flavour is same, fairly sweet, soft alcohol notes on the finish. Probably the least complex abt I’ve had yet--hence the short review--but still good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JLDC (83) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 27, 2013
Colour: Dark copper with a firm beige head. Nose: caramel/ candy sugar, dark fruits (plum). Sweet chocolate. Licorice, almonds, toast. Flavours: port-like sweetness, more alcoholic than the ’regular’ GD, raisins, plums, brandywine warmth. More robust, slightly less barley wine qualities. Finish: Long, warming and complex. Verdict: Fantastic. Quite different from the white edition, but isn’t that the purpose of an additional expression? Well made.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tectactoe (2851) - Michigan, USA - NOV 26, 2013
Bottle: cloudy, dark-amber & brown with a khaki foam; creamy & frothy as it rests softly on top. Aroma contains dark, fruity esters, dates, figs, candied grapes, burnt sugar, spicy Belgian yeast, phenol, tame caramel, & some molasses in the finish. Mild alcohol burn. Taste has big fruity flavors, pretty damn sweet & quite boozy. Wine-like grapes, mild sherry, dates, brown sugar, toasted caramel, more phenol. Finish has Belgian yeast flavors of timid bubblegum, clove, & faint mint. Some dry bread, caramel, toast, & dark fruity esters linger in the aftertaste. No doubt a complex Belgian ale, but a bit too sweet & strong for heavy consumption. Okay, but I much prefer the regular Gulden Draak.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (7776) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2013
750ml bottle, thanks to Anthony D. Shared with friends. Tasted immediately after trying a 750ml of the standard Gulden Draak. Mostly hazy amber orange color. Thin white head. Ropes and dots of lace. Bigger body. Smooth, lighter carbonation. Kind of sticky. Prettybig sweet taste, alcohol seems more noticeable than in regular draak, and this seems more sweet. Caramel malt, light spice, some spicy earthy hop. Moderate hop bitterness may be more than typical for a "quad". Like standard Gulden Draak, though, this hides the alcohol impressively well.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Renobob (1051) - Besançon, FRANCE - NOV 23, 2013
Encore plus foncée que sa petite sœur, riches odeur et saveur d'alcool, de caramel. Bel équilibre et puissance en bouche. Intéressante mais moins bonne que la Gulden Draak classique selon moi.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
RD400F (217) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 19, 2013
33cl bottle to Chimay trappist glass, this beer pours a transparent dark amber with a chunky off white head. Aroma consists of banana, bread, alcohol, butterscotch, caramel and butter. Taste somewhat mirrors the aroma...sickly sweet but has the hop bitterness to even it out. Lots of ripe fruit and medicinal notes. Palate/mouthfeel is slick and oily, co2 high, flavours kind of awkward in the mouth but the alcohol is integrated quite well. Overall....this is just OK....the original is better.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bbbeer (592) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 19, 2013
Golden orange with small white head. Aroma caramel, lightly fruity. Medium full body, a little alcohol but pretty well hidden. Flavor is sweet, caramel, toffee, yeast. I found it surprisingly drinkable, but not all that complex.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
McTapps (4991) - Ruhrcity, GERMANY - NOV 18, 2013
Pours out of the bottle in a deep dark brown colour with steady head and smooth body. Aroma of Belgian yeast and raisins. Taste of rum raisins, Belgian yeast, nuts, malt and almonds. Very nice and tasty beer - I enjoyed it a lot.


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