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

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RATINGS: 763   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tfratzke (63) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 12, 2014
Pours an orange with white head. Aroma of sugared berries. This beer is so sweet it puts wooly socks on my teeth. Taste is sweet caramel, more berries, biscuits, bread. So bubbly feels like champagne. A little is great, but too much and I think my blood sugar levels will be blasting through the roof.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
VT (1795) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 9, 2014
330 ml bottle. Pours a clear orangeish gold with a resilient white head. Aroma is caramel, brown sugar, roasted cereals. Flavor is orchard fruit, boatloads of sugar, vanilla cake, mint and bubble gum. Finish is boozey, sugar, and these violet soap-flavored bubble gums from way back in the days. Lingering green apple flavor. Medium to full body, soft mouthfeel, weak to average carbonation. Sugarbomb - got my glycemic index WAYYYYYY up.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yiannnos (1030) - , CYPRUS - JAN 8, 2014
Dark copper colour. Sweet caramel, malty, toffee, fruity. A decent, but not great, quadrupel.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (6960) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 6, 2014
12 ounce bottle. Pours a dark copper color with a small white head. A big sweet nose with toffee, berries, brown sugar. Light heat. Sweet sugary malt base, burnt caramel, yeast, fruit especially berries. Pretty good. Cool bottle.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
asedzie (658) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Bottle. Poured into a trappist glass: a deep and slightly hazy amber with thick off-white head, great retention. Nose is very simple - light touches of sweet caramel and vanilla just a bit of floral aroma, as well. Flavor is hearty, deep caramel flavors tend to be on the sweeter side, but still balanced nicely with a bit of hop bitterness. Also a touch of estery yeast flavors are noticeable. Mouthfeel is bubbly and creamy and just slightly acerbic from the high gravity. Aroma grows and becomes very pleasant as it warms.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Senka (861) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 3, 2014
33cl bottle. Poured in to tulip glass. Aroma of really ripe fruits - on the border between sugary juiciness and moldy horror. Some sharp yeast in the first whiff, but after the first sip it goes in to the taste. Pours cloudy orange, with spongy, head, that stays for some time. Lacing is also beautiful. Alcohol does not dominate in the taste. It adds its sharpness and plays well with sweetness and yeast. Combinations of fruity punch, and raw barley wine. Actually, the yeast in taste is very close to natural cider yeast. Medium bodied beer. Slightly oily after the first half of glass. Joyful carbonation. Heavy alcohol and iron in the finish. The beer is indeed complex, and the abv is also amazing. Barley wine is much simpler to my taste. Trappist glass would also be better - less yeast on the nose. That aroma is too cumbersome in tulip glass.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
androman (826) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - JAN 2, 2014
33cl bottle @ home. Clear deep golden color, average off-white head. Aroma banana, citrus, flower, glue, caramel, brown sugar, biscuit, vanilla, tea. Taste medium sweetness, lightly bitter, sour notes, alcholol is quite well hidden but noticable. Light to medium body, slightly oily texture and sticky in the same time, lively carbonation, light bitter-sweet finish. Interesting, very complex aroma, but a bit too sweet for me, and I miss the bitterness.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
martin00sr (1475) - Haderslev, DENMARK - JAN 2, 2014
Aroma: sødme, malt og alkohol. Tydelig, og knap balanceret alkohol. Blød med god carb. Sødme, tørret frugt, karamel. Lidt tung, lidt for sprittet.

2.8
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ghul (22) - Nieuw Vennep, NETHERLANDS - JAN 1, 2014
Very malty nose, pours extremely light colour for a quadruple. Very plain, haylike flavor, not much depth. Big letdown, being a regular consumer of the "regular" gulden draak.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cavie (4005) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2013
Bottle from Gman courtesy cwsample. Pours a slightly hazy amber orange color with a light white head. Aroma is slightly buttery, light malty sweet, some odd fruit notes. Flavor is dry, biscuity, clay and yeast. Finishes tingly with Belgian fruit and sugar. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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