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

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RATINGS: 797   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JulienHuxley (4323) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 15, 2014
Bottle from de Bierkoning. Amber-ish pour, clear, small bubbly white head. Aroma is spicy, boozy fruits, belgian yeasty aromas. Taste is sweet, quite boozy, fruity. Palate is boozy, a bit thin, good carbonation. Good beer, but a bit too uni-dimensional for a quad, lacks the complexity of the good belgians.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cattaneopapa (233) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 9, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2014 330ml bottle from Christy. Toronto, Ontario. Pours an opaque dark orange colour with an off white head. Great head retention. The aroma combines the usual Belgian fruit, spice, and sweetness with a hint of alcohol. Sweet malts, plum and bread are pronounced. The flavour matches up with the aroma. It has a medium creamy body with lively carbonation. Leaves a nice sweet palate.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
matt7215 (2265) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 9, 2014
330 ml bottle from the lcbo. Hazed deep golden with a white head. Very simple pale malt and candied sugar high gravity ale. Really not all that interesting. This is the type of beer I enjoyed a decade ago but it does little for me now. Execution is fine just not my bag.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
evergreen0199 (2465) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2014
On tap at Brugge beer festival 2014, Belgium. An amber coloured pour with a medium off white head on top. Sweet, fruity, Belgian aroma. Tastes really sweet, yeasty, caramel, fruity. Not bad but way over the top on the sweetness scale.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
teddybeer (2810) - Madrid, SPAIN - FEB 7, 2014
From my backlog. Coppery colour with a light tan head with good lasting and moderate lacing. Aroma has notes of belgian yeast, very spiced, with notes of caramel, toffee and toasted malts. Flavor is sweet at the beginning with notes of caramel, toasted malts and some red fruits, some wooden notes are also present, moderate bready. The final is slightly bittery with notes of caramel and moderate alcoholic sensation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
taylorqj (3) - - FEB 6, 2014 does not count
Chimay glass. Golden amber. Has some more interesting fruity tones...banana, caramel, and some oak? Alcohol content is present.. But mixes in well. Would recommend if a friend hasn’t had it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Spab (2847) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 6, 2014
330 ml bottle from LCBO. Pours a slightly murky orange/amber with large, puffy off-white head. Aroma is white grape, apple, Belgian yeast, butter and toast. Flavour is sweetish and modestly funky with white grape, apple/pear, toasty bread and spice. Not as boozy as I would have expected. Good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
probstblueribbon (3326) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 6, 2014
33cl bottle from LCBO, served cool in a tulip glass.

App.: Clear amber with a fluffy light tan head. Aroma: Rich and sweet, fairly fruity, some dark dried fruits, light butterscotch, an odd minty/herbal/familiar-but-can’t-place-it aroma (vanilla??, perfumed???), quite malty, toast crust...almost dark rye bread as it warms, light bubble gum esters, slightly bright, a little warm spice. Palate: Medium+ body, full, gentle effervescence. Flav.: Woodsy, quite sweet, malty and rich, slightly bright fruitiness, some minty herbals, that same note that I can’t put my finger on, dark dried fruits, a bit of alcohol; sweet with minimal bitterness and a long, boozy, sweet, fruity and richly malty finish.

Fairly big and complex. Good call, LICK-BO.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Petkus331 (368) - Redford, Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2014
An aroma of reisling wine, apple, hay and bitter oak. Golden and foamy appearance with thin white lace. Taste starts sweet and sour, like a granny smith apple, and fades into a relatively bitter grapefruit rind with some alcohol burn. Palate is perfect, fizzy, not too thin, not too thick. Overall, very nice. A little unbalanced with the bittering on the end.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
firstsip (718) - 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.


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