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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%
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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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Senka (902) - 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 (918) - 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 (1588) - 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 (4042) - 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

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cwsample (163) - Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2013
Bottle at GingerMan in Fort Worth. Pours a golden color with a thin white head. Smells a bit sour. Tastes sweet, tad sour, maybe a hint of caramel.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tongan77 (115) - Ventura, California, USA - DEC 28, 2013
On draft! Pours a dark gold with a light head. Aroma is a sweet and malty goodness. Taste is the same. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VDuquerroux (634) - Airvault, FRANCE - DEC 27, 2013
Bottle. 33cL. Home. Gift from ET and NG. A dark mahogany beer with a white ephemeral head. Aroma of caramel, alcohol, spice, smoke, fruits (apricot?). Heavy smoked sweetness with light bitterness. Nice body, oily, warm finish. A teenage fire-eater dragon.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wildbeercat (353) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 26, 2013
330ml bottle into a Trappist glass; served cool. Aroma: Fresh yeast, lots of malt. Quite boozy. Subtle and gentle, but nice scents present. Appearance: Pretty elegant; a hazy, dark rust body with a very creamy off white head. Excellent lacing. Taste: Lots of bready malt, but also incredibly, incredibly boozy. Palate: Medium body, long, long boozy finish. Overall: Might be too much for me. Super super boozy and makes the other flavors kind of get lost.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (5256) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - DEC 24, 2013
Very nice. Pours orange with decent head and lacing. Florals, tangerine and some coriander. Very light notes of prune, and some of pear. Soft carbonation, big Belgian yeast aroma. Booze well-disguised. Finishes with light sweetness. Palate isn’t as big as a quad could be, but still a solid drink. Bottle.


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