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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.


4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
msalsbury (28) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2014
Iím a big fan of Belgian beers in general, especially the Triple and Quadruple styles, so Gulden Draak 9000 is right up my alley. It pours a lovely coppery amber with just a slight haze and virtually no head. There is a little bit of web-like lacing left in the glass as you drink it. The aroma combines the usual Belgian fruit, spice, and sweetness with a hint of alcohol. The flavor matches up with the aroma. Itís sweet without being overly sugary. Itís spicy to the "just right" level. Itís fruity without tasting like a fruit beer. In short, itís everything I look for in the Quad style, and nothing I dislike. Hops bitterness is minimal in this one. Even at 10% ABV, the warming note of the alcohol is not intense or uncomfortable. The finish is fruity and sweet, and very pleasant overall.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oliodnb (540) - ITALY - JAN 19, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2014 Wonderful to the eyes and also very good. Belgian yeast, malt and a lot of caramel. Some vinous aroma. Very good quadruple.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
CanCrusher (743) - Ilirska Bistrica, SLOVENIA - JAN 18, 2014
Bottle 0,33L. Hazy orange colour with small, creamy, light brown head. Aroma of rum punch, all kind of dark fruits, roasted malts, toffee and some yeasts. Taste starts light sweet, with crispy mouthfeel, coloured with dry fruits and ends heavy bitter with long lasting aftertaste. Full body, oily texture, lively carbonation. Reminds me of barely wine beers...

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maarten1993 (513) - - JAN 14, 2014
Drank at home while watching íHustleí 15-1-2014. Okay beer. Carbonation is very present in the taste, just like the alcohol. Taste is not very rich. A bit sour aftertaste. Mediocre beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tfratzke (69) - 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 (1156) - , 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 (7349) - 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 (694) - 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 (921) - 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.


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