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

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RATINGS: 853   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MonsterMagnet (856) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 23, 2014
Bottle. Orange/amber with a huge white head that quickly shrinks to a thin layer. Dark fruit, red fruit, boozy, caramel, honey, spices (juniper?) almond. Sweet taste, slick, syrupy mouthfeel. Nice sweet (a tad too sweet?) and warming quadrupel.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fukito (991) - Santiago, CHILE - MAR 22, 2014
Slightly hazy dark orange color with a small beige head leaving some lacing. Aroma is plums with some burnt sugar. Flavor is raisins, plums and some slight burned caramel notes. Medium to full palate, warming still not so heavy.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rejtable (2011) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 20, 2014
Pours burnt orange with a limited head that fades to a ring and no lacing. Nose is a bit muted, some orange and some toffee. Notes of plums, cheerios, toffee almost even a hint of maple, some english breakfast tea. Tastes are medi/heavy sweet and low bitterness. Very thin body with medium carbonation. Nice enough, but was expecting something bigger in a quad.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HammerTroll (1014) - Pula / Zagreb, CROATIA - MAR 20, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2014 Hazy golden color, big white head. Full body, thick texture, soft carbonation. Sweet aroma, malt, cereal, nuts. Big caramel finish. Very good Quadrupel. (Magic Beer Room 0,33l bottle)

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jinroh (942) - ESTONIA - MAR 19, 2014
Pours clear golden with a small head. Aroma has some spices, is quite heavy with fruity malts and underlying sweetness. Not too strong in any way, everything is kept subtle. You barely can feel the strong alcohol that this beer packs in its taste. It has full solid malt body, that is balanced with spices and probably some hops also - although they are almost not detectable at all. Still trying to understand Belgian beers better - and I guess this beer was a good lesson.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
veceo (984) - CROATIA - MAR 18, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2014 Cloudy deep amber color, almost orange, big tan head. Full body, soft carbonation. Aroma is malts, red fruits, caramel, spices, yeast. No signs of alcohol. Medium sweet taste.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
Maris (1268) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - MAR 17, 2014
From a 330ml bottle on 16/3/2014. Pours a cloudy deep golden with a big head that disappears quickly. The aroma is strong with Belgian yeast, lots of citrus and stone fruit, honey and spices. It’s a very sweet one up front, fruit, honey and marmalade prominent. This is nicely balanced yeast, spice and a quite tart, bitter finish. The palate is quite syrupy. A carbonation is a little excessive, which is my only complaint. All up this really good and one of the best Belgian quads I’ve had to date.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerhunter111 (13059) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 16, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein dunkel rötlichbraunes Bier mit schöner Schaumkrone. Geruch röstmalzig, sehr fruchtig, reife Früchte, alkoholisch. Geschmack stark fruchtig, dunkle überreife Früchte, leicht röstmalzig, alkoholisch.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Concealer (1038) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Tap. Clear copper with a thin off white head. Aromas of spice, clove, light banana, citrus and caramel. Flavor is the same with some warmth at the end. Medium to full bodied

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chris__hartley (357) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 10, 2014
It pours amber with gold highlights; the head is off-white and mousse-like. The aroma has notes of: alcohol, rum, raisins, prunes, toffee, and anise. The taste is medium sweet that finishes lightly bitter; the aroma notes carry through into the taste. The palate is medium bodied, slick, slightly sticky, has light carbonation, and a medium finish. Overall, not that vastly different from the regular Gulden Draak - a slight improvement.


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