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

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RATINGS: 674   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrBeerFanatic (881) - Friona, Texas, USA - MAY 12, 2013
Pours a deep medium amber with delicate hues of dark red with dark orange producing a thick head with good retention. Big aromas of fruit (plum, fig, apricot), banana, bread, caramel. Flavors of slight alcohol, plum, coriander, clove, lightly yeasty/bread, slight cherry. Leaves a slight grain, bitter aftertaste, and just a trace of alcohol. Medium sweet. The alcohol comes through only in flavors but just enough to be a turn off, yet the other complexities still come through well if left to sit on the palate.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sigmund (5280) - Tau, NORWAY - MAY 10, 2013
Shared 330 ml bottle, from Voldby Købmandsgård. ABV is 10.5%. Deep golden to amber colour, moderate off-white head. Classic Belgian dubbel & quadruple aroma, notes of brown kandij sugar, dark dried fruits and mild spices. Same elements in the flavour, easy drinking for a quadruple.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mathieuc (1458) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 8, 2013
Pours a really dark gold with a nice and civilized head that sticks heavily to the sides of the glass so +1 for appearance. Aroma is a bit fruity with a lot of spices but nowhere as intense as I thought it would be (the original Gulden Draak is/was quite potent). Taste is medium sweet with a lot of fruity esters making up the flavor and not much bitterness to be felt. Alcohol heat is quite apparent, though. Mouthfeel is not bad with prickly carbonation making the product a bit brighter. Overall an OK belgian beer but one that ultimately fails to touch me just like its older brother....

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
danielyabu (1219) - União da Vitória, BRAZIL - MAY 8, 2013
@ belgian brasserie, budapest. average frothy offwhite head. dark orangeish-amber thick body. md. aroma: caramel, malt, alcohol, wood. if: moderate sweet light bitter. ff: moderate sweet bitter; long duration. palate: light medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, moderate alcoholic metallic finish. 200s 1050HUF

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgianBeerGal (3234) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 5, 2013
Didn’t even know this existed until seeing it on the Yard House tap list. Overall: sweet caramel, a hint of spice, fruity esters, warming alcohol, slightly dry finish. Very similar to "normal" Gulden Draak.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (13948) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 4, 2013
Bottle, 33cl. It pours a dark golden color, lighlty unclear, and topped by a dense, finger-thick off-white head of finger-thick size. Dried fruits, apricots mostly, cellar notes, burnt dust, some alcohol, sugar and bourbon vanilla in the aroma. Quite sweet on the palate, pleasantly carbonated, with flavors of dried fruits, sugar, vanilla and some hints of cellar and alcohol. Not much warming on the palate. Finishes with a pleasant bitterness. Nice indeed, but sort of feels ordinary. Perhaps the regular Gulden Draak is better. 120914

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
reebtogi (4312) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 3, 2013
330ml bottle pours an amber orangey color with a 2 finger white head with excellent retention which leaves some exceptional lacing on the glass. Aroma is light fruits with some hints of yeast and alcohol. Taste is a caramel malty and fruity sweetness with quite a hoppy bitterness and alcohol burn in the finish. A medium to heavy body with abundant carbonation leaves a nice prickle on the tongue. A very well done quad that begs to be tasted.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hoppypocket (408) - Trois-rivieres, Quebec, CANADA - APR 29, 2013
Pours a hazy copper with white head. Aroma is yeasty, pepper, malt, atiny bit of peach. Taste has some sweetness, fruity, again some pepper, light grassy notes, alcohol is present, lots of phenols. Almost full body and medium carbonation. Pretty good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
psilosophy (506) - vitry en artois, FRANCE - APR 29, 2013
Bouteille de 33 cl. Couleur rousse, très léger trouble, mousse moyennement abondante de tenue correcte. Des arômes de noix et de caramels qui finissent sur une note légèrement fruitée, La carbonnation explose bien en bouche. Trouvée à l’ Entrepôt - Courcelles les Lens.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (6981) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 24, 2013
On tap @ Radio Marie. Deep orange amber, lightly hazy. Malty and quite sweet, cooked pineapple, dried apricots, spice. Boozy warm finish.


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