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

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RATINGS: 686   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAY 25, 2013
750ml bottle. Rating #368. Clear copper pour with a white head. Big aroma, lots of dark fruitiness, very intense. Flavor is similar with a touch of alcohol in the finish, pretty tasty stuff. (2749)

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KyotoLefty (6724) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 25, 2013
Bottle from CBB. Spicy caramel malt nose, minerals, earth, grass. Weak for a quad. Pale amber, clear, high, frothy head which quickly settles. Sweet and alcoholic flavor, honey, caramel, spices. Burning heat. Rather light body. I’m not sure what they were thinking—the regular is much better. This might get better over time (Actually I am quite sure it will), but it is rough and quite uninteresting now.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (7433) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2013
Bottle from Bier Tempel, Brugge. It pours golden with a thick off-white head. The nose is icing sugar, toffee, over-ripe fruit, light vegetal notes and marmite. The taste is earth, hay, orange peel, alcohol warmth, pear, melon, sherbet, metal and caramel with a warming finish. Full body and moderate carbonation. Interesting, but too boozy. Ok in small measures.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RexTalionis (2614) - FINLAND - MAY 24, 2013
Bottle 33 cl, BBE 13.02.2015. Pours quite clear bronze in color with a small whitish head. Sweet and ripe fruis in aroma, a bit of burnt brown sugar too. Sweet in taste, pale syrup, some dark fruits too and a bit of booze in taste. Heavy to drink. A bit of booze, sweet malty tones in taste as well. Feels bit sharp. Maybe a bit of airing would do this good. Yet it feels a bit raw and boozy and a bit too sweet.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
abemorsten (2916) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - MAY 24, 2013
Shared bottle at a local tasting. Pours a sparkling hazy orange body with a fingerthick fluffy off-white head. Light perfumed band aid on the nose. Sweet, alcoholic, spicy and bitter. Well balanced. Full bodied. Thick in the mouth.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Xstream (173) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 21, 2013
I prefer it’s brother, the regular one. This one is quite malty and not as well balanced in flavor. Quite boozy actually. Too much carbonation too. Lacks flavor body.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PeatyPete (398) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 20, 2013
Amber colour with good head. Smell of malt and Belgian yeast. Taste malty and sweet which extends into the aftertaste.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rwgould (331) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 19, 2013
Stubby bottle from Liberty. Served in a chalice. Pours a cloudy orange with a fine off-white head. Lots of carbonation. Aroma: Malt, butterscotch, grapes. Palate: thick bodied, fizzy, slightly astringent. Kind of harsh. Taste: very sweet, like syrup. Alcohol flavour is very strong in this one. Not as good as the smell led me to expect.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Desverger (2386) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 16, 2013
Bottle from Voldby Kobmansgaard, DK - Golden/copper colour with a small off white head. Boozy fruit hoppy and malty combination. Nice warmth from alcohol yet not totally overpowering. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Grzesiek79 (3306) - Radom, POLAND - MAY 14, 2013
Znakomite i bardzo jakosciowo dobre piwo. Zapach po prostu uderza w nozdrza. iana srednia ale i tak jest ladna, moze niezbyt trwala ale i tak dobrze ze jest. Smak jakby skory, troche derki konskiej, ktora spotykam czesto w lambickach. Winny smak i taki specyficzny, trudny do okreslenia. Troche slodkie z poczatku i alkoholowy posmak, ale potem przeradza sie w stonowany wytrawny finisz. Bardzo ciekawe piwo.


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