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

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RATINGS: 775   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 28, 2012
33cl bottle foamed over slightly upon opening: pours a clear deep orange amber with an airy froth of white head. Has a sweet dark caramel and biscuity malty nose with some raisin notes and fruity esters. Body starts with effervescent carbonation, good fullness and rich dark caramel malty sweetness with some dark fruity complexity and mild bitter balance before a smooth sweet toasty finish. True to style and enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
conway (1980) - - OCT 26, 2012
Pours ruby with a nice foamy head. Aroma is a bit breadier and more caramel than the standard version. Taste is similar to the standard version but the finish isn't as sweet. Decent but it feels like they sacrificed some flavor for ABV. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rodriguez (313) - Quito, ECUADOR - OCT 26, 2012
Copper beer with good carbonation and head retention as well as lacing. Fruity and spicy aroma and flavor, well balanced bitterness and sweetness. It has a dry finish, spicy, peppery and notes of wine yeast. Very strong flavors. Excellent beer, even though not my style.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jmohno (1233) - Iowa, USA - OCT 25, 2012
Heavy pfst opening the bottle/slight foamer.Didnt pour all head though,had two finger head.Good lacing. Slightly hazy peach/orange carmel color. Aroma of carmel malt,bready spice some floral/fruit. Classic belgian aroma notes. Taste is nice a carmelly bready with foaming full carbonation.Some orange fruit flavors with spice,somewhat clovish. Nice rounded taste with complexity.Almost not seeming like this strong of a beer,but alot of flavor. Drinks well and I love the finish.It tapers nicely with a pepperyness almost minty.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (7700) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - OCT 22, 2012
Bottle courtesy of Dany for smuggling powdered bull testicles into the frigid northlands for him. Pours a lightly hazed amber with a medium sized white head. Sweet candy and a light bit of yeast, a good amount of oxidized plum. Medium bodied, warm and sweet, lots of sticky candy. Fuzzy phenols and musk on the finish, warm and toasty. Smooth and warm, but still easy drinking.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (5133) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 22, 2012
Bottle: Poured a deep clear amber color ale with a large foamy head with average retention and some light lacing. Aroma of fruity ester with some residual sugar and some dry fruits notes is quite intense. Taste is also a complex mix between light alcohol ester notes with some dry fruits and some residual sugar with light warming notes of alcohol. Body is quite full with good carbonation and some alcohol was apparent. Nice level of complexity but still a tad too sweet for my taste buds which could have been levelled out with a 2-3% reduction in ABV.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Borup (7420) - Albertslund, DENMARK - OCT 22, 2012
Bottle. Amber coloour with a nice white head. Aroma and flavour of malt, fruit, spice, caramal and alcohol.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bierbeek (97) - Beek, NETHERLANDS - OCT 21, 2012
33cl bottle. Dark amber colour. Beige head. Aromas of yeast, banana and vanilla.Taste is sweet, overwhelming banana. Spicey, but creamy. Oily mouthfeel. Subtile alcohol taste. Verg nice quadrupel

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (7438) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 20, 2012
Bottle from Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours golden with a modest off-white head and a butterscotch aroma. There is a stiff fruity caramel malt flavor with lots of carbonation and a dry finish.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
estover (70) - Valencia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2012
Copper in color, very small head left after a quick large bubble burst. No lacing but it keeps a nice covering on top. Very little nose, alcohol well hidden in nose and taste. Thick mouth-feel quick finish. Bread dough, light clove, banana light vanilla.


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