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

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RATINGS: 753   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vikingguy (885) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - OCT 12, 2012
Hazy honey gold color with tall white head. Sweet malt and yeast on the nose. Taste is very sweet in the Gulden Draak style. Tastes a lot like the regular but not quite as rich. Caramelly, toffee, brown sugar, belgian yeast. Very good but a tad cloying.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ekstedt (5810) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 8, 2012
Bottle (33 cl) from beerplanet.be. Clear amber to copper, medium off-white head. Fruity and peppery aroma with loads of marzipan, some floral hops. Medium to full boided, medium carbonation. Semi sweet, low to medium bitterness.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
boxofrane (2332) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2012
Draft at craft ale house. Pours hazy copper with tons of carbonation, white film, and alcohol legs. The aroma is full of dark fruits.. Raisins, plums, brown sugar. The taste is very sweet with fig, raisin, and tons of sugary sweetness on the finish. Finish is nearly alcohol free.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
angelkostvo (808) - CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 6, 2012
It looks a bit cloudy, color is copper or honey, something like that. No head. Aroma is vanilla, bananas, caramel. Taste is excellent and complex I feel orange peel, caramel, ginger. Amazing beer, nicely balanced.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BlackHaddock (4593) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2012
33cl Bottle: best before 1 Dec 2013, poured into a Westmalle chalice at home on 28 Sep 2012 during a ’random tasting evening’. Looked great in the chalice: a rich amber body with an off-white crown of uneven foaming bubbles on top. The aroma given off is a heavy mix of malty molasses and candid fruit esters, could I also find Port, yeast and a promise of alcohol: yes, I could. The taste was sweeter than I thought it would be, but the alcohol level and the wine yeast that is used in the secondary fermentation ensures a semi-sourness also prevails and the sweetness subsides as you get into the flavours more. Interesting and different: a fine, strong beer and one I shall endevour to have again.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
boFNjackson (4186) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 4, 2012
Bottle... Poured a lovely amber, orange hue with a nice forming, eggy off-white head. Solid retention and lacing. Nose had tart fruit, yeast esters and spices, earthy spices, and malty tones. Alcohol heat came through initially in the flavor. But it thinned out with a decent attenuated body and rich malty flavor. Sort of drying towards the finish too. Apples, honey, oats, berries, vinous grapes, brown sugars, caramelized sugars, and malts. One of nicest Quads I have had in awhile.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Blairgus (3008) - California, USA - OCT 3, 2012
3 oct 2012, tap. Gold or light copper, clear, no bubbles. Nose is big alcohol, astringent sweet malt. Med body and mildly fizzy. Tastes absolutely amazing! Flavor explodes: Rock candy, white grape juice or white port more likely, slight fruity yeast, lots of alcohol. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Meilby (8669) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 3, 2012
Bottle 330ml @ Geokkjer
Pours clear golden with a white head. Aroma has notes of malt, dried fruits, yeast and alcohol. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter with a long fruity and alcohol finish. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thirdeye11 (5730) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 30, 2012
(750ml bottle) cloudy medium amber-orange, lasting creamy offwhite head with soapy bubbles. Nose of candi sugar, golden raisins, alcohol, sweet dark bread, fairly malt forward but I like the nose anyway. Taste is fairly alcoholic, unrefined sugars, golden raisins, medium thick body, slick, heavy alcohol and sweetness. Needs age and some of these sugars to ferment out.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5250) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2012
Sampled from an 11.2 oz brown bottle this beer poured a hazy caramel-tan color with a large soapy and foamy orange-tan head that left decent lacing. The aroma was deep and rich phenols, caramel, molasses. candied golden fruits, tropical fruits, sugar, bread and a boozy presence that somehow enhances. The flavor was tart caramel, sugar, candied golden fruits, booze, sourdough bread and a hint of hot pepper. Long tangy finish of sugar, sourdough bread, candied fruits and alcohol. Full bodied and smooth despite the alcohol. Marvelously complex though just a tad less impressive than the original.


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