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


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RATINGS: 617   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   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.

pilif's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pilif (23) - zedelgem, - NOV 27, 2011
nice coper coloured beer, very different from the normal gulden draak you smell the typical van steenberge yeast, taste little bit bananas very soft beer but 10.5 % VOL

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RickTStiles (707) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 23, 2014
pours murkey golden-brown with a lasting white head and no lacing. aroma has notes of apple cider, brown sugar, and wheat. crisp mouthfeel and a medium-full body. rich, overripe fruit notes, apricot, honey and lemons. Alcohol burn present in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bygers (679) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 23, 2014
Bottle 0,33l. Pours a hazy orange with white head. Aroma is sweet, toasty and malty with caramel and alcohol. Flavor is vague fruity-yeasty notes, sweetness, caramel, malts and grains. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
CpyNPrnT (324) - Indiana, USA - JUL 22, 2014
Aroma of candy and sweet fruits. Taste is candy, sweet fruits, plums, lots of grapes, moderate alcohol.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Melkart (268) - Porto Alegre, BRAZIL - JUL 20, 2014
Full body, medium carbonation and pronunciated alcohol. Fruity taste, specially grape at the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adster (158) - HUNGARY - JUL 20, 2014
Borostyán színben pompázó ital, melyet egy lehengerlő illatfelhő vesz körül kitöltését követően. Eper, gyümölcslekvár aromái áradnak belőle némi tejszínes, belga élesztős, likőrös köntösben: igazi quadrupeles illatélmény. Ahogyan azt sejteni lehetett, édeskés ízekkel operál, mennyei édesség ízeivel, melyben méz, bogyós gyümölcsök húsa és egy csipet koriander vegyül egy komoly alkoholos test keretében. Ez utóbbit egyébként nyilvánvalóan meghatározó összetevőnek érezzük kóstolása során, akit azonban az alkohol markáns jelenléte zavarba ejt, semmiképpen ne 10,5 százalékos sörökkel kísérletezzen. A Van Steenberge főzde egy újabb remekműve, mely az alap Gulden Draak által nyújtott ízvilágot magukénak tudó sörfogyasztók számára kötelező darab.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fakebeersnob (136) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - JUL 18, 2014
Dark amber/gold color with a head that initially is very soapy-like. Not used to a head that reminds me so much of dish-washing soap. It then slowly levels down to more than a lacing, but a thin dense off-white head. Unsure if my nose is just not working today, but am not really picking up anything noticeable on the scent. Carbonation seems to be a bit more than medium. Lively. There is a hint of wine taste...which I see they do use a wine yeast and I think I am definitely pulling that out, along with some darker fruit flavor mixed in with the malt. First sip seemed very alcohol in feeling, taste and warmth, but as it gets to my preferred temperature, I cannot taste it so much (good thing) but can still feel it. Decent beer. I like my Belgiums, but usually more of the dubbels. Though this ranks as a good beer, I like my Chimay, Westmalle, and Rocheforts a bit better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rockana (138) - Zadar/Zagreb, CROATIA - JUL 18, 2014
Pours cloudy dark amber with big white head. Aroma of caramel, plum, dark fruits, sugar. Medium body. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hockeybeerguy (1612) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUL 14, 2014
Reviewed from notes. This was poured into a chalice. The appearance was a nice hazy golden brown color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated at a rather slow pace. The lacing was there in a nice speckled sort of semi--thick spider web fashion. The smell had a nice blend of Belgian spices to combine gently with some apples, peaches, plums and raisins. There was even a nice light caramel malt gently coming in. The taste was mainly an almost perfect blend of sweet fruits to Belgian spices just coating my taste buds very nicely. On the palate, this one sat about a medium to heavy. So, it’s more of a sipper which is good for a quad. The alcohol even seems to be somewhat tame. Overall, what a great quad more than worthy of having again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GoufCustom (763) - HONG KONG - JUL 12, 2014

330 ml bottle bought at Belgian Beer International in Tsuen Wan.

Looks: Cloudy hazy amber honey colour with thin traces of yeast sediments; One and half finger head and beautiful crumpety light beige foam which lasted for 3 minutes; Excellent and beautiful sticky lacing with very small and bubbly carbonation.

Aroma: Very fragrant rich malt, with strong plum, bubblegum, raisins, apricots, peaches, nice sugar syrup, liquor, strong Bel yeast, light lemon and very light grass.

Taste: Strong and nice sweet rich malt, with strong plum, light raisins, light apricots, warm alcohol, strong thick molasses, strong Bel yeast, lime, light bitter hops and very light grass.

Body: Full body. Slick and quite creamy palate.

Mouth Feel: Dominated by rich maltyness and dark fruits - plumy and light raisins - plus light dry apricots. Bel yeast is very notable but not as domineering as St. Bernardus Abt 12. Quite simple but very solid and pleasing.

Booze and Sweetness: Neat taste of liquor with hints of brandy. Sweetness is all molasses, no cloying syrups; The 10.5% abv is manifested in warming alcohol - quite potent but comes in small waves, very comfy if you sip carefully. The knock-on is certainly not as hard-hitting as Piraat 10.5%. Very nice!

Hoppiness: Very light grassy nose. Fitting lime and very light grassy taste; Bitterness is moderate to light for an abrupt, low-fi bitter-sweet finish.

After Taste: Slightly dry. Rich and nice sweet boozy to mouth.

Comments: As a strong Belgian Ale, this one is right up there, but as a Quadrupels? While each of the big three (Westy 12, St. Bernardus 12, and Rochefort 10) has something distinctive to offer, this one seems to play it safe - the neat fruity and light liquor aroma, just-right plum, booze and pleasing sweetness - to give you the impression that this is a ‘go to’ Quads - very nice no doubt - but not able to go beyond as one of the best. Hey, the dust has been settled, so this one is a couple par below the top dogs, and there’s nothing wrong with that. I like this one as a go-to Quads!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2455) - Michigan, USA - JUL 11, 2014
750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 11/19/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear bright orange color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big pear, apple, plum, golden raisin, apricot, white grape, light banana, clove, pepper, candi sugar, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big pear, apple, golden raisin, plum, apricot, white grape, light banana, pepper, clove, candi sugar, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Moderate earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of pear, apple, golden raisin, plum, apricot, white grape, light banana, pepper, clove, candi sugar, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt sweetness; with a great crisp malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly slick/prickly moutfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome pale Quadrupel style. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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