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


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RATINGS: 954   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   EST. CALORIES: 321   ABV: 10.7%
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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
VamboladeTolly (1710) - Tartu, ESTONIA - SEP 1, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2016 bottle. Hazy copper color with nice white head. Aroma of caramel,almonds, hazelnuts, candy and malts. Taste ismaedium sweet, caramel, malts, some herb,candy, brown sugar, slight alcohol,almonds, . Medium body. Soft carbonation. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Frothmeister (753) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 29, 2014
330ml bottle. Pours a slightly hazy amber with some visible sediment, and a light tan head. Candied fruits, bread crust, alcohol and fig on the nose. Taste wise, concorde grape, medium metallic notes, more candied fruit, alcohol, light treacle, and butter tart filling like notes up front that lead into sweet raisiny notes and light bitterness in a sweet fruitcake finish. I enjoy it, but I also wonder, has anyone made a "Pecan Pie" or "Butter Tart" beer?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
a_sully (457) - - AUG 29, 2014
Orange red and clear with a light white head. Aroma is sweet with hints of candies sugar. Taste is effervescent with rum, sugar and caramel notes. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fishonmyplane (505) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - AUG 28, 2014
A decadent beer wih malt for days, plus a hint of hops for balance. Loads of burnt sugar, candi sugar, toffee, creme brulee, aged rum. I dont get much dark fruit flavors that I expect in most quads. I do get some wine character - white wine, I think, which lightens the palate a bit. Very smooth for the ABV. Could use a little more carbonation. Overall an outstanding beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
leghorn99 (256) - roma, ITALY - AUG 28, 2014
Osservazioni: Di un giallo ambrato color miele, limpida; bella schiuma, abbondante, compatta e cremosa, con una buona aderenza e di color beige, buona anche la persistenza con un cappello di spessore. Aromi di pera, mela, prugna, uva passa, albicocca, uva bianca, banana, chiodi di garofano, pepe, zucchero candito, pane, erbe, e lievito. Aromi dannatamente belli, con grande equilibrio e la complessit di fruttato / lievito piccante, malto, luppolo e note terrose. Gusto forte e bello, dolce e ricco di malto, con una forte presenza di prugna, uva passa, albicocche, alcool, forti note di melassa, lievito, presenza leggera di amarezza da luppolo e di erbe. Corpo pieno, buona carbonazione. Sapore dominato dal malto e da frutti scuri (prugna e uvetta su tutti), oltre che di albicocche; bella e piacevole la presenza di lievito. Unottima quadrupel che viaggia sul sicuro dei sapori fruttati, con la forte evidenza di prugna; piacevole la dolcezza, e non invadente la presenza di alcool (10,5%).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Eructoblaster (4004) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 20, 2014
Bottle - 330ml. Beautiful hazy golden body with an average, lasting, off-white foamy head. Good malty/hoppy aroma with honeyish, orange, and herbal hints. Its well balanced malty/hoppy taste carries fruity, candy sugar, and citrusy notes. Ends with a long, warming, robust bittersweet finish. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alengrin (4814) - BELGIUM - AUG 20, 2014
Luxurious take on the old Gulden Draak since 2011, with the 9000 as a reference to Ghent, which has this number as its postal code. Thick yellowish beige, creamy head, misty copper robe. Strong aroma of walnuts, caramel, cognac, vanilla, almond, honey, black pepper, whisky; sweet taste, candi syrup and candied fruits, liqueurish, honeyish malts, caramelly, quite complex finish with brandy-like, warming alcohol and pleasant herbal hops. Before Van Steenberge started making this kind of luxury beers (relatively recently) I found the regular Gulden Draak their best brew, but it is clearly surpassed by its own offspring now. Delightful, if this is the path this brewery intends to follow, I am curious for what the future will bring. Certainly a beer with a high ageing potential too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Straling (364) - Hoensbroek, NETHERLANDS - AUG 19, 2014
Pours an almost clear/slightly cloudy amber/brownish colour with good head and little carbonation. Strong roasted and fruity aroma, nice balance of sweet and bitter notes. Taste is a strong roasted and dry nutty flavour, some sweet notes of fruit there, also hints of coffee and liquorish. Medium bodied, goes down smooth with some nice warmth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lagerboy (2050) - British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 19, 2014
330 ml bottle. Unclear medium orange copper, lasting fine firm off-white foam. Aroma is deep, sweet c-malt, riper fruits, some yeast. Taste is richer toasted c-malts, quite fruity, some yeast and mild spice. Soft carbonation, medium bodied, low hopped. ABV mostly unnoticeable, warm in the finish. NFL (Not For Lagerboys)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
markschiedon (645) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 15, 2014
Drinking from a 33 cl bottle. A sweet, fruity aroma. The clear orange beer has a medium white head. A sweet, alcohol taste. Nice but not special. Medium carbonated.

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