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


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RATINGS: 958   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Zarrach76 (129) - Grenoble, FRANCE - OCT 21, 2016
Trs belle teinte blond vnitien / ambre, avec une mousse ivoire gnreuse qui disparait rapidement mais dont un lger collet persiste. Un nez riche, trs quilibr entre les crales torrfies, les saveurs trs malts, les houblons bien floraux et lalcool, assez perceptible. On peroit des saveurs de banane, de poire, de pche, de kiwi, de mangue... un panel assez vari et complexe. On retrouve aussi des odeurs propre au whisky non tourb et des relents marins ! Bref, un nez vraiment splendide et assez changeant ! En bouche, lalcool met une belle claque dentre et on le sent bien descendre dans lsophage. On est bien en prsence dune quadrupel avec des watts en rserve, et qui se dmarque de la Gulden Draak brune que nous connaissons tous... La carbonatation est moyenne, aucune scheresse, amertume assez rduite mais tangible, avec une astringence qui flatte le palet. Les crales prennent une place prpondrante avec des saveurs de pain dpice, de gele de coin, de malt pur, de miel de fleurs. Pas trop de caramel, ce qui la dmarque de moult bires... Une bire vraiment ronde, pleine, qui remplit bien la bouche et qui na pas de faiblesse particulire, hormis un alcool omniprsent qui rebutera les amateurs de bires plus douces. Mais pour tout amateur de quadrupel, on est de trs loin dans le haut du panier ! Sant ! Bouteille 33cl, V&B Grenoble.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
promontor (127) - HUNGARY - OCT 18, 2016
0.33l bottle from Lidl. Colour is light reddish or blutorange. Nice head, fairly persistent for a strong beer like this one. Aroma is moderate, chewing gum, fig, raisins. Later some other fruits show up. Foam tastes like tutty frutty chewing gum, raisins. Alcohol is strong. While it is very unbalanced, (i.e. very sweet), it somehow manages to be seductive and complex. Provides surprisingly silky mouthfeel. The beer itself is similarly unbalanced, sweet and full of alcohol. Yet it is complex and fruity. Moderate carbonation silky mouthfeel again. Sweet aftertaste. Obviously a "relative" of the Piraat brand (the same chewing gum taste is recognizable) but this one is somehow more harmonic, more sophisticated, more complex. This is probably an ideal dessert beer, I appreciate the complexity in the harmony, but will not be my favourite: way too sweet for me...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Martin243 (1065) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2016
330ml bottle from a pack from Lidl. Dark muddy brown, with an off white head. Fruity, spicy aroma Quite straightforward dried fruit and cupboard spices flavour with a warming alcohol kick. Something a bit fungal, but not quite as complex as it aspires to be

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
redders1974 (1128) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2016
Milky brown good head taste warming alcohol cane sugar cherries spice very warming inside

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobBestwick (871) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 11, 2016
Rich caramel and dark fruit aroma. Pours a cloudy dark orange/bronze colour with a large frothy head and good lacing. Sweet caramel and fruit flavour with notes of brown sugar. Thick creamy texture. Long sweet finish with some warming alcohol feel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gegwilson (3525) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2016
Bottle from Lidl. Pours amber with a frothy cream head. Sweet fruity caramel aroma. The flavour is sweet with plenty of spice and fruits. Notes of stewed apricots, caramel, plum, raisin, aniseed and warming booze. Nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
sdmmb (1788) - BELGIUM - OCT 2, 2016
Drunk from 33cl bottle bought from belgibeer. Strong!!! B ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ebone1988 (1543) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - SEP 30, 2016
Aroma is banana, clove, spices, caramel, fruity, booze, eh. Appearance is is reddish brown, off white head, mostly clear. Taste is boozy, fruity, clove, dry, spices, woody, different. Mouthfeel is medium body, light very crisp carbonation, weird woody fruity aftertaste that falls off extra quickly. Overall, this one isnt as balanced as Id hoped.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hikh (8) - DENMARK - SEP 30, 2016 does not count
Duft af brd.og alkohol. Gylden uklar flot og sd l med kraftig smag. Skum er storboblede og falder hurtig til ro.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (10785) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2016
a nice quad - dry and yeasty with pulms, bread and other pit fruit, and a little alcohol shing through.

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