Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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4.25/5 rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
"GULDEN DRAAAKKK!" That's what I said to myself when I found this brew hiding in the next door cellars at The Archive. The barman/bottleshop attendant thought I was weird when I yelled that quietly to myself, little did he know (actually he knew) that Gulden Draak is awesome and that I must immediately purchase and drink/review 'The Draak'. Plus my C-grade high school maths brain was thinking "This beer has a '9000' in its name - it must be 1,000,000 times better than original Gulden Draak!"... yes that is how maths works for me.
Poured from 330ml bottle into Chimay chalice.
A: Deep hazy amber body - I was half expecting to see a mosquito trapped inside like some Jurassic park homage, but alas no - with a light beige dusty where a head once was. It looks viscolicious - a beer term I invented for brews with high viscosity that are also delicious; i.e. all beers.
S: There is an upfront presence of candied grape (WTF? Grape?), bubblegum and pear esters. Also noted is bread yeast, dark fruit (specifically sugar plum) and a broad toasted biscuit malt base. Not unlike the original Draak the aroma leads one to imagine a hearty winter warming ale... with a truckload of sugar thrown in.
T: Again The Draak surprises with less sugar than expected, yes it is sweet - don't be a fool, any beer sitting at 10.70% ABV will be laced liberally with maltose from the brewing process, but this ale is quite marginal by comparison to other brews. Flavours are more malt based than the regular Draak with; toasted biscuit malt, sugar plum, dates, golden syrup and a heady butter diacetyl that lingers throughout. There is a bitter medicinal hop note at the end however this is remarkably well balanced with the malt.
M: Mid to heavy bodied with a dense but light carbonation and some expected resin stickiness.
D: As good as the original Draak? Methinks not. The original Draak has a flavour slant I prefer - more Belgian Tripel/Strong Ale with the bubblegum/clove/pepper affair going on, whereas this is more of a Belgian version of a Scotch Ale, which I do like, but to me this is totally a case of "when in Rome..." and "I'm Ron Burgundy, you stay classy San Diego". Otherwise this is a damn decent effort from Brouwerij Van Steenberge, aka makers of 'The Draak'.
Food match: Meat you hunted, skinned and roasted yourself over a charcoal pit [excludes: baby seal, panda, dolphin and any other cute animal you can think of]. Vegetarian option? Vegetables you dug up, skinned and roasted yourself over a charcoal pit.
Serving type: bottle
05-04-2014 23:01:19 | More by doktorhops
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4.19/5 rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Been passing up on trying this beer for a very long time.
Great malty tone to this with a distinct and consistent sweet edge. Way too easy to drink. Strikes me much more as a strong amber ale, but who cares. It's a nice hearty ale that carries mellow, yet pointed, sweet tones. Like I said, way too easy to drink. A great beer.
Serving type: on-tap
07-29-2014 18:23:09 | More by RblWthACoz
Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
92 out of 100 based on 718 ratings.