Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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4.25/5 rDev +2.7%
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
4.03/5 rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
33cl bottle served slightly chilled in a tulip snifter. Beer is a bright clear amber brown with a compact head and good curtains of lace.
S - plums, cinnamon and nutmeg spices, dates, and a full black current jamminess. A bit of liquorice and subtle bitterness, spicy and dark fruits dominate. Some really pleasant yeast esters really tying it together for a mouthwatering aroma, a bit of earthy minerality.
T - full fleshy fruits and caramel maltiness, golden Demerara sugar, ripe plums, some golden raisins, bright with also some bright malt character, rich and full with a lightness to it. Some rich lemon toward the end, the finish is a bit butterscotchy and dry. Complexity is actually really impressive, an interesting array of fruity and mild pice character but also some smokiness, tasty, but also a lingering cloying ness.
M - full bodied and warming but incredulously light for the abv, hid very well, lot of creamy filling carbonation coating a smooth malty caramel body. A satisfying and coating feel, with a lively yeast bit end carb, then a solid dry finish.
A delicious refreshing and complex quad, and surprising to have all those rolled into one beer. Not an overly heavy beer, it doesn't compromise on flavour and complexity once it gets going, an assertive yeasty and earthy character backing some spice and plummy jammy dark berries. Tied together very nicely with enough sweetness and crispness to make it drink really nicely. Recommended, though I still prefer roch and st b. This just seems to be too light on the fruits/spice, too mellowed, but still a pleasant quad.
Serving type: bottle
04-28-2014 02:42:07 | More by mick303
3.68/5 rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
A finger's worth of soapy, big bubbly, fizzing off-white head has a short lived appearance after the pour. The body itself is a fiery amber with a bit of clarity ad midst its haze. Its high abv shows itself on the sides of the glass after a few swirls.
I find the nose surprisingly tame for a quad. A strong presence of fusel alcohol really amplifies its pear drop sweetness. Sticky golden raisins and rich, bready goodness lie beneath. Gooey honey notes stick things together.
The fusel alcohol comes in strong at first. It manages to mellow out but remains present from beginning to end and acts as a bed where flavours are launched from. The center is gooey, chewy and sweet with plenty of golden raisins, dates and bruised pear. The finish is short and sweet with rich honey soaked biscuit getting the last word.
As much weight as this has, I'd place it between medium and heavy in body. Its carbonation level and alcohol kick keep it lively. The finish is brilliant, being clean and concise with the perfect amount of dryness. Candi sugar, god love ya. The lips are a bit sticky and the chest is warm after a few sips of this; both musts for quads.
It's not the sweet, dark fruit heavy, plenty of depth quad that I've had many times before. It's lighter on its feet and straight shooting. As in your face as the alcohol is, it's surprisingly drinkable and I attribute that almost solely to its finish. I prefer their BSDA but I enjoyed this more and more as time went on.
Serving type: bottle
04-28-2014 00:44:35 | More by ludachris
Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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