Van Steenberge - Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple
Golden Amber Quadruple from Belgium 🇧🇪
Brewed by Brouwerij Van Steenberge
Ertvelde, East Flanders, Belgium
A bit about the beer
Ingredients - Water, yeast, malt, hops
The 9000 Quadruple is a dark Belgian beer and is one of the variants of the Gulden Draak range (see here for the review on the Triple). The Quadruple is an ode to the city of Ghent (Gulden Draak is named after the gilded statue on top of the belltower of Ghent) and is named after the city postal code - 9000.
The commercial description is as follows - "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".
For me, poured from a 330ml bottle it has a beautiful caramel colour with a white head that lasts. It has a relatively strong smell of alcohol (at 10.5% you might expect this) which is accompanied by aromas of barley, plums, banana and figs. The taste is influenced much less by the alcohol and is replaced with an amazing complex arrangement of spice, caramel, vanilla and banana. The aftertaste leaves a subtle bitterness, just enough to make you look forward to the next sip.
The Quadruple comes with some expectations, considering it has the Triple to live up to, and it most definitely do not disappoint. It is a big and complex dark Belgian beer, just the way I like them! Great beer indeed, these guys really knows how to perfect the art of beer brewing!