Friday, February 22, 2013

February 20: Karl and the Tale of the Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple

Sweet Gulden Draak... Ba Ba Ba!

And we’re back, dear reader, for round 2 of Wild Card Week. Today I’m excited to be unleashing the Draaken, or the Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple. If you read my bio located on this site, you will be familiar with the fact that the original Gulden Draak holds a special place in my heart as one of my gateway beers, a term used to describe those special beverages that make you see the light at the end of the Bud, Coors and Miller infested tunnel. I’ve never had the quad from these Belgians, and considering the already stated affinity for the brewers and the fact that Belgian Quads are one of my favorite styles, I’m slightly more pumped than usual to be drinking beer. In fact, my excitement leads me to choose not one, but two records to represent today’s brew: Neil Diamond "Gold" and the soundtrack to Disney’s Pete’s Dragon. Gold Dragon = Gulden Draak. Yeah, Neil!

I pour this beer into my Chimay goblet, and the four-fingered head tries to escape the glass. When the dust settles, this beer looks a musty amber-brown that, when combined with the lacing, gives off the effect that this is a brew from an older time period. It would look right at home in most of the chalices guarded by the Knights Templar. On the nose there is, in an ode to our musical representative Neil, “Cherry Cherry” along with some burnt sugar and booze. It’s not all that inviting, to be honest. The beer has flavors of dates and figs, but they are overshadowed by the heavy alcohol and carbonation. There is also a vinous quality to this beer, and it borders on being tart; not sour, but more like a glass of wine. As the beer warms, the carbonation retreats, but there is still some fire-breathing booze that is highlighted by the sherry and brandied cherries that are now present. It’s a thinner beer than I expected, and there is a honey sweetness that stays with you after the dragon has been slain. I had very high expectations for this beer, and it did not live up to them. The booziness and the lack of depth send this creature into the abyss of mediocre beers.  

Rating: C+

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