Gulden Draak, lonely at the top for 25 years, now gets a company birthday present: Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple, an enrichment of the Gulden Draak range. Gulden Draak is named after the gilded statue on top of the belltower of Ghent. The unsurpassed Gulden Draak dark tripel of 10.5% gets, after 25 years of growing success, quite an addition, the Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple.
Abt, or quadrupel, is the name given to ultra-strong Trappist and abbey ales. The name Abt was pioneered to describe Westvleteren and the beer that would become St. Bernardus. Quadrupel was pioneered by La Trappe. Abts are the darker of the two, with more rich, deep fruity notes. Quads are paler, with corresponding peachy notes. Neither have much in the way of hop, and both are very strong and malty. Though both are bottle-conditioned, abts trend more towards yeastiness. Alcohol is very high (10+% abv) for both.