Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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877 Ratings
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Ratings: 877
Reviews: 183
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 73
Gots: 162 | FT: 2
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Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: Jason on 08-11-2011)
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Reviews by FrostBlast:
Photo of FrostBlast
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

341mL bottle

I never mention bitterness in my reviews, my bitterness taste buds are ridiculously under-sensitive.

GUSHER ALERT!

APPEARANCE : Even though I know this beer very well, I've never, *ever* been able to open one that didn't gush out. So after waiting a few minutes for the whole thing to settle down in my glass, I'm actually able to see what the beer looks like. Lovely orange mahogany. Surprisingly clear for a quadrupel. Comes with a stupidly generous head that takes forever to go away and leaves some lacing that lingers but dissolves at the slightest swirl. Once gone, the head is truly and utterly gone, nothing left but the little lacing. But behold, I swirl my glass a little and boom, I'm back with a head that's a full 2cm thick. If you have a mustache, as I do, a paper towel is a must when drinking this little guy.

SMELL : First nose is booze and thick sugary malt with a touch of ripe orange, not unlike Dubuisson Ambrée. Second nose hides the booze to an extent and brings out the hops, which come across as a sort of sharp herbal edge within the massive malty structure. Third nose emphasizes on the second nose's notes and makes them rounder, more refined but less defined, sort of blends the whole thing together. Very curious, I'm used to having the third nose cutting the aroma profile open - on this beer, it's the complete opposite. Interesting.

TASTE : Maraschino cherries, oranges, sugary malts and booze. The hops are pretty hard to spot, but they show in the texture and a very discreet herbal side. I'm guessing they also express themselves blended within the orange side of the malts. Very complex, very textured, many layers. Very interesting.

MOUTHFEEL : Compared with what I'm used to with quadrupels, this is very thin. To me, quads are beers that can walk from the bottle to your glass without any help from anybody. Gulden Draak 9000 is much lighter than this - which is consistent with the lighter-than-usual colour. It still has the aroma profile spot on, but less toasted/roasted, less caramelized. Where "usual" quads can get heavy after a bit, this little guy goes down very smoothly. Careful its 10.5% alcohol don't stab you in the back.

OVERALL : After cleaning up the beer that spilled on opening - even though you handled the bottle like live nitroglycerin - and waiting a full 5 minutes for the head to shrink to something less than 5/6 of your glass, you'll have an amazing time. Well worth waiting for, and well worth buying lots of it. A very well done lighter quad that can be drunk in a wide variety of occasions.

More User Reviews:
Photo of hreb
3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Heavy, stubby 11.2oz bottle served in a chalice glass. Beer pours surprisingly pale in color, but appears golden red in the glass. Crystal clear, too. Aroma is rich, of peaches, or stone fruit. Flavor is comparatively mild/neutral. Yeasty and fizzy. It just doesn't have the depth of flavor I want in a quad. What it does have, however, is impeccable balance, and the perfect disguise for its massive ethanol payload. I must disagree on this point with my fellow reviewers, apparently. Very drinkable, just not all that interesting. But apparently I had the same complaint about St. Stefanus when I reviewed that. I really must pick up and review the standard Gulden Draak (Tripel) as well as Piraat, which I remember quite liking. There's just no excuse for a beer this heady and drinkable to be so middling in a category like Belgian Quad.

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed from the big bomber, this FANTASTIC Belgian quad pours a peachy red with a succulent white head of thick foam that dissipates to a thin layer with GREAT lacing. Nose of sweet fruits of peach, pear, sweet Belgian candy sugars, and yeasty goodness. Taste is exceptional with a peach like quality to the middle and sides blending with Belgian candy sugars, crisp apple to the back, and bready yeast flavors rounding it all into a symposium of excellence. Very nicely carbonated mouth feel makes the slick flavors wash down quite nicely. A well rounded Belgian quad that is always a winner. As always an A plus from this fine Belgian brewery.

Cheers

Photo of PorterLambic
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, orange-amber color, little bits of yeasty goodness floating about. A big head develops initially, dropping chunkily (?) to a broken film with an amazing amount of lacing left before the first sip is taken.
Smell is malt, fruity (apple & grape mostly), sweet with just a whiff of yeast.
Taste is malt, alcohol, fruit, yeast. Balance is off cuz that alcohol hit is big! but the flavor is great.
Body is medium, effervescence is quite sharp up front but fades reasonably fast though it retains a kind of tanginess to it. Warming from the get-go. Slightly drying. Damned good.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a vaguely murky copper color. The head is three fingers high, and off-white in shade. It doesn't seem to have the intense fizz of other Belgian ales, in fact it's texture is almost creamy-looking. Retention is about average. Plenty of lacing is left on the glass, though. Even if the body itself isn't brilliantly lustrous, it's still one of the better-looking Belgians out there. (4.25)

Smell: The nose starts off with incredibly vibrant fruit notes - mainly cherries, raisins, and figs. Letting it open up will cause it to develop a powerful spicy edge of ginger, while maintaining nice bread notes. As it opens up even further, it gains some caramel and candied sugar aromas. Judging from the nose, it smells like a big-ass brew, but one with an aura of restraint to it. (4.25)

Taste: It starts off bringing those big fruit notes from the aroma down to the palate - not only do I get dark fruits like fig and raisin, but I also get some nice citrusy flavors (invoking Duvel). The finish is slightly caramel-esque and sugary, but it doesn't linger cloyingly by any stretch. It doesn't taste like a stereotypical BSDA, instead it takes elements from both light and dark. What makes this work so wonderfully is how it balanced everything is - it isn't endlessly deep, nor does it need to be. (4.25)

Mouthfeel: Typical of the style, the 'bigness' of the brew is counteracted by fizzy, mouth filling carbonation. The finish is still a bit heavy, but not ridiculously so. Considering how flawlessly the alcohol is concealed, I don't care. Is this a 6% beer? Could have fooled me... (4.5)

Overall: I'm not sure which Gulden Draak is superior: the regular "dark tripel" or this. I'd personally say this is a little more drinkable, though regular GD has a bit more depth.

"They're both fabulous."

Okay, they're both fabulous. Damn straight, put a period on that. Buy it, drink it, love it. (4.25)

4.28/5: Gulden Draak doesn't mean "golden dragon", it means "fuckin' delicious"

Photo of oberon
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Sessions in GReensboro.Poured into a fluted glass a a deep burnt orange with a fluffy white head atop.Canied sugar/caramel with alot of fruity ester in the nose,candied sugar plays a big role in this beer.Burnt sugar flavors are big with some vanilla caramel flavors almost like a hard toffee,light yeasty spiced notes along with some juicy fruit round out the palate.This is a rich tasting full flavored quad,one of the best I have had,seek it out if you can find it.

Photo of aszatk01
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of tectactoe
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy, dark-amber color, maybe even enough to be called brown, with a slightly darker-than-beige head, creamy and frothy looking. Retention was nice, but minimal lace was left against the glass. Aroma was, as to be expected from the style, a malt-heavy bomb. Dark, fruity esters in the form of dates and figs, candied grapes, burnt sugar, spicy Belgian yeast; some phenol alcohol pokes through, not a surprise at 10.5% ABV. Some more light molasses and caramel aromas come out but remain pretty tamed for the most part.

Hits the palate with a slightly thinner body than expected, however still fairly creamy with a hefty helping of carbonation that seemingly lifts the beer right off of your tongue while you're taking a sip. Big fruity flavors, very sweet - not quite "tart", but there is a split second where you might say some tartness is apparent. Boozy grapes (almost wine-like, but not as harsh), dates, brown sugar, toasted caramels. As the alcohol warms, it takes on a sherry or brandy character, becoming much more relevant and maybe even a little too powerful. Spices from the Belgian yeast are noticeable but not necessarily the forefront here, as they are in many Belgian ales; light bubblegum, clove, almost a minty flavor. This one finishes dry and bready, sweet and caramely with a small hint of dark, fruity esters fading out.

Very tasty quad, although I think I may prefer the regular Gulden Draak to this one. Certainly not bad for the price, seeing as how it's cheaper than many quads of similar size.

Photo of t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Zakk
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of tbryan5
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of ajkelly451
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of Gaya
4.54/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of BeerIsland
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served at Hunger & Thirst in Lancaster. Initially, there was very little aroma with this beer but the look in the glass was formidable. A pretty head capped an opaque deep golden goblet and it too a while before the nose developed. The great flavor was evident from the get go and all the way through. Complex and well balanced, one of the better beers I've had in a while.

Photo of henryclay_
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of reitzbrewing
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of Mugenlude
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of Marius
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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