Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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4.38/5 rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
I never mention bitterness in my reviews, my bitterness taste buds are ridiculously under-sensitive.
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.
Serving type: bottle
09-20-2013 00:52:19 | More by FrostBlast
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4.23/5 rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 11/19/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear bright orange color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big pear, apple, plum, golden raisin, apricot, white grape, light banana, clove, pepper, candi sugar, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big pear, apple, golden raisin, plum, apricot, white grape, light banana, pepper, clove, candi sugar, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Moderate earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of pear, apple, golden raisin, plum, apricot, white grape, light banana, pepper, clove, candi sugar, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt sweetness; with a great crisp malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly slick/prickly moutfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome pale Quadrupel style. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.
Serving type: bottle
07-13-2014 22:39:00 | More by superspak
Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
92 out of 100 based on 714 ratings.