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

Gulden Draak 9000 QuadrupleGulden Draak 9000 Quadruple

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618 Ratings
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Ratings: 618
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.92%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Jason on 08-11-2011)
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FrostBlast

Quebec (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 00:52:19 | More by FrostBlast
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There's sediment at the bottom of the bottle but you don't have to worry about it getting into the beer. Clarity is safe. Good thing too because Gulden Draak 9000 has a pretty tangelo colour and shines like a piece of expensive, well-cared for jewelery. Its head is thin as cheesecloth but sticks like glue.

Belgian Quad is among the richest, most ambrosial smelling styles of beer; this offering, however, has uncharacteristically reserved bouquet. It has the malty sweetness, significant esters and alcohol, and spiciness expected of the style, but it's not on the level of the style's best known examples (Rochefort,St. Bernardus Abt 12, Kasteel Donker) or even the standard Draak.

Gulden Draak 9000 is spicy enough to be marked on beer menus with a chipotle pepper next to it (out of consideration for white people - they really can't take spice, can they?!) While the yeast has more of a baking spice-like persona (cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and the like) it's the 10.5% alcohol that ensures these notes pass over the palate with the heat of a major league fastball.

Still, it's not at all hard to drink. Far from it; the caramelly sweetness and honey-drizzled-toasted nuts taste give it a profile similar to that of a Greek pastry. While this amber offering lacks the rich malty depths of darker Quads, it retains a lot of the dried cherry, raisin, and dark spice notes. It's not as intricate but is a bit more animated, its phenols and bubbles firing on all cylinders.

Gulden Draak 9000 is, in my opinion, no better than the original. It is almost as good though - which means it's a pretty great offering. Brouwerij Van Steenberge may not be the best brewery in Belgium but most of their stuff - this included - is certainly worth picking up, if only once.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 23:10:12 | More by biegaman
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the 11.2 fl. oz. bottle with a simple marking of 01_M. Sampled on April 13, 2014.

It pours an attractive medium amber color with fairly good clarity and a lingering cream colored head.

Aromas of pear, apple, toasted bread and biscuit, brown sugar, maple maybe, and a bit of mild spice. Sweet would be a quick way to define it too.

Medium to bold body and smooth.

The sweetness kicks in right off in the taste with the apple, pear, and malts taking center stage. Then there is is this vibrant bitterness the ends dryly. Alcohol is well integrated. I was in the mood for a Quad today and I found this one top be delightful through and through.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 20:41:40 | More by puboflyons
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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New York

4/5  rDev -2.9%

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Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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Utah

4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -2.9%

04-08-2014 01:18:40 | More by Huhzubendah
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Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

04-08-2014 01:15:12 | More by Robdrinx
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Brisket

Idaho

4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- opaque hazy orange. Came to the table with about a finger of head, to the brim in a 9 oz goblet. Light lacing at the top once the head dissipated.

S- Belgian spice, dark fruits

T- Clove, banana, slight boozy finish. Great beer

M- medium body, slightly syrupy with carbonation bite.

O- Great beer, makes you sleepy if you get it at lunch. It'd be a great last beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2014 20:57:30 | More by Brisket
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R_J_FearNoBeer

California

3.75/5  rDev -9%

04-04-2014 00:22:55 | More by R_J_FearNoBeer
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devilfluff

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -9%

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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazed deep orange colour, one finger of white head with some lace. Smell is fairly yeasty, spice and dark fruit, lots of plum and raisin, some pepper as well as some over ripe banana. Taste follows the nose, yeasty, plum and dark fruits, raisin is more pronounced as it warms, light sweetness, a bit of alcohol, burnt dark sugar and fruit in the finish. Medium carbonation, creamy full body, nice weight and mouthfeel. Quite good, I enjoyed this more than I expected, would certainly revisit.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 11:49:53 | More by peensteen
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California

4/5  rDev -2.9%

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Oklahoma

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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Florida

3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

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Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.71/5  rDev +14.3%
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Smell: Sweet bread, caramel biscuit dark fruits

Taste: candied plums soaked in rum. Dry alcohol finish after a complex dark fruit sweetness

Mouth feel: great drink-ability for such a hg beer.

Overall: I think this is a very underrated quad. It is firm in my rotation and that is a great accomplishment...my favorite beer from the brewer

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -39.3%

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