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

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

773 Ratings
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Ratings: 773
Reviews: 171
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 63
Gots: 116 | FT: 2
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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Reviews by doktorhops:
Photo of doktorhops
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"GULDEN DRAAAKKK!" That's what I said to myself when I found this brew hiding in the next door cellars at The Archive. The barman/bottleshop attendant thought I was weird when I yelled that quietly to myself, little did he know (actually he knew) that Gulden Draak is awesome and that I must immediately purchase and drink/review 'The Draak'. Plus my C-grade high school maths brain was thinking "This beer has a '9000' in its name - it must be 1,000,000 times better than original Gulden Draak!"... yes that is how maths works for me.

Poured from 330ml bottle into Chimay chalice.

A: Deep hazy amber body - I was half expecting to see a mosquito trapped inside like some Jurassic park homage, but alas no - with a light beige dusty where a head once was. It looks viscolicious - a beer term I invented for brews with high viscosity that are also delicious; i.e. all beers.

S: There is an upfront presence of candied grape (WTF? Grape?), bubblegum and pear esters. Also noted is bread yeast, dark fruit (specifically sugar plum) and a broad toasted biscuit malt base. Not unlike the original Draak the aroma leads one to imagine a hearty winter warming ale... with a truckload of sugar thrown in.

T: Again The Draak surprises with less sugar than expected, yes it is sweet - don't be a fool, any beer sitting at 10.70% ABV will be laced liberally with maltose from the brewing process, but this ale is quite marginal by comparison to other brews. Flavours are more malt based than the regular Draak with; toasted biscuit malt, sugar plum, dates, golden syrup and a heady butter diacetyl that lingers throughout. There is a bitter medicinal hop note at the end however this is remarkably well balanced with the malt.

M: Mid to heavy bodied with a dense but light carbonation and some expected resin stickiness.

D: As good as the original Draak? Methinks not. The original Draak has a flavour slant I prefer - more Belgian Tripel/Strong Ale with the bubblegum/clove/pepper affair going on, whereas this is more of a Belgian version of a Scotch Ale, which I do like, but to me this is totally a case of "when in Rome..." and "I'm Ron Burgundy, you stay classy San Diego". Otherwise this is a damn decent effort from Brouwerij Van Steenberge, aka makers of 'The Draak'.

Food match: Meat you hunted, skinned and roasted yourself over a charcoal pit [excludes: baby seal, panda, dolphin and any other cute animal you can think of]. Vegetarian option? Vegetables you dug up, skinned and roasted yourself over a charcoal pit.

doktorhops, May 05, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

oberon, May 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

aszatk01, Aug 23, 2014
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.

tectactoe, Jan 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Zakk, Jul 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

tbryan5, Oct 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

ajkelly451, Aug 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

SmellsofMahagony, Aug 25, 2013
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.

BeerIsland, Oct 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

henryclay_, May 15, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

reitzbrewing, Feb 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Mugenlude, Dec 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

alienlifeforcecube, Mar 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Marius, Aug 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

innominat, Aug 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

jiffymon, May 31, 2013
Photo of jondeelee
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gulden Draak 9000 opens to a rich, fruity nose overflowing with banana, strawberry, cherry, orange, peach, pear, sweet apple, and melon fruit esters. The sheer variety of fruit aromas is astounding, as if the beer were 50% fruit juice. But there’s also a nice spice bouquet, including clove, coriander, and touches of white pepper and nutmeg, long draughts of wildflower honey, honeysuckle, caramel, vanilla, and toffee, and a good, light base of baguette and pastry. The panoply of sugars and fruits in here, when held next to the pastry notes, make the beer smell like a delicious spiced fruit pie. But there’s also an alcoholic note, as of champagne, white wine, mead, and a hint of cognac, which speaks to a spiked fruit trifle. As a whole, the nose is fantastic, offering one of the more varied, layered, rich fruit-and-sugar based aromas I’ve ever encountered, the beer smelling like it should be its own dessert course.

On the tongue, the beer begins with a typical banana and clove note, but this is quickly joined by other fruits and spices, the berries, peaches, pears, sweet apples, cherries, and melon fruits from the nose translating very nicely, and the cloves joined by sharp bites of white pepper. The wildflower honey and honeysuckle also translate nicely, giving the beer an almost super-sweet Stevia extract rim, with brown sugar, caramel, and toffee adding further sweet textures. Hops provide just enough sweet pink grapefruit flesh to add a pleasantly citrusy, bitter edge. The alcoholic content here is champagne-like, with medium white wine and mead overtones, and these blend well with pastry and light toast crust. Near the end of the mouthful the beer takes an even sweeter turn, for a half-second or so spiking in Stevia extract sweetness, before subsiding into a fruity, sugary aftertaste that mimics the main flavors, and lingers on the tongue for a good while. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium-high, adding to the champagne feel.

Overall, this is excellent beer, and one of the better quads on the market. I did find that the taste didn’t quite live up to the promise of the aromas, but even at that, the flavors were delicious, and almost perfectly balanced. A must-try for fans of Belgian ales.

jondeelee, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of fionn13
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

fionn13, Jul 25, 2013
Photo of MattyG85
4.56/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked 750 ml bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep and hazy amber orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Big three finger off white head that slowly fades into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A yeasty, fruity, and spicy malt forward aroma with big hints of dark fruits. Belgian yeast with some upfront hints of clove, pepper, and cinnamon spicing. Sweet scent of Belgian candied sugar and brown sugar. Toasted malt with sweet hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit, toasted bread, and straw. Big fruit esters with hints of bananas, pear, orange, and apples along with a big presence of dark fruit including hints of grapes, raisin, fig, prune, cherry, and plum. Also some hints of leather and licorice spicing. Subtle earthy hop hints. A very good complex aroma.

Taste: Like the nose, a yeasty, spicy, and very fruity malt driven taste with a big presence of dark fruits. Upfront Belgian yeast with some notes of clove, peppers, funk, and cinnamon spice. Sweet taste of candied sugar and brown sugar. Toasted malt with bready and sweet notes of caramel, biscuit, toasted bread, and toffee. Huge taste of dried fruits with good notes of banana, apples, pear, and orange. Dark fruit notes of raisin, fig, grapes, prune, cherry, and plum. Good notes of leather and slight tobacco. Subtle earthy and grassy hop notes. A very good Belgian taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Creamy, chewy, spicy, and fairly juicy with a drying finish. Alcohol presence is felt but its not overly hot.

Overall: A really great Belgian Quad. Good mix of fruit esters, spices, and toasty malt. Up there with the best.

MattyG85, Jul 11, 2014
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3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I haven't had the 9000 Gulden Draak, but I have been drinking the golden dragon for years now. Appears a deep amber bronze hue with billowing off white head forms thick fine even bubbled carbonation, Belgian lacing clings to the glass this is effervescence. Aromatics offer up deep dark fruit notes with raisins and tart apples, mild slightly spicy herbal hop notes. Flavor is tart up front with the fruit punching the palate, think green raisins and tart apple slices blending into a malty mix of alcohol and herbal hops. Big bad Belgian ale at manageable costs in a mixed six pack format, super sweet finish is almost killing this for me. They came out with new beers that are bigger or the same in alcohol with really noticeable alcohol on the palate and unfermented sugars making it overtly sweet. So one dimensional it pains me to see they did this to a great complex big Belgian ale like Gulden Draak, carbonation is solid, but the finish is a mix of alcohol heat and cloying sticky sweet malts. Overall why drink this version when you can drink the classic, enough said about that.

WVbeergeek, Oct 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

aengleman, Dec 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Adkins1203, Feb 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

TheLevi4000, Mar 08, 2013
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Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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