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

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Ratings: 1,015
Reviews: 213
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 93
Gots: 257 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of DuffmanCanNeverDie
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Total perfection.. plain & simple. That's all I have to say.

Photo of pepperfee
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Early on (past 7 years ago or so ) in my Belgian beer loving career I was a quad aficionado. Gulden Draak was my go to beer. However, over past few years, and esp. lately (since I'm now pushing 50) I seem to have developed a low tolerance for sweet and have moved away from quads altogether. I'm definitely more of a triple fan these days. BUT - just had a a Gulden Draak 9000 and it is perfect. Superb - dry -with the essence of sweet plums and brown sugar. Phenomenal. Started out with 2 bottles - just finished one, one left, so wish I had more!

Photo of jeibimedeiros
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I really love this belgium beer.

Photo of ssantic
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Apart from the Tripel Karmeliet, this is absolutely the best beer I have ever tried. Though I'm a bit of a newb on the craft beer scene.

Photo of TheWexler
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Full and tasty and sweet

Photo of 650bguy
4.99/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this on tap at Cafe Bruges in Carlisle, PA, when I dropped my kid off at college. Whoda thunk? I was pretty amazed at the flavor, dried fruit like raisins and prune, good malt and very yeasty but very little hops. Very high alcohol percentage but it doesn't show up so much in the flavor, more a warmth as it goes down your throat. It pours a light brown, lighter than the Gulden Draak dark triple. Carbonation is good, not too much, small bubbles like a good champagne and it has a very rich mouth feel. I like it better than the dark triple; possibly the best beer I've ever tasted. I wonder if it would be as good in bottles and I wish I could find it in stores. The dark triple is now available in Wegman's but not not the 9000.

Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.98/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Awesome quad with a great price here in Mexico. One of my favourite beers of all time.

Photo of Chinoman01
4.87/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was overtaken by the color of the beer as I poured it. I was expecting a darker tone. The rich amber color was very nice. This beer, for me, is highly yeast driven as I picked up the aroma of spices, and somewhat of dried banana and corriander. VERY nice. A great pallet cleanser, and very enjoyable brew. A lighter SRM to its original version. Cheers.

Photo of msalsbury
4.82/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I'm a big fan of Belgian beers in general, especially the Triple and Quadruple styles, so Gulden Draak 9000 is right up my alley.

It pours a lovely coppery amber with just a slight haze and virtually no head. There is a little bit of web-like lacing left in the glass as you drink it.

The aroma combines the usual Belgian fruit, spice, and sweetness with a hint of alcohol.

The flavor matches up with the aroma. It's sweet without being overly sugary. It's spicy to the "just right" level. It's fruity without tasting like a fruit beer. In short, it's everything I look for in the Quad style, and nothing I dislike. Hops bitterness is minimal in this one. Even at 10% ABV, the warming note of the alcohol is not intense or uncomfortable.

The finish is fruity and sweet, and very pleasant overall.

Photo of tomordonez
4.78/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Similar to the white bottle Gulden Draak. Amber with a nice chunky head. Very nice bouquet. Smells like brown sugar, caramel, toffee, some chocolate. Low to medium carbonation. Fruity in front. Bitter in the middle. Strong finish. Very complex and flavorful. A very detailed brew.

Photo of Fastwalker19
4.77/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Smooth as a dubbel, but heavy where it counts.

Photo of Brewstradamus
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Different from the archetype of the traditional Belgian Quad, this baby pours a peachy amber and burnt orange with a fair amount of bubbles creeping to the surface. Not brilliant but definitely not opaque. A nice cream lacing after each sip. On the nose, lots of fruits: pear, peach, tangerine as well as other citrus in addition to the exceptional yeasty breadiness as well as some carmelly toffee. Taste is excellent. Think triple hefeweizen (as pertaining to the triple IPA usage) if that style existed. The belgian yeast is at the forefront here dominating the palate. Pretty much mirrors the aroma with the addition of banana, clove, raison, dates, plum, jelly and fig but the aftertaste has a slight fruity sourness to it which is delightful. Atypical for the style but an astonishing beer nonetheless. If you like Gulden Draak this is definitely worthy. If you don't like Gulden Draak then you must not like Belgian beers and are henceforth unworthy.

Photo of Big_Beers
4.71/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Sunburst colored beer with think cloudy whit head that dissipates into half finger blanket.

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

Photo of sokol_1993
4.71/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

- Dark brown, yeasty, hazy
- Caramel, sweet malty smell
- Sweet toffee, caramel taste, very warming! Dark fruit at the end, cherry, plum
- Full body, good after taste.

Photo of bball208
4.71/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Damn near perfect for a belgian quad!

I honestly don't have much to knock about this beer other than the fact that I don't want to give it a perfect score just because I may be an asshole, but damn this was a great beer for its style.

Let's just say first that it can easily go head to head with St. Bernardus (which I think is better than Rochefort 10). Pours golden and very bubbly, 2-3 fingers of head. Head dissipates fairly slowly.

Smelled like the textbook belgian. More floral than a St. Bernardus, but slightly. I got that classic belgian yeast, brown sugar, and a tartness of a grape. Outstanding.

Tasted just like a St. Bernardus, with less dark fruits. The same mouthfeel, but just slightly less booze and dark fruits was the only difference.

Overall, 98/100. Try it, you will not be disappointed.

Photo of Darkman89
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bold, full of flavor, bitterness throughout. Always an excellent choice.

Photo of ssmack
4.68/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Solid coppery amber colour with lemon highlight. One inch of creamy yellowish head that lasted to the bottom of the glass 45 minutes later. Tons of carbonation streams. Very thick lacing with excellent retention. A perfect look.

Smells like a bakery ... cream puffs. Definite Belgian yeast aroma. Slight inviting alcohol aroma.

Tastes of sweet maltiness. Sweet vanilla cake and toffee. Mild grassy hops at front of taste. As the beer warmed a leathery taste came out. Hints of prunes and raisins. No alcohol taste at all.

A full, rich, chewy feel that coats the mouth. Mild carbo nip.

An outstanding quad. Very easy drinking and delicious. Some other quads might be more complex but none will be more delicious.

Photo of JasW
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

You'd think Gulden Draak had been making this quad for ages instead of just 3 years or so. Poured a one finger white head over an amber body into a 25 cl La Trappe chalice from a corked and caged 750 ml bottle. Light, musty fruit smell. Tastes of toffee and tobacco, with a subtle fruit sweetness, and a unique ginger ale type undercurrent. Absolutely spectacular effervescent, mouth-puffing mouthfeel, a leader in the style, right up there with St. B abt 12. Gulden Draak may be late to the quad party, but they nailed it.

Photo of bubseymour
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Ligher in color than most quads. Really nice yeasty spice on the nose. Taste is great and balanced. Warming finish. Very creamy full bodied feel. A really nice quad. Nothing wrong here. Glad its easy to find this one.

Photo of fishyakLA
4.59/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First review so bear with me. I am a fan of Belgium style tripels and quads, so this one appealed to me. Had it at Yard House on draft. The fig/raisin flavor was up front, the high alcohol rode the caboose. A very rich and round beer. I was able to taste it side by side with Allagash Curiex, another personal favorite. Both paired well with "big" full flavored foods, truffle oil French fries, poke and tacos. I would not pair this beer with spicy foods or a steak. Very drinkable, even with the high ABV.

Photo of jondeelee
4.57/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of JWU
4.56/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a Gulden Draak glass at Fiorentino's, Lititz, PA

A- a dark, cloudy amber, with a nice white head. Certainly lighter than I expected for a Quad.

S- Tons and tons of dark fruits, prunes and black cherries mostly. Some dark Belgian sugars and fruity esters are there as well. A slight earthy hop is detectable.

T- So complex. Lots of dark fruit, and the Belgian sugar and fruity yeast components are all there. An excellent earthy hop is detectable on the finish, and lends a slight bitterness to balance the big sweetness. Excellent.

M- Full, creamy, and lush on the palette. Highly carbonated.

O- I really enjoy that this Quad has a nice balancing bitterness to it. We're not talking IPA bitterness here, but it cuts the big sweetness just enough, and lends to a fabulously complex brew.

Photo of MattyG85
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of CraigP83
4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dried cherries and cranberry. Fizzy carbonation. Alcohol at the end is slightly medicinal

Photo of Filosoof
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great original beer. Expecting a black coloured extra heavy and tough beer, a friendly amber/cognac coloured one comes out.

The top is massive and lasting, not too foamy. The lacing on the glass is like great wine.

Smell a little banana? Cinnamon? I will certainly try another and watch/smell/taste more carefully.

For now it was a lovely experience. In the category sweet heavy beers: a topper!

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