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

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rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 8.6%
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Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of pepperfee
5/5  rDev +22.9%
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! (548 characters)

Photo of 650bguy
4.99/5  rDev +22.6%
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. (744 characters)

Photo of Chinoman01
4.87/5  rDev +19.7%
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. (354 characters)

Photo of msalsbury
4.82/5  rDev +18.4%
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. (808 characters)

Photo of tomordonez
4.78/5  rDev +17.4%
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. (280 characters)

Photo of Brewstradamus
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

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. (957 characters)

Photo of Big_Beers
4.71/5  rDev +15.7%
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 (444 characters)

Photo of sokol_1993
4.71/5  rDev +15.7%
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. (167 characters)

Photo of bball208
4.71/5  rDev +15.7%
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. (814 characters)

Photo of ssmack
4.68/5  rDev +15%
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. (715 characters)

Photo of JasW
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
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. (523 characters)

Photo of bubseymour
4.6/5  rDev +13%
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. (223 characters)

Photo of fishyakLA
4.59/5  rDev +12.8%
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. (514 characters)

Photo of jondeelee
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
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. (2,251 characters)

Photo of JWU
4.56/5  rDev +12%
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. (817 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
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. (1,694 characters)

Photo of Filosoof
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
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! (398 characters)

Photo of Radome
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 750 ml bottle bought in Belgium. The bottle was dangerously carbonated; the cork popped out under its own power as soon as I loosened the cage. Luckily, my hand was close enough to catch it before it flew across the room. I had to wonder right away if all was OK with my bottle.

A - Light copper color; slightly cloudy; orange highlights. Head was off-white and thin even after the evidence of over-carbonation; disappeared almost immediately. Some lacing.

S - The aroma is amazingly complex. Cracked pilsner grain and bubblegum hit me right away. There is also lightly toasted bread and cotton candy. No hops overtly evident, but there is a fresh, grassy note in the background that must come from hops. There are no off notes to match the over-carbonation, although I was looking for them. There was an "aged" note similar to wet cork, but it added complexity without being distracting.

T - The taste matches the aromas in complexity. Again, bubblegum and cotton candy are at the forefront. There is some light bread from the malt and enough grassy hops to keep things from getting too sweet and cloying. Alcohol note is muted, but obvious.

M - The heavy body is appropriate, given all the flavor. Carbonation is prickly and a little biting. Hops bitterness is low to medium. Alcohol adds some heat.

O - After the cork incident, I was prepared for the worst, but got a pleasant surprise. This is a wonderful Belgian pale strong ale. It's a barley wine unashamed to have all the great Belgian characteristics. (1,529 characters)

Photo of Roman5150
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

bottle into tulip

appearance: cloudy unfiltered burnt orange, with some mahogany undertones, 2 finger bubbly white head, not much lacing. also the bottle shape is remarkably awesome.

smell: dark fruits, bready notes, sweet malt, plum

taste: bready, dark fruits, sweet and sugary, figs, caramel, vanilla, coriander, plum. The finish is so smooth that you would think this is a 6% ABV beer. Wow, this is amazingly balanced and smooth, they're on some Monk level shit…

mouthfeel: highly carbonated and rather thin bodied

overall: This Quad honestly gives a monk a run for their money. Easily my favorite non-trappist Quad (that's including ABT 12), this is honestly a very underrated beer. I've had their Tripel and it was amazing, and this is just an all around amazing brew. I will be buying this again, in my opinion this one almost rivals the beloved Rochefort 10, AND is cheaper is by about $3.00 where I live. Pleasantly surprised once again from this sleeper Belgian brewery, will be trying all of their beers. (1,022 characters)

Photo of ThaneMcC
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a from bottle into a tulip glass - amber, with a off white head of about 3 fingers of soapy fine bubbles and steady effervescence.

S: Strong yeast, dried Fruit (fig/plum) some non specific fruity esters

T: Malty, dried fruit forward almost like a sweet port/sherry with a bit of tart acidity from the carbonation leaving a fairly clean palate. Much fruitier/sweeter than other quads.

M: Great combination of syrup and the fullness of the carbonation, a really spectacular combination. Made more so as it warms in the mouth.

O: Gulden Draak is incredible, but Gulden Draak 9000 is even more so. Great for a barbeque, or casual dinner event, try with steak or very flavorful game.

update 04JUL15: as my palate has developed- I"m more and more impressed by Gulden Draak 9000 - a truly tasty and complex beer. (823 characters)

Photo of daledeee
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very exciting drink. Gulden Draak is an old standby. Now a quad!!

It poured a rusty or auburn clear brown with nice head and lacing.

Nose is fruity, earthy and spicy. I believe it is a mostly cherry.

Taste: Opens up with a dark fruit blend of plums and cherries. Plenty of spice with hops in the back ground. The finish is earthy and a little dry.

Alcohol is quite strong but mellows after bottle is opened. Carbonation is just right. Start to finish the was a great beer. (478 characters)

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
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 (661 characters)

Photo of jwhancher
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Popped open a 750mL bottle after a cold snowy day in which the Eagles prevailed mightily in a win over Detroit. Cork popped off with relative ease. Poured into a thin walled chalice glass for review.

Pours a light golden amber with rocky white head and high carbonation. Smells of green apple & pear, some yeasty Belgian phenols, and some peppery spice. Perfumey. Smells syrupy sweet.

Tastes like cotton candy with pear & apple notes. Some notes of raisins and cherries as well. Malty sweet upfront but finishes very dry. No real hop flavor or aroma. Feels thick, full bodied. Alcohol seems in check although it is definitely present and seems apparent in the nose (as my wife graciously pointed out).

A wonderful beer. Saved this one since last Xmas and it held up wonderfully. Would def try and drink again. (815 characters)

Photo of theRooster
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great intro to quads. If you like the Gulden Draak tripel, this is a real treat. I encourage all new beligians to try this early because of its accessibility and quality. The only thing that I'd say is a distant drawback is the consistency from bottle to bottle. There've been a few misses, and by that I mean they were 4/5. (334 characters)

Photo of MCDuhamel
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked and caged 750 ml into a tulip. Dark orange/medium amber beer with a huge number of effervescent tiny bubbles and a cream colored, dense head. Completely clear. The nose is bready, like a lightly toasted challah. Orange marmalade, toast, and toffee on the tongue, with a tad of alcoholic warming on the finish. Spritzy and medium-bodied. A bit unusual for a "quad," in that it presents very much like a trippel, in color, nose and flavor profile. An outstanding beer. (487 characters)

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