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

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Gulden Draak 9000 QuadrupleGulden Draak 9000 Quadruple
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Belgium | website

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Jason on 08-11-2011

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Photo of Ant777uk
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Initial impressions, cool and smooth bottle. Look is a bit too bubbly and like washing up liquid.

Aroma, amazing! Up there with the best.

It has a fruitiness and intensity that is highly admirable. Fairly good balance.

Highly strong and intense flavor.

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Photo of tlema1
3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: cloudy Amber, thin , long lasting tan head
S: candy, toffee, caramel, Belgian yeast
T: tastes like it smells
F: carbonation, sticky mouthfeel
O: good sipper, not the best Quad I've ever had

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Photo of mmmbeer89
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It's on the sweeter side for a dark beer. sweeter than i expected but its decent tasting and as long as it has a 10.7% ABV i wont complain about the taste.

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Photo of SirLoopsAlot
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma and flavor seemed very similar. First thing I got was an intense cherry, almost brandy-like flavor. Also malt-bread sweetness with raisin and apricots. Doesn't hide the high alcohol content at all, as it has a boozey finish. Overall effect is balanced yet on the sweet side.

Was pleasantly surprised by this one and will definitely get it again.

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Photo of chinchill
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

330 ml stubby bottle with ABV listed as 10.7%.

Surprised that I haven't yet rated this outstanding beer which I have had at least once before.

Pours with a cloudy copper colored body that is covered by a large, off-white, somewhat bubbly head. Good looking but the appearance is certainly not the strong point of this stellar ale.

The aroma and flavor are nuanced, moderately strong and highly complex. They are just short of magical: not without some magic, I suppose, but not above nit picking. Actually, I have no criticisms of the aroma, but others may find the strong dark fruits notes, including dried plums, to be too prominent. The flavor is rather sweet: worked for me but may seem a little too high for some.

Feel: medium+ body with prickly, medium-high carbonation.

Overall: Superb!

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Photo of Beginner2
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I get this ale because I like to buy the Global Beer sampler because it is one of the best ways to six different beers. All good.
9000 stores well, so I have built up an inventory. I just had one and find it as I have found the others: it is a barely above average representation of the style.
Quad quality hinges on making sure the sugar leads to fruit flavors instead of syrup.
I taste both here.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a rich orange-copper with a huge head. The aroma offers up apricot jam, a little banana, clove, maple, and plum. The flavor offers up strong notes of apricot, lemon curd, plums, sweet cherries, banana, clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon. The mouthfeel is full and rich with a lot of carbonation. Overll this is a very tasty beer, but a bit different for a Quad. That said, I prefer this to a more typical quad.

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Photo of f1nke
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a small snifter. Nice deep color, medium head.
Fruity, earthy smell.
Complex flavor. Fruit, nut, earth, etc. Somewhat of a hard alcohol flavor.
Medium carbonation, good mouth feel.

Outstanding beer, will buy again.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.52/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I know that I am supposed to be laser-focused on CANs right now, but a) I purchased a mixed-six box of Belgian bottles recently and b) a homebrewer friend wants the stubby empties. That's fine with me since I usually just fill them with gasoline, get a paper towel wick, light it aflame and pitch it through either a Starbucks or a Wells Fargo Bank window. This way, it keeps me a) out of mischief and b) in beer. Win-win, I think it is referred to as being.

From the bottle: "Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple Ale with an exceptional and complex taste sensation and a deep golden amberblonde [sic] colour. An ode to the city of 9000 Ghent with the golden dragon on top of the belfry."

The Pop! of the cap was much less exciting than it had been for the earlier bottle of standard Gulden Draak, but I still employed a very gentle pour in deference to any extant lees. A light swirl of the glass raised a finger of tawny head with great retention. Color was a slightly hazy Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13) (Golden AmberBlonde? My draggin' a**!) Nose was rich with a butterscotch sweetness & where that may be indicative of Diacetyl, I am doubtful as I have a very high threshold for sensing it and as such, it often goes unnoticed by me. Mouthfeel was medium. The first thing that I noticed was a fusel heat that acted kind of cooling on my tongue as it evaporated. I really need to be honest here - this was just a really big beer that masked any flavors with its alcohol. I kept trying to taste something, anything, but my tongue was reeling in a state of shock. Finish was dry, but mostly due to its inherent heat. I would definitely stick to regular Gulden Draak.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Deep and glowing amber orange body, with a good middle column of roaring carbonation in the centre. Head manages a light cream quality, about two fingers with a good appearance of pinhead bubbled puck, that keeps getting repopulated on the sides. Looks like a slight vanilla whipped top for the head too.

Aroma is soft bisquit like malts, large vanilla cream sensations too, and classic fruity Belgian esters and sweetness. Candi like sugar gives way to accenting the malt sweetness more so, in an almost pastry bakery like flavor. Really does smell like a soft vanilla white cake.

Palate makes no mistakes about what it is. Spicy warmth and a big clove and nutmeg hea hit the palate on first sip. Sweet malts come in even with a mild astringency of bitterness on the finish, and coat with a warm brandy like booze warmth. Finishes a bit clean as well, and a good accent of caramel sweetness and softness continue in the palate. With the hot phenols a sense of almost tight carbonation feels like it's coming in, but ends up more simple and just a little higher than moderate. Playful. Bakery sweet. Excellently balanced seeming less hot than it's ABV indicates.

A real interesting take, and not what I was expecting on a quad as I was expecting darker and more fig/raisin qualities. That being said I can take this in a heartbeat anytime and probably would prefer it to the former. Love the bakery sweetness and feel to it too.

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Photo of aleigator
3/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Warm brown color, big head. Brighter than the original, not cloudy at all, with aromas of malt, caramel, plums and spices, not very intense. At the beginning alcohol gets wrapped up real good by the sweet malts, caramel falvors, with cloves and plums. Creates a warm feeling in the stomach, but the sweet finish of this beer gets too alcoholic. It is in fact not more complex than the original "Gulden Draak", but only sweeter with alcohol being too present - all in all this beer misses balance, tries to imitate the original without new ideas. The overall taste doesn’t stay long on the tongue, but the lower carbonation creates a medium body.

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Photo of EMV
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at the Yard House in Scottsdale, AZ. Poured into a chalice.

L: Pours a semi-opaque mahogany color. Thick creamy off-white head with great retention and lacing.

S: Dark candied fruits, malts, and spices.

T/F: Rich and malty beer with a spicy complex flavor profile. Dark fruits like plums and figs... hints of cloves and nutmeg as well as vanilla. Candy sugars and Belgian yeast. Smooth and creamy, and deceptively strong. Gets better as it warms... and then starts to warm you.

O: A fantastic Belgian Quad and great on-tap if you can find it. Awesome representation of the style and you can't go wrong here.

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Photo of Quonmisc
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours with a medium head and a slightly clouded golden apricot color. Smell of phenols. Mildly sweet, slightly bitter with hops evident. Tart, slightly sour cherries with a hint of grape. Toasted marshmallow finish, dates and figs. At nearly 11%, alcohol is evident but not overly. This is a decent quad.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.72/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
10.7% ABV,

A - Gun smoke from the bottle and a soda-like fizz on the pour signal this quad to be effervescent. Deep honey golden, this quad is is a bit lighter than most and while slightly hazy, plenty of visible carbonation feeds the tall cap of foam that lingers for some time before crumbling to a lace-shrouded pile of small bubbles.

S - This intensely malty Belgian quad brings a thick raisin bread aroma with a crispy baked brown sugar-coated crust to the forefront of the senses, smoothing out into warming but not solventy alcohol and stone fruits. Dried apricot, plum, and suggestions of dried red apple wedge and a finish of umami.

T - Aromatically closing out with a faint umami, this savory richness is the perfect transition as the flavor begins with exactly that, gently morphing into a yeast-fueled stone fruit and spice melange. Undertones of clove and white pepper mix with sweet orange peel citrus nuances an dried apricot. Candi sugar seems to have not completely fermented out as a background of sweetness sticks to the tongue.

M - This heavily carbonated beer dances on the tongue like champagne and despite it's sweetness, dries out from warming alcohol on the finish giving it a lighter-feeling body that closes out with a sweet and umami combination that continues to contradict everything else before it with a little more heft. Gulden Draak 9000's perplexing body is constantly evolving from one sip to the next.

O - An excellent and unique quad, Gulden Draak 9000 clings to the core characteristics of this Belgian style while branching out slightly, giving it subtleties distinct to this brew. The classic fruitiness of Belgian yeast carries through the beer but I think, in part due to the secondary fermentation with wine yeast, much of it strays from the more expected darker fruit undertones while this beer delves into lighter, brighter fruits. Grab a bottle of this malty brew for the holidays, take a few minutes to quietly enjoy it and discover some of the nuanced complexities for yourself; you wont regret it!

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served just above fridge temperature into a tulip. Purchased as part of a VanSteenberge holiday pack. Pleasantly surprised as I didn't even realize this was in the pack (it was Leute Bok in past years)

Appearance - dark orange in color with Amber hues. Nice finger and change of thick white head and an impressive trail of lacing is left behind once the head eventually diminishes.

Smell - complex to start. Some butterscotch at touch of cocoa, some cherries and an inviting butterscotch and vanilla combo. Nose of butterscotch and toffee comes out as the beer warms. Some brown sugar too.

Taste - starts light and creamy with the butterscotch and brown sugar and toffee coming through. Turns boozy for a few moments before finishing with a heavy malt base. Not quite as intense on the flavor as i would expected especially when fairly cold. Dark fruits like cherry and raisin start showing up in droves as it warms.

Mouthfeel - carbonation is rather high, big and boozy and finishes dry and a bit sharp.

Overall - a good quad but not my favourite, the butterscotch and toffee and vanilla take a little while to be coaxed out of the beer and the alcohol is a bit on the sharp side. Certainly a good quad but not as good as the classic Gulden Draak which is a seriously awesome beer in its own right. Still a great addition to the holiday pack

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Photo of jdhilt
4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a thick three-finger cream head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Almost clear amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Malty, dark fruit nose and flavor is dark fruit, brown sugar and Belgian yeast. Higher ABV is hidden. Another excellent brew from Van Steenberge. $6.99 for a 330ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, MA.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Not my favorite quad, but really good. Cloudy dark-golden pour with lasting, clingy white foam. Aroma is amazing - honey and ripe fruit with slight alcohol. Flavor is great, with malty sweetness, banana, and yeast. Finish is fairly clean, with lingering yeast and sweet raisin. Not sure why I've passed this by so many times.

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Photo of josanguapo
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From elcervecero. In Tongerlo glass. Playing Bit Evolution. Good, but I prefer the normal one. In This one alcohol is a bit more noticeable and taste is more like in a strong tripel

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Photo of stufff
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This stuff will get you really drunk quickly and doesn't taste bad. It's a bit too foamy when poured into a glass for my tastes but that's not a big deal. I like pairing it with a lamb burger and fries.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Taste: crisp yeast bread, spiced, rich malty mouth feel.
Unfiltered and Amber in color.
Semi sweet bready spice nose.
Medium body, almost full.
Tall sticky foamed head with some lace.
A freash complex celebratory of a Belgian Quad

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I got this from Belgian Happiness in August 2015.

Dark amber colored, clear beer with an off-white head.

Nose: Plum, raisin, dried fruit, spice, caramel malt, pear, yeast and bread.
Taste: Sweet malt, spice, warmth fro the alcohol, dark fruit, cherry, banana and raisin.
Body: Medium to full body. Medium, crisp carbonation. Sweet, round and soft finish.

Damned good!

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Photo of stevoj
3.56/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was expecting a bit more. Orange amber in color with silky beige head. Aroma of citrus, spice and malt. Taste is subdued, but pleasant and no alcohol burn. However, I was hoping for something a little darker and heavier. Not bad, but short of expectations.

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Photo of JackieKu
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle. Best before 2017-05-21. Poured into tulip.

A: Cropper. A little hazy. Poured with a lot of foam with moderate retention.
S: Intense malty aroma. Sweet notes.
T: Malty. Moderate sweetness. The finish is drying out.
M: full bodied. Creamy.
O: Not a quadruple I expected, the flavors are too simple.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Exceptional carbonation with decent lacing. Certainly a solid example of the style but not what I would consider in the class of others such as ABT 12, WESTY.

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Photo of mnredsoxfan69
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A dark amber pour with lots of rocky foam, four fingers worth from a gentle pour into my beer goblet. Didn't last long, fading to a thin cap after just a few minutes, but it left lots of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass as I drank it down. The smell is of lightly roasted malt, caramel and burnt brown sugar and the flavor followed suit with some dark, stone fruit added in for good measure, along with a noticeable alcohol flavor. Warming alcohol, light carbonation buzz, and a medium full body. I want more of this excellent example of a true Belgian Quad.

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Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
91 out of 100 based on 230 ratings.