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

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Reviews: 203
Hads: 1,047
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 8.85%
Wants: 96
Gots: 282 | FT: 2
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Similar to the original in feel but different in taste, this is another superb beer, smells like wine but tastes so smooth and delicate, excellent stuff. (153 characters)

Photo of farrago
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Gives up a finger plus of foamy larger bubbles, this creates more airiness than retention, no lack of big, splotchy lacing. The liquid is a bright coppery hue, more yellow at the rims, cloudy and opaque, easy to miss the sheets of microscopic bubbles within. The nose is lively yet not all that thick, conjures up caramel, honey, milk chocolate, golden raisin to date fruit supplemented by cherry, apricot scents, finishes with a strong graininess and biscuit notes. In the mouth it’s medium-bodied, on the dry side for the beer type, the carbonation is steady and obvious. Leans more here on scone, bread and some yeast, follows that with root beer, cocoa, caramel and butter nuances. Curious low level of fruit, mainly apricot, peach, cherry and a mutter of fig. Spiced orange peel and quinine linger lastly at the end. Interesting beer, not exactly what was expected. (872 characters)

Photo of Raynman
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Tried for the first time on draft. Dark golden color. Very little odor. A little of a sour taste but otherwise smooth. Not my favorite quad but definitely in my top 10. (171 characters)

Photo of drmeto
3.64/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

L:
-pours a hazy amber with a big,foamy,white head
-low to medium carbonation visible
S:
-banana,coriander,caramel,toffee,honey,slight lemony
T:
-Follows the nose plus tons of residual sugar
-sweetness is off the charts,almost undrinkable
F:
-high carbonation
-boozy like most Van Steenberge Beers
-full body
O:
Certainly more a Tripel than a Quad.
It's a good Beer but the ridiculously high sweetness will probably keep me from buying this again. (447 characters)

Photo of WunderLlama
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

5oz sampler flight from the tap

Pours a clear copper, a few streams of carbonation , no lacing

Aroma of sweet malts , dark rich fruits

Taste- sugar coated figs, plums , caramel.

Mouthfeel - low sudsing, feel the alcohol good

Very good quad (244 characters)

Photo of Dentist666
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

10,5% ABV.
Poured into tulipю
Pours hazy copper/amber beer with gorgeous bubbly golden head, nice retention. Smell is great - dark fruits, red berries, honey, alcohol warmth, caramel. Taste - candy sugar, dark fruits, booziness included, oily body. Good quad. (260 characters)

Photo of Libeertarian
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Have had this since early October, so, considering it's an import and had been for sale for a while, I imagine it's well over a year old by now. Kept it stored in a fairly cool, dark place, so I believe it's aged like it was supposed to.

My first quadrupel. Poured into nice spherical goblet. Appears a round, amber ball of semi-opaque liquid with concentric copper sphere of haze residing within, topped with lemon-white medium-bubbled, medium-retaining head, but finer and fluffier where air has begun to dry its surface. Smells bready in the bottle and on first pour. Once it has escaped and aerated, there's a little spice as well as strong fruit aromas (pears, all manner of berries, plums), hard to separate from the alcohol. As this beer sits waiting for me to find the right words for this review, it takes on balsamic/banana notes that I suspect wouldn't have been found within the first few months of this ale's bottling. At long last, on to the tasting: Faint caramel up front increasing to nearly molasses, until overtaken by "brown spirit" flavors. Dark fruits throughout, slightly stronger and brandy-like as it lingers and carbonation dies down. Beyond the dominant alcohol sensations on either side of the swallow, it's a bit yeasty/spicy in the finish and I'd call it "fishy" (bread and caramel make a comeback here as well) in the retro-olfaction, though neither is unpleasant. No hops to really speak of at any point. Sweeter than I like in a beer, but the complexity of flavors involved mitigates this. It's a full, boozy, and rich Belgian brew. High level of fine carbonation, slightly prickly all the way down. Extremely warming everywhere on the palate. Not dry, but more so than expected, even after several sips. (1,738 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 Meganomiidae
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: dusky red body with a billowing rocky tan head. Dissipates quickly, leaving snaky lacing.

S: brandy and dark fruits on the nose. Enticing, but not as much so as its sister.

T: Classic quadrupel depth. Candied figs and plums with a hint of toasted marshmallow sweetness and caramel. Quite boozy and warming, in a good way.

F: good, akin to the original gulden draak.

O: pretty good quad! (393 characters)

Photo of stooge
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Spicy, peppery Belgian yeast in the nose. Pours deep amber with a healthy white head. A bit light for a quad, but lots of fruit. Grapes, pears, apples, followed by plums, raisins and dark fruits. Highly carbonated and effervescent with a nice creamy mouthfeel. Really nice quad, quite enjoyable. (295 characters)

Photo of DevAJ
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a pleasant surprise. I like the original (the dark triple) and it's one of my highest rated beers, but this is surprisingly light after just finishing a Paulaner Salvator. I was expecting a dark heavy beer (like the triple) and instead it's a bright amber (in comparison) and just the perfect body after a fairly heavy and malty doppel. The alcohol is hardly noticeable in the flavor profile and if it weren't for the fact that it's a little pricey and it has an over 10% abv, this would be a beer that you could drink more than one of easily. (555 characters)

Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.98/5  rDev +22.4%
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. Pours golden with red highlights. Taste is complex and strong, quad character is present. (176 characters)

Photo of mothmanscott
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle was a gift from outdoor7or24. Pours a murky deep amber swimming with particulates, producing 2+ fingers of beige, finely bubbled, foamy, lasting head that leaves sticky rings & streaks of lacing. Aroma sweet caramel malt, brown sugar, sweet fruity bread, raisin, cooked pears & dried apples, a little banana, honey & Belgian funk, a hint of sourness & faint alcohol. Taste is brown bread, brown sugar, apple sauce, slight Belgian yeast funk, pepper spice, some dark fruit hints & alcohol heavier than in the nose. Among all this is fairly prominent medicinal note. Finish is fruity, dry, boozy, caramel, lightly bitter, spicy with a slight pepper bite producing an alcohol spice, bitter-sweet aftertaste. The medicinal taste is pervasive throughout the sip. Mouthfeel is full bodied with medium carbonation, dry finish & warm with a little alcohol spice bite. (872 characters)

Photo of coltonbrimhall
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

- lighter hue than most quads but a red brown hue with a lighter color head
- smell is more wine than most a lot of red grapes and some sweetness
- taste starts with more red grapes turns to dark fruit then yeast aftertaste
- feel is a little syrup feeling to me also really fizzy
- overall a good quad but have had better (323 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 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 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 jonb5
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Review number 400.

330ml bottle, poured into La Chouffe tulip.

A: Bronze, clear, one and a half finger head, good retention with lots of lacing
clinging to the side of the glass.

S: Fruity, boozy esters, some cherry.

T: Hits you with the trademark Van Steenberge yeasty fruity sweetness, followed up with a hard hitting boozy kick, strong notes of brandy.

M: Minimal carbonation, heavy chewy texture, the booze made it burn.

O: Basically this was brandy thinned out with water, a really heavy sipping beer, the booze took away attention from anything else, slightly disappointing offering from one of my favorite breweries, I hope age can mellow this beer. (666 characters)

Photo of Takahiro
3.16/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Look: poured with fluffy, quickly-dissipating head. deep golden to amber color. for some reason, i remember the color of GD of being pitch black.
Smell: apple juice, some pears
Taste: like a dry apple-pear juice, bit of grape juice, with a hint of alcohol warmth aftwards. may be a hint of vanilla. very subtle herbal touch at the very end. seem very simple.
Feel: finishes very dry. very drinkable.
Overall: i had a expectation of complex beer, but this was very simple beer. not too bad. (503 characters)

Photo of AZbelgian
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

*Tasting note: aged at 55 deg F for over a year.

Appearance - Pours an incredibly cloudy dark apricot color with a paper thin and only half-covering white head of tiny bubbles.

Aroma - Strong aroma of ripe fruit, alcohol, yeast with a definite sweet bubblegum note.

Taste - Starts with sweet and peppery malts, lots of alcohol warming, follows the nose with lots of estery ripe fruit notes, mostly dark fruit like fig, with a bit of banana. Ends with a bit of spice and a medicinal flavor, with a sweet fleeting flavor of thick caramel right at the end.

Mouthfeel - Medium to heavy in the mouth and carbonated enough to combine noticeably with the flavors.

Overall - A flavorful Belgian Quad/dessert beer. Have had this both aged and fresh and like it equally both ways. Not your everyday Belgian quad in appearance or flavor. Has some flavor similarities to more traditional quads like St. Bernardus Abt 12 or Trappist Rochefort 10 but has an interesting and welcome twist on the style. Not my favorite quad but still very drinkable. (1,042 characters)

Photo of babaracas
3.62/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750, internet suggests bottling code indicates 11/13 bottling. Red tinted orange, slightly hazy, two fingers of soapy off white head, a few rings of lace on the glass. Smell: date bread, cherry note, floral, sweet apple note. Taste: raisin bread, moderately boozy, peppery, pear, cherry. Syrupy start into fluffy carbonation, but thinning and drying quickly into strong peppery and grape skin finish. Disappointing that a beer this big doesn't have more depth of flavor and heft. (491 characters)

Photo of janubio
3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy golden-amber colour, with a normal head that leaves some lace and a ring. Smell is very alcoholic, with dark fruits, ripened fruits, vanilla and spices. Medium body, creamy and sticky palate. Taste is the same as smell: alcohol notices a lot, dark fruits, spices... Really good. (283 characters)

Photo of MNishCT77
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

10 oz. pour on draft at St. Arnold's at Cleveland Park, unknown brewing/packaging date, poured into a Gulden Draak tulip glass, drank over 30 minutesp (150 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a vaguely murky copper color. The head is three fingers high, and off-white in shade. It doesn't seem to have the intense fizz of other Belgian ales, in fact it's texture is almost creamy-looking. Retention is about average. Plenty of lacing is left on the glass, though. Even if the body itself isn't brilliantly lustrous, it's still one of the better-looking Belgians out there. (4.25)

Smell: The nose starts off with incredibly vibrant fruit notes - mainly cherries, raisins, and figs. Letting it open up will cause it to develop a powerful spicy edge of ginger, while maintaining nice bread notes. As it opens up even further, it gains some caramel and candied sugar aromas. Judging from the nose, it smells like a big-ass brew, but one with an aura of restraint to it. (4.25)

Taste: It starts off bringing those big fruit notes from the aroma down to the palate - not only do I get dark fruits like fig and raisin, but I also get some nice citrusy flavors (invoking Duvel). The finish is slightly caramel-esque and sugary, but it doesn't linger cloyingly by any stretch. It doesn't taste like a stereotypical BSDA, instead it takes elements from both light and dark. What makes this work so wonderfully is how it balanced everything is - it isn't endlessly deep, nor does it need to be. (4.25)

Mouthfeel: Typical of the style, the 'bigness' of the brew is counteracted by fizzy, mouth filling carbonation. The finish is still a bit heavy, but not ridiculously so. Considering how flawlessly the alcohol is concealed, I don't care. Is this a 6% beer? Could have fooled me... (4.5)

Overall: I'm not sure which Gulden Draak is superior: the regular "dark tripel" or this. I'd personally say this is a little more drinkable, though regular GD has a bit more depth.

"They're both fabulous."

Okay, they're both fabulous. Damn straight, put a period on that. Buy it, drink it, love it. (4.25)

4.28/5: Gulden Draak doesn't mean "golden dragon", it means "fuckin' delicious" (2,031 characters)

Photo of TPatterson70
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great color. To much carbonation and with the bite of alcohol, hard to swallow so no very smooth. To much punch up front so it's difficult to taste a finish. (157 characters)

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