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

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Ratings: 1,018
Reviews: 213
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 92
Gots: 259 | 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 Mattygross44
1.19/5  rDev -71.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Over hyped fizzy carbonated just un drinkable. I poured the whole bottle down the drain...never again

Photo of titvs
3/5  rDev -27.5%

Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (syle 18E). Bottle 33 cl - Batch unknown. AROMA: moderate low malt background with some peppery and caramel notes. no hop aromas. alcohol presence. APPEARANCE: deep amber or coppery color and a bit hazy. average ivory head with good retention. TASTE: very sweet malty flavours with some caramel notes. alcohols on the spicy side. low bitterness rendering the beer unbalanced. finishes sweet. PALATE: medium body with average carbonation. OVERALL: unbalanced and lacking aromas and flavours. could be better.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.09/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A-Dark amber or copper colored beer. Thick, chunky, white head is born from my mostly gentle pour. Very retentive. Speckles of jagged lace.

S-All sweet and spicy. Some booze. Definitely spiced. Chalky Belgian yeast. Thick, malty components.

T-Dark fruit sprinkled with Belgian spice. A noticeable Belgian yeast note as well. A luscious coat of malty caramel, grown sugar and all the sweet fixings. Alcohol is evident as well.

M-Strong carbonation. Alcohol is fairly well integrated. Somewhat sticky. A definite sipper for me.

O/D-Happy I didn't buy this one myself. The more I drink them, the more I realize how this big, rich, Belgian malt elixirs are not for me.

Photo of Takahiro
3.16/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

Photo of Ryan_Graham
3.17/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark Amber with a slight (one finger) head. Beautiful looking beer. Smells a bit like wine. The alcohol is very apparent in the flavor. It's not as drinkable as I would've hoped. The flavor's not awful though. It tastes smooth at first but the taste is quickly replaced by a bitter boozy aftertaste. Overall, it's decent. But a little too boozy for my taste.

Photo of impending
3.18/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

B-

33cl into a tulip. Pours a crystal clear new shiny penny, minor egg cream colored head, ok lacing.

Aroma has a range of fragrances from high to low. Strong spicy phenols, floral components and a little zinc.

Flavor is of a spiced honey with metallic overtones. No dark fruits. Obvious but not hot alcohol, no solvents. Phenolic slightly bitter aftertaste doesn't linger too long to its benefit. Medium to full bodied lively mouthfeel. Nothing about this is quadish.

Americans don't brew quads to the level of the Trappists, De Struise, Val Dieu, St Bernardus and others whose brews are clearly of that style ilk like Het Anker. This is the converse, a belgian quad brewed in the style of a Four, The Stoic or V-Twelve. None particularly quadish.
cheers
jd

Photo of stakem
3.23/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Im a fan of standard gulden draak so I was looking forward to the opportunity to smag this one. Poured from a 11.2oz stubby bottle into a teku. The bottle was in the fridge for over 24 hours and yet it gushed as the cap pried off. Regardless, it appears a polished clear copper color with a yellowish stained cap. A huge frothy head comes ripping out the bottle and maintains with a large bubble composition. This looks over-carbed but fades quick.

The aroma is sweet like candy or better yet beet sugar with a tinge of alcohol and herbal hops. Not much maltiness from the nose, just a sugary sweet scent. Also, the yeast contribution seems lost. Surprisingly, despite being grosely over-carbonated, there does not appear to be any off-character or detriment to the smell.

The taste is sweet yet solvent with booze. A bit of yeasty aspect is present with a flavor of clove mixing with a suggestion of banana and earth. There is a lasting herbal bitterness and booze with almost a plastic aspect across the back. Whereas the nose was without fault, the taste on this seems off in the aftertaste.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with an effervescent amount of carbonation that is quite a bit overdone. It id a warming beer overall and I get the feeling that my bottle might be off due to the plastic hint and over carbonation. I was sadly let down by this beer and probably would not revisit it again.

Photo of scottfrie
3.28/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle into matching tulip.

A: Pours a deep caramel amber color with a couple fingers of fizzy light tan head. Head slowly faded into a fuzzy film that lasted the whole beer through. Decent lace left down the glass.
S: Huge notes of sweet fruits dominate with flavors of apple cider, grape juice, plums, red pears, and raisins coming through. I pick up some expected spice as well plus light notes of alcohol.
T: Very sweet with the same fruits as the nose, but definitely more yeasty and spicy than the nose suggested. I get pears, grapes, apple juice, clove, cinnamon, dates, prunes, raisins, cocoa, golden delicious apples, pepper, and doughy yeast on the palate.
M: Bold, sweet, boozy, and damn near cloying. Carbonation is prickly at first but softens up in my mouth. Full body, syrupy mouthfeel.
O: About five years of age would probably do this one some good. It’s good but just a bit too sweet and boozy for me to love. If you can, wait a long while to crack this one open.

Photo of Brutmasta
3.42/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a stubby bottle into a short tulip.

Pours a lovely amber with some pink and orangish hues. I'm getting almost no nose from this at all besides the typical yeast you get from a quad or a tripel. I'm actually very disappointed in this. Once you take a sip the disappointment from the nose goes away pretty quickly. Biscuit, apricot, leafy things, with a bit of citrus all meshing together seamlessly! Mouthfeel has a lot of carbonation early and finishes semi dry for a very different mouthfeel that covers all areas. Overall a very good beer but not being able to smell it brings it down a tad.

Photo of tbeckett
3.45/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best before 02/09/2015.

A - Deep golden colour and cloudy. Strong carbonation with a three finger off white head. Great finger of retention with good lace rings.

S - Yeast, sugar, raisins. Mild.

T - Raisins, yeast, bread. Mild again.

M - Good carbonation, full body, sweet and dry in the finish.

O/D - This is obviously far too young for a Quad. Mild, muted, etc. I can see the potential in it though. Gonna have to revisit it later.

Photo of Chide
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Beer is good. Much better from the tap. Need to air it out, if drinking from the bottle.

Photo of DARIVA
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance of this beer is a clear golden amber color with a small head.
The smell of hops is easy to recognize.
This beer has a good taste with a slightly sweet finish with the taste of peanuts present.
The beer is good drinkable with the taste of the foam lingers long.
Tasty tingling and a long aftertaste.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.52/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Whole Foods.

More a BSPA than quad, this is a golden copper with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and moderate lacing. The nose is a blend of yeast, spice (clove, fennel), golden raisins, ripe white grapes, honey and caramel. Too sweet for my liking, this beer opens with a blend of honey, caramel, toffee and spice. There's bubblegum (not my favorite flavor) as well. Spicy and sweet with some yeast on the finish, this beer is medium-full in body and highly carbonated. Decent, i much prefer the regular version of this beer.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Stubby bottle picked up tonight at the COOP... Pours with a sturdy 3 finger light tan head... good lacing and retention atop a clear orange brew.

Nose shows clove and light "pink bubblegum" ... light peppercorn and some background sorta spicy.. even floral hoppiness..

Flavor shows plenty of fruity esters.. pear, apple, overripe white peaches.. very estery.... a touch too much residual maltiness goes a long way to accentuate the fruitiness.. sweet maltiness really blooms with warmth.. too heavy. No balance at all.

Carbonation is about right... but much of the rest of the brew is "wrong" ... even in the "BSPA" realm, this is all over the map...

This brew is too much of "everything Belgian" and never finds a good mesh. Certainly not a "Quad", but a BSPA that hits the fruitiness hard.

I may buy a bottle or two to forget about for a year or so.. but I doubt it will do any good, it is just too estery and the residual sugars just hammer it.

Photo of MNishCT77
3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
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

Photo of zachary80
3.56/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black bottle, poured into a pint glass.

Color is very light for a Quad, which caused me to reach for the bottle description which reads "that is has a "deep golden amberblonde color" -- something I completely agree with. The "head" is white but there is something wrong here - it pours more like a soda with huge bubbles. The lacing consists of several large bubbles on the glass. Looks more like a strange soda or mixed drink than a beer.

Aroma is full of the yeasty and estery notes that define big Belgian beers. Some hints of cinnamon; moderate sweetness.

Flavor is more like a BSDA or Tripel than a Quad. Lightly sweet. However not as complex as I enjoy in a beer of this type.

Mouthfeel is thin and dry though not completely so. A little alcohol on the exhale. Carbonation is on the higher side.

I'm left wondering if this is labeled a quad simply by nature of being the strongest in the lineup. As such I didn't rate to the style guidelines beyond the general characteristics of strong and tasty Belgian beers. Rated on its own merit is is definitely enjoyable although not exceptional.

Photo of TheMyers
3.56/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tried this because we love the regular Gulden Draak.

A - Copper/amber, 3/4" head. Leaves a little lacing.

S - Banana, honey, & bubblegum. Sweet. Can't really smell the alcohol. Not a very strong overall smell.

T - Sweet. Honey, molasses, burnt caramel. Not boozy at all - well hidden.

M - Not heavy - fills the palate, though. Very little carbonation.

O - Very good flavor, a little sweet. Easy to drink for the alochol content, but probably can't drink more than one glass because of the sweetness. Prefer the regular Gulden Draak, however this is still good.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Photo of magictacosinus
3.59/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of an 11.2oz bottle into a stemless wine glass. Accidentally aged this for over a year and a half, and felt it was time to get it over with.

Pale amber with a straw color at the rim, as well as a frothy, playful pale head that rises a few fingers in the glass before retaining itself into a small ring. Slightly cloudy, but much clearer perhaps due to the age.

Quite fruity and definitely sweet, with huge phenolic esters due in part to the yeasty qualities and high concentrations of sugars from the malts and whatever else they added (definitely guessing caramel or candi sugar is at play here). Sugarplum, green grapes, dates, raisins, as well as a little bit of white pepper. Slightly gamey as well, with a strangely appealing meat toasted aroma at the end. Finishes sweeter and brighter, with strong notes of brown sugar, caramel, and toffee. Due to the high alcohol, this definitely feels spicier than your average quad - the extra ABV definitely tingles the nostrils like nearly every beer from this brewery does. Not a groundbreaking recipe, but definitely enjoyable given the extra age.

Equally sweet and fruity on the palate, with an extra spiciness that coats the entire mouth with every sip. Pears, green apple, dates, raisins, and figs come in droves, especially as it warms up, and a light pepper spiciness, perhaps one akin to ginger, cleanses the palate each time. Mixed with the caramel, toffee, and honeysuckle notes, I get brief flashes of butterscotch, tamarind, sugarplum, and caramelized banana. Really dessert like and forward in terms of its flavor profile, yet still retains some bitterness (to my surprise). Thick and well carbonated, and while it gets progressively syrupy as it warms, it never loses its bitter edge. The alcohol is more noticeable here as well, and warms up the face with each sip, as well as adding an extra bite to the spicy flavor profile. It's pretty easy to drink with some sips, and while it could be more balanced and approachable, it's quite drinkable in spite of its dessert qualities.

I'm glad I aged this for as long as I did, I as I feel I cut down the sweetness and heat over time, and therefore, increased its enjoyability. It's definitely not the greatest quad I've ever had, and my interest for this brewery has most certainly gone under in recent times, but it's a good one for beginners of the style and definitely has its place in the sea of quads worldwide.

Photo of arthurspoor
3.62/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Very caramel like golden brown color with medium sized head that reduces quite fast to a thin layer and stays present.

I love the smell of this beer. It is sweet like brown suger, but there are also fresher notes of fruit here, with a bit of buble gum.

The taste is good. This is a very heavy beer, so of course it is sweet and you get a good amount of alcohol, but the balance is nice. Tastes like caramel with dark fruits. ALso there is a good ammount of carbonation, which keeps the experience alive and interesting. After drinking a glass or two you get a sticky film in your mouth, which I don't like. You should probably drink one or two glasses most.

This is a very nice dark Belgium beer, but not the best I had.

Photo of Knapp85
3.62/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as an orange color... Not really what I was expecting for a Quad. The head was big, fluffy and cream colored. The head settles and leaves a film on top of the beer. The smell of the beer was loaded with caramel, dark fruits, and Belgian yeast. The taste of the beer was a little stronger than it should have been. There was a light amount hop bitterness in there that I feel overpowered the beers sweetness. The mouthfeel was sharp and not as soft and creamy as it should taste. Overall this isn't the best best Quad out there, it was nice to try but I wouldn't reccomend this to someone who is curious about the style.

Photo of babaracas
3.62/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Photo of Beerenauslese
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Light amber body. Sudsy head on the pour with big pancake bubbles, quickly dissipates to a light ring. No lacing.

Nose is malt and candi sugar, and a touch of green hops.

Tastes of malt and sugar, with some aged hops thrown in and coriander/ginger. Finish is dry and hoppy.

Body is medium and carbonation is faint. As this sits in the glass, gets flat as a pancake.

Overall, rather sweet and high ABV--one glass is enough. Can't say I'd seek this out again when there are more complex and tasty Belgian quads to drink.

Photo of RuudJH
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks good. Clear beer amber colour with a strong beige head on it. Modest carbonation.
Smell of caramel, vanilla, figs.
Taste is malty and sweet. It has the fruit in there but it's a bit faint.
The beer is quite light, somehow. It's like some barleywines with less roasty character than most quads. Alcohol is quite strong and dominant, but it's not harsh at all.
Overall it's a good drink. It's not as dark and packed with flavour as you might expect, but it's ok.

Photo of srandycarter
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Murky dark honey, apricot. Small head leaves to disk. Lots of cling.

S - Phenol, estery booze, sweet malt and some floral aspect.

T - Omg. Booze mostly. Then Belgian yeast and some malt, followed by burning boozy finish.

M - Creamy. I suppose decent balance and carbonation for such a high abv. Harsh finish.

D - One is enough. I like the other Draak better, I think.

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