Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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4.05/5 rDev -2.2%
Pours a murky honey orange with a 2 inch foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy latticework of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, dark fruit, brown sugar, yeast, and spices. Taste is of malt, brown sugar, dark fruit, spices, and an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild spice bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and dangerously drinkable for its ABV.
08-14-2012 01:51:31 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.99/5 rDev -3.6%
A: The beer is hazy golden yellowish orange in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high light beige colored head that died down but has good retention properties and consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark fruits are present in the nose along with some hints of yeast.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and also has some additional hints of grapes.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This tastes a little strong, but nothing like a beer over 10% abv because it hides its alcohol very well from the taste. For this reason, it's rather drinkable.
10-19-2013 06:19:07 | More by metter98
3.98/5 rDev -3.9%
Bottle: Poured a deep clear amber color ale with a large foamy head with average retention and some light lacing. Aroma of fruity ester with some residual sugar and some dry fruits notes is quite intense. Taste is also a complex mix between light alcohol ester notes with some dry fruits and some residual sugar with light warming notes of alcohol. Body is quite full with good carbonation and some alcohol was apparent. Nice level of complexity but still a tad too sweet for my taste buds which could have been levelled out with a 2-3% reduction in ABV.
10-22-2012 20:26:46 | More by Phyl21ca
4.05/5 rDev -2.2%
Incredibly, the reinvention of the Gulden Draak brand borrows a lighter malt color and palate fare while retaining, and maybe increasing its complexity with spice, fruit, and candied malts.
Burnt amber in color, the rubyish and orangeish hues play out with mild haze that casts a light even glow. The beer releases a creamy and rocky head of off white foam that quickly succumbs to its own sugary weight and alcohols until it reduces to a ring around the glass. Mild legging keeps the beer looking as much like brandy as it does beer.
Brown sugar, molasses, dark pitted fruits, peppery spice, and vinous character plays out even before the first sip. The nose enjoys savory notes of chocolate and cherry, caramel and wine, figs, dates, and apples along with the tawny sweet scent of port wine.
Flavors are intensely sweet with caramel and toffee with nearly butterscotch richness, elegance, and supple taste. Merlot grapes, cherries, plumbs, dehydrated fruit, and tart apples bridge the sweetness into tartness that assists the taste of peppercorn and spicy alcohol in balance. The fantastic flavors take the palate on quite a journey in short order as the initial sweetness turns fruity and then hot and spicy to finish like a fine dessert wine or digestive.
Full bodied from start to finish, even the high rate of carbonation struggles to pull the beer from the tongue. Because this, the beer puts its full brunt onto the mouth for full appreciation of flavor and texture. Finishing semi-dry, mildly acidic, and nearly hot the beer allows for a long linger of fruit, malt, and heat.
Although the alcohol is roughly the same as the original Draak, it's barely lighter malting allows for superb balance of fruit and spice to play a larger role, although it also exposes its higher (and somewhat distracting) hop bitterness and needle-prick alcohols.
06-11-2012 18:02:15 | More by BEERchitect
3.68/5 rDev -11.1%
On-tap at Beachwood Brewing
Dark amber in color with a khaki colored head. Sweet caramel and brown sugar on the nose right away. Some banana and dark fruit notes (quite a bit of red grape) follow that. A mild spice note and a hint of bubblegum as well. The bubblegum is more pronounced on the palate and adds to the sweetness of the caramel, brown sugar, and banana flavors. Similar dark fruit notes, almost overripe plums, grapes, and cherries.
08-04-2012 04:09:46 | More by womencantsail
4.23/5 rDev +2.2%
A - half finger head of off white foam on a hazy, amber colored body.
S: bready and biscuity with fruity mostly sour cherry notes.
T: Sweet caramel, cherry and strawberry fruits. Very sugary and a little tart. Yeast presence balances this out.
M: light to medium body and light to moderate carbonation.
Overall: sweet and sugary like I would expect from a quad.
06-03-2012 03:57:15 | More by kylehay2004
3.6/5 rDev -13%
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.
07-31-2012 01:45:55 | More by Knapp85
4.43/5 rDev +7%
On tap at Sessions in GReensboro.Poured into a fluted glass a a deep burnt orange with a fluffy white head atop.Canied sugar/caramel with alot of fruity ester in the nose,candied sugar plays a big role in this beer.Burnt sugar flavors are big with some vanilla caramel flavors almost like a hard toffee,light yeasty spiced notes along with some juicy fruit round out the palate.This is a rich tasting full flavored quad,one of the best I have had,seek it out if you can find it.
05-06-2012 20:28:51 | More by oberon
4.23/5 rDev +2.2%
A - Poured out a clear, dark, dark copper color with ruby highlights. It had a three-finger, tan head of fluffy foam. It left sticky patches of lace on the glass.
S - It smelled of dried dark fruits with some biscuity malt notes.
T - It tasted of plum, raisin, dates and fig. A touch of toffee, caramel and spice.
M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.
O - This is a fantastic quadrupel. Glad I was able to find one in Kansas.
12-12-2012 03:13:58 | More by zeff80
4/5 rDev -3.4%
330ml, same little squat bottle as the normal Gulden Draak. The Golden Dragon's bigger, and even boozier brother?
This beer pours a hazy medium apricot amber hue, the rising effervescence non-stop, with three fingers of very puffy, thinly foamy off-white head, which leaves some patchy gnarled root lace around the glass as it slowly seeps away.
It smells of darkly caramelized and slightly toasted malt, fruity banana bubblegum, candy floss, rather soft earthy yeast, subtle leafy, wet grass hops, and a mild vodka-like booze twinge. The taste is sweet, sugary pale malt, slightly upgraded with some roasted caramel notes, more titration tube banana esters, ethereally musty yeast, applesauce, earthy, weedy hops, and a thin membrane of alcohol warming.
The carbonation is a bit pointed and frothy at first, but settles quickly enough, the body medium-heavy in weight, and generally smooth, and even evokes a semblance of creaminess here and there. It finishes fairly off-dry, the still sturdy fruity malt and understated dark sugar seeing little opposition in the form of hop or alcohol astringency.
While a genuinely tasty offering, the overall intricacies don't really keep up with the best in class - sure, the booze is expertly integrated, and while there's lots going on in its own right, there's just a certain je ne sais quoi lightness of being that renders me just a wee bit down about this style that I share many's affinity for.
05-09-2013 02:02:46 | More by biboergosum
4.19/5 rDev +1.2%
Been passing up on trying this beer for a very long time.
Great malty tone to this with a distinct and consistent sweet edge. Way too easy to drink. Strikes me much more as a strong amber ale, but who cares. It's a nice hearty ale that carries mellow, yet pointed, sweet tones. Like I said, way too easy to drink. A great beer.
07-29-2014 18:23:09 | More by RblWthACoz
4.23/5 rDev +2.2%
A - poured with a small head of off white foam on a hazy, amber colored body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves no lace.
S - a fruity and sour aroma of cherry and some spicy notes.
T - sweet caramel and some sour cherry up front. Sweeter caramel in the middle with plum and a bit of clove in the finish.
M - medium thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.
D - complex and relatively balanced, the tart malt works well with the yeast.
06-03-2012 03:43:09 | More by nickfl
3.55/5 rDev -14.3%
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.
10-09-2013 22:47:23 | More by WVbeergeek
4.2/5 rDev +1.4%
A nice big 750ml bottle, a nice sipper bottle for a night cap while watching the Sox playoff game.
Pours a nice fizzy bubbly head that hits 1 finger, and seems to stick around for a bit, nice for a 10+% beer, light bubbles left for lacing, very hazy amber-orange colored beer.
Nose is loaded with the sweet aromas, candi sugar a plenty, bit of caramel and nice toffee aroma, a bit nutty as well, and little syrupy but doesn't seem to get cloying sweet, at least on the aroma. Some dark fruits in there nicely, little fig paste mixed with brown sugar, little plum, touch of brandy soaked raisin, and some fruity esters thanks to the yeast. Booze is there too, coming through with the mild esters, and light phenolic booze.
Taste starts a bit on the sweet side but again not very sweet. Booze warmth right off too, with a little phenolic booze and some esters as well. Then fruits, some fig and date like first, a little plum, and just a touch of candied raisins. Plenty of sweet flavored malts too, little biscuit, nice caramel and lots of toffee, touch of butterscotch, lots of candi sugar too with a little syrupy sweetness. Nice candy malt overall, almost barleywine level of malt. Finish is still pretty sweet, a bit of a bready biscuit malt, chewy toffee and nutty candy, candi sugar, and more warming phenolic booze lingering.
Mouth is med to fuller bod, lots of carbonation and a bit too much for a quad, plenty of warming slightly tingly booze too.
Overall pretty nice, a really nicely done quad, with great malts and sweet characters, very malty, with a pretty decent attenuation, nice dark fruits, good booze esters and phenols which are good in this case, perhaps the only downfall is the over carbonation. I can only imagine what this would be like in a bourbon or rum barrel, and come to think of it I may try that, buy a bottle or two, age in a growler with some oak chips or something. very interesting!
10-13-2013 01:43:46 | More by jlindros
3.8/5 rDev -8.2%
I like the regular version better I think. this one is punishingly boozy, with no apologies. I mean, I know its a quad and it should be big, but this is hard to drink. pours super light for its genre, orange hued bronze color, maybe even lighter, fairly clear, with a sudsy white head. the nose is all alcohol, a touch of banana and other fruits towards the end, and some candy sugar, but the alcohol is by far the most forward aroma. same is true with the taste. it finishes hot, but some banana from the yeast is left over after the alcohol burns off. hints of honey, vanilla, and black papper flash in and out, but in the end its booze and sugar. too much for me, and I am a lover of quads, but this one has glaring imbalances even for its strength. its still a very well made beer of course, but in comparison to the regular gulden draak, this is inferior in my opinion. 750mls of this could kill a small child.
04-11-2013 16:37:12 | More by StonedTrippin
United Kingdom (England)
4.23/5 rDev +2.2%
33cl Bottle: best before 1 Dec 2013, poured into a Westmalle chalice at home on 28 Sep 2012 during a 'random tasting evening'.
Looked great in the chalice: a rich amber body with an off-white crown of uneven foaming bubbles on top.
The aroma given off is a heavy mix of malty molasses and candid fruit esters, could I also find Port, yeast and a promise of alcohol: yes, I could.
The taste was sweeter than I thought it would be, but the alcohol level and the wine yeast that is used in the secondary fermentation ensures a semi-sourness also prevails and the sweetness subsides as you get into the flavours more.
Interesting and different: a fine, strong beer and one I shall endevour to have again.
10-05-2012 10:04:30 | More by BlackHaddock
3.99/5 rDev -3.6%
330ml stubby Belgian bottle purchased from Platinum Liquor in Bellevue Hill.
Pours a bright and clear deep golden colour, and despite a fairly careful pour, the head roars up in a mass of rocky, frothy cream-coloured bubbles. These crackle their way out to nothing, leaving a very aerated core and some wet smacks of lace. Body is light and fluid. Looks pretty decent.
Nose is dense with Belgian yeast esters—dense in that they're there, and pretty solid, but they don't express themselves individually, more as a pronounced block. Here we are, they say, and together we stand. There's a slight dustiness to it as well, giving it a slightly refined characteristic. It's actually pretty pleasant.
Taste is also quite refined and very good overall. Smooth, slightly biting characters run from start to finish, giving a mostly neutral grain malt character, laced with a hint of phenolics and acidity. Pleasant dryness on the back cleans things up, and prevents any significant alcohol burn. The booze is there, but it's marvelously tempered. This doesn't feel at all like a post-10% ABV beer. The feel helps in this regard too: it's light, but balanced enough to prevent any astringency.
It's a pretty fine beer, well crafted and packing a punch you don't expect. The smoothness on the palate is excellent, and the approachability overall is genuinely surprising. For a beer weighing in at ten-and-a-half percent ABV, this is ridiculously drinkable.
02-12-2014 05:15:47 | More by lacqueredmouse
Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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