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

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Ratings: 1,015
Reviews: 213
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 93
Gots: 257 | 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 Mike_Aguirre
4.98/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

Photo of mothmanscott
4.1/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of coltonbrimhall
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
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

Photo of osuskin
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tried On draft at Yardhouse.

Photo of BurlaNation
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Too sweet for my taste

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 650bguy
4.99/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

Photo of bubseymour
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Photo of JasW
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Photo of jonb5
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Photo of CraigP83
4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dried cherries and cranberry. Fizzy carbonation. Alcohol at the end is slightly medicinal

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 Fastwalker19
4.77/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Smooth as a dubbel, but heavy where it counts.

Photo of AZbelgian
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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 DuffmanCanNeverDie
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Total perfection.. plain & simple. That's all I have to say.

Photo of ssantic
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Apart from the Tripel Karmeliet, this is absolutely the best beer I have ever tried. Though I'm a bit of a newb on the craft beer scene.

Photo of jeibimedeiros
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I really love this belgium beer.

Photo of janubio
3.74/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Photo of JonCaytion
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Favorite Quad, Fine Belgian brewing

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 ThisWangsChung
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
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"

Photo of TPatterson70
3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Photo of cjgiant
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle (01JM) - having in side-by-side with Piraat and Gulden Draak (reg), 2nd being reviewed:

Pours a deep orange-golden, definitely deeper and darker than the Piraat I had it next to. The head was again amazing, as I am getting used to from this brewery. Larger initial bubble head is hard to control in the pour, but reduces to a nice fluffy head that lasts and provides lacing on the glass (to keep the comparison, it was less than the Piraat in this pour). The nose was similar to Piraat, with caramel sweetness and a hint of classic Belgian notes, but was also weaker in strength. Add in some fig notes (or date when combined with the malt) as a difference.

The taste is overall more sweet. Where Piraat threw in some saison-like flavors, this one stays sweeter much longer. Sweetness pervades the entire taste, pairing with the dark fruit flavors. I may be searching but there is a hint of orange zest/rind in what little bittering flavors exist. The one good thing to be said for this beer is that it feels great, the sweetness coats the mouth nicely, the carbonation is present, but only acts as an accent. The body is medium-full, and the overall feel is like a beer embracing your palate for a second or two.

Definitely a bit better than the Piraat, but to me more of a beer to have near the end of the night, not because of its strength, but its feel. If not the final beer of the night, have it as a gateway to a nice smooth stout.

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.

Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
92 out of 100 based on 1,015 ratings.