Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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3.94/5 rDev -4.8%
There's sediment at the bottom of the bottle but you don't have to worry about it getting into the beer. Clarity is safe. Good thing too because Gulden Draak 9000 has a pretty tangelo colour and shines like a piece of expensive, well-cared for jewelery. Its head is thin as cheesecloth but sticks like glue.
Belgian Quad is among the richest, most ambrosial smelling styles of beer; this offering, however, has an uncharacteristically reserved bouquet. It has the malty sweetness, significant esters and alcohol, and spiciness expected of the style, but it's not on the level of the style's best known examples (Rochefort, St. Bernardus Abt 12, Kasteel Donker) or even the standard Draak.
Gulden Draak 9000 is spicy enough to be marked on beer menus with a chipotle pepper next to it (out of consideration for white people - they really can't take spice, can they?!) While the yeast has more of a baking spice-like persona (cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and the like) it's the 10.5% alcohol that ensures these notes pass over the palate with the heat of a major league fastball.
Still, it's not at all hard to drink. Far from it; the caramelly sweetness and honey-drizzled-toasted nuts taste give it a profile similar to that of a Greek pastry. While this amber offering lacks the rich malty depths of darker Quads, it retains a lot of the dried cherry, raisin, and dark spice notes. It's not as intricate but is a bit more animated, its phenols and bubbles firing on all cylinders.
Gulden Draak 9000 is, in my opinion, no better than the original. It is almost as good though - which means it's a pretty great offering. Brouwerij Van Steenberge may not be the best brewery in Belgium but most of their stuff - this included - is certainly worth picking up, if only once.
04-14-2014 23:10:12 | More by biegaman
4.26/5 rDev +2.9%
From the 11.2 fl. oz. bottle with a simple marking of 01_M. Sampled on April 13, 2014.
It pours an attractive medium amber color with fairly good clarity and a lingering cream colored head.
Aromas of pear, apple, toasted bread and biscuit, brown sugar, maple maybe, and a bit of mild spice. Sweet would be a quick way to define it too.
Medium to bold body and smooth.
The sweetness kicks in right off in the taste with the apple, pear, and malts taking center stage. Then there is is this vibrant bitterness the ends dryly. Alcohol is well integrated. I was in the mood for a Quad today and I found this one top be delightful through and through.
04-13-2014 20:41:40 | More by puboflyons
District of Columbia
3.74/5 rDev -9.7%
On draft at Yard House in Las Vegas, April 2014. Review from notes.
The beer is amber hued and pretty clear and with minimal head. Aromas of alcohol, Belgian yeast, sweet, fruity esters. An aggressive beer, with a present sweetness and a touch of spice. Alcohol heat is a tad forceful. That said, there are some nice flavors happening here. the body is lighter than I would have expected. This was decent.
04-08-2014 01:18:40 | More by Huhzubendah
4.44/5 rDev +7.2%
A- opaque hazy orange. Came to the table with about a finger of head, to the brim in a 9 oz goblet. Light lacing at the top once the head dissipated.
S- Belgian spice, dark fruits
T- Clove, banana, slight boozy finish. Great beer
M- medium body, slightly syrupy with carbonation bite.
O- Great beer, makes you sleepy if you get it at lunch. It'd be a great last beer.
04-05-2014 20:57:30 | More by Brisket
4.03/5 rDev -2.7%
Hazed deep orange colour, one finger of white head with some lace. Smell is fairly yeasty, spice and dark fruit, lots of plum and raisin, some pepper as well as some over ripe banana. Taste follows the nose, yeasty, plum and dark fruits, raisin is more pronounced as it warms, light sweetness, a bit of alcohol, burnt dark sugar and fruit in the finish. Medium carbonation, creamy full body, nice weight and mouthfeel. Quite good, I enjoyed this more than I expected, would certainly revisit.
03-31-2014 11:49:53 | More by peensteen
4.71/5 rDev +13.8%
Appearance: Sunburst colored beer with think cloudy whit head that dissipates into half finger blanket.
Smell: Sweet bread, caramel biscuit dark fruits
Taste: candied plums soaked in rum. Dry alcohol finish after a complex dark fruit sweetness
Mouth feel: great drink-ability for such a hg beer.
Overall: I think this is a very underrated quad. It is firm in my rotation and that is a great accomplishment...my favorite beer from the brewer
03-28-2014 03:58:12 | More by Big_Beers
Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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