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

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Reviews: 222
Hads: 1,116
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 111
Gots: 322 | FT: 1
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Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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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 sommersb
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted On: 01-09-2013
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 330ml brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Tulip
Purchased: Single from Frugal MacDoogal, Nashville

A: Gushed out of the bottle when I opened it...head is a massive rocky off-white, 4 fingers in height. Color is a hazy, dark amber. Both lacing and head retention are excellent.

S: Sweet caramel smells, plus dark fruits, with molasses and a woody component make up the aromas.

T: Figs and raisins come to mind with the sweet flavors. The rich taste also features brown sugar, caramel malts, oak and maybe a bit of star anise. Little to no bitterness perceived.

M: Highly carbed mouthfeel, with a full body. The finish is fruity and mildly sweet - very rich with an alcohol warming.

O: Except for the crazy foam when I opened it, this was a wonderful brew. Recommended

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Photo of monkbrewed
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Good looking beer. Good sincere smell. Balanced in terms of grain and hops. A light, sweet flavor, slightly fruity. Yeast is hidden in flavor profile. Amber in color and very clear with slight coagulation from refrigeration. Residual effects of ABV from a Quadrupel wasn't evidenced after one, but drinking several, those effects might accrue. 4-packs were selling for $23.95 so this is expensive too. A single 12 oz bottle was purchased for $6.59.

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Photo of Doppelbockulus
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nearly 100% clear bronze, there is just the faintest haze looking through the glass. The head erupts when poured but settles withing a minute.

Smells a bit like nail polish and granny smith apples.

Flavor is pretty good, but I think I would prefer this after at least two years in the cellar. The yeast is very strong, providing a light copper flavor. Subtle red wine flavors come through, slightly sweet up front, but dry with tannin in the back.

Mouth feel is medium, the tingle and fluidity are light.

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Photo of jrenihan
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB 14/12/2013

This beer is immediately surprising, in that it has a much lighter hue than one would expect from a quad or BSDA. Amber in colour, clear, and with a fairly large off-white head. Makes you wonder if somehow the wrong beer got in the bottle. Decent retention, good lace.

Nose contains apple, yeast, bread and pear. Like the hue, this smells much more like a tripel or BSPA than a Quad. Smell is good but not at all what one would expect from the alleged style.

The taste is the first thing that gives even a hint of quad-like qualities. Caramel, a hint of dark fruit and some spice. Bread, yeast. The same tripel-like flavours present in the nose are here as well, but less upfront: apple, pear. Interesting beer. Taste-wise it does straddle the line somewhere between tripel and quad. Fairly sweet.

Medium bodied, strongly carbonated. Bready. The 10.5% is very well hidden.

Overall, a good beer but it has really been mis-marketed. Although there are some quad elements in the flavour, it is much closer to a tripel or BSPA. I have reviewed purely on the merits of the beer rather than "to style". You would certainly never include this beer in a "quad tasting" or anything of the like. Pretty unusual.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33cl.) purchased from Le Souffleur de bières, tasted in 2013.

Appearance : brown/orange color, with tan foamy head (but not persistent).
Smell : malts and alcohol aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : sweetness, nice long caramel notes and malty finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Belgian strong dark ale.

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Photo of Brutmasta
3.42/5  rDev -16%
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.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 mL stubby bottle, poured into goblet. No easy to read dating.

appears a clear dark golden color with amber highlights. huge foamy off-white head settles down to a thick creamy layer. aroma and taste is a little boozy. raisin, sugar, but not too sweet. bread crust. medium body, coats the mouth. lower carbonation, smooth.

overall - okay, but not as good as the regular Gulden Draak

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Brilliant deep clear amber colour with plenty of carbonation streams. The bloom of the carbonation blasts the head straight up to four fingers of soapy head. Plenty of lacing and the head holds very well. This looks great in the glass.

S: Sweet caramel and sweet pale malts. Sweet ripe banana and tropic pineapple & just a hint of alcohol esters. Some notes of golden raisins and peaches. Smell is sweet and alluring without becoming too sticky sweet.

T: Sweet malts & bread yeast, not as sweet as the scent, but hold some malty sweet that stands up well to the yeast. Some hints of honey and dates and ripe bananas. Alcohol is there, maybe not as forward as other quads, however you will get a tiny hint booziness. Aftertaste shows a mild sweetness mixed with minerals, fantastic.

M: The carbonation is a subtle buzz that wakens the front of the tongue, so subtle it doesn't make it all the way back. It holds nicely on the tongue.

O: Gulden Drake 9000 seems to straddle the quad and the triple styles and it does so with skilled precision. With hints of alcohol but notes of sweet malts it does marry the 2 styles, but overall this brew is terrific. If it were presented as a triple I think it might get better marks. However if you think of it as a variation on the style - it still blends the 2 styles artfully. Definitely worth a try - keep an open mind.

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Photo of fx20736
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 330ml bottle into a glass, served at room temp.

Beer gushed out open upon opening, bilowing off white head sits atop a coppery orange beer that is insanely active with carbonation.

aroma is nutty-malty like pancake batter, subtle sweetness like orange marmalade, pineapples and honey.

mouthfeel is curiously flat for a beer this carbonated.

taste; again orange marmalade and nutty pancake batter. a sweet booziness on the finish that doesn't overpower the taste buds.

very interesting beer. it calls itself a Quadrupel but is the lightest in color and flavor of any Quad I've ever tasted. it juicy and mildly sweet. Ultimately the beer falls short with its poor mouthfeel and flavor that is a little too subtle for the style.

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Photo of BobZ
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Rich amber with a big frothy 2” head that barely recedes to about 1 ½”. Abundant lacing.

Smell: Citrus (toward lemon) and spice.

Taste: A citrus sweetness upfront with a perfect amount of hoppy bitterness on the finish. Slight hint of bread from the malt. The alcohol is warming but other than that completely masked.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and rich on the palate up front but clean and crisp on the finish.

Overall: Funny the call the regular Gulden Draak a “Dark Tripel” and it taste just like a good BSDA. The call the 9000 version a quad and it’s much more like a strong tripel in flavor. Either way it’s a delicious beer.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.28/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of DavidST
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a goblet, didn't see a bottled date. This pours a mid sized off white head which has medium retention and leaves a lacing and the color is slightly golden color. The smells are spicy, some Belgian funk, some coriander, some fruit esters. The feel is medium high carbonination. The taste is spicy, a little hop bitterness, not as much malts as expected, very dry, but tasty.

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Photo of jondeelee
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gulden Draak 9000 opens to a rich, fruity nose overflowing with banana, strawberry, cherry, orange, peach, pear, sweet apple, and melon fruit esters. The sheer variety of fruit aromas is astounding, as if the beer were 50% fruit juice. But there’s also a nice spice bouquet, including clove, coriander, and touches of white pepper and nutmeg, long draughts of wildflower honey, honeysuckle, caramel, vanilla, and toffee, and a good, light base of baguette and pastry. The panoply of sugars and fruits in here, when held next to the pastry notes, make the beer smell like a delicious spiced fruit pie. But there’s also an alcoholic note, as of champagne, white wine, mead, and a hint of cognac, which speaks to a spiked fruit trifle. As a whole, the nose is fantastic, offering one of the more varied, layered, rich fruit-and-sugar based aromas I’ve ever encountered, the beer smelling like it should be its own dessert course.

On the tongue, the beer begins with a typical banana and clove note, but this is quickly joined by other fruits and spices, the berries, peaches, pears, sweet apples, cherries, and melon fruits from the nose translating very nicely, and the cloves joined by sharp bites of white pepper. The wildflower honey and honeysuckle also translate nicely, giving the beer an almost super-sweet Stevia extract rim, with brown sugar, caramel, and toffee adding further sweet textures. Hops provide just enough sweet pink grapefruit flesh to add a pleasantly citrusy, bitter edge. The alcoholic content here is champagne-like, with medium white wine and mead overtones, and these blend well with pastry and light toast crust. Near the end of the mouthful the beer takes an even sweeter turn, for a half-second or so spiking in Stevia extract sweetness, before subsiding into a fruity, sugary aftertaste that mimics the main flavors, and lingers on the tongue for a good while. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium-high, adding to the champagne feel.

Overall, this is excellent beer, and one of the better quads on the market. I did find that the taste didn’t quite live up to the promise of the aromas, but even at that, the flavors were delicious, and almost perfectly balanced. A must-try for fans of Belgian ales.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This true Belgian quad pours a hazy, clouded amber with a huge, zealous head of gold-tinged suds. It dissipates fast, leaving an erratic, chunky lace.

Nose is, like a true Belgian, full of spices and dark fruit. I get some clove action alongside dried berries and yeasty bread. Nice.

Taste comes across like a freight train! It's strong and assertive on the palate, with a wallop of fruit, spice, and bread right up front. The finish leaves a warming, boozy kick. Truly a big, heavy, and complex ale that rivals the original Gulden Draak. Classic and beautiful!

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Photo of Pegasus
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance, massive, somewhat coarse, off-white head atop a slightly hazy golden orange body. The carbonation is quite fine and abundant in numerous streams. The lacing is scattered and patchy.

Aroma: Lots of sweet caramel and broad brushes of coriander. There are also pepper notes, spicy alcohol, orange rind, apples, and honey.

Taste: Opens with an earthy, spicy note, and warming vinous alcohol. As the taste progresses, bitter apples, plums, and cherries offer a counterpart to he spices and sweet alcohol. Finishes with mild, earthy hop notes, and warming alcohol.

Mouth feel: Smooth and velvety, quite pleasing.

Drinkability/notes: Quite elegant and very pleasing, and entirely appropriate for the holiday table. Would pair very well with roasted turkey, or as an aperitif. Excellent with chocolate cake or dark chocolate.

Presentation: Packaged in a classic Belgian-style bomber with a cork and cage, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Source: Purchased at Specs in Austin, TX, at $11.99.

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Photo of mcanderson0
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Liquid gold. Ruby orange. Vibrant. Thick white head forms and slowly recedes.

S: Hoppy. Fresh cut grass and bananas. Wofts of citrus with the malt breaking through near the end.

T: Reminds me of a pale ale without any bitterness. Some lighter fruit flavor like apricots, nectarines, and golden raisins. A mild tang of lemon zest is present on the tongue.

M: Silky. Highly carbonated but once that is allowed to bleed off the velvety character comes alive.

O: Easy to drink and lots of lighter flavors. This is an odd-take on a quadruple, this is brighter in color and hoppier/sweeter/lighter flavor than other typical examples of the style. Although, I will purchase again.

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Photo of gtermi
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark golden orange body with a thick white creamy head that very slowly fades and never truly goes away.

S: Strong caramel, booze, sweet malt, some fruit and it has a tiny bit of that funky quad, but not as much as the higher end quads like Westvleteran or St Bernardus. That really bums me out.

T: A lot of fruit.. like banana and apricot.. a bit of quad funk, some tart flavor and a little bit of booze. This beer does taste very nice, but it doesn't really scream quad to me. It sort of tastes more like a dubbel or tripel to me.

M: The beer has a fantastic full body, with a nice creamy head. The beer also has a good amount of carbonation that tingles the back of the throat and the tip of the tongue.

O: This is a very tasty beer and I am glad that I have been able to try it. The quad thing really bothers me because it just doesnt taste like one, but if you can overlook that part, it's quite delicious.

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Photo of Douberd
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle, sitting in my fridge for quite long. ABV is 10,5%. Bottle is brown, but dressed also in black plastic with the label being white. Bought in the Netherlands. Good thing I am Greek as the ingredients are only written in greek for some reason (in several other languages is written only that it contains barley malt) and those are water, barley malt, sugar, rice, hops and curacao extract. Weid.
Poured into my chalice, this beer has a dark orange colour, with really tiny bubbles rising to the top. Head is soapy, off-white in colour, two and a half fingers in height and lowering, until it reaches the height of two fingers, with very good retention. Some light lacing around the glass.
Very nice aroma of dark fruits, with some peachy notes too. Some alcohol on the smell, apricots as well.More faint is an aroma of malts and vanilla.
Fruity taste, mostly peach. Alcohol is quite notable on the taste, biting your tonque on the finish.
Medium to thick on the body, with average carbonation.
Quite good, as I expected it to be.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1589th Review on BA
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@Yardhouse, Chino Hills, CA

App- Was really surprised at the color on this one. More of an IPA deep orange with a large 1-1/2" head that faded semi slowly and was very sticky on the glass. A bit translucent on the edges but retained a nice density in the center.

Smell- I dont count this as a quad. This was a bit of a mish mash. A bit of an IPA with a bitter nose that lent itself to a wit/wheat beer that had some quad deep fruits. The ABV was well hidden as well. Took a while to decipher all the notes on this.

Taste- I thought this was tasty but wouldnt call it a Quad in the true style. Blended to be somewhat of an IPA/Quad/Triple blend with bitter, hops, malts and fruits all competing. Semi unbalanced but still a tasty beer.

Mouth- Its a nice creamy quad with a medium body with a medium carbonation. Too much bitter and DIPA creamy hops on the finish for the style.

Drink- I thought it was really tasty. Didnt exactly fit the style but oh well. Sometimes line blur between things. Tasty beer. Might grab a bottle or two.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
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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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of IPA35
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A slightly hazy, orange-amber beer. Quite a large white head with big bubbles. Shrinks quite fast.

Smells like a tripel with light fruits and spice. Sort of citrus, apricot, green apple, white wine-ish. Clove, pepper.

This is not a quad as we know it. Not at all.

The taste is quite sweet, slightly fruity (as described above), some caramel malts and quite alcoholic. A pleasant light taste with a rather big maltiness kicking in once you swallow it. I don't get much hops but it is a rather dry beer.

Smooth mouthfeel, good carbonation, light to medium body.

A good beer, quite balanced and such but I prefer a dark quad over this.

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Photo of cradke
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Fantastic orange red hues with sediment and haze. Almost opaque. The head is out of this world. Thick and frothy and it covers the entire beer for the duration. Fantastic.

Smell: Sweet yeast. Toffee, bread. Pleasant. Nothing overwhelming but very approachable and nice.

Taste:: Smooth profile. Yeast and esters. Very light for a quad with decent sweetness. Not nearly the toffee and hazelenut that I expect from a quad. A small touch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Very nice carbonation. Smooth and very well refined. Thickness is light but substantial.

Overall: Hmm, I'm kind of conflicted about this beer. It's appearance is out of this world. The taste is very nice, refined, smooth with good mouthfeel, but it's just not....doing it....for me. I can't really put my finger on it. Everything works for what it is, but it's nothing new and lacking soem complexity i look for in my quads. Very good beer that's very refined with a dynamite appearance, but there are better quads out there.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz stubby Belgian bottle to snifter.

Pours...much lighter than I was expecting, to be quite honest. I've never seen a quad that was a dark pale orange colour. Off-white head adorns. The aroma was Belgian spices, yeasty esters, fruity tones and a tinge of alcohol. Sweetness on the taste, nutty, sweet yeast esters, spicy, herbal hops. Slight alcohol; appropriate. Full-ish body, with a stout creamy quality.

Quite enjoyable, but the appearance is not what I was expecting....

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Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
91 out of 100 based on 222 ratings.