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

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

771 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 771
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 63
Gots: 114 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 08-11-2011)
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

turk_371, Apr 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

parintele, Apr 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

valianes, Apr 21, 2014
Photo of Ozzylizard
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz bottle marked 01JM at 45 degrees into tulip glass
Aroma complex fruit and spice, well blended, nothing stands out
Head average (3 cm), off white, creamy, mostly diminishing to an uneven layer varying between 2 – 4 mm.
Lacing good; mostly complete wide rings with medium and small bubbles
Body medium orange with a slight haze
Flavor begins with no flavor of hops or alcohol but with a fruity/spicy sweetness which increases in spiciness and complexity as the ale warms. Any diacetyl present fits well with the other flavors. Eventually, a gradual alcohol warming hits the stomach.
Palate is medium, slightly oily, and exhibits moderately lively carbonation.

This is a fairly typical Belgium quad; by that I mean good. It is sweet and complex, more of a dessert ale than a breakfast substitute.

Ozzylizard, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of bmac093
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden dark orange color with about a finger of head with nice lacing throughout.

Smells sweet with some spice and carmel hints.

The taste starts sweet with dark fruit and progresses to a pleasant bitterness and dry finish. The mouthfeel is smooth with a nice crispness from the carbonation.

Overall I thought it was very drinkable especially with the higher ABV. It is definitely something I will come back to sometime.

bmac093, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of magictacosinus
3.6/5  rDev -13%
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.

magictacosinus, Apr 17, 2014
Photo of biegaman
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

biegaman, Apr 14, 2014
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4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

puboflyons, Apr 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

thatoneguymike, Apr 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

byronic, Apr 11, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

lakario, Apr 09, 2014
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3.74/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Huhzubendah, Apr 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Robdrinx, Apr 08, 2014
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4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

Brisket, Apr 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

R_J_FearNoBeer, Apr 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

devilfluff, Apr 03, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

caddyguy, Apr 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

2013beer101, Apr 01, 2014
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4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

peensteen, Mar 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

dipso123, Mar 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Jcarter1221, Mar 30, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

Pearlstreetbrewingco, Mar 29, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

MooseBoose, Mar 28, 2014
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4.71/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Big_Beers, Mar 28, 2014
Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
92 out of 100 based on 771 ratings.