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

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Reviews: 204
Hads: 1,062
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 25.8%
Wants: 101
Gots: 286 | FT: 2
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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 TPatterson70
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of bskrtz
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Outstanding example of the Belgian quad. Hazey bronze with loads of effervescent carbonation. Sweet and mild yet packing a strong punch. Delicious, will certainly buy again.

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Photo of Brewstradamus
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Different from the archetype of the traditional Belgian Quad, this baby pours a peachy amber and burnt orange with a fair amount of bubbles creeping to the surface. Not brilliant but definitely not opaque. A nice cream lacing after each sip. On the nose, lots of fruits: pear, peach, tangerine as well as other citrus in addition to the exceptional yeasty breadiness as well as some carmelly toffee. Taste is excellent. Think triple hefeweizen (as pertaining to the triple IPA usage) if that style existed. The belgian yeast is at the forefront here dominating the palate. Pretty much mirrors the aroma with the addition of banana, clove, raison, dates, plum, jelly and fig but the aftertaste has a slight fruity sourness to it which is delightful. Atypical for the style but an astonishing beer nonetheless. If you like Gulden Draak this is definitely worthy. If you don't like Gulden Draak then you must not like Belgian beers and are henceforth unworthy.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed from the big bomber, this FANTASTIC Belgian quad pours a peachy red with a succulent white head of thick foam that dissipates to a thin layer with GREAT lacing. Nose of sweet fruits of peach, pear, sweet Belgian candy sugars, and yeasty goodness. Taste is exceptional with a peach like quality to the middle and sides blending with Belgian candy sugars, crisp apple to the back, and bready yeast flavors rounding it all into a symposium of excellence. Very nicely carbonated mouth feel makes the slick flavors wash down quite nicely. A well rounded Belgian quad that is always a winner. As always an A plus from this fine Belgian brewery.


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Photo of hreb
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Heavy, stubby 11.2oz bottle served in a chalice glass. Beer pours surprisingly pale in color, but appears golden red in the glass. Crystal clear, too. Aroma is rich, of peaches, or stone fruit. Flavor is comparatively mild/neutral. Yeasty and fizzy. It just doesn't have the depth of flavor I want in a quad. What it does have, however, is impeccable balance, and the perfect disguise for its massive ethanol payload. I must disagree on this point with my fellow reviewers, apparently. Very drinkable, just not all that interesting. But apparently I had the same complaint about St. Stefanus when I reviewed that. I really must pick up and review the standard Gulden Draak (Tripel) as well as Piraat, which I remember quite liking. There's just no excuse for a beer this heady and drinkable to be so middling in a category like Belgian Quad.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, orange-amber color, little bits of yeasty goodness floating about. A big head develops initially, dropping chunkily (?) to a broken film with an amazing amount of lacing left before the first sip is taken.
Smell is malt, fruity (apple & grape mostly), sweet with just a whiff of yeast.
Taste is malt, alcohol, fruit, yeast. Balance is off cuz that alcohol hit is big! but the flavor is great.
Body is medium, effervescence is quite sharp up front but fades reasonably fast though it retains a kind of tanginess to it. Warming from the get-go. Slightly drying. Damned good.

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Photo of sokol_1993
4.71/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

- Dark brown, yeasty, hazy
- Caramel, sweet malty smell
- Sweet toffee, caramel taste, very warming! Dark fruit at the end, cherry, plum
- Full body, good after taste.

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Photo of titvs
3/5  rDev -26.3%

Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (syle 18E). Bottle 33 cl - Batch unknown. AROMA: moderate low malt background with some peppery and caramel notes. no hop aromas. alcohol presence. APPEARANCE: deep amber or coppery color and a bit hazy. average ivory head with good retention. TASTE: very sweet malty flavours with some caramel notes. alcohols on the spicy side. low bitterness rendering the beer unbalanced. finishes sweet. PALATE: medium body with average carbonation. OVERALL: unbalanced and lacking aromas and flavours. could be better.

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Photo of higherbrow
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

As a big fan of Gulden Draak, I was excited when my local Belgian import focused bar got the 9000 in. I was a little disappointed, to be honest, as I very much enjoy the Tripel, but that said, the 9000 was still an outstanding beer. Very fruity and earthy, fans of Gulden Draak will encounter that same almost-pungent flavor that distinguishes its cousin from other tripels, but the 9000 does very little to improve on the experience, while upping the price tag slightly. I'd recommend sticking with the tripel.

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Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4/5  rDev -1.7%

APPEARANCE - Mostly opaque orange amber with a 4-finger head that lasts. A bit of lacing.

AROMA/SCENT - Sweet, herbaceous.

TASTE - Sweet, herbaceous, ABV not that well-hidden.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Beer is light, well-carbonated, with a pleasantly creamy head.

VALUE - A bit pricey

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - A sipping beer. Very Belgian taste.

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Photo of constantine_272
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

A: Dark brilliant orange copper. Sticky lacy light tan head the left a solid foam ring as it sat.

S: Alcohol and sweet grain. Wheat and some moldy cheesy yeast.

T: Woody, cedar and leathery earthy and rich. Sweet grainy mash flavor fills the palate with rich caramel and even a bit of balsamic reduction. Golden raisins. Boozy and bread yeast aftertaste. Crisp carbonation and zesty finish is nice but not enough to squelch the sweetness, but still good. Slight saltiness through the finish.

M: Finishes long with a mouth watering sweetness despite the crispness towards the end.

O: Quite delicious. More wine like than anything. However still very refreshing.

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Photo of stakem
3.23/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Im a fan of standard gulden draak so I was looking forward to the opportunity to smag this one. Poured from a 11.2oz stubby bottle into a teku. The bottle was in the fridge for over 24 hours and yet it gushed as the cap pried off. Regardless, it appears a polished clear copper color with a yellowish stained cap. A huge frothy head comes ripping out the bottle and maintains with a large bubble composition. This looks over-carbed but fades quick.

The aroma is sweet like candy or better yet beet sugar with a tinge of alcohol and herbal hops. Not much maltiness from the nose, just a sugary sweet scent. Also, the yeast contribution seems lost. Surprisingly, despite being grosely over-carbonated, there does not appear to be any off-character or detriment to the smell.

The taste is sweet yet solvent with booze. A bit of yeasty aspect is present with a flavor of clove mixing with a suggestion of banana and earth. There is a lasting herbal bitterness and booze with almost a plastic aspect across the back. Whereas the nose was without fault, the taste on this seems off in the aftertaste.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with an effervescent amount of carbonation that is quite a bit overdone. It id a warming beer overall and I get the feeling that my bottle might be off due to the plastic hint and over carbonation. I was sadly let down by this beer and probably would not revisit it again.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 11/19/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear bright orange color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big pear, apple, plum, golden raisin, apricot, white grape, light banana, clove, pepper, candi sugar, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big pear, apple, golden raisin, plum, apricot, white grape, light banana, pepper, clove, candi sugar, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Moderate earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of pear, apple, golden raisin, plum, apricot, white grape, light banana, pepper, clove, candi sugar, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt sweetness; with a great crisp malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly slick/prickly moutfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome pale Quadrupel style. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked 750 ml bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep and hazy amber orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Big three finger off white head that slowly fades into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A yeasty, fruity, and spicy malt forward aroma with big hints of dark fruits. Belgian yeast with some upfront hints of clove, pepper, and cinnamon spicing. Sweet scent of Belgian candied sugar and brown sugar. Toasted malt with sweet hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit, toasted bread, and straw. Big fruit esters with hints of bananas, pear, orange, and apples along with a big presence of dark fruit including hints of grapes, raisin, fig, prune, cherry, and plum. Also some hints of leather and licorice spicing. Subtle earthy hop hints. A very good complex aroma.

Taste: Like the nose, a yeasty, spicy, and very fruity malt driven taste with a big presence of dark fruits. Upfront Belgian yeast with some notes of clove, peppers, funk, and cinnamon spice. Sweet taste of candied sugar and brown sugar. Toasted malt with bready and sweet notes of caramel, biscuit, toasted bread, and toffee. Huge taste of dried fruits with good notes of banana, apples, pear, and orange. Dark fruit notes of raisin, fig, grapes, prune, cherry, and plum. Good notes of leather and slight tobacco. Subtle earthy and grassy hop notes. A very good Belgian taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Creamy, chewy, spicy, and fairly juicy with a drying finish. Alcohol presence is felt but its not overly hot.

Overall: A really great Belgian Quad. Good mix of fruit esters, spices, and toasty malt. Up there with the best.

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Photo of FLima
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber color with a huge thick orange head with great retention and leaving lots of laces.
Unexpectedly light aroma for a Quad with notes of caramel, mild grape and banana.
Flavor with citrusy notes, candi sugar, light spices, Portuguese young wine, mild plum, green apples, raisins and honey. It has a short delay in drying your mouth.
Medium to full body with appropriate carbonation. It is hard to believe it has an alcohol content of 10.5% abv.
I don’t know why I was expecting an even more powerful version of Gulden Draak (I guess the label), but I got a bit less complex and intense beer that is rather smooth, which in a second thought, it is a quality on its own, it is extremely drinkable at 10.5% abv. Anyway, it is a definitely a good beer and kept getting better as it approached room temperature.

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Photo of tomordonez
4.78/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Similar to the white bottle Gulden Draak. Amber with a nice chunky head. Very nice bouquet. Smells like brown sugar, caramel, toffee, some chocolate. Low to medium carbonation. Fruity in front. Bitter in the middle. Strong finish. Very complex and flavorful. A very detailed brew.

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Photo of arthurspoor
3.62/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Very caramel like golden brown color with medium sized head that reduces quite fast to a thin layer and stays present.

I love the smell of this beer. It is sweet like brown suger, but there are also fresher notes of fruit here, with a bit of buble gum.

The taste is good. This is a very heavy beer, so of course it is sweet and you get a good amount of alcohol, but the balance is nice. Tastes like caramel with dark fruits. ALso there is a good ammount of carbonation, which keeps the experience alive and interesting. After drinking a glass or two you get a sticky film in your mouth, which I don't like. You should probably drink one or two glasses most.

This is a very nice dark Belgium beer, but not the best I had.

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Photo of doktorhops
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"GULDEN DRAAAKKK!" That's what I said to myself when I found this brew hiding in the next door cellars at The Archive. The barman/bottleshop attendant thought I was weird when I yelled that quietly to myself, little did he know (actually he knew) that Gulden Draak is awesome and that I must immediately purchase and drink/review 'The Draak'. Plus my C-grade high school maths brain was thinking "This beer has a '9000' in its name - it must be 1,000,000 times better than original Gulden Draak!"... yes that is how maths works for me.

Poured from 330ml bottle into Chimay chalice.

A: Deep hazy amber body - I was half expecting to see a mosquito trapped inside like some Jurassic park homage, but alas no - with a light beige dusty where a head once was. It looks viscolicious - a beer term I invented for brews with high viscosity that are also delicious; i.e. all beers.

S: There is an upfront presence of candied grape (WTF? Grape?), bubblegum and pear esters. Also noted is bread yeast, dark fruit (specifically sugar plum) and a broad toasted biscuit malt base. Not unlike the original Draak the aroma leads one to imagine a hearty winter warming ale... with a truckload of sugar thrown in.

T: Again The Draak surprises with less sugar than expected, yes it is sweet - don't be a fool, any beer sitting at 10.70% ABV will be laced liberally with maltose from the brewing process, but this ale is quite marginal by comparison to other brews. Flavours are more malt based than the regular Draak with; toasted biscuit malt, sugar plum, dates, golden syrup and a heady butter diacetyl that lingers throughout. There is a bitter medicinal hop note at the end however this is remarkably well balanced with the malt.

M: Mid to heavy bodied with a dense but light carbonation and some expected resin stickiness.

D: As good as the original Draak? Methinks not. The original Draak has a flavour slant I prefer - more Belgian Tripel/Strong Ale with the bubblegum/clove/pepper affair going on, whereas this is more of a Belgian version of a Scotch Ale, which I do like, but to me this is totally a case of "when in Rome..." and "I'm Ron Burgundy, you stay classy San Diego". Otherwise this is a damn decent effort from Brouwerij Van Steenberge, aka makers of 'The Draak'.

Food match: Meat you hunted, skinned and roasted yourself over a charcoal pit [excludes: baby seal, panda, dolphin and any other cute animal you can think of]. Vegetarian option? Vegetables you dug up, skinned and roasted yourself over a charcoal pit.

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Photo of mick303
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

33cl bottle served slightly chilled in a tulip snifter. Beer is a bright clear amber brown with a compact head and good curtains of lace.

S - plums, cinnamon and nutmeg spices, dates, and a full black current jamminess. A bit of liquorice and subtle bitterness, spicy and dark fruits dominate. Some really pleasant yeast esters really tying it together for a mouthwatering aroma, a bit of earthy minerality.

T - full fleshy fruits and caramel maltiness, golden Demerara sugar, ripe plums, some golden raisins, bright with also some bright malt character, rich and full with a lightness to it. Some rich lemon toward the end, the finish is a bit butterscotchy and dry. Complexity is actually really impressive, an interesting array of fruity and mild pice character but also some smokiness, tasty, but also a lingering cloying ness.

M - full bodied and warming but incredulously light for the abv, hid very well, lot of creamy filling carbonation coating a smooth malty caramel body. A satisfying and coating feel, with a lively yeast bit end carb, then a solid dry finish.

A delicious refreshing and complex quad, and surprising to have all those rolled into one beer. Not an overly heavy beer, it doesn't compromise on flavour and complexity once it gets going, an assertive yeasty and earthy character backing some spice and plummy jammy dark berries. Tied together very nicely with enough sweetness and crispness to make it drink really nicely. Recommended, though I still prefer roch and st b. This just seems to be too light on the fruits/spice, too mellowed, but still a pleasant quad.

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Photo of ludachris
3.66/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A finger's worth of soapy, big bubbly, fizzing off-white head has a short lived appearance after the pour. The body itself is a fiery amber with a bit of clarity ad midst its haze. Its high abv shows itself on the sides of the glass after a few swirls.

I find the nose surprisingly tame for a quad. A strong presence of fusel alcohol really amplifies its pear drop sweetness. Sticky golden raisins and rich, bready goodness lie beneath. Gooey honey notes stick things together.

The fusel alcohol comes in strong at first. It manages to mellow out but remains present from beginning to end and acts as a bed where flavours are launched from. The center is gooey, chewy and sweet with plenty of golden raisins, dates and bruised pear. The finish is short and sweet with rich honey soaked biscuit getting the last word.

As much weight as this has, I'd place it between medium and heavy in body. Its carbonation level and alcohol kick keep it lively. The finish is brilliant, being clean and concise with the perfect amount of dryness. Candi sugar, god love ya. The lips are a bit sticky and the chest is warm after a few sips of this; both musts for quads.

It's not the sweet, dark fruit heavy, plenty of depth quad that I've had many times before. It's lighter on its feet and straight shooting. As in your face as the alcohol is, it's surprisingly drinkable and I attribute that almost solely to its finish. I prefer their BSDA but I enjoyed this more and more as time went on.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of bmac093
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of magictacosinus
3.59/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
91 out of 100 based on 204 ratings.