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

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Gulden Draak 9000 QuadrupleGulden Draak 9000 Quadruple
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Belgium | website

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 235 | Ratings: 1,169
Photo of stevoj
3.56/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was expecting a bit more. Orange amber in color with silky beige head. Aroma of citrus, spice and malt. Taste is subdued, but pleasant and no alcohol burn. However, I was hoping for something a little darker and heavier. Not bad, but short of expectations.

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Photo of JackieKu
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle. Best before 2017-05-21. Poured into tulip.

A: Cropper. A little hazy. Poured with a lot of foam with moderate retention.
S: Intense malty aroma. Sweet notes.
T: Malty. Moderate sweetness. The finish is drying out.
M: full bodied. Creamy.
O: Not a quadruple I expected, the flavors are too simple.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Exceptional carbonation with decent lacing. Certainly a solid example of the style but not what I would consider in the class of others such as ABT 12, WESTY.

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Photo of mnredsoxfan69
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A dark amber pour with lots of rocky foam, four fingers worth from a gentle pour into my beer goblet. Didn't last long, fading to a thin cap after just a few minutes, but it left lots of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass as I drank it down. The smell is of lightly roasted malt, caramel and burnt brown sugar and the flavor followed suit with some dark, stone fruit added in for good measure, along with a noticeable alcohol flavor. Warming alcohol, light carbonation buzz, and a medium full body. I want more of this excellent example of a true Belgian Quad.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought from Bev Mart $4.19. Hazy brown color, thick head, heavy mouthfeel, strong sweet taste, definitely a beer to sip like a wine especially with the high alcohol.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Similar to the original in feel but different in taste, this is another superb beer, smells like wine but tastes so smooth and delicate, excellent stuff.

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Photo of farrago
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Gives up a finger plus of foamy larger bubbles, this creates more airiness than retention, no lack of big, splotchy lacing. The liquid is a bright coppery hue, more yellow at the rims, cloudy and opaque, easy to miss the sheets of microscopic bubbles within. The nose is lively yet not all that thick, conjures up caramel, honey, milk chocolate, golden raisin to date fruit supplemented by cherry, apricot scents, finishes with a strong graininess and biscuit notes. In the mouth it’s medium-bodied, on the dry side for the beer type, the carbonation is steady and obvious. Leans more here on scone, bread and some yeast, follows that with root beer, cocoa, caramel and butter nuances. Curious low level of fruit, mainly apricot, peach, cherry and a mutter of fig. Spiced orange peel and quinine linger lastly at the end. Interesting beer, not exactly what was expected.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 8/10/2015 at Julian’s, in Providence, RI served in an over-sized wine glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, candy sugar, caramelized malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of candy sugar and fruit. Then some breadiness comes in from Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down dangerously easy, slightly filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of Raynman
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Tried for the first time on draft. Dark golden color. Very little odor. A little of a sour taste but otherwise smooth. Not my favorite quad but definitely in my top 10.

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Photo of drmeto
3.64/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

L:
-pours a hazy amber with a big,foamy,white head
-low to medium carbonation visible
S:
-banana,coriander,caramel,toffee,honey,slight lemony
T:
-Follows the nose plus tons of residual sugar
-sweetness is off the charts,almost undrinkable
F:
-high carbonation
-boozy like most Van Steenberge Beers
-full body
O:
Certainly more a Tripel than a Quad.
It's a good Beer but the ridiculously high sweetness will probably keep me from buying this again.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

5oz sampler flight from the tap

Pours a clear copper, a few streams of carbonation , no lacing

Aroma of sweet malts , dark rich fruits

Taste- sugar coated figs, plums , caramel.

Mouthfeel - low sudsing, feel the alcohol good

Very good quad

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Photo of Dentist666
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

10,5% ABV.
Poured into tulipю
Pours hazy copper/amber beer with gorgeous bubbly golden head, nice retention. Smell is great - dark fruits, red berries, honey, alcohol warmth, caramel. Taste - candy sugar, dark fruits, booziness included, oily body. Good quad.

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Photo of Libeertarian
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Have had this since early October, so, considering it's an import and had been for sale for a while, I imagine it's well over a year old by now. Kept it stored in a fairly cool, dark place, so I believe it's aged like it was supposed to.

My first quadrupel. Poured into nice spherical goblet. Appears a round, amber ball of semi-opaque liquid with concentric copper sphere of haze residing within, topped with lemon-white medium-bubbled, medium-retaining head, but finer and fluffier where air has begun to dry its surface. Smells bready in the bottle and on first pour. Once it has escaped and aerated, there's a little spice as well as strong fruit aromas (pears, all manner of berries, plums), hard to separate from the alcohol. As this beer sits waiting for me to find the right words for this review, it takes on balsamic/banana notes that I suspect wouldn't have been found within the first few months of this ale's bottling. At long last, on to the tasting: Faint caramel up front increasing to nearly molasses, until overtaken by "brown spirit" flavors. Dark fruits throughout, slightly stronger and brandy-like as it lingers and carbonation dies down. Beyond the dominant alcohol sensations on either side of the swallow, it's a bit yeasty/spicy in the finish and I'd call it "fishy" (bread and caramel make a comeback here as well) in the retro-olfaction, though neither is unpleasant. No hops to really speak of at any point. Sweeter than I like in a beer, but the complexity of flavors involved mitigates this. It's a full, boozy, and rich Belgian brew. High level of fine carbonation, slightly prickly all the way down. Extremely warming everywhere on the palate. Not dry, but more so than expected, even after several sips.

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Photo of fishyakLA
4.59/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First review so bear with me. I am a fan of Belgium style tripels and quads, so this one appealed to me. Had it at Yard House on draft. The fig/raisin flavor was up front, the high alcohol rode the caboose. A very rich and round beer. I was able to taste it side by side with Allagash Curiex, another personal favorite. Both paired well with "big" full flavored foods, truffle oil French fries, poke and tacos. I would not pair this beer with spicy foods or a steak. Very drinkable, even with the high ABV.

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Photo of mobrado
4.84/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Quite possibly one of my favorite beers in the world. After having a bunch of four packs over the last few months I have to go the full Monty on taste. Dangerously, ridiculously easy to drink, but as complex as your taste buds will allow it to be. My liver would like to thank the importer that this is not available more cheaply in the US. How this is 10.7% ABV will be an eternal mystery to me.

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Photo of Meganomiidae
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: dusky red body with a billowing rocky tan head. Dissipates quickly, leaving snaky lacing.

S: brandy and dark fruits on the nose. Enticing, but not as much so as its sister.

T: Classic quadrupel depth. Candied figs and plums with a hint of toasted marshmallow sweetness and caramel. Quite boozy and warming, in a good way.

F: good, akin to the original gulden draak.

O: pretty good quad!

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Photo of stooge
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Spicy, peppery Belgian yeast in the nose. Pours deep amber with a healthy white head. A bit light for a quad, but lots of fruit. Grapes, pears, apples, followed by plums, raisins and dark fruits. Highly carbonated and effervescent with a nice creamy mouthfeel. Really nice quad, quite enjoyable.

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Photo of DevAJ
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a pleasant surprise. I like the original (the dark triple) and it's one of my highest rated beers, but this is surprisingly light after just finishing a Paulaner Salvator. I was expecting a dark heavy beer (like the triple) and instead it's a bright amber (in comparison) and just the perfect body after a fairly heavy and malty doppel. The alcohol is hardly noticeable in the flavor profile and if it weren't for the fact that it's a little pricey and it has an over 10% abv, this would be a beer that you could drink more than one of easily.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.98/5  rDev +22.1%
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. Pours golden with red highlights. Taste is complex and strong, quad character is present.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
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

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Photo of 650bguy
4.99/5  rDev +22.3%
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.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of JasW
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of jonb5
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
91 out of 100 based on 235 ratings.