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

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774 Ratings
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Ratings: 774
Reviews: 171
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 63
Gots: 116 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Jason on 08-11-2011)
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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3/5  rDev -27.5%

Ainjyll, Jan 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Lynn, Jan 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

TranceRich, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of msalsbury
4.83/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I'm a big fan of Belgian beers in general, especially the Triple and Quadruple styles, so Gulden Draak 9000 is right up my alley.

It pours a lovely coppery amber with just a slight haze and virtually no head. There is a little bit of web-like lacing left in the glass as you drink it.

The aroma combines the usual Belgian fruit, spice, and sweetness with a hint of alcohol.

The flavor matches up with the aroma. It's sweet without being overly sugary. It's spicy to the "just right" level. It's fruity without tasting like a fruit beer. In short, it's everything I look for in the Quad style, and nothing I dislike. Hops bitterness is minimal in this one. Even at 10% ABV, the warming note of the alcohol is not intense or uncomfortable.

The finish is fruity and sweet, and very pleasant overall.

msalsbury, Jan 19, 2014
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5/5  rDev +20.8%

Mike099, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of dlcoblen
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: the color of honey. Slightly murky, with amber hue. I had about a 3.5 finger head which settled after 3 or 4 minutes. I love the lacing it leaves behind.

S: Candied fruit all day.

T: Deliciously sweet. A perfect dessert beer after dinner. I don't know why but its difficult to pick out specific flavors in this one. Its just good! It has the sweetness plus the Belgian yeasty taste. The high abv is hidden well in my opinion you get mostly dark fruits when it hits the palate. Not much to say just go get one to enjoy.

M: great mouth feel here. So very creamy with a good balance of carbonation.

Overall: Like I said a perfect dessert beer due to its sweetness and creaminess. I certainly enjoyed this quadruple and will be buying it again. You wouldn't know it because of the sweetness but the abv is 10.7 which makes it enjoyable because one is all that is necessary.

dlcoblen, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.74/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A rather unique quad obviously, companion to this brewery's "dark tripel". Looks, smells, and tastes distinctive, as one would expect. I let mine hang out in the cellar for around 8 months or so before finally getting down to brass tacks this afternoon. Poured into a goblet, this brew is a dark honey amber color rather than brown, with around four inches of light-colored head that disappeared quite quickly. Aroma reminds me of a saison, with nutty, spicy, funky yeast paving the way and pungent sweet honey and cooked fruit bringing up the rear. Smells quite a bit like fermented prune juice. Palate is richly sweet and spicy, with honeyed breakfast cereal, golden syrup, cooked applesauce, pumpkin, sultana raisin, prunes, clove, coriander, and dry burlap sack/horse blanket all blending together. Unique combination of flavors yet still a quintessentially Belgian "malt bomb". Fairly thick and syrupy body, an effect amplified by the relatively tame carbonation. Hard to taste much in the way of hops. Certainly has its own charm, even if I do prefer the more traditional dark takes on the style.

CalgaryFMC, Jan 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

BeerNDoggerel, Jan 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Boone757, Jan 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

SoCaliC8, Jan 16, 2014
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3.08/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A-Dark amber or copper colored beer. Thick, chunky, white head is born from my mostly gentle pour. Very retentive. Speckles of jagged lace.

S-All sweet and spicy. Some booze. Definitely spiced. Chalky Belgian yeast. Thick, malty components.

T-Dark fruit sprinkled with Belgian spice. A noticeable Belgian yeast note as well. A luscious coat of malty caramel, grown sugar and all the sweet fixings. Alcohol is evident as well.

M-Strong carbonation. Alcohol is fairly well integrated. Somewhat sticky. A definite sipper for me.

O/D-Happy I didn't buy this one myself. The more I drink them, the more I realize how this big, rich, Belgian malt elixirs are not for me.

VelvetExtract, Jan 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

mattmarka1, Jan 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

J_Barrett, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of JWU
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a Gulden Draak glass at Fiorentino's, Lititz, PA

A- a dark, cloudy amber, with a nice white head. Certainly lighter than I expected for a Quad.

S- Tons and tons of dark fruits, prunes and black cherries mostly. Some dark Belgian sugars and fruity esters are there as well. A slight earthy hop is detectable.

T- So complex. Lots of dark fruit, and the Belgian sugar and fruity yeast components are all there. An excellent earthy hop is detectable on the finish, and lends a slight bitterness to balance the big sweetness. Excellent.

M- Full, creamy, and lush on the palette. Highly carbonated.

O- I really enjoy that this Quad has a nice balancing bitterness to it. We're not talking IPA bitterness here, but it cuts the big sweetness just enough, and lends to a fabulously complex brew.

JWU, Jan 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Belittle, Jan 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Seabass1964, Jan 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle 10,5% Abv.
Served chilled and split between a wine glass and snifter.
Best before: 21/11/2013 (Intentionally cellared)

Appearance: It seems the guys at Van Steenberge like to do things a little differently, first a dark triple (the regular Gulden Draak) and now a light Quad! The beer appears a beautiful burnished golden-orange with a rough pour yielding a massive off white head. The head retention is pretty average, but it does leave a few patches of lacing as it recedes.

Smell: Gulden Draak 9000 doesn’t smell much like any other Quad that I have had, but when it smells this good who really cares! A solid sweetness (notes of brown sugar and caramel) combines with a lovely fruity character (golden raisins, cooked apples, peach, sweet white grapes, cherry, a little citrus peel and a hint of golden plums), a light spicing (white pepper) and a touch of brandy like alcohol.

Taste: The flavor isn’t quite as sweet as the nose suggested and has notes reminiscent of a BSPA, but it is still delicious. Notes include: Brown sugar, cooked apples, some peppery spicing, sweet golden raisins, clove, plums, a touch of banana and a little brandy-like alcohol.

Mouthfeel: As with most Belgians this is somewhat over carbonated for my tastes, but it isn’t too harsh or obtrusive. The body is medium-full, a little chewiness and a light stickiness.

Overall: I am very glad that I put this bottle away for a while - I think if it had been fresh there would have been a little too much alcohol. I am going to have to by a few more bottles to stick in the cellar.

Thehuntmaster, Jan 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Saind, Jan 06, 2014
Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
92 out of 100 based on 774 ratings.