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

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

689 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 689
Reviews: 165
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 46
Gots: 77 | 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  rDev -3.1%

10-04-2013 11:22:33 | More by tbryan5
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KJ2013

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +15%

10-04-2013 01:48:00 | More by KJ2013
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BeerDrinkingDiver

Louisiana

4/5  rDev -3.1%

10-04-2013 01:18:13 | More by BeerDrinkingDiver
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Jame515

Texas

4/5  rDev -3.1%

10-02-2013 01:26:06 | More by Jame515
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jordanmckell

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

10-01-2013 01:36:09 | More by jordanmckell
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Kam

North Dakota

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

10-01-2013 01:31:17 | More by Kam
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pepperfee

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Early on (past 7 years ago or so ) in my Belgian beer loving career I was a quad aficionado. Gulden Draak was my go to beer. However, over past few years, and esp. lately (since I'm now pushing 50) I seem to have developed a low tolerance for sweet and have moved away from quads altogether. I'm definitely more of a triple fan these days. BUT - just had a a Gulden Draak 9000 and it is perfect. Superb - dry -with the essence of sweet plums and brown sugar. Phenomenal. Started out with 2 bottles - just finished one, one left, so wish I had more!

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 03:39:08 | More by pepperfee
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drewone

California

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

09-21-2013 06:29:42 | More by drewone
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MCDuhamel

Ohio

4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked and caged 750 ml into a tulip. Dark orange/medium amber beer with a huge number of effervescent tiny bubbles and a cream colored, dense head. Completely clear. The nose is bready, like a lightly toasted challah. Orange marmalade, toast, and toffee on the tongue, with a tad of alcoholic warming on the finish. Spritzy and medium-bodied. A bit unusual for a "quad," in that it presents very much like a trippel, in color, nose and flavor profile. An outstanding beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 00:16:28 | More by MCDuhamel
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Bassman2019

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

09-20-2013 18:36:16 | More by Bassman2019
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FrostBlast

Quebec (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

341mL bottle

I never mention bitterness in my reviews, my bitterness taste buds are ridiculously under-sensitive.

GUSHER ALERT!

APPEARANCE : Even though I know this beer very well, I've never, *ever* been able to open one that didn't gush out. So after waiting a few minutes for the whole thing to settle down in my glass, I'm actually able to see what the beer looks like. Lovely orange mahogany. Surprisingly clear for a quadrupel. Comes with a stupidly generous head that takes forever to go away and leaves some lacing that lingers but dissolves at the slightest swirl. Once gone, the head is truly and utterly gone, nothing left but the little lacing. But behold, I swirl my glass a little and boom, I'm back with a head that's a full 2cm thick. If you have a mustache, as I do, a paper towel is a must when drinking this little guy.

SMELL : First nose is booze and thick sugary malt with a touch of ripe orange, not unlike Dubuisson Ambrée. Second nose hides the booze to an extent and brings out the hops, which come across as a sort of sharp herbal edge within the massive malty structure. Third nose emphasizes on the second nose's notes and makes them rounder, more refined but less defined, sort of blends the whole thing together. Very curious, I'm used to having the third nose cutting the aroma profile open - on this beer, it's the complete opposite. Interesting.

TASTE : Maraschino cherries, oranges, sugary malts and booze. The hops are pretty hard to spot, but they show in the texture and a very discreet herbal side. I'm guessing they also express themselves blended within the orange side of the malts. Very complex, very textured, many layers. Very interesting.

MOUTHFEEL : Compared with what I'm used to with quadrupels, this is very thin. To me, quads are beers that can walk from the bottle to your glass without any help from anybody. Gulden Draak 9000 is much lighter than this - which is consistent with the lighter-than-usual colour. It still has the aroma profile spot on, but less toasted/roasted, less caramelized. Where "usual" quads can get heavy after a bit, this little guy goes down very smoothly. Careful its 10.5% alcohol don't stab you in the back.

OVERALL : After cleaning up the beer that spilled on opening - even though you handled the bottle like live nitroglycerin - and waiting a full 5 minutes for the head to shrink to something less than 5/6 of your glass, you'll have an amazing time. Well worth waiting for, and well worth buying lots of it. A very well done lighter quad that can be drunk in a wide variety of occasions.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 00:52:19 | More by FrostBlast
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a bright, vibrant, amber-gold coloring with a tall, frothy, big bubbled, white head that starts tall and slowly settles into a surface coating. Nose of apricot, pineapple, toffee, caramel, roast, clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon. The different aroma characteristics come together masterfully, remaining balanced and avoiding overpowering the senses. Flavors are bold and smooth, with a solid caramel backbone supporting a warming booze character, spice blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, and all spice, and a fleeting highlight of bubblegum, old world fruit, and some earthy notes. Very bold, very robust, and a touch of heavy. The body is robust, but kept slightly light and effervescent through the carbonation. Rich sweetness and booze warmth in the aftertaste, with an old world fruit linger and building warmth in the finish. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2013 20:33:35 | More by GarthDanielson
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Anatole

Belgium

3/5  rDev -27.4%

09-19-2013 11:21:48 | More by Anatole
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EliotTruelove

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +21.1%

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BeerShoup

New York

3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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tommy5

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +9%

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schmidtmattsays

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.1%

09-14-2013 00:11:35 | More by schmidtmattsays
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benfons

Belgium

3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: dark amber colour, off-white head (roughly 1cm), nice lacing

S: smells a bit murky at first, some caramel and prunes get through, some caramel-rock candy-syrup, quite a bit of alcohol

T: sweet, caramelised apple, prune, hint of malts and vanilla, some prunes, alcoholic finish

M: medium body, mildly carbonated, pretty dry

O: reminds me a bit of sherry (if carbonated), a bit too alcoholic. But it has some nice complexity it the taste.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 21:05:15 | More by benfons
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wbason

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Duvel tulip.

A Opaque, deep amber with a white head that last longer than expected with the given abv. Lighter than other quads I have had.

S Darkfruit. Figs, dates, raisins. Molasses, brown sugar, caramel, toffee.

T All of the aroma is magnified in the taste. Sweet, yet surprisingly refreshing for a quad. Dried dark-fruit. Raisin bread, caramel, toffee, prunes, dates, etc...

M Really great mouthfeel. High carbonation cuts through what would otherwise be an overly viscous feel. Each sip leaves you wanting more.

O A really good quad. Overall a tad lighter in each category than what I prefer for the style. On its own, however, a really great beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 02:29:11 | More by wbason
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Raziel313

California

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

09-08-2013 23:21:44 | More by Raziel313
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schwemjw

Ohio

4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark dirty brown. large white head with very tight bubbles. a small amount of sediment. looks like a quad!

S: MMM. Raisin, molasses, funky yeast, brown sugar, figs, moldy bread, caramel, banana, toffee, dried apricots, plum and an earthy essence. Just wave after wave of dark fruit and yeast.

T: i don't even know where to begin. like the aroma there is just a rush of all these different dark fruits and malt that are constantly changing with each sip. Plum, dried apricots, rasisin, caramel, buttered bread, tart ripe cherry, fig, toffee, honey and acid.

M: Full bodied with great carbonation.

O: Great beer. very complex with a great mingling of flavors. Not my favorite quad but one i will never say no to. The mouthfeel isn't quite as great as some of the other quads ive had. /92

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 16:38:39 | More by schwemjw
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bostonryan

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.1%

09-05-2013 21:36:53 | More by bostonryan
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brandonld23

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.1%

09-05-2013 02:09:59 | More by brandonld23
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KingSlayer

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

09-04-2013 23:15:15 | More by KingSlayer
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tipofthetongue

New York

3/5  rDev -27.4%

09-03-2013 04:32:08 | More by tipofthetongue
Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
92 out of 100 based on 689 ratings.