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

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

782 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 782
Reviews: 172
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 64
Gots: 118 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

LightnerLiquorKS, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of Swedgin
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Swedgin, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of joeseppy
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap @ Bavarian Lodge.

Pour is a light gold with significant head and lacing throughout.

Aroma is calming caramel malts, dark fruit, clove, vanilla and fresh bread.

Flavor has raisin and dates, clove, banana, soft caramel and malt. Flirts on the sweeter side. Westy 12 comes to mind, especially since my quad experience is limited.

Enough carbonation to carry through and the alcohol is warming.

A fine quad to enjoy as if every sip was fine champagne. Nice to have enjoyed this fall Sunday watching football. Not feeling very wordy today as this quad deserves more. Plain and simple; this is delicious.

joeseppy, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of pkenkman
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

pkenkman, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of Sspeer1
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Sspeer1, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of dbrauneis
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow to burnt orange in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some faint orange + apricot highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a very thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of brown sugar and dark fruit sweetness over the top of light to moderate amounts of pale malts. There is also a light aroma of Belgian yeast.

T: Upfront there is a moderate amount of pale malts with light to moderate amounts of sweetness (though not cloyingly so). The sweetness has notes of brown sugar, dark fruits, and some hints of spices. There is a moderate to strong amount of yeastiness to the finish of this beer which lingers.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp upfront with moderate amounts of dryness in the finish. Light hints of alcohol warming as well.

O: I really enjoyed this and I am not always the hugest fan of all Quads (it really depends on how cloyingly sweet the Quad is, I prefer the ones that are a little less sweet). There is enough complexity to the flavor and aroma of this beer which makes it very easy to drink and enjoyable. Alcohol is well hidden considering the strength.

dbrauneis, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy golden yellowish orange in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high light beige colored head that died down but has good retention properties and consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark fruits are present in the nose along with some hints of yeast.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and also has some additional hints of grapes.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This tastes a little strong, but nothing like a beer over 10% abv because it hides its alcohol very well from the taste. For this reason, it's rather drinkable.

metter98, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of rangerred
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Had on tap.

Pours a clear darkish copper with a tiny off-white head.

Aroma of plum, caramel and some other dark fruits. A Belgian yeasty element is thrown in there as well typical of the style.

The flavor is quite fruity with plum, grape, and apple. A bit on the sweet and boozy side with some decent warmth from the alcohol. A full mouthfeel with a sticky finish.

Overall, a decent quad but different than other ones I have had. OK but I'm not sure I will revisit this one.

rangerred, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of John_Squires
2.25/5  rDev -45.7%

John_Squires, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a darkish gold, almost amber, that is seethrough (somewhat) with decent head and lace retention on top of a tropical fruit like aroma, yeast for sure, some sweet malts like candi sugar and caramel, maybe a bit of spiciness as well. Smooth, somewhat light bodied, a mix of sweetness that is sugary (I'll go with caramel and toffee) and some fruit flavors that are akin to pear, mango, sour apple for a little sour bitterness/tartness, touch of spice, all well-balanced. Odd beer for me to review in only that I know I really enjoyed it yet couldn't really pinpoint anything specific down.

clayrock81, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of cdmillard
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

cdmillard, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of MattBreight
4/5  rDev -3.4%

MattBreight, Oct 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

mychalg9, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of jeiiVP
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

jeiiVP, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of jlindros
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A nice big 750ml bottle, a nice sipper bottle for a night cap while watching the Sox playoff game.

Pours a nice fizzy bubbly head that hits 1 finger, and seems to stick around for a bit, nice for a 10+% beer, light bubbles left for lacing, very hazy amber-orange colored beer.

Nose is loaded with the sweet aromas, candi sugar a plenty, bit of caramel and nice toffee aroma, a bit nutty as well, and little syrupy but doesn't seem to get cloying sweet, at least on the aroma. Some dark fruits in there nicely, little fig paste mixed with brown sugar, little plum, touch of brandy soaked raisin, and some fruity esters thanks to the yeast. Booze is there too, coming through with the mild esters, and light phenolic booze.

Taste starts a bit on the sweet side but again not very sweet. Booze warmth right off too, with a little phenolic booze and some esters as well. Then fruits, some fig and date like first, a little plum, and just a touch of candied raisins. Plenty of sweet flavored malts too, little biscuit, nice caramel and lots of toffee, touch of butterscotch, lots of candi sugar too with a little syrupy sweetness. Nice candy malt overall, almost barleywine level of malt. Finish is still pretty sweet, a bit of a bready biscuit malt, chewy toffee and nutty candy, candi sugar, and more warming phenolic booze lingering.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, lots of carbonation and a bit too much for a quad, plenty of warming slightly tingly booze too.

Overall pretty nice, a really nicely done quad, with great malts and sweet characters, very malty, with a pretty decent attenuation, nice dark fruits, good booze esters and phenols which are good in this case, perhaps the only downfall is the over carbonation. I can only imagine what this would be like in a bourbon or rum barrel, and come to think of it I may try that, buy a bottle or two, age in a growler with some oak chips or something. very interesting!

jlindros, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I haven't had the 9000 Gulden Draak, but I have been drinking the golden dragon for years now. Appears a deep amber bronze hue with billowing off white head forms thick fine even bubbled carbonation, Belgian lacing clings to the glass this is effervescence. Aromatics offer up deep dark fruit notes with raisins and tart apples, mild slightly spicy herbal hop notes. Flavor is tart up front with the fruit punching the palate, think green raisins and tart apple slices blending into a malty mix of alcohol and herbal hops. Big bad Belgian ale at manageable costs in a mixed six pack format, super sweet finish is almost killing this for me. They came out with new beers that are bigger or the same in alcohol with really noticeable alcohol on the palate and unfermented sugars making it overtly sweet. So one dimensional it pains me to see they did this to a great complex big Belgian ale like Gulden Draak, carbonation is solid, but the finish is a mix of alcohol heat and cloying sticky sweet malts. Overall why drink this version when you can drink the classic, enough said about that.

WVbeergeek, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of jim_carignan
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

jim_carignan, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of TempeBeerMan
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Pours clear, the color of spun gold, with a massive four-finger eggshell colored head which formed a meringue-like clump in the center of the glass, and refused to die. Rings of thick lacing. This is one intense looking beer.

S - Powerful aroma, of cherries, butterscotch, and Belgian yeasts. Not the most complex smell, as it's mostly sweet, but it does smell good.

T - Robust flavors of Maraschino cherries, dates, prunes, butterscotch, marmalade, and sweet breads, all swirling around in a complex dance. Some vanilla and caramel in the mid-palate. Hints of apple and pear in the finish. Finishes dry. ABV at almost 11% in dangerously hidden. (You can feel it more in your eyes than you do on the tongue) No discernible hop presence to speak of.

M - Full bodied, but you don't really notice due to the MASSIVE amount of carbonation. Extremely fizzy and champagne like. I know high carbonation is a Belgian trait, but it's just a little overboard. A single flaw, but kind of a large one.

O - A damn good quad, but to be honest, the carbonation was so distracting as to affect my enjoyment of this beer. I would buy again, but I would probably seek out St Bernardus first.

TempeBeerMan, Oct 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

kushlash23, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of tbryan5
4/5  rDev -3.4%

tbryan5, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of KJ2013
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

KJ2013, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of Jame515
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Jame515, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of jordanmckell
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

jordanmckell, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of Kam
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Kam, Oct 01, 2013
Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
92 out of 100 based on 782 ratings.