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

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Reviews: 215
Hads: 1,087
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 25.31%
Wants: 105
Gots: 296 | 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 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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Photo of biegaman
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There's sediment at the bottom of the bottle but you don't have to worry about it getting into the beer. Clarity is safe. Good thing too because Gulden Draak 9000 has a pretty tangelo colour and shines like a piece of expensive, well-cared for jewelery. Its head is thin as cheesecloth but sticks like glue.

Belgian Quad is among the richest, most ambrosial smelling styles of beer; this offering, however, has an uncharacteristically reserved bouquet. It has the malty sweetness, significant esters and alcohol, and spiciness expected of the style, but it's not on the level of the style's best known examples (Rochefort, St. Bernardus Abt 12, Kasteel Donker) or even the standard Draak.

Gulden Draak 9000 is spicy enough to be marked on beer menus with a chipotle pepper next to it (out of consideration for white people - they really can't take spice, can they?!) While the yeast has more of a baking spice-like persona (cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and the like) it's the 10.5% alcohol that ensures these notes pass over the palate with the heat of a major league fastball.

Still, it's not at all hard to drink. Far from it; the caramelly sweetness and honey-drizzled-toasted nuts taste give it a profile similar to that of a Greek pastry. While this amber offering lacks the rich malty depths of darker Quads, it retains a lot of the dried cherry, raisin, and dark spice notes. It's not as intricate but is a bit more animated, its phenols and bubbles firing on all cylinders.

Gulden Draak 9000 is, in my opinion, no better than the original. It is almost as good though - which means it's a pretty great offering. Brouwerij Van Steenberge may not be the best brewery in Belgium but most of their stuff - this included - is certainly worth picking up, if only once.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the 11.2 fl. oz. bottle with a simple marking of 01_M. Sampled on April 13, 2014.

It pours an attractive medium amber color with fairly good clarity and a lingering cream colored head.

Aromas of pear, apple, toasted bread and biscuit, brown sugar, maple maybe, and a bit of mild spice. Sweet would be a quick way to define it too.

Medium to bold body and smooth.

The sweetness kicks in right off in the taste with the apple, pear, and malts taking center stage. Then there is is this vibrant bitterness the ends dryly. Alcohol is well integrated. I was in the mood for a Quad today and I found this one top be delightful through and through.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On draft at Yard House in Las Vegas, April 2014. Review from notes.

The beer is amber hued and pretty clear and with minimal head. Aromas of alcohol, Belgian yeast, sweet, fruity esters. An aggressive beer, with a present sweetness and a touch of spice. Alcohol heat is a tad forceful. That said, there are some nice flavors happening here. the body is lighter than I would have expected. This was decent.

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Photo of Brisket
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- opaque hazy orange. Came to the table with about a finger of head, to the brim in a 9 oz goblet. Light lacing at the top once the head dissipated.

S- Belgian spice, dark fruits

T- Clove, banana, slight boozy finish. Great beer

M- medium body, slightly syrupy with carbonation bite.

O- Great beer, makes you sleepy if you get it at lunch. It'd be a great last beer.

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

Hazed deep orange colour, one finger of white head with some lace. Smell is fairly yeasty, spice and dark fruit, lots of plum and raisin, some pepper as well as some over ripe banana. Taste follows the nose, yeasty, plum and dark fruits, raisin is more pronounced as it warms, light sweetness, a bit of alcohol, burnt dark sugar and fruit in the finish. Medium carbonation, creamy full body, nice weight and mouthfeel. Quite good, I enjoyed this more than I expected, would certainly revisit.

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Photo of Big_Beers
4.71/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Sunburst colored beer with think cloudy whit head that dissipates into half finger blanket.

Smell: Sweet bread, caramel biscuit dark fruits

Taste: candied plums soaked in rum. Dry alcohol finish after a complex dark fruit sweetness

Mouth feel: great drink-ability for such a hg beer.

Overall: I think this is a very underrated quad. It is firm in my rotation and that is a great accomplishment...my favorite beer from the brewer

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Photo of NEdward
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: immediately a massive foamy downy white head that even a few minutes later doesn't show much progress in diminishing. beer is an amber peach color to burnt red.

S: cherries, iron, ripe grapes -- pleasant.

T: refreshing, fruit, cherry returns in the aftertaste. fantastic.

M: lots of carbonation with a very dry finish, somewhat reminiscent of ginger beer except without the overt saccharine stickiness.

O: delicately sweet -- a balance between relaxed fruit and taught dryness that brewers of this style frequently seem to miss. a very impressive beer that I'm going to be on the look out for in the future.

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Photo of ssmack
4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Solid coppery amber colour with lemon highlight. One inch of creamy yellowish head that lasted to the bottom of the glass 45 minutes later. Tons of carbonation streams. Very thick lacing with excellent retention. A perfect look.

Smells like a bakery ... cream puffs. Definite Belgian yeast aroma. Slight inviting alcohol aroma.

Tastes of sweet maltiness. Sweet vanilla cake and toffee. Mild grassy hops at front of taste. As the beer warmed a leathery taste came out. Hints of prunes and raisins. No alcohol taste at all.

A full, rich, chewy feel that coats the mouth. Mild carbo nip.

An outstanding quad. Very easy drinking and delicious. Some other quads might be more complex but none will be more delicious.

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Photo of theRooster
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great intro to quads. If you like the Gulden Draak tripel, this is a real treat. I encourage all new beligians to try this early because of its accessibility and quality. The only thing that I'd say is a distant drawback is the consistency from bottle to bottle. There've been a few misses, and by that I mean they were 4/5.

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Photo of TheAlamoWrocker
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed 0050 On Sunday of February 23, 2014.
This bottle was purchased in December of 2012. Poured a 11.2 oz bottle (10.7 ABV) into a Tulip.

A: Poured a solid one fingered creamy tan head. The body is a dark cloudy golden red body. Carbonation rising throughout the glass.

S: Malts, yeasts, and followed by esters.

T: The yeast taste comes through strong with the alcohol presence not being absent. As this warms up the dark fruits that a Quad is most known for becomes present.

M: The head is ever-present and because of that the head gives the brew a nice bubbly crisp feel.

O: Due to the alcohol abundance in this brew it leaves you ready for a night of sleep. This is a pleasant nightcap brew. I am giving this review as someone who does not care for Quads, but this brew was pretty pleasant.

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Photo of RickS95
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You can tell it means business just from the pour, which is an amber copper color. The beauty of the look is that this beer isn't clear at all, it's murky and mysterious. The head is bright white and moderately thick. Tight bubbles lack great retention, but never fully disappear. Each movement of the glass brings about more carbonation, as well as a spotty lace.

It's all Belgian in the nose. A full compliment of pepper, pear and alcohol. No more words necessary.

Flavor explodes. Everything in the nose is more robust on the taste buds. The Belgian yeast gives a bready taste mixed in with spicy pepper and sweet/tart pear. Hop presence is very low, but balance is provided with the malt backbone and the intense alcohol.

Similar to the above attributes, it feels very Belgian. A balancing act of sweet and spicy takes place from beginning to end, the act ending as the heat from the alcohol develops near the finish. Full bodied for such a light colored beer, it's very complex in its flavors and its feel. Prickly carbonation to scrape the palate clean as the alcohol tries to keep hold til the last second.

A really manly beer, clearly a quad. A sipper, full of alcohol. Yet it provides complex flavors and feel. Aggressive, but never crossing the line. Another good beer from Van Steenberge.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at the LCBO 330ml bottle for $3.25. Served at 8deg C in a challis.

A- Very good. Interesting that this quad is blonde with a slight brown hue.

S- Excellent. Scents of fig, plum and caramel

T- See Smell! Slightly metallic though

M- Dry. No where near the creaminess I was expecting. Yeasty that is for sure

O- Very good. Will see how this settles down over time

Food Pairing

This unusual quad paired very well with... Grilled cheese sandwiches. Lovely tomato, cheddar cheese and onion.


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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml stubby Belgian bottle purchased from Platinum Liquor in Bellevue Hill.

Pours a bright and clear deep golden colour, and despite a fairly careful pour, the head roars up in a mass of rocky, frothy cream-coloured bubbles. These crackle their way out to nothing, leaving a very aerated core and some wet smacks of lace. Body is light and fluid. Looks pretty decent.

Nose is dense with Belgian yeast esters—dense in that they're there, and pretty solid, but they don't express themselves individually, more as a pronounced block. Here we are, they say, and together we stand. There's a slight dustiness to it as well, giving it a slightly refined characteristic. It's actually pretty pleasant.

Taste is also quite refined and very good overall. Smooth, slightly biting characters run from start to finish, giving a mostly neutral grain malt character, laced with a hint of phenolics and acidity. Pleasant dryness on the back cleans things up, and prevents any significant alcohol burn. The booze is there, but it's marvelously tempered. This doesn't feel at all like a post-10% ABV beer. The feel helps in this regard too: it's light, but balanced enough to prevent any astringency.

It's a pretty fine beer, well crafted and packing a punch you don't expect. The smoothness on the palate is excellent, and the approachability overall is genuinely surprising. For a beer weighing in at ten-and-a-half percent ABV, this is ridiculously drinkable.

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Photo of bball208
4.71/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Damn near perfect for a belgian quad!

I honestly don't have much to knock about this beer other than the fact that I don't want to give it a perfect score just because I may be an asshole, but damn this was a great beer for its style.

Let's just say first that it can easily go head to head with St. Bernardus (which I think is better than Rochefort 10). Pours golden and very bubbly, 2-3 fingers of head. Head dissipates fairly slowly.

Smelled like the textbook belgian. More floral than a St. Bernardus, but slightly. I got that classic belgian yeast, brown sugar, and a tartness of a grape. Outstanding.

Tasted just like a St. Bernardus, with less dark fruits. The same mouthfeel, but just slightly less booze and dark fruits was the only difference.

Overall, 98/100. Try it, you will not be disappointed.

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Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
91 out of 100 based on 215 ratings.