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

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Reviews: 205
Hads: 1,063
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 25.8%
Wants: 101
Gots: 286 | FT: 2
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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 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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Photo of BierJager89
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark copper with a foamy, light tan head.

S: Fruity Belgian yeast esters, cardamom, nutmeg, apricot and dark fruit in the nose.

T: Sweet spices, dark and light fruits, tastes and feels more like a trippel than a quad.

M: Full bodied and smoothish.

O: I personally prefer the regular Gulden Draak, but I'd recommend this to anyone who likes tripels. I liked it.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance – The beer pours a very hazy orange-amber color with a huge thick head of a slightly orange tinted color. The head has a fantastic level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a yeasty and bready smells with the yeast bringing along aromas of spice of coriander and clove. Some fruit aromas of orange, raisin, plum, and pear are there as well producing a somewhat triple/quad like aroma. A grassy smell and a bit of alcohol booze are in the aroma as well mixing with a slight grainy smell to round out the aroma profile.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweet bready taste made of some honey and caramel flavors mixed with a rather big bready taste. Other sweet flavors of a fruit nature are present right from the start with flavors of peach, apricot, raisin, and plum all there. While the caramel flavors fade as the taste advances, the flavor actually grows sweeter in nature as more fruit flavors and honey come to the tongue. While the sweetness increases, some yeasty flavors come to the tongue, bringing with them some banana and spice of coriander and a hint of clove. A light amount of a grassy flavor as well as a moderately boozy taste come to the tongue at the end of the taste, leaving a nice warming, sweet, but quite enjoyable flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the average side. The thicker body is great for the malty backbone of the beer as well as for accentuating the boozy and grassy flavors, all while the moderate carbonation is good for the sweet fruit tastes as well as for making the beer quite a bit more easy drinking. Overall the feel is rather nice.

Overall – A rather tasty Belgian Quad/ Strong ale. Big sweet flavors with a decent booze and still quite drinkable and very enjoyable. Very nice.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 330 ml bottle to a chalice.

A: pours a deep honey or copper color with a dense and persistent one finger head. The head sticks around for quite a while eventually giving way to a good film of foam.

S: malts, raisins, plums, some grape and yeast.

T: sweetness... Honey, malts, dark fruits and a bit of bookings.

M: full body, sweet finish and good carbonation.

O: while this may not be in the league of St Bernardus or Rochefort 10 it is a nice quad. I think it is a good easy drinking quad that is not overly pretentious. I'm glad I picked a few up and I will be interested to see how these change over time.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $3.25

Appearance – Copper colour with an above average size fizzy beige coloured head. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell – Malts, grapes/raisins, plums

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and some yeast. There is also some honey, dark fruit, and a medicine like taste. I can pick up on the booze but it's not over the top.

Overall – I was expecting a little more sugary fruity sweetness based on the regular draak. Still a good beer but not in the same tier as the famous quads like bernardus, trappe, rochefort etc. There is just nothing really exciting about it.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best before 02/09/2015.

A - Deep golden colour and cloudy. Strong carbonation with a three finger off white head. Great finger of retention with good lace rings.

S - Yeast, sugar, raisins. Mild.

T - Raisins, yeast, bread. Mild again.

M - Good carbonation, full body, sweet and dry in the finish.

O/D - This is obviously far too young for a Quad. Mild, muted, etc. I can see the potential in it though. Gonna have to revisit it later.

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Photo of johnchen1229
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple is a the quadrupel variant of the dark Belgian beer Gulden Draak, brewed by Brouwerij Van Steenberge in Ertvelde, East Flanders.

The recipe consists of 3 different kinds of malt added in a volume of 4 times the content in lager. For the secondary fermentation wine yeast is used. As a result, this beer has a high alcohol content (10.7%).

A: Poured a dark, almost red, amber with a finger of foam. A lot of particulates make it hard to see through. Moderate bubbling, minimal lacing. This is a very mature beer in terms of aging. Looks like orange honey.

S: Not much of a smell. Hint of ripe fruits, but it mostly just smells... sweet. It's pleasant. Not much alcohol.

T: Complex alcoholic body, as expected from the 3 malts and high alcohol content, sweet and malty, low hoppiness and booziness.

M: Creamy, easy to sip, hard to gulp.

O: Great beer. Sweet and warm.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gulden Draak 9000 has a medium, off-white, quasi-fizzy head, a hazy, caramel appearance, which becomes rather milky, once the caked bottom contents are swished and poured in, and a heavy sheen of foam left behind on the goblet. Aroma is of rich, sweet, bready, dense, husky, grain, and the flavor is of all that, with prunes, dates, sugar, vegetable matter, and wet grain husk. Mouthfeel is medium and prickly, and Gulden Draak 9000 finishes semi-dry, rich, a bit cloying, fruity, and complex. A sipper, not a gulper!


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Photo of msalsbury
4.82/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

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Photo of dlcoblen
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
91 out of 100 based on 205 ratings.