1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

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

Not Rated.
Gulden Draak 9000 QuadrupleGulden Draak 9000 Quadruple

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

912 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 912
Reviews: 190
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 72
Gots: 190 | 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:
Beer added by: Jason on 08-11-2011

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 912 | Reviews: 190 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of MNishCT77
3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

10 oz. pour on draft at St. Arnold's at Cleveland Park, unknown brewing/packaging date, poured into a Gulden Draak tulip glass, drank over 30 minutesp

Photo of Yancey82
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Gaya
4.54/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of Ngntjp
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of whoischrishays
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a vaguely murky copper color. The head is three fingers high, and off-white in shade. It doesn't seem to have the intense fizz of other Belgian ales, in fact it's texture is almost creamy-looking. Retention is about average. Plenty of lacing is left on the glass, though. Even if the body itself isn't brilliantly lustrous, it's still one of the better-looking Belgians out there. (4.25)

Smell: The nose starts off with incredibly vibrant fruit notes - mainly cherries, raisins, and figs. Letting it open up will cause it to develop a powerful spicy edge of ginger, while maintaining nice bread notes. As it opens up even further, it gains some caramel and candied sugar aromas. Judging from the nose, it smells like a big-ass brew, but one with an aura of restraint to it. (4.25)

Taste: It starts off bringing those big fruit notes from the aroma down to the palate - not only do I get dark fruits like fig and raisin, but I also get some nice citrusy flavors (invoking Duvel). The finish is slightly caramel-esque and sugary, but it doesn't linger cloyingly by any stretch. It doesn't taste like a stereotypical BSDA, instead it takes elements from both light and dark. What makes this work so wonderfully is how it balanced everything is - it isn't endlessly deep, nor does it need to be. (4.25)

Mouthfeel: Typical of the style, the 'bigness' of the brew is counteracted by fizzy, mouth filling carbonation. The finish is still a bit heavy, but not ridiculously so. Considering how flawlessly the alcohol is concealed, I don't care. Is this a 6% beer? Could have fooled me... (4.5)

Overall: I'm not sure which Gulden Draak is superior: the regular "dark tripel" or this. I'd personally say this is a little more drinkable, though regular GD has a bit more depth.

"They're both fabulous."

Okay, they're both fabulous. Damn straight, put a period on that. Buy it, drink it, love it. (4.25)

4.28/5: Gulden Draak doesn't mean "golden dragon", it means "fuckin' delicious"

Photo of bresnab
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Professor_P
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of AlexRea
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of vess
4.68/5  rDev +13%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of dannymo24
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of okono
4.87/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of Pbbeer
3.16/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Vegeta446
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of TPatterson70
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of ninkasibrew
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of cyber_phoenix
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of cjgiant
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle (01JM) - having in side-by-side with Piraat and Gulden Draak (reg), 2nd being reviewed:

Pours a deep orange-golden, definitely deeper and darker than the Piraat I had it next to. The head was again amazing, as I am getting used to from this brewery. Larger initial bubble head is hard to control in the pour, but reduces to a nice fluffy head that lasts and provides lacing on the glass (to keep the comparison, it was less than the Piraat in this pour). The nose was similar to Piraat, with caramel sweetness and a hint of classic Belgian notes, but was also weaker in strength. Add in some fig notes (or date when combined with the malt) as a difference.

The taste is overall more sweet. Where Piraat threw in some saison-like flavors, this one stays sweeter much longer. Sweetness pervades the entire taste, pairing with the dark fruit flavors. I may be searching but there is a hint of orange zest/rind in what little bittering flavors exist. The one good thing to be said for this beer is that it feels great, the sweetness coats the mouth nicely, the carbonation is present, but only acts as an accent. The body is medium-full, and the overall feel is like a beer embracing your palate for a second or two.

Definitely a bit better than the Piraat, but to me more of a beer to have near the end of the night, not because of its strength, but its feel. If not the final beer of the night, have it as a gateway to a nice smooth stout.

Photo of SuperHop18
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Wessel
4.72/5  rDev +14%

Photo of Bpham
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Givemebeer
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
92 out of 100 based on 912 ratings.