1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Gulden Draak 9000 QuadrupleGulden Draak 9000 Quadruple

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

693 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 693
Reviews: 165
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 46
Gots: 78 | 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)
View: Beers (76) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 693 | Reviews: 165 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of henryclay_
henryclay_

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.1%

05-15-2014 02:31:16 | More by henryclay_
Photo of Texasfan549
Texasfan549

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

05-14-2014 05:25:43 | More by Texasfan549
Photo of RoyFokker
RoyFokker

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

05-13-2014 23:42:03 | More by RoyFokker
Photo of firstlighthiker
firstlighthiker

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -3.1%

05-13-2014 13:15:36 | More by firstlighthiker
Photo of leoinsd
leoinsd

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

05-13-2014 01:08:21 | More by leoinsd
Photo of WastedYouth
WastedYouth

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4/5  rDev -3.1%

05-11-2014 17:51:25 | More by WastedYouth
Photo of CrusherMKT
CrusherMKT

Spain

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

05-11-2014 08:53:39 | More by CrusherMKT
Photo of risteardj
risteardj

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -27.4%

05-10-2014 03:02:38 | More by risteardj
Photo of doktorhops
doktorhops

Australia

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2014 23:01:19 | More by doktorhops
Photo of hmmmbeer10
hmmmbeer10

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +9%

05-04-2014 22:34:48 | More by hmmmbeer10
Photo of monkeybeerbelly
monkeybeerbelly

New York

4.5/5  rDev +9%

05-04-2014 16:14:24 | More by monkeybeerbelly
Photo of davidwhatshisnam
davidwhatshisnam

New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

05-03-2014 23:11:39 | More by davidwhatshisnam
Photo of RedAleMan
RedAleMan

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

05-03-2014 00:01:58 | More by RedAleMan
Photo of jadler16
jadler16

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +15%

05-02-2014 16:48:42 | More by jadler16
Photo of cwd
cwd

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -3.1%

04-29-2014 01:30:24 | More by cwd
Photo of cnbrown313
cnbrown313

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +9%

04-28-2014 13:08:32 | More by cnbrown313
Photo of Andrew041180
Andrew041180

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

04-28-2014 12:13:10 | More by Andrew041180
Photo of mick303
mick303

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2014 02:42:07 | More by mick303
Photo of ludachris
ludachris

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2014 00:44:35 | More by ludachris
Photo of SnifterLifter
SnifterLifter

New York

4/5  rDev -3.1%

04-27-2014 14:43:09 | More by SnifterLifter
Photo of Molson2000
Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

04-25-2014 21:21:14 | More by Molson2000
Photo of Gakusei
Gakusei

Russian Federation

4.5/5  rDev +9%

04-25-2014 19:12:22 | More by Gakusei
Photo of turk_371
turk_371

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +9%

04-25-2014 18:06:20 | More by turk_371
Photo of parintele
parintele

Romania

4/5  rDev -3.1%

04-22-2014 19:09:22 | More by parintele
Photo of valianes
valianes

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.1%

04-21-2014 08:19:28 | More by valianes
Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
92 out of 100 based on 693 ratings.