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

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

689 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 689
Reviews: 165
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 46
Gots: 77 | 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)
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King_KongDCO93

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +9%

12-18-2012 22:30:27 | More by King_KongDCO93
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Dufraine

New York

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

12-17-2012 02:49:55 | More by Dufraine
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morebeergood

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.1%

12-17-2012 01:45:30 | More by morebeergood
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scottfrie

California

3.25/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle into matching tulip.

A: Pours a deep caramel amber color with a couple fingers of fizzy light tan head. Head slowly faded into a fuzzy film that lasted the whole beer through. Decent lace left down the glass.
S: Huge notes of sweet fruits dominate with flavors of apple cider, grape juice, plums, red pears, and raisins coming through. I pick up some expected spice as well plus light notes of alcohol.
T: Very sweet with the same fruits as the nose, but definitely more yeasty and spicy than the nose suggested. I get pears, grapes, apple juice, clove, cinnamon, dates, prunes, raisins, cocoa, golden delicious apples, pepper, and doughy yeast on the palate.
M: Bold, sweet, boozy, and damn near cloying. Carbonation is prickly at first but softens up in my mouth. Full body, syrupy mouthfeel.
O: About five years of age would probably do this one some good. It’s good but just a bit too sweet and boozy for me to love. If you can, wait a long while to crack this one open.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 01:43:04 | More by scottfrie
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Ry1975

Germany

4/5  rDev -3.1%

12-15-2012 21:37:37 | More by Ry1975
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zeff80

Missouri

4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, dark, dark copper color with ruby highlights. It had a three-finger, tan head of fluffy foam. It left sticky patches of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of dried dark fruits with some biscuity malt notes.

T - It tasted of plum, raisin, dates and fig. A touch of toffee, caramel and spice.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a fantastic quadrupel. Glad I was able to find one in Kansas.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2012 03:13:58 | More by zeff80
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slm100


4.75/5  rDev +15%

12-11-2012 23:07:56 | More by slm100
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Groulxsome

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

12-11-2012 03:43:38 | More by Groulxsome
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DavidST

Texas

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a goblet, didn't see a bottled date. This pours a mid sized off white head which has medium retention and leaves a lacing and the color is slightly golden color. The smells are spicy, some Belgian funk, some coriander, some fruit esters. The feel is medium high carbonination. The taste is spicy, a little hop bitterness, not as much malts as expected, very dry, but tasty.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 04:15:45 | More by DavidST
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HollyHops

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

12-03-2012 06:43:48 | More by HollyHops
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MelissaC


4/5  rDev -3.1%

11-29-2012 01:56:25 | More by MelissaC
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gulden Draak 9000 opens to a rich, fruity nose overflowing with banana, strawberry, cherry, orange, peach, pear, sweet apple, and melon fruit esters. The sheer variety of fruit aromas is astounding, as if the beer were 50% fruit juice. But there’s also a nice spice bouquet, including clove, coriander, and touches of white pepper and nutmeg, long draughts of wildflower honey, honeysuckle, caramel, vanilla, and toffee, and a good, light base of baguette and pastry. The panoply of sugars and fruits in here, when held next to the pastry notes, make the beer smell like a delicious spiced fruit pie. But there’s also an alcoholic note, as of champagne, white wine, mead, and a hint of cognac, which speaks to a spiked fruit trifle. As a whole, the nose is fantastic, offering one of the more varied, layered, rich fruit-and-sugar based aromas I’ve ever encountered, the beer smelling like it should be its own dessert course.

On the tongue, the beer begins with a typical banana and clove note, but this is quickly joined by other fruits and spices, the berries, peaches, pears, sweet apples, cherries, and melon fruits from the nose translating very nicely, and the cloves joined by sharp bites of white pepper. The wildflower honey and honeysuckle also translate nicely, giving the beer an almost super-sweet Stevia extract rim, with brown sugar, caramel, and toffee adding further sweet textures. Hops provide just enough sweet pink grapefruit flesh to add a pleasantly citrusy, bitter edge. The alcoholic content here is champagne-like, with medium white wine and mead overtones, and these blend well with pastry and light toast crust. Near the end of the mouthful the beer takes an even sweeter turn, for a half-second or so spiking in Stevia extract sweetness, before subsiding into a fruity, sugary aftertaste that mimics the main flavors, and lingers on the tongue for a good while. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium-high, adding to the champagne feel.

Overall, this is excellent beer, and one of the better quads on the market. I did find that the taste didn’t quite live up to the promise of the aromas, but even at that, the flavors were delicious, and almost perfectly balanced. A must-try for fans of Belgian ales.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 21:00:27 | More by jondeelee
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jomer10


4.5/5  rDev +9%

11-27-2012 04:36:40 | More by jomer10
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secondtooth

Indiana

4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This true Belgian quad pours a hazy, clouded amber with a huge, zealous head of gold-tinged suds. It dissipates fast, leaving an erratic, chunky lace.

Nose is, like a true Belgian, full of spices and dark fruit. I get some clove action alongside dried berries and yeasty bread. Nice.

Taste comes across like a freight train! It's strong and assertive on the palate, with a wallop of fruit, spice, and bread right up front. The finish leaves a warming, boozy kick. Truly a big, heavy, and complex ale that rivals the original Gulden Draak. Classic and beautiful!

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 01:41:27 | More by secondtooth
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ncworster

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.1%

11-22-2012 01:18:32 | More by ncworster
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DrGonzoDDS

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

11-22-2012 00:28:41 | More by DrGonzoDDS
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shick1

Ohio

5/5  rDev +21.1%

11-21-2012 15:29:03 | More by shick1
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Pegasus

Texas

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance, massive, somewhat coarse, off-white head atop a slightly hazy golden orange body. The carbonation is quite fine and abundant in numerous streams. The lacing is scattered and patchy.

Aroma: Lots of sweet caramel and broad brushes of coriander. There are also pepper notes, spicy alcohol, orange rind, apples, and honey.

Taste: Opens with an earthy, spicy note, and warming vinous alcohol. As the taste progresses, bitter apples, plums, and cherries offer a counterpart to he spices and sweet alcohol. Finishes with mild, earthy hop notes, and warming alcohol.

Mouth feel: Smooth and velvety, quite pleasing.

Drinkability/notes: Quite elegant and very pleasing, and entirely appropriate for the holiday table. Would pair very well with roasted turkey, or as an aperitif. Excellent with chocolate cake or dark chocolate.

Presentation: Packaged in a classic Belgian-style bomber with a cork and cage, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Source: Purchased at Specs in Austin, TX, at $11.99.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 15:33:54 | More by Pegasus
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GRUUMSH

Belgium

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

11-19-2012 08:09:02 | More by GRUUMSH
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a_beer_drinker

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.1%

11-16-2012 02:46:30 | More by a_beer_drinker
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Bloodbuzz99

Georgia

2.5/5  rDev -39.5%

11-15-2012 17:49:51 | More by Bloodbuzz99
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enelson

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

11-12-2012 02:40:59 | More by enelson
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djcira

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

11-11-2012 14:15:28 | More by djcira
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mcanderson0

Texas

3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Liquid gold. Ruby orange. Vibrant. Thick white head forms and slowly recedes.

S: Hoppy. Fresh cut grass and bananas. Wofts of citrus with the malt breaking through near the end.

T: Reminds me of a pale ale without any bitterness. Some lighter fruit flavor like apricots, nectarines, and golden raisins. A mild tang of lemon zest is present on the tongue.

M: Silky. Highly carbonated but once that is allowed to bleed off the velvety character comes alive.

O: Easy to drink and lots of lighter flavors. This is an odd-take on a quadruple, this is brighter in color and hoppier/sweeter/lighter flavor than other typical examples of the style. Although, I will purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 01:27:03 | More by mcanderson0
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Lantern


3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

11-08-2012 21:24:24 | More by Lantern
Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
92 out of 100 based on 689 ratings.