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

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

693 Ratings
THE BROS
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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)
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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RedAleMan

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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jadler16

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +15%

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

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -3.1%

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

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +9%

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

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

04-28-2014 12:13:10 | More by Andrew041180
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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
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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
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SnifterLifter

New York

4/5  rDev -3.1%

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

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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

Russian Federation

4.5/5  rDev +9%

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turk_371

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +9%

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parintele

Romania

4/5  rDev -3.1%

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

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.1%

04-21-2014 08:19:28 | More by valianes
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Ozzylizard

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 15:01:18 | More by Ozzylizard
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bmac093

Florida

3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 06:25:01 | More by bmac093
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magictacosinus

California

3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 06:01:21 | More by magictacosinus
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 23:10:12 | More by biegaman
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 20:41:40 | More by puboflyons
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thatoneguymike

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +9%

04-12-2014 14:59:21 | More by thatoneguymike
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TheBeerdedCharmer

New York

4/5  rDev -3.1%

04-12-2014 03:33:45 | More by TheBeerdedCharmer
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byronic

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

04-11-2014 13:22:12 | More by byronic
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lakario

Utah

4.75/5  rDev +15%

04-09-2014 00:23:54 | More by lakario
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.74/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2014 01:18:40 | More by Huhzubendah
Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
92 out of 100 based on 693 ratings.