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

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

771 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 771
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 63
Gots: 114 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Jason on 08-11-2011)
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Photo of Birdlegs
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Birdlegs, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Brilliant deep clear amber colour with plenty of carbonation streams. The bloom of the carbonation blasts the head straight up to four fingers of soapy head. Plenty of lacing and the head holds very well. This looks great in the glass.

S: Sweet caramel and sweet pale malts. Sweet ripe banana and tropic pineapple & just a hint of alcohol esters. Some notes of golden raisins and peaches. Smell is sweet and alluring without becoming too sticky sweet.

T: Sweet malts & bread yeast, not as sweet as the scent, but hold some malty sweet that stands up well to the yeast. Some hints of honey and dates and ripe bananas. Alcohol is there, maybe not as forward as other quads, however you will get a tiny hint booziness. Aftertaste shows a mild sweetness mixed with minerals, fantastic.

M: The carbonation is a subtle buzz that wakens the front of the tongue, so subtle it doesn't make it all the way back. It holds nicely on the tongue.

O: Gulden Drake 9000 seems to straddle the quad and the triple styles and it does so with skilled precision. With hints of alcohol but notes of sweet malts it does marry the 2 styles, but overall this brew is terrific. If it were presented as a triple I think it might get better marks. However if you think of it as a variation on the style - it still blends the 2 styles artfully. Definitely worth a try - keep an open mind.

FondueVoodoo, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of fx20736
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 330ml bottle into a glass, served at room temp.

Beer gushed out open upon opening, bilowing off white head sits atop a coppery orange beer that is insanely active with carbonation.

aroma is nutty-malty like pancake batter, subtle sweetness like orange marmalade, pineapples and honey.

mouthfeel is curiously flat for a beer this carbonated.

taste; again orange marmalade and nutty pancake batter. a sweet booziness on the finish that doesn't overpower the taste buds.

very interesting beer. it calls itself a Quadrupel but is the lightest in color and flavor of any Quad I've ever tasted. it juicy and mildly sweet. Ultimately the beer falls short with its poor mouthfeel and flavor that is a little too subtle for the style.

fx20736, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of jakea
4/5  rDev -3.4%

jakea, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of BobZ
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Rich amber with a big frothy 2” head that barely recedes to about 1 ½”. Abundant lacing.

Smell: Citrus (toward lemon) and spice.

Taste: A citrus sweetness upfront with a perfect amount of hoppy bitterness on the finish. Slight hint of bread from the malt. The alcohol is warming but other than that completely masked.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and rich on the palate up front but clean and crisp on the finish.

Overall: Funny the call the regular Gulden Draak a “Dark Tripel” and it taste just like a good BSDA. The call the 9000 version a quad and it’s much more like a strong tripel in flavor. Either way it’s a delicious beer.

BobZ, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of Lukass
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Lukass, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of yankees27
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

yankees27, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of MakeMeATaco
4/5  rDev -3.4%

MakeMeATaco, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of King_KongDCO93
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

King_KongDCO93, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of Dufraine
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Dufraine, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of morebeergood
4/5  rDev -3.4%

morebeergood, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of scottfrie
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

scottfrie, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of Ry1975
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Ry1975, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of zeff80
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

zeff80, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of slm100
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

slm100, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of Groulxsome
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Groulxsome, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of DavidST
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

DavidST, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of HollyHops
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

HollyHops, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of MelissaC
4/5  rDev -3.4%

MelissaC, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of jondeelee
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

jondeelee, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of jomer10
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

jomer10, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of secondtooth
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
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!

secondtooth, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of ncworster
4/5  rDev -3.4%

ncworster, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of DrGonzoDDS
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

DrGonzoDDS, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of shick1
5/5  rDev +20.8%

shick1, Nov 21, 2012
Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
92 out of 100 based on 771 ratings.