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

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936 Ratings
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Ratings: 936
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 74
Gots: 206 | FT: 3
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Jason on 08-11-2011

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.81/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I like the regular version better I think. this one is punishingly boozy, with no apologies. I mean, I know its a quad and it should be big, but this is hard to drink. pours super light for its genre, orange hued bronze color, maybe even lighter, fairly clear, with a sudsy white head. the nose is all alcohol, a touch of banana and other fruits towards the end, and some candy sugar, but the alcohol is by far the most forward aroma. same is true with the taste. it finishes hot, but some banana from the yeast is left over after the alcohol burns off. hints of honey, vanilla, and black papper flash in and out, but in the end its booze and sugar. too much for me, and I am a lover of quads, but this one has glaring imbalances even for its strength. its still a very well made beer of course, but in comparison to the regular gulden draak, this is inferior in my opinion. 750mls of this could kill a small child.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Radome
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 750 ml bottle bought in Belgium. The bottle was dangerously carbonated; the cork popped out under its own power as soon as I loosened the cage. Luckily, my hand was close enough to catch it before it flew across the room. I had to wonder right away if all was OK with my bottle.

A - Light copper color; slightly cloudy; orange highlights. Head was off-white and thin even after the evidence of over-carbonation; disappeared almost immediately. Some lacing.

S - The aroma is amazingly complex. Cracked pilsner grain and bubblegum hit me right away. There is also lightly toasted bread and cotton candy. No hops overtly evident, but there is a fresh, grassy note in the background that must come from hops. There are no off notes to match the over-carbonation, although I was looking for them. There was an "aged" note similar to wet cork, but it added complexity without being distracting.

T - The taste matches the aromas in complexity. Again, bubblegum and cotton candy are at the forefront. There is some light bread from the malt and enough grassy hops to keep things from getting too sweet and cloying. Alcohol note is muted, but obvious.

M - The heavy body is appropriate, given all the flavor. Carbonation is prickly and a little biting. Hops bitterness is low to medium. Alcohol adds some heat.

O - After the cork incident, I was prepared for the worst, but got a pleasant surprise. This is a wonderful Belgian pale strong ale. It's a barley wine unashamed to have all the great Belgian characteristics.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of Beerenauslese
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Light amber body. Sudsy head on the pour with big pancake bubbles, quickly dissipates to a light ring. No lacing.

Nose is malt and candi sugar, and a touch of green hops.

Tastes of malt and sugar, with some aged hops thrown in and coriander/ginger. Finish is dry and hoppy.

Body is medium and carbonation is faint. As this sits in the glass, gets flat as a pancake.

Overall, rather sweet and high ABV--one glass is enough. Can't say I'd seek this out again when there are more complex and tasty Belgian quads to drink.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Gave in to temptation and bought a four pack of these for $16.95 at Hop City in Atlanta. Loved the original Draak and had to try this baby out.

Appearance 4.0: Very appealing deep amber color. The label describes this color as "amberblonde" and that is a pretty good description. Head was fine at one inch and dissipated into nice swirls on the top.

Smell 4.25: Very subdued hops and grains are present in the bouquet, but the predominant scent is that of spicy yeast and Belgian candi sugar. This is a deep bouquet; very nice. For those of us with brewing experience, this is an excellent sign that good things are to come.

-Taste 4.25: Front is somewhat sweet, but fades into a slightly dry taste with pleasant hints of tart apples and very subtle alkaline hops. Middle is smooth and bubbly and I taste lovely candi sugars. Finish is slightly sweet, but the focus is refined and has a deep maltiness and I detect deliciously dry (and noble) hops. Aftertaste is long and features grassy grains, the candi sugar flavor again and after all that...a hint of deep barley malt.

-Mouthfeel 4.0: Lots of bubbles in this bottle-conditioned beauty, which helps to balance out the ridiculously high ABV.

-Overall 4.25: Expensive? Yes. Worth it? Yes. I am a big fan of the Van Steenberge brewery and this version of Draak is worth the price, IMHO. Different in several important ways from its more easily found cousin, this beer is, nonetheless, excellent and well worth tracking down. Excellent and further proof of the embarrassment of riches present at Van Steenberge brewery.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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3.52/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Whole Foods.

More a BSPA than quad, this is a golden copper with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and moderate lacing. The nose is a blend of yeast, spice (clove, fennel), golden raisins, ripe white grapes, honey and caramel. Too sweet for my liking, this beer opens with a blend of honey, caramel, toffee and spice. There's bubblegum (not my favorite flavor) as well. Spicy and sweet with some yeast on the finish, this beer is medium-full in body and highly carbonated. Decent, i much prefer the regular version of this beer.

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Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
92 out of 100 based on 936 ratings.