Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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4.23/5 rDev +2.2%
Enjoyed in a snifter at Tops.
Pretty light for a quad— a hazy tarnished gold. One finger of foamy, pillowy off-white head sticks around for a while but eventually fades to a thick, furry top layer.
Got the usual quad nose, though. Dark fruits mingle, with raisin, boysenberry and others mixing with strawberry, bubblegum and maple. Alcohol as well. Smells like it would be great on pancakes.
Wow — very rich, fruity flavor. Brown sugar and maple are baked over a casserole of raisin, strawberry and brandy. The finish is heavy with alcohol-soaked raisins. This will sound weird, but as it warms I get flavored that remind of a good, fruity Speyside scotch.
Good, hefty medium body carries the big flavor. Sugary. Light carbonation breaks into some silky fizz. Alcohol heat dances through the nostrils.
A rich brew. A little sweet, but very good.
07-03-2012 05:06:36 | More by Phelps
4.15/5 rDev +0.2%
Serving type - Bottle
Appearance - Light tanish copper brown with a foamy, thick 4+ inch head and tons of lacing.
Smell - Very sweet, lots of spices, very floral oranges, pineapple, grapefruit, apple, pear, bubblegum, lemon, belgium yeasts, a carmal note along with some alcohol.
Taste - A real strong, sweet, overload of floral and fruity flavors. Strong apple and pear mixed with sugary yeasts, and a little peach and orange at the end. Spices are very present and add some bite along with a herbal flavor. Finish is still insanely fruity with a little carmal note.
Mouthfeel - Very big bold flavors, tounge gets nailed with fruits and spices, were palate gets more fruits along with yeasts and malts. Finish is sweet and aftertaste is sweet, fruity and strong.
Overall - This is really good, very flavorful and strong, yet the alcohol is masked well. Tons of sweet fruits, yeasts and spices. Its very pricey but this should be treated as a speciality, not a everyday, or week, or even month beer. Shell out the cash if you enjoy quads, regular gulden draak, or belgium ales in general. Very nice beer.
06-24-2012 23:53:52 | More by wvsabbath
3.8/5 rDev -8.2%
A: Pours a clear copper-tinged gold with a fizzy white mousse that dies away within seconds. Little streams of effervescence are clearly visible in the glass.
S: Aromas of alcohol, spicy yeast, biscuit, caramel, mild herbs, and grass are present on the nose. Very phenolic, but also very inviting.
T: Notes of caramel, biscuit, herbs, tobacco, grass, apple, and minerals wash across the palate. Around mid-palate, the spicy yeast flavors become more apparent, leaving impressions of coriander, pepper, caraway, cinnamon, and allspice in the mouth. The finish is intense and fiery with notes of spices, biscuit, and caramel washed in astringent alcohol.
M: Heavy and firm in body, and rather dryish as well. Carbonation is active and intense. Alcohol is particularly pronounced, imparting prickly, cleansing sensations to the mouth.
O: I'm not as impressed with this reimagining of Gulden Draak as some other reviewers. I enjoy the more pronounced hop character and the flavors imparted by the lighter malts, but the alcohol presence is way too heavy and forceful, even for the style. Couple this with the fact that the head retention is severely lacking, and you have a strong ale that may need to be tweaked a bit in the future. I may revisit this one a year or two down the road to see if anything has changed, but for now, it's solid, but not exceptional.
06-20-2012 13:33:15 | More by mrfrancis
3.15/5 rDev -23.9%
33cl into a tulip. Pours a crystal clear new shiny penny, minor egg cream colored head, ok lacing.
Aroma has a range of fragrances from high to low. Strong spicy phenols, floral components and a little zinc.
Flavor is of a spiced honey with metallic overtones. No dark fruits. Obvious but not hot alcohol, no solvents. Phenolic slightly bitter aftertaste doesn't linger too long to its benefit. Medium to full bodied lively mouthfeel. Nothing about this is quadish.
Americans don't brew quads to the level of the Trappists, De Struise, Val Dieu, St Bernardus and others whose brews are clearly of that style ilk like Het Anker. This is the converse, a belgian quad brewed in the style of a Four, The Stoic or V-Twelve. None particularly quadish.
06-18-2012 04:47:47 | More by impending
4.05/5 rDev -2.2%
Incredibly, the reinvention of the Gulden Draak brand borrows a lighter malt color and palate fare while retaining, and maybe increasing its complexity with spice, fruit, and candied malts.
Burnt amber in color, the rubyish and orangeish hues play out with mild haze that casts a light even glow. The beer releases a creamy and rocky head of off white foam that quickly succumbs to its own sugary weight and alcohols until it reduces to a ring around the glass. Mild legging keeps the beer looking as much like brandy as it does beer.
Brown sugar, molasses, dark pitted fruits, peppery spice, and vinous character plays out even before the first sip. The nose enjoys savory notes of chocolate and cherry, caramel and wine, figs, dates, and apples along with the tawny sweet scent of port wine.
Flavors are intensely sweet with caramel and toffee with nearly butterscotch richness, elegance, and supple taste. Merlot grapes, cherries, plumbs, dehydrated fruit, and tart apples bridge the sweetness into tartness that assists the taste of peppercorn and spicy alcohol in balance. The fantastic flavors take the palate on quite a journey in short order as the initial sweetness turns fruity and then hot and spicy to finish like a fine dessert wine or digestive.
Full bodied from start to finish, even the high rate of carbonation struggles to pull the beer from the tongue. Because this, the beer puts its full brunt onto the mouth for full appreciation of flavor and texture. Finishing semi-dry, mildly acidic, and nearly hot the beer allows for a long linger of fruit, malt, and heat.
Although the alcohol is roughly the same as the original Draak, it's barely lighter malting allows for superb balance of fruit and spice to play a larger role, although it also exposes its higher (and somewhat distracting) hop bitterness and needle-prick alcohols.
06-11-2012 18:02:15 | More by BEERchitect
3.98/5 rDev -3.9%
Pours a clear light copper color with a solid cream half inch head that dissipates into a ring of foam, leaving thick lacing.
The aroma is more subtle than expected, with boozy notes opening the profile, and a wine-like tartness following. Hints of underlying malt sweetness surface. Raisins and figs become evident as it warms.
Flavor is far more recognizable for the style, with an underpinning of wine-like tartness adding complexity to a strong brown sugar malt backbone, lightening it into a slightly dry, herbal hop finish. Plums, figs, and dates surface mid palate. Pepper eventually dominates the aftertaste. Banana and apple esters surface as it warms.
Body is thick, syrupy, with moderate carbonation to accentuate the tartness and lift the beer off the tongue.
Overall, a lot different than any quad I've had. The tartness balances out the typically cloying malt bill well, but there's enough complexity to keep me coming back for more.
06-09-2012 02:16:54 | More by barczar
4.35/5 rDev +5.1%
Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip: Three fingers of fluffy, glistening, cream head over translucent, rusty orange body. What the? - I guess since regular Gulden Draak is a "dark triple", this is a "light quad"? Looks good, though, with small, tight nucleation & sticky wads of lacing.
Smell is sweet & fruity, with a nose up front of peaches, baked apples, a little orange, caramel, some clove & nutmeg, slightly herbal & grassy. Just a solid Belgian smell, takes me back to whiffing some of my first Belgians at Sharp Edge a decade ago.
Taste is right along with it: apple, prune, banana, clove, caramel, honey, some booze sharpness that finishes with a dry zing but with a sweet, mellow aftertaste. Very enjoyable, everything's right where it should be.
Full-bodied, with some activity & high carbonation without being "fizzy", sweet in the beginning & end, dry in the middle.
Really well done old-school Belgian that's right in the wheelhouse. Nothing crazy or experimental, but it packs a lot of the things that got me into Belgians in the first place. Very evocative.
Taste is ooh, yeah.
06-08-2012 21:54:10 | More by OneDropSoup
4.23/5 rDev +2.2%
A - half finger head of off white foam on a hazy, amber colored body.
S: bready and biscuity with fruity mostly sour cherry notes.
T: Sweet caramel, cherry and strawberry fruits. Very sugary and a little tart. Yeast presence balances this out.
M: light to medium body and light to moderate carbonation.
Overall: sweet and sugary like I would expect from a quad.
06-03-2012 03:57:15 | More by kylehay2004
4.23/5 rDev +2.2%
A - poured with a small head of off white foam on a hazy, amber colored body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves no lace.
S - a fruity and sour aroma of cherry and some spicy notes.
T - sweet caramel and some sour cherry up front. Sweeter caramel in the middle with plum and a bit of clove in the finish.
M - medium thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.
D - complex and relatively balanced, the tart malt works well with the yeast.
06-03-2012 03:43:09 | More by nickfl
3.55/5 rDev -14.3%
Black bottle, poured into a pint glass.
Color is very light for a Quad, which caused me to reach for the bottle description which reads "that is has a "deep golden amberblonde color" -- something I completely agree with. The "head" is white but there is something wrong here - it pours more like a soda with huge bubbles. The lacing consists of several large bubbles on the glass. Looks more like a strange soda or mixed drink than a beer.
Aroma is full of the yeasty and estery notes that define big Belgian beers. Some hints of cinnamon; moderate sweetness.
Flavor is more like a BSDA or Tripel than a Quad. Lightly sweet. However not as complex as I enjoy in a beer of this type.
Mouthfeel is thin and dry though not completely so. A little alcohol on the exhale. Carbonation is on the higher side.
I'm left wondering if this is labeled a quad simply by nature of being the strongest in the lineup. As such I didn't rate to the style guidelines beyond the general characteristics of strong and tasty Belgian beers. Rated on its own merit is is definitely enjoyable although not exceptional.
05-29-2012 02:53:18 | More by zachary80
3.98/5 rDev -3.9%
11.2oz. bottle served in a tulip. Lots of carbonation. Poured a deep gold with a huge white head. Some Belgian yeast spice and a little alcohol in the nose. Bottle conditioned. Not as boozy as the nose would suggest. Fair amount of malt sweetness with more Belgian spice in the finish. Way too easy drinking for the ABV! You could get in trouble with this.
05-27-2012 16:11:15 | More by homebrewhawk
Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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