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

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BA SCORE
93
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873 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 873
Reviews: 183
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 73
Gots: 159 | FT: 2
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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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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of MetalHopHead6
4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Gulden Draak 9000 is sweet, fruity, and boozy.

It exploded when the cap was popped with foam erupting and pouring down the side of the bottle. It was cloudy dark amber in the glass with a massive foamy white head which filled more than half of the glass. The aroma was dominated by metallic booze with a little banana and pepper. The flavor was extremely sweet and fruity with a touch of banana up front, followed by sweet fruits such as fig, plum, and dark berries. There was a strong presence of booze in the flavor making the overall taste similar to alcohol-soaked fruit. The feel was smooth, with surprisingly little carbonation in light of the initial explosion and the massive head.

Gulden Draak 9000 is a bit dark and the booze is a bit overpowering; however, it's delicious with a lot of layers and complexity in the flavor. It's not a great Quad but it's a pleasure to drink.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of pants678
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Really it looks like most American Ambers--except the big frothy Belgian foam.

Smells of cider and a little biscuity.

Sweet but not tart, I'd expect a harder bite for a Quad. Still it's rich and it leaves that Gulden Draak stain. A little brown sugary but more fruit/honey than anything with a tannic back.

Light carbonation works for it, not so overwhelming that it needs any more. I've had better in the style (i.e. St. Bernardus) but this sure ain't bad for not being a trappist.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium amber with a big foamy off-white head. Splashy lace, nice retention.

Tropical fruit, vanilla, wood in the nose.

Sweet tropical fruit and booze up front. Malt is rich with hints of vanilla, some nuts, and a woody edge. Alcohol is present but does not bite. Bitterness appears in the finish. THis drinks like a triple.

Fuller bodied with alot of carbonation.

A solid quad, but not as deep and rich. Worth a try.

Photo of woosterbill
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.25

33cl bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Deep, clear chestnut body under a perfect, towering off-white head that peeks slightly over the brim of the oversized tulip. Retention is rocky, lacing is comprehensive. Spectacular.

S: Sweet. Toffee, banana, prune, and spicy booze. Pleasant.

T: Mmm. Smooth caramel malt, rich dark fruits, and some lively banana esters. The fig and prune notes intensify toward the finish, and only a light warming flush on the aftertaste attests to its strength. Flavorful and delicious.

M: Medium body, tons of fine carbonation. Way over the top in terms of fizziness, even after the huge head. It gets better after a handful of powerful swirls of the glass, but definitely overcarbonated.

O: Very nice, but not quite as dynamic as the regular Gulden Draak - although it certainly is more to style. I'm glad I tried it, but probably won't be buying more - there are just too many great Quads out there.

Cheers!

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4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted On: 01-09-2013
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 330ml brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Tulip
Purchased: Single from Frugal MacDoogal, Nashville

A: Gushed out of the bottle when I opened it...head is a massive rocky off-white, 4 fingers in height. Color is a hazy, dark amber. Both lacing and head retention are excellent.

S: Sweet caramel smells, plus dark fruits, with molasses and a woody component make up the aromas.

T: Figs and raisins come to mind with the sweet flavors. The rich taste also features brown sugar, caramel malts, oak and maybe a bit of star anise. Little to no bitterness perceived.

M: Highly carbed mouthfeel, with a full body. The finish is fruity and mildly sweet - very rich with an alcohol warming.

O: Except for the crazy foam when I opened it, this was a wonderful brew. Recommended

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4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Good looking beer. Good sincere smell. Balanced in terms of grain and hops. A light, sweet flavor, slightly fruity. Yeast is hidden in flavor profile. Amber in color and very clear with slight coagulation from refrigeration. Residual effects of ABV from a Quadrupel wasn't evidenced after one, but drinking several, those effects might accrue. 4-packs were selling for $23.95 so this is expensive too. A single 12 oz bottle was purchased for $6.59.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Doppelbockulus
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nearly 100% clear bronze, there is just the faintest haze looking through the glass. The head erupts when poured but settles withing a minute.

Smells a bit like nail polish and granny smith apples.

Flavor is pretty good, but I think I would prefer this after at least two years in the cellar. The yeast is very strong, providing a light copper flavor. Subtle red wine flavors come through, slightly sweet up front, but dry with tannin in the back.

Mouth feel is medium, the tingle and fluidity are light.

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3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB 14/12/2013

This beer is immediately surprising, in that it has a much lighter hue than one would expect from a quad or BSDA. Amber in colour, clear, and with a fairly large off-white head. Makes you wonder if somehow the wrong beer got in the bottle. Decent retention, good lace.

Nose contains apple, yeast, bread and pear. Like the hue, this smells much more like a tripel or BSPA than a Quad. Smell is good but not at all what one would expect from the alleged style.

The taste is the first thing that gives even a hint of quad-like qualities. Caramel, a hint of dark fruit and some spice. Bread, yeast. The same tripel-like flavours present in the nose are here as well, but less upfront: apple, pear. Interesting beer. Taste-wise it does straddle the line somewhere between tripel and quad. Fairly sweet.

Medium bodied, strongly carbonated. Bready. The 10.5% is very well hidden.

Overall, a good beer but it has really been mis-marketed. Although there are some quad elements in the flavour, it is much closer to a tripel or BSPA. I have reviewed purely on the merits of the beer rather than "to style". You would certainly never include this beer in a "quad tasting" or anything of the like. Pretty unusual.

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3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33cl.) purchased from Le Souffleur de bières, tasted in 2013.

Appearance : brown/orange color, with tan foamy head (but not persistent).
Smell : malts and alcohol aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : sweetness, nice long caramel notes and malty finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Belgian strong dark ale.

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
93 out of 100 based on 873 ratings.