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

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Ratings: 954
Reviews: 198
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 79
Gots: 215 | 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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Ratings: 954 | Reviews: 198
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4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up at Top Hops, not having any beers from Brouwerij van Steenberge before nor having had a Quad in quite some time. Although this was indeed strong in the alcohol department, it was quite smooth as well and a lot to take in as I took each sip. The amount of rye and booze in here almost made this feel like a Barleywine, but the sweetness was present from start to finish and reminded me that this was indeed, a Belgian beer.

The pour to this was quite impressive, as the beer had a rich apricot hue that was translucent, a head that resembled a root beer float, and lacing that marked off each level as I made my way through the session. A lot of sweetness and rye in the nose, which was also felt in the mouthfeel. That was reinforced by some sour apple, bear, roasted malt, and a hint of caramel stickiness. The alcohol came on slowly and lingered long in the aftertaste, providing a strong but subtle warming effect.

To be fair, this one's a doozy once the bottom of the bottle is hit and the alcohol fully kicks in. This never fully tasted like booze but this was one of the most aggressive Belgian beers that I've ever, or would expect, to have. It's to be expected for a Quadrupel and while this wasn't as good or as dark as the Trappist Quads that I've had, this held its own and was certainly worth a go once. I view it more as a strong Tripel than a Quad if only because the hue and styles of fruit were different but aside from my take on this, this was a Quad in every sense of the word and worth a go for anyone patient enough to enjoy all this had to offer.

Photo of meangreenc
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Derek
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

More like a strong triple/blonde than a quad, but really nice.

A: Deep bronze with a huge white head, very little retention, no lace.

S: Lots of tropical fruit with hints of steelie mineral.

T: Candied pineapple & papaya, hints of mango & white pepper, warming alcohol, balanced bitterness.

M: Very bubbly/carbonated, extremely dry, almost champagne-like, with a very crisp finish.

O: Great brew.

Photo of Kylethebear
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of aty11b
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of BelgianBeerPope
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of biboergosum
4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330ml, same little squat bottle as the normal Gulden Draak. The Golden Dragon's bigger, and even boozier brother?

This beer pours a hazy medium apricot amber hue, the rising effervescence non-stop, with three fingers of very puffy, thinly foamy off-white head, which leaves some patchy gnarled root lace around the glass as it slowly seeps away.

It smells of darkly caramelized and slightly toasted malt, fruity banana bubblegum, candy floss, rather soft earthy yeast, subtle leafy, wet grass hops, and a mild vodka-like booze twinge. The taste is sweet, sugary pale malt, slightly upgraded with some roasted caramel notes, more titration tube banana esters, ethereally musty yeast, applesauce, earthy, weedy hops, and a thin membrane of alcohol warming.

The carbonation is a bit pointed and frothy at first, but settles quickly enough, the body medium-heavy in weight, and generally smooth, and even evokes a semblance of creaminess here and there. It finishes fairly off-dry, the still sturdy fruity malt and understated dark sugar seeing little opposition in the form of hop or alcohol astringency.

While a genuinely tasty offering, the overall intricacies don't really keep up with the best in class - sure, the booze is expertly integrated, and while there's lots going on in its own right, there's just a certain je ne sais quoi lightness of being that renders me just a wee bit down about this style that I share many's affinity for.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of SLeffler27
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy golden copper with a pale gold three-inch foam over turbulent carbonation that wells up from within a Gulden Draak tulip glass. Thick patches of lace are left after the head slowly retreats.

Light, funky yeast with toasted malt and bananas. Some melon fruits and bubblegum are also present.

Somewhat more bitter than anticipated by the style. Some notes of white wine give way to cinnamon and other spices, while light caramel sugar leads to a quick, sweet finish.

The body is medium with a satin texture and lively, fine carbonation. The alcohol is as expected in this dry beer.

While not quite to style, this was enjoyed while reading and listening to live harp music. The moment was sublime on a gentle, quiet afternoon, while the stark exterior whiteness contrasted against the dark green Norwegian pines.

Photo of Louis_Toschner
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap @ Old Mill Brewpub in Gulden Draak tulip. Beautiful orange/ coppery hue, kind of like a sunset over the water, (I may have been a little influenced by the fact that they are lakeside.) The nose was very pleasant...it had the smell of fresh baked bread, a little "candy-ish" and light on the hops smell. The taste was very in sync with the smell...fresh bread, sweet candy-like hints, and nice, but not over-bearing hops flavor. Mouthfeel was a bit silky but a bit chewy as well.

Overall, this definitely one I will be revisiting...especially since the Brewpub is only about a block away from me.

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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%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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