Gulden Draak 9000 Barrel Aged Calvados
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

Gulden Draak 9000 Barrel Aged CalvadosGulden Draak 9000 Barrel Aged Calvados
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Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #20
Ranked #2,439
4.27 | pDev: 5.62%
Jan 13, 2023
Nov 07, 2017
Gulden Draak 9000 Barrel Aged CalvadosGulden Draak 9000 Barrel Aged Calvados
Notes: Gulden Draak Barrel Aged Calvados is the second in the series of Gulden Draak Quad barrel aged beers. The brewer ages Gulden Draak Quad 9000 in Calvados (Apple Cider Brandy) barrels for roughly 4-6 months. An ideal length of time for the residual flavors of the barrels to meld with the beer. This is a beer unlike any you’ve ever tasted. Once again Jef Versele from Brewery Van Steenberge produces a gem for all to enjoy. Cheers!
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Rated: 4.34 by steverx8 from England

Jan 13, 2023
Rated: 4.41 by SViterileroux74 from Texas

Jan 01, 2023
Rated: 4.21 by Tcsox from Massachusetts

Dec 25, 2022
Rated: 4.02 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts

Dec 25, 2022
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Reviewed by Darkmagus82 from Texas

4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass
Appearance – The beer pours a deep amber color with a little bit of an copper hue. Upon pouring there is a one finger head that fades relatively quickly to leave a good deal of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is huge of a candied sugar smell with lots of caramel and banana. Along with these aromas comes a decent showing of red fruits of cherry, plum, and raisin. As may be expected there is also a big showing of an apple and pear like smell mixed with other aromas of a yeast cake and some cracker malt. With some light alcohol aromas and a little bit of a clove and coriander spice, a very rich and pleasant aroma is produced overall.
Taste – The taste begins with a nice cracker malt flavor mixed with the candied sugars and caramel that were in the nose. At the same time there is a decent showing of the apple and some other fruits of pear and apricot along with a touch of cherry. As the taste moves forward a yeast and spice both increase in intensity all while the cider like flavors also grow richer in nature. Other flavors of a light boozy brandy and some hay also develop over time, mixing nicely with a little bit of banana and citrus that also develop. All the while the caramel and the cherry fade away, resulting in a crisp and robust warming flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is thick and creamy with a high level of carbonation. For the style and the flavors the feel is great, accentuating the fruit and candied sugar flavors all while allowing all the rich flavors to be appreciated with the thick nature of the feel.
Overall – A fantastic and very delicious renditioning of the Gulden Draak Quad. Very dangerously good.
Mar 15, 2022
Rated: 4.41 by Antyk from Belgium

Mar 08, 2022
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Reviewed by Bierman9 from New Hampshire

4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Oh man... sitting out on the back deck in early March with the temps reaching 60°F +? Gotta love it.... Now I've had the regular Draak 9000 and love it to death.... Have also had straight-up Calvados, and it's like turpentine! So I was a bit leery about this one.... From a 750ml bottle purchased at One Stop in Haverhill- $19.00.

It was a very slight hazy brew, with a gorgeous, deep golden color. Had an eruption of carbo from the bottom of the sniftah heading topside, with a frothy, rocky, beige head on top. It held at 1" for a while before checking back, with nice lace left behind. Aroma was fruity, with green apple and pear, plus some toffee and caramel. Body was medium-plus, and it was quite smooth going down.

Taste? Started with more semi-sweetness, with caramel and toffee, along with some toasted bread. Then had more pear, a touch of white grape, plum and subtle apple-brandy action. Was a little boozy and warming in the finish. A lovely brew! Gots to try this side-by-side with the regular Draak 9000. Prosit!

4.37/5 rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Mar 06, 2022
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Reviewed by imnodoctorbut from Texas

4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
pours a hazy light amber body with a cream-colored froth head that holds at a finger high with decently high retention and leaves occasional patches of sudsy lacing behind as it slowly dissipates to a murky island of a cap with defined halo

the aroma is sweet red apple (sans skin), caramel malt, and slight booze; brandy candy apple, really. a tad bit of woody earthiness in the wings

taste follows the nose straight up

mouthfeel is higher carbonation and medium bodied, running smooth with a little chewy carbonation with a slightly fruity boozy bubblegum finish and aftertaste that sticks to the roof of the mouth and cheeks like bubblegum

just an absolute delight. if you like the og, if you like belgians, if you like apple, or if you like brandy, just go on and do it up.
Mar 04, 2022
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Reviewed by VABA from Virginia

4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Pours a very nice hazy slightly dark amber opaque color with a slight head and lacing
Aroma has resounding caramel fruity, malt and Brandy hints
The taste follows the nose with well balanced caramel, fruity, malty and Brandy flavors
A medium bodied beer with a nice amount of carbonation.
A very well balanced beer Quad
Jan 16, 2022
Rated: 4.3 by smithj4 from New York

Nov 08, 2021
Rated: 4.08 by mattreitz49 from Florida

Oct 24, 2021
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Reviewed by Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Bottle shared by Ben. Cheers!

Amber body with an inch of thick, soapy, khaki hued head.

Sweet, fruity esters, medium body, barrel character present throughout. Fun.
Sep 14, 2021
Rated: 3.94 by Dharmelink from Wisconsin

Aug 10, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by rab53 from Washington

Jul 02, 2021
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Reviewed by puboflyons from New Hampshire

4.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75
From the corked and caged 750 ml bottle with a BB date of 11CU, whatever that means. Sampled June 29, 2021.

A very handsome looking ruby red amber pour with fine clarity under a tan head. Laces as it fades.

A lovely array of aromas including Belgian roasted malts, green apple, grapes, anise, licorice, and wood. The booze is also showing itself.

The mouthfeel is about medium but it is smooth

The taste is sweet yet strong with those malt and apple notes up front. The booze plays into the flavor some. Warming. A wonderful beer
Jun 29, 2021
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Reviewed by janubio from Spain

3.82/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
75 cl. bottle at Las Buenas Pulgas, served i a Gulden Draak dragon egg glass.
Orange-amber colour, medium head with short retention, big lacing.
Aroma of apples, candi sugar, pear, cinnamon, liquor.
Medium to full body, ssticky texture, average carbonation. Sweet spicy finish.
Taste of candi sugar, apples, pears, raisins, cinnamon.
Good, but I expected some more.
Jun 05, 2021
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.56/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Murky brown pour with a white head. Aromas of the calvados come through strongly but not obnoxiously so, with wonderful belgian yeast full of pear, apple, and lemon esters, light fig and raisin, floral and grain tones cut beautifully, and candi sugar malt. Taste takes all of that, and I mean all, and adds oak, caramel, kisses of booze, with more depth to the yeast grains, it is beautiful. Smooth, warm, surprisingly full on the palate without taxing it. Amazing, need to revisit the regular GD after all these years too. Perfect for early spring or late fall. The wife loved it
May 22, 2021
Rated: 4 by arzt from Germany

Aug 30, 2020
Rated: 4.78 by igl from Russian Federation

Jan 06, 2020
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Rated by Furlinator from California

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
From the bottle, at home on 12/31/19.
Jan 01, 2020
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Reviewed by puck1225 from Texas

4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
My Christmas Eve beer! Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass. Brownish golden yellow with a nice white head and good curtain lacing. Smell and taste of pears and appples. Herbal flavors, candied oranges. Hint of booze. Made the evening merrier!
Dec 25, 2019
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Reviewed by Bitterbill from Wyoming

3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
750ml caged and corked bottle, no dating, just under $20.

Pours a clear orange, massive head of foam that shrinks to aboot a half inch when things settle down. Nice lacing.

I smell apples, caramel malt, candi sugar, and alcohol when I take deep whiffs. Stopping that.

Taste is slightly tart apples, loads of candi sugar, caramel malt, alcohol on the back end.

Smooth mouthfeel, it is a strong one that demands slow sipping. I'm obliging. Very enjoyable.
Sep 22, 2019
Rated: 4.47 by WynnO from Florida

Jul 20, 2019
Rated: 4.09 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Mar 10, 2019
Rated: 4.32 by ppavlick from New Jersey

Feb 23, 2019
Rated: 4.23 by KAP1356 from Pennsylvania

Jan 29, 2019
Rated: 4.46 by solarbrad from Texas

Jan 27, 2019
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Reviewed by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V. "Gulden Draak Calvados Barrel Aged Ale"
750 ml brown glass bottle, corked & caged without any apparent freshness dating.

Notes via stream of consciousness: Well I'm glad to see that this is currently well reviewed as Van Steenberge has put out some lesser than fantastic beers in the past and I wasn't sure if this was just a gimmick or not. But OK, so what are Calvados barrels? As I recall Calvados is a French apple brandy despite the fact that the name sounds Spanish, or do I have that wrong? Ahh, yes, it states apple cider brandy on the label and also mentions that the base beer is the Quad 9000. OK, I have an idea where we're headed now. The bottle's opened with a light pop (certainly not a Champagne pop) and the beer hasn't started to rise up out of the bottle at all. It's poured a very hazy orange colored body beneath a disappointing looking head of off-white. It looks like sparse, weak, soap suds after you've done the dishes in the sink. I have this in a large Duvel tulip glass that has nucleation points etched into the base of the glass and I see some bubbles rising from the center but I doubt I'd get much in a regular glass at all. Maybe I should have poured it rougher? Ahhh, yes, I tried that with the other half and got a massive head, so please disregard. It is, however, cloudy now. On to the aroma, it's malty and sweetish and fruity with notes of apple, apricot, and orange - maybe even some peach. There's more to it though. There's some light spiciness, some star anise, some clove, a hint of alcohol, a touch of what seems like woodiness but is not necessarily from the oak, and a hint of vanilla which I do think is from the oak. It's a nice aroma. It's not too bold, it's welcoming, it's sweetish but balanced, and fairly complex if you dig in. On to the flavor then... sweetish, definitely sweetish and doughy/sugary, but balanced by an underlying alcohol and bitterness and soft spiciness from the yeast. Is there also some oaky dryness there? Yes, I think so. Am I getting everything I found in the nose? Yes, I'd say so. Wow, this is a doozy. I can't say if it would be better with more carbonation as I have nothing to compare it to, but the softer carbonation seems to be hurting it for me. It's full bodied as well which doesn't help, although you'd think that all of that sugar would have helped to form more foam - the second massive head has now dropped and there's not really that much lacing left behind. On the other hand, you only get one shot at your foaming capabilities and you do use lose them while moving beers around during barrel aging so maybe that's to blame. I wonder if other "vintages" would be better, if they even exist. So where are we at? I guess I've covered it. Overall it's fantastic though.

Review# 6,450
Jan 26, 2019
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Reviewed by Greywulfken from New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Gulden Draak was one of my first interests in craft, in those iconic white bottles, and it has proved itself a standard in the Belgian craft arena... I have had their quad and the Brewmaster's Edition, and found both to be high quality beers... I must also state that I am partial to Calvados and apple brandy barrel-aging for beer - I don't think I've ever failed to enjoy a beer aged in barrels of that sort... Disclaimers aside...

Into a goblet, pour reveals a translucent orange-amber body under a finger-plus of off-white foam that persisted as a partial film across the surface and left little lacing behind... Aromas of apple, pear, and orange, lightly accented with booze and barrel wood hit the nose immediately... Flavors on the sip bring more of the same, filled out with with a jammy blend of fig, plum, and peach marmalade beneath... Bits of tannin provide hints of an edge, but this is basically an elegant, sweet and clean fruit jam of a beer, smooth but with a gentle fuzz of carbonation... Body stays medium-light and is lifted by graceful vapors of fruited alcohol across the palate... Very nice drinking experience - recommended...
Jan 20, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by brittanylicious from Indiana

Jan 19, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by heysuz from Indiana

Jan 19, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by -Andrew- from Michigan

Jan 15, 2019
Rated: 4.51 by BirdsandHops from Oregon

Dec 27, 2018
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Reviewed by flagmantho from Washington

4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Poured from 750mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich, deep golden-orange hue with a nearly haze-free body. Head is two fingers of pillowy ivory foam that have a lot of staying power and leave a good lace on the glass. Great!

Smell: very sweet aroma with a rich maltiness. I'm not sure I get the calvados cask here, but it sure is a massive Belgian candy aroma. This feels more like a BSDA or tripel in aroma than a quad, however, without all the great complexity that a quad can bring.

Taste: big and sweet and malty up front, but with a much finer array of subtler flavors on the finish. There's pear for sure, and apple, and just a hint of the brandy barrel toward the end which I think does a good job to round out the flavor. There's alcohol heat as well, for sure, but I think it just balances the sweetness. Very good indeed!

Mouthfeel: medium body but with plenty of stickiness and carbonation, yielding a very enjoyable creaminess indeed. This is what I like.

Overall: this is a really, really good beer, although high sweetness level impedes drinkability a bit. Still, very good.
Dec 21, 2018
Rated: 4.32 by wisrarebeer from Wisconsin

Dec 10, 2018
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Reviewed by clayrock81 from Florida

4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured a copper-orange body with minimal head and good lace that stuck around. The aroma is comprised of candi sugar along with dark fruits in addition to some wood and apple notes. Medium to heavy bodied beer that is a little boozy but not much with a woody smoothness, not vinous but more of a cider-like sweetness combining with some dark fruits and candi sugar, and has some obvious malt heft to give it balance and preventing it from being watery/sharp. Strong beer that I liked although not my first choice for a Belgian.
Dec 06, 2018
Rated: 4.47 by Kutrati from Belgium

Nov 25, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by Radcpa from Washington

Nov 25, 2018
Rated: 4.18 by Dactrius from Netherlands Antilles

Nov 05, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by mmilyko from Nevada

Oct 21, 2018
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