Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Style:
Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #24
ABV:
10.7%
Score:
92
Ranked #2,344
Avg:
4.16 | pDev: 10.58%
Reviews:
306
Ratings:
1,392
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Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
 
Belgium
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Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  448
SCORE
92
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Peach63 from New York

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours copper with a 1/4 inch cream-colored head, which dissipates. Minimal lacing. Slight haze.

Aroma of fruits, caramel malt, spices, vanilla, Belgian yeast.

Taste is very rich, fruity, sweetish, caramel, spices, raisins, figs, Belgian yeast.

Medium to full bodied, light carbonation. Semi-sweet finish.

Those Belgians sure know to do beer. This is a great one!

Aug 12, 2020
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sjrider from California

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle ,looks to be the 2018 version , murky amber/copper color with off white head leaving some foamy lacing. Nose is very mild dark stone fruit ,yeast and sweet malt. Taste follows more or less ,not the most complex quad I've tasted by any stretch but still quite good. Finish is almost creamy with hints of spice and slightly more than moderate carbonation.

Jul 17, 2020
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L- A lovely bright mid-chestnut colour. Pours with 1Cm pale tan head (holds very well).
S- It seems to have a very mild spicy note to me. No sense yet it's 10.5%, though I might be congested.
T- It's a 'slow riser', first sip and it seems subtle, then held on the palate the flavour builds. Rich deep malts, and almost a slight sweet vs slightly sour thing going on into the finish.
F- Pretty rich/deep which suggests a more suited to colder months, and as a slow-sipping beer.
O- Nice, goes down well, but to me is risking being just a bit over the 'sweet-line'. Richness is one thing, sweetness is quite another, I often enjoy the former, but never the latter.
Bought from BelgiumInABox in Antwerp/BE for home delivery to me in London/UK. 330ml bottle Euro2.90 BB: 15/04/2022.

Jul 11, 2020
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arizcards from Arizona

4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 2018 edition four pack from TW Arrowhead on 3-17-20 for $21.99. Consumed the first two 6-7-20.

Beer poured amber with a nice white head that has some good hang time.

Nose is very nice, light and dark fruits with all the characteristic phenols expected from this style.

Taste is a nice combination of apples, pears, and cherries on top of a deceptively large malt base. Finishes well balanced with a ever so slight pucker.

Mouthfeel is delightful! The large malt base comes across light to medium bodied on the palate, characterized by the extreme smoothness of the yeast strain impact.

Overall a very nice beer that is a slight spin different from the other popular Belgian versions we see in the US. Would definitely have again!

Jun 07, 2020
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.61/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Red-orange amber color with an off-white foam head. Exquisite notes of white chocolate, rich malty caramel, molasses, toffee, brown sugar, toasty brown bread, vanilla, apple, pear, apricot, grapes, light banana, plum, black cherry, fig, dates, black peppery clove spice, with floral earthy grass. Feels medium lighter bodied, creamy with smooth moderate carbonation. Overall a real nice quadrupel ale.

May 13, 2020
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C-Stockwell from Rhode Island

4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: very rich copper or amber, very little head when poured
S: brandied cherries, molasses, maple syrup, and fruit cake
T: cherries, tangy, tart, and molasses
F: could use some extra carbonation

Very rich. Excellent with red meat such as steak. This is the showcase of a meal. Very little discernible alcohol bite going down, although obviously not recommended for session drinking at 10.7%. Gulden Draak 9000 is probably my third favorite beer, behind Duvel at No. 1 and Kostritzter Schwarzbier at No. 2. Rounding out the Top 5 are regular Gulden Draak at No. 4 and Piraat at No. 5.

May 06, 2020
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akme223 from Kentucky

4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep copper color, slightly tan to off white head. Strong malt with hints of caramel and other sweetness. Some raisin/grape flavor that you expect in the style. Smooth and creamy taste. Just a little bit of a warming sensation, definitely less than most for the style. At 10.7%, that can be bit dangerous if you go for a couple of these! Pretty solid beer overall. Not an overly complicated or challenging beer, and with the alcohol hidden as well as it is, I think this makes for a great beginner beer for the style.

Mar 18, 2020
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stortore from Illinois

4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle into a goblet. Had 2/19/19.

Pours a cloudy golden orange, with a one inch foamy head and a decent amount of foamy lacing. Aromas of figs, malt, white grapes, candi sugar, raisins, light plums, some caramel, light wine when warm, has kind of a sweet aroma overall. Flavors of figs, dates, caramel, toffee, malt, grapes, candi sugar, light plums. Some bitterness midway through the finish. Smooth, a good medium body, well carbonated on the high side- feels a little fizzy at times.

Like the less heavy recipe and still pick up a good amount of caramel, although apparently I’m not supposed to. A little sweet for the style, but really like it. Worth a purchase.

Feb 27, 2020
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Denisebell

4.82/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

If you like Belgians, this is a religious experience. My first sip, I had to sit back and reflect on life and my place in it. This beer is the Cadillac of Belgians.

Feb 14, 2020
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octortus from Canada

4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL Bottle. ABV 10.5%.
Appearance: veiled orange light brown (much lighter than expected), over half a finger of cream head, light carbonation, spotty lacing, great retention.
Aroma: caramel malt, slight pear, slight dried fruit (plum,gulden raisin), spice (Clove), slight banana, bready.
Mouthfeel: above Medium body, boozy, dry finish, crisp, slightly slick.
Flavour: caramel malt, dried fruit (plum, gulden raisin), spice (Clove), pear, Banana,
Overall:

Review: 113

Jan 10, 2020
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damndirtyape from Ohio

4.51/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle served in a tulip glass. Brew tank #1, 2018 bottling on the side.

Appearance: Clear/bright copper color, massively rocky head with lots of lacing all over the glass and lots of little bubbles coming up through the glass. Great looking beer.

Smell: Malty, apple, fruity esters, little bit of clove.

Taste: Complex. Malt, candi sugars, fruits (apples, grapes, berry/fruity esters), a little bit of tartness and noble hops at the finish, along with some booze-soaked fruit flavors. A bit spicy as well.

Mouthfeel: Quite smooth, good carbonation that scrubs the tongue clean, very sticky on the teeth with some definite alcohol warming on the tongue after each sip.

Overall / Drinkability: A really great slow sipping and savoring beer. Had it by itself....and it seems like maybe it was best as an after-dinner drink rather than trying to pair it with food. I served it a bit warm to help all the flavors and smells come out, and maybe with a bit cooler temperature the spiciness and alcohol warming notes would have been a bit muted making this even easier to drink. A very good quad - I'll have to get it again.

Jan 01, 2020
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officerbill from New York

4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Hazy amber with steady carbonation and a dense white head.
T: Mild malts, honey, brown sugar, toast, yeast, raisins, stone fruits, winey, some acidic funkiness. Blossoms as the beer warms
F: smooth with a slight tingle. Rich and sweet at the beginning, but dry at the finish with a slightly sticky sweet aftertaste.
O: an excellent Belgian quad. Not quite as full as dinner of the Abbey brews, but the ideal suggestion for someone interested in the style.

Nov 17, 2019
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achilnos from Canada

3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Unattractive hazy amber with a moderate white head and ample lacing.

S: A whiff of booze, fresh cherry, and an interesting and welcome dank farmhouse note.

T: loads of sultana raisins, tart white wine, and a lingering hint of bitterness. Moderately sweet.

F: Pleasantly effervescent and creamy, without seeming heavy.

O: This is an atypical quad in its comparative absense of coffee, cocoa, and dark fruit notes. It will not be an everyday beer for me, but it is interesting and easy to drink and well worth trying.

Oct 19, 2019
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chuprynka from New Jersey

4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

As with most Belgians, there's a difference between getting this in a bottle and on tap. In a bottle it's great to grab to stroll along the canals of Brugges and have a nice crisp quadruple to help you on your merry way. On tap, however, its a wild ride altogether. Imagine eating a liquid pineapple.

Mar 24, 2019
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HorseheadsHophead from New York

4.51/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy and unfiltered, amber with golden highlights and visible sediment at the bottom of the glass. Fervent carbonation yields an enormous pillowy off white head with long-lasting retention and sheets of lacing.
Smells of dried sweet cherry, plum, and fig; toasted brown bread, caramel, hay, clove, oak, and red wine.
Tastes of dried sweet cherry, fig, and plum; toast and honey and caramel. Sweet upfront which leads oak tannins, red wine notes, and a bit of spice of hay and clove. No sign of the 10.7% abv! Lightly sweet but finishes dry and clean
Medium-plus creamy mouthfeel, rolling effervescent pillowy carbonation, soft and prickly.
An excellent, delicious Belgian quad! Absolutely worth buying and enjoying.

Feb 12, 2019
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Gadzook from Georgia

3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Deep hazy orange. Light comes through beautifully. Had 2-3 fingers of creamy foam on top in a tulip glass. The head takes a good moment to dissipate. Lacing is really quite nice.

S: To be honest, until it warmed about 10-15 degrees the only predominant smell was copper. Very much like your hands after handling pennies with just a tiny hint of grain. After warming you get a little bit of fruit, maybe some banana and plum. There's enough malt to notice, but not pronounced at all. Not as bready as I had expected, and lacking complexity.

T: I was rather underwhelmed. Again, very coppery until it warmed. After warming I got moderately sweet malt up front with a little caramel in the middle. Slight hint of dark fruits (raisin, plum, dates), but very faint. Alcohol is noticeable. Little bit of bitter in the finish.

F: Pleasantly noticeable carbonation and medium body. Comes out fairly creamy.

O: I think that the bottle I had may not have been the best. I'd heard good things, but the best thing about this beer to me was the initial look. In my mind, some much more complex and enjoyable quads out there. Not bad, but not near the top.

Feb 04, 2019
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davidperez from Mexico

4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Chimay chalice, it pours a hazy orange, opaque yet lively, with a two-finger head, creamy and frothy, with exemplary retention. Beautiful and strong lacing. The glass seen from above seems to be full of cream, as the head will not yield and is exhuberant in its texture; probably the most beautiful head I've seen.

The bouquet is assertive. Mostly dominated by fruity esters as in banana and peach, alcohol, dough, and lots of malty sweetness.

The flavor follows the nose. Scrumptious. Intense, complex. Fruity esters, banana, raisin, peach, cinnamon, clove, caramel, huge malts, dough.
Initially a huge thrust of sweetness, it is slightly balanced in the finish, where some bitterness is perceived at last. The aftertaste is long, sweet, with notes of booze and fruity esters.

The feel is overwhelming, full body, creamy as milk, with a frothy texture due to some prime carbonation.

I was not expecting much from this beer, and it was a huge surprise. Among the best texture and visuals of beers.

Jan 04, 2019
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flagmantho from Washington

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: dark orange hue with plenty of haze and a finger of creamy white foam. Definitely lighter than I expect a "quadrupel" to be, but still, nice.

Smell: rich maltiness paired with some sweetness and a little bit of dusty tobacco & date aroma.

Taste: malty and sweet with a fair dose of rich malt character. There is a fair amount of date, raisin, and tobacco, which is a character I rather like. Not bad!

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big. floofy effervescence and creaminess. I dig it the most.

Overall: to me, this beer is a little bit too light to call a "quad". That said, it's a nicely rich beer with a lot going on. Worth a try!

Nov 21, 2018
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EmperorBevis from England

4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled and most probably bottle conditioned
More golden than Gulden , so you have an actual if burnished gold body with lots of white head
serious cream sherry aroma, booze and plenty of it with blancmange
flavour is golden syrup and lime wine gums
so light yet so substantial

Sep 27, 2018
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JohnnydeBrewin from Nevada

3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Worked at a bar where Gulden Draak Brewmasters was almost always on tap. In that respect, the Gulden Draak 9000 marks closer to the Brewmaster's edition than the standard Gulden Draak. IMO the standard is cloyingly sweet and strong. The 9000 feels more balanced and drinkable. Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple is more balanced and versatile than the Gulden Draak Belgian Ale.

Aug 17, 2018
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The_Bujon from Ireland

4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a orange hazy body, full of guts. The head is thick and creamy and you just know the retention is going to be top notch.

Aroma is sweet and alcoholic, but plenty of ripe banana and caramel going on. Very inviting!

Taste is powerful, you can definitely taste that muscular alcohol, but the malty caramel really wins the day.

A few swigs later and the lacing is holding true. The feel is solid, a little sharp at the finish, but given the strength that is to be expected.

Overall, one of the best Quads for my money. Some are either just blindingly strong or lip puckeringly sweet, the Gulden Draak 9000 is neither.

Top top brew, world class.

Jun 22, 2018
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Viaduck from California

4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Opens with a fairly loud pop, pours a massive off white head over a burr orange hazy body. Very pretty aroma of caramel, banana & spice. Taste is slightly sweet with flavors of caramel, honey, malt & alcohol, all nicely balanced. Perfect feel. Very very nice.

Jun 02, 2018
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BHapeman from Virginia

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not the best at reviewing beers as my palate is not yet developed enough to distinguish more than a few flavors; however, this beer is a good tasting quad. It was about 18 months old yet still had a lot of carbonation, a creamy head, and a typical quad flavor.

Apr 28, 2018
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BenHoppy from Michigan

3.61/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good but not as good as regular Gulden Draak.

L: caramel copper with creamy puddle foam that lasts entirely

A: German malt

F: medium feel barley wine

T: caramelized fruit, toffee, and chocolate

O: okay but nothing special

Mar 31, 2018
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VABA from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Revisited 7/21/19

A- Pours a very nice hazy amber opaque color with a nice head and lacing.
A- Aroma has resounding caramel fruity and malty hints.
M-The taste follows the nose with well balanced caramel fruity and malty flavors.
M-A medium bodied beer with a nice amount of carbonation.
O-A very well made, very well balanced beer. The beer has a very strong kick. I was pleasantly surprised.

Mar 11, 2018
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Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 1392 ratings