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

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Belgium
vansteenberge.com

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Jason on 08-11-2011

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pDev:
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Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BenHoppy
3.61/5  rDev -12.8%
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

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Photo of gwydno
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.45/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pulled from the fridge, sat for a while to warm up. No gushing.

Pours an orange gold with oodles of foam and lacing.

Smells kinda malty, sweet from the caramel as well as fruit. Maybe some candi sugar but I'm not sure.

Taste isn't exactly sweet. Bitter sweet? Fruity bitter sweet? It leans towards spicy; mostly white pepper. A hard one to describe. Atypical of the style imho.

Medium body with lively carbonation.

I bought a 4-pack for a rather high price. I reckon that the bucks would have been better spent on the regular Gulden Draak.

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Photo of brentk56
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a hazy burnt orange , with an impressive two fingers of foam; nice retention and splashes of lacing

Smell: Caramel, plum, grape and banana spice cake tones

Taste: Caramel and spice cake forward, with the plum and grape tones developing; spicy banana bread phenols build, through the middle; a boozy aspect builds, after the swallow, with the sweeter tones melding with the fruit; vanilla lingers in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: I was expecting something dark, sweet and boozy but got a much more delicate and nicely balanced beer; recommended for those who like Belgian styles

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Photo of Beejay
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: a muddy brown color, hazy with a large tan head.

S: cherry, and dark fruit with lots of Belgian character.

T: caramel and fruit, with loads of berries and dark fruit. Some Champaign character.

M: medium light with high carbonation.

O: just a damn fine beer.

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Photo of ItsBeer4Me
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zet
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this one the day after i had the original Gulden Draak. Like its sibling, it had been cellared until eight months after its best before date. Golden brown colour with a steady layer of foam that leaves nice lacing. Smell of overripe fruit (apricot, plume, date), vanilla, caramel and alcohol. The taste has the same flavours, with the alcohol mixing well with the other flavours. It feels surprisingly smooth in the mouth for a beer of this abv, while still maintaining its pleasantly warming effect in the body. Nice one, I actually prefer this one above the original, because the alcohol flavour seems just a bit more balanced to me.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured to a Duvel glass.

A: The body is midway between coppery and yellow having a slight orange hue. The body is also crystalline and shows a white head with medium to low retention and no lacing.
S: The aroma is huge on honey, caramel, molasses and light roasted barley.
T: Taste starts off with honey, caramel and molasses being very very sweet. Right after, a good flavour profile of belgian yeast appears, disappears right away and a mildly sweet profile appears in the end much like a weak Barleywine. It's like it's not really a quad.
M: Body is medium to low. Sweetness is too high. Carbonation could be better.
O: Event though this tastes good, it's totally out of its style. But I like it.

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Photo of Storm_Rryder
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious! A bit on the sweet side, so not much hops taste.

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Photo of DutchGermanguy
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The taste is fruitier than other Quadrupels, which usually have a more sugary, malty flavour.
The fruity, malty flavour is rich and stays long.
A beer definiatly worth drinking.

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Photo of JuiceMan818
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Buglumpbeer1971
3.41/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Ri0
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of heddar33
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gazz1e
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Afeo
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Voss
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very particular Quadruple, almost unique.
Lighter in color, more fruity in smell, with a sharper and edgy taste even in its quadish sweetness.
A very solid brew, wonderful with a piece of tomme de savoie or gorgonzola.

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

Photo of schoolboy
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm not sure how I rated other related Gulden Draaks, but I think this is my favorite (even though it may not be the best). It has that full body that I crave.

It pours the lightest brown (deep golden) with perfect little bubbles. The aroma is rich malt and yeast. The taste is thickly malty with loads of proper yeastiness showing though. It is one of the finer Belgian experiences.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of Jtee
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From a 330ml bottle served slightly chilled at 12 degrees Celsius into a white wine glass. Best before date: 18/05/2019.

Look: The beer pours a clear deep amber/light copper with 8cm of dense, moussy, tan head that dissipates into a thick cap within 4+ minutes. Good lacing and persistent head especially for a hefty 10.5% ABV. An excellent-looking, effervescent beer.

Smell: Moderate strength and sweet. The aroma is malty-rich with notes of dried fruit (golden raisins & figs), bready-toasty malts, and cooked, sugary, caramelized fruit. Additional notes include faint diacetyl and ethanol which seem to add positive complexity to the aroma rather than diminish it. The aroma is quite nice but it lacks depth and has some flaws in it.

Taste: Medium-strong intensity and leaning towards sweet – however less sweet than expected. A decent punch of flavour and complexity. Malt-forward and fruity with notes of raisins, figs, apple, caramel, and slightly chemical alcohol. The finish is long, strong, and sweet.

Feel: Medium-full body with lively carbonation. Heavy and smooth with significant alcohol warming which stops just short of hot. Decent mouthfeel but it gets in the way of full enjoyment.

Overall: Gulden Draak 9000 steps away from your typical quad by being lighter on the spectrum of the style. Surprisingly clear, effervescent, and lacking sweetness within the realm of sweetness. This beverage is far from flawless with diacetyl, chemical alcohol, and imbalanced ingredients. Yet, after all the negatives, I still prefer this over their Grand Cru. Worth a try for a quad fan but I wouldn't recommend this to someone new to the style. I'm now under the impression that Van Steenberge is just your mediocre, Belgian brewery.

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Photo of Bajdog
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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