Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Style:
Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #23
ABV:
10.7%
Score:
92
Ranked #2,221
Avg:
4.16 | pDev: 10.58%
Reviews:
297
Ratings:
1,369
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SCORE
92
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I like the regular version better I think. this one is punishingly boozy, with no apologies. I mean, I know its a quad and it should be big, but this is hard to drink. pours super light for its genre, orange hued bronze color, maybe even lighter, fairly clear, with a sudsy white head. the nose is all alcohol, a touch of banana and other fruits towards the end, and some candy sugar, but the alcohol is by far the most forward aroma. same is true with the taste. it finishes hot, but some banana from the yeast is left over after the alcohol burns off. hints of honey, vanilla, and black papper flash in and out, but in the end its booze and sugar. too much for me, and I am a lover of quads, but this one has glaring imbalances even for its strength. its still a very well made beer of course, but in comparison to the regular gulden draak, this is inferior in my opinion. 750mls of this could kill a small child.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.98/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Awesome quad with a great price here in Mexico. One of my favourite beers of all time. Pours golden with red highlights. Taste is complex and strong, quad character is present.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a vaguely murky copper color. The head is three fingers high, and off-white in shade. It doesn't seem to have the intense fizz of other Belgian ales, in fact it's texture is almost creamy-looking. Retention is about average. Plenty of lacing is left on the glass, though. Even if the body itself isn't brilliantly lustrous, it's still one of the better-looking Belgians out there. (4.25)

Smell: The nose starts off with incredibly vibrant fruit notes - mainly cherries, raisins, and figs. Letting it open up will cause it to develop a powerful spicy edge of ginger, while maintaining nice bread notes. As it opens up even further, it gains some caramel and candied sugar aromas. Judging from the nose, it smells like a big-ass brew, but one with an aura of restraint to it. (4.25)

Taste: It starts off bringing those big fruit notes from the aroma down to the palate - not only do I get dark fruits like fig and raisin, but I also get some nice citrusy flavors (invoking Duvel). The finish is slightly caramel-esque and sugary, but it doesn't linger cloyingly by any stretch. It doesn't taste like a stereotypical BSDA, instead it takes elements from both light and dark. What makes this work so wonderfully is how it balanced everything is - it isn't endlessly deep, nor does it need to be. (4.25)

Mouthfeel: Typical of the style, the 'bigness' of the brew is counteracted by fizzy, mouth filling carbonation. The finish is still a bit heavy, but not ridiculously so. Considering how flawlessly the alcohol is concealed, I don't care. Is this a 6% beer? Could have fooled me... (4.5)

Overall: I'm not sure which Gulden Draak is superior: the regular "dark tripel" or this. I'd personally say this is a little more drinkable, though regular GD has a bit more depth.

"They're both fabulous."

Okay, they're both fabulous. Damn straight, put a period on that. Buy it, drink it, love it. (4.25)

4.28/5: Gulden Draak doesn't mean "golden dragon", it means "fuckin' delicious"

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed from the big bomber, this FANTASTIC Belgian quad pours a peachy red with a succulent white head of thick foam that dissipates to a thin layer with GREAT lacing. Nose of sweet fruits of peach, pear, sweet Belgian candy sugars, and yeasty goodness. Taste is exceptional with a peach like quality to the middle and sides blending with Belgian candy sugars, crisp apple to the back, and bready yeast flavors rounding it all into a symposium of excellence. Very nicely carbonated mouth feel makes the slick flavors wash down quite nicely. A well rounded Belgian quad that is always a winner. As always an A plus from this fine Belgian brewery.

Cheers

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Photo of hreb
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Heavy, stubby 11.2oz bottle served in a chalice glass. Beer pours surprisingly pale in color, but appears golden red in the glass. Crystal clear, too. Aroma is rich, of peaches, or stone fruit. Flavor is comparatively mild/neutral. Yeasty and fizzy. It just doesn't have the depth of flavor I want in a quad. What it does have, however, is impeccable balance, and the perfect disguise for its massive ethanol payload. I must disagree on this point with my fellow reviewers, apparently. Very drinkable, just not all that interesting. But apparently I had the same complaint about St. Stefanus when I reviewed that. I really must pick up and review the standard Gulden Draak (Tripel) as well as Piraat, which I remember quite liking. There's just no excuse for a beer this heady and drinkable to be so middling in a category like Belgian Quad.

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

Pours a cloudy, orange-amber color, little bits of yeasty goodness floating about. A big head develops initially, dropping chunkily (?) to a broken film with an amazing amount of lacing left before the first sip is taken.
Smell is malt, fruity (apple & grape mostly), sweet with just a whiff of yeast.
Taste is malt, alcohol, fruit, yeast. Balance is off cuz that alcohol hit is big! but the flavor is great.
Body is medium, effervescence is quite sharp up front but fades reasonably fast though it retains a kind of tanginess to it. Warming from the get-go. Slightly drying. Damned good.

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Photo of brentk56
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
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 BEERchitect
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Incredibly, the reinvention of the Gulden Draak brand borrows a lighter malt color and palate fare while retaining, and maybe increasing its complexity with spice, fruit, and candied malts.

Burnt amber in color, the rubyish and orangeish hues play out with mild haze that casts a light even glow. The beer releases a creamy and rocky head of off white foam that quickly succumbs to its own sugary weight and alcohols until it reduces to a ring around the glass. Mild legging keeps the beer looking as much like brandy as it does beer.

Brown sugar, molasses, dark pitted fruits, peppery spice, and vinous character plays out even before the first sip. The nose enjoys savory notes of chocolate and cherry, caramel and wine, figs, dates, and apples along with the tawny sweet scent of port wine.

Flavors are intensely sweet with caramel and toffee with nearly butterscotch richness, elegance, and supple taste. Merlot grapes, cherries, plumbs, dehydrated fruit, and tart apples bridge the sweetness into tartness that assists the taste of peppercorn and spicy alcohol in balance. The fantastic flavors take the palate on quite a journey in short order as the initial sweetness turns fruity and then hot and spicy to finish like a fine dessert wine or digestive.

Full bodied from start to finish, even the high rate of carbonation struggles to pull the beer from the tongue. Because this, the beer puts its full brunt onto the mouth for full appreciation of flavor and texture. Finishing semi-dry, mildly acidic, and nearly hot the beer allows for a long linger of fruit, malt, and heat.

Although the alcohol is roughly the same as the original Draak, it's barely lighter malting allows for superb balance of fruit and spice to play a larger role, although it also exposes its higher (and somewhat distracting) hop bitterness and needle-prick alcohols.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Deep and glowing amber orange body, with a good middle column of roaring carbonation in the centre. Head manages a light cream quality, about two fingers with a good appearance of pinhead bubbled puck, that keeps getting repopulated on the sides. Looks like a slight vanilla whipped top for the head too.

Aroma is soft bisquit like malts, large vanilla cream sensations too, and classic fruity Belgian esters and sweetness. Candi like sugar gives way to accenting the malt sweetness more so, in an almost pastry bakery like flavor. Really does smell like a soft vanilla white cake.

Palate makes no mistakes about what it is. Spicy warmth and a big clove and nutmeg hea hit the palate on first sip. Sweet malts come in even with a mild astringency of bitterness on the finish, and coat with a warm brandy like booze warmth. Finishes a bit clean as well, and a good accent of caramel sweetness and softness continue in the palate. With the hot phenols a sense of almost tight carbonation feels like it's coming in, but ends up more simple and just a little higher than moderate. Playful. Bakery sweet. Excellently balanced seeming less hot than it's ABV indicates.

A real interesting take, and not what I was expecting on a quad as I was expecting darker and more fig/raisin qualities. That being said I can take this in a heartbeat anytime and probably would prefer it to the former. Love the bakery sweetness and feel to it too.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Mgm54
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of constantine_272
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

A: Dark brilliant orange copper. Sticky lacy light tan head the left a solid foam ring as it sat.

S: Alcohol and sweet grain. Wheat and some moldy cheesy yeast.

T: Woody, cedar and leathery earthy and rich. Sweet grainy mash flavor fills the palate with rich caramel and even a bit of balsamic reduction. Golden raisins. Boozy and bread yeast aftertaste. Crisp carbonation and zesty finish is nice but not enough to squelch the sweetness, but still good. Slight saltiness through the finish.

M: Finishes long with a mouth watering sweetness despite the crispness towards the end.

O: Quite delicious. More wine like than anything. However still very refreshing.

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Photo of Ainjyll
3/5  rDev -27.9%

Photo of DuffmanCanNeverDie
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Total perfection.. plain & simple. That's all I have to say.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of jivex5k
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Nunya
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of johnchen1229
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple is a the quadrupel variant of the dark Belgian beer Gulden Draak, brewed by Brouwerij Van Steenberge in Ertvelde, East Flanders.

The recipe consists of 3 different kinds of malt added in a volume of 4 times the content in lager. For the secondary fermentation wine yeast is used. As a result, this beer has a high alcohol content (10.7%).

A: Poured a dark, almost red, amber with a finger of foam. A lot of particulates make it hard to see through. Moderate bubbling, minimal lacing. This is a very mature beer in terms of aging. Looks like orange honey.

S: Not much of a smell. Hint of ripe fruits, but it mostly just smells... sweet. It's pleasant. Not much alcohol.

T: Complex alcoholic body, as expected from the 3 malts and high alcohol content, sweet and malty, low hoppiness and booziness.

M: Creamy, easy to sip, hard to gulp.

O: Great beer. Sweet and warm.

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

Photo of puboflyons
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the 11.2 fl. oz. bottle with a simple marking of 01_M. Sampled on April 13, 2014.

It pours an attractive medium amber color with fairly good clarity and a lingering cream colored head.

Aromas of pear, apple, toasted bread and biscuit, brown sugar, maple maybe, and a bit of mild spice. Sweet would be a quick way to define it too.

Medium to bold body and smooth.

The sweetness kicks in right off in the taste with the apple, pear, and malts taking center stage. Then there is is this vibrant bitterness the ends dryly. Alcohol is well integrated. I was in the mood for a Quad today and I found this one top be delightful through and through.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 1369 ratings