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

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Gulden Draak 9000 QuadrupleGulden Draak 9000 Quadruple

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Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 261 | Ratings: 1,238
Photo of lcmcclain
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Not an experienced as most users with reviews so I'll keep it simple. I aged the beer for about a year. Upon opening, the carbonation rushed from the bottle. Beautiful head after pouring. The smell reminds brings my mind to honey and raisins. With such a high alcohol content, it is surprisingly easy to drink and by far the best Belgian quad I've ever tasted.

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Photo of DBosco
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dense copper orange color with foamy beige head that slowly settles. Smells of date fruits. Tastes of dates, sweet with a little spice notes. Mouthfeel is a little syrupy, and although it is still bubbling that is mostly absent in the mouthfeel. Overall, the first clear golden quad I've tried and it is substantially different from the typical dark quads - flavor and smell seems less complex and the mouthfeel was not as good.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It pours a much lighter color than most Quads (the label describes the color as "amberblonde"). The head is impressive for a beer of this strength and the lacing is even more amazing. The aroma is of raisins and fresh honey. The taste is similarly rich in honey and raisin notes and you can definitely feel some alcohol warmth. Not too sweet. The body is not as thick as I expected (yet it can still be described as full) but the small-bubble carbonation on the tongue is very pleasant. A very enjoyable quad.

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Photo of matcris
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A clear, pretty, amber, with loads of bubbles rising, and a finger+ of khaki head that lasts. Saving the yeast at the bottom for the end pour. The aroma is yeasty, candied fruit like preserves, pear, and apricot. And all kinds of different berry and green apple jams. Also a distinct caramel note. The flavor is sweet and then a lasting mild bitterness jumps into the mix. Subtle caramel, and those yeasty fruity notes of light dried fruit (green apple, pear, & berries) grab the reigns. Slight booze in the flavor, but, delicious. The feel is a very effervescent carbonation, a little sticky, then dry on the finish, and a full body. So drinkable, though. Easy now....BIG ABV, and a big flavor.

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Photo of Rukeli76
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle served in a chalice at cellar temperature. Bb date of 10/05/2018, so this particular bottle has a bit of age on it.

Pours a beautiful, slightly hazy dark amber colour. Definitely on the light side for a quad. An inch or two of head diminishes quickly. Nice lacing.

Nose is sweet dates and tobacco.

Taste follows the nose. Lots of sweet dates, ripe plums, dried figs, tobacco, leather, plus a little spice and ripe banana from the yeast. This aged bottle isn't terribly sweet.

Medium body. Light carbonation. Boozy.

This is much better than the gooey-sweet booze-bomb I remember. With a little bit of age this has developed into a beautifully complex, world-class quad.

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Photo of Jliscin
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first quad beer, a good smooth beer with a very strong fruity taste and smell nice consistancy to it. A lot of flavor and varying strong fruit notes with a nice after taste

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Photo of flyingpig
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle:
A surprising beer when poured & definitely lighter than expected, it's easily one of the lightest quadrupels I think I've tried. It had a nice sweetness to it, particularly the nose but the caramel that showed there seemed to fade, putting the beer as more of a Belgian pale ale at times. There was some lighter fruits & citrus that gave the beer its fresh, lively feel but it wasn't quite what I'd expected; it's still a very good beer though but I'd go with the original over this version next time.

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Photo of LAp
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bronze-orange with a meniscus of off-white head. Nose is a great balance of Belgian spice and malt. The palate is classic, bready, heavy Belgian. Heavy wheat bread, clove and coriander dominate the palate. Mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation.

It's hard for this beer to feel original in 2017, but what it does is still respectable, and it's a solid brew all things considered.

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a small bottle,into a large Funky Buddha snifter.

Frothy,off white head that stands 2 fingers tall,with beautiful retention.Dark orange / amber in color,with distorted light showing through the glass.Heavy amounts of fast moving carbonation.

On the nose I get a ton of bright,tropical fruit,and citrus notes.These are backed up by sweet malts,and caramel.Im getting some banana and sweet bread aromas as well.A little bit of wine / alcohol in there too.

On the palate I get caramel,sweet malts,citrus,some hops,sweet bread,roasted banana,zest,orange peel,and a little bit of wine / alcohol.The alcohol is there but it is definitely not overbearing.

The body is medium with a moderately dry finish.Small amounts of alcohol warming in the stomach,but it is not a turn off.

This is my first quadruple and I have to say I am impressed very good beer,that I would recommend at least trying.Even if you are not a fan of the style.I might actually like this one better than the white bottle.Very Very nice.

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Photo of Roguer
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful brew: truly golden, reminiscent of fields of pale wheat, topped by a strong, off-white head with great retention and body.

Sweet, strong aroma: a touch of alcohol, and lots of sugar.

On the palate, this beer leans closer to Tripel than Quadrupel. Sweet, thick, and malty, it really lacks only the notes of cloves and hops normal for a Tripel. Perhaps an even boozier BSPA.

Thick, sweet but not cloying, and a pleasure to drink. You can tell it's a big beer, but the 10.7% ABV never becomes detrimental.

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Photo of scootny
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A huge head that billows in my glass with no attempt on my part to produce one. Lots of clumps sticking to the sides of the the glass. A very slow fade that helps the cause of lacing. Surprisingly light in color for a Quad. Amber with a single column of carbonation streaming up persistently.

The aromas of caramel, caramel, figs and light banana are first to arrive, followed by brown bread, pepper and light alcohol. Notes of sweet dessert wine like sherry and port. A toasted grain and and floral hops.

Taste is so smooth and rich, while being a lighter fruitier Quad. Those caramel and sherry sweet signals from the nose are in the front of the palate. Lots of those fruit notes. Dates and figs being the biggest components. Some vine and oak. That light banana so typical of Belgians. Vanilla and mild coffee/mocha. Some pepper and evaporative alcohol spice. Hops are earthy, with a surprising dryness in the finish that nonetheless works quite well, making for a clean and quenching swallow. Abv is nearly invisible and what little you can taste is so well integrated that you just keep enjoying you sips without a care in the world.

Feel is rich and creamy. There isn't much I'd change here. Full and smooth carbonation is so satisfying while keeping the beer light and quaffable . I finished a whole bottle by myself and could easily polish of another without batting an eye. It just drinks without anything to make you slow down.

This is a top tier Quad that begs for winter sessioning with friends who live close enough to walk home. Break out the cheese, crackers, smoked meats, chips. pretzels and other season snacks to slow down the alcohol absorption and let the party begin.

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Photo of jamesroses
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

appearance: hazy orange, 2 to 3 finger headm very good retention and lacing.

smell: caramel, golden raisins and peaches. Much more 'tropical' than I expected for the style.

taste: sweet caramel soaked peaches. Alcohol is pretty strong in the mix.

mouthfeel: medium to full bodied, the alcohol and carbonation are strong in this one. Aftartaste balanced between sour and sweet notes.

overall: nice beer, although different to other quads I've tried.

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Photo of ZAP
3.76/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a muddied tan color.

Nice aroma of brown sugar dusted dark fruits...plums, cherries..hints of caramel as well.

A lot of booze on the of a "vodka soaked" dark fruitiness on the flavor...

A bit tart on the finish like unripened plums.

About what I expected. Hoped it would be a little sweeter on the taste and not as alcohol sharp.

I much prefer their regular version though.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from single-serve bottle

Appearance--Pours the color of a dark honey or amber, and doesn't look like what it purports to be (a quad). Not unpleasant looking, just unexpected. The head is a little thin and the lacing is as well.

Smell--Sweet maltiness, booze, and background fruitiness--that's about it.

Taste--I am trying very hard to not rate the "9000" against the original Gulden Draak, but it is difficult. I love strong Belgian beers, and the original GD has complexity and balance to challenge the best of them. Like the original, the "9000" has some great flavors here, but the lack of balance is startling. The most forward element is the booziness. There are some nice dried fruit and candy sugar flavors happening as well as spice notes, but it is difficult to define them because the alcohol is at "burn" rather than "bite" level. I wonder if some age would tame this monster down. The potential for greatness is there--it's just out of balance.

Feel--Probably the best aspect of this quad. The carbonation and alcohol do keep this brew from getting to sweet and sticky. For all of the balance issues above, and despite the forward nature of the booze level, it is still remarkably drinkable.

Overall--I'm a nitpicker on this style, so take my "balance" comments with a grain of salt. This might not be a top-tier quad, but is still an excellent beer with good complex flavors and, other than it's color, is a nice take on the style. I'm going to cellar a couple of bottles of this and see if some age provides some much-needed balance.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep brown, mostly opaque, with a medium creamy head that leaves some lace. Nose is caramel, boozy malt, and complex sugars. Taste is rich as you'd expect from a 10.7% beer. However, it (pleasantly) doesn't just go for a slap in the face. There is some complexity and is actually on the "drinkable" side for the ABV. Overall, a very good choice when you need something to keep you warm.
Edit: with a year of age, the nose and taste improve with more intensity of dried figs and dates. More mellow and better integrated. Excellent.

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Photo of sherillc
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy Amber with thin, long lasting foam. Aroma is quite sweet and primarily suggests wildflower honey, raisins, a bit of treacle and a hint of citrus. Flavour is initially less sweet than the aroma suggests. Initially slightly bitter, malt, pumpernickel bread, burnt honey, dark raisins transitioning to a richer, more honied, spicy flavour when the carbonation disperses. A good balance between carbonation, sweetness and alcohol. Creamy mouthfeel. Rich flavours seem to improve as you savour this quad. I enjoyed the last few sips more than the first few but it almost seemed like a different beer from beginning to end which was intriguing.

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Photo of Buck89
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A mildly hazy orange-amber color with a thick but fleeting rocky off-white head. Somewhat muted aromas of raisins, plums, cherries, and brown sugar. The taste outshined the nose. Candied cherries and plums. Oranges, floral notes, and toffee. Full-bodied, dry, and warming but not overly boozy, given the high ABV.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle, Lidl, Bristol - Pours cloudy amber with a large white foamy head. Medium carbonation. Nice lacing. Aroma - bready/yeasty forefront, ripened orchard fruits at the back as well as a grassy feel. Taste - sweetish forefront , bready malts, ripe fruits, light crisp finish. Nice Belgian quad which hides the high ABV well.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V. "Gulden Draak 9000"
330 ml brown glass bottle, production coded but without freshness dating
$5.49 @ Total Wine & More, Claymont, DE

Appearance: Hazy deep-amber/copper body beneath a creamy head of off-white.

Aroma: Malty and caramelish, backed by some mildly tart fruitiness.

Flavor: The gently tart fruitiness appears upfront before quickly opening into a wide golden caramel maltiness. The blend of the two across the middle brings about a third component in itself, and that's then followed by some delicate herbal hop notes and a light touch of spiciness which is probably from the alcohol. Despite the maltiness it finishes dry, and fairly quickly as the alcohol helps to usher out any lingering residual sugars.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth with a dextrinous medium body and fine-bubbled, seemingly natural carbonation.

Overall: Unique. Not what you might expect from a quadruple because the malt is more golden. That of course leaves it with a little less complexity, but there's still enough there that it remains interesting. Completely enjoyable in and of itself, it really doesn't need to follow expectations. Why make just another Quad anyway?

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Photo of qrazvan
3.49/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Light brown colour; pours with a medium head.
The alcohol and sugar is present in the smell. The taste is similar to a stronger triple, with a very sweet aftertaste.
For the fans mainly.

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Photo of bunsteve
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

First impression was very bitter, but it smoothed out after the first couple of sips. Not particularly smooth in my mouth, and had a strong chemical smell. Dry on the center of my tongue - not crazy about that.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a nice amber with a moderate head. Some fruit in the nose. The mouth tastes a smooth toffee like creaminess that fills the mouth with a luscious flavor. Yum!

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Photo of Jimlikesbeer
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Look is translucent that gives you the feel that this beer has body. Poured into a tulip glass with nice head and lingering retention. The alcohol taste is definitely there but not over powering to me. Belgian style beer worth the price.

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Photo of delta490
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Lighter than I was expecting, it is a deep amber with just a smear of white head. The aroma, though has nice dark fruit and some sugary sweetness. The taste is much the same. Neither is overwhelming but both are very good. The body is lighter and very smooth.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark amber with a large beige head.

One of the most prominent caramel noses I've ever smelt, so much so that the Belgian yeast is subdued to great effect. Some hops are present, herbal maybe.

Taste is sweet, smooth and luscious toffee, buttery even. It's really like a melted caramel candy treat. There is even a flavor of cotton candy.

This is unlike any Quad I've ever had. I need to try more of these, especially actual Belgian versions. I've had a very wide array of attempts at this style and now I'm not really sure exactly what the originals were aiming for.

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