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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Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kylehay2004
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - half finger head of off white foam on a hazy, amber colored body.

S: bready and biscuity with fruity mostly sour cherry notes.

T: Sweet caramel, cherry and strawberry fruits. Very sugary and a little tart. Yeast presence balances this out.

M: light to medium body and light to moderate carbonation.

Overall: sweet and sugary like I would expect from a quad.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of acurtis
3.56/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky honey orange with a 2 inch foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy latticework of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, dark fruit, brown sugar, yeast, and spices. Taste is of malt, brown sugar, dark fruit, spices, and an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild spice bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and dangerously drinkable for its ABV.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.81/5  rDev -8%
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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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Knapp85
3.62/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as an orange color... Not really what I was expecting for a Quad. The head was big, fluffy and cream colored. The head settles and leaves a film on top of the beer. The smell of the beer was loaded with caramel, dark fruits, and Belgian yeast. The taste of the beer was a little stronger than it should have been. There was a light amount hop bitterness in there that I feel overpowered the beers sweetness. The mouthfeel was sharp and not as soft and creamy as it should taste. Overall this isn't the best best Quad out there, it was nice to try but I wouldn't reccomend this to someone who is curious about the style.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy golden yellowish orange in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high light beige colored head that died down but has good retention properties and consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark fruits are present in the nose along with some hints of yeast.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and also has some additional hints of grapes.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This tastes a little strong, but nothing like a beer over 10% abv because it hides its alcohol very well from the taste. For this reason, it's rather drinkable.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330ml, same little squat bottle as the normal Gulden Draak. The Golden Dragon's bigger, and even boozier brother?

This beer pours a hazy medium apricot amber hue, the rising effervescence non-stop, with three fingers of very puffy, thinly foamy off-white head, which leaves some patchy gnarled root lace around the glass as it slowly seeps away.

It smells of darkly caramelized and slightly toasted malt, fruity banana bubblegum, candy floss, rather soft earthy yeast, subtle leafy, wet grass hops, and a mild vodka-like booze twinge. The taste is sweet, sugary pale malt, slightly upgraded with some roasted caramel notes, more titration tube banana esters, ethereally musty yeast, applesauce, earthy, weedy hops, and a thin membrane of alcohol warming.

The carbonation is a bit pointed and frothy at first, but settles quickly enough, the body medium-heavy in weight, and generally smooth, and even evokes a semblance of creaminess here and there. It finishes fairly off-dry, the still sturdy fruity malt and understated dark sugar seeing little opposition in the form of hop or alcohol astringency.

While a genuinely tasty offering, the overall intricacies don't really keep up with the best in class - sure, the booze is expertly integrated, and while there's lots going on in its own right, there's just a certain je ne sais quoi lightness of being that renders me just a wee bit down about this style that I share many's affinity for.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
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 zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, dark, dark copper color with ruby highlights. It had a three-finger, tan head of fluffy foam. It left sticky patches of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of dried dark fruits with some biscuity malt notes.

T - It tasted of plum, raisin, dates and fig. A touch of toffee, caramel and spice.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a fantastic quadrupel. Glad I was able to find one in Kansas.

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Photo of superspak
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 11/19/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear bright orange color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big pear, apple, plum, golden raisin, apricot, white grape, light banana, clove, pepper, candi sugar, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big pear, apple, golden raisin, plum, apricot, white grape, light banana, pepper, clove, candi sugar, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Moderate earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of pear, apple, golden raisin, plum, apricot, white grape, light banana, pepper, clove, candi sugar, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt sweetness; with a great crisp malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly slick/prickly moutfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome pale Quadrupel style. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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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 Phyl21ca
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep clear amber color ale with a large foamy head with average retention and some light lacing. Aroma of fruity ester with some residual sugar and some dry fruits notes is quite intense. Taste is also a complex mix between light alcohol ester notes with some dry fruits and some residual sugar with light warming notes of alcohol. Body is quite full with good carbonation and some alcohol was apparent. Nice level of complexity but still a tad too sweet for my taste buds which could have been levelled out with a 2-3% reduction in ABV.

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Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of LXIXME
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mothman
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow to burnt orange in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some faint orange + apricot highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a very thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of brown sugar and dark fruit sweetness over the top of light to moderate amounts of pale malts. There is also a light aroma of Belgian yeast.

T: Upfront there is a moderate amount of pale malts with light to moderate amounts of sweetness (though not cloyingly so). The sweetness has notes of brown sugar, dark fruits, and some hints of spices. There is a moderate to strong amount of yeastiness to the finish of this beer which lingers.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp upfront with moderate amounts of dryness in the finish. Light hints of alcohol warming as well.

O: I really enjoyed this and I am not always the hugest fan of all Quads (it really depends on how cloyingly sweet the Quad is, I prefer the ones that are a little less sweet). There is enough complexity to the flavor and aroma of this beer which makes it very easy to drink and enjoyable. Alcohol is well hidden considering the strength.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
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 jlindros
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A nice big 750ml bottle, a nice sipper bottle for a night cap while watching the Sox playoff game.

Pours a nice fizzy bubbly head that hits 1 finger, and seems to stick around for a bit, nice for a 10+% beer, light bubbles left for lacing, very hazy amber-orange colored beer.

Nose is loaded with the sweet aromas, candi sugar a plenty, bit of caramel and nice toffee aroma, a bit nutty as well, and little syrupy but doesn't seem to get cloying sweet, at least on the aroma. Some dark fruits in there nicely, little fig paste mixed with brown sugar, little plum, touch of brandy soaked raisin, and some fruity esters thanks to the yeast. Booze is there too, coming through with the mild esters, and light phenolic booze.

Taste starts a bit on the sweet side but again not very sweet. Booze warmth right off too, with a little phenolic booze and some esters as well. Then fruits, some fig and date like first, a little plum, and just a touch of candied raisins. Plenty of sweet flavored malts too, little biscuit, nice caramel and lots of toffee, touch of butterscotch, lots of candi sugar too with a little syrupy sweetness. Nice candy malt overall, almost barleywine level of malt. Finish is still pretty sweet, a bit of a bready biscuit malt, chewy toffee and nutty candy, candi sugar, and more warming phenolic booze lingering.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, lots of carbonation and a bit too much for a quad, plenty of warming slightly tingly booze too.

Overall pretty nice, a really nicely done quad, with great malts and sweet characters, very malty, with a pretty decent attenuation, nice dark fruits, good booze esters and phenols which are good in this case, perhaps the only downfall is the over carbonation. I can only imagine what this would be like in a bourbon or rum barrel, and come to think of it I may try that, buy a bottle or two, age in a growler with some oak chips or something. very interesting!

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Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 1,307 ratings