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

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Gulden Draak 9000 QuadrupleGulden Draak 9000 Quadruple

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of joeseppy
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap @ Bavarian Lodge.

Pour is a light gold with significant head and lacing throughout.

Aroma is calming caramel malts, dark fruit, clove, vanilla and fresh bread.

Flavor has raisin and dates, clove, banana, soft caramel and malt. Flirts on the sweeter side. Westy 12 comes to mind, especially since my quad experience is limited.

Enough carbonation to carry through and the alcohol is warming.

A fine quad to enjoy as if every sip was fine champagne. Nice to have enjoyed this fall Sunday watching football. Not feeling very wordy today as this quad deserves more. Plain and simple; this is delicious.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
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 metter98
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
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 rangerred
3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Had on tap.

Pours a clear darkish copper with a tiny off-white head.

Aroma of plum, caramel and some other dark fruits. A Belgian yeasty element is thrown in there as well typical of the style.

The flavor is quite fruity with plum, grape, and apple. A bit on the sweet and boozy side with some decent warmth from the alcohol. A full mouthfeel with a sticky finish.

Overall, a decent quad but different than other ones I have had. OK but I'm not sure I will revisit this one.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a darkish gold, almost amber, that is seethrough (somewhat) with decent head and lace retention on top of a tropical fruit like aroma, yeast for sure, some sweet malts like candi sugar and caramel, maybe a bit of spiciness as well. Smooth, somewhat light bodied, a mix of sweetness that is sugary (I'll go with caramel and toffee) and some fruit flavors that are akin to pear, mango, sour apple for a little sour bitterness/tartness, touch of spice, all well-balanced. Odd beer for me to review in only that I know I really enjoyed it yet couldn't really pinpoint anything specific down.

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Photo of jlindros
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
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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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I haven't had the 9000 Gulden Draak, but I have been drinking the golden dragon for years now. Appears a deep amber bronze hue with billowing off white head forms thick fine even bubbled carbonation, Belgian lacing clings to the glass this is effervescence. Aromatics offer up deep dark fruit notes with raisins and tart apples, mild slightly spicy herbal hop notes. Flavor is tart up front with the fruit punching the palate, think green raisins and tart apple slices blending into a malty mix of alcohol and herbal hops. Big bad Belgian ale at manageable costs in a mixed six pack format, super sweet finish is almost killing this for me. They came out with new beers that are bigger or the same in alcohol with really noticeable alcohol on the palate and unfermented sugars making it overtly sweet. So one dimensional it pains me to see they did this to a great complex big Belgian ale like Gulden Draak, carbonation is solid, but the finish is a mix of alcohol heat and cloying sticky sweet malts. Overall why drink this version when you can drink the classic, enough said about that.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Pours clear, the color of spun gold, with a massive four-finger eggshell colored head which formed a meringue-like clump in the center of the glass, and refused to die. Rings of thick lacing. This is one intense looking beer.

S - Powerful aroma, of cherries, butterscotch, and Belgian yeasts. Not the most complex smell, as it's mostly sweet, but it does smell good.

T - Robust flavors of Maraschino cherries, dates, prunes, butterscotch, marmalade, and sweet breads, all swirling around in a complex dance. Some vanilla and caramel in the mid-palate. Hints of apple and pear in the finish. Finishes dry. ABV at almost 11% in dangerously hidden. (You can feel it more in your eyes than you do on the tongue) No discernible hop presence to speak of.

M - Full bodied, but you don't really notice due to the MASSIVE amount of carbonation. Extremely fizzy and champagne like. I know high carbonation is a Belgian trait, but it's just a little overboard. A single flaw, but kind of a large one.

O - A damn good quad, but to be honest, the carbonation was so distracting as to affect my enjoyment of this beer. I would buy again, but I would probably seek out St Bernardus first.

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Photo of pepperfee
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Early on (past 7 years ago or so ) in my Belgian beer loving career I was a quad aficionado. Gulden Draak was my go to beer. However, over past few years, and esp. lately (since I'm now pushing 50) I seem to have developed a low tolerance for sweet and have moved away from quads altogether. I'm definitely more of a triple fan these days. BUT - just had a a Gulden Draak 9000 and it is perfect. Superb - dry -with the essence of sweet plums and brown sugar. Phenomenal. Started out with 2 bottles - just finished one, one left, so wish I had more!

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Photo of MCDuhamel
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked and caged 750 ml into a tulip. Dark orange/medium amber beer with a huge number of effervescent tiny bubbles and a cream colored, dense head. Completely clear. The nose is bready, like a lightly toasted challah. Orange marmalade, toast, and toffee on the tongue, with a tad of alcoholic warming on the finish. Spritzy and medium-bodied. A bit unusual for a "quad," in that it presents very much like a trippel, in color, nose and flavor profile. An outstanding beer.

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Photo of FrostBlast
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

341mL bottle

I never mention bitterness in my reviews, my bitterness taste buds are ridiculously under-sensitive.


APPEARANCE : Even though I know this beer very well, I've never, *ever* been able to open one that didn't gush out. So after waiting a few minutes for the whole thing to settle down in my glass, I'm actually able to see what the beer looks like. Lovely orange mahogany. Surprisingly clear for a quadrupel. Comes with a stupidly generous head that takes forever to go away and leaves some lacing that lingers but dissolves at the slightest swirl. Once gone, the head is truly and utterly gone, nothing left but the little lacing. But behold, I swirl my glass a little and boom, I'm back with a head that's a full 2cm thick. If you have a mustache, as I do, a paper towel is a must when drinking this little guy.

SMELL : First nose is booze and thick sugary malt with a touch of ripe orange, not unlike Dubuisson Ambrée. Second nose hides the booze to an extent and brings out the hops, which come across as a sort of sharp herbal edge within the massive malty structure. Third nose emphasizes on the second nose's notes and makes them rounder, more refined but less defined, sort of blends the whole thing together. Very curious, I'm used to having the third nose cutting the aroma profile open - on this beer, it's the complete opposite. Interesting.

TASTE : Maraschino cherries, oranges, sugary malts and booze. The hops are pretty hard to spot, but they show in the texture and a very discreet herbal side. I'm guessing they also express themselves blended within the orange side of the malts. Very complex, very textured, many layers. Very interesting.

MOUTHFEEL : Compared with what I'm used to with quadrupels, this is very thin. To me, quads are beers that can walk from the bottle to your glass without any help from anybody. Gulden Draak 9000 is much lighter than this - which is consistent with the lighter-than-usual colour. It still has the aroma profile spot on, but less toasted/roasted, less caramelized. Where "usual" quads can get heavy after a bit, this little guy goes down very smoothly. Careful its 10.5% alcohol don't stab you in the back.

OVERALL : After cleaning up the beer that spilled on opening - even though you handled the bottle like live nitroglycerin - and waiting a full 5 minutes for the head to shrink to something less than 5/6 of your glass, you'll have an amazing time. Well worth waiting for, and well worth buying lots of it. A very well done lighter quad that can be drunk in a wide variety of occasions.

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

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a bright, vibrant, amber-gold coloring with a tall, frothy, big bubbled, white head that starts tall and slowly settles into a surface coating. Nose of apricot, pineapple, toffee, caramel, roast, clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon. The different aroma characteristics come together masterfully, remaining balanced and avoiding overpowering the senses. Flavors are bold and smooth, with a solid caramel backbone supporting a warming booze character, spice blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, and all spice, and a fleeting highlight of bubblegum, old world fruit, and some earthy notes. Very bold, very robust, and a touch of heavy. The body is robust, but kept slightly light and effervescent through the carbonation. Rich sweetness and booze warmth in the aftertaste, with an old world fruit linger and building warmth in the finish. Great beer.

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Photo of benfons
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: dark amber colour, off-white head (roughly 1cm), nice lacing

S: smells a bit murky at first, some caramel and prunes get through, some caramel-rock candy-syrup, quite a bit of alcohol

T: sweet, caramelised apple, prune, hint of malts and vanilla, some prunes, alcoholic finish

M: medium body, mildly carbonated, pretty dry

O: reminds me a bit of sherry (if carbonated), a bit too alcoholic. But it has some nice complexity it the taste.

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Photo of wbason
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Duvel tulip.

A Opaque, deep amber with a white head that last longer than expected with the given abv. Lighter than other quads I have had.

S Darkfruit. Figs, dates, raisins. Molasses, brown sugar, caramel, toffee.

T All of the aroma is magnified in the taste. Sweet, yet surprisingly refreshing for a quad. Dried dark-fruit. Raisin bread, caramel, toffee, prunes, dates, etc...

M Really great mouthfeel. High carbonation cuts through what would otherwise be an overly viscous feel. Each sip leaves you wanting more.

O A really good quad. Overall a tad lighter in each category than what I prefer for the style. On its own, however, a really great beer.

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Photo of schwemjw
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark dirty brown. large white head with very tight bubbles. a small amount of sediment. looks like a quad!

S: MMM. Raisin, molasses, funky yeast, brown sugar, figs, moldy bread, caramel, banana, toffee, dried apricots, plum and an earthy essence. Just wave after wave of dark fruit and yeast.

T: i don't even know where to begin. like the aroma there is just a rush of all these different dark fruits and malt that are constantly changing with each sip. Plum, dried apricots, rasisin, caramel, buttered bread, tart ripe cherry, fig, toffee, honey and acid.

M: Full bodied with great carbonation.

O: Great beer. very complex with a great mingling of flavors. Not my favorite quad but one i will never say no to. The mouthfeel isn't quite as great as some of the other quads ive had. /92

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Photo of patre_tim
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Medium wood stain brown, slight cloudiness on first pour, half a finger of tan brown head, almost no visible carbonation, though the bottle spilt over slightly when open.

S: Cherries, flowers, prunes, raisins, alcohol burn is strong in the nose. Black liquorice.

T: Cherries and cherry blossoms, raisins and black liquorice. Sweetness balances it well. The only alcohol burn is in the throat so its really well hidden. Brown sugar, toffee in the back of the throat.

M: Medium smooth body, low carbonation. Almost a drying tannic quality like black tea leaves.

O: I see why this is so highly rated. Great by itself as a sipper. Very cool style, lives up to its rating. Found it at my now favourite dealer in town.

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Photo of Murrhey
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a snifter in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- Huge four-finger white head with long lasting retention atop a dark golden body. Fine looking beer.

S- Dried fruits, plums, apricots and Belgian candi yeasts. Nice funkiness. Great aroma.

T- Sweet and fruity. Balanced flavors dancing around on my tongue. Buttery flavor as well.

M- Dry and clean.

O- Wonderful beer. The easiest drinking quad I've ever had. Yum.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Beer pours a a dark golden color, light bubbles floating throughout the body. White head is really thick rising to just over a fingers length, barely moves while sipping.

Smell: Light yeast scent. but take a another sniff you little caramel and light scotch feel.

Taste: Slightly complex, little sweet in a honey type of way, gently bitter with full taste.

Mouth: Ever sticking taste, light to medium combination which so sharply smooth.

Overall: Take your time when drinking this gem, it is incredibly well crafted. I appreciate quality and this beer easily carries it beginning to end. Salud!

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Photo of Tonmeister
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into Pint mug, I know it's not the proper glass, but I compensated as a result.

Appearance: Reddish cloudy unfiltered burn amber orangy with a thin white head.

Aroma: very fruity like raspberries and apple and plums

Taste: Fruity, like sweet raspberries, cranberries, blueberries, with plums and apple. I cant taste the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: thin boddied and highly carbonated.

Overall: This is a great beer, much sweeter than the Trappistes Rochefort 10. This is still a great beer although I don't think it compares to it.

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Photo of Roman5150
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

bottle into tulip

appearance: cloudy unfiltered burnt orange, with some mahogany undertones, 2 finger bubbly white head, not much lacing. also the bottle shape is remarkably awesome.

smell: dark fruits, bready notes, sweet malt, plum

taste: bready, dark fruits, sweet and sugary, figs, caramel, vanilla, coriander, plum. The finish is so smooth that you would think this is a 6% ABV beer. Wow, this is amazingly balanced and smooth, they're on some Monk level shit…

mouthfeel: highly carbonated and rather thin bodied

overall: This Quad honestly gives a monk a run for their money. Easily my favorite non-trappist Quad (that's including ABT 12), this is honestly a very underrated beer. I've had their Tripel and it was amazing, and this is just an all around amazing brew. I will be buying this again, in my opinion this one almost rivals the beloved Rochefort 10, AND is cheaper is by about $3.00 where I live. Pleasantly surprised once again from this sleeper Belgian brewery, will be trying all of their beers.

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Photo of sfprint
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

exp 12/15/2013
A: Very faint columns of microcarbonation, hazy ruby orange-brown.
S: Heavy and apricotish fruitiness, leather, slight plasticy alcohol
T: intense, slightly sour, slightly fruity (unsweet apricot), a hair bitter, alcohol isn't so overt
M: Crisp sting and slightly mouth puckering.
O: Not mind blowing but certain solid.

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Photo of brureview
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap and served in a tulip. The beer poured a very dark chocolate, almost opaque color,
with a 1/2 finger head. Nice lacing.

An immediate aroma of fruit, a bit of chocolate- but not strong. The aroma dissipated
with warming.

The mouth feel was very pleasant, with a hint of carbonation.

The taste is the prize with this quad. Chocolate, fruit, raisins, figs. With warming,
the taste profile expands- richer chocolate, fruit- a quadruple delight.

I wasn't familiar with this beer. It is outstanding, and now it is one of my favorite
Belgian Quads.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a from bottle into a tulip glass - amber, with a off white head of about 3 fingers of soapy fine bubbles and steady effervescence.

S: Strong yeast, dried Fruit (fig/plum) some non specific fruity esters

T: Malty, dried fruit forward almost like a sweet port/sherry with a bit of tart acidity from the carbonation leaving a fairly clean palate. Much fruitier/sweeter than other quads.

M: Great combination of syrup and the fullness of the carbonation, a really spectacular combination. Made more so as it warms in the mouth.

O: Gulden Draak is incredible, but Gulden Draak 9000 is even more so. Great for a barbeque, or casual dinner event, try with steak or very flavorful game.

update 04JUL15: as my palate has developed- I"m more and more impressed by Gulden Draak 9000 - a truly tasty and complex beer.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy amber-orange with a finger of frothy slightly off-white head. Fades normal.

S - Sweet caramel malts, candi sugar, dark fruits, Belgian yeast, coriander, clove, pepper, banana esters, tart green fruits, bit of booze.

T - Sweet caramel and lightly bready malts, raisins, figs, and other dark fruits, candi sugar, Belgian yeast, coriander clove, pepper, banana esters, touch of tart green fruits, some booze.

M - Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet, estery, spicy, warming finish.

D - Great Quad. Good balance, complexity, and mouthfeel.

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Photo of Blindpigbiz
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Smell: sweet butter cream, hints of malts, and milk chocolate

Taste: subtle marmalade, butter cream, malts, hints of candied green apples and brown sugar with a mild whiskey bite

Sorry, but I haven't actually paired this beer to anything, however, it would more than likely be good with some smoked pork, Cotswold cheese, and black grapes

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Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
4.08 out of 5 based on 1,194 ratings.
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