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

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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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Photo of msalsbury
4.82/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I'm a big fan of Belgian beers in general, especially the Triple and Quadruple styles, so Gulden Draak 9000 is right up my alley.

It pours a lovely coppery amber with just a slight haze and virtually no head. There is a little bit of web-like lacing left in the glass as you drink it.

The aroma combines the usual Belgian fruit, spice, and sweetness with a hint of alcohol.

The flavor matches up with the aroma. It's sweet without being overly sugary. It's spicy to the "just right" level. It's fruity without tasting like a fruit beer. In short, it's everything I look for in the Quad style, and nothing I dislike. Hops bitterness is minimal in this one. Even at 10% ABV, the warming note of the alcohol is not intense or uncomfortable.

The finish is fruity and sweet, and very pleasant overall.

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

A: the color of honey. Slightly murky, with amber hue. I had about a 3.5 finger head which settled after 3 or 4 minutes. I love the lacing it leaves behind.

S: Candied fruit all day.

T: Deliciously sweet. A perfect dessert beer after dinner. I don't know why but its difficult to pick out specific flavors in this one. Its just good! It has the sweetness plus the Belgian yeasty taste. The high abv is hidden well in my opinion you get mostly dark fruits when it hits the palate. Not much to say just go get one to enjoy.

M: great mouth feel here. So very creamy with a good balance of carbonation.

Overall: Like I said a perfect dessert beer due to its sweetness and creaminess. I certainly enjoyed this quadruple and will be buying it again. You wouldn't know it because of the sweetness but the abv is 10.7 which makes it enjoyable because one is all that is necessary.

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

A rather unique quad obviously, companion to this brewery's "dark tripel". Looks, smells, and tastes distinctive, as one would expect. I let mine hang out in the cellar for around 8 months or so before finally getting down to brass tacks this afternoon. Poured into a goblet, this brew is a dark honey amber color rather than brown, with around four inches of light-colored head that disappeared quite quickly. Aroma reminds me of a saison, with nutty, spicy, funky yeast paving the way and pungent sweet honey and cooked fruit bringing up the rear. Smells quite a bit like fermented prune juice. Palate is richly sweet and spicy, with honeyed breakfast cereal, golden syrup, cooked applesauce, pumpkin, sultana raisin, prunes, clove, coriander, and dry burlap sack/horse blanket all blending together. Unique combination of flavors yet still a quintessentially Belgian "malt bomb". Fairly thick and syrupy body, an effect amplified by the relatively tame carbonation. Hard to taste much in the way of hops. Certainly has its own charm, even if I do prefer the more traditional dark takes on the style.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.09/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A-Dark amber or copper colored beer. Thick, chunky, white head is born from my mostly gentle pour. Very retentive. Speckles of jagged lace.

S-All sweet and spicy. Some booze. Definitely spiced. Chalky Belgian yeast. Thick, malty components.

T-Dark fruit sprinkled with Belgian spice. A noticeable Belgian yeast note as well. A luscious coat of malty caramel, grown sugar and all the sweet fixings. Alcohol is evident as well.

M-Strong carbonation. Alcohol is fairly well integrated. Somewhat sticky. A definite sipper for me.

O/D-Happy I didn't buy this one myself. The more I drink them, the more I realize how this big, rich, Belgian malt elixirs are not for me.

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Photo of JWU
4.56/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a Gulden Draak glass at Fiorentino's, Lititz, PA

A- a dark, cloudy amber, with a nice white head. Certainly lighter than I expected for a Quad.

S- Tons and tons of dark fruits, prunes and black cherries mostly. Some dark Belgian sugars and fruity esters are there as well. A slight earthy hop is detectable.

T- So complex. Lots of dark fruit, and the Belgian sugar and fruity yeast components are all there. An excellent earthy hop is detectable on the finish, and lends a slight bitterness to balance the big sweetness. Excellent.

M- Full, creamy, and lush on the palette. Highly carbonated.

O- I really enjoy that this Quad has a nice balancing bitterness to it. We're not talking IPA bitterness here, but it cuts the big sweetness just enough, and lends to a fabulously complex brew.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle 10,5% Abv.
Served chilled and split between a wine glass and snifter.
Best before: 21/11/2013 (Intentionally cellared)

Appearance: It seems the guys at Van Steenberge like to do things a little differently, first a dark triple (the regular Gulden Draak) and now a light Quad! The beer appears a beautiful burnished golden-orange with a rough pour yielding a massive off white head. The head retention is pretty average, but it does leave a few patches of lacing as it recedes.

Smell: Gulden Draak 9000 doesn’t smell much like any other Quad that I have had, but when it smells this good who really cares! A solid sweetness (notes of brown sugar and caramel) combines with a lovely fruity character (golden raisins, cooked apples, peach, sweet white grapes, cherry, a little citrus peel and a hint of golden plums), a light spicing (white pepper) and a touch of brandy like alcohol.

Taste: The flavor isn’t quite as sweet as the nose suggested and has notes reminiscent of a BSPA, but it is still delicious. Notes include: Brown sugar, cooked apples, some peppery spicing, sweet golden raisins, clove, plums, a touch of banana and a little brandy-like alcohol.

Mouthfeel: As with most Belgians this is somewhat over carbonated for my tastes, but it isn’t too harsh or obtrusive. The body is medium-full, a little chewiness and a light stickiness.

Overall: I am very glad that I put this bottle away for a while - I think if it had been fresh there would have been a little too much alcohol. I am going to have to by a few more bottles to stick in the cellar.

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Photo of gr0g
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, amber in appearance, a lighter colored quad like La Trappe. A solid two-finger head forms, but retention and lacing aren't impressive. Aroma is equal parts sweet, fruity, and floral. Candi sugar, caramel apple, ripe raisin.

Sweet overall, but a balancing bitterness comes on to even things out. Candi sugar and ripe fruit a plenty. Fizzy carbonation, a little bit of a syrupy mouthfeel. Kind of a tripel/quad hybrid because of the combo of lighter fruity esters and higher alcohol.

Damn tasty, very similar to the standard Gulden Draak. If you haven't tried one or the either, definitely seek them out.

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Photo of PaulyB83
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A- Medium/deep amber a lighter in color Quad than others I've had. High light toffee head that dissipates to a thin film. Slightly hazy but with a good degree of clarity for a bottle conditioned beer.

S- Big sweet dried dark fruits, fruity esters, some spice and slight alcohol coming through.

T- Similar to nose, big dark fruits and fruity esters. Some spice and little bit of alcohol coming through with a nice yeasty finish on the tongue with a lingering sweetness.

M- Medium-high viscosity, found this to be pretty drinkable but the big dark fruits kind of make it a gulper.

O- A great Belgian Quad, will definitely seek out again. And relatively inexpensive, picked up a bottle at 4 bucks.

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Photo of jwhancher
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Popped open a 750mL bottle after a cold snowy day in which the Eagles prevailed mightily in a win over Detroit. Cork popped off with relative ease. Poured into a thin walled chalice glass for review.

Pours a light golden amber with rocky white head and high carbonation. Smells of green apple & pear, some yeasty Belgian phenols, and some peppery spice. Perfumey. Smells syrupy sweet.

Tastes like cotton candy with pear & apple notes. Some notes of raisins and cherries as well. Malty sweet upfront but finishes very dry. No real hop flavor or aroma. Feels thick, full bodied. Alcohol seems in check although it is definitely present and seems apparent in the nose (as my wife graciously pointed out).

A wonderful beer. Saved this one since last Xmas and it held up wonderfully. Would def try and drink again.

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Photo of Scrapss
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into turbinator from bomber.

A: clear-ish medium ruddy golden color. Big 3 finger ecru head that settled into a slender 1 finger head. Tight bubbles.

S: Cider vinegar, apples, sour apples, esters, spicy yeast notes. Smells like Christmas without the nutmeg.

T: Apple-brandy like notes dominate. Very floral, ripe dark fruits like cherries, some banana and melon. Large boozy content is enhanced and being suppressed by bigger dark fruit notes, and some funk in the background.

M: Smooth big medium-full body is filling and offset by the copious tight and probably bottle-enhanced carbonation. Slightly sour finish with metallic notes and a touch of sourness.

O: This is highly regarded and I see why. Would seek out if in the mood for a big quad with these expressive and apple notes. This is not as subtle as some Quads I have had, but it brings a lot to the party.

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

Expired bottle 21/09/2013 (never see light,stable temperature)

A : Gold/Copper liquid, white head with medium retention, good lacing

S: Sugar, Alcohol, light dark fruit, cereal, spice and yeast

T: belgian candy, dark fruit and alcohol pretty well balanced maybe some yeast or spice (spicy taste provided by yeast??

M: Medium to Full Body with high carbonation the high alcohol content just warm my throat

O: Very good beer i'll buy again, but far from the best in my opinion St-Bernardus

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Photo of N3rdM3t4l
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

plastic coated brown glass 11.2oz custom stubby into nonic pint. no freshness date that i can find.

A: hazy honey gold with a half finger of offwhite head. large bubbles intermingled with the tiny foam suds. leaving a visible lacing down the glass and becoming a splotchy cap.

S: rich yeasty nose with strong fruity notes. getting banana and apple. a hint of spice. Smells sweet.

T: taste follow nose, hints of banana and yeast. followed by a slight bitterness and some spice. a little alcohol on the way down but not on the palate. better balanced than it smells but leaves a sweet aftertaste on the palate.

M: full bodied and well carbonated. as soon as it hits the warmth of my mouth it fizzes and releases huge amounts of the delicious aromas (described above). almost coats the palate it is so rich.

O: good brew, forget what i paid for it but it wasn't bad and for how good this beer that isn't a bad thing at all. It is my first quad, i am more accustomed to triples and trappist strongs (like Duvel and Chimay white). Moral of the story is I would buy it again.

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Photo of Ryan_Graham
3.17/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark Amber with a slight (one finger) head. Beautiful looking beer. Smells a bit like wine. The alcohol is very apparent in the flavor. It's not as drinkable as I would've hoped. The flavor's not awful though. It tastes smooth at first but the taste is quickly replaced by a bitter boozy aftertaste. Overall, it's decent. But a little too boozy for my taste.

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Photo of BeerIsland
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served at Hunger & Thirst in Lancaster. Initially, there was very little aroma with this beer but the look in the glass was formidable. A pretty head capped an opaque deep golden goblet and it too a while before the nose developed. The great flavor was evident from the get go and all the way through. Complex and well balanced, one of the better beers I've had in a while.

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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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Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
4.08 out of 5 based on 1,228 ratings.
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