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

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Belgium
vansteenberge.com

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Jason on 08-11-2011

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Ratings:
1,260
Reviews:
265
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
11.03%
 
 
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Photo of TravisMason
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mmmbeer89
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It's on the sweeter side for a dark beer. sweeter than i expected but its decent tasting and as long as it has a 10.7% ABV i wont complain about the taste.

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Photo of Ned57
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PatrickCT
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

great beer, lots of taste. higher abv too!

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Photo of SassaDog
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Aroma and flavor seemed very similar. First thing I got was an intense cherry, almost brandy-like flavor. Also malt-bread sweetness with raisin and apricots. Doesn't hide the high alcohol content at all, as it has a boozey finish. Overall effect is balanced yet on the sweet side.

Was pleasantly surprised by this one and will definitely get it again.

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Photo of Mitchellrhen
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of steverx8
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ripperltj
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Outdoordad44
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nunya
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dirtlamb5
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chinchill
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

330 ml stubby bottle with ABV listed as 10.7%.

Surprised that I haven't yet rated this outstanding beer which I have had at least once before.

Pours with a cloudy copper colored body that is covered by a large, off-white, somewhat bubbly head. Good looking but the appearance is certainly not the strong point of this stellar ale.

The aroma and flavor are nuanced, moderately strong and highly complex. They are just short of magical: not without some magic, I suppose, but not above nit picking. Actually, I have no criticisms of the aroma, but others may find the strong dark fruits notes, including dried plums, to be too prominent. The flavor is rather sweet: worked for me but may seem a little too high for some.

Feel: medium+ body with prickly, medium-high carbonation.

Overall: Superb!

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Photo of Beginner2
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I get 9000 often because I often buy the Global Beer sampler which, if anyone is listening, is one of the best ways to promote different Belgians. All usually are good to great. And all, as I recall, are from Van Steenberge; making it 18 Hads and the most from any Belgium brewery (and up there with New Belgium at 19 which, of course, is not exclusively in the Belgian tradition.)

Back to the beer in hand... 9000 stores well, so I have built a small inventory. I just had one and find it as I have found the others: it is a barely above average representation of this style... that I particularly love as it helps warm Chicago's winters.
I believe Quad quality hinges on making sure the sugar leads to fruit flavors... instead of syrup.
I taste both here, but more fruit than syrup. The yeast is effective, but not persistent as 9000 can get syrupy as it ages.
9000 starts with great aromas of fruit and malt. Taste tells true. But I've noticed that while the mouth often starts rich and soft, some bottles have too many bubbles... even ones that I cellared. But... all gets better as the glass warms as do I.

Review revised and re-rated slightly upwards on 12/5/16.
Review revised and re-rated slightly downwards on 2/15/17 as the bubbles persist on a bottle cellared for 2 years.
7/1/17 Had out of season and with strawberry-rhubarb pie. Lesson: OK pairing, but keep 9000 for its season.

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

This beer pours a rich orange-copper with a huge head. The aroma offers up apricot jam, a little banana, clove, maple, and plum. The flavor offers up strong notes of apricot, lemon curd, plums, sweet cherries, banana, clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon. The mouthfeel is full and rich with a lot of carbonation. Overll this is a very tasty beer, but a bit different for a Quad. That said, I prefer this to a more typical quad.

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Photo of Icemann383
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of f1nke
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a small snifter. Nice deep color, medium head.
Fruity, earthy smell.
Complex flavor. Fruit, nut, earth, etc. Somewhat of a hard alcohol flavor.
Medium carbonation, good mouth feel.

Outstanding beer, will buy again.

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Photo of jesticals
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rayrod388
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely delicious!!!

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Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
4.08 out of 5 based on 1,260 ratings.
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