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 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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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into tulip at yardhouse in palm beach gardens fl. Poured a hazy maple syrup color with 2 fingers of head. It looks a little light in color for a quad...
The aromas delivef with a fruity malt and chocolate nose there is no mistaking a quad...although this is a bit lighter than say a st bernardus.
Taste is dried fruit and banana ....almost hefe like. With a bit of sweet caramel and chocolate. A very easy drink but you do taste some booze.
Not a bad quad by any means...but different. If you are looking for something like st bernardus or westy...this isn't it. Its a bit lighter...more like a german quad if that's possible...I'd drink again for sure.

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

Served in an Olde Hickory glass.

A: Poured a deep, rich, amber color, immensely cloudy, and with an uneven solid white head that stuff around for a while.

S: Fruit... fig jam, plums, and lots of Belgian funk. Reasonably potent.

T: I did the sweet, almost tart, aftertaste first and foremost. Great fruit component, which was much brighter and non-dark fruit-esque than most recent quads I've had.

M: The carbonation was one of the best I've ever had in a quad. Sure, it was kinda high and spritzy, but comfortable as hell. The sweetness was dead on the the lacing was pretty intense.

O: This was expensive, no doubt, but to my mind, this was worth every penny.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up at Top Hops, not having any beers from Brouwerij van Steenberge before nor having had a Quad in quite some time. Although this was indeed strong in the alcohol department, it was quite smooth as well and a lot to take in as I took each sip. The amount of rye and booze in here almost made this feel like a Barleywine, but the sweetness was present from start to finish and reminded me that this was indeed, a Belgian beer.

The pour to this was quite impressive, as the beer had a rich apricot hue that was translucent, a head that resembled a root beer float, and lacing that marked off each level as I made my way through the session. A lot of sweetness and rye in the nose, which was also felt in the mouthfeel. That was reinforced by some sour apple, bear, roasted malt, and a hint of caramel stickiness. The alcohol came on slowly and lingered long in the aftertaste, providing a strong but subtle warming effect.

To be fair, this one's a doozy once the bottom of the bottle is hit and the alcohol fully kicks in. This never fully tasted like booze but this was one of the most aggressive Belgian beers that I've ever, or would expect, to have. It's to be expected for a Quadrupel and while this wasn't as good or as dark as the Trappist Quads that I've had, this held its own and was certainly worth a go once. I view it more as a strong Tripel than a Quad if only because the hue and styles of fruit were different but aside from my take on this, this was a Quad in every sense of the word and worth a go for anyone patient enough to enjoy all this had to offer.

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Photo of Derek
4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

More like a strong triple/blonde than a quad, but really nice.

A: Deep bronze with a huge white head, very little retention, no lace.

S: Lots of tropical fruit with hints of steelie mineral.

T: Candied pineapple & papaya, hints of mango & white pepper, warming alcohol, balanced bitterness.

M: Very bubbly/carbonated, extremely dry, almost champagne-like, with a very crisp finish.

O: Great brew.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
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 SLeffler27
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy golden copper with a pale gold three-inch foam over turbulent carbonation that wells up from within a Gulden Draak tulip glass. Thick patches of lace are left after the head slowly retreats.

Light, funky yeast with toasted malt and bananas. Some melon fruits and bubblegum are also present.

Somewhat more bitter than anticipated by the style. Some notes of white wine give way to cinnamon and other spices, while light caramel sugar leads to a quick, sweet finish.

The body is medium with a satin texture and lively, fine carbonation. The alcohol is as expected in this dry beer.

While not quite to style, this was enjoyed while reading and listening to live harp music. The moment was sublime on a gentle, quiet afternoon, while the stark exterior whiteness contrasted against the dark green Norwegian pines.

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

Had on tap @ Old Mill Brewpub in Gulden Draak tulip. Beautiful orange/ coppery hue, kind of like a sunset over the water, (I may have been a little influenced by the fact that they are lakeside.) The nose was very had the smell of fresh baked bread, a little "candy-ish" and light on the hops smell. The taste was very in sync with the smell...fresh bread, sweet candy-like hints, and nice, but not over-bearing hops flavor. Mouthfeel was a bit silky but a bit chewy as well.

Overall, this definitely one I will be revisiting...especially since the Brewpub is only about a block away from me.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
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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Photo of Radome
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 750 ml bottle bought in Belgium. The bottle was dangerously carbonated; the cork popped out under its own power as soon as I loosened the cage. Luckily, my hand was close enough to catch it before it flew across the room. I had to wonder right away if all was OK with my bottle.

A - Light copper color; slightly cloudy; orange highlights. Head was off-white and thin even after the evidence of over-carbonation; disappeared almost immediately. Some lacing.

S - The aroma is amazingly complex. Cracked pilsner grain and bubblegum hit me right away. There is also lightly toasted bread and cotton candy. No hops overtly evident, but there is a fresh, grassy note in the background that must come from hops. There are no off notes to match the over-carbonation, although I was looking for them. There was an "aged" note similar to wet cork, but it added complexity without being distracting.

T - The taste matches the aromas in complexity. Again, bubblegum and cotton candy are at the forefront. There is some light bread from the malt and enough grassy hops to keep things from getting too sweet and cloying. Alcohol note is muted, but obvious.

M - The heavy body is appropriate, given all the flavor. Carbonation is prickly and a little biting. Hops bitterness is low to medium. Alcohol adds some heat.

O - After the cork incident, I was prepared for the worst, but got a pleasant surprise. This is a wonderful Belgian pale strong ale. It's a barley wine unashamed to have all the great Belgian characteristics.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Light amber body. Sudsy head on the pour with big pancake bubbles, quickly dissipates to a light ring. No lacing.

Nose is malt and candi sugar, and a touch of green hops.

Tastes of malt and sugar, with some aged hops thrown in and coriander/ginger. Finish is dry and hoppy.

Body is medium and carbonation is faint. As this sits in the glass, gets flat as a pancake.

Overall, rather sweet and high ABV--one glass is enough. Can't say I'd seek this out again when there are more complex and tasty Belgian quads to drink.

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

Gave in to temptation and bought a four pack of these for $16.95 at Hop City in Atlanta. Loved the original Draak and had to try this baby out.

Appearance 4.0: Very appealing deep amber color. The label describes this color as "amberblonde" and that is a pretty good description. Head was fine at one inch and dissipated into nice swirls on the top.

Smell 4.25: Very subdued hops and grains are present in the bouquet, but the predominant scent is that of spicy yeast and Belgian candi sugar. This is a deep bouquet; very nice. For those of us with brewing experience, this is an excellent sign that good things are to come.

-Taste 4.25: Front is somewhat sweet, but fades into a slightly dry taste with pleasant hints of tart apples and very subtle alkaline hops. Middle is smooth and bubbly and I taste lovely candi sugars. Finish is slightly sweet, but the focus is refined and has a deep maltiness and I detect deliciously dry (and noble) hops. Aftertaste is long and features grassy grains, the candi sugar flavor again and after all that...a hint of deep barley malt.

-Mouthfeel 4.0: Lots of bubbles in this bottle-conditioned beauty, which helps to balance out the ridiculously high ABV.

-Overall 4.25: Expensive? Yes. Worth it? Yes. I am a big fan of the Van Steenberge brewery and this version of Draak is worth the price, IMHO. Different in several important ways from its more easily found cousin, this beer is, nonetheless, excellent and well worth tracking down. Excellent and further proof of the embarrassment of riches present at Van Steenberge brewery.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.52/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Whole Foods.

More a BSPA than quad, this is a golden copper with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and moderate lacing. The nose is a blend of yeast, spice (clove, fennel), golden raisins, ripe white grapes, honey and caramel. Too sweet for my liking, this beer opens with a blend of honey, caramel, toffee and spice. There's bubblegum (not my favorite flavor) as well. Spicy and sweet with some yeast on the finish, this beer is medium-full in body and highly carbonated. Decent, i much prefer the regular version of this beer.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows raisins, golden syrup, dark rum, dried figs and confectionery.
Similarly rich flavours. Bready malt, brown sugar, dried fruit and a bit of soft booze.
Too much carbonation.
Pretty damn good.

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Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
4.08 out of 5 based on 1,224 ratings.
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