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 RyanByorick
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of nyrblue2
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of martinpfal
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Delicious. However the original may actually be better.

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Photo of gsourcepn
4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of woodychandler
3.52/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I know that I am supposed to be laser-focused on CANs right now, but a) I purchased a mixed-six box of Belgian bottles recently and b) a homebrewer friend wants the stubby empties. That's fine with me since I usually just fill them with gasoline, get a paper towel wick, light it aflame and pitch it through either a Starbucks or a Wells Fargo Bank window. This way, it keeps me a) out of mischief and b) in beer. Win-win, I think it is referred to as being.

From the bottle: "Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple Ale with an exceptional and complex taste sensation and a deep golden amberblonde [sic] colour. An ode to the city of 9000 Ghent with the golden dragon on top of the belfry."

The Pop! of the cap was much less exciting than it had been for the earlier bottle of standard Gulden Draak, but I still employed a very gentle pour in deference to any extant lees. A light swirl of the glass raised a finger of tawny head with great retention. Color was a slightly hazy Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13) (Golden AmberBlonde? My draggin' a**!) Nose was rich with a butterscotch sweetness & where that may be indicative of Diacetyl, I am doubtful as I have a very high threshold for sensing it and as such, it often goes unnoticed by me. Mouthfeel was medium. The first thing that I noticed was a fusel heat that acted kind of cooling on my tongue as it evaporated. I really need to be honest here - this was just a really big beer that masked any flavors with its alcohol. I kept trying to taste something, anything, but my tongue was reeling in a state of shock. Finish was dry, but mostly due to its inherent heat. I would definitely stick to regular Gulden Draak.

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Photo of bigred89
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MGibbons
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mJJJJJJJ
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of porterman66
4.84/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of imbibehour
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Deep and glowing amber orange body, with a good middle column of roaring carbonation in the centre. Head manages a light cream quality, about two fingers with a good appearance of pinhead bubbled puck, that keeps getting repopulated on the sides. Looks like a slight vanilla whipped top for the head too.

Aroma is soft bisquit like malts, large vanilla cream sensations too, and classic fruity Belgian esters and sweetness. Candi like sugar gives way to accenting the malt sweetness more so, in an almost pastry bakery like flavor. Really does smell like a soft vanilla white cake.

Palate makes no mistakes about what it is. Spicy warmth and a big clove and nutmeg hea hit the palate on first sip. Sweet malts come in even with a mild astringency of bitterness on the finish, and coat with a warm brandy like booze warmth. Finishes a bit clean as well, and a good accent of caramel sweetness and softness continue in the palate. With the hot phenols a sense of almost tight carbonation feels like it's coming in, but ends up more simple and just a little higher than moderate. Playful. Bakery sweet. Excellently balanced seeming less hot than it's ABV indicates.

A real interesting take, and not what I was expecting on a quad as I was expecting darker and more fig/raisin qualities. That being said I can take this in a heartbeat anytime and probably would prefer it to the former. Love the bakery sweetness and feel to it too.

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Photo of Darkhnum
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of aleigator
3/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Warm brown color, big head. Brighter than the original, not cloudy at all, with aromas of malt, caramel, plums and spices, not very intense. At the beginning alcohol gets wrapped up real good by the sweet malts, caramel falvors, with cloves and plums. Creates a warm feeling in the stomach, but the sweet finish of this beer gets too alcoholic. It is in fact not more complex than the original "Gulden Draak", but only sweeter with alcohol being too present - all in all this beer misses balance, tries to imitate the original without new ideas. The overall taste doesn’t stay long on the tongue, but the lower carbonation creates a medium body.

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Photo of Blazer22
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of EMV
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at the Yard House in Scottsdale, AZ. Poured into a chalice.

L: Pours a semi-opaque mahogany color. Thick creamy off-white head with great retention and lacing.

S: Dark candied fruits, malts, and spices.

T/F: Rich and malty beer with a spicy complex flavor profile. Dark fruits like plums and figs... hints of cloves and nutmeg as well as vanilla. Candy sugars and Belgian yeast. Smooth and creamy, and deceptively strong. Gets better as it warms... and then starts to warm you.

O: A fantastic Belgian Quad and great on-tap if you can find it. Awesome representation of the style and you can't go wrong here.

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

Pours with a medium head and a slightly clouded golden apricot color. Smell of phenols. Mildly sweet, slightly bitter with hops evident. Tart, slightly sour cherries with a hint of grape. Toasted marshmallow finish, dates and figs. At nearly 11%, alcohol is evident but not overly. This is a decent quad.

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

Photo of QuadBen
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of randomNBGD
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.72/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
10.7% ABV,

A - Gun smoke from the bottle and a soda-like fizz on the pour signal this quad to be effervescent. Deep honey golden, this quad is is a bit lighter than most and while slightly hazy, plenty of visible carbonation feeds the tall cap of foam that lingers for some time before crumbling to a lace-shrouded pile of small bubbles.

S - This intensely malty Belgian quad brings a thick raisin bread aroma with a crispy baked brown sugar-coated crust to the forefront of the senses, smoothing out into warming but not solventy alcohol and stone fruits. Dried apricot, plum, and suggestions of dried red apple wedge and a finish of umami.

T - Aromatically closing out with a faint umami, this savory richness is the perfect transition as the flavor begins with exactly that, gently morphing into a yeast-fueled stone fruit and spice melange. Undertones of clove and white pepper mix with sweet orange peel citrus nuances an dried apricot. Candi sugar seems to have not completely fermented out as a background of sweetness sticks to the tongue.

M - This heavily carbonated beer dances on the tongue like champagne and despite it's sweetness, dries out from warming alcohol on the finish giving it a lighter-feeling body that closes out with a sweet and umami combination that continues to contradict everything else before it with a little more heft. Gulden Draak 9000's perplexing body is constantly evolving from one sip to the next.

O - An excellent and unique quad, Gulden Draak 9000 clings to the core characteristics of this Belgian style while branching out slightly, giving it subtleties distinct to this brew. The classic fruitiness of Belgian yeast carries through the beer but I think, in part due to the secondary fermentation with wine yeast, much of it strays from the more expected darker fruit undertones while this beer delves into lighter, brighter fruits. Grab a bottle of this malty brew for the holidays, take a few minutes to quietly enjoy it and discover some of the nuanced complexities for yourself; you wont regret it!

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Photo of Dutchcraftbeergeek
4.83/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tasty beer, lots of caramel on the head, fruity aroma.
Great beer!

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Photo of C_Pel
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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