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

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Belgium | website

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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241
Ratings:
1,187
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
24.75%
 
 
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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 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 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 DenisKolkin
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served just above fridge temperature into a tulip. Purchased as part of a VanSteenberge holiday pack. Pleasantly surprised as I didn't even realize this was in the pack (it was Leute Bok in past years)

Appearance - dark orange in color with Amber hues. Nice finger and change of thick white head and an impressive trail of lacing is left behind once the head eventually diminishes.

Smell - complex to start. Some butterscotch at touch of cocoa, some cherries and an inviting butterscotch and vanilla combo. Nose of butterscotch and toffee comes out as the beer warms. Some brown sugar too.

Taste - starts light and creamy with the butterscotch and brown sugar and toffee coming through. Turns boozy for a few moments before finishing with a heavy malt base. Not quite as intense on the flavor as i would expected especially when fairly cold. Dark fruits like cherry and raisin start showing up in droves as it warms.

Mouthfeel - carbonation is rather high, big and boozy and finishes dry and a bit sharp.

Overall - a good quad but not my favourite, the butterscotch and toffee and vanilla take a little while to be coaxed out of the beer and the alcohol is a bit on the sharp side. Certainly a good quad but not as good as the classic Gulden Draak which is a seriously awesome beer in its own right. Still a great addition to the holiday pack

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Photo of jdhilt
4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a thick three-finger cream head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Almost clear amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Malty, dark fruit nose and flavor is dark fruit, brown sugar and Belgian yeast. Higher ABV is hidden. Another excellent brew from Van Steenberge. $6.99 for a 330ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, MA.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Not my favorite quad, but really good. Cloudy dark-golden pour with lasting, clingy white foam. Aroma is amazing - honey and ripe fruit with slight alcohol. Flavor is great, with malty sweetness, banana, and yeast. Finish is fairly clean, with lingering yeast and sweet raisin. Not sure why I've passed this by so many times.

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

From elcervecero. In Tongerlo glass. Playing Bit Evolution. Good, but I prefer the normal one. In This one alcohol is a bit more noticeable and taste is more like in a strong tripel

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Photo of stufff
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This stuff will get you really drunk quickly and doesn't taste bad. It's a bit too foamy when poured into a glass for my tastes but that's not a big deal. I like pairing it with a lamb burger and fries.

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

Taste: crisp yeast bread, spiced, rich malty mouth feel.
Unfiltered and Amber in color.
Semi sweet bready spice nose.
Medium body, almost full.
Tall sticky foamed head with some lace.
A freash complex celebratory of a Belgian Quad

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

I got this from Belgian Happiness in August 2015.

Dark amber colored, clear beer with an off-white head.

Nose: Plum, raisin, dried fruit, spice, caramel malt, pear, yeast and bread.
Taste: Sweet malt, spice, warmth fro the alcohol, dark fruit, cherry, banana and raisin.
Body: Medium to full body. Medium, crisp carbonation. Sweet, round and soft finish.

Damned good!

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Photo of stevoj
3.56/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was expecting a bit more. Orange amber in color with silky beige head. Aroma of citrus, spice and malt. Taste is subdued, but pleasant and no alcohol burn. However, I was hoping for something a little darker and heavier. Not bad, but short of expectations.

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Photo of JackieKu
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle. Best before 2017-05-21. Poured into tulip.

A: Cropper. A little hazy. Poured with a lot of foam with moderate retention.
S: Intense malty aroma. Sweet notes.
T: Malty. Moderate sweetness. The finish is drying out.
M: full bodied. Creamy.
O: Not a quadruple I expected, the flavors are too simple.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Exceptional carbonation with decent lacing. Certainly a solid example of the style but not what I would consider in the class of others such as ABT 12, WESTY.

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Photo of mnredsoxfan69
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A dark amber pour with lots of rocky foam, four fingers worth from a gentle pour into my beer goblet. Didn't last long, fading to a thin cap after just a few minutes, but it left lots of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass as I drank it down. The smell is of lightly roasted malt, caramel and burnt brown sugar and the flavor followed suit with some dark, stone fruit added in for good measure, along with a noticeable alcohol flavor. Warming alcohol, light carbonation buzz, and a medium full body. I want more of this excellent example of a true Belgian Quad.

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

Bought from Bev Mart $4.19. Hazy brown color, thick head, heavy mouthfeel, strong sweet taste, definitely a beer to sip like a wine especially with the high alcohol.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Similar to the original in feel but different in taste, this is another superb beer, smells like wine but tastes so smooth and delicate, excellent stuff.

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Photo of farrago
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Gives up a finger plus of foamy larger bubbles, this creates more airiness than retention, no lack of big, splotchy lacing. The liquid is a bright coppery hue, more yellow at the rims, cloudy and opaque, easy to miss the sheets of microscopic bubbles within. The nose is lively yet not all that thick, conjures up caramel, honey, milk chocolate, golden raisin to date fruit supplemented by cherry, apricot scents, finishes with a strong graininess and biscuit notes. In the mouth it’s medium-bodied, on the dry side for the beer type, the carbonation is steady and obvious. Leans more here on scone, bread and some yeast, follows that with root beer, cocoa, caramel and butter nuances. Curious low level of fruit, mainly apricot, peach, cherry and a mutter of fig. Spiced orange peel and quinine linger lastly at the end. Interesting beer, not exactly what was expected.

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

On-tap 8/10/2015 at Julian’s, in Providence, RI served in an over-sized wine glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, candy sugar, caramelized malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of candy sugar and fruit. Then some breadiness comes in from Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down dangerously easy, slightly filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of Raynman
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Tried for the first time on draft. Dark golden color. Very little odor. A little of a sour taste but otherwise smooth. Not my favorite quad but definitely in my top 10.

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Photo of drmeto
3.64/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

L:
-pours a hazy amber with a big,foamy,white head
-low to medium carbonation visible
S:
-banana,coriander,caramel,toffee,honey,slight lemony
T:
-Follows the nose plus tons of residual sugar
-sweetness is off the charts,almost undrinkable
F:
-high carbonation
-boozy like most Van Steenberge Beers
-full body
O:
Certainly more a Tripel than a Quad.
It's a good Beer but the ridiculously high sweetness will probably keep me from buying this again.

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

5oz sampler flight from the tap

Pours a clear copper, a few streams of carbonation , no lacing

Aroma of sweet malts , dark rich fruits

Taste- sugar coated figs, plums , caramel.

Mouthfeel - low sudsing, feel the alcohol good

Very good quad

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Photo of Dentist666
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

10,5% ABV.
Poured into tulipю
Pours hazy copper/amber beer with gorgeous bubbly golden head, nice retention. Smell is great - dark fruits, red berries, honey, alcohol warmth, caramel. Taste - candy sugar, dark fruits, booziness included, oily body. Good quad.

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Photo of Libeertarian
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Have had this since early October, so, considering it's an import and had been for sale for a while, I imagine it's well over a year old by now. Kept it stored in a fairly cool, dark place, so I believe it's aged like it was supposed to.

My first quadrupel. Poured into nice spherical goblet. Appears a round, amber ball of semi-opaque liquid with concentric copper sphere of haze residing within, topped with lemon-white medium-bubbled, medium-retaining head, but finer and fluffier where air has begun to dry its surface. Smells bready in the bottle and on first pour. Once it has escaped and aerated, there's a little spice as well as strong fruit aromas (pears, all manner of berries, plums), hard to separate from the alcohol. As this beer sits waiting for me to find the right words for this review, it takes on balsamic/banana notes that I suspect wouldn't have been found within the first few months of this ale's bottling. At long last, on to the tasting: Faint caramel up front increasing to nearly molasses, until overtaken by "brown spirit" flavors. Dark fruits throughout, slightly stronger and brandy-like as it lingers and carbonation dies down. Beyond the dominant alcohol sensations on either side of the swallow, it's a bit yeasty/spicy in the finish and I'd call it "fishy" (bread and caramel make a comeback here as well) in the retro-olfaction, though neither is unpleasant. No hops to really speak of at any point. Sweeter than I like in a beer, but the complexity of flavors involved mitigates this. It's a full, boozy, and rich Belgian brew. High level of fine carbonation, slightly prickly all the way down. Extremely warming everywhere on the palate. Not dry, but more so than expected, even after several sips.

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Photo of fishyakLA
4.59/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First review so bear with me. I am a fan of Belgium style tripels and quads, so this one appealed to me. Had it at Yard House on draft. The fig/raisin flavor was up front, the high alcohol rode the caboose. A very rich and round beer. I was able to taste it side by side with Allagash Curiex, another personal favorite. Both paired well with "big" full flavored foods, truffle oil French fries, poke and tacos. I would not pair this beer with spicy foods or a steak. Very drinkable, even with the high ABV.

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Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
91 out of 100 based on 241 ratings.
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