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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261
Ratings:
1,238
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
11.03%
 
 
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Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, dark, dark copper color with ruby highlights. It had a three-finger, tan head of fluffy foam. It left sticky patches of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of dried dark fruits with some biscuity malt notes.

T - It tasted of plum, raisin, dates and fig. A touch of toffee, caramel and spice.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a fantastic quadrupel. Glad I was able to find one in Kansas.

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

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a goblet, didn't see a bottled date. This pours a mid sized off white head which has medium retention and leaves a lacing and the color is slightly golden color. The smells are spicy, some Belgian funk, some coriander, some fruit esters. The feel is medium high carbonination. The taste is spicy, a little hop bitterness, not as much malts as expected, very dry, but tasty.

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Photo of jondeelee
4.57/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gulden Draak 9000 opens to a rich, fruity nose overflowing with banana, strawberry, cherry, orange, peach, pear, sweet apple, and melon fruit esters. The sheer variety of fruit aromas is astounding, as if the beer were 50% fruit juice. But there’s also a nice spice bouquet, including clove, coriander, and touches of white pepper and nutmeg, long draughts of wildflower honey, honeysuckle, caramel, vanilla, and toffee, and a good, light base of baguette and pastry. The panoply of sugars and fruits in here, when held next to the pastry notes, make the beer smell like a delicious spiced fruit pie. But there’s also an alcoholic note, as of champagne, white wine, mead, and a hint of cognac, which speaks to a spiked fruit trifle. As a whole, the nose is fantastic, offering one of the more varied, layered, rich fruit-and-sugar based aromas I’ve ever encountered, the beer smelling like it should be its own dessert course.

On the tongue, the beer begins with a typical banana and clove note, but this is quickly joined by other fruits and spices, the berries, peaches, pears, sweet apples, cherries, and melon fruits from the nose translating very nicely, and the cloves joined by sharp bites of white pepper. The wildflower honey and honeysuckle also translate nicely, giving the beer an almost super-sweet Stevia extract rim, with brown sugar, caramel, and toffee adding further sweet textures. Hops provide just enough sweet pink grapefruit flesh to add a pleasantly citrusy, bitter edge. The alcoholic content here is champagne-like, with medium white wine and mead overtones, and these blend well with pastry and light toast crust. Near the end of the mouthful the beer takes an even sweeter turn, for a half-second or so spiking in Stevia extract sweetness, before subsiding into a fruity, sugary aftertaste that mimics the main flavors, and lingers on the tongue for a good while. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium-high, adding to the champagne feel.

Overall, this is excellent beer, and one of the better quads on the market. I did find that the taste didn’t quite live up to the promise of the aromas, but even at that, the flavors were delicious, and almost perfectly balanced. A must-try for fans of Belgian ales.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This true Belgian quad pours a hazy, clouded amber with a huge, zealous head of gold-tinged suds. It dissipates fast, leaving an erratic, chunky lace.

Nose is, like a true Belgian, full of spices and dark fruit. I get some clove action alongside dried berries and yeasty bread. Nice.

Taste comes across like a freight train! It's strong and assertive on the palate, with a wallop of fruit, spice, and bread right up front. The finish leaves a warming, boozy kick. Truly a big, heavy, and complex ale that rivals the original Gulden Draak. Classic and beautiful!

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Photo of Pegasus
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance, massive, somewhat coarse, off-white head atop a slightly hazy golden orange body. The carbonation is quite fine and abundant in numerous streams. The lacing is scattered and patchy.

Aroma: Lots of sweet caramel and broad brushes of coriander. There are also pepper notes, spicy alcohol, orange rind, apples, and honey.

Taste: Opens with an earthy, spicy note, and warming vinous alcohol. As the taste progresses, bitter apples, plums, and cherries offer a counterpart to he spices and sweet alcohol. Finishes with mild, earthy hop notes, and warming alcohol.

Mouth feel: Smooth and velvety, quite pleasing.

Drinkability/notes: Quite elegant and very pleasing, and entirely appropriate for the holiday table. Would pair very well with roasted turkey, or as an aperitif. Excellent with chocolate cake or dark chocolate.

Presentation: Packaged in a classic Belgian-style bomber with a cork and cage, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Source: Purchased at Specs in Austin, TX, at $11.99.

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Photo of mcanderson0
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Liquid gold. Ruby orange. Vibrant. Thick white head forms and slowly recedes.

S: Hoppy. Fresh cut grass and bananas. Wofts of citrus with the malt breaking through near the end.

T: Reminds me of a pale ale without any bitterness. Some lighter fruit flavor like apricots, nectarines, and golden raisins. A mild tang of lemon zest is present on the tongue.

M: Silky. Highly carbonated but once that is allowed to bleed off the velvety character comes alive.

O: Easy to drink and lots of lighter flavors. This is an odd-take on a quadruple, this is brighter in color and hoppier/sweeter/lighter flavor than other typical examples of the style. Although, I will purchase again.

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Photo of gtermi
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark golden orange body with a thick white creamy head that very slowly fades and never truly goes away.

S: Strong caramel, booze, sweet malt, some fruit and it has a tiny bit of that funky quad, but not as much as the higher end quads like Westvleteran or St Bernardus. That really bums me out.

T: A lot of fruit.. like banana and apricot.. a bit of quad funk, some tart flavor and a little bit of booze. This beer does taste very nice, but it doesn't really scream quad to me. It sort of tastes more like a dubbel or tripel to me.

M: The beer has a fantastic full body, with a nice creamy head. The beer also has a good amount of carbonation that tingles the back of the throat and the tip of the tongue.

O: This is a very tasty beer and I am glad that I have been able to try it. The quad thing really bothers me because it just doesnt taste like one, but if you can overlook that part, it's quite delicious.

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Photo of Douberd
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle, sitting in my fridge for quite long. ABV is 10,5%. Bottle is brown, but dressed also in black plastic with the label being white. Bought in the Netherlands. Good thing I am Greek as the ingredients are only written in greek for some reason (in several other languages is written only that it contains barley malt) and those are water, barley malt, sugar, rice, hops and curacao extract. Weid.
Poured into my chalice, this beer has a dark orange colour, with really tiny bubbles rising to the top. Head is soapy, off-white in colour, two and a half fingers in height and lowering, until it reaches the height of two fingers, with very good retention. Some light lacing around the glass.
Very nice aroma of dark fruits, with some peachy notes too. Some alcohol on the smell, apricots as well.More faint is an aroma of malts and vanilla.
Fruity taste, mostly peach. Alcohol is quite notable on the taste, biting your tonque on the finish.
Medium to thick on the body, with average carbonation.
Quite good, as I expected it to be.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1589th Review on BA
Draft to Goblet
16oz

@Yardhouse, Chino Hills, CA

App- Was really surprised at the color on this one. More of an IPA deep orange with a large 1-1/2" head that faded semi slowly and was very sticky on the glass. A bit translucent on the edges but retained a nice density in the center.

Smell- I dont count this as a quad. This was a bit of a mish mash. A bit of an IPA with a bitter nose that lent itself to a wit/wheat beer that had some quad deep fruits. The ABV was well hidden as well. Took a while to decipher all the notes on this.

Taste- I thought this was tasty but wouldnt call it a Quad in the true style. Blended to be somewhat of an IPA/Quad/Triple blend with bitter, hops, malts and fruits all competing. Semi unbalanced but still a tasty beer.

Mouth- Its a nice creamy quad with a medium body with a medium carbonation. Too much bitter and DIPA creamy hops on the finish for the style.

Drink- I thought it was really tasty. Didnt exactly fit the style but oh well. Sometimes line blur between things. Tasty beer. Might grab a bottle or two.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Murky dark honey, apricot. Small head leaves to disk. Lots of cling.

S - Phenol, estery booze, sweet malt and some floral aspect.

T - Omg. Booze mostly. Then Belgian yeast and some malt, followed by burning boozy finish.

M - Creamy. I suppose decent balance and carbonation for such a high abv. Harsh finish.

D - One is enough. I like the other Draak better, I think.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep clear amber color ale with a large foamy head with average retention and some light lacing. Aroma of fruity ester with some residual sugar and some dry fruits notes is quite intense. Taste is also a complex mix between light alcohol ester notes with some dry fruits and some residual sugar with light warming notes of alcohol. Body is quite full with good carbonation and some alcohol was apparent. Nice level of complexity but still a tad too sweet for my taste buds which could have been levelled out with a 2-3% reduction in ABV.

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Photo of IPA35
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A slightly hazy, orange-amber beer. Quite a large white head with big bubbles. Shrinks quite fast.

Smells like a tripel with light fruits and spice. Sort of citrus, apricot, green apple, white wine-ish. Clove, pepper.

This is not a quad as we know it. Not at all.

The taste is quite sweet, slightly fruity (as described above), some caramel malts and quite alcoholic. A pleasant light taste with a rather big maltiness kicking in once you swallow it. I don't get much hops but it is a rather dry beer.

Smooth mouthfeel, good carbonation, light to medium body.

A good beer, quite balanced and such but I prefer a dark quad over this.

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

Appearance: Fantastic orange red hues with sediment and haze. Almost opaque. The head is out of this world. Thick and frothy and it covers the entire beer for the duration. Fantastic.

Smell: Sweet yeast. Toffee, bread. Pleasant. Nothing overwhelming but very approachable and nice.

Taste:: Smooth profile. Yeast and esters. Very light for a quad with decent sweetness. Not nearly the toffee and hazelenut that I expect from a quad. A small touch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Very nice carbonation. Smooth and very well refined. Thickness is light but substantial.

Overall: Hmm, I'm kind of conflicted about this beer. It's appearance is out of this world. The taste is very nice, refined, smooth with good mouthfeel, but it's just not....doing it....for me. I can't really put my finger on it. Everything works for what it is, but it's nothing new and lacking soem complexity i look for in my quads. Very good beer that's very refined with a dynamite appearance, but there are better quads out there.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz stubby Belgian bottle to snifter.

Pours...much lighter than I was expecting, to be quite honest. I've never seen a quad that was a dark pale orange colour. Off-white head adorns. The aroma was Belgian spices, yeasty esters, fruity tones and a tinge of alcohol. Sweetness on the taste, nutty, sweet yeast esters, spicy, herbal hops. Slight alcohol; appropriate. Full-ish body, with a stout creamy quality.

Quite enjoyable, but the appearance is not what I was expecting....

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

33cl Bottle: best before 1 Dec 2013, poured into a Westmalle chalice at home on 28 Sep 2012 during a 'random tasting evening'.

Looked great in the chalice: a rich amber body with an off-white crown of uneven foaming bubbles on top.

The aroma given off is a heavy mix of malty molasses and candid fruit esters, could I also find Port, yeast and a promise of alcohol: yes, I could.

The taste was sweeter than I thought it would be, but the alcohol level and the wine yeast that is used in the secondary fermentation ensures a semi-sourness also prevails and the sweetness subsides as you get into the flavours more.

Interesting and different: a fine, strong beer and one I shall endevour to have again.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a dark golden color with a persistent three finger craggy head with massive lacing qualities. Full body and smooth texture, medium carbonation levels.

Smells of candi sugar, caramel, a touch of bubblegum esters, some vinous dark notes appear as the glass warms up. Tastes mostly of caramel malt, various colors of apples and plums with some sour cherry / prune tones, and a medium-light booze sting in the finish. It's a fairly nice Quad!

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a light to medium orange amber. A careful pour resulted in a massive 4" head of light brown foam that slowly dissipated leaving lots of lacing. Aroma of light and dark fruit, Belgian spicing, light caramel malt. Flavor is sweet stone fruits, dark fruit finishing slightly drier with fruit and a bit of peppery spice. Flavors are well integrated and cover the high ABV nicely. Medium bodied, a bit syrupy and creamy. A nice, flavorful quadrupel.

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Photo of RuudJH
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks good. Clear beer amber colour with a strong beige head on it. Modest carbonation.
Smell of caramel, vanilla, figs.
Taste is malty and sweet. It has the fruit in there but it's a bit faint.
The beer is quite light, somehow. It's like some barleywines with less roasty character than most quads. Alcohol is quite strong and dominant, but it's not harsh at all.
Overall it's a good drink. It's not as dark and packed with flavour as you might expect, but it's ok.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a Glencairn glass.

A: A finger and a half of white head, with a clear, amber beer. It's pretty, and looks like white grape juice. Great retention, heavy lacing.

S: Smells like a tripel. Grainy and sweet with a touch of fruit.

T: Mmm, quite nice. I really like it, but I still am reminded more of a tripel. It's lightly spicy, sweetly grainy, and full of fruit. Medium-bodied and compelling. I suspect that the quad recipe substitutes a lighter malt to get this interesting hybrid.

M/O: Very nice beer. Recommended. Light, spicy, sweet, and engaging. Still, I might not want to drink an entire bottle.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Strong aroma has fruity, yeasty, and subtle malty notes plus a hint of caramel. It pours a clear coppery orange-brown with a fluffy, respectable pale wheat head. Satisfying flavor has a malty core with fruity and caramel notes and more than a hint of honey. The alcohol bite makes itself known, adding to the smooth yet lively texture that has firm, rich body. Don’t slay dragons - ride them!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky honey orange with a 2 inch foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy latticework of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, dark fruit, brown sugar, yeast, and spices. Taste is of malt, brown sugar, dark fruit, spices, and an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild spice bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and dangerously drinkable for its ABV.

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

Pours a nice red orange color. Mine needed to settle a bit more, the head overflowed the glass, letting the beer rest a day or so would have slowed head formation. Forms a thick off white head. The lightest quad I have ever seen, looks more like a triple.

Very malty smell, gives it a fruity sweetness. Also has a hint of spice in there, mainly pepper.

Starts out sweet and a bit fruity, then the classic Belgian candy sugar taste kicks in. Finishes with a hint of pepper spice. The alcohol is only noticeable as a warming at the finish.

Thick yet silky smooth, no doubt this is a serious beer.

Overall a very nice beer. Not quite up to my favorite quad, but well worth having. I would gladly drink more of this.

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Photo of mynie
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stubby little bottle pours a gorgeous dark gold with large and fluffy white head.

Smells of spice, alcohol and fruit. As it warms, the flavor gets quite sugary, with nodes of molasses and candied plums.

Tastes as a it smells: straightforward for the style, but still wonderfully strong and variegated. Honey starts things off, moving into a pleasant alcohol burn that lingers over nodes of ripe plums, brown sugar, green apples, caramel, and ending on a long wisp of spicy yeast.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood Brewing

Dark amber in color with a khaki colored head. Sweet caramel and brown sugar on the nose right away. Some banana and dark fruit notes (quite a bit of red grape) follow that. A mild spice note and a hint of bubblegum as well. The bubblegum is more pronounced on the palate and adds to the sweetness of the caramel, brown sugar, and banana flavors. Similar dark fruit notes, almost overripe plums, grapes, and cherries.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.62/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as an orange color... Not really what I was expecting for a Quad. The head was big, fluffy and cream colored. The head settles and leaves a film on top of the beer. The smell of the beer was loaded with caramel, dark fruits, and Belgian yeast. The taste of the beer was a little stronger than it should have been. There was a light amount hop bitterness in there that I feel overpowered the beers sweetness. The mouthfeel was sharp and not as soft and creamy as it should taste. Overall this isn't the best best Quad out there, it was nice to try but I wouldn't reccomend this to someone who is curious about the style.

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Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
4.08 out of 5 based on 1,238 ratings.
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