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

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Gulden Draak 9000 QuadrupleGulden Draak 9000 Quadruple

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 248 | Ratings: 1,204
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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Photo of Kromes
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A clear amber/gold color with a thick off-white head that laces the glass.

S: Fresh pear, apple and a bit of clove spice and grass.

T: More of the crisp pear and apple up front. This fades into a slight clove and bready alcohol flavor. Drinks very much like a Tripel.

M: High Carbonation gives it a peppery feel and fills out the body. A little bit oily and smooth.

O: Good Quad here. Unique in the fact that it is more like a Tripel. The alcohol is somewhat tame given the ABV%. Refreshing and drinkable.

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

A clear light amber, small bubbles, a large frothy head, good lacing, good curtains.

Smelling of sweet fruits, apricots, cloud-berries.

Sweet, bread, fruit syrup, apricots, sherry.

Medium high carbonation, smooth, thick and oily, good body.

A very nice mellow quadruple, no big gestures, rather light.

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

Poured a clean bright orange with a thick and creamy long and lasting tan head.

The nose is full of sweet fruit, tropcical notes with a bit of fig and belgian spice.

The flavor is bready and sweet with hints of banana, orange, and pineapple. Has a bit of funk and lingering spices in the finish along with a bit of earthy bitterness that evens it out nicely.

The mouthfeel is full and creamy, but finishes surprisingly dry.

I like this, its very good and has a lot of great belgian characteristics, but is quite a bit removed from what most people consider a Belgian Quad. It seems more like a super charged tripel, but its good enough that it doesn't matter.

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

Corked and caged Champagne size and type bottle.

Cork almost explodes out of the bottle not lacking in carbonation.

Slightly chilled amber colored ale with a puffy white colored head.

Spicy and sweet smell, my first impression is the smell of Rum! Sweet and spicy with a slight cork scent and lots of fruity scent. Strongest fruit scents are apple and banana with a trace of cinnamon. Reasonably strong scent of white rum. Hops not detected.

Starts out sweet and spicy in the mouth. Apple and banana with some coriander. Spicy cinnamon and allspice tastes. Rum makes it in to the taste not unlike an apple that has been Flambe' with rum and a cinnamon spice mix on top. Terribly tasty and a little on the sweet side, it hides its considerable alcohol content completely.

Mouthfeel is full.

Overall another world class beer from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V. Just as good as regular Gulden Draak.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Stubby bottle picked up tonight at the COOP... Pours with a sturdy 3 finger light tan head... good lacing and retention atop a clear orange brew.

Nose shows clove and light "pink bubblegum" ... light peppercorn and some background sorta spicy.. even floral hoppiness..

Flavor shows plenty of fruity esters.. pear, apple, overripe white peaches.. very estery.... a touch too much residual maltiness goes a long way to accentuate the fruitiness.. sweet maltiness really blooms with warmth.. too heavy. No balance at all.

Carbonation is about right... but much of the rest of the brew is "wrong" ... even in the "BSPA" realm, this is all over the map...

This brew is too much of "everything Belgian" and never finds a good mesh. Certainly not a "Quad", but a BSPA that hits the fruitiness hard.

I may buy a bottle or two to forget about for a year or so.. but I doubt it will do any good, it is just too estery and the residual sugars just hammer it.

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

Enjoyed in a snifter at Tops.

Pretty light for a quad— a hazy tarnished gold. One finger of foamy, pillowy off-white head sticks around for a while but eventually fades to a thick, furry top layer.

Got the usual quad nose, though. Dark fruits mingle, with raisin, boysenberry and others mixing with strawberry, bubblegum and maple. Alcohol as well. Smells like it would be great on pancakes.

Wow — very rich, fruity flavor. Brown sugar and maple are baked over a casserole of raisin, strawberry and brandy. The finish is heavy with alcohol-soaked raisins. This will sound weird, but as it warms I get flavored that remind of a good, fruity Speyside scotch.

Good, hefty medium body carries the big flavor. Sugary. Light carbonation breaks into some silky fizz. Alcohol heat dances through the nostrils.

A rich brew. A little sweet, but very good.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving type - Bottle

Appearance - Light tanish copper brown with a foamy, thick 4+ inch head and tons of lacing.

Smell - Very sweet, lots of spices, very floral oranges, pineapple, grapefruit, apple, pear, bubblegum, lemon, belgium yeasts, a carmal note along with some alcohol.

Taste - A real strong, sweet, overload of floral and fruity flavors. Strong apple and pear mixed with sugary yeasts, and a little peach and orange at the end. Spices are very present and add some bite along with a herbal flavor. Finish is still insanely fruity with a little carmal note.

Mouthfeel - Very big bold flavors, tounge gets nailed with fruits and spices, were palate gets more fruits along with yeasts and malts. Finish is sweet and aftertaste is sweet, fruity and strong.

Overall - This is really good, very flavorful and strong, yet the alcohol is masked well. Tons of sweet fruits, yeasts and spices. Its very pricey but this should be treated as a speciality, not a everyday, or week, or even month beer. Shell out the cash if you enjoy quads, regular gulden draak, or belgium ales in general. Very nice beer.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear copper-tinged gold with a fizzy white mousse that dies away within seconds. Little streams of effervescence are clearly visible in the glass.

S: Aromas of alcohol, spicy yeast, biscuit, caramel, mild herbs, and grass are present on the nose. Very phenolic, but also very inviting.

T: Notes of caramel, biscuit, herbs, tobacco, grass, apple, and minerals wash across the palate. Around mid-palate, the spicy yeast flavors become more apparent, leaving impressions of coriander, pepper, caraway, cinnamon, and allspice in the mouth. The finish is intense and fiery with notes of spices, biscuit, and caramel washed in astringent alcohol.

M: Heavy and firm in body, and rather dryish as well. Carbonation is active and intense. Alcohol is particularly pronounced, imparting prickly, cleansing sensations to the mouth.

O: I'm not as impressed with this reimagining of Gulden Draak as some other reviewers. I enjoy the more pronounced hop character and the flavors imparted by the lighter malts, but the alcohol presence is way too heavy and forceful, even for the style. Couple this with the fact that the head retention is severely lacking, and you have a strong ale that may need to be tweaked a bit in the future. I may revisit this one a year or two down the road to see if anything has changed, but for now, it's solid, but not exceptional.

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Photo of impending
3.18/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


33cl into a tulip. Pours a crystal clear new shiny penny, minor egg cream colored head, ok lacing.

Aroma has a range of fragrances from high to low. Strong spicy phenols, floral components and a little zinc.

Flavor is of a spiced honey with metallic overtones. No dark fruits. Obvious but not hot alcohol, no solvents. Phenolic slightly bitter aftertaste doesn't linger too long to its benefit. Medium to full bodied lively mouthfeel. Nothing about this is quadish.

Americans don't brew quads to the level of the Trappists, De Struise, Val Dieu, St Bernardus and others whose brews are clearly of that style ilk like Het Anker. This is the converse, a belgian quad brewed in the style of a Four, The Stoic or V-Twelve. None particularly quadish.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Incredibly, the reinvention of the Gulden Draak brand borrows a lighter malt color and palate fare while retaining, and maybe increasing its complexity with spice, fruit, and candied malts.

Burnt amber in color, the rubyish and orangeish hues play out with mild haze that casts a light even glow. The beer releases a creamy and rocky head of off white foam that quickly succumbs to its own sugary weight and alcohols until it reduces to a ring around the glass. Mild legging keeps the beer looking as much like brandy as it does beer.

Brown sugar, molasses, dark pitted fruits, peppery spice, and vinous character plays out even before the first sip. The nose enjoys savory notes of chocolate and cherry, caramel and wine, figs, dates, and apples along with the tawny sweet scent of port wine.

Flavors are intensely sweet with caramel and toffee with nearly butterscotch richness, elegance, and supple taste. Merlot grapes, cherries, plumbs, dehydrated fruit, and tart apples bridge the sweetness into tartness that assists the taste of peppercorn and spicy alcohol in balance. The fantastic flavors take the palate on quite a journey in short order as the initial sweetness turns fruity and then hot and spicy to finish like a fine dessert wine or digestive.

Full bodied from start to finish, even the high rate of carbonation struggles to pull the beer from the tongue. Because this, the beer puts its full brunt onto the mouth for full appreciation of flavor and texture. Finishing semi-dry, mildly acidic, and nearly hot the beer allows for a long linger of fruit, malt, and heat.

Although the alcohol is roughly the same as the original Draak, it's barely lighter malting allows for superb balance of fruit and spice to play a larger role, although it also exposes its higher (and somewhat distracting) hop bitterness and needle-prick alcohols.

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Photo of barczar
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light copper color with a solid cream half inch head that dissipates into a ring of foam, leaving thick lacing.

The aroma is more subtle than expected, with boozy notes opening the profile, and a wine-like tartness following. Hints of underlying malt sweetness surface. Raisins and figs become evident as it warms.

Flavor is far more recognizable for the style, with an underpinning of wine-like tartness adding complexity to a strong brown sugar malt backbone, lightening it into a slightly dry, herbal hop finish. Plums, figs, and dates surface mid palate. Pepper eventually dominates the aftertaste. Banana and apple esters surface as it warms.

Body is thick, syrupy, with moderate carbonation to accentuate the tartness and lift the beer off the tongue.

Overall, a lot different than any quad I've had. The tartness balances out the typically cloying malt bill well, but there's enough complexity to keep me coming back for more.

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

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip: Three fingers of fluffy, glistening, cream head over translucent, rusty orange body. What the? - I guess since regular Gulden Draak is a "dark triple", this is a "light quad"? Looks good, though, with small, tight nucleation & sticky wads of lacing.

Smell is sweet & fruity, with a nose up front of peaches, baked apples, a little orange, caramel, some clove & nutmeg, slightly herbal & grassy. Just a solid Belgian smell, takes me back to whiffing some of my first Belgians at Sharp Edge a decade ago.

Taste is right along with it: apple, prune, banana, clove, caramel, honey, some booze sharpness that finishes with a dry zing but with a sweet, mellow aftertaste. Very enjoyable, everything's right where it should be.

Full-bodied, with some activity & high carbonation without being "fizzy", sweet in the beginning & end, dry in the middle.

Really well done old-school Belgian that's right in the wheelhouse. Nothing crazy or experimental, but it packs a lot of the things that got me into Belgians in the first place. Very evocative.

Taste is ooh, yeah.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - half finger head of off white foam on a hazy, amber colored body.

S: bready and biscuity with fruity mostly sour cherry notes.

T: Sweet caramel, cherry and strawberry fruits. Very sugary and a little tart. Yeast presence balances this out.

M: light to medium body and light to moderate carbonation.

Overall: sweet and sugary like I would expect from a quad.

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Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
4.08 out of 5 based on 1,204 ratings.
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