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

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Gulden Draak 9000 QuadrupleGulden Draak 9000 Quadruple

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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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Reviews: 248 | Ratings: 1,204
Photo of nickfl
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured with a small head of off white foam on a hazy, amber colored body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves no lace.

S - a fruity and sour aroma of cherry and some spicy notes.

T - sweet caramel and some sour cherry up front. Sweeter caramel in the middle with plum and a bit of clove in the finish.

M - medium thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - complex and relatively balanced, the tart malt works well with the yeast.

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Photo of zachary80
3.56/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black bottle, poured into a pint glass.

Color is very light for a Quad, which caused me to reach for the bottle description which reads "that is has a "deep golden amberblonde color" -- something I completely agree with. The "head" is white but there is something wrong here - it pours more like a soda with huge bubbles. The lacing consists of several large bubbles on the glass. Looks more like a strange soda or mixed drink than a beer.

Aroma is full of the yeasty and estery notes that define big Belgian beers. Some hints of cinnamon; moderate sweetness.

Flavor is more like a BSDA or Tripel than a Quad. Lightly sweet. However not as complex as I enjoy in a beer of this type.

Mouthfeel is thin and dry though not completely so. A little alcohol on the exhale. Carbonation is on the higher side.

I'm left wondering if this is labeled a quad simply by nature of being the strongest in the lineup. As such I didn't rate to the style guidelines beyond the general characteristics of strong and tasty Belgian beers. Rated on its own merit is is definitely enjoyable although not exceptional.

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

11.2oz. bottle served in a tulip. Lots of carbonation. Poured a deep gold with a huge white head. Some Belgian yeast spice and a little alcohol in the nose. Bottle conditioned. Not as boozy as the nose would suggest. Fair amount of malt sweetness with more Belgian spice in the finish. Way too easy drinking for the ABV! You could get in trouble with this.

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3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle. Chimay Chalice glass. Enjoyed on may´12. Amber color, orangish hues to the light.Hazy appearance. Close, off-white, slowly fading crown. Intense sugar, figs & spices to the nose. Gentle sugary upfront then increasing alcohol lingers into the end. Slightly peppery in the middle, just an illusion, fluid molasses all around –no cloying even though-. Full body, moderate carbonation. Pleasant drinkability. I love Quad style!

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Photo of jamespub
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

just purchased today. called and reserved a 4 pack as soon as i saw that this beer existed. gulden draak triple is one of my all time favorite beers, so I was very excited to grab this new brew. the store only got one case, so I was fortunate to walk out with one.

A- beatiful amber that pours with a nice head of carbonation. the duvel tulip keeps the bubbles rolling which has maintained a small head throughout. some lacing is present. the brew is quite pleasant to behold.

S- great smells of malt and alcohol. has that mild funk typical of belgians, but is by no means unpleasant. the smell is quite strong compared to it's appearance. you can smell the sweetness.

T- malty delicious that is reigned in by the alcohol. The alcohol is noticeable, but it is a positive contribution to the taste. the burn and bitter of the alcohol keeps the sweetness in check. not nearly as much of a dark fruit taste that I would expect from the style, but is great in flavor. caramel sweet. not overly complex, but there isn't anything offensive about it in the least. every taste is delicious.

M- I'm surprised that it doesn't have a dryer finish. I could see myself enjoying this year round. it wets the whistle enough to be enjoyed in the summer, but the alcohol burn will keep you warm in the winter. very smooth with near perfect carbonation. the best parts of the flavor linger after the drink goes down.

O- original GD reminds me more of a quad than a triple. the GD9000 reminds me more of a triple than a quad. maybe they just like to have fun with their beer classifications. either way, both brews are phenomenal in their own right. If i was a wealthier man, i would have a steady supply of each in my fridge. I can see myself picking this up more often if it ends up being a new regular GD brew.

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Photo of TheMyers
3.56/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tried this because we love the regular Gulden Draak.

A - Copper/amber, 3/4" head. Leaves a little lacing.

S - Banana, honey, & bubblegum. Sweet. Can't really smell the alcohol. Not a very strong overall smell.

T - Sweet. Honey, molasses, burnt caramel. Not boozy at all - well hidden.

M - Not heavy - fills the palate, though. Very little carbonation.

O - Very good flavor, a little sweet. Easy to drink for the alochol content, but probably can't drink more than one glass because of the sweetness. Prefer the regular Gulden Draak, however this is still good.

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

Pours a clear pale copper color with a big fizzy looking head that has great retention. The head itself wasn't huge but it stays this big pillowy cap. This is the lightest quad that I have seen.

The aroma is of caramel, fig, and carob. Some general dark fruit scent. There is a light musty phenol aroma from the yeast; some clove. Has a floral and sugary sweetness to it.

The malt is fairly light but does have a touch of caramel. The beer has a berry type fruitiness, but not much of raisin, plum, dark cherries that most quads have. Light fig and carob give the beer a needed earthiness. A bit clovey and musty from the yeast; hints of bubblegum.

The feel is light to moderate with fizzy carbonation. Quite sweet on the palate but not sticky or cloying. A little rough hop bitterness in the finish. The ABV does show up and provides some belly burn.

A golden quadrupel, perhaps more of a bastard child of a BSPA and quad. Has a lot of BSPA characteristics but does some fruitiness and earthiness you can find in quads. Its good.

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Photo of Chinoman01
4.87/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was overtaken by the color of the beer as I poured it. I was expecting a darker tone. The rich amber color was very nice. This beer, for me, is highly yeast driven as I picked up the aroma of spices, and somewhat of dried banana and corriander. VERY nice. A great pallet cleanser, and very enjoyable brew. A lighter SRM to its original version. Cheers.

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

Enjoyed this beer at the Horse and Hound Pub in Charlottesville, Va.

A - Copper, orange in color. No head when it was served to me in a glass. Not much lacing.

S - Earthy yeasts, malty, and some fruity flavors.

T - Notes of cherry and oak, good malty flavor, with a little bit of spice like coriander.

M - Malts were nice, good warming from the alcohol.

O - Enjoyable beer and at 10.7% you don't need too much.

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Photo of oberon
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Sessions in GReensboro.Poured into a fluted glass a a deep burnt orange with a fluffy white head atop.Canied sugar/caramel with alot of fruity ester in the nose,candied sugar plays a big role in this beer.Burnt sugar flavors are big with some vanilla caramel flavors almost like a hard toffee,light yeasty spiced notes along with some juicy fruit round out the palate.This is a rich tasting full flavored quad,one of the best I have had,seek it out if you can find it.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I believe the best part of this beer is I got it for only 4 dollars for the 12oz bottle!

A - Taken back at first since this doesn't appear to be a Quad looking beer much more like an IPA or DIPA with a clear orange amber with a 1/2 inch of opaque colored head. Not much of a gusher but tons of carbonation bubbles keeping the head constant.

S - Well I do get some dark fruits in the smell mostly plums and figs with fruity yeasts, mild hops, and a touch of caramel.

T - Good overall taste I am very surprised to get only mild alcohol burn from such a massive beer. Still it only has mild actual Quad flavors with mostly fruity yeasts, apple and pear, and a mild hop finish. Puzzled since it drinks like a triple...

M - Smooth and creamy with a great fruity aspect.

Overall I like this just as much as the regular Draak Triple but really see very little quad like qualities. It's kind of like a double triple. lol

ow and I have to say it's OVER 9,000!!!

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Photo of thecheapies
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple. First time I've seen this. Laser printed '15LK' on the back label. A clean snifter glass will do just fine.

Well, now, my pants are soaked and a got dribbles all over my computer desk and keyboard. Needless to say, this one was a GUSHER! Bourbon orange color to the beer and the foam flushing out from the bottleneck I remember to be off-white in color. Not much head settled on my beer after the pour. Interesting color for a quad. Also, a questionable amount of refining sugar may have been used. (frownie face) 3.5

First, I smell the alcohol followed by a thin dark fruit aroma. Lots of fig and date and a hint of cinnamon. Maybe a smidge of caramel syrup. Can't tell if it's from the alcohol or note, but this has some eye-tingling spiciness. Not like chiles, but like a peppery saison yeast. 4.0

Has a lot of reminiscence of Gulden Draak Dark Tripel, but with a teasing amount of booze. More fig and date and some golden raisin, white chocolate, light rum, and challah bread. That's right, the malts are a little eggy. The malts have a deep toastiness, but there's not a whole lot of sweetness going on (even after I mention all of those descriptors above). There's a semi-sweet and boozy finish that feels a little chalky and dries up all of those candied dried fruits. Traces of banana and bubble gum round it out. A distinct quad from here on out. Tasty, but not bewildering. The carbonation is solidly in the middle ground and the body is strangely eggy, as well. Like raw egg whites. Slick with some cling. Definitely a sipper, and as slow as I'm drinking it, it's jabbing at me. 4.0, 3.0

I'm a little taken aback. This borders on a mega-strong pale ale. It's an amped-up Gulden Draak Dark Tripel without those delicious dark chocolate and plummy notes; subbed with more and more and more booziness, drier fruits, and a piquant quality. I'll stick to my go-to quads from here on out. 3.5

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Photo of daledeee
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very exciting drink. Gulden Draak is an old standby. Now a quad!!

It poured a rusty or auburn clear brown with nice head and lacing.

Nose is fruity, earthy and spicy. I believe it is a mostly cherry.

Taste: Opens up with a dark fruit blend of plums and cherries. Plenty of spice with hops in the back ground. The finish is earthy and a little dry.

Alcohol is quite strong but mellows after bottle is opened. Carbonation is just right. Start to finish the was a great beer.

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

After originally getting into good beer due to Unibroue and Ommegang, the next group I explored were the big hitters from Belgium: Duvel, Gulden Draak, and Piraat, so I was real excited to see this beer on the shelf today.

A: golden orange with huge foamy head in a Duvel tulip, served somewhere midway between fridge and room temp - a nearly perfect beer temp IMO

S: sweet, mixed fruits like berries and peaches, and peppery/cinnamony spices

T: I liked the basic Gulden Draak (duh!), but for my tastes, I love this beer: sweet, mix of fruit notes including peach and plum and darker fruits; caramel sugar weaves throughout; flashes of spiciness - cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg

M: creamy, rich, decadent; bubbly with a little chalk aftertaste

O: truly delicious - with only a few reviews I guess this is a new release or a rarity; the abv is rock-solid and, man, this is why Belgium gets such respect for their beers - those guys know beer - shoulda bought the whole 4-pack...

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

330ml bottle served in a Leffe chalice.

A: Pours a deep orange golden to amber clear color. A huge yellow head is formed. Medium retention and few lacings left. Too clear to a quad

S: Very sweet in the nose. Caramel, caramel malts, yeasts, dark fruits. The mix of all gives a strong bubblegum smell

T: Sweet upfront. Caramel, caramel malts. Brown sugar. Belgian yeasts, dark dry fruits. Again, bubbledgum. Mild hops in the end

M: Heavy molasses body. Medium carbonation. Sweet upfront, mild bitter aftertaste

O: Good beer. I'm not very impressed. I'll try it again in the future

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Photo of Filosoof
4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great original beer. Expecting a black coloured extra heavy and tough beer, a friendly amber/cognac coloured one comes out.

The top is massive and lasting, not too foamy. The lacing on the glass is like great wine.

Smell a little banana? Cinnamon? I will certainly try another and watch/smell/taste more carefully.

For now it was a lovely experience. In the category sweet heavy beers: a topper!

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Photo of DARIVA
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance of this beer is a clear golden amber color with a small head.
The smell of hops is easy to recognize.
This beer has a good taste with a slightly sweet finish with the taste of peanuts present.
The beer is good drinkable with the taste of the foam lingers long.
Tasty tingling and a long aftertaste.

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

Appearance: amber golden, pours with a creamy frothy bubbly head about ¼” thick. Between 5 and 10 minutes, head has begun dissipating, leaving a bubbly lacing on top. Very nice lacing on glass, and a rim of cream is on the tulip leaving a meniscus of amber viscosity below.
Smell: first smells are of ripe banana and vanilla, some unknown or unidentified citrus (lemongrass + coriander) is on the nose. Must drink to find out which. Ripe banana becomes more prominent as the beer warms up.
Taste: Tastes a bit like cinnamon, with fruity remnants (fruit esters?); dry finish with cinnamon. Smooth, slight bitterness almost like a clementine peel.
Mouthfeel: sticky and honey.
Overall: I poured this into a Cantillon tulip. I was surprised to read that this is a quadruple because it’s much lighter that what I would suspect. Although it’s high on ABV (10.5% ABV) so perfect for splitting. It’s very good, and drinkable. I would buy and drink again and again and again. Lekker! Note, in Belgium the bottle is titled Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple; in Dutch/Flemish it means golden dragon.

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

To clarify, this title should have 9000 in it, as this is what the bottle says.

Pours dark red and slightly cloudy. Aromas of vanilla and cherry strongly suggest oak aging. Flavor adds a spicy kick with some hints of cloves. Finish has some acidity and a slight bitterness, with more hints of vanilla.

This is a very nice beer, but not as bold a flavor as I'd expect from a quad.

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Photo of beerpirates
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gulden draak 9000 quadrupple 10.5%abv

Clear deep orange beer, creamy yellowish head, pretty stable, adhesive with nice lacing.
Aroma: very malty, sweet fruity, lots of banana upon warming, touch of caramel, bit of almonds.
MF: little carbon, medium to full body, alcoholic feeling. Taste: citric start, alcohol, sweet touch, lots of banana.
Aftertaste: little metallic, more ripe banana’s, dried apricots. Will probably improve a lot upon aging. I guess it’s still a little too young.

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Photo of jayhawk73
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Granville Moore in DC

Review from notes:

Pours a dark brownish-orange w/ a beautiful one finger cocoa head. Excellent lacing on the side of the glass. I'm super excited about this one, as I love the regular Gulden Draak. The nose is Belgian yeast, fruits, raisins, dates, and spices. Not quite as complex as the standard Draak. Taste is the same- it's just not quite as amazing and complex as the regular Gulden Draak. It's still really good- just not amazing. Feel steps it up a notch. Very little of the 11.3% ABV is evident- they hid it somewhere. Overall, this is a really good beer that falls short of great. Cheers.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid quad, had on tap at brasserie beck in downtown dc.

Pours a darker shade of orange that is solidly opaque. Im used tomseeing quads a darker color, but it looks nice with a ring of head and good lacing.

The smell and taste have a lot of traditional 'belgian' flavors
I'm used to from traditional breweries including a nice yeasty note and a heavy dose of syrupy, candy medium color skinned fruits and apples. Some very nice spices hit in the taste especially that are a nice counterpoint to the sweetness and light booze in this brew. Dates and raisins as well, I imagine with a cheese plate this beer would be amazing.

The feel is slick and not overly boozy. Medium to lighter in body compared to most quads.

Overall good by not overly memorable. Worth a try, though maybe not at $11 a pour...

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

Possibly the most dangerous beer sampled at the BBF. This was debuted here, and will be hitting the states readily available soon. I hope so much that it is as good in bottles as on tap.

A - Dark garnet pour with a nice big, creamy light brown head that clings around nicely. Really solid appearance.

S - Good Quad notes here, not too too overthetop with the dark fruits or sticky sweetness. Its a good balance of both.

T - Like the nose this is a wonderful spot on balancing act. The flavors arent quite as potent, infact, almost too subdued. The 11.3%, its off in another time zone. Zero ABV on the taste.

M - Yeah, I almost think this is a misprint...no way this can be 11.3%. Actually asked the guy 3 times if he was sure the ABV was correct. This is by far the least alcoholic quad I've ever had, hell, might be the less alcoholic feeling for a big beer I've ever had!

O - The man at the booth was correct and we all agreed, this stuff is DANGEROUS. Such a high ABV packs great flavors and appearances, but the lightest of mouthfeels. This is a scarey kind of dangerous, by the time you feel the ABV you've slammed back a couple and its too late. Will be buying many bottles of this.

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