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

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Gulden Draak 9000 QuadrupleGulden Draak 9000 Quadruple
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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Ratings:
1,260
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265
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
11.03%
 
 
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Photo of emincems
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Dense copper orange color with foamy beige head that slowly settles. Smells of date fruits. Tastes of dates, sweet with a little spice notes. Mouthfeel is a little syrupy, and although it is still bubbling that is mostly absent in the mouthfeel. Overall, the first clear golden quad I've tried and it is substantially different from the typical dark quads - flavor and smell seems less complex and the mouthfeel was not as good.

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

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

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It pours a much lighter color than most Quads (the label describes the color as "amberblonde"). The head is impressive for a beer of this strength and the lacing is even more amazing. The aroma is of raisins and fresh honey. The taste is similarly rich in honey and raisin notes and you can definitely feel some alcohol warmth. Not too sweet. The body is not as thick as I expected (yet it can still be described as full) but the small-bubble carbonation on the tongue is very pleasant. A very enjoyable quad.

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

Photo of generallee
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Houborg1
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of matcris
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A clear, pretty, amber, with loads of bubbles rising, and a finger+ of khaki head that lasts. Saving the yeast at the bottom for the end pour. The aroma is yeasty, candied fruit like preserves, pear, and apricot. And all kinds of different berry and green apple jams. Also a distinct caramel note. The flavor is sweet and then a lasting mild bitterness jumps into the mix. Subtle caramel, and those yeasty fruity notes of light dried fruit (green apple, pear, & berries) grab the reigns. Slight booze in the flavor, but, delicious. The feel is a very effervescent carbonation, a little sticky, then dry on the finish, and a full body. So drinkable, though. Easy now....BIG ABV, and a big flavor.

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Photo of Rukeli76
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle served in a chalice at cellar temperature. Bb date of 10/05/2018, so this particular bottle has a bit of age on it.

Pours a beautiful, slightly hazy dark amber colour. Definitely on the light side for a quad. An inch or two of head diminishes quickly. Nice lacing.

Nose is sweet dates and tobacco.

Taste follows the nose. Lots of sweet dates, ripe plums, dried figs, tobacco, leather, plus a little spice and ripe banana from the yeast. This aged bottle isn't terribly sweet.

Medium body. Light carbonation. Boozy.

This is much better than the gooey-sweet booze-bomb I remember. With a little bit of age this has developed into a beautifully complex, world-class quad.

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Photo of Gregaroo
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2/22/17

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Photo of DesertFox24
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hozersr
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bdstuart
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jliscin
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first quad beer, a good smooth beer with a very strong fruity taste and smell nice consistancy to it. A lot of flavor and varying strong fruit notes with a nice after taste

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

Photo of flyingpig
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle:
A surprising beer when poured & definitely lighter than expected, it's easily one of the lightest quadrupels I think I've tried. It had a nice sweetness to it, particularly the nose but the caramel that showed there seemed to fade, putting the beer as more of a Belgian pale ale at times. There was some lighter fruits & citrus that gave the beer its fresh, lively feel but it wasn't quite what I'd expected; it's still a very good beer though but I'd go with the original over this version next time.

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

Photo of LAp
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bronze-orange with a meniscus of off-white head. Nose is a great balance of Belgian spice and malt. The palate is classic, bready, heavy Belgian. Heavy wheat bread, clove and coriander dominate the palate. Mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation.

It's hard for this beer to feel original in 2017, but what it does is still respectable, and it's a solid brew all things considered.

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a small bottle,into a large Funky Buddha snifter.

Frothy,off white head that stands 2 fingers tall,with beautiful retention.Dark orange / amber in color,with distorted light showing through the glass.Heavy amounts of fast moving carbonation.

On the nose I get a ton of bright,tropical fruit,and citrus notes.These are backed up by sweet malts,and caramel.Im getting some banana and sweet bread aromas as well.A little bit of wine / alcohol in there too.

On the palate I get caramel,sweet malts,citrus,some hops,sweet bread,roasted banana,zest,orange peel,and a little bit of wine / alcohol.The alcohol is there but it is definitely not overbearing.

The body is medium with a moderately dry finish.Small amounts of alcohol warming in the stomach,but it is not a turn off.

This is my first quadruple and I have to say I am impressed very good beer,that I would recommend at least trying.Even if you are not a fan of the style.I might actually like this one better than the white bottle.Very Very nice.

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Photo of Roguer
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful brew: truly golden, reminiscent of fields of pale wheat, topped by a strong, off-white head with great retention and body.

Sweet, strong aroma: a touch of alcohol, and lots of sugar.

On the palate, this beer leans closer to Tripel than Quadrupel. Sweet, thick, and malty, it really lacks only the notes of cloves and hops normal for a Tripel. Perhaps an even boozier BSPA.

Thick, sweet but not cloying, and a pleasure to drink. You can tell it's a big beer, but the 10.7% ABV never becomes detrimental.

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Photo of paleoplant
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of scootny
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A huge head that billows in my glass with no attempt on my part to produce one. Lots of clumps sticking to the sides of the the glass. A very slow fade that helps the cause of lacing. Surprisingly light in color for a Quad. Amber with a single column of carbonation streaming up persistently.

The aromas of caramel, caramel, figs and light banana are first to arrive, followed by brown bread, pepper and light alcohol. Notes of sweet dessert wine like sherry and port. A toasted grain and and floral hops.

Taste is so smooth and rich, while being a lighter fruitier Quad. Those caramel and sherry sweet signals from the nose are in the front of the palate. Lots of those fruit notes. Dates and figs being the biggest components. Some vine and oak. That light banana so typical of Belgians. Vanilla and mild coffee/mocha. Some pepper and evaporative alcohol spice. Hops are earthy, with a surprising dryness in the finish that nonetheless works quite well, making for a clean and quenching swallow. Abv is nearly invisible and what little you can taste is so well integrated that you just keep enjoying you sips without a care in the world.

Feel is rich and creamy. There isn't much I'd change here. Full and smooth carbonation is so satisfying while keeping the beer light and quaffable . I finished a whole bottle by myself and could easily polish of another without batting an eye. It just drinks without anything to make you slow down.

This is a top tier Quad that begs for winter sessioning with friends who live close enough to walk home. Break out the cheese, crackers, smoked meats, chips. pretzels and other season snacks to slow down the alcohol absorption and let the party begin.

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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ImperatorScab
4.66/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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