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

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Added by Jason on 08-11-2011

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4.08
pDev:
11.03%
 
 
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Photo of yaron73
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jamesroses
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

appearance: hazy orange, 2 to 3 finger headm very good retention and lacing.

smell: caramel, golden raisins and peaches. Much more 'tropical' than I expected for the style.

taste: sweet caramel soaked peaches. Alcohol is pretty strong in the mix.

mouthfeel: medium to full bodied, the alcohol and carbonation are strong in this one. Aftartaste balanced between sour and sweet notes.

overall: nice beer, although different to other quads I've tried.

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Photo of BigSmooth12
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bergus
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Treycotton
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JRod1969
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of WickedBeer
4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ZAP
3.76/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a muddied tan color.

Nice aroma of brown sugar dusted dark fruits...plums, raisins....black cherries..hints of caramel as well.

A lot of booze on the taste...sharp....more of a "vodka soaked" dark fruitiness on the flavor...

A bit tart on the finish like unripened plums.

About what I expected. Hoped it would be a little sweeter on the taste and not as alcohol sharp.

I much prefer their regular version though.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from single-serve bottle

Appearance--Pours the color of a dark honey or amber, and doesn't look like what it purports to be (a quad). Not unpleasant looking, just unexpected. The head is a little thin and the lacing is as well.

Smell--Sweet maltiness, booze, and background fruitiness--that's about it.

Taste--I am trying very hard to not rate the "9000" against the original Gulden Draak, but it is difficult. I love strong Belgian beers, and the original GD has complexity and balance to challenge the best of them. Like the original, the "9000" has some great flavors here, but the lack of balance is startling. The most forward element is the booziness. There are some nice dried fruit and candy sugar flavors happening as well as spice notes, but it is difficult to define them because the alcohol is at "burn" rather than "bite" level. I wonder if some age would tame this monster down. The potential for greatness is there--it's just out of balance.

Feel--Probably the best aspect of this quad. The carbonation and alcohol do keep this brew from getting to sweet and sticky. For all of the balance issues above, and despite the forward nature of the booze level, it is still remarkably drinkable.

Overall--I'm a nitpicker on this style, so take my "balance" comments with a grain of salt. This might not be a top-tier quad, but is still an excellent beer with good complex flavors and, other than it's color, is a nice take on the style. I'm going to cellar a couple of bottles of this and see if some age provides some much-needed balance.

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Photo of Macamah
2.21/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

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

Pours a deep brown, mostly opaque, with a medium creamy head that leaves some lace. Nose is caramel, boozy malt, and complex sugars. Taste is rich as you'd expect from a 10.7% beer. However, it (pleasantly) doesn't just go for a slap in the face. There is some complexity and is actually on the "drinkable" side for the ABV. Overall, a very good choice when you need something to keep you warm.
Edit: with a year of age, the nose and taste improve with more intensity of dried figs and dates. More mellow and better integrated. Excellent.

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Photo of sherillc
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy Amber with thin, long lasting foam. Aroma is quite sweet and primarily suggests wildflower honey, raisins, a bit of treacle and a hint of citrus. Flavour is initially less sweet than the aroma suggests. Initially slightly bitter, malt, pumpernickel bread, burnt honey, dark raisins transitioning to a richer, more honied, spicy flavour when the carbonation disperses. A good balance between carbonation, sweetness and alcohol. Creamy mouthfeel. Rich flavours seem to improve as you savour this quad. I enjoyed the last few sips more than the first few but it almost seemed like a different beer from beginning to end which was intriguing.

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Photo of BlueSpader
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of TomMorris
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of sd123
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Buck89
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A mildly hazy orange-amber color with a thick but fleeting rocky off-white head. Somewhat muted aromas of raisins, plums, cherries, and brown sugar. The taste outshined the nose. Candied cherries and plums. Oranges, floral notes, and toffee. Full-bodied, dry, and warming but not overly boozy, given the high ABV.

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

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

330 ml bottle, Lidl, Bristol - Pours cloudy amber with a large white foamy head. Medium carbonation. Nice lacing. Aroma - bready/yeasty forefront, ripened orchard fruits at the back as well as a grassy feel. Taste - sweetish forefront , bready malts, ripe fruits, light crisp finish. Nice Belgian quad which hides the high ABV well.

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

Tastes more like an old ale, very sweet and caramel

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Photo of WalkerHater
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rickklein9
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V. "Gulden Draak 9000"
330 ml brown glass bottle, production coded but without freshness dating
$5.49 @ Total Wine & More, Claymont, DE

Appearance: Hazy deep-amber/copper body beneath a creamy head of off-white.

Aroma: Malty and caramelish, backed by some mildly tart fruitiness.

Flavor: The gently tart fruitiness appears upfront before quickly opening into a wide golden caramel maltiness. The blend of the two across the middle brings about a third component in itself, and that's then followed by some delicate herbal hop notes and a light touch of spiciness which is probably from the alcohol. Despite the maltiness it finishes dry, and fairly quickly as the alcohol helps to usher out any lingering residual sugars.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth with a dextrinous medium body and fine-bubbled, seemingly natural carbonation.

Overall: Unique. Not what you might expect from a quadruple because the malt is more golden. That of course leaves it with a little less complexity, but there's still enough there that it remains interesting. Completely enjoyable in and of itself, it really doesn't need to follow expectations. Why make just another Quad anyway?

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Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
4.08 out of 5 based on 1,257 ratings.
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