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

Gulden Draak 9000 QuadrupleGulden Draak 9000 Quadruple
BA SCORE
4.15/5
1,273 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jason on 08-11-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,517
Reviews:
268
Ratings:
1,273
pDev:
10.6%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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128
Gots:
408
Trade:
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Photo of scootny
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
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 -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ImperatorScab
4.66/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of freewill35
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CPAles
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mdecross
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of yaron73
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jamesroses
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
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 -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bergus
3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Treycotton
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JRod1969
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Commandophile
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WickedBeer
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ZAP
3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
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 -7%
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 -46.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Photo of captaincoffee
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
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 +5.5%
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 -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of APH
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TomMorris
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of sd123
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Buck89
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
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 +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 1,273 ratings
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