Gulden Draak 9000 is undoubtedly one of the better Quads on the market.
It pours a very slightly cloudy coppery amber color with very little head. The head, as you can see in the image at the left, leaves behind a patchy, web-like lacing on the glass.
The aroma combines the typical Belgian bouquet of fruit, spice, and alcohol.
The flavor is exactly what you’d expect for a Quadruple, combining sweet malt, fruit, spice, and a minimal hops presence. Despite its 10% alcohol content, it’s not an especially warming beer. The finish is sweet and fruity, and lingers a little bit.
This is one of those occasions where Beer Advocate, Rate Beer, and I all pretty much agree. Beer Advocate gives Gulden Draak 9000 a 92 or “outstanding” rating. Rate Beer gives it a 95 overall. For me, this beer is a perfect 10 out of 10.
The only thing I’d change about Gulden Draak 9000 is that I’d like to find it on every bar and restaurant’s beer menu.
I had this particular draft sample at the Giant Eagle Market District at Kingsdale in January 2014. The bottled version is often found in gift sets and as a single in various shops around town. I’ve purchased it in the past at The Andersons General Store near Sawmill, Whole Foods in Dublin, and at Kenny Road Market.
Sweet, Malty, Dry, Bitter, or Sour: Sweet
Spice Level: Medium
Hops Level: Very Low
Dominant Flavors: Fruit, Spice, Sweet Malt
IBU: Unknown, but I’d estimate < 20
My Rating: 10/10