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Brewed by Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Brugge, Belgium

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common

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RATINGS: 649   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Straffe Hendrik Quadruple is a rich and intense dark Belgian ale. It is brewed with a subtle blend of specialty malts, which give the ale an extremely dark color and a chewy, malty complex character. The quadruple combines a clean dryness with a warm full bodied mouth feel and essences of fruit. Secondary fermentation in the bottle creates a living ale that can be aged and will have an evolution of taste profiles over time.

It is brewed by the last active brewery in the historical city of Bruges. The town archives first mention the brewery in 1546. Since 1856, the famous brewing family Maes-Vanneste has owned the brewery.


3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tognetta (87) - Campinas, BRAZIL - FEB 14, 2015
Aparência totalmente turva. Olfato de caramelo alcoolizado, chocolate amargo. Um tapa na língua. Extrema. Faltou balancear.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Batavi (37) - Waalwijk, NETHERLANDS - FEB 14, 2015
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2015 Straffe Hendrik Brugs Quadrupel, uitgeschonken in 33cl. Gouden Carolus bokaal. Kleur is mistig mysterieus walnoot bruin met een amberkleurige gloed, met een mooie lichtbeige volle schuimkraag, prachtig bier om te zien. De geur is zacht gedroogd fruit, kruidig en cacao. De smaak is complex, tonen van gedroogd fruit, als vijgen en rozijnen, Belgische gist, chocolade met ook nog lichte zurige tonen van eikenhout en wijnachtige smaken. De afdronk is droog en licht zurig. Conclusie: een heerlijke Quadrupel met complexe smaken, perfect voorbeeld van Belgische artisanale brouwkunst. Het straffe alcoholpercentage van 11% is mooi verborgen door de complexe smaken. Zeer goede quadrupel, ook complimenten voor het chique etiket en mooie presentatie van dit bier.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cassius (83) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 11, 2015
Zwart bier. Meer chocolade. Zoeter en zwaarder als de tripel. Waarschijnlijk goed met zwaar vlees of wild zoals ook de La Trappe Quadrupel.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Centje (32) - Bruges, BELGIUM - FEB 6, 2015
Smells like dark fruits, sugar and alcohol. Tastes like figs, chocolate, brown sugar, dough. An excellent complex beer, which will be appreciated by lots of people. I will try to age it and re-compare.

3.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
xXbaptisteXx (92) - - FEB 5, 2015
Une bière brune vraiment foncé au léger reflet ruby La mousse a tendance à porter sur la couleur noisette; Elle diminue progressivement Elle va avoir des arômes de bois, café, noix Embouche on va sentir des saveurs de noix café noisette ... Elle va être aussi très épaisse Une bière sympa à boire de temps en temps!!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dodskenta (25) - Rönninge, SWEDEN - FEB 5, 2015
Doing a bit of backlogging here, notes from memory. Bottle at De Belgie in Hong Kong. Poured a murky dark brown with a one finger beige head into a trappist glass. Aromas of dark malts, sweet cane sugar, toasted toffee, liquorice and a bit of alcohol. Flavour is basically the same, more liqourice perhaps. Medium tobig mouthfeel with a bit too muck carbonation. It’s not the best quad out there but it’s worth trying. Perhaps it’ll smoothen out with age.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ambro206 (185) - ITALY - FEB 3, 2015
Direttamente da Bruges una birra incredibile. Saltano subito al naso gli aromi di caffè e porto, luppolo assente. La birra nel bicchiere è di colore scuro impenetrabile con un bel cappello di schiuma dorato e persistente. In bocca si sprigiona tutto il suo carattere maltoso: cioccolato, caffè, una punta di liquerizia, uvetta e porto si uniscono per una bevuta gloriosa. Carbonazione giustamente elevata, corpo pienissimo e bella sensazione alcolica in bocca; non esagerata, non stucchevole. Una vera birra da meditazione e invecchiamento.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hanoi (510) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2015
Bottle. Nose is barley, yeast, dough, dark cherry slight cola, sugar, plum, figs. Taste is cream, plums, cherry, a little chocolate, brown sugar, dough, then moving to a soft fruitier finish with a little strawberry and burnt brown sugar. There a some vanilla elements around the cream, and a little sherry and oak character in the burnt finish. An excellent complex beer, which covers a lot of ground.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rammer (295) - Moscow, RUSSIA - JAN 30, 2015
Excellent Quadrupel. Good balance, strength, aroma. Dark berries and caramel sweetness on the palate. Good.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
marcogrind (71) - Milano, ITALY - JAN 29, 2015
5 years old bottle. This beer when young is too alchoolic and undrinkable, but now is a very good quadrupel, still balanced, with a complex sweet malty taste, some plums, red fruits, light chocolate and caramel.


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