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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 561   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
berntholer (921) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - AUG 22, 2013
beige head, disappears fast, some lacing. dark-brown clear colour. aroma is boozy, dark fruit, raisins, esters, chocolate and spices. taste is boozy, spices, raisin, wood, candysugar with aftertaste of bitter chocolate, liquorice and vanilla. quite dense mouthfeel, soft carbonation, alcoholsweetness. much better than i expected. bottle 33 cl / lot B / best before jan-2016

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmac (4016) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 21, 2013
Poured a huge super tight foamy super light beige head over a super deep amber/brown body. Aroma is sweet, sugar, dark fruit, plums, prunes, raisins, dates, alcohol, dough, yeast, rotting banana, bubble gum, chocolate, bready. Flavor is solid, raisin, dates, chocolate, yeast, nutts, rotting bananas, bubble gum, slight slight alcohol. Palate was full, syrupy, and lighter carbonation. Great stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rok1024 (1115) - Maribor, SLOVENIA - AUG 13, 2013
Clear dark brown appearance, medium strong head. Inviting dark fruits and roasted malt aroma. Sweet with gentle bitter finish. Good beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cwsample (162) - Texas, USA - AUG 10, 2013
Bottle from Fratto. Pours a dark caramel color with a thin light tan head. I can definitely smell the 11%. The taste is not overpowering at all, slightly sour.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
makromaniak (129) - Tilburg, NETHERLANDS - AUG 7, 2013
Brownishred pour with an offwhite head. Taste is malts, caramel, sugar, dark fruit, bit of bitter and spices. Good brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DenverLogan (796) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - AUG 1, 2013
Poured from a corked bottle in a Great Lakes tulip glass. Big pop of cork...pours a dark brown with big amber head. Aroma of dark malts, alcohol, and malt sweetness. Moderate carbonation and mouthfeel. Flavors of dark roasted malts, alcohol, caramel, molasses, dark chocolate, milk chocolate. Overall big and bold with a big alcohol strength coming through over the big malt body. After 10 minutes the alcohol resides a good amount.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tlind2 (1132) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 1, 2013
Bottle@Brussels, July 2012. Murky dark brown color, tan head. Hoppy aroma with a hint of alcohol. Warming flavor with hops, juicy malts, dark chocolate, lavender, vanilla and plum. Wow. Full body, high carbonation. Very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
The_Mango_Kid (22) - BELGIUM - JUL 30, 2013
De Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel was enige tijd geleden en ware verrijking, als trouwe aanhanger van ondernemer de La Trappe Quadrupel. Het aroma is vol en donker met geuren van karamel, candij en donker fruit. De hop toets volgt subtiel op het einde en de geur van de gist blijft in het aroma goed verborgen. Aan het uiterlijk merk je vooral aan de fijn bruisende schuimkraag en vooral de kleine explosies hierin dat je met een bier van zeer hoge gisting te maken hebt. De kleur van het bier zelf is donker bruin en vrijwel ondoorzichtig. De smaak ligt in het verlengde van het aroma. Toetsen van gebrande candij, bitterheid van licht gezoete koffie m’n met in de afdronk een lichte fruitige toets. Vooral in de smaak is het vleugje banaan, afkomstig van de gist prominent aanwezig. Het mondgevoel is heerlijk, licht bruisend en sprankelend, doch klef genoeg om de nasmaak voldoende vast te houden. Voor mij dus al bij al een heel goed bier wat ik op en eerder winterse- of herfstavond, onder de gezelligheid van het haardvuur aan mijn gasten zou durven serveren. Top!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maxwelldeux (3665) - Everett, Washington, USA - JUL 29, 2013
Bottle Pours a very dark brown color with a thin tan head on it. Nose is dark and fruity with some elements of raisins and figs in there, as well as some candied sugar. Taste is dark and subtly sweet, with just a hint of some roasting in there at the end. A very interesting quad.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
EddyBeer1 (883) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JUL 27, 2013
Brune très foncée, pétillance faible, quasi pas de mousse. Malts rôtis et caramélisés, présence d’orange et de fruits foncés, belles notes de chocolat. Alcool un peu trop présent.


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