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

bottled
common

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RATINGS: 525   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Oakrock (102) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 5, 2013
Very full and nice fermented, rich in flavor - orange, caramel, southern fruits. Very, very fruitful with nice roast bi-taste. Quality beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
planky84 (1907) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2013
Reddish-brown pour with a beige head. Boozy aromas of raisins, chocolate and sweet spice. Rich flavours of licorice, toffee, chocolate and sweet spice. Quite a throat warmer. Good, long roasty finish. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beergeek23322 (2129) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - APR 24, 2013
October 2011. From a 750 ml. corked bottle. Poured amber color with a white head. Aromas of dark fruit, brown sugar, yeast and caramel. Very nice ale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 23, 2013
Bottled, dark amber color with no head, lots off raisin and fruit cake , apple pecan flavors, softer finish reminds of some dopples, nice smooth warm finish

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cthomas2390 (211) - Colorado, USA - APR 22, 2013
Almost black pour with massive rocky head. Raisins and sweet juicy fruit aromas. Sweet, fruity caramel notes with some noble hops creeping in and a metalic twinge in the finish. Chewy and lightly carbonated.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ExpendableHero (742) - Florida, USA - APR 21, 2013
Ruddy brown/copper colored beer with a frothy, off-white head. Aromas of booze, something sweet, and dough. Tastes of candy sugar, earthy/leathery flavors, some prunes, and sweet dough. Some funky nutty flavors are mixed in as well. Very complex. Cloying sweetness on the finish complimented by a lasting alcohol burn. Strong stuff, definitely a sipper. I enjoyed it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (3018) - McLean, Virginia, USA - APR 21, 2013
From a 12 oz bottle shared in Avon . Pours a dark opaque brown with a creamy off white head. Aroma of caramel and raisins which also dominate the flavor. Notes of dark cherry round out this flavorful quad.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DwarfeD (809) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - APR 21, 2013
33cl bottle. Clear dark ruby with a nice creamy head. Vanilla, fruits and some spices. A very strong and tasty beer.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
spacecube (758) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2013
From a 330 ml bottle, deep red pour with a small foamy head, decent carbonation, in the aroma cherries, berries, candy sugar, pistachio nuts, Finish is quite short it’s sweet in the mouth but the finish is smooth and well balanced. Hides the 11% abv well. Top quality.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bartlebier (1480) - Belchum im Breisgau, GERMANY - APR 16, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2013 33cl, BB 11/2015. - Pours an unctuous dark brown/purple with solid off-white head. Aroma is is an aromatic and port-like syrup of sweet dark fruits. Taste is immensely layered as you would expect of a quadruple, ranging from intital malt and dark fruit sweetness with heavy alcohol to coffee roast dryness and pronounced hop spice shifting to take centre stage as it warms. Strange effervescence for a beer this heavy. Depending on your drinking needs of the evening, you could dub this mix willfully complex or dramatically confused. What remains is a unique and artfully crafted mahogani master of a quad.


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