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


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RATINGS: 722   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sjohnh (536) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2014
Very dark brown, beige head, decent lacing though not as good as some quads. Ripe fruit and alcohol on the nose more than malt - sherry, raisins. Brown sugary - sweet, but balanced with toffee and some spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Digzis (99) - Nancy, FRANCE - MAY 23, 2014
Une bière assez goutue, avec une couleur très sombre. Des arômes de malt grillé. Fruits rouges, chocolat, une bière avec du corps, on sent bien l’alcool… une texture assez lourde et huileuse. Une petite amertume qui reste en bouche. Pour ceux qui aiment les bières fortes…

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
htzpah (105) - - MAY 18, 2014
Molasses nose. Smells like it'll be a thick and syrupy barrel aged stout. Plum taste, very sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BLADT (680) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 18, 2014
Bottle pour. Dark brown with limited head. Nose is candied plums, molasses and port. Taste is raison bread, brown sugar, grape skin bitterness. Generally complex. And sweet. Oh, god, this is sweet. Lots of booze.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leini (1477) - SWEDEN - MAY 15, 2014
330ml bottle. Dark brown body with a low tan head. Chocolate, dried fruit, fudge, vanilla and alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KnutAlbert (6398) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 14, 2014
Bottle in Bruges. Packed with flavour, caramel, malt, prunes, raisins, some bitterness, too, but firmly on the sweet side. Pleasant beer for sipping. Highly drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marstonlad (620) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 13, 2014
Bottle at Kaisla, Helsinki. Pours dark brown with a little white head. Aroma has ripe, dark fruitiness, raisin, sweet caramel maltiness and, uncharacteristically, also a solid presence of vanilla and oak. Taste is strong, sweet and quite intense. Sweet malty notes, raisin and vanilla carry the taste towards the long, very light bitter finish. Again, the intriguing element of vanilla appears; coupled with sweet, ripe fruitiness the impression is slightly sherryish. The palate is full-bodied and sticky with a fairly soft carbonation. An elegant, varied quad overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Voras (61) - - MAY 7, 2014
Deep brown, almost black with a beatutiful beige head. Aroma: dark fruits and alcohol. Taste: fruits in the beginning, caramel, toffee and coffee in the end. Sweet and delicious aftertaste. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Brodies_Best (264) - Auckland Central, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 6, 2014
330 ml bottle pours dark brown with tan head. Aroma is subtle alcoholic and sweet. Slight dusty and malty, a bit raw. Taste is sweet of syrup then bitter caramel. Slight coffee aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
minutemat (2908) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2014
330ml bottle from Les Crepes de Sophie, Shrewsbury. Pours very dark brown with decent head. Rich, dark and strong tasting with soothing hints of chocolate and a swirling complexity that brings malts, raisins, brown sugar and a teasing sweetness. Exceedingly drinkable given it’s a belting 11%, with light touches of flavours that are in no way overpowering like some of its quadruple brethren. Lovely stuff.

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