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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: 701   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
574deadzone (1223) - North Central, Indiana, USA - APR 4, 2014
2010 vintage, carefully cellared at my local distributors warehouse. Pours dark brown with a fair amount of sediment and a khaki head that settles down to a thicker ring and leaves some spots of soapy lace. Nose involves dark candy sugar, some caramel apple, brown bread, pinot noir, some alc vapors, plums. Quite sweet, somewhat bitter, a touch tart. Full bodied, chewy texture, oily, fair action, some alc heat, with a drying toasty bitter finish. Pretty badass, I must say. Lots of cool shit going on. Restrained, yet powerful.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sjorsvdg (160) - NETHERLANDS - APR 4, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2014 Een lekker, donker bier. Koffie, hop, houtskool. Deze quadrupel is niet te zwaar. Drink hem rond de 10 graden Celsius.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Handypaul (326) - - APR 1, 2014
Bottle. Pours black with big creamy beige head that lasts and leaves great lace. Rich aroma of caramel, toasted malts and bread dough of which the caramel is well represented in the flavor. Medium sweet and lightly bitter tastes. Average carbonation, chewy to oily texture, sweet candy and chocolate flavors, medium body and a smooth sweet finish. Hides the alcohol well. Yummy!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kingstoni (1759) - FINLAND - MAR 28, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown color with a medium thick frothy off-white head. Aroma of raisin, caramel, vanilla and yeast. Bitter and sweet taste. A bit harsh finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mortlach (1316) - Rome, ITALY - MAR 28, 2014
28/03/2014 La Tana (330ml bottle). Bruna, intensa, abbastanza limpida, schiuma bianco-sporca abbondante e persistente. Al naso iniziale, sgradevole nota metallica, che fortunatamente si attenua nel tempo fin quasi a sparire, quindi emergono note di zucchero di canna, frutta rossa (ciliegie), caramello e spezie. In bocca è discretamente complessa, rotonda, dolciastra all’attacco con un finale acidulo (frutta rossa, ciliegie, ribes) e leggermente amarognolo. Corpo pieno, carbonazione media. Bella birra di sostanza.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Renobob (1230) - Besançon, FRANCE - MAR 24, 2014
Superbe réussite encore une fois. Belle couleur foncée, bière maltée à souhaits, arômes d’alcool de fruits, quelques notes grillées et épicées. Les 11% sont par contre très violents.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kathouse (1298) - Nevada, USA - MAR 22, 2014
On tap. Cloudy red with creamy tan foam. Lots of lacing. Aroma of peach, pear, and apple. Fruit flavors are sweet and pronounced. Alcohol is drying. Finish is not as sweet with a hint of apple.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gyllenbock (5914) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 22, 2014
Bottle from Brune Rousse Houblon, Nice. Dark brown with a small creamy tan head. Sweetish aroma of malt, dried fruit, caramel and some notes of alcohol. The taste was similar and vinous. The body was full. The finish was fairly long and with warming alcohol.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Profanity (18) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAR 22, 2014
Quick rate to remember buy this also on next trip to Belgian border. Great quadruppel, full of dark fruity aromas, rich bodied and balanced.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
martin00sr (1628) - Haderslev, DENMARK - MAR 20, 2014
Dark brow, almost black with small, lasting offwhite head. Sweetish aroma, raisins and alcohol. Mothfeel is creamy, malt and caramel. Not too sweet, moderately boozy. Dry but sticky finish.


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