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

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RATINGS: 485   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.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Holmen1 (2017) - Stavanger, NORWAY - OCT 1, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2013 Flaske fra Belgisk Bryg: mmm, allerede det imponerende skummet smaker forførende, som sjokolademousse. Et herlig snopeøl på alle måter - hvis man like fete belgiske sjokolader og mørk karamell. Mmmmm... I parallelltest med Westvleteren 12 vinner Straffe Hendrik pga flottere skum, saftiger aroma og smak, med et forførerisk helthetsnytelse.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjs (4277) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 27, 2012
(Bottle, 0.33 l, at Kaisla, 201209027) The beer poured dark brown and clear. Its head was medium sized and white. Aroma had malts, chocolate, alcohol and fruitiness. Palate was medium bodied and warming with medium carbonation. Flavours were fruitiness, malts, chocolate and bitterness. Aftertaste was fruity, malty and bitter. An unbalanced quadrupel. It had tripel and quadrupel charcteristics. Not bad but could have been better. Original rating: 3.6.

After the beer had warmed up the aroma and the taste became dominated by green apples. So, I needed to tune my ratings lower.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
prawlie (1055) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 26, 2012
33 cL portion at the Halve Maan brewery in Brugge. Black with a fair head, in bulb glass. Sweet, candied, with some bitterness. Smells sweet and a hint roasted. Tasty but a bit of sweet hiding the alcohol syndrome.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GTAEgeek (1063) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 20, 2012
On tap at The Fred. Pours dark brown with a small, beige head. The aroma is figs, molasses, cola, and black cherries. The flavor is very sweet, with a very little bitterness. The palate is medium to heavy, malty, sticky, and fairly carbonated. Overall, this is a delicious, well made beer, with a good flavor and nice mouthfeel.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kristall-König (2117) - Oldenburg, GERMANY - SEP 16, 2012
Tief dunkelmalziger, süßer Duft, Pflaume, Kaffee, Feige, sacht alkoholisch. Antrunk sehr vielschichtig, süßmalzig. Mitte Schokolade, Toffee, alkoholisch wärmend. Abgang schwer malzig, süß ausgeglichen, Früchte, prickelnd. Sehr, sehr gut.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
brokensail (9948) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 3, 2012
Dark brown pour with a khaki head. Rather roasty nose for a quadruple. Some molasses, a bit of chocolate, and quite a bit of alcohol. There is a decent bit of spice and fruit, though. Tastes a bit boozy, but some good sugar and molasses sweetness. A fair amount of chocolate and roasted malt which give a light bitterness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Smurf2055 (1303) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 11, 2012
On tap at Bottleworks. Pours hazy ruby with two fingers head. Smell is amazing Belgian yeast, fig and earth. Taste is sweet, standard Abby Quad flavors of fig and raisin. Very nice Quad.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brnandersen (1671) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 7, 2012
33 cl. bottle poured in to a trappist glass. Jet black with a fluffy tan head. Sweet aroma with malts, caramel, dark chocolate, plums, spices and herbal hops. Taste is sweet. Full body, surprisingly carbonated for the abv., not unpleasant. Finishes long lasting with caramel malts, chocolate, licorice, port dark dried fruits and a hint of alcohol. Good quadrupel.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BoltonDK (522) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 29, 2012
Bottle at Hanzi, Beligian Beer..............................................

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LoFi (1524) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 24, 2012
Bottle, thanks to MrHangover! Between dark copper and ruby. Aroma: malty and light vinous, sushi restaurant/umami, light chocolate, vanilla, red berries. Taste: malty, brown sugar, light sour with red berries, fruity, vanilla, dry and woody finish. Above medium-bodied, moussy. Solid brew.


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