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

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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 596   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eduardovl (925) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
330ml bottle served in a Trappist chalice. A: Pours a nice deep brown color forming a huge creamy fluffy tan head. Very good retention and many lacings left. A nice creamy layer remains forever S: Very malty and yeasty with notes of alcohol. Dark fruits like plums and raisins. Caramel and candy sugar. Classic Belgian yeasts T: Follows the nose. A classic Belgian Quad, very creamy and molasses. Very bready too. Strong notes of caramel, caramel malts, dark fruits and Belgian yeasts. End is quite bitter with notes of flowery hope. Balanced bittersweet combination M: Heavy creamy molasses body with good carbonation. Bittersweet Belgian style aftertaste O: Great Quad. Excellent beer. Recommend [ BA Review @ 10/7/2012 ]

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Alengrin (2351) - BELGIUM - OCT 14, 2014
Strong dark ale since 2010, also bottled in 75 cl bottles. Thick yellowish head, warm dark brown red colour. Complex aroma of bitter chocolate, gin, cream, blackcurrant, coffee, honey, liquorice. Soft, mellow, thick palate with soft fruitiness and pleasant yeasty spiciness on a full, creamy caramelly and chocolatey background, finishing in a roasted bitterness, herbal hops and warming, but not disturbing alcohol. Not sure if this is a quadrupel: to me, the roasted bitterness is just a bit too present not to be called a Scotch. But regardless of that, this is a very enjoyable winter warmer.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
LeRoytheAlien (27) - - OCT 13, 2014
Pours a dark coffee brown with a light tan head. Aroma is cocoa, banana, and wood, taste is more pronounced oak and chocolate with a smooth, bittersweet finish. The alcohol is very well camoflauged. Overall a spectacular ale.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
martjoobolut (876) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 13, 2014
Bottle, shared by suurjuust, thanks! Pours very dark ruby with tan head. The head stays for some time. Aroma is sweet, dark fruits, plums, alcohol, caramel, spices. Flavor is sweet, dark fruits, plums, malt, some alcohol, and yeast. Overall: very nice brew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kleurplaatje (42) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 11, 2014
Cloudy dark brown beer with a beautiful rocky off-white head. Beautiful lacing as well. Very nice complex aroma of roasty malts, caramel, dark fruits, alcohol and chocolate. Some raisins and wood in there as well. Taste is spicy and moderately sweet with a clear touch of the chocolate and the dark fruits. Maybe a tad too alcoholic, but not that disturbing. Some bitterness as well. Loveable warmishness in the aftertaste that goes accompanied with hints of the caramels and a nice mild bitterness that lasts for quite a while. Bit of an oily and sticky texture, medium bodied with a lively carbonation. Overall a pretty warming beer with a loveable taste. Like said before, maybe a bit too alcoholic, but yet it is quite drinkable as well... Nonetheless, I would love to have another bottle. Enjoyed it.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
digopossobon (295) - MACAE, BRAZIL - OCT 8, 2014
A: caramel, lots of alcohol, woody, roasty. Intense! A: rocky head, brown foam, dark brown, cloudy.Beautiful head! T: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, medium sourness, Intense again! P: full body, creamy, licorice, long finish, bitter O: adorei essa cerveja! Intensa em tudo, principalmente no alcool, no amargor e em um sabor forte que no consegui identificar, mas que adorei!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
paologalloni (127) - ITALY - OCT 8, 2014
Color rubino con abbondante schiuma color cappuccino che lascia eleganti merletti su i bicchieri. Profumo di caramello mal ti frutta candita In bocca riscaldata dal warming e dal corpo. ricca di frutta finisce secche e amara

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oliodnb (372) - ITALY - OCT 8, 2014
33cl bottle. Pours dark reddish brown with a thick creamy light beige head. Aroma is roasted malts, caramel, dark fruits, some banana. Taste is very similar, very well balanced and not too sweet. Some spices and light final bitterness with ground coffee notes. 11% ABV very well hidden and only noticeable as the beer warms up. Good quadruple but the competition in its style is very hard.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hednom (23) - Messelbroek, BELGIUM - OCT 8, 2014
Bottle at home, Dark brown beer with a litle head. strong aroma. Fruity and alcohoic taste. A good strong beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
daje (2609) - NORWAY - OCT 6, 2014
Bottle at Belgisch Bierproeflokaal De Zotte, september 25th 2014. Dark brown body with a big tanned head. Dark fruity aroma with cocoa, caramel, mild yeast notes. Taste is lightly sweet, toffee, cherries, banana, pepper, mild alcohol notes. Strong fruity and caramel finish. A nice beer!


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