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

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RATINGS: 655   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   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.


3.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
xXbaptisteXx (98) - - FEB 5, 2015
Une bière brune vraiment foncé au léger reflet ruby La mousse a tendance à porter sur la couleur noisette; Elle diminue progressivement Elle va avoir des arômes de bois, café, noix Embouche on va sentir des saveurs de noix café noisette ... Elle va être aussi très épaisse Une bière sympa à boire de temps en temps!!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dodskenta (32) - Rönninge, SWEDEN - FEB 5, 2015
Doing a bit of backlogging here, notes from memory. Bottle at De Belgie in Hong Kong. Poured a murky dark brown with a one finger beige head into a trappist glass. Aromas of dark malts, sweet cane sugar, toasted toffee, liquorice and a bit of alcohol. Flavour is basically the same, more liqourice perhaps. Medium tobig mouthfeel with a bit too muck carbonation. It’s not the best quad out there but it’s worth trying. Perhaps it’ll smoothen out with age.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ambro206 (214) - ITALY - FEB 3, 2015
Direttamente da Bruges una birra incredibile. Saltano subito al naso gli aromi di caffè e porto, luppolo assente. La birra nel bicchiere è di colore scuro impenetrabile con un bel cappello di schiuma dorato e persistente. In bocca si sprigiona tutto il suo carattere maltoso: cioccolato, caffè, una punta di liquerizia, uvetta e porto si uniscono per una bevuta gloriosa. Carbonazione giustamente elevata, corpo pienissimo e bella sensazione alcolica in bocca; non esagerata, non stucchevole. Una vera birra da meditazione e invecchiamento.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hanoi (532) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2015
Bottle. Nose is barley, yeast, dough, dark cherry slight cola, sugar, plum, figs. Taste is cream, plums, cherry, a little chocolate, brown sugar, dough, then moving to a soft fruitier finish with a little strawberry and burnt brown sugar. There a some vanilla elements around the cream, and a little sherry and oak character in the burnt finish. An excellent complex beer, which covers a lot of ground.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rammer (303) - Moscow, RUSSIA - JAN 30, 2015
Excellent Quadrupel. Good balance, strength, aroma. Dark berries and caramel sweetness on the palate. Good.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
marcogrind (74) - Milano, ITALY - JAN 29, 2015
5 years old bottle. This beer when young is too alchoolic and undrinkable, but now is a very good quadrupel, still balanced, with a complex sweet malty taste, some plums, red fruits, light chocolate and caramel.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Desverger (2793) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 28, 2015
Bottle from Toft Vin, Copenhagen - dark dark brown pour with a lazing beige head. Aroma and taste is medium sweet malty, dark chocolate, caramel, treacle, brown sugar, plethora of dark dried fruits, slight licorice, nice spices in there, very nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerhammaren (1254) - FINLAND - JAN 26, 2015
.33l bottle from Belgian Beer Factory Pours deep dark with medium high, tan creamy head. Aroma is dried fruits, dark malts, caramel, banana, yeast notes and some alcohol. Flavor is alcohol, dark fruits, banana, dried fruits, plums, caramel and malty. Swell beer, nicely balanced beer!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BRW (1300) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JAN 25, 2015
On tap at Biercabl .Dark brown colour with tan head. Dark fruits, figs, nuts and caramel aroma. Sweet, dark fruits, caramel, malt taste. Medium to full body.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bonkiedeaap (363) - Leerdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 25, 2015
Bottle from de Bierschuur in Poppel. The beer is very dark colored and has a large sticky cream colored foam, with a lot of CO2. In the aroma some bitter tones of dark malts, dark chocolate but also the sweetness of some dark fruits and bananas. Mild espresso with chocolate and sweet Belgian sugar in the taste. A full fruitiness of apricots, figs and prunes. In the aftertaste which is a little dry the high alcohol level is nearly not noticable in the finish which is further very complex. Lovely quad, not the best one I’ve tasted but well done.


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