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

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RATINGS: 612   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
faroeviking (10288) - FAROE ISLANDS - OCT 26, 2012
Botelja. Clear like reddish brown farvi wit a medium beige head, some lacing. Sweet aroma of well toasted malt and caramel with dark fruits, some alcohol and bit chocolate. Good mouthfeel. Sweet flavour, dark maltiness and caramel with dark fruits, alcohol, bit chocolate and a soft bitterness. Sweet finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
esox (1114) - Oulu, FINLAND - OCT 23, 2012
Bottled. Dark and hazy ruby colour, frothy medium-sized head. Aroma is full of dark fruits, dried plums and fermented fruits. A whiff of alcohol mixing with molasses and slightly burnt sugar. Pleasant, coocked perry, banana and colves from the yeast. Dryish yeasty, surprisingly bitter flavor let darker malt and sugar aromas shine. Soft and smooth, deviously light palate. A very well balanced quadrupel.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
danielyabu (1255) - União da Vitória, BRAZIL - OCT 21, 2012
average frothy light brown head. fair lacing. mostly diminishing. flat thick brown body. aroma: wood alcohol, mild coffee, dark bread, moderate malty. if: moderate sweet light bitter. ff: moderate sweet bitter; long duration. palate: medium body, oily texture, lively carbonation, light astringent moderate alcoholic finish. Dulçor alcoólico, com nuances amadeiradas e background lembrando frutas vermelhas, forte aquecimento alcoólico, não escondendo nada de seus 11%, espuma vaporiza após algum tempo, dando a bela impressão de um latte cremoso, amargor pungente de álcool dá um ligeiro toque salgado ao paladar, charmoso, o final ainda tem uma ligeira reviravolta, trazendo nuances adstringentes ao retrogosto, quase cítricas e acéticas, mas dominadas pelo teor alcoólico. Saborosa, mas a última característica me pareceu defeito em relação a outras grandes representantes do estilo, como a La Trappe Oak Quadrupel, que apresenta maior qualidade geral e gama de detalhes em relação à esta. 18,90. Com vencimento em 11/14, a crescente adstringência não deveria se destacar tanto como fator negativo, conseguindo até mesmo superar o teor alcoólico após o ganho de temperatura da cerveja. Sabor perde dois pontos do inicio ao final da degustação, devido ao ganho de adstringência.60 s

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
RaGa (2) - Videbaek, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2012 does not count
Lækker øl med virkelig god smag! 75Cl flaske med korkprop. Masser af brus og en gyldenrød farve. Rigtig god øl!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Japalo (1271) - DENMARK - OCT 17, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2014 Bottle@erik. Dark clear redbrown. Roasted malty notes. Raisins plume. Sweet dry. Well balanced. Nice spicy finish. Biased by a little cold.retasted 21/11-14. Rypevej. Huge dense lasting foam. Dried dark fruit. Molasses. Burnt raisins. Solid complex. Love it in a small dosis.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Mikerodrigo (5) - - OCT 13, 2012 does not count
This was is a great, complex beer with a great aroma and palate. Flavors kept coming far after the beer travels past your tongue. Enjoy!! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RexTalionis (2617) - FINLAND - OCT 5, 2012
Bottled. Amber colour with a beige head. Dark fruits, syrup and yeast in aroma and some dark malts also. Flavour a bit similar with a hoppy bitter finish.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
brokensail (11600) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Holmen1 (2791) - 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 (4809) - 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.


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