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

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RATINGS: 549   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
onceblind (4014) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 1, 2012
Tap at Freshcraft. Clear ruby brown, almost light brown or so. Nice laceful but small head. Aroma of caramelized raisins, light chocolate, and toasty toffee. Taste delightfully has much more cocoa and toasted toffee with the added delightfulness of raisins, some light fig, and a lovely caramel tone. A little candy sugar in there as well. Sweet, caramelly, and dark fruity. Just great.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrW (407) - Londerzeel, BELGIUM - FEB 29, 2012
Bottle at Den Dyver, Brugge. Food pairing: Peru-chocolate, cinnamon, lime and chillies. Heavy roasted and caramel nose. The sweetness of the caramel returns in the taste, but as well some bitterness. Made it fit perfectly with the dessert .

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mattphilips (802) - Budapest, HUNGARY - FEB 27, 2012
Csak a jó sör, Budapest. Mély, sötét vörösesbarna színe van, tetején egy kevés, enyhén krémes bézs habbal. Illata nagyon finom és édeskés: aszalt gyümölcsök, csokoládé, likőr, illetve gyógyfüves komló és fűszerek. A magas alkoholtartalom ízében már jobban érződik, de az alkohol egészen illik az illatából ismert ízvilághoz, mely egy kis melengetés hatására egyre jobb és izgalmasabb lesz. Nem is túl testes érzetű és a szénsavassága is segít befogadni, mégis apró kortyokban javasolt fogyasztása. Remek belga, férfiak likőrje.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stouby (3716) - Holbćk, DENMARK - FEB 25, 2012
Bottle at home. Clear dark red. Arome heavy malty (roasted, dark fruit). Flavor heavy sweet, light bitter, well balanced, with alcohol well hidden. Almost full body.

3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
smag4life (36) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - FEB 21, 2012
Bottle. Pours nice and dark with ruby highlights. Thick, creamy, lasting head. Smells of malt, caramel, toffee and plum. Flavor is sweet and malty with caramel. Im not up on the style, but I think its a very good quadruple.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pilgrimoutlaw (765) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2012
On tap at TND. Pours dark reddish brown, tan head. Aromas of plums, raisins, belgian yeast. Moderate sweetness, a little bitter. Dry, medium bodied. Nice.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - FEB 19, 2012
(750 ml bottle from Bootleggers) Dark brown with reddish-amber highlights. Pale biscuit head that is well-retained. Aroma of dark fruit and chocolate. Mouthfeel soft, smooth and full. Beautiful, well-retained sheets of lacing. Flavor of dark fruit, chocolate and luscious caramel. Not a trace of ABV. Elegant, big and outstanding.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alobar (2754) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2012
Pours cloudy,dark brown with caramel highlights and a tan creamy head. Aroma of dark fruit, caramel, Belgian yeast, and toasted malts. Dark fruit flavor is dominant with Belgian yeast, caramel, and citrus. Really good beer!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2012
750ml Bottle: Aroma of malt, Belgian yeast, light dark ripe fruit, and a hint of candi sugar. Poured brown/very deep amber in color with a huge, foamy, creamy, tan head that diminished very slowly. Cloudy. Very sparkling. Flavor is light to medium sweet and a tad bitter. Tastes of malt, plum, dark ripe fruit, light Belgian yeast, light plum, and dust. Medium to full body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Malt, dark ripe fruit, plum, raisin, Belgian yeast, finish is medium sweet. 11%ABV is completely hidden throughout.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PaulW (98) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2012
Not a lot on the nose, as this dark brown beer pours a thin head that stays with the beer. Tastes of malt, malt and more malt, with brown sugar at the back. Are there hops in here? If so, they are way in the background. But this meant to be sweet and strong. Probably lacks a bit of body for an 11% beer. As it warms, aroma of roasted something (nuts?) and vinious hints come through. Nice, but can’t help think it should be nicer....just needs to be mire full bodied


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