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

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common

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RATINGS: 554   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pilgrimoutlaw (766) - 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 (2761) - 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

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
eldenegro (3) - Arenys de Munt, SPAIN - FEB 11, 2012 does not count
Sin duda la mejor cerveza que he probado. Una cerveza muy lograda, muy bien estructurada, no desentona ningun aroma, ni el alcohol, tiene persistencia en boca, vamos, una maravilla.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
rivertranced (25) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 10, 2012
Beautiful beer. Draft at Cheeky Monk, proper glassware. Poured a really nice had which persisted throughout the session. Lovely, sweet nose. Flavor was big yet very approachable, none of the wild notes I sometimes find in Belgian strongs. Compared next to St Bernardus 12 and preferred the nose and palate of this one. Delightful!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 10, 2012
Bottle. Poured a clear ruddy brown color. The head was exuberant and tan with good retention. Dark fruits, clove, hay, alcohol, and a dash of brown sugar in the nose. Medium bodied and slightly sweet up front. Dry and earthy at the end with prickly carbonation and a warming alcohol effect.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (6198) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 3, 2012
Bottle. Head is initially large, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting. Body is medium to dark orange-brown. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (caramel, toasted nuts, roasted grain), lightly hoppy (flowers, apricot), lightly yeasty (cobwebs, basement), with notes of orange peel and coriander. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, velvety/watery texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. All in all better than expected. The aroma is a bit mild and nothing more exciting than "pleasant", but it is indeed enjoyable. And the mouth experience is quite pleasing considering the style. All too often quads are hard to drink due to being too sweet and/or syrupy and/or alcoholic. Or even sometimes too light and watery with some native Belgian examples where too much candy sugar is used in place of malt. But this one is in a nice little sweet spot with respect to flavor balance and mouthfeel...it’s frighteningly quaffable but does not forsake body and malt richness, which is a rare quality. Maybe just a tad watery, but all things considered it avoids the pitfalls inherent with the style well. And on the tongue, the 11% seems much more like 8 or 9%. Not a "wow" rendition but well done.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Embrouille (2827) - SWITZERLAND - FEB 3, 2012
Bottled 33cl. Tall head. Demerara and banana are most present in the nose. Sweet. Residual sugars in the finish which is reminiscent of caramel, earthy hops and raisins. Mediocre.


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