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

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RATINGS: 581   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.


3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - MAY 11, 2012
Dark blond with a white medium head. Very weak aroma. Light fruity, hoppy with a some alcohol shining through. I am slightly disappointed. I had expected more after reading the ratings.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
b33r (675) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2012
Dark brown color- almost black, with huge thick tan head. Aroma was a strong malty richness with similar flavor. rich dark malty and fruity flavor. complex and flavorful. quite alcoholic, but didn’t have the burn, hidden very well. very very good quad

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (629) - BELGIUM - MAY 1, 2012
Un très joli sigle de bouteille. Nearly the design of the Moonlight Brewing Company from California. A bucolic corner of the Sonoma Valley for this one, and the historical medieval city of Bruges for the other one... But the most important is what you will find in your glass !!! About the Straffe Hendrik quadruple, we have two things to say first : 1. A member of the Belgian Family Brewers, and an old story beginning in 1856 with the family Maes (not the one of the pils producer !!), and a first mention of brewing in 1546 !!! 2. One of the rare belgian beers with the name of « quadruple », unusual in our vocabulary. I have also seen that beer qualified as a barley wine. Let us see... First of all, a very high level : 11 % abv. A very dark color, very encouraging... Une mousse beige qui tient sur le liquide pendant la dégustation, mais à un niveau assez bas. Des arômes superbes de grand brassin : prunes mûres, poire, dattes, figues, et une pointe de joli porto vintage. Première bouche magnifique sur les amandes, noisettes, pommes de terre, petite pointe de coriandre et en arrière bouche l’amertume d’un bon houblon. La seconde part sur des notes de cerises noires, de massepain, avec une pointe de cognac fins bois. On est clairement sur le plan d’un barley wine, avec une complexité superbe. La 3ème vient à une sorte d’équilibre mais avec de nouvelles découvertes gustatives, et en gardant une amertume plus importante que des bières brunes fortes d’abbaye, qui sont d’ordinaire plus douces en bouche. La levure est pourtant très douce, mais à mon avis, elle est en petite quantité à la refermentation en bouteille, pour donner la priorité au houblon. Bière originale donc, où on attend la longueur pour poser un diagnostic qui s’annonce chaud... Dans la première partie de la finale, on a des accents de stout bien construit, avec une sorte de charbon de bois qui passe très bien la rampe, et s’accomode des autres goûts comme dans un rêve... Bière donc très structurée, qui révèle un caractère extraordinaire, avec une complexité de très grand niveau. On est au top, on le sait, reste la finale, un très grand moment de tout dégustateur. Cette finale, comme celle de la Cup en Angleterre, est un very very beautiful moment... On va dire pour une bière, plutôt la finale du Superbowl.... Bref, vous choisissez selon vos affinités. Pour ma part, je reste avec la Straffe Hendrik quadruple, qui me fait la meilleure impression, et qui me confirme que nous avons tous les styles de bière en Belgique, dont un barley wine qui fera très bonne figure.. Un conseil : try it, and after that you see a moonlight brewing in the sky...

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
luttonm (2272) - Belgrade, SERBIA - MAY 1, 2012
.33l bottle from ’Only Good Beer’ in Budapest. Terrific, rich leather-copper appearance with thick, blanket head. Hot sweet christmas-y herb nose, coppery alcohol. Body is spritely but also coating sweet alc. Rusty bittering at and, a bit hotter and sweeter than other quads. chocolate, mollasses, stout-fruitiness. Very good

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MoritzF (8562) - Bochum, GERMANY - APR 30, 2012
(bottle, 33cl) Slightly hazy, dark and reddish amber colour with a beige medium-sized foamy head. Sweet and slightly sugary toast-malty aroma with present notes of dark berries. Sweet flavour with a present level of roasty bitterness in the background, full bodied with a modest carbonation. Moderately roasted malty taste with berry-fruits, a delicately spicy touch, as well as a whiff of chocolate; sweet and slightly roasty bitter finish with noticeable alcoholic notes. Likeable. 03.IV.12

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Huubs (142) - NETHERLANDS - APR 29, 2012
Kleur van kersenhout met een licht getinte kop. Geur heeft wat fruitigs maar is niet erg sterk. Smaak heeft - als veel quads - wat weg van overrijp fruit. Proef rozijnen, banaan, abrikoos, bruine basterdsuiker en hop. Drinkt ondanks de sterke smaak lekker weg. De alcohol is niet overweldigend aanwezig, maar zit er zeker in en is in de afdronk voelbaar. Aldus Huubs. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TET (1684) - FINLAND - APR 27, 2012
A dark brown beer with a medium and beige head. Aroma is cooked fruity, bananas, some dark fruits, raisins and hint of alcohol. Taste is malty, fruits, raisins, warming alcohol and herbal hoppyness. Full bodied, still quite easy to drink. Strong beer that is nicely balanced, there are nothing very special but still tastefull.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gerbeer (1830) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 26, 2012
330 ml bottle at Brug Beertje. POurs a garnet red/brown with head that lasts. Aromas of malt and caramel. Malt flavor with candy. Sweet. Warm but nicely balanced.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
HopfenWeisse (1081) - - APR 16, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2012 330ml bottle from Bierzwerg. Dark brown colour with small nice looking head. Aroma is fruits. Flavour is sweet, not so much taste.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
coolpop (1395) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - APR 16, 2012
Bottle. Pours a deep mahogany with a dense light tan head that leaves a lot of lacing. Aroma and flavor are toffee, caramel, date, fig, cherry, and some earthy yeastiness. Fairly sweet, but finish is dryer. Flavors get more complex as it warms. Mouthfeel is thick and a bit chewy. Alcohol is there but very well integrated.


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