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

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RATINGS: 824   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Schytte (47) - - MAR 28, 2016
Den dufter godt, fin skum/udseende & smagen er god - En glimrende belgisk øl.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
GoufCustom (1527) - HONG KONG - MAR 27, 2016


330 ml bottle bought at Gorgeous Wine & Cigar in Yuen Long.

Looks: Translucent Burgundy colour with a thin ring of yeast sediments; One finger head and crumpety light beige foam which lasts for 3 minutes; Beautiful sticky lacing with quite fizzy carbonation.

Aroma: Fragrant and sweet dark malt, with light roastyness, almonds, strong caramel, sticky toffee, very light coffee, chocolate, cream, sugar, moderate alcohol, strong Bel yeast and light grass.

Taste: Strong but pleasantly sweet dark malt, with moderate alcohol, light liquorices, plums, caramel, light toffee, Cola, chocolate, light coffee, sugar, strong Bel yeast, light lemon, moderate bitter hops and grass.

Body: Full body. Very creamy and slick palate.

Mouth Feel: Good dark maltyness in a rich, very smooth and silky background. Booze and sugar hit first but they do not scream nor warming, but rather in light touch and pleasant. Strong caramel mixed with Cola and light coffee. Quite yeasty and increasingly lemony to compliment the sweet booze. It’s simple but the balancing work out just fine. Easy and nice!

Booze and Sweetness: The 11% abv is well hidden all the time, very well-managed and no knock on whatsoever. Incredible! Sweetness is strong but never cloying, as if it’s from chocolate bar. Very neat!

Hoppiness: Light grass in nose. Lemon and light grass in taste; Bitterness is fairly strong for a lasting, mid-astringent sweet booze finish.

After Taste: Fairly dry. Sweet, creamy and quite bitter to mouth.

Comments: Like its 9° Tripel brother, this Quad is simple in aroma and taste. Yet its foundation is rock solid, with beautiful looks and heads, very creamy body, very pleasant sweet malt, hidden booze and hoppy finish. It may not be as complex or colorful as La Trappe Quadrupel, but it’s very nice for chilling out. Recommended!

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ardeo (124) - Flémalle, BELGIUM - MAR 26, 2016
UPDATED: APR 5, 2016 Fles 33 cl. Brune très foncée. Mousse beige de belle tenue. Odeur surette style lambic et ses fruits noirs + café. Bouche : levure, aigre, piquante mais pas agressive, malt, alcooooool bien présent mais pas gênant. Longueur !!! Belle découverte pour moi d’une bière hyper complexe, surprenante à bien des égards. On en reparle ! :-) Ce qui est surprenant chez cette brune, c’est l’amertume comme pour une triple ! J’adore !

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Raymonnezza (13) - - MAR 17, 2016
Tasted at "brugs bertjie". Great beer of Bruges with a wonderful aroma. Good!!!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zarguon (15) - FINLAND - MAR 16, 2016
Aroma of malts, chocolate, dried fruits. The taste follows the aroma: fruity with citrus first in mind, chocolates, caramel, soft malts. Full mouthfeel. Alcohol slightly tasting but is fine in my opinion. One of the best beers I’ve ever had but I have to test this when totally sober.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Florya (1619) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAR 12, 2016
How : bottle Appearance : light brown with a minimal off-white head Aroma : plums, caramel, chocolate, citrus peel and herbs. Palate : medium body, soft carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mark_Eck (1746) - - MAR 12, 2016
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown. Aroma and taste are caramel, dark fruits, and some sweet malts.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arsol (949) - NORWAY - MAR 10, 2016
Mørk brun med høyt kremete skum. Lukter sjokolade, karamell,mørke frukter. Smaker noe salt lakris.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Arve_Christian (4697) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 10, 2016
On bottle from Vinmonopolet Norway, on order. Brown with reddish notes. Medium/high aroma intensity;dried fruits, choclate, some coffee, nutty with very nice yeast influence. Medium/full body & complexity. SOme immediate sweetness, balances wel. Very enjoyable

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Balabuska (9) - SPAIN - MAR 9, 2016 does not count
Awesome aroma, you can feel caramel, chocolate, toffee, alcohol, molasses, fruits... Just put your nose inside the glass and keep sniffing and you will discover new aspects. It is funny to see people looking uncomfortably at you. The taste is as good as the smell. Rich, creamy, heavy, oily, strong liquor.


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