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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 563   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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
77ships (4031) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - NOV 5, 2011
33 cl. bottle @ home \ this one is a quad from the Halve Maan (Half Moon) brewery from Bruges, they are apparently the only brewery in the centre of Bruges which is a fact that they stress frequently in their advertisement \ I still remember drinking Brugse Zot by them back when it was still rather unknown and better than now days, still much better on draft than in a bottle, these days this brewery has been really cranking it, they seem to have a pretty good pr & distribution \ I keep seeing their beers everywhere and lots of people seem to them know at least by name \ I have seen this one quite frequently but not being particularly impressed by their other beers so far, I have mostly passed this one by so far \ After I saw it at the local supermarket, I decided to get a bottle \ It pours a amber/brown with a nice ruby glow and a beige head \ Smells very sweet with caramel, lots of sweet winter spices and touch of winter herbs, caramelised raisins, overripe dark fruits, caramelised malt and superglue \ Taste is lots of slightly bitter, fermenting dark fruits, very heavy on the spices and strongly herbal as well, lots of raisins, spoiled grapes & spicy yeast, touch of plastic in there as well, alcohol in the finish \ Body is rather light especially given the strength and alleged style plus it is also sparkling \ This one is clearly not a quad, the use of that term is 100 % marketing this is a middling to slightly below average Strong Dark Belgian Ale, not particularly impressive as have been the other offerings that I have tried so far from this brewery but not necessarily terrible or bad even just a bit too much lowest common abominator

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Orgeogre (10) - Lyon, FRANCE - NOV 5, 2011
Bottle drunk at home day after buying so cloudy and yeasty. This is a fantastic quad! I shall ttry another after a few weeks in the cellar and will probably give it 20/20. Superbe prune and malt flvour without a sticky sweetnessand a fine carbonation.. SH beers are, for me, amogst the best Belgians. I’m surprised that this gets such a low average score!

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Shaney (2428) - Köln / Cologne, GERMANY - NOV 3, 2011
#1221 Dunkelbraunes Bier mit ordentlich Schaum dank viel CO2. Erstaunlich frischer Antrunk trotz des hohen Alkgehalts. Geschmacklich wie im Aroma hefig-säuerlich, leicht rezent, recht langweilig. Wärmend im Abgang durch den Alkohol. Gut trinkbar, aber insgesamt zu sehr Mainstream. Boring!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
meerbier (1474) - Pijnacker, NETHERLANDS - OCT 28, 2011
Bottle@Home. Prune and vanilla aroma. Brown, beige head, very nice lace. Sweet, very bitter, herbal, pepper, vanilla, laurel, quite complex. Warming and full. Pretty alcoholic, bitter for a Quad but very balanced. Different from any Belgian Quadruple IMO.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mike_77 (3131) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 27, 2011
Deep red-brown colour. Aroma is of sweet, dark fruits and a little port. Very effervescent on the tongue. Texture is thick. General flavour is of strong sweet fruity malts.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Quack-Duck (7944) - Down South, GERMANY - OCT 14, 2011
bottle from Bierkoning - bedankt. Hazy brownish colour, large head. High carbonation. Caramel, herbs, spices dominate, quite sweet.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Stefano (1876) - Esbjerg, DENMARK - OCT 13, 2011
Brown colour with a huge creamy beige head. Sweet aroma of dark fruits. Flavor of dark malts and dark fruits added by dark spices. Full bodied with warming alcohol. Winterwarmer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaartenRF10 (1601) - Wageningen, NETHERLANDS - OCT 12, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2013 Donker bier met dikke kraag. Stevig bier dat vol in de mond ligt en vol van smaak is. Overrijp fruit en port domineren de smaak.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thirdeye11 (5555) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 8, 2011
(33cl bottle best by Dec 13 thanks to bu11zeye) clear ruby with thick creamy tan head. Nose of cocoa, dark fruits, not overly sweet, smooth. Taste of alcohol, bite, cocoa, cherry, smooth, other fruits, nice linger, spicy yeast kick, quite drinkable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pedro_Tallieu (57) - Deinze, BELGIUM - OCT 1, 2011
33 cl bottle. Dark brown body with an offwhite head that sticks to the glass. Caramel, chocolate and coffee in the nose. The taste has roasted malt, dark chocolate and flavor of coffee in it. There’s a slight bitterness on the background. Great beer!


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