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

bottled
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common

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RATINGS: 689   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Svesse (6895) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - AUG 11, 2012
(Bottle, Stamine de Garre, Brugge, 17 July 2012) Dark brown colour, almost black, with ruby hints. Creamy beige head. Malty nose with caramel, dried fruit, raisins, dark bread and brown sugar. Malty, slightly toasty taste with notes of caramel, chocolate, dried fruit, brown sugar and a spicy bitterness in a finish with a slight alcohol bite. Full body, quite sweet. Excellently balanced and quite tasty. Very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Keyes88 (60) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 9, 2012
Pours a hazy golden amber. Smells of Belgian year, candy and dark fruits. Flavor is not as strong as the aroma in terms of the dark fruit flavors. Finish is bittersweet and very warming. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bdunhill (251) - Brussels, BELGIUM - AUG 6, 2012
This quadruple is full of flavor with a nutty and bitter aroma to its dark brown complexion with a big white frothy head. It tastes full of flavor with hints of coffee and a palate that lingers on and on!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Eructoblaster (3336) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 5, 2012
Bottle - 330ml. Dark brown body with a thin off-white creamy head. Complex malty/hoppy aroma with fruity, yeasty, and brown sugar hints. Alcohol is well hidden. Wonderful, well balanced malty/hoppy taste carries fruity, yeasty, vanilla, and vineous notes. Texture is soft and its bittersweet finish is long and warming. Lovely Quadrupel.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 3, 2012
Bottle:   Deep deep brown, moderate frothy sandy head, spotty lacing.   Soft dark pitted fruits and apple skin on a bed of bready alcohol.   Bright and spritzy up front, warming, strong apple skin.   Not as much dark pitted fruit as the nost suggested, even as minor as it was.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate, seemingly more bubbley than most.   By the finish there is a bit more dark pitted fruit, but its overshadowed with a champagne like spritzy alcohol flair.   Pale fruit skin seems to reside start to finish.   While appearing to be a quad, it comes across as a bit lighter in body, flavor, but not in alcohol.   Tiz okay, but needs to be heavier and perhaps breadier with more dark pitted fruit in there.   Glad to have tried it tho.   Thanks Jason for the bottle!


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bth122 (1335) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2012
Bottle at obx. Poured a dark ruby color with very generous head. Strong aroma that bursts with dark fruits like raisin, candy, belgium yeast, cherries. Medium light sweetness. Finishes slightly dry. Warming alcohol. Creamier palate. Very complex flavors. Getting dark fruit. Great belgium sipper.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsmerig (1343) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2012
Pours a cloudy dark brown with a white bubbly head. Aroma is grapes and currant. Taste is bubbly with a deep sweetness followed by a sparkling bitterness and a mellow alcohol burn. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (9224) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 22, 2012
Sampled on tap at PIB, pours a hazy amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, spices, brown sugar and dry notes. Flavour of brown sugar, Belgian spices and slight yeast. Quite complex, with a good dry, low sweetness quality. Very solid.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GSAP (572) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 20, 2012
Ananas, kruidig en Smaak is noten, koffie maar ook frisheid als wederom wat ananas en perzik. Complex!

4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
EvanFriend (414) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2012
I had something calling itself Straffe Hendrik last night, this is the only beer by that name that seems to fit the description. Deep, opaque brown, tastes of coffee, brown sugar, an a slight burnt taste. Very good.


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