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


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RATINGS: 704   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hermod (4783) - Vantaa, FINLAND - JUL 2, 2012
33cl bottle. Poured dark brown with a lasting beige/brown head. Aroma is fruity, spicy, yeasty and malty, heavy caramel. Flavor is spicy at first, then sugary caramel malt come rushing, then more dark fruits. sweet, alcohol finish. Heavy, full bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JawVer (39) - - JUN 23, 2012
12 oz Draft. Pours heavy dark brown with thin head. Coffee and chocolate flavors wonderfully cover up the high alcohol content.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
PhillyCraft (4239) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2012
Bottle, with Joe. Poured deep brown with beige head and loads of lacing. aromas of figs, apples, caramel malt, fruity esters. Taste was similiar with a more roasty fruit dominance and some belgian yeast. Finish is sweet and warming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerSkull (1368) - SWEDEN - JUN 16, 2012
Wonderfully tangy scent with hints of yeast, raisins, apples and fruit. The taste is the same with a soft tone and warming alcohol. One of the best Abt / Quadrupel I have ever tasted!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Habanero (3339) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - JUN 14, 2012
Bottled. Pours deep brown with a small, tan head, excellent of lacing left on the glassl. Nose of yeast, dark fruit: figs and plums. Sweet flavor with figs, plums, sweet apples and molasses. Full bodied, oily texture and soft carbonation. Great, long lasting finish with alcohol notes. An very nice and complex brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dpbjoyce (1) - Newhaven, East Sussex, ENGLAND - JUN 11, 2012 does not count
Bought a four pack from a supermarket in Belgium as something else to try. With hindsight I wish I had bought all their remaining stock. The flavour is of burnt toffee shot through with liquorish with a constant sweetish tang. I also compared it with a Westvleteren 12 which my partner was drinking. Were I trying these two in a blind tasting, I might just come down on the side of the Straffe Hendrik.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
txspartan (1000) - Berchem, BELGIUM - JUN 11, 2012
Very potent. High in alcohol, bit of a burn. Flavour somewhat like coffee and licorice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dEnk (4199) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUN 10, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2013 Bottle. Aroma is roasty malt, liquorice, fruity notes. Flavour is roasty liquorice, molasses, yeasty fruit, caramel and fruity and bready notes. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strykzone (5811) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUN 9, 2012
Bottle. This beer combines dark brown hues with the reds found in a cola. It sports a nice layer of tan foam that remains steady. A nose of rich dark malts and dark fruit. The first sip brings tasty fruit and then some more aggressive malts. Raisin is nice and grain is big as is nut bread. Alcohol is not tasted. This would be a very nice winter beer with the warming it provides.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
flip_soeperman (845) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 4, 2012
caramel, bread, citrus, spruce, earthy, brown, cloudy, white foam, minimal head, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, medium body, creamy, soft carbonation. Intensely flavoured with nice hoppy aroma. Quite different from other quadrupels, less heavy.

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