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

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common

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common

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RATINGS: 608   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
obguthr (4072) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - SEP 15, 2011
Boysenberry and toffee nose. Clear garnet brown, thin tan head. Rich toffee and treacle flavor. Tasteful alcohol presence for a quad. A whisper of peat and oak is there. Boysenberry and plum skin finish. Good transitions, full flavored, full body. A very nice quad.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jfb (4069) - Freising, GERMANY - SEP 14, 2011
(bottle) pours a slightly hazy dark ruby colour with a frothy off-white head. aroma of dates, wheat, white pepper, grapes and earth. flavour is dark fruits, powdered sugar and caramel over a strong alcoholic backdrop, with a light to medium sweetness. heavy-bodied with average carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
maley1 (806) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 11, 2011
Dark brownish red pour with large fluffy tan head. Aroma of caramel, malt, dark fruit and alcohol. Taste of burnt sugar, caramel, fig and a definite alcohol warmth present. A little too boozy on the dry finish, good beer though.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drake (8981) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - SEP 10, 2011
Bottled sample at the 2nd Annual Top of the Hops Charlottesville, VA beer festival, 9/10/11. Pours a slightly hazy copper-brown color with a medium sized brown head. Decent head retention. Aroma of berries, cherries and brown sugar. The taste is big brown sugar notes, toffee, berries, bready notes and a spicy finish. Medium bodied. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mansquito (3549) - Nueva York, New York, USA - SEP 10, 2011
NDB, NY 11.2oz ($4): Pours a reddish brown that is nearly opaque; it is covered by a pretty head that leaves a thick lacing. Aroma has the Belgian yeast, plenty of fruitiness, and a whiff of liqueur. This is kind of a mellow quad. Fortunately not too sweet and also the alcohol is well covered up and becomes apparent only in the aftertaste a tad. Hops are really on the down low. Dark fruit is most prominent. Leaves a sort of sticky feel in the mouth, but is very palatable in general. Not really the most complex quad in the world though.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kollinski (5) - - SEP 10, 2011 does not count
Strong alcohol percentage, with it’s 11% Although I am not a dark beer favourite, it has a great taste (not too much coffee taste)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (5061) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - SEP 7, 2011
Bottle: The aroma consists of dark fruits, chocolate, candi sugar, spice, and light alcohol. It pours a dark reddish-brown with some transparency when held to the light and two finger khaki head with decent retention. There is some sporadic dotting for lacing. The flavor starts with dark fruits and candi sugar. The finish has some spice, faint sweet citrus notes, and initially just a hint of alcohol. As it warms, the alcohol intensifies. The alcohol isn’t overbearing or necessarily hot, but it could be toned down a touch. It’s medium bodied with lively carbonation that manages to come across more soft than prickly. Overall, a tasty Quad, but not up there with the elites.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
back (1329) - Holstebro, DENMARK - SEP 6, 2011
Aroma: slik gær rosin citron lime Ud.: kaffesort E.smag: sød moderat bitter lidt Krop:fuld For.:cremet Brus:blød 75cl 31/5 @døe ho

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cbfobes (2342) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - SEP 5, 2011
Poured from bottle, pours a burnt amber with a red hue in the light and a thin head, the aroma is of candy sugar with dark fruit and plum, the flavor is of dark fruit on the front end with a little bit of alcohol burn in the finish, nothing out of this world but still enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichardGretton (4292) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2011
Bottle. Reddish brown beer with a strong brownish head. The aroma is roasted and malty, and the flavour is quite deeply spiced with a gingerness about it and a bitter roasted and malty finish. Overall a reasonable strongly malty and spiced beer.


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