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


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RATINGS: 856   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
M82 (469) - Kansas, USA - SEP 6, 2013
A well rounded and restrained quad offering initially distinct components which merge to create an enjoyably sweet and earthy ale from start to finish

A very deep mahogany body supports a 1", desaturated khaki head which falls to a thick, solid ring and thin continent producing thick yet fleeting, arcing peninsulas of lace
Smooth, well controlled candied sugars lead the way, introducing raisins, blueberries, figs, and prunes complimented by lighter, juicy sweet notes of apple and pear, married by dark caramel and molasses nuances, all rounded by a light finishing layer of milk chocolate on a smooth, medium body with restrained carbonation for the style, leaving a light, silky, sugary coating; residuals are a blended sense of the aromas and flavors with a building influence of clove and fruity ester finishing with a flair of alcohol warmth collaborating to communicate a sense of raw honey; I generally experience fall leaves and thanksgiving desserts, warm and sweet, but with a humble earthy character

11.2 oz notched best before bottle code L: c D 13 (which must be sometime in December of 2013) at 50º into 16oz Sade brandy snifter

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2013
Bottle from Ashley. Brownish pour with a beige head. Aroma is plums, carbonation, alcohol, and brown sugar. Taste is brown sugar, alcohol, crazy dark fruit, and yeast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PriorL (3069) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 26, 2013
33cl bottle. APPEARANCE: dark brown beer, small unstable beige head. NOSE: caramel, sweet, burned malts, little anise. TASTE: lots of alcohol, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, burned malts, molasses. Very decent beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
AndySnow (6789) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - AUG 25, 2013
How: Draught.
Where: De Republiek, Brugge.
Appearance: Dark red colour with a beige head.
Aroma: Caramel, spices, alcohol, malt, dark fruit.
Body: Watery body with rather low carbonation.
Flavour: Caramel, spices, alcohol, dark fruit.
Comment: Starts off good, but falls flat at the end. Would have been much better if it managed to last all the way through the sip, as it is it falls a bit short.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DSG (12170) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - AUG 23, 2013
Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks beerandbeyond. Dark brown color. Aroma of alcohol, malt, caramel and lots of dark fruits (prunes, plums and raisins). Sweet malty flavor with caramel, demerara sugar, a bit of molasses and lots of dark fruits. Medium-bodied, a bit heavy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
berntholer (1583) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - AUG 22, 2013
beige head, disappears fast, some lacing. dark-brown clear colour. aroma is boozy, dark fruit, raisins, esters, chocolate and spices. taste is boozy, spices, raisin, wood, candysugar with aftertaste of bitter chocolate, liquorice and vanilla. quite dense mouthfeel, soft carbonation, alcoholsweetness. much better than i expected. bottle 33 cl / lot B / best before jan-2016

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmac (5628) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 21, 2013
Poured a huge super tight foamy super light beige head over a super deep amber/brown body. Aroma is sweet, sugar, dark fruit, plums, prunes, raisins, dates, alcohol, dough, yeast, rotting banana, bubble gum, chocolate, bready. Flavor is solid, raisin, dates, chocolate, yeast, nutts, rotting bananas, bubble gum, slight slight alcohol. Palate was full, syrupy, and lighter carbonation. Great stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rok1024 (1273) - Maribor, SLOVENIA - AUG 13, 2013
Clear dark brown appearance, medium strong head. Inviting dark fruits and roasted malt aroma. Sweet with gentle bitter finish. Good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cwsample (163) - Texas, USA - AUG 10, 2013
Bottle from Fratto. Pours a dark caramel color with a thin light tan head. I can definitely smell the 11%. The taste is not overpowering at all, slightly sour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
makromaniak (157) - Tilburg, NETHERLANDS - AUG 7, 2013
Brownishred pour with an offwhite head. Taste is malts, caramel, sugar, dark fruit, bit of bitter and spices. Good brew.

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