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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: 688   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.


4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
rivertranced (25) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 10, 2012
Beautiful beer. Draft at Cheeky Monk, proper glassware. Poured a really nice had which persisted throughout the session. Lovely, sweet nose. Flavor was big yet very approachable, none of the wild notes I sometimes find in Belgian strongs. Compared next to St Bernardus 12 and preferred the nose and palate of this one. Delightful!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 10, 2012
Bottle. Poured a clear ruddy brown color. The head was exuberant and tan with good retention. Dark fruits, clove, hay, alcohol, and a dash of brown sugar in the nose. Medium bodied and slightly sweet up front. Dry and earthy at the end with prickly carbonation and a warming alcohol effect.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (6660) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 3, 2012
Bottle. Head is initially large, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting. Body is medium to dark orange-brown. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (caramel, toasted nuts, roasted grain), lightly hoppy (flowers, apricot), lightly yeasty (cobwebs, basement), with notes of orange peel and coriander. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, velvety/watery texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. All in all better than expected. The aroma is a bit mild and nothing more exciting than "pleasant", but it is indeed enjoyable. And the mouth experience is quite pleasing considering the style. All too often quads are hard to drink due to being too sweet and/or syrupy and/or alcoholic. Or even sometimes too light and watery with some native Belgian examples where too much candy sugar is used in place of malt. But this one is in a nice little sweet spot with respect to flavor balance and mouthfeel...it’s frighteningly quaffable but does not forsake body and malt richness, which is a rare quality. Maybe just a tad watery, but all things considered it avoids the pitfalls inherent with the style well. And on the tongue, the 11% seems much more like 8 or 9%. Not a "wow" rendition but well done.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Embrouille (2831) - SWITZERLAND - FEB 3, 2012
Bottled 33cl. Tall head. Demerara and banana are most present in the nose. Sweet. Residual sugars in the finish which is reminiscent of caramel, earthy hops and raisins. Mediocre.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
libertine (283) - rochester hills, Michigan, USA - FEB 2, 2012
pours very dark copper color with a nice light brown head.aroma is sweet and floral.very complex flavours going on,raisins,caramel,malt,hops and a slight grapefruit undertone to it.nicely carbonated with a fizzy dry finish.overall this is very nice.for a quadrupel i was expecting something more sweet with a heavy presence of alchohol.more hopped than i was expecting and for 11 percent the alchohol doesnt stand out but complements all the other flavours.wasnt what i was expecting and im glad i tried this one

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
brew3crew (166) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 28, 2012
Smells like Belgian candy sugar. Taste isn’t too far off the nose. So smooth and delicious

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
LomYst (620) - Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 26, 2012
aroma has malts, candy!, caramel, dark fruits....taste is sweet, very sweet, sour hints shine trough at the end... lovely complex bittersweet finish, with lots of caramel and malts... nice but a bit to sweet for me

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bbbeer (592) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 24, 2012
Deep dark brown with overly large and unwelcome head. Aroma is malty, yeasty, sugary. Full body without much noticeable alcohol. Flavor is complex, brown sugar/malt, dark fruit, bread, dry but not overly so finish that is almost a little tannic. Very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsberg (10618) - Søborg, DENMARK - JAN 20, 2012
Bottled. Dark amber coloured. Unclear. Dense beige head. Dark ripe fruits, alhohol, Brown sugar, caramel in aroma. Flavour af ripe fruits alcohol caramel Spice. Medium to full bodied. Fruity, sweetness ans alcoholdense end.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
neur0 (952) - GERMANY - JAN 20, 2012
(Flasche) Es hat eine dunkle, rotbraune Farbe, ist leicht trüb und hat eine bräunliche Schaumkrone. Das Aroma ist sehr malzig, leicht fruchtig aber trotzdem schwer. Der Geschmack ist stark, leicht vollmundig und schwer. Er ist ein bisschen erdig, sehr grünmalzig, adstringierend und die Karbonisierung ist sehr stark. Ein bisschen Bittere bleibt im Nachgeschmack hängen, so wie ein bisschen vom Erdigen. Alles in allem ist es lecker, aber nicht mehr als eins am Stück.


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