Abijen (2512) - ’s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - JUN 6, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a beautiful black beer with a good white head. Smells like red wine and sweet. Pretty nice. Taste is quite nice. A bit licorice and chocolate. The palate is perfect with this one.
adnielsen (10490) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 5, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ home aged probably 18 months since purchasing in Colorado. Not sure I ever had Straffe Hendrik while in Bruges but excited to have it now. Pours a somewhat murky brownish appearance with a thin but decent light brown head. Quite rich woody/bourbon-esque, spicy, dark chocolate, herbal, moderately dark fruity aroma that is very interesting. Chewy yeasty, tangy, big raisin, plum, blueberry, toffee, chocolate, rich candy sugar flavor. Fun to drink. Would buy again.
Valgreen (768) - DENMARK - MAY 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at chp beer festival, 25 / 5 2013. Clear dark brown, small head. Aroma off raisins, plums, wine. Taste like plums, raisins, some sweetness, bread, wine, yeast. Spicy bitter finish
KombatAle (129) - New Brunswick, CANADA - MAY 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured amber/dark color with a white head. Aromas of dark fruit, brown sugar, yeast and caramel. Very nice ale.
dnicolaescu (2052) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - MAY 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Head: beige, medium, frothy, avg. retention. Colour: deep amber-brown, almost black.
Aroma: tropical fruit, grapes, fresh and minty hops and a fair amount of sharp vodka-like alcohol. Taste: rather sweet, licorice, rather bitter and spicy with a quite brutal alcoholic note.
PeatyPete (953) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 9, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Red-brown color. Foam vanished quickly. First sip brings a smile on my face. Warming and delicious. Slightly sweet and tastes of ripe plums and raisins.
jookos (5604) - FINLAND - MAY 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Dark brown. Caramel, yeasty belgian esters. Body is medium full, a bit of roasted malts. Dark fruits, belgian yeast. Ok, but not as soft as expected.
caesar (6685) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 7, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Clear dark ruby brown color, big lasting brown head. Aroma of caramel malt, loads of special B, raisin. Slight metallic, spicy belgian yeast. Quite malty taste, medium sweet, dry, drying alcohol. Burns a bit. Too alcoholic basicly.
picterminus (2) - Georgia, USA - MAY 6, 2013 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Better for cold, winter weather. Raisin or fig aroma and flavors, sweet notes. Heavy but smooth.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
In short: An Belgian Abt (fruity, etc.) that is more roasted than usual. Good.
How: Bottle 330ml. Consumed approximately 6 months after purchase.
The look: Cloudy dark mahogany body topped by a medium fizzy dark-beige head quickly dissipating to a persistent layer of foam leaving lots of lacings on the glass.
In long: Nose is estery, raisin pie, overcooked dark fruits, burnt pasty. Taste is burnt crusty raisin pie, crunchy roasted grains, Fig Newton™ cookies, a peppery spiciness, overcooked caramel, dehydrated prunes, black pepper spiciness, trappist-style yeast sensation. No alcohol presence whatsoever which was nice. Relatively low sweetness sensation for its style and size. Generous carbonation, maybe a little too generous considering the body wasn’t as full and rich as a 11% quad should be. The beer has many characteristics of a typical abbey Quad except that it is more roasted, it felt as roasted as many roasted imperial stouts I’ve had. A good beer but just average for the style, although I was told more recent batches have improved, will eventually try again. And I just try to express my honest opinions here despite those people who say I’m just an hypocrite who lies all the time, and I have the outmost respect for these people and wish them all the best.