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

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RATINGS: 692   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nike (966) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2011
12oz bottle, I’m usually not a quad fan, but this beer is the stuff. Complexity in this beer that is for sure. Fruits, citrus, caramel, pepper flavors, big 11%abv. Well-balanced, interesting good taste. Long finish, warming sensation. I would highly recommend.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (21261) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - NOV 17, 2011
Bottled at Pressklubben, Stockholm. Vinous nose with white pepper and cocoa. Mid sweet with slimmed body and rounded mouthfeel. Very vinous, fruity and rather intensely warming. Caramelly malt foundation with honey and clover. Warming finish with peppery alcohol. Like a fun mix of mead, unwooded chardonnay and chocolate sauce.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NederSaks (3) - Doetinchem, NETHERLANDS - NOV 16, 2011 does not count
33cl bottle. Drinking temperature:15˚C. Pours brownred with good head. Aroma full of prunes. Thin body for 11% ABV. Sweetish, sparkling, light chocolate. Alcohol well hidden. I love the label that delivers what it promises: an obscure, dark beer,strong in taste, heavy on alcohol. Good beer!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bosskie (587) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 16, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2013 Pitch black with red glow and with a greyish head and nice carbonation. Reddish hints when held up to the light. Chocolate citric breadiness with hints of fruits, white pepper and cardamom. Some wood and leather and a touch of metal.. A solid smell. Stout-like bitterness with a nice watery finish, Coffee bitterness. Hints of apples and pears. Nicely fizzy with metallic tones and liquorice. Delicious!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
oldrtybastrd (3222) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2011
Pours a nice cola colored brown. Aromas of dark malts, fruit, and a touch of spice. Has flavors of chocolate, caramel, and a touch of wood.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jaghana (4632) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - NOV 13, 2011
Bottle 33cl, a dark beer with a creamy and huge head. Nose is spicy and bubble gum like with dark malt notes. Aroma is malty, spicy, chocolate and brown malt notes with vinous hints, apricot and licorice notes, good quadruple complex and good brown notes.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - NOV 12, 2011
Bottle. Poured a dark brown color with a pillow tan head. Left a lot of floaters in the beer. Lots of lacing left behind as well. Aroma was dark fruit, figs and plums. Flavor was amazing. Fruits, apples, figs and molasses. Alcohol was a non factor. Long finish. Great, great beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
thegreenrooster (3533) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 12, 2011
Pour is a dark brown with a average tan head. Aroma is a outstanding dark plum and candi sugar. Sugar plums dancing? Flavor is sweet dark fruit with some wine like qualities. Booze is there but not over the top. Finish has lots of brown sugar, fruit and even a little hoppyness comes out. This was a very tasty and powerful sipping beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rand (1297) - SWITZERLAND - NOV 11, 2011
Bottle 33 cl from Le Grain d’Orge - Neuchâtel (CH). Brown with huge foam, complex aromas of fruit and alcohol, chocolate and caramel. Liqueur-like mouth, roasted and chocolate malt, round and sweetened. There are spices, hints of vanilla, pepper, raisin, burnt sugar, confectioner’s shop, and plum-pear. Finish in silky, moderate bitterness and warmth of alcohol. Nice.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
77ships (5402) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - NOV 5, 2011
33 cl. bottle @ home \ this one is a quad from the Halve Maan (Half Moon) brewery from Bruges, they are apparently the only brewery in the centre of Bruges which is a fact that they stress frequently in their advertisement \ I still remember drinking Brugse Zot by them back when it was still rather unknown and better than now days, still much better on draft than in a bottle, these days this brewery has been really cranking it, they seem to have a pretty good pr & distribution \ I keep seeing their beers everywhere and lots of people seem to them know at least by name \ I have seen this one quite frequently but not being particularly impressed by their other beers so far, I have mostly passed this one by so far \ After I saw it at the local supermarket, I decided to get a bottle \ It pours a amber/brown with a nice ruby glow and a beige head \ Smells very sweet with caramel, lots of sweet winter spices and touch of winter herbs, caramelised raisins, overripe dark fruits, caramelised malt and superglue \ Taste is lots of slightly bitter, fermenting dark fruits, very heavy on the spices and strongly herbal as well, lots of raisins, spoiled grapes & spicy yeast, touch of plastic in there as well, alcohol in the finish \ Body is rather light especially given the strength and alleged style plus it is also sparkling \ This one is clearly not a quad, the use of that term is 100 % marketing this is a middling to slightly below average Strong Dark Belgian Ale, not particularly impressive as have been the other offerings that I have tried so far from this brewery but not necessarily terrible or bad even just a bit too much lowest common abominator


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