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

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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.


2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
DYCSoccer17 (3354) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 12, 2011
8 ounce sample on tap at Perfecto Lounge. The aroma on this is a little weird. Lightly tart and sour with some caramelly hints. I also detect some anise, and not much else. Not really what Iíd expect from a quad. Transparent ruddy mahogany body with a small, off-white head and decent lacing. Starts tart and lightly astringent. Becomes a little sweet towards the middle. Some molasses character is in there. Finishes a bit boozy with some more astringency. Not a big fan of this beer at all.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
illidurit (2172) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUN 4, 2011
Bottle shared at the May Santa Cruz tasting. Pours a dark cola color with a poofy tan head. Aromas of yeasty brown bread, candi sugar, vanilla, alcohol. Flavors of dark and red fruits with coriander, fruitcake, raisin, vanilla, licorice, and booze. A bit too hot and perfumey on the palate at 11 percent.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rune (8484) - TromsÝ, NORWAY - JUN 2, 2011
330ml bottle perfectly served at De Halve Maan. Very alluring with its deep, rosewood coloured body and patchy surface. Mid-sweet aroma of dark fruits. Blended taste profile of dark malts and dark fruits added by dark spices. Full bodied with warming alcohol. Good drinking early on a Monday (Brugge, 02.05.2011).

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Martinus (3049) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - JUN 2, 2011
Dark brown beer, beige head. Aroma of sweet malts, molasse, candy sugar, some roasted malts. Flavour rather sweet, dark fruits, some roasted malts. Some burnt malts bitterness. Quite restrained for its ABV. Finish bit sweet and burnt malts bitter. (From bottle @ Cafť Jos, Nijmegen)

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAY 31, 2011
Pours very dark with fresh spicy aromatics reminiscent of bath beads. A canopy of terminal velocity expands and sticks like a mary lou rettin face plant on the pony boy express. Medium nectar with good carbonation. Very rich and warming with flavors of coffee bean, plum, nectarine, brown sugar. Theres a defined acidity that really holds it all together balancing out all the sugar. The finish lingers long into the session. A classy ale indeed.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
altonbrownd (3681) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAY 30, 2011
Bottle from Bierparadijs. Dark brown body with nice foamy head. Sweet fruity nose of molasses. Taste is sweet, dark fruits, caramel and lots of alcohol. Pretty nice ABT, this one.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wlajwl (4053) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAY 29, 2011
Dark amber in color and hoppy in aroma and flavor. This was a very good Belgian, solid in every way.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GJF (1271) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - MAY 29, 2011
Pretty classic version of the style. Lots of layers of dark fruit flavors, bit of alcohol in the finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
flatmatt (1157) - Northville, Michigan, USA - MAY 28, 2011
330 mL bottle. Pours deep red with an off-white head. Strong aroma, difficult to identify, somewhere in the neighborhood of soy, dark fruit, vegetal, and cocoa. Similar flavor, a combination of red grape, cocoa, some peanut and mild oxidation tones. Itís an interesting beer to be sure, not bad.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (9594) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 27, 2011
330ml bottle (Bier Tempel, Bruges)
6 Pleasantly rich and roasty malts in the aroma, a touch of treacle toffee, but alas thereís some alcohol coming over too.
4 Deep reddy brown, but poured perfectly clear, initially a healthy light beige head, which settles to a ring, and finally disappears after maybe half an hour.
6 Full nettly retronasals, quite spicey and almost anaesthetic. Taste? Hmm, well, with the hops and the alchol this actually is anaesthetic - itís hard to pinpoint details. General feel is that of a rich, slightly burnt roast, and earthy bitterness.
4 Smooth sweet palate, short of slick. OK carbonation. Mouthfeel as I hinted at in the taste is a little numbing, the hops are tingling, and the alcohol compounds that. Finish is a little yeasty and earthy at first. Itís not unpleasant thought, and even has some coffee or burnt nutty aspects later (1-3 minutes after swallowing).
13 Theyíve pushed the boat out on the OG, and could have created a monster. Itís just kept sane, and ends up being pretty tasty, but lacking any wow features. In some ways being this tasty at 11% is a bit of wow. Itís the spiciness of the yeast combined with the biting bitterness of the hops and the, to me, high residual sugars that basically batters the booze into the ground and just says "donít ask, donít tell". Itís only the fools who look at the label who will know the truth.


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