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

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RATINGS: 559   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HenrikSoegaard (10530) - Randers, DENMARK - FEB 6, 2011
UPDATED: APR 11, 2011 Bottle. Frothy off-white good mostly deminishing head. Red-amber colour. Heavy malty and light hoppy powerfull yeasty aroma. Great plumb nótes. Moderate bitter flavor. Nice powerfull fruity notes. Long great finish. Creamy palate.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
saxo (14044) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 3, 2011
Bottle @ Den tatoverede enke. Nice head with medium duration. Color is brown. Aroma and taste are rich fruits, malt, caramel, spices, malt and hops.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (20714) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 30, 2011
Bottle at Den Tatoverede Enke. Cloudy red brown coloured with a small off-white ehad. Sweet and fruity aroma of caramel, dried fruits and spices with notes of citrus. Sweet and fruity flavour of caramel, dried fruits and spices with notes of hops, yeast and citrus. Hoppy finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (31178) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JAN 29, 2011
33 cL bottle. Pours dark brown with a deep amber glare and a small off-white head. Aroma is spiced and slight yeasty to phenolic. Sweet fruity, light caramelish malty and mild bitterness. Spiced and malty finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
BelgBeerGeek (1297) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JAN 9, 2011
head: white
colour: dark brown/yellow
smell: alcohol, candy, almunds, raisins
taste: malty/bitter start, caramelised pineapple, oranges, semi-dry, yeasty, grassy aftertaste

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pilif (23) - zedelgem, BELGIUM - DEC 8, 2010
A FULL BODIED QUADRUPPEL THE COLOR IS VERY DARK THE TASTE BEGINS SWEET AND ENDS WITH A LITTLE BIT BITTERNESS 11 ° VOL

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wimpie133 (380) - Brugge, BELGIUM - SEP 19, 2010
Tap, 25 cl @ Brugs Bierfestival. Dark brown beer with a medium creamy beige head, perfectly tapped (!), nice lacing. Aroma is quite similar to the Straffe Hendrik Tripel: malty, with some hops and sweetness included, dark fruits are extra to the Quadrupel. The taste at first sight also: strong malty taste, light sweet beer, grassy finish of hops. But the further you drink, the more comes to the foreground: instead of malts you discover these are roasted malts, a caramel taste on the background, dark fruits are also coming to the foreground. The Quadrupel has the same specific taste as the Tripel (or you are fan who likes this taste or you aren’t), but has so much more to serve you. Excellent choice, this quadrupel! (btw: excellent beer for my 300th rating!)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sayravai (4673) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 12, 2010
(Draught) Deep, dark ruby with a medium, creamy and lacy, beige head. Sweetish and dark-fruity nose with anise-clove spiciness. Flavor is anise-coriander-spicy with sweetish maltiness and brown sugar, and roasted malt in the finish. Alcohol is well hidden. Quite full-bodied, sticky and lightly syrupy palate with medium carbonation. The house flavor (that I’m not a fan of) is definitely there, but there is so much else going on, that it is not disturbing. A quite well made and clean quad. 6437

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JorisPPattyn (7907) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 12, 2010
Draught Beautiful garnet-red to brown beer with a dense, mango-yellow head. Chestnuts roasted with waffles syrup, and amandine/rosewater smell. Sweet, sweet, almondy and rosewater, perfumed. Seen the glacial serving temperature, the syrupy taste & feel must be horrifying warming up, but I have to admit to have passed that test. Sticky, syrupy, oversweet, powerful body. The serious alcoholcontent makes the perfumed overload to be nearly unpalatable. Ouch.


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