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


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RATINGS: 849   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scrumpy369 (469) - Budapest, HUNGARY - APR 12, 2016
Bottle at importer. Very dark red colour with a longlasting white head. Nose of red berries. Taste is medium sweetness with some red fruity notes. Very nice brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AdolfoCC (168) - Veracruz, Veracruz, MEXICO - APR 8, 2016
UPDATED: APR 9, 2016 APARIENCIA: de color marrón intenso con destello rojizos a contraluz y se observa moderada actividad de carbonatación en el fondo. Corona de espuma color blanco, copiosa, de burbuja compacta y muy buen lacing. AROMA: notas de azúcares quemadas, caramelo, toffee, especias, frutos oscuros maduros, frutos rojos, notas de jerez, algo licorosa, se logra exhalar el alcohol. SABOR: notas de azúcares quemados, caramelo que se paladean bien, toffee, especias, notas de pan y plátano discretas, frutos oscuros ya maduros, algunos frutos rojos, notas de jerez, todo esto tiene buena permanencia en el paladar. El retrogusto un amargor leve, seco y no astringente, el alcohol se percibe al pasar la garganta de forma cálida sin llegar a ser agresivo. SENSACIÓN: El cuerpo es medio y se percibe moderada alta carbonatación en la lengua. RESUMEN: una excelente Belgian Quad, cumple bastante bien,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RickFifty (1020) - Fredrikstad, NORWAY - MAR 31, 2016
Deep mahogany brown color, frothy beige head. Ripe fruit nose, banana, vinegar, Belgian yeast, brown sugar. Sweet taste, over-ripe fruit, alcohol, Belgian yeast, hint of coffee. Unbalanced and below the standard of other well known quads. Full body, fizzy carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FrankZappa7 (432) - GERMANY - MAR 31, 2016
29-Mar-2016-0,33L Flasche. Dunkelbraun, hellbrauner Schaum.Aroma: Hefe, Karamell. Antrunk: Malz, Toffee, Portwein, Trockenpflaumen. Gut.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
PalCabral (159) - SWEDEN - MAR 29, 2016
Bottle from Vinmonopolet in Trysil. Pours brown with red tints and a quickly disappearing head. The aroma is enticing, dried fruits, chocolate, port wine. The taste is malty sweets, roasted malts and syrup of sugar. Yeasty flavors are certainly joining in making it a vinous mix, reminding me of a dessert wine. Delicious. Dangerously delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Schytte (47) - - MAR 28, 2016
Den dufter godt, fin skum/udseende & smagen er god - En glimrende belgisk øl.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
GoufCustom (1614) - HONG KONG - MAR 27, 2016

330 ml bottle bought at Gorgeous Wine & Cigar in Yuen Long.

Looks: Translucent Burgundy colour with a thin ring of yeast sediments; One finger head and crumpety light beige foam which lasts for 3 minutes; Beautiful sticky lacing with quite fizzy carbonation.

Aroma: Fragrant and sweet dark malt, with light roastyness, almonds, strong caramel, sticky toffee, very light coffee, chocolate, cream, sugar, moderate alcohol, strong Bel yeast and light grass.

Taste: Strong but pleasantly sweet dark malt, with moderate alcohol, light liquorices, plums, caramel, light toffee, Cola, chocolate, light coffee, sugar, strong Bel yeast, light lemon, moderate bitter hops and grass.

Body: Full body. Very creamy and slick palate.

Mouth Feel: Good dark maltyness in a rich, very smooth and silky background. Booze and sugar hit first but they do not scream nor warming, but rather in light touch and pleasant. Strong caramel mixed with Cola and light coffee. Quite yeasty and increasingly lemony to compliment the sweet booze. It’s simple but the balancing work out just fine. Easy and nice!

Booze and Sweetness: The 11% abv is well hidden all the time, very well-managed and no knock on whatsoever. Incredible! Sweetness is strong but never cloying, as if it’s from chocolate bar. Very neat!

Hoppiness: Light grass in nose. Lemon and light grass in taste; Bitterness is fairly strong for a lasting, mid-astringent sweet booze finish.

After Taste: Fairly dry. Sweet, creamy and quite bitter to mouth.

Comments: Like its 9° Tripel brother, this Quad is simple in aroma and taste. Yet its foundation is rock solid, with beautiful looks and heads, very creamy body, very pleasant sweet malt, hidden booze and hoppy finish. It may not be as complex or colorful as La Trappe Quadrupel, but it’s very nice for chilling out. Recommended!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ardeo (155) - Flémalle, BELGIUM - MAR 26, 2016
UPDATED: APR 5, 2016 Fles 33 cl. Brune très foncée. Mousse beige de belle tenue. Odeur surette style lambic et ses fruits noirs + café. Bouche : levure, aigre, piquante mais pas agressive, malt, alcooooool bien présent mais pas gênant. Longueur !!! Belle découverte pour moi d’une bière hyper complexe, surprenante à bien des égards. On en reparle ! :-) Ce qui est surprenant chez cette brune, c’est l’amertume comme pour une triple ! J’adore !

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Raymonnezza (13) - - MAR 17, 2016
Tasted at "brugs bertjie". Great beer of Bruges with a wonderful aroma. Good!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zarguon (15) - FINLAND - MAR 16, 2016
Aroma of malts, chocolate, dried fruits. The taste follows the aroma: fruity with citrus first in mind, chocolates, caramel, soft malts. Full mouthfeel. Alcohol slightly tasting but is fine in my opinion. One of the best beers I’ve ever had but I have to test this when totally sober.

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