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

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RATINGS: 550   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   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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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kermis (4922) - The Hague, - NOV 18, 2012
Draft at Huppel. Pours brown with a small tan head. Aroma of sweet malt, burnt sugar, dark fruit, licorice and raisins. Flavour is heavy sweet and light bitter. Full bodied with soft carbonation.


4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
leghorn99 (5) - Livorno, ITALY - AUG 22, 2014 does not count
Dal colore marrone scuro con riflessi rosso rubino; schiuma abbondante, fine, cremosa e di buona persitenza. Aroma molto complesso, con prevalenza di fruttato (frutti rossi, mirtilli, ribes, more), accompagnato da picchi di caffè tostato e malto, con avvertenze liquorose. Al palato si mostra ancora di ottima complessità, sapori di frutti rossi (ciliegie), uva passa, frutti di bosco; il tutto è accompagnato da sapori leggermente tostati e frutta sotto spirito, buonissima la presenza liquorosa con sentori di Porto. Retrogusto lungo, buona carbonazione. Ottima produzione del birrificio de Halve Maan, e ottima anche la concorrenza ad altre produzioni di pari categoria.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
reynaldg (20) - - AUG 21, 2014
Couleur chocolat, mousse tinté mais peu persistante, arôme malt, pain d'épice et alcool puissant ! Corps étrangement "léger" pour cette bière rassasiante et riche en bouche ! Saveur puissante de fruit rouge et surtout de zan... Un bon dessert alcoolisé ! --- Couleur chocolat, mousse tinté mais peu persistante, arôme malt, pain d'épice et alcool puissant ! Corps étrangement "léger" pour cette bière rassasiante et riche en bouche ! Saveur puissante de fruit rouge et surtout de zan... Un bon dessert alccolisé !

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ottarfs (1) - NORWAY - AUG 19, 2014 does not count
Incredibly tasty and aromatic beer. Like a meal in itself, absolutely loved it!

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GLeboutte (4) - BELGIUM - AUG 18, 2014 does not count
C’est ma meilleure bière du monde, supérieure selon moi à la Westvleteren 12. Elle est riche et forte, complexe, elle a de la douceur et de la finesse, et une forte personnalité. Avec ses 11 degrés d’alcool, il ne faut pas se tromper de moment pour la déguster ! This is my best beer in the world, in my opinion superior to the Westvleteren 12. It is rich and strong, complex, it has softness and delicacy, and a strong personality. And 11 degrees of alcohol, so choose carefully the right time to drink it!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vestergaard (300) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - AUG 17, 2014
Tap at Fermentoren Aarhus. The pour is clear, dark reddish brown with a big, tan head. Aroma has lots of dark dried fruits like plums, dates and figs. Also banana, toffee and a mild roast is present. Taste has a little licorice, but is carried by the same sweet fruits and caramel notes. Despite that, the licorice and freshness from the fruits are balancing it out quite nicely. Full body and medium to low carb. Pretty good, and maybe even underrated quad(compared to others) imo.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
mikske79 (1096) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - AUG 16, 2014
Ik drink normaal graag quadruple, maar dit was toch niet echt mijn smaak. Dan zijn er veel betere

3.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EithCubes (4818) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 16, 2014
Bottle, 11.2 oz. Nose is wonderfully quaddish, heavy dark malt overflowing with raisin and plum, sweet with fainter hints of cherry and smoke, fainter still the pear and peach, small touch of booze. Pours deep, dark red-brown with a very short, ephemeral tan head. Taste strongly sweet, all of the above with brown sugar in droves and a firmer sense of the alcohol involved, edging up into fume territory but not staying long, warming slowly and deliberately, hinting at port. Medium-full body with simple mouthfeel, not fizzy but the carb is short, and the malt depth isn’t bottomless; very sugary but also picking up some light bitterness by the finish. Doesn’t have massive complexity, and cloys at anything other than a snail’s pace, but a lot of intense flavor and fun.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Lele (104) - Padova, ITALY - AUG 15, 2014
Ottima quadrupel. Dal colore marrone scuro con riflessi rosso rubino. Schiuma abbondante, persistente e fine, leggermente marroncina. L’aroma mi ha lasciato interdetto: nei primi minuti si sentiva molto la polvere. Confido che non sia quello proprio della birra, quanto un difetto della bottiglia o del modo in cui mi è stata servita. A metà bicchiere ho avvertito però del piacevole liquoroso, nonché del buon maltato e fruttato. In bocca si avvertono soprattutto sentori di Porto, uva passa e prugna. Al primo Nella prima parte del sorso è una vera esplosione di sapori (fruttato, ma subito dopo il Porto). Leggero tostato nel finale. Retrogusto abbastanza persistente. Carbonizzazione notevole, ma non eccessiva. Non va assolutamente bevuta appena tolta dal frigo, come del resto ogni Quadrupel.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jmikolich (1446) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2014
Bottle from Heinens shared with Brett, yeah it smells like dirt, and tastes very odd finishes dry and quickly with no lingering fruits or anything. I guess thats what their intent was but not all that enjoyable, alcohol is warming so thats a plus and it looks quad like.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gEUS (1023) - Linden, BELGIUM - AUG 14, 2014
Bottle. Pours cloudy intense yellow with a steady head. Aroma is deeply malt, clearly pasteurised. Body is quite light to medium for a quadruple. Taste is a bit of green hops, but also a light sour yoghurt pinch. A mediocre Belgian beer, 13 in a dozen. On the plus side, the alcohol warmth is well hidden.


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