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

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common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 849   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maekchu (3460) - Hirakata, JAPAN - JAN 23, 2013
Bottle at sampling session. From notes. Prunes, candi sugar, and some grassiness in the nose. Very cola-like. Mid palate is a bit harsh and unrefined. Has quite a kick. Drinkable, indeed. But not the best of quads.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jow (3447) - New York, USA - JUL 9, 2011
On tap @ Get Real NY Belgian Fest. This was downstairs kinda by itself but real glad I found it. Smells great of port wine and dark fruits. tastes of sweet yet burnt sugar, cherries, plums, and other dark fruits, caramel, wood, nuts, and finishes boozy. Remind myself to grab this beer again come winter.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BenH (3438) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 7, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown with tan head. Aroma of dried3d fruits, belgian yeast esters. Taste of dark fruits, toffee, yeast and nuts. Sweet and bitter, not really my bag.

3.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
ShivanDragon (3426) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - DEC 9, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2012 bruin zwart na inschenken, mooie goede volle wit/bruine schuimkraag, die echter wel redelijk snel slinkt. maar niettenin, de eerste punten zijn al binnen.
Inmiddels ruikt de kamer al sterk naar het aroma van hout, koffie, chocolade, mout, caramel en fruit. Weer extra punten erbij.
smaak: en daar worden punten op verloren, jammer: medium zwaar bitter, gebrand mout(caramel) zeer hoppig, koriander. overriujp fruit volle body, volmoutig
afdronk redelijk bitter, droog.
totaan de aroma goed, daarna wordt het snel minder, helaas

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nilsas (3425) - Bryne, NORWAY - JAN 15, 2016

Lukt: Frukter, rosiner, Malt og vanilje.
Utseende: Mørk brun, nesten sort.
Skum/kullsyre: Tykt skum.
Smak: Rosiner, frukter, noe sprudlende.
Hvor: Kjøpt@VP Bryne, Nydt@Hjemme.
Medium: Flaske@330ml, ABV@11%, Når@15.01.2016
Kommentar: Fin kveldskos.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bartlebier (3408) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - APR 16, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2013 33cl, BB 11/2015. - Pours an unctuous dark brown/purple with solid off-white head. Aroma is is an aromatic and port-like syrup of sweet dark fruits. Taste is immensely layered as you would expect of a quadruple, ranging from intital malt and dark fruit sweetness with heavy alcohol to coffee roast dryness and pronounced hop spice shifting to take centre stage as it warms. Strange effervescence for a beer this heavy. Depending on your drinking needs of the evening, you could dub this mix willfully complex or dramatically confused. What remains is a unique and artfully crafted mahogani master of a quad.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drjay44 (3407) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUN 17, 2011
750 ml. bottle. Pours a medium, lasting beige head, with some lacing, over a clear reddish brown (SRM 20) body....nose is raisin, cherry, toffee/caramel, cola....taste is dried cherry, raisin, bit of allspice, finishing slightly astringent...mouth feel light, sticky, alcohol heat present, carbonation adds a pleasant spritz.This meets the style. It is not as rich as some, the alcohol is a bit too obvious, and complexity is on the light side. BJCP 7/3/14/4/7

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
teddybeer (3406) - Madrid, SPAIN - JAN 8, 2012
33cl bottle. Dark brown colour with a good formation of tan head but quickly diminishes in a thin layer. Aroma has chocolate hints, slightly spiced, toasted malts and caramel. Flavour is bready, with brown sugar trace,s sweet and chocolate at the beginning. Dense on palate, the final is long and with candy sugar taste although also slightly bittery too. Carbonation is soft. Body is high. Texture is oily.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tommann (3347) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2015
330ml bottle, best before Nov 13. Pours very dark brown with a medium head. Aroma is raisin, caramel and molasses. Slightly vinous. Taste has caramel and red wine. Lots of dark red fruits. Slightly burnt finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Serving: 11.2 oz. bottle at Fire Works Leesburg. It pours a hazy brown color with a dense, light tan head. the nose is slightly spicy with light Belgian yeast notes, and a hint of banana. The flavor takes a mellow malt route with some dried fruit, dusty yeast notes, dried banana, and light bubble gum. Medium bodied with high carbonation and a slightly dry finish thanks to the high ABV. A solid quad.


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