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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 692   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stravale (2495) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - OCT 16, 2014
Bottle from Supervalu, Longford [161014]
Black with dark brown edges, big frothy tan head, good lacing
Aroma of dark fruits, touch of rum, soft sherry, interesting floral note, slight alcohol, complex
Taste of dark malts, some dark fruits, bit spicy, unusual perfume ester notes, getting some dark chocolate, dab of treacle, complex
Palate - Soft carb, medium to full body, smooth. Sweet palate. Finish as main flavour, soft sweet smooth dark malt finish
Overall - Alcohol really well hidden. Complex. Some interesting notes in this quad - different to others I’ve tried. Very good. Great to see this in the local supermarket.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kristall-König (2475) - Oldenburg, GERMANY - SEP 16, 2012
Tief dunkelmalziger, süßer Duft, Pflaume, Kaffee, Feige, sacht alkoholisch. Antrunk sehr vielschichtig, süßmalzig. Mitte Schokolade, Toffee, alkoholisch wärmend. Abgang schwer malzig, süß ausgeglichen, Früchte, prickelnd. Sehr, sehr gut.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrewBoxer (2449) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 16, 2014
Draft at cedar grove NYC. Surprised to see it. Deep blackish purplish color. Head fades. Taste is sweet and syrupy with boozy finish

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
armando629 (2448) - Budapest, HUNGARY - NOV 19, 2011
0,33 l bottle, bought in Amsterdam.
Clear mahagony colored ale with a medium creamy tan head that melts down to a fine lacing one. Intensive herbal aroma with fruity alcohol, cherries, raisins, liqueric, herbs like thyme, cocoa and cinnamon, nutmeg. Oh my god, complex aroma - what about the flavor? Medium, easier bodied than expected. Herbal character with a caramel-toasted cocoa some coffee in the background, spicies. Integrated chaos in the flavor. Cherries and tobacco, earth and herbs, thyme again with some candy sugar. Herbal aftertaste. Very complex, fantastic!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorwart (2439) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - AUG 15, 2012
Nice strong milk chocolate colored head of fine and dense bubbles. Rich malty aroma with some milk chocolate, sweet malts, raisins and plums. Color is a deep mahagony brown. Lively mouthfeel with more raisins, caramel malts and a feint hint of tart cherry. Light alcohol presence which is quite surprising for an 11% brew. Surprisingly dry finish with lingering sweet malts and alcohol warming. A pretty good brew.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
glennmastrange (2431) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Bottle. Heavy bread, nutty and milk chocolate for the malt, moderate cooked orange for the hops, dough for the yeast, with raisin, dried cherry, wood, toffee, bourbon, with a hint of vinegar and a faint mix of baking spices. Head is small, frothy, light tan with thin slippery lacing and good legs, and is almost fully diminishing to a small ring. Color is clear burgandy. Flavor starts moderately to heavily sweet and finishes moderately to heavily sweet and lightly bitter. Palate is medium to full, syrupy with a flat to soft carbonation, and finishes lightly alcoholic. Though hugely complex it’s a very malty and sweet Quadrupel, it’s just that the sweetness isn’t balanced by any acidity or enough bitterness.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Shaney (2425) - Köln / Cologne, GERMANY - NOV 3, 2011
#1221 Dunkelbraunes Bier mit ordentlich Schaum dank viel CO2. Erstaunlich frischer Antrunk trotz des hohen Alkgehalts. Geschmacklich wie im Aroma hefig-säuerlich, leicht rezent, recht langweilig. Wärmend im Abgang durch den Alkohol. Gut trinkbar, aber insgesamt zu sehr Mainstream. Boring!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brandman (2417) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 5, 2013
Brown body, bit grey and white head. Aroma raisins sweet chocolate and cola malt. Alcohol and port wine like flavours. Fruits and alcohol.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
evergreen0199 (2387) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2011
Bottle bought at Noel Cuveliers, Poperinge, Belgium. A dark brown/red coloured pour with a healthy off white head on top. Dark fruit, caramel aroma. Tastes of caramel initially, dark fruit, sweet, yeasty, malty, spice, boozy, bit syrupy and hard to finish though..

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2379) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 16, 2012
orange hued brew with off white amber head. sweet and mildly fruity with essence of malt it is nearly cloyingly sweet but the fruit keeps it interesting. slick and chewy it is demonstrative and fine beer. sneaky little number.


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