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

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RATINGS: 655   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cards04 (2060) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 8, 2013
A great quad. Pours a dark deep brown. Aromas of rich dark fruit. Raisin and fig. Lots of vinous and fresh grape aromas. Nice sweet malty flavors. Dark fruit and grapes. Delicious.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jerohen (2048) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - MAR 6, 2011
Bottled from Burg Bieren, Ermelo. Tasted side by side with La Trappe Quadrupel and Bush de Noel. Brown colored, medium head. Malty nose, liquorice, some hops. Quite bitter flavor, some liquorice again, later on hops take over, resulting in a bitter finish. Obvious ethanol presence. This quadrupel differs from the others in many ways, e.g. in color, but also the malty liquorice nose and, most obviously, the hopbitter finish. Difference isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but taken together the flavors in this quadrupel seem a lot more imbalanced than in its two competitors. Does it have aging potential? I actually wouldn’t know, let’s wait and see. For the time being, i’ll stick to the world class quadrupels from La Trappe and Bush.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfinney23 (2045) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2014
Pours dark brown with only a thin wispy head, which doesn’t seem right. Maybe a bad seal or it got shorted on the yeast? Fantastic caramel and plum aroma hits even before lifting the glass. Taste is similar with hints of roasted coffee. Feels a bit flat. Will definitely need to sample another bottle.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tide (2003) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUL 19, 2013
Bottle at bar. Dark brown color, beige head. Bitter taste with citrus, ripe fruits, earthy notes, nuts and plum. Bittersweet finish with ripe fruits and citrus. Excellent quadruppel.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DalzAle (2001) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAR 10, 2014
Bottle. Clear dark brown pour, lasting rich dark head and an aroma of raisins, plums and noticeable alcohol. Flavor is nice rich plums, creamy dark malt, toffee and finished with some clover and alcohol. Pretty solid and worth the $4/bottle.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
minutemat (1986) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2014
330ml bottle from Les Crepes de Sophie, Shrewsbury. Pours very dark brown with decent head. Rich, dark and strong tasting with soothing hints of chocolate and a swirling complexity that brings malts, raisins, brown sugar and a teasing sweetness. Exceedingly drinkable given it’s a belting 11%, with light touches of flavours that are in no way overpowering like some of its quadruple brethren. Lovely stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryanfolty (1977) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - MAR 13, 2013
March 13, 2013 - bottle from Randalls. Dark brown pour with big head that lasted and lacing. Aroma was dark fruit, yeast, spice and sweet malt. Wow super sweet sugary start, then gets spicy, moves into the dark fruit and finishes with some dry alcohol. This is not subtle, the flavors are in your face.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Trev (1975) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 26, 2011
ruby brown pour with a thin tan head. aroma is dark fruits, yeasty, brown bread, candy sugar. flavour is dark fruit, some spiciness, molasses. Body is a bit lighter than expected.

3.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
ShivanDragon (1957) - 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

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheCametron (1916) - CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 14, 2012
Bottle. Brown red with a nice off-white head. Aroma of Candy and spice. Flavour has brown sugar, plums and spices. The alcohol is rampant. Sets your chest cavity alight. Very nice though.


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