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


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RATINGS: 725   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (12968) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 29, 2011
Bottle shared by Marcus. Pours hazy dark brown with a four finger creamy beige head. Aroma of herbs and dark fruits. Full bodied. Flavor of dates andplums. Mild heat. Mouthwatering. Aged malts and earthy hops. Delicious.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
argo0 (12515) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 31, 2011
75cl bottle, thanks peregrinari. Small beige head atop cola body. Aroma is moderately sweet, cherry/raisin, caramel, banana, orange, light alcohol. Taste is sweet, prune/cherry, some alcohol, banana, caramel, light orange. Medium-full body, fairly sticky.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (12420) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2011
Bottle. Poured a clear reddish brown color with an average to large frothy light brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy dark fruit, Belgian yeast and alcohol aroma. Medium body with a smooth sticky texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy dark fruit sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Solid complex brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (12367) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 19, 2011
(33cl bottle) Pours a brown body with a medium beige head. Aroma of yeast, earth, raisins, coriander, maple, banana, and caramel. Flavor of raisins, yeast, coriander, caramel, and orange.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerhunter111 (12343) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 16, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein dunkel rötlichbraunes Bier mit schöner Schaumkrone. Geruch röstmalzig, sehr fruchtig, reife Früchte, alkoholisch. Geschmack stark fruchtig, dunkle überreife Früchte, leicht röstmalzig, alkoholisch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HenrikSoegaard (12054) - Randers, DENMARK - FEB 6, 2011
UPDATED: APR 11, 2011 Bottle. Frothy off-white good mostly deminishing head. Red-amber colour. Heavy malty and light hoppy powerfull yeasty aroma. Great plumb nótes. Moderate bitter flavor. Nice powerfull fruity notes. Long great finish. Creamy palate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christian (11983) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 22, 2011
Bottle at Christian Firtal. Deep ruby with a lasting off-white head. Inviting fruity aroma with plums, dates, raisins and port wine, with an underlying spicy note. Sweetish flavour with equal parts dried fruit, caramel, alcohol heat and spice (anise, licorice, coriander notes). The alcohol is notable and rather hot, but reasonably well integrated

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (11836) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 27, 2011
330ml bottle (Bier Tempel, Bruges)
6 Pleasantly rich and roasty malts in the aroma, a touch of treacle toffee, but alas there’s some alcohol coming over too.
4 Deep reddy brown, but poured perfectly clear, initially a healthy light beige head, which settles to a ring, and finally disappears after maybe half an hour.
6 Full nettly retronasals, quite spicey and almost anaesthetic. Taste? Hmm, well, with the hops and the alchol this actually is anaesthetic - it’s hard to pinpoint details. General feel is that of a rich, slightly burnt roast, and earthy bitterness.
4 Smooth sweet palate, short of slick. OK carbonation. Mouthfeel as I hinted at in the taste is a little numbing, the hops are tingling, and the alcohol compounds that. Finish is a little yeasty and earthy at first. It’s not unpleasant thought, and even has some coffee or burnt nutty aspects later (1-3 minutes after swallowing).
13 They’ve pushed the boat out on the OG, and could have created a monster. It’s just kept sane, and ends up being pretty tasty, but lacking any wow features. In some ways being this tasty at 11% is a bit of wow. It’s the spiciness of the yeast combined with the biting bitterness of the hops and the, to me, high residual sugars that basically batters the booze into the ground and just says "don’t ask, don’t tell". It’s only the fools who look at the label who will know the truth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (11784) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 28, 2011
750 ml corked and caged bottle poured a clear reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of toffee, carmel, grape and light cherry. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of toffee, cherry, light earthiness and light tobacco with a smooth lingering toffee finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pinball (11705) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 14, 2011
dark brown, smooth beige head. Aroma is raisins dark fruits, mildsweet malts. Heavy. Flavor is dark malty, mild raisins, mild sweet malty, dark fruity.well balanced, mild but not faint. Great taste.

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