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

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common

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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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theis (15149) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 26, 2011
Bottle at home. Clear dark brown - white head. Roasted, phenols, licorice, fruity, apples, sweetness, peppery, light hoppy, bubblegum, rubber, ryebread, light carrot. Tjaa, ok !!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (14396) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 22, 2012
Sampled on tap at PIB, pours a hazy amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, spices, brown sugar and dry notes. Flavour of brown sugar, Belgian spices and slight yeast. Quite complex, with a good dry, low sweetness quality. Very solid.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnfryd (14117) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 16, 2013
Bottle. Red amber colour with a beige head. Aroma is alcohol, sugar, dried fruits, anise, roasted malt. Flavour is alcohol, sugar, dried fruits, anise, roasted malt, cara,el. full body. Nice beer.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (14080) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (14078) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUN 27, 2011
Very nice dark brown deep red color. Good full body and lively carbonation. Taste is good also, but itís a beer youíll want to drink at the end of the evening.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (13867) - 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 thereís 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 - itís 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. Itís not unpleasant thought, and even has some coffee or burnt nutty aspects later (1-3 minutes after swallowing).
13 Theyíve pushed the boat out on the OG, and could have created a monster. Itís 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. Itís 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 "donít ask, donít tell". Itís only the fools who look at the label who will know the truth.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13466) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (13272) - 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.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
argo0 (13233) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HenrikSoegaard (13147) - 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 nůtes. Moderate bitter flavor. Nice powerfull fruity notes. Long great finish. Creamy palate.


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