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

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RATINGS: 676   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DwarfeD (1489) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - APR 21, 2013
33cl bottle. Clear dark ruby with a nice creamy head. Vanilla, fruits and some spices. A very strong and tasty beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RasmusOtt (1488) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 8, 2011
Pours redish brown with a nice beige head. Aroma is ripe fruits with a striking plum character along with raisin, dates, candy, caramel malts, spice, yeast and blackcurrant. Taste is caramel, dark ripe fruits, spice, warming alcohol, candy, solid malty base, notes of hops and liquorice leading to a vinous end.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2014
Bottle from Heinens shared with Brett, yeah it smells like dirt, and tastes very odd finishes dry and quickly with no lingering fruits or anything. I guess thats what their intent was but not all that enjoyable, alcohol is warming so thats a plus and it looks quad like.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
meerbier (1474) - Pijnacker, NETHERLANDS - OCT 28, 2011
Bottle@Home. Prune and vanilla aroma. Brown, beige head, very nice lace. Sweet, very bitter, herbal, pepper, vanilla, laurel, quite complex. Warming and full. Pretty alcoholic, bitter for a Quad but very balanced. Different from any Belgian Quadruple IMO.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nihtila (1467) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 27, 2015
4.12.2014. Dark brown with red, big head. Nice intense aroma of malts, dried and dark fruits, burnt sugar, spices, alcohol. Taste has dried and dark fruits, sweetness, spices. Alcohol comes through as too.. alcohol. Otherwise good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
martin00sr (1459) - Haderslev, DENMARK - MAR 20, 2014
Dark brow, almost black with small, lasting offwhite head. Sweetish aroma, raisins and alcohol. Mothfeel is creamy, malt and caramel. Not too sweet, moderately boozy. Dry but sticky finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ruigo (1442) - PORTUGAL - SEP 12, 2013
Shared a 33cl bottle from Delheize. Pours a brown colour with a tan persistent head. Aroma is caramel and yeast. Medium carbonation and full body. Flavour is quite light for a 11 ABV beer. Good!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kassner (1410) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2011
Shared a bottle for Thanksgiving. Really smooth sweet quad with no head or lacing but dangerous in that the alcohol level is hardly noted. plenty of dried fruits and wine notes/

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Muggus69 (1409) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - OCT 23, 2014
330mL bottle BB 26-11-2016 Lively deep brown body, holds a nice creamy beige head, leaving clumpy lace. Rich sugary aroma; treacley, molasses, dates & prunes. rum & raisin, some earthy phenolics. Thick, viscous body, lifted creamy carbonation, serious length, smooth warming finish. Particularly earthy on the body. There’s notes of dark brown/cooked sugars, but not particularly sweet, quite savoury, a slight bit tannic & dry with dark fruits & wood spice. Booze is not shy. Tasty stuff, just a touch rough around the edges.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
trevor211 (1402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 6, 2012
Tap at SIBF 2012. Pours a murky brown, with sweet dark fruits and baking spices predominant. Lovely, and the flavor follows. Hops on the back, but this is mostly sweet brown sugar and fruit -- similar to pannepot. Just great -- one of my new favorite quads!


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