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


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RATINGS: 857   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1765) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - SEP 17, 2011
Bottle. Pours brown (like Coke), with a large, tan head. Aroma is toffee, fruit, yeast, malt, and brown sugar. Flavor is toffee, malt, dark fruit, and a little alcohol. A pleasant surprise.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tfredvik (1762) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 17, 2016
Very deep copper body with a large, creamy, very dense, beige, very long-lived head that laces my glass excellently. Sweet and strong aroma that at the same time also is crisp and spicy. I get delicious notes of Belgian yeast, generic fruits, caramel and spices. The Belgian yeast is a main contributor to the strong flavour as well, along with generic fruits, caramel, brown sugar, alcohol and spices including black pepper. I also get notes of dried dark fruits, but they are fainter than they tend to be for this beer style. The taste is moderate sweet and moderate bitter. Full body, surprisingly dry and with a rather lively carbonation. World class!
[33 cl bottle, enjoyed 2.5 years before BB date, from Vinmonopolet Online]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
freretoc (1723) - Besançon, FRANCE - DEC 28, 2014
Bue en bouteille de 75cl à Fresse un soir de neige au coin du feu; couleur brune/rubis, pas de mousse ni d’effervescence, gros nez pruneau et caramel en bouche attaque caramel et caramel au lat continuité sur le malt juste rôti et fin de bouche intense sur le grillé un délice d’équilibre.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocJitsu (1717) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2015
Pours a dull dark brown-amber with an impressive light tan head. Dark red fruit and caramel malt on the nose. Full and moderately astringent on the palate. Sweet malt blanced with a mildly tart dark red fruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HuskerTan (1715) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - FEB 28, 2016
Bottle/Fest. A- Dark fruits, molasses. A- Brown color, cloudy liquid, tan head. T- Dark fruits, caramel. P- Medium body, average texture, average carbonation, balanced finish. O- Lots of good dark fruits. Balanced so well that no one flavor is distinguishable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LoFi (1710) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 24, 2012
Bottle, thanks to MrHangover! Between dark copper and ruby. Aroma: malty and light vinous, sushi restaurant/umami, light chocolate, vanilla, red berries. Taste: malty, brown sugar, light sour with red berries, fruity, vanilla, dry and woody finish. Above medium-bodied, moussy. Solid brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kschep (1707) - DENMARK - MAR 30, 2012
#1386 draught; nose is mellow roasted malt, some oak, gingerbread, sour raisin, later alcohol, feel is watery, carb is medium, taste is heavy alcohol, hazel, decent roasted malt, rotten fruit note

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mariuspoenari (1692) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 13, 2015
Dark amber, clear, with a nice, fluffy head with good retention. Smells like caramel, dried fruit, prunes, figs, raisins, some brandy, roasted rye, yeast, all that Belgian goodness. The taste follows the same notes, with prunes and raspberries mixed with burnt sugar and alcohol. Surprisingly dry and light-bodied for a quad, and, together with a medium-high amount of carbonation, it goes down easy. Warm and bitter-sweet aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerhammaren (1691) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - JAN 26, 2015
.33l bottle from Belgian Beer Factory Pours deep dark with medium high, tan creamy head. Aroma is dried fruits, dark malts, caramel, banana, yeast notes and some alcohol. Flavor is alcohol, dark fruits, banana, dried fruits, plums, caramel and malty. Swell beer, nicely balanced beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
GoufCustom (1654) - HONG KONG - MAR 27, 2016

330 ml bottle bought at Gorgeous Wine & Cigar in Yuen Long.

Looks: Translucent Burgundy colour with a thin ring of yeast sediments; One finger head and crumpety light beige foam which lasts for 3 minutes; Beautiful sticky lacing with quite fizzy carbonation.

Aroma: Fragrant and sweet dark malt, with light roastyness, almonds, strong caramel, sticky toffee, very light coffee, chocolate, cream, sugar, moderate alcohol, strong Bel yeast and light grass.

Taste: Strong but pleasantly sweet dark malt, with moderate alcohol, light liquorices, plums, caramel, light toffee, Cola, chocolate, light coffee, sugar, strong Bel yeast, light lemon, moderate bitter hops and grass.

Body: Full body. Very creamy and slick palate.

Mouth Feel: Good dark maltyness in a rich, very smooth and silky background. Booze and sugar hit first but they do not scream nor warming, but rather in light touch and pleasant. Strong caramel mixed with Cola and light coffee. Quite yeasty and increasingly lemony to compliment the sweet booze. It’s simple but the balancing work out just fine. Easy and nice!

Booze and Sweetness: The 11% abv is well hidden all the time, very well-managed and no knock on whatsoever. Incredible! Sweetness is strong but never cloying, as if it’s from chocolate bar. Very neat!

Hoppiness: Light grass in nose. Lemon and light grass in taste; Bitterness is fairly strong for a lasting, mid-astringent sweet booze finish.

After Taste: Fairly dry. Sweet, creamy and quite bitter to mouth.

Comments: Like its 9° Tripel brother, this Quad is simple in aroma and taste. Yet its foundation is rock solid, with beautiful looks and heads, very creamy body, very pleasant sweet malt, hidden booze and hoppy finish. It may not be as complex or colorful as La Trappe Quadrupel, but it’s very nice for chilling out. Recommended!

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