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

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RATINGS: 657   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dnicolaescu (1054) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - MAY 15, 2013
Head: beige, medium, frothy, avg. retention. Colour: deep amber-brown, almost black. Aroma: tropical fruit, grapes, fresh and minty hops and a fair amount of sharp vodka-like alcohol. Taste: rather sweet, licorice, rather bitter and spicy with a quite brutal alcoholic note.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Renobob (1054) - Besançon, FRANCE - MAR 24, 2014
Superbe réussite encore une fois. Belle couleur foncée, bière maltée à souhaits, arômes d’alcool de fruits, quelques notes grillées et épicées. Les 11% sont par contre très violents.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thanatosti (1052) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 1, 2012
33 cl. bottle @ home, bought @ Mitra. Deep dark brown with a dense creamy beige head. Malty spicy caramel aroma with some red en black fruits. Tasting adds some coffee and roasted malts to it. Great full flavour, almost too sweet but just within the (my) boundaries. long aftertaste with some alcoholwarmth but the alcohol is very well concealed. Belgium has many great beers and this is certainly one of them,

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bule (1041) - California, USA - JUL 22, 2014
12oz bottle at Woodruff's. Pours a dark brown color with a lot of frothy head. Mildly sweet and lots of caramel.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SimplySike (1035) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 7, 2012
33cl. Bottle. Poors dark ruby red, with tan head. Aroma dark fruits, caramel, sweet, malts. Taste fruity sweet, some alcohol, roasted, bitter. Mouth-feel creamy, thin. Complex quadrupel maybe not the best but really good.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SPDickerman (1014) - Texas, USA - SEP 26, 2013
Pours very dark mahogany with a large fizzy beige head. Smells strongly of dark fruits with subtle candy sweetness. Taste is sweet, fruity, and hints of caramel. Full-bodied with a smooth texture and fizzy mouth-carbonation, Straffe Hendrik Brugs Quadrupel finishes with a slight tingle of alcohol warmth.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Philym (1003) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2014
Appearance: Clear dark brown with ruby highlights and 3 finger thick ivory/tan head. Aroma: Bubblegum, banana, mineral, woody, spiritous, toast/bread. Taste: Low/medium sweetness and bitterness, medium sourness. Palate: Light smooth texture, light airy body, prickly carbonation, dry abrupt malty fruity, spicy finish with a slight alcohol warmth. Comments: Lovely and glass lace.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eduardovl (999) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
330ml bottle served in a Trappist chalice. A: Pours a nice deep brown color forming a huge creamy fluffy tan head. Very good retention and many lacings left. A nice creamy layer remains forever S: Very malty and yeasty with notes of alcohol. Dark fruits like plums and raisins. Caramel and candy sugar. Classic Belgian yeasts T: Follows the nose. A classic Belgian Quad, very creamy and molasses. Very bready too. Strong notes of caramel, caramel malts, dark fruits and Belgian yeasts. End is quite bitter with notes of flowery hope. Balanced bittersweet combination M: Heavy creamy molasses body with good carbonation. Bittersweet Belgian style aftertaste O: Great Quad. Excellent beer. Recommend [ BA Review @ 10/7/2012 ]

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
dogbomb (997) - ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2013
Bottle. Dark chocolate pour with a thick mid-tan head. Nose is out of this world; some dark berries, cherry and blackcurrant, some toffee and treacle, caramel and raisins. Freshly spun sugar. I could plop my nose in the glass all day, but I’m desperate to see if it lives up to it in the taste... wham! It does, sort of - quite a thick drink, and those dark berries give it a sort of vinous quality but that 11% ABV makes itself know quite early on. A mild alcohol burn and a whack of alcohol tastes somewhat overpowers this and takes away from the malty warm profile it would otherwise have. I think this could benefit greatly from ageing. Delicious, if a little overbearing.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
EddyBeer1 (996) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JUL 27, 2013
Brune très foncée, pétillance faible, quasi pas de mousse. Malts rôtis et caramélisés, présence d’orange et de fruits foncés, belles notes de chocolat. Alcool un peu trop présent.


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