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

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RATINGS: 803   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rand (1460) - SWITZERLAND - NOV 11, 2011
Bottle 33 cl from Le Grain d’Orge - Neuchâtel (CH). Brown with huge foam, complex aromas of fruit and alcohol, chocolate and caramel. Liqueur-like mouth, roasted and chocolate malt, round and sweetened. There are spices, hints of vanilla, pepper, raisin, burnt sugar, confectioner’s shop, and plum-pear. Finish in silky, moderate bitterness and warmth of alcohol. Nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
inbirraveritas (1440) - Budapest, HUNGARY - DEC 27, 2011
Deep dark brown brew with a big creamy pale brown head on its top. Intensive tart, dried fruity (raisins, plums) nose and aroma escorted by chocolate, hops and some alcohol in the background. It finishes warming and tart with citrusses, peppery alcohol, dark chocolate and spices, which leaves a long tart aftertaste behind. Easy drinkable, delicious one.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsmerig (1437) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2012
Pours a cloudy dark brown with a white bubbly head. Aroma is grapes and currant. Taste is bubbly with a deep sweetness followed by a sparkling bitterness and a mellow alcohol burn. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeinDahlem (1437) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - APR 1, 2013
Very dark brown Belgian barley wine with a lot of fig in the nose, a firm clean bitterness, off-dry, warmth in the belly but not on the tongue. Best by says 2015; I don’t know its age but there is an oxidized sherry note that the ale handles with grace. Otherwise it’s a bit clean and ought to have more flavor for its strength.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
prawlie (1436) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 26, 2012
33 cL portion at the Halve Maan brewery in Brugge. Black with a fair head, in bulb glass. Sweet, candied, with some bitterness. Smells sweet and a hint roasted. Tasty but a bit of sweet hiding the alcohol syndrome.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
HopfenWeisse (1436) - - APR 16, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2012 330ml bottle from Bierzwerg. Dark brown colour with small nice looking head. Aroma is fruits. Flavour is sweet, not so much taste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mark_Eck (1430) - - MAR 12, 2016
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown. Aroma and taste are caramel, dark fruits, and some sweet malts.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bth122 (1428) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2012
Bottle at obx. Poured a dark ruby color with very generous head. Strong aroma that bursts with dark fruits like raisin, candy, belgium yeast, cherries. Medium light sweetness. Finishes slightly dry. Warming alcohol. Creamier palate. Very complex flavors. Getting dark fruit. Great belgium sipper.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HuskerTan (1427) - 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
TorbenJensen (1419) - Valby, DENMARK - JUL 2, 2015
I am very excited about this Quadrupel because it just is not as sweet as many of its kind. De Halve Maan have chosen a more hoppy and fruit tart interpretation of their Quadrupel, and it translates into a delicious aroma of dried fruit (prunes, raisins and figs) with wonderful flavor notes as dark chocolate, the aforementioned dried fruit, rye bread and dark caramel . Large vinous richness and a hoppy end contributing little citrus aftertaste. This makes the taste experience not so sweet as many beers of this type often can be. It is a beer for long-term enjoyment in good company.


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