Ratman197 (9454) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 28, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
BeerandBlues2 (9400) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours mostly clear dark brown with a large, creamy and frothy light tan head, long retention with excellent lacing. Aroma is dark fruity esters (dates, plums, figs), earthy and woody hops, caramel and cookie malt, and lightly toasted grains. Flavor is malt dominant with dark fruity esters, cellar and wood notes, light hops and bitterness with spicy and peppery alcohol. Full body and medium carbonation, accentuated by the alcohol bite.
Bov (9245) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - AUG 15, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
from Au Grain díOrge, Neuch‚tel - hazy ruby-brown colour with a solid dark beige foam; nice lacework; aroma of yeast and pears; very sweet and full-bodied; lot of residual sugars, esters, yeast and more fruity tones
FatPhil (9005) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 27, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
TwoSipDip (8895) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 5, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ home aged probably 18 months since purchasing in Colorado. Not sure I ever had Straffe Hendrik while in Bruges but excited to have it now. Pours a somewhat murky brownish appearance with a thin but decent light brown head. Quite rich woody/bourbon-esque, spicy, dark chocolate, herbal, moderately dark fruity aroma that is very interesting. Chewy yeasty, tangy, big raisin, plum, blueberry, toffee, chocolate, rich candy sugar flavor. Fun to drink. Would buy again.
MoritzF (8402) - Bochum, GERMANY - APR 30, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle, 33cl) Slightly hazy, dark and reddish amber colour with a beige medium-sized foamy head. Sweet and slightly sugary toast-malty aroma with present notes of dark berries. Sweet flavour with a present level of roasty bitterness in the background, full bodied with a modest carbonation. Moderately roasted malty taste with berry-fruits, a delicately spicy touch, as well as a whiff of chocolate; sweet and slightly roasty bitter finish with noticeable alcoholic notes. Likeable. 03.IV.12
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - SEP 10, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled sample at the 2nd Annual Top of the Hops Charlottesville, VA beer festival, 9/10/11. Pours a slightly hazy copper-brown color with a medium sized brown head. Decent head retention. Aroma of berries, cherries and brown sugar. The taste is big brown sugar notes, toffee, berries, bready notes and a spicy finish. Medium bodied. Nice.
leaparsons (7937) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 16, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Very dark brown with red tints and a beige foam. Aromas are marzipan and coffee with chocolate. Alcohol with vinous notes. Flavours are vinous with warming alcohol and marzipan. Indeterminate malts with, as previously mentioned, strong glue. Dry berries with berries and pepper to finish. Weird but decent.
Theydon_Bois (7935) - The íSham, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle split at JFís, 26/12/13.
Extremely dark mahogony brown with a good sized biege head that dissipates to pondwork,
Nose is sweet, rich caramel, dark toffee fudge, dates, raisens, booze.
Taste comprises Xmas Cake, liqourice, toffee, hint of cocoa, sweet tasting, rich caramel, nutty tang, dark fruits.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, warming alcohol in the finish.
Ok easy drinking quad but lacks a little complexity and finesse.
BMan1113VR (7822) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 15, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle with a best before of December 2013. Pours with an absolutely massive, creamy, lively, lightly tan head over a murky brown body. Hugely overcarbonated. Very fine bubbles. Good retention. Decent to good lacing. Aroma of ginger, clove, brown sugar, dark fruit and booze. Hugely phenollicy and estery. Clove, nutmeg, curacao orange, pear. Perfumey and floral. Hard to tell if there is a hop note with all the strong esters (interplay?). Malt bill is bready, special b (raisiny), dark fruit, caramelized. Eye watering amount of aromatics. Vanilla. Flavors of alcohol, dark fruit, bitter curacao orange, spicy, persimmons, complex. Bitter balance, a decent richness and boozy. Huge esters, phenols. Pear. Floral, aromatic. Huge warming and fusel alcohol presence. Lively to fizzy bubbles, lingering bitter. Carbonation builds the body. Intense and off balance.