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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 531   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   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.


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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DavidWoodruff (390) - Windsor, California, USA - JAN 25, 2013
Pours dark brown with large gassy tan head. Aroma of a well liquored fruitcake. Taste is a three way battle between malt, dark fruit and alcohol. What make this beer so interesting is that this battle ends in a three-way tie. Love it!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wimpie133 (380) - Brugge, BELGIUM - SEP 19, 2010
Tap, 25 cl @ Brugs Bierfestival. Dark brown beer with a medium creamy beige head, perfectly tapped (!), nice lacing. Aroma is quite similar to the Straffe Hendrik Tripel: malty, with some hops and sweetness included, dark fruits are extra to the Quadrupel. The taste at first sight also: strong malty taste, light sweet beer, grassy finish of hops. But the further you drink, the more comes to the foreground: instead of malts you discover these are roasted malts, a caramel taste on the background, dark fruits are also coming to the foreground. The Quadrupel has the same specific taste as the Tripel (or you are fan who likes this taste or you aren’t), but has so much more to serve you. Excellent choice, this quadrupel! (btw: excellent beer for my 300th rating!)

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NJJereme (375) - Saint Petersburg, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2014
Bottle. Poured into a trappist glass. A sugary malt scent upon pour. Almost no head. Surprisingly smooth and not as heavily bodied as I thought it might be. Slight cherry taste with a bit of chocolate. Warm as it hits the chest. Potent in the alcohol department. Definitely a sipping beer but enjoyable and very tasty.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PeatyPete (361) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 9, 2013
Red-brown color. Foam vanished quickly. First sip brings a smile on my face. Warming and delicious. Slightly sweet and tastes of ripe plums and raisins.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bosskie (358) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 16, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2013 Pitch black with red glow and with a greyish head and nice carbonation. Reddish hints when held up to the light. Chocolate citric breadiness with hints of fruits, white pepper and cardamom. Some wood and leather and a touch of metal.. A solid smell. Stout-like bitterness with a nice watery finish, Coffee bitterness. Hints of apples and pears. Nicely fizzy with metallic tones and liquorice. Delicious!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
paulvanpelt (321) - Reusel, NETHERLANDS - DEC 9, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2013 Drop, zoethout, siroop, gebrande kouten. Zoet met duidelijke alcohol. Levendig koolzuur. Bruin bier met bezinksel.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
sfuen03 (316) - Barcelona, SPAIN - DEC 14, 2013
Dense dark liquid. Little dark head. Toffee, licorice, vanilla aroma, medium intensity. Strong, viscous body, alcohol is excellently masked. Finish is balanced, with a hint of coffee. Taste is intense licorice, dark fruits, sweet, very good balance.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
venom666 (310) - Alicante, SPAIN - JUN 2, 2014
Deep dark brown color with beige head. Aroma of dried fruits, toffee, caramel and some hops. The taste has sweet notes, toast, and dried fruit with a soft alcoholic touch. Bitter finish with dark chocolate hints. Great Quad!

4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
EvanFriend (302) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2012
I had something calling itself Straffe Hendrik last night, this is the only beer by that name that seems to fit the description. Deep, opaque brown, tastes of coffee, brown sugar, an a slight burnt taste. Very good.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OwainTurner (299) - Leicester, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2013
From Brewery. Almost stout like quality with a little soy.. Very nice indeed . will buy again.


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