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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: 525   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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bosskie (354) - 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 (320) - 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 (305) - 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 (301) - 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 (297) - 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 (296) - Leicester, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2013
From Brewery. Almost stout like quality with a little soy.. Very nice indeed . will buy again.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bob_w (292) - new york, New York, USA - OCT 26, 2013
fruity nose, some dark aged fruit aroma, esters, almost bavarian wheat beer-like esters. a touch of alcohol in the nose. clear, very dark brown color with modest head. rich flavor, dark fruits, raisins, some alcohol. heavy side of medium body. actually, light side of heavy body -- almost viscous.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
AxlLives (286) - Maryland, USA - MAY 25, 2012
Draft at Beer Art, Thessaloniki, Greece - pours beautiful dark, brown-red with huge tan-white lasting head. Big dark plums, nice esters, and dried fruit notes with a bittering hopped finish. Very good, lacing is gorgeous.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
capali1234 (272) - HUNGARY - JAN 1, 2012
Aroma is toffee, fruit, yeast, malt, and brown sugar. Flavor is toffee, malt, dark fruit, and a little alcohol.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mnoud (271) - Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA - MAR 28, 2013
2013.03.28 - Straffe Hendrik Brugs Quadrupel - 750ml bottle in pint glass. Label marked 21-11-2014. Aroma is candy sugar, plum and fig type fruit, some bready yeast. Sill, an atypical Belgian aroma in my experience. Appearance: Pours around 18 on the SRM scale, a beautiful rich clear brown. Light tan head is quite active, almost.perfect in carbonation and size, sticky. Taste: I agree with reviewer below "Subtle alcohol taste which brings a nice body to the beer. Then you can savour vanilla and caramel flavours and a little hint of a sweet and pleasant red fruit, perhaps raspberry". I don’t know how to describe it, a really nice balance of sweet, tart, and alcohol warmth. Perhaps a bit heavy on alcohol burn, but it’s an exceptional taste. Palate: Mostly light despite being an 11% abv, moderately high carbonation. A really nice beer, repeat purchase worthy for sure.


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