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

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RATINGS: 560   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
LomYst (487) - Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 26, 2012
aroma has malts, candy!, caramel, dark fruits....taste is sweet, very sweet, sour hints shine trough at the end... lovely complex bittersweet finish, with lots of caramel and malts... nice but a bit to sweet for me

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Moravius (483) - Berlin, GERMANY - JUL 24, 2014
Frische Flasche (33 cl) von Belgianbeerz.com. - Rötliches Kastanienbraun, enorme Schaumentwicklung. - In der Nase typische obergärig-esterige Fruchtigkeit, brauner Zucker und eine leicht weinige Note (Portwein). - Antrunk schwer dunkelmalzig, mit leicht sirupähnlicher aber noch gut eingebundener Malzsüße und Noten von reifen Pflaumen, Kirsche und Karamel, dazu ein Hauch von Weihnachtsgewürzen. Mild rezent, vollmundig, samtig im Mund. Im Abgang geschickt abgerundet durch nicht besonders kräftige aber deutliche krautig-holzige Hopfenherbe. - Sehr angenehmes Quad, wenngleich keine geschmackliche Offenbarung. Hätte durch längere Lagerung wahrscheinlich gewonnen.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vickey9 (470) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAR 26, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2014 Pours a slightly hazy copper-brown color, with a small brown head. Aroma of berries and chocolade. Medium bodied, well carbonized. Brown sugar and bready notes, toffee, bitter chocolate, dry plums and berries on palate. Bitter-sweet and spicy finish. B@H

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KoNrRiI (467) - Århus, DENMARK - OCT 26, 2013
0.33 bottle. Black with a big, milk-colored, creamy head. Aroma of dark malts, dark forest fruits, a touch of nuts and some sour notes, marzipan and raisins as well; only small hints of alcohol are detectable despite its huge ABV. Taste is quite sweet with certain sour tones acidic even, a lot of dark malts and chocolate, some fruits again. Full body, thick texture and flat carbonation. Finish is slightly astringent, has the sour notes previously mentioned emphasized. Overall the beer is really good but personally I am not fond of that sourness lingering in the background; could be improved.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lukin (456) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 28, 2014
bottle. Dark brown, almost black with massive tan head. Black cherry and berries. Very fruity and sweet, but not cloying. Booze well hidden. Delicious quad.

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PapaVillum (439) - Valby, DENMARK - MAR 10, 2014
33 cl, flaske, 11,0 %, købt i Den Belgiske Ølbutik i Vanløse, 10. marts 2014. Mørkebrun ufiltreret Quadrupel med stor fint boblende moccafarvet skumtop på 4 cm tykkelse. En overraskende svag aroma for øl i denne klasse, men lidt duft af gær og lidt malt. Til gengæld en meget fyldig og rund smag med et ekstremt veltilpasset balance mellem sødme og bitterhed. Lang dyb eftersmag med god alkoholvarme. Smagen har sødme af brun farin, gætter jeg på, gær og masser af malt. Den store skumtop i starten fordrejer en til at tro, at der er overmåde meget kulsyre i øllet, men dette er ikke tilfældet. Indholdet er på middel niveau og virker alligevel meget passende til smagen. Virkelig velsmagende!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrW (420) - Londerzeel, BELGIUM - FEB 29, 2012
Bottle at Den Dyver, Brugge. Food pairing: Peru-chocolate, cinnamon, lime and chillies. Heavy roasted and caramel nose. The sweetness of the caramel returns in the taste, but as well some bitterness. Made it fit perfectly with the dessert .

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marstonlad (418) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 13, 2014
Bottle at Kaisla, Helsinki. Pours dark brown with a little white head. Aroma has ripe, dark fruitiness, raisin, sweet caramel maltiness and, uncharacteristically, also a solid presence of vanilla and oak. Taste is strong, sweet and quite intense. Sweet malty notes, raisin and vanilla carry the taste towards the long, very light bitter finish. Again, the intriguing element of vanilla appears; coupled with sweet, ripe fruitiness the impression is slightly sherryish. The palate is full-bodied and sticky with a fairly soft carbonation. An elegant, varied quad overall.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hopped_Silly (418) - California, USA - JAN 1, 2013
Classic quad profile. Aromas and flavors of dark fruit, prune, caramelized stonefruit, banana, molasses, cola, spices and Belgium yeast. Smooth, medium-medium-plus body, with fine carbonation and a touch of bitterness in the relatively sweet/semi-dry finish.. Alcohol is very well integrated. Well balanced. Elegant, lingering nuances of cola, spice and Belgium yeast. Solid, though not my absolute favorite. Overall, I guess I prefer a little more concentration in my quad. This was elegant throughout, which I'm sure will make many people happy. --- tasted while on a long journey to understand the world around me...

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Acid303 (406) - Barcelona, CATALONIA, - MAR 28, 2012
33cl bottle. Dark brown colour with medium light brown head, excellent appearance. Aroma is like a sweet cake, taste is also sweet (fruity) with roasted malts and finishes with alcohol notes. Palate is pretty intense, one enjoys the flavours and the perfect carbonation. This is definetely one the best Quadruppels I’ve ever had.


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