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

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RATINGS: 808   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StilleStorm (1311) - Stavanger, NORWAY - DEC 11, 2015
DAA; Bottle 33 CL., from Vinmonopolet. Pours huge, dark brown with a frothy, creamy, lasting and lacing tan head. Nose is moderate, toasted malt, caramel, sweet blood orange, yeast, nutty, light coffee, licorice and alcohol. Taste is heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a lasting sweet citrus, warming finish. Body is medium to full, texture is sticky to creamy, carbonation is soft to lively. Mmm..

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
BelgBeerGeek (1308) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JAN 9, 2011
head: white
colour: dark brown/yellow
smell: alcohol, candy, almunds, raisins
taste: malty/bitter start, caramelised pineapple, oranges, semi-dry, yeasty, grassy aftertaste

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
fellebag (1306) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 5, 2016
33cl bottle. Small light brown layer. Dark brown almost clear color. Aroma is wood, spices, berry hops, hint of leather. Taste is sweet with sugar, pine resin.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - NOV 12, 2011
Bottle. Poured a dark brown color with a pillow tan head. Left a lot of floaters in the beer. Lots of lacing left behind as well. Aroma was dark fruit, figs and plums. Flavor was amazing. Fruits, apples, figs and molasses. Alcohol was a non factor. Long finish. Great, great beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
McWorta (1296) - LUXEMBOURG - APR 25, 2016
Mahagony brown/red with a frothy beige head. Aromas of spices, herbs are dominant with notes of coriander, dark fruits and a dash of fennel. Fine carbonations smooth and full bodied. Light sweet-dry and lasting finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eduardovl (1292) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
330ml bottle served in a Trappist chalice. A: Pours a nice deep brown color forming a huge creamy fluffy tan head. Very good retention and many lacings left. A nice creamy layer remains forever S: Very malty and yeasty with notes of alcohol. Dark fruits like plums and raisins. Caramel and candy sugar. Classic Belgian yeasts T: Follows the nose. A classic Belgian Quad, very creamy and molasses. Very bready too. Strong notes of caramel, caramel malts, dark fruits and Belgian yeasts. End is quite bitter with notes of flowery hope. Balanced bittersweet combination M: Heavy creamy molasses body with good carbonation. Bittersweet Belgian style aftertaste O: Great Quad. Excellent beer. Recommend [ BA Review @ 10/7/2012 ]

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - MAY 11, 2012
Dark blond with a white medium head. Very weak aroma. Light fruity, hoppy with a some alcohol shining through. I am slightly disappointed. I had expected more after reading the ratings.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rok1024 (1270) - Maribor, SLOVENIA - AUG 13, 2013
Clear dark brown appearance, medium strong head. Inviting dark fruits and roasted malt aroma. Sweet with gentle bitter finish. Good beer.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (1265) - BELGIUM - MAY 1, 2012
Un très joli sigle de bouteille. Nearly the design of the Moonlight Brewing Company from California. A bucolic corner of the Sonoma Valley for this one, and the historical medieval city of Bruges for the other one... But the most important is what you will find in your glass !!! About the Straffe Hendrik quadruple, we have two things to say first : 1. A member of the Belgian Family Brewers, and an old story beginning in 1856 with the family Maes (not the one of the pils producer !!), and a first mention of brewing in 1546 !!! 2. One of the rare belgian beers with the name of « quadruple », unusual in our vocabulary. I have also seen that beer qualified as a barley wine. Let us see... First of all, a very high level : 11 % abv. A very dark color, very encouraging... Une mousse beige qui tient sur le liquide pendant la dégustation, mais à un niveau assez bas. Des arômes superbes de grand brassin : prunes mûres, poire, dattes, figues, et une pointe de joli porto vintage. Première bouche magnifique sur les amandes, noisettes, pommes de terre, petite pointe de coriandre et en arrière bouche l’amertume d’un bon houblon. La seconde part sur des notes de cerises noires, de massepain, avec une pointe de cognac fins bois. On est clairement sur le plan d’un barley wine, avec une complexité superbe. La 3ème vient à une sorte d’équilibre mais avec de nouvelles découvertes gustatives, et en gardant une amertume plus importante que des bières brunes fortes d’abbaye, qui sont d’ordinaire plus douces en bouche. La levure est pourtant très douce, mais à mon avis, elle est en petite quantité à la refermentation en bouteille, pour donner la priorité au houblon. Bière originale donc, où on attend la longueur pour poser un diagnostic qui s’annonce chaud... Dans la première partie de la finale, on a des accents de stout bien construit, avec une sorte de charbon de bois qui passe très bien la rampe, et s’accomode des autres goûts comme dans un rêve... Bière donc très structurée, qui révèle un caractère extraordinaire, avec une complexité de très grand niveau. On est au top, on le sait, reste la finale, un très grand moment de tout dégustateur. Cette finale, comme celle de la Cup en Angleterre, est un very very beautiful moment... On va dire pour une bière, plutôt la finale du Superbowl.... Bref, vous choisissez selon vos affinités. Pour ma part, je reste avec la Straffe Hendrik quadruple, qui me fait la meilleure impression, et qui me confirme que nous avons tous les styles de bière en Belgique, dont un barley wine qui fera très bonne figure.. Un conseil : try it, and after that you see a moonlight brewing in the sky...

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pentaz (1264) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 26, 2013
Bottle. Pours hazy/murky amber-brown with a somewhat lacing and diminishing beige creamy big head. Aroma is bread, marzipan, raisin, nuts, caramel, bubblegum, hops, anise and brown sugar. Taste is moderate sweet and light+ bitter. Body is near full, texture is creamy, carbonation is high. Finishes balanced with lingering caramel and a alcoholic burn. More restrained than your typical quad.


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