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

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RATINGS: 849   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeinDahlem (1452) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - APR 1, 2013
Very dark brown Belgian barley wine with a lot of fig in the nose, a firm clean bitterness, off-dry, warmth in the belly but not on the tongue. Best by says 2015; I don’t know its age but there is an oxidized sherry note that the ale handles with grace. Otherwise it’s a bit clean and ought to have more flavor for its strength.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Niller (1429) - Hammel, DENMARK - DEC 3, 2013
Bottle from Voldby Købmandsgaard. Dark brown colour with a small head. Very nice taste of caramel, dark berries, toffee, some chocolate notes. Good texture. Nice creamy mouthfeel. Warm alcohol taste with a nice light bitterness in the finish. Very good beer.

2.5
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
nybol (1425) - DENMARK - NOV 30, 2015
Stor smag og en dyb smag af noget meget mørkt, næsten brændt karamel. Der er også undertoner af blommer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Torrefacto (1424) - Madrid, SPAIN - DEC 29, 2014
Color caoba oscuro con espuma beige densa y duradera. Aromas de malta, caramelo, saudí, anís. Cuerpo denso y sedoso con inicio de dulzor intenso de caramelo, anís y sauco y final moderadamente seco.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StilleStorm (1421) - 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..

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerheart65 (1407) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 11, 2015
Clear deep mahogany, 2 finger light brown creamy / frothy head, some lacing. Mild sweet aroma, fruity, bubblegum, vanilla, raisins, later berries, bread, fruity notes turn more ripe, quite nuanced and lively. Medium to full body, semisweet, mild bitterness, soft carbonation, alcohol evident. Nice, balanced, nuanced, lively. Advent beer 11.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 11, 2012
On tap at Bottleworks. Pours hazy ruby with two fingers head. Smell is amazing Belgian yeast, fig and earth. Taste is sweet, standard Abby Quad flavors of fig and raisin. Very nice Quad.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SimplySike (1394) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 7, 2012
33cl. Bottle. Poors dark ruby red, with tan head. Aroma dark fruits, caramel, sweet, malts. Taste fruity sweet, some alcohol, roasted, bitter. Mouth-feel creamy, thin. Complex quadrupel maybe not the best but really good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - APR 16, 2012
Bottle. Pours a deep mahogany with a dense light tan head that leaves a lot of lacing. Aroma and flavor are toffee, caramel, date, fig, cherry, and some earthy yeastiness. Fairly sweet, but finish is dryer. Flavors get more complex as it warms. Mouthfeel is thick and a bit chewy. Alcohol is there but very well integrated.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (1394) - 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...


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