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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: 688   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GuideDogSaint (773) - Xiamen, CHINA - FEB 16, 2015
330ml bottle at Corner Bar, Beijing. Pours murky dark brown with a beige head. Aroma of malt, Belgian yeast and chocolate. Intense flavour. Sugary sweet finish. Warming alcohol.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbastard (771) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 23, 2011
Nose has toffee, malts, alcohol and a touch of vanilla. Flavors are very complex. I get fruits (pears and oranges), spicey bread, some licorice. A background of brown sugars, some vanilla, alcohol, and yes even a little coconut. It has a full body and finishes slighty bitter and dry. I think this is a great beer and should get a second chance if it was rated poorly. It is very interesting.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
flip_soeperman (767) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 4, 2012
caramel, bread, citrus, spruce, earthy, brown, cloudy, white foam, minimal head, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, medium body, creamy, soft carbonation. Intensely flavoured with nice hoppy aroma. Quite different from other quadrupels, less heavy.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Valgreen (746) - DENMARK - MAY 25, 2013
Tap at chp beer festival, 25 / 5 2013. Clear dark brown, small head. Aroma off raisins, plums, wine. Taste like plums, raisins, some sweetness, bread, wine, yeast. Spicy bitter finish

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Anker (723) - Hillerød, DENMARK - MAR 8, 2011
Bottle shared with plovmand. Pours mahogany-brown with a tan head. Aroma is raisins, caramel, alcohol and figs. Flavour is caramel, dark fruits, alcohol and light spicy with hints of pepper. A bit thin and not as complex as hoped for.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beermack (720) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUL 8, 2012
33cl bottle. Pours dark chestnut brown with billowing tan head that sticks around with decent lacing. Aroma is full of dark fruits: plums, cherries, figs, dates are prominent. Also notes of spices, brown sugar, and a touch of booze. Taste is again full of the deep dark fruits alongside spicy yeast complexity, caramel, deep maltiness, and a definite note of alcohol and hop bitterness. A well balanced quad that doesn't quite hit the heights of its other Belgian peers - still a bloody good beer though.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KoNrRiI (719) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
b33r (717) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2012
Dark brown color- almost black, with huge thick tan head. Aroma was a strong malty richness with similar flavor. rich dark malty and fruity flavor. complex and flavorful. quite alcoholic, but didn’t have the burn, hidden very well. very very good quad

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stoutnick (715) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 1, 2014
Deep brown. Aroma is candied malt. Taste is dark fruits, BOOZE, malty yeastiness, strong sweetness. Finish is almost sickly with some bitterness on the tail end. Like a less complex Rochefort.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bozo_skeleton (707) - Grenoble, FRANCE - MAR 15, 2014
Robe noire aux reflets ruby, carbo importante, col genereux de fines bulles, belle dentelle. Aromes fruités(poire, prune), caramel, note grillés et alcool. Bien ronde et genereuse, huileuse, pointe amertume en final. On snet passer les 11°...


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