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

bottled
common

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common

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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.


2.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Brodies_Best (233) - Auckland Central, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 6, 2014
330 ml bottle pours dark brown with tan head. Aroma is subtle alcoholic and sweet. Slight dusty and malty, a bit raw. Taste is sweet of syrup then bitter caramel. Slight coffee aftertaste.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
emartell (232) - Zapopan, Jalisco, MEXICO - NOV 19, 2012
Aroma intenso, complejo, elegante, completo. Destacan notas a maltas tostadas, caramelo, frutas y algo de madera. En cuanto al aspecto, color obscuro con ligeros destellos rubí a contra luz. Cuerpo medio, carbonatación de ligera a media. Corona de espuma muy abundante y esponjosa al momento de servir, de mediana retención quedando finalmente una capa de espuma hasta el último trago, a pesar de no ser tan amplia como lo es al momento de servirla. En boca destacan los sabores vinosos, ligeramente maltas tostadas y notas dulces en virtud de su refermentación en botella. Al paladar se nota en primera instancia un agradable escozor en lengua proveniente de su carbonatación. Posteriormente sus notas vinosas y potencia alcohólica sorprenden, notandose rápidamente un aumento en el calor corporal. Su dulce final y excelente equilibrio dejan sensaciones placenteras al beber esta genial cerveza. Como final podemos señalar que se ha bebido una excelente cerveza estilo Quadrupel. Sabores y aromas complejos, bouquet genial, y un final completo y elegante. su potencia alchólica es evidente ya que hablamos de una cerveza de 11%. Definitivamente sabosa y única.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brewdork (228) - Sanford, Florida, USA - SEP 28, 2013
Pours cola-colored with thin fizzy head that isn’t there for long. Extremely malty aroma with lots of caramel and dried fruit notes. Flavor is similar, and manages to be sweet and rich but not cloying. Exceptionally smooth for its heft. Good thing it’s a small bottle...

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thunderhops (224) - Vermont, USA - APR 1, 2013
Pours dark with a rapidly dissipating tan head. Aroma is malty, licorice. Taste is malts, licorice, stone fruits. Warming full bodied, lively carbonation, dry malty finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BigMomma (223) - Leuven, BELGIUM - MAR 12, 2011
33cl bottle
Cloudy black color with a bubble head.
Aroma of fruity esters, bread and hops. The flavor starts with a cloying caramel syrup sweetness followed by liquorice and a hopbitter finish.
A little bit too sweet for my taste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Despotis (222) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - JUL 15, 2011
Dark red brown with a nice smoothy beige head.Sweet,spicy,brown sugar.raisins,dry plum,cinnamon,pepper.vanilla,roasted bread,bitter chocolate,light coffee.Long lasting sweet alcoholic finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
b79turner (221) - Alabama, USA - APR 10, 2012
Bottle poured into a tulip glass, pours a dark brown almost black with a large fluffy white head. Nose is tough to describe...almost sweet citrus...caramel maltiness. Taste is similar with a slight bitter finish. Medium carbonation. Almost no alcohol burn. Great beer!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Temptation (220) - - FEB 4, 2014
Potent, overwhelming beer, deep and complex, that has a wide profile combining notes to almonds, cake, milk chocolate, prunes and red wine with some bitterness which is close to spiciness. The overall is robust, well rounded and finished, with a spicy hint in the finish. The cons: the texture could be smoother and not so watery and the red wine notes are too marked. Nothingless, a very good beer, to repeat.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MustangMarkF (219) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2014
750ml Bottle. the aroma is very sweet and alcoholic - my first thought was that it smells like port. Threes raisins, chocolates and caramel in there as well as more fruitiness. It pours a dark brown almost black body with a thick lasting light tan head. Its taste is very similar to the smell with chocolate more to the fore and with burnt toast in there too. It has a bitter sweet finish. Not as sickly sweet as a lot of strong Belgian beers. Didn’t think Id like this one - but I was wrong!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cthomas2390 (211) - Colorado, USA - APR 22, 2013
Almost black pour with massive rocky head. Raisins and sweet juicy fruit aromas. Sweet, fruity caramel notes with some noble hops creeping in and a metalic twinge in the finish. Chewy and lightly carbonated.


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