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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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pivnizub (10139) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - SEP 9, 2014
Butilka: Deep ruby-amber coloured, almost clear, small and stable off-White foamy creamy layer; sweet raisins, molasses, sweet wine and caramel in the pretty complex nose, ornated by traces of chocolate; moderate to solid sweet and - subdued - bitter flavour, full bodied; lingering sweet-vinous and aramelly finish with some cacao in the very end. Good,good...

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
leaparsons (9837) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 16, 2011
Bottle. Very dark brown with red tints and a beige foam. Aromas are marzipan and coffee with chocolate. Alcohol with vinous notes. Flavours are vinous with warming alcohol and marzipan. Indeterminate malts with, as previously mentioned, strong glue. Dry berries with berries and pepper to finish. Weird but decent.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Fin (9582) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 21, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2011 Had this at Carmargue, Berchem, Antwerp, Belgiew 19-03-11. Glowing rich red ruby coloured beer with superb clarity, looks great. Alcohol sits very heavy in the mouth and there is a bittreness the persists throughout. Not sure whether this is a bit raw /young but it doesn’t work well for me, in fact the bitterness is quite harsh and quite medicinal at times, not really my thing couldn’t even finish it. A6 A5 T4 P3 Ov10 2.8

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (9574) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - NOV 22, 2013
Bomber. Reddish brown pour - rich looking. Aroma is dark fruit and dark chocolate. Just a bit of booze. All the elements are there, but not quite as standout as St. Bernardus or Rochefort.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (9541) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 13, 2013
Bottle. Lovely auburn colour with a low light brown head, no lace. Aroma is spicy and yeasty and sweet, leading into a palate filled with chewy sweet brown sugar, dried figs, dried apricots, sultanas, and hints of dark cherries and tea. Very complex, warming without being harsh. One of the most enjoyable quads I’ve had in a while.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JorisPPattyn (9470) - Ursel, BELGIUM - SEP 12, 2010
Draught Beautiful garnet-red to brown beer with a dense, mango-yellow head. Chestnuts roasted with waffles syrup, and amandine/rosewater smell. Sweet, sweet, almondy and rosewater, perfumed. Seen the glacial serving temperature, the syrupy taste & feel must be horrifying warming up, but I have to admit to have passed that test. Sticky, syrupy, oversweet, powerful body. The serious alcoholcontent makes the perfumed overload to be nearly unpalatable. Ouch.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (9448) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 8, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Reddish brown pour, thin off-white head. Big Belgian yeastiness, some banana. Dried fruit. Taste is big and chewy. Sweet, warming finish. Nice.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MoritzF (9423) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - APR 30, 2012
(bottle, 33cl) Slightly hazy, dark and reddish amber colour with a beige medium-sized foamy head. Sweet and slightly sugary toast-malty aroma with present notes of dark berries. Sweet flavour with a present level of roasty bitterness in the background, full bodied with a modest carbonation. Moderately roasted malty taste with berry-fruits, a delicately spicy touch, as well as a whiff of chocolate; sweet and slightly roasty bitter finish with noticeable alcoholic notes. Likeable. 03.IV.12

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (9380) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 15, 2015
Draft at Yard House - CIncinnati. Pours a cloudy brown color with a small off-white head that settles into a ring and leaves spots of film. Notes of figs, pepper, caramel, brown sugar, toast, sweet bread, cake, earth, and dates. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a sweet and actually kind of toasty mouthfeel. Rich and tasty. ABV is pretty much masked. Good quad.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (9369) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 19, 2014
My Bottom Line:
Pecan pie and bubblegum mingle with charming flowers and cocoa in this most elegant Quadrupel.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam decorates a brown that’s as shiny as can be (for that color).
-Body is light and fluffy, which is impressive for such a potent brew.
-The nutty character could also evoke chestnuts.
-Alcohol warms up the finish, but delicately so.

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