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

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common

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common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 597   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   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.


3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DruncanVeasey (7309) - NUNEATON, Top 23, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAY 15, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2011 Bottle from Beermerchants. Deep ruby with a fine cappuccino collar going the distance. Deep enticingly Belgian aroma; mouldering plum, dark mushy grape skins, orange liqueur stirred with a Twiglet, star anise, maybe some spiced green tea...not to mention a hearty dose of booze. Hot, yeasty and slick with an instant burn in the throat; wheat and orange peel tang, squashy stone fruits not quite dried, aniseed, finishing alcohol. Hard work at first, especially if its the first beer of the night, but opens up with a certain Belgian..something. A sharer, even in a 330ml bottle.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rosenbergh (7239) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 5, 2013
330 ml bottle. L B. BB D/13. From Belgium. Courtesy of Brandman.
Dark brown colour with a small greyish white head. Surprisingly sweet malty aroma with some tartness, alcohol and saltiness. The flavour is salty soy sauce, dark fruits, cola, malt, some sweetness, mild yeast and a bit of hops. Not very complex nor interesting. Some alcohol there too.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skinnyviking (7179) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 27, 2014
Bottle. High creamy and lasting off-white head. Almost black very dark red brown body. Solid roasted malt caramel straw cocoa aroma and flavor with a nice hops bitterness, low carbonation and a long finish. Well balanced and the alcohol is hidden very well.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (7055) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 2, 2011
Corked and caged 75cl bottle pours out a nice deep mahogany with short lived tan head. Boozy head initially greets the nose followed by prunes, raisins, some caramel and spicy yeasty notes. The taste enters pretty smooth yet on the thin side offering up prunes, raisins and a thin ring of dates covered with caramel. The finish has mild notes of pure booze coming to the surface to close out the experience a bit on the rough side.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (6980) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (6883) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 22, 2012
Sampled on tap at PIB, pours a hazy amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, spices, brown sugar and dry notes. Flavour of brown sugar, Belgian spices and slight yeast. Quite complex, with a good dry, low sweetness quality. Very solid.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (6861) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Bottle. Dark mahogony beer with a big dark cream head. Toffee and light yeast aroma with light dark fruits. Toffee and light caramel flavor with light spice and light yeast. Medium bodied. Toffee and light yeast lingers with light spice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (6859) - Enghien, BELGIUM - FEB 23, 2011
Bouteille et quelle bonne surprise venant de cette brasserie brugeoise. De couleur rousse/cuivre, elle offre une mousse épaisse beige; Arôme subtile de malt, sucre candi et fruité la place très haute dans mes favorites du style. Ce nez fruité est profond allant vers la prune avec peut-être de la pomme? Au palais, elle présente toutes les bonnes caractéristiques d’une quad, mélangeant parfaitement sucre candi, malt pale et caramel ainsi que des fruits noirs laissant une fine couche d’amertume qui se fond à merveille avec un niveau d’alcool qui est bien présent sans pour cela prendre totalement le dessus.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (6842) - Burnsville, 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hansen (6828) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JUN 17, 2011
Dark brown coloured and hazy. Has an off-white head, mostly lasting. Aroma of alcohol and bread, faint dark bread. Some fruit too. Yeasty. perhaps melon and mango. Flavor is heavy sweet, finish moderate bitter and a bit astringent.


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