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


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RATINGS: 704   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JorisPPattyn (8645) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Fin (8534) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Borup (8523) - Albertslund, DENMARK - SEP 22, 2013
Sample at DØE 2013. Dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma and flavour of malt, spice, alcohol, fruit, yeast and caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (8186) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (8152) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
olio (8059) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 9, 2011
33 cl bottle @ Gastopub Tuulensuu, Tampere.
Dark ruby red with a medium beige head. Caramel and dark malts on the nose, notes of licorice and orange peel. Dark sweet malts and caramel on the flavor, orange and some syrup also. Complex, but unfortunately the alcohol dominates too much at the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (8008) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Camons (8000) - Hasselager, DENMARK - JUL 3, 2011
Bottle @ Home. Pours ebony with a fluffry offwhite head. Aroma of malt, caramel, dark chocolate, plums, light spices. Taste is malt, sweet caramel, hints of chocolate, licorice, port, dark dried fruit. Full body, rather high carbonation, some alchohol in the finish. Good without been outstanding. 030711

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (7972) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUN 15, 2011
Bottle from ohtsuki. Spicy, fruity aroma, raisins, dried plums, chocolate, a bit of alcohol burn. Almost black, with orange, and a thin, fine head. Sweet, fruity, hot, cherry, raisin, plums, chocolate, molasses. Hot, with quite a strong tanginess too.  A bit thin and airy for a quad. Too much carbonation as well. Also needs some age to get the alcohol to mellow. Not a world-class quad yet, but maybe with some age.    

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skinnyviking (7936) - 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.

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