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

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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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (6143) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 3, 2012
Bottle. Head is initially large, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting. Body is medium to dark orange-brown. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (caramel, toasted nuts, roasted grain), lightly hoppy (flowers, apricot), lightly yeasty (cobwebs, basement), with notes of orange peel and coriander. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, velvety/watery texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. All in all better than expected. The aroma is a bit mild and nothing more exciting than "pleasant", but it is indeed enjoyable. And the mouth experience is quite pleasing considering the style. All too often quads are hard to drink due to being too sweet and/or syrupy and/or alcoholic. Or even sometimes too light and watery with some native Belgian examples where too much candy sugar is used in place of malt. But this one is in a nice little sweet spot with respect to flavor balance and mouthfeel...it’s frighteningly quaffable but does not forsake body and malt richness, which is a rare quality. Maybe just a tad watery, but all things considered it avoids the pitfalls inherent with the style well. And on the tongue, the 11% seems much more like 8 or 9%. Not a "wow" rendition but well done.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsga (6120) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 25, 2014
Medium brown head. Hazy dark brown body. Malty rock sugar and spice aroma with licorice notes. Sweet, and somewhat dry, licorice and spice taste with herbal cinnamon notes. Mid-bodied. Mild, soft mouthfeel. Dryish spicy cinnamon and toasted sugar aftertaste with vanilla and minerals notes. Nice and drinkable. Aftertaste is perhaps a bit short. (0.75l bottle, shared at de Vlaamsche Pot, Bruges.)

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Svesse (6042) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - AUG 11, 2012
(Bottle, Stamine de Garre, Brugge, 17 July 2012) Dark brown colour, almost black, with ruby hints. Creamy beige head. Malty nose with caramel, dried fruit, raisins, dark bread and brown sugar. Malty, slightly toasty taste with notes of caramel, chocolate, dried fruit, brown sugar and a spicy bitterness in a finish with a slight alcohol bite. Full body, quite sweet. Excellently balanced and quite tasty. Very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KnutAlbert (6013) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 14, 2014
Bottle in Bruges. Packed with flavour, caramel, malt, prunes, raisins, some bitterness, too, but firmly on the sweet side. Pleasant beer for sipping. Highly drinkable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 23, 2013
Bottled, dark amber color with no head, lots off raisin and fruit cake , apple pecan flavors, softer finish reminds of some dopples, nice smooth warm finish

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (5980) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - AUG 20, 2011
8/20/11. 750mL bottle. Very dark brown pour, quite dark for the style, with red under the light and a small tan head that fades but laces quite a bit. Big burnt sugar aroma with plenty of roast, dark fruits, and a solid dose of alcohol. Sweet flavor with dark sugar, dark fruits, licorice, and plenty of alcohol. Rich, dark, and... not bad.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lusikka (5955) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 16, 2011
330 ml bottle @ Gastropub Tuulensuu, Tampere. BBE 12/2013.
Pours a mahogany colour with a beige head. Aroma of dried fruits, solvent and some malts. Flavour of raisins, sweet dried fruits, bready malts, wood and alcohol. Dry, sticky mouthfeel without carbonation. Warming finish of alcohol, raisins and some wood. Needs aging as the alcohol comes through way too much.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (5944) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (5942) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (5938) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 6, 2013
In short: An Belgian Abt (fruity, etc.) that is more roasted than usual. Good.
How: Bottle 330ml. Consumed approximately 6 months after purchase.
The look: Cloudy dark mahogany body topped by a medium fizzy dark-beige head quickly dissipating to a persistent layer of foam leaving lots of lacings on the glass.
In long: Nose is estery, raisin pie, overcooked dark fruits, burnt pasty. Taste is burnt crusty raisin pie, crunchy roasted grains, Fig Newton™ cookies, a peppery spiciness, overcooked caramel, dehydrated prunes, black pepper spiciness, trappist-style yeast sensation. No alcohol presence whatsoever which was nice. Relatively low sweetness sensation for its style and size. Generous carbonation, maybe a little too generous considering the body wasn’t as full and rich as a 11% quad should be. The beer has many characteristics of a typical abbey Quad except that it is more roasted, it felt as roasted as many roasted imperial stouts I’ve had. A good beer but just average for the style, although I was told more recent batches have improved, will eventually try again. And I just try to express my honest opinions here despite those people who say I’m just an hypocrite who lies all the time, and I have the outmost respect for these people and wish them all the best.


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