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

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RATINGS: 825   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.


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3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bkurtz (1045) - - JAN 25, 2013
poured dark brown with an amber tint, big head and some lacing. Rich, dried fruit and bready aroma. Taste is not as nice as the aroma with alcohol and a bit astringent. It has quite a kick and not so well balanced. Uneven finish, a subpar quad.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fujimo2000 (79) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 25, 2016
Poured a dark chestnut brown with a huge fluffy 4 finger light tan head. Aromas of roasted malts, caramel, sugar candy, vanilla, dark fruit, alcohol. Taste: Very nice.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Samuel214 (446) - SWEDEN - JUL 24, 2016
Flaska från Beergium. Eventuellt 1-2 år gammal? Mörk rubinröd/djuot mahognybrun med två fingrar högt krämbeiget, gräddigt skum. Rejält med torkad frukt, toffee, inlagda körsbär, kandisocker. Alkoholen märkbar redan i doften. Stor, tung och ganska matt kropp (borde inte vara superfärsk). Relativt len. En del spritighet smakmässigt. I övrigt kandisocker, toffee och nästan lite kaffe. Något större beska.

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Antonio369 (134) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 23, 2016
33cl bottle, served in snifter glass. Poured a dark chestnut brown with a huge fluffy 4 finger light tan head. Aromas of roasted malts, caramel, sugar candy, vanilla, dark fruit, alcohol. Taste: Simply amazing! Caramel, sweet sugar candy, dark fruits, chocolate, vanilla, dates, figs, raisins, Port, whole wheat bread, burnt toffee, cherries, licorice, roasted nuts. Very malty, thick, sticky mouthfeel with vinous Portlike qualities. Full body with a boozy, sweet malty finish. After the initial slightly weak nose I was surprised by the superb malty, sweet character of this beer. Reminded me in some ways of the blue version of the ’Cuvee van de keizer’, What a great beer this is...

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fukito (1016) - Santiago, CHILE - JUL 16, 2016
Opaque deep brown with a nice, creamy beige head. Aroma is rape dates and plums with a boozy note. Flavor is same ripe fruit, with some cake and dried fruits and a gentle boozy finish. Medium to heavy palate, effervescent carb.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hopverdju (553) - BELGIUM - JUL 13, 2016
Robijnrood bruin met weinig wit schuim. Geur: alcoholisch, rijp fruit, krentenbrood, witte chocolade. Smaak: zoet, mueslibar met melkchocolade, iets kruidig, kardemon. Redelijk volmondig. Medium koolzuurprikkel.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
weihenweizen (3030) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - JUL 12, 2016
Refrigerated 11.2 oz. brown bottle poured into a glass. Opaque dark brown with big beige head. Aroma is dark fruit (mostly fruit), medium body, medium carbonation, and thick small-bubble lacing. Taste is dark fruit (mostly fig) and hints of alcohol.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (20757) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 11, 2016
Keg at cellar bar Chester... Soft sweet Berries.. Big sweet toffee yeasty malts nose.. Juicy fruit.. Rich sweet fruit.. Big juicy toffee fruit

2.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GoddamnNoise (35) - Pontevedra, SPAIN - JUL 4, 2016
Aroma: not very intense aromas of fruits, malts. Very subtle hints of alcohol and yeast. Appearance: very deep amber color with tan thick creamy head with above average retention despite the fact of the high alcohol level. Good Brussels’ lace. Clear. Carbonation keeps working in the glass. Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness. A touch of sourness. Notes of caramel, malts, fruits, spices. Palate: medium-to-full body, oily-to-creamy texture, soft-to-average carbonation, the warming effect of the alcohol lasts very long. Very long spicy and slightly bitter finish. Overall: not a lot of aroma but quite good and complex flavors. Well balanced. Nice flavors of caramel, fruits, spices. Great appearance with a very nice color and great head. Too much alcohol for my taste, but a good beer.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Icedwarf (1188) - Etten-Leur, NETHERLANDS - JUL 3, 2016
Wow, een geweldig bier, zwart met weinig schuim. Smaak is krachtig, complex en ietwat zoet met veel nuances. Zoethout, anijs, fris fruit en diverse smaken komen te samen in dit bier. Een absolute topper !

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
commonshawn (1012) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2016
Big bottle from surdyks. Enjoyed with commonmac for monumental beer #1000. Plum with thick semi creamy off white head. Dark fruit nose with some funk, fits the bill for a Belgian quad. Flavor is very complex. Plum, tartness, yeast, maybe some cherry. Balance sweet, tart, funk, and alcohol. Mouthfeel is full, medium high effervescent, spicy. The layers here are outstanding. Pretty boozy, but well done. Bottom of bottle brought more yeast sediment and more funkiness. Didn’t know if I would stick with this for 1000 beers, but this is just a common guy proud to be there, proud to have done it the right way, and proud to join the 1000 beer club. Cue shot of me riding off into the sunset, but maybe grabbing another beer on the way out...


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