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

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common

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RATINGS: 485   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.


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3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bkurtz (725) - - 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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SimonBeer (68) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - APR 22, 2014
(Drinking date: 22 April 2014) Pitchblack colour with no foam. Nice aroma of ripe dark fruits and chocolate and salted liqorice and alcohol. But could have been more intense. The taste is nice. It starts sweet and it ends bitter, with a kind of liqorice-sweetness. The mouthfeel is not really good. The body is too watery, and the carbonation too heavy. I would have liked a more full body and with a less intense carbonation. Overall this is a good and delicious beer, but not the best and most delicious quad that exists. The aroma could have been more intense and the mouthfeel should have been better. But still a good one! That?s why I give it the total score of 3.7!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
miquelcrush (97) - Granollers, SPAIN - APR 21, 2014
Bona quadrupel, tot i que es nota molt l’alcohol. Recomanable predre-la poc a poc per descobrir diferents matissos. Buena quadrupel, aunque se nota mucho el alcohol. Recomendable tomarla despacio para descubrir diferentes matices.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
StoutDr (41) - Virginia, USA - APR 14, 2014
Malty aroma with slight fruitiness like raisons. Poured light from bottle with barely any head. Clear coffee brown with edges of gold. Fantastic malty quad flavor. Light on the palate. Strong alcohol with sweet lasting after taste. This is a worthwhile Belgian quad. I will gladly drink this again!

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
zvikar (2837) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - APR 5, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks beerandbeyond. Pours brown to orange with a nice head, aroma of fruits, yogurt and a apricot, flavor is sourish and very sweet with fruits and alcohol, medium bodied.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
574deadzone (891) - North Central, Indiana, USA - APR 4, 2014
2010 vintage, carefully cellared at my local distributors warehouse. Pours dark brown with a fair amount of sediment and a khaki head that settles down to a thicker ring and leaves some spots of soapy lace. Nose involves dark candy sugar, some caramel apple, brown bread, pinot noir, some alc vapors, plums. Quite sweet, somewhat bitter, a touch tart. Full bodied, chewy texture, oily, fair action, some alc heat, with a drying toasty bitter finish. Pretty badass, I must say. Lots of cool shit going on. Restrained, yet powerful.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sjorsvdg (24) - NETHERLANDS - APR 4, 2014
Een lekker, donker bier. Koffie, hop, houtskool. In het begin kan het wennen zijn, maar daarna drinkt het heerlijk weg.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Handypaul (162) - - APR 1, 2014
Bottle. Pours black with big creamy beige head that lasts and leaves great lace. Rich aroma of caramel, toasted malts and bread dough of which the caramel is well represented in the flavor. Medium sweet and lightly bitter tastes. Average carbonation, chewy to oily texture, sweet candy and chocolate flavors, medium body and a smooth sweet finish. Hides the alcohol well. Yummy!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kingstoni (1345) - FINLAND - MAR 28, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown color with a medium thick frothy off-white head. Aroma of raisin, caramel, vanilla and yeast. Bitter and sweet taste. A bit harsh finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mortlach (959) - Rome, ITALY - MAR 28, 2014
28/03/2014 La Tana (330ml bottle). Bruna, intensa, abbastanza limpida, schiuma bianco-sporca abbondante e persistente. Al naso iniziale, sgradevole nota metallica, che fortunatamente si attenua nel tempo fin quasi a sparire, quindi emergono note di zucchero di canna, frutta rossa (ciliegie), caramello e spezie. In bocca è discretamente complessa, rotonda, dolciastra all’attacco con un finale acidulo (frutta rossa, ciliegie, ribes) e leggermente amarognolo. Corpo pieno, carbonazione media. Bella birra di sostanza.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Renobob (453) - Besançon, FRANCE - MAR 24, 2014
Superbe réussite encore une fois. Belle couleur foncée, bière maltée à souhaits, arômes d’alcool de fruits, quelques notes grillées et épicées. Les 11% sont par contre très violents.


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