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

bottled
common

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common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 688   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   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.


StoutDr's rating

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
StoutDr (44) - 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!


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oermens (13) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 30, 2015
Head diminishes slowly but has a nice creamy look. alcohol, resin, caramel, clear sweetness, lightly bitter. An easy enjoyable well balanced beer for it’s type but not particularly charismatic.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alphadelic (1905) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 26, 2015
A heavy nose of banana, clove and spiced rum. Heavy and sweet with a burst of the candy sugar then a long, dry and herbal finish. It’s very fizzy. With a nice boozy complexity in the finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BillKismet (3463) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 23, 2015
Beautiful mahogany beer, with a head that is decent, but a bit thin. Amber Belgian malts with some clovey phenols and dark fruit aromas and flavor. Buzzy body accentuates the lovely flavors, and the alcohol is well ensconced in the beer. I had this after a Westvetleren 12 (2015), and this one actually stood up as the better beer, though the West definitely needed a couple more years to age.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Iznogud (1434) - CROATIA - JUN 23, 2015
Bottle, 330 ml from Roybeer, Milano. Pours dark reddish brown with beige head. Dark fruits, caramel malts, spicy. bit of chocolate. Alcohol well hidden.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Achel (119) - GREECE - JUN 22, 2015
A pale amber beer with a thin off-white head. The aroma has notes of malt, caramel, and alcohol - showing that it is strong. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, alcohol, caramel, and sugar. Powerful body. Thanks yespr for sharing.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Grisza77 (67) - Poznań, POLAND - JUN 18, 2015
Piwo o brunatnej barwie z rubinowymi refleksami, piana gęsta, obfita, kremowa, zdobiąca szkło i pozostająca w formie warstewki do końca. W aromacie wiśnie i alkohol, od razu czuć, że mamy do czynienia z zawodnikiem wagi ciężkiej. W smaku także wiśnie i szlachetny, rozgrzewający alkohol oraz lekka paloność i kwaskowość od ciemnych słodów. Goryczka średnia, długa, szlachetna, piwo gęste, zaklejające całą jamę ustną. Ogólnie piwo o charakterze degustacyjnym, z każdym łykiem czuć jego moc i typowo wytrawny charakter.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
budedou (541) - Saint Etienne, FRANCE - JUN 14, 2015
Caramel brown. Fat, fizzy white head. Toffee, plums, alcohol. A little unbalanced, like the sharp edges need to be sanded down. Decent, but not awesome.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chinchill (2893) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 12, 2015
On tap at the Yard House in Atlanta. Deep, dark mahogany body with a good head. Excellent flavor and aroma, but the aroma is too weak. (then again, the ale is too cold and this may improve with warming). Smooth body despite the high ABV. Medium-full. Rich, moderately complex flavor. Sweet but not cloying. Adequate dark fruit notes with suggestions of light spicing.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ruuurd (126) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 31, 2015
Thought the Straffe Hendrik Tripel was the best but this one is even better! Strong, sweet and spicy

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hman43 (555) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - MAY 29, 2015
Dark amber with brown head. Aromas of cherries and fruit with a bit of yeast. Taste of caramel, cherries and dried fruit . Moderately bitter on the palate.


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