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

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RATINGS: 559   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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3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
The_Mango_Kid (22) - - JUL 30, 2013
De Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel was enige tijd geleden en ware verrijking, als trouwe aanhanger van ondernemer de La Trappe Quadrupel. Het aroma is vol en donker met geuren van karamel, candij en donker fruit. De hop toets volgt subtiel op het einde en de geur van de gist blijft in het aroma goed verborgen. Aan het uiterlijk merk je vooral aan de fijn bruisende schuimkraag en vooral de kleine explosies hierin dat je met een bier van zeer hoge gisting te maken hebt. De kleur van het bier zelf is donker bruin en vrijwel ondoorzichtig. De smaak ligt in het verlengde van het aroma. Toetsen van gebrande candij, bitterheid van licht gezoete koffie m’n met in de afdronk een lichte fruitige toets. Vooral in de smaak is het vleugje banaan, afkomstig van de gist prominent aanwezig. Het mondgevoel is heerlijk, licht bruisend en sprankelend, doch klef genoeg om de nasmaak voldoende vast te houden. Voor mij dus al bij al een heel goed bier wat ik op en eerder winterse- of herfstavond, onder de gezelligheid van het haardvuur aan mijn gasten zou durven serveren. Top!


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lux_edwards (104) - - SEP 13, 2014
Bottled. Pours a raisin colored brown with a tan head. Little to no lacing. Aroma is raisins, mulled fruit, molasses, caramel, and chocolate. The flavor is slightly sweet like dark chocolate, raisins, some light dark fruits. Mouthfeel is nice. Incredibly drinkable. Almost no booziness. I will buy more next time.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pivnizub (8853) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - SEP 9, 2014
Butilka: Deep ruby-amber coloured, almost clear, small and stable off-White foamy creamy layer; sweet raisins, molasses, sweet wine and caramel in the pretty complex nose, ornated by traces of chocolate; moderate to solid sweet and - subdued - bitter flavour, full bodied; lingering sweet-vinous and aramelly finish with some cacao in the very end. Good,good...

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
darrennelson12 (396) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 9, 2014
At the brewery in Bruges; nice very beer. Pours very dark; aroma of coffee ans chocolate. Very easy drinking for a quad with 11% alc. Maybe not as good as some of the others in the category, but still very good

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
SG111 (113) - - SEP 1, 2014
Bottled. Pours a raisin colored brown with a tan head. Little to no lacing. Aroma is raisins, dark fruit, molasses, caramel, roasted maltiness, and chocolate. The flavor is chocolate, raisins, some light dark fruits. Mouthfeel is nice. Incredibly drinkable. Almost no booziness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gaultier (331) - SWEDEN - AUG 31, 2014
Bottle @ Den Tatoverede Enke, Copenhagen. Aroma: Yeasty, fruity, dried fruit. Taste: Yeasty, fruity, dried fruit, sweet, notes of chocolate(?). Body is full, warming alcohol in the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skinnyviking (7060) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rdb84 (100) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 26, 2014
Bottle. Dark dark brown, zero light penetrates the beer. Frothy foam head. Aromas are quite fruity, potatoes, raisins, bubblegum. Boozy, sensation like breathing in hairspray. On to the taste. Sweet from the onset, cherries / cherry liquor, licorice, salmiak, dried apricorns, caramelized apples, gentle creaminess runs throughout. Sweet fruity high dominates. I would compare it to Gulden Draak, althought this is less fruity. Compared to Trappist beers, this is definitely much much fruitier. Interesting.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Mr_Pink_152 (700) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2014
330ml bottle as a birthday present. Colour is very dark reddish brown, reddish tint, with a tan head. Aroma of dark caramel, and stewed fruit. Taste has dark fruits, chocolate, and surprisingly no alcohol!

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Trappis**d (11) - Dorset, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2014
Absolutely stonking! Give me a swimming pool of this Belgium lovelyness and dive right in from the 30 metre board!!

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
leghorn99 (11) - Livorno, ITALY - AUG 22, 2014
Dal colore marrone scuro con riflessi rosso rubino; schiuma abbondante, fine, cremosa e di buona persitenza. Aroma molto complesso, con prevalenza di fruttato (frutti rossi, mirtilli, ribes, more), accompagnato da picchi di caffè tostato e malto, con avvertenze liquorose. Al palato si mostra ancora di ottima complessità, sapori di frutti rossi (ciliegie), uva passa, frutti di bosco; il tutto è accompagnato da sapori leggermente tostati e frutta sotto spirito, buonissima la presenza liquorosa con sentori di Porto. Retrogusto lungo, buona carbonazione. Ottima produzione del birrificio de Halve Maan, e ottima anche la concorrenza ad altre produzioni di pari categoria.


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