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

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RATINGS: 597   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kleurplaatje (42) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 11, 2014
Cloudy dark brown beer with a beautiful rocky off-white head. Beautiful lacing as well. Very nice complex aroma of roasty malts, caramel, dark fruits, alcohol and chocolate. Some raisins and wood in there as well. Taste is spicy and moderately sweet with a clear touch of the chocolate and the dark fruits. Maybe a tad too alcoholic, but not that disturbing. Some bitterness as well. Loveable warmishness in the aftertaste that goes accompanied with hints of the caramels and a nice mild bitterness that lasts for quite a while. Bit of an oily and sticky texture, medium bodied with a lively carbonation. Overall a pretty warming beer with a loveable taste. Like said before, maybe a bit too alcoholic, but yet it is quite drinkable as well... Nonetheless, I would love to have another bottle. Enjoyed it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
martjoobolut (876) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 13, 2014
Bottle, shared by suurjuust, thanks! Pours very dark ruby with tan head. The head stays for some time. Aroma is sweet, dark fruits, plums, alcohol, caramel, spices. Flavor is sweet, dark fruits, plums, malt, some alcohol, and yeast. Overall: very nice brew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stravale (2234) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - OCT 16, 2014
Bottle from Supervalu, Longford [161014]
Black with dark brown edges, big frothy tan head, good lacing
Aroma of dark fruits, touch of rum, soft sherry, interesting floral note, slight alcohol, complex
Taste of dark malts, some dark fruits, bit spicy, unusual perfume ester notes, getting some dark chocolate, dab of treacle, complex
Palate - Soft carb, medium to full body, smooth. Sweet palate. Finish as main flavour, soft sweet smooth dark malt finish
Overall - Alcohol really well hidden. Complex. Some interesting notes in this quad - different to others I’ve tried. Very good. Great to see this in the local supermarket.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vells (743) - Riga, LATVIA - OCT 19, 2014
Dark sided quad.Intense malt background, quite intense roast character, dried fruits, lovely candy, toffee, licorice, decent hop presence. Feels quite vinous with dry finish. Mostly sweet with decent bitterness. Lovely and highly enjoyable brew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pacool (39) - - OCT 21, 2014
Intensywne w smaku oraz barwie. Piwo o niezwykłym charakterze który umiejętnie maskuje prawdziwą moc (11%).

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Idiosynkrasie (4023) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - OCT 26, 2014
330ml bottle [kindly donated by bartlebier, thank you very much!]. Coffee brown colour with average, frothy, rock solid, fully lasting, off-white head. Dark fruity aroma, notes of dried dark fruit and their parings as well, minimally spicy, yeasty overtones. Taste belongs to the same genre, more intense, multifaceted and complex, with additional moderately sweet chocolate notes, oscillating between raisin, plum, blue grapes etc. Oily texture, slightly sticky palate. Pure pleasure.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmongoose (1364) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 22, 2014
draft that poured a medium mahogany color with off white head that disappeared quickly. the aroma was of sweet malts thick and flavorful some red fruits. mild bitterness in the nose and mouth fell. the flavor was delicious. medium to heavy body full and rich with plenty of sweet malts. dark fruit mix and a nice mild alcohol burn on the end...excellent from start to finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wimpie133 (380) - Brugge, BELGIUM - SEP 19, 2010
Tap, 25 cl @ Brugs Bierfestival. Dark brown beer with a medium creamy beige head, perfectly tapped (!), nice lacing. Aroma is quite similar to the Straffe Hendrik Tripel: malty, with some hops and sweetness included, dark fruits are extra to the Quadrupel. The taste at first sight also: strong malty taste, light sweet beer, grassy finish of hops. But the further you drink, the more comes to the foreground: instead of malts you discover these are roasted malts, a caramel taste on the background, dark fruits are also coming to the foreground. The Quadrupel has the same specific taste as the Tripel (or you are fan who likes this taste or you aren’t), but has so much more to serve you. Excellent choice, this quadrupel! (btw: excellent beer for my 300th rating!)

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JanEric (1027) - Meppel, NETHERLANDS - FEB 20, 2011
Tap @ De Beurs, Meppel. Ruby red to brown colour, small creamy head. Aroma has nuts, roasted malts, caramel and some chocolate. Full bodied, warming, long lasting finish. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thewolf (11209) - Kolding, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2011
Bottle, bought @ Vinens Verden, Odense.
A beautiful deep ruby red colour with a fine, staying, frothy, off-white head on top. Aroma has prunes, raisins, some mild cherries, caramel malts, vinious, mild oranges, slight coriander and plums. Highish carbonation, fine creamy mouthfeel. Flavour is very nice, good caramel base, light biscuit, some coriander. Quite vinious with plums, raisins and a mild roasted note. Very good, even if the alcohol is a bit too apparent.


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