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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: 554   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   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.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Grzesiek79 (3181) - Radom, POLAND - OCT 12, 2013
Prawie doskonale piwo. Wspanialy aromat slodowo czekoladowy, daktylowy. W smaku piernik, czekolada troche kawy i karmelu. Slodkawy posmak ale taki przyjemny z klasa smak. Finisz slodko rozgrzewajacy. Ciut alkocholowy. Ale swietnie to wszystko zgrane. Niewielka niana ale kolor czarny jak imperialny stout. Czworniak godny polecenia

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
gmonroe10 (241) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 26, 2014
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown, reddish tint, with a massive soft, solid cream head. Looks fantastic. Taste does not disappoint! Dark red fruits, chocolate, no alcohol taste at all. Wow. One of my favorite beers of late!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ronisa73 (8) - drammen, NORWAY - JUN 30, 2014 does not count
Flott skum, fyldig smak, morsom øl som man ikke drikker mange av. Smakte denne i Cornwall

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Mr_Pink_152 (644) - 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!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pilif (23) - zedelgem, BELGIUM - DEC 8, 2010
A FULL BODIED QUADRUPPEL THE COLOR IS VERY DARK THE TASTE BEGINS SWEET AND ENDS WITH A LITTLE BIT BITTERNESS 11 ° VOL

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RB1 (117) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JUL 29, 2011
11.2 oz bottle, purchased at Total Wine, Gilbert, AZ. Pours a beautiful dark ruby red, with big creamy/tan head. Aroma is pure Belgium. Spicy, fruity, malty and boozy. Taste is complex; sweet rich malt, with dark fruit and berries, yeast and candy sugar. Finish is chewy, boozy and smooth. A real winter warmer. This is what quadrupel is all about!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kollinski (4) - - SEP 10, 2011 does not count
Strong alcohol percentage, with it’s 11% Although I am not a dark beer favourite, it has a great taste (not too much coffee taste)

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dpbjoyce (1) - Newhaven, East Sussex, ENGLAND - JUN 11, 2012 does not count
Bought a four pack from a supermarket in Belgium as something else to try. With hindsight I wish I had bought all their remaining stock. The flavour is of burnt toffee shot through with liquorish with a constant sweetish tang. I also compared it with a Westvleteren 12 which my partner was drinking. Were I trying these two in a blind tasting, I might just come down on the side of the Straffe Hendrik.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Coyler (112) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAR 15, 2013
I can smell it already and ive only started pouring it, sweet malt and dark fruits aroma, pours dark brown with a lightly tanned head. Quite smooth on the palate with flavours of dark fruit, caramel and brown sugar. So well balanced, would not have guessed an eleven percenter. What an awesome Quadrupel!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
superspak (2562) - Michigan, USA - MAY 5, 2013
750 ml bottle into chalice, no bottle dating. Pours fairly crystal clear very dark reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger dense and fluffy khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice thick soapy lacing clings on the glass, with plenty of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, prune, apple, caramel, toast, toffee, molasses, pepper, light clove, cocoa, light roast, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of malt and fruity/spicy ester notes. Taste of raisin, prune, apple, molasses, caramel, toast, toffee, cocoa, pepper, light clove, light roast, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of dark fruit, molasses, caramel, toast, toffee, cocoa, light roast, pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible flavor balance and complexity of dark malt and fruity/spicy yeast esters; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is fantastic. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely incredible Quadrupel! Incredible balance and complexity of flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A totally world class offering.


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