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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: 670   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Serving: 11.2 oz. bottle at Fire Works Leesburg. It pours a hazy brown color with a dense, light tan head. the nose is slightly spicy with light Belgian yeast notes, and a hint of banana. The flavor takes a mellow malt route with some dried fruit, dusty yeast notes, dried banana, and light bubble gum. Medium bodied with high carbonation and a slightly dry finish thanks to the high ABV. A solid quad.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
freeofthoughts (682) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Pours dark brown with bubbly tan head. Sweet grainy aroma full of fruits. The flavor is great rounded Belgian dark malts that match the rich rounded candied fruits with a toffee and light chocolate note. It’s a bit crazy but still really easy to drink and write tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
abemorsten (3077) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - APR 5, 2013
Deep clear mahogany orange body with a large tan colored head. Pungent sweet vanilla, dried light fruits and christmas spices on the nose. Smooth, full bodied and alcoholic. Pungent sweet and bitter with toasted notes and spicy roasted hints. Dry tongue. Even warms the throat.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bartlebier (2416) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - APR 16, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2013 33cl, BB 11/2015. - Pours an unctuous dark brown/purple with solid off-white head. Aroma is is an aromatic and port-like syrup of sweet dark fruits. Taste is immensely layered as you would expect of a quadruple, ranging from intital malt and dark fruit sweetness with heavy alcohol to coffee roast dryness and pronounced hop spice shifting to take centre stage as it warms. Strange effervescence for a beer this heavy. Depending on your drinking needs of the evening, you could dub this mix willfully complex or dramatically confused. What remains is a unique and artfully crafted mahogani master of a quad.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (6837) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 28, 2013
Bottle at Mikey’s event. Pours a dark amber/brown color with a medium beige head. A big nutty and berries nose. Some heat, toffee, caramel, strawberries, a bit of tobacco. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
The_Mango_Kid (22) - BELGIUM - 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!

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tlind2 (1239) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 1, 2013
Bottle@Brussels, July 2012. Murky dark brown color, tan head. Hoppy aroma with a hint of alcohol. Warming flavor with hops, juicy malts, dark chocolate, lavender, vanilla and plum. Wow. Full body, high carbonation. Very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DenverLogan (856) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - AUG 1, 2013
Poured from a corked bottle in a Great Lakes tulip glass. Big pop of cork...pours a dark brown with big amber head. Aroma of dark malts, alcohol, and malt sweetness. Moderate carbonation and mouthfeel. Flavors of dark roasted malts, alcohol, caramel, molasses, dark chocolate, milk chocolate. Overall big and bold with a big alcohol strength coming through over the big malt body. After 10 minutes the alcohol resides a good amount.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PriorL (2460) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 26, 2013
33cl bottle. APPEARANCE: dark brown beer, small unstable beige head. NOSE: caramel, sweet, burned malts, little anise. TASTE: lots of alcohol, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, burned malts, molasses. Very decent beer!

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bob_w (359) - new york, New York, USA - OCT 26, 2013
fruity nose, some dark aged fruit aroma, esters, almost bavarian wheat beer-like esters. a touch of alcohol in the nose. clear, very dark brown color with modest head. rich flavor, dark fruits, raisins, some alcohol. heavy side of medium body. actually, light side of heavy body -- almost viscous.


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