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

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RATINGS: 769   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
LeRoytheAlien (55) - Kennesaw, Georgia, USA - OCT 13, 2014
Pours a dark coffee brown with a light tan head. Aroma is cocoa, banana, and wood, taste is more pronounced oak and chocolate with a smooth, bittersweet finish. The alcohol is very well camoflauged. Overall a spectacular ale.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
rarbring (1991) - Linköping, SWEDEN - DEC 25, 2014
Aroma: Smelling of sherry, dried banana, chocolate, vanilla and oak.
Appearance: A dark chestnut colored beer. A off-white head with good lacing and good curtains.
Taste: Tasting caramel, sherry, chocolate and vanilla.
Palate: Low carbonation, a soft and oily texture. A big body.
Overall: A very good beer. Balance and fortitude.
Note: Bottle 750 ml at home. Reviewed 2014-12-25.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dwyerpg (5086) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 28, 2015
This was really quite excellent. An even more pronounced flavor than the gulden draak 9000 I had just before this. Sweet but at the right level to hide the alcohol.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
robinn93 (55) - Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2015
330ml bottle at home. Very good Belgian quad, sweet flavors and very well-balanced.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
safphoto (2) - Alabama, USA - OCT 9, 2015 does not count
I had this while in Bruges recently . . . at Cambrinus. I would put this up there with Rochefort 10 which I’ve always liked better than Westvleteren XII and St Bernardus Abt 12. It does not give off the notion of being 11% as it is well masked. It is fruity and sort of earthy, reminding me of a strong dubbel.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Augdraught1981 (234) - Harlem, Georgia, USA - OCT 24, 2015
Pours a very dark bronze brown with a large creamy tan head. The aroma is slightly hoppy with some sweetness and fruit. Taste is sweet & creamy with some caramel and spice, with bitterness in the background and a light warming from the alcohol. Very smooth body with high drinkability and a very low alcohol presence. This beer has a long shelf life and I look forward to trying it months or even a year or two from now. Great quad!

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
msalsbury (29) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - NOV 7, 2015
Pours a nice brown with creamy beige head that lasts a while. Aroma is malty with dark fruit. Flavor starts sweet, with dates, plums, and raisin notes. This is followed by sweet dark malt with no tannins or unpleasant notes to it. Finish is mildly bitter. It’s everything I look for in a quad. Excellent.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kkleu357 (632) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 15, 2015
On tap at the brewery on 9/11/15. Big dark brownish tan body. Tons of Deep toffee flavor. Slightly spicy up front, but finishes with a nice dark fruits/dates taste.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hamilton_w (75) - - DEC 23, 2015
Dark fruit aroma and taste which is one of my favorite just like Gouden Carolus Christmas beer.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Savage_Night (301) - California, USA - DEC 31, 2015
Pours dark brown with an amber hue and a large light brown head that heavily laces the glass and leaves I thick frothy cap. AROMA: dark rich malt, dates, roasty, caramel, prunes, raisin, molasses, dry fruit, brown sugar, spruce, clove, boozy, spices, peppercorn, herbs, yeast esters, woody, candied sugar and herbal hops. TASTE: dark rich malt, slightly sour, creamy, dates, roasty, caramel, raisin, molasses, pine resin, brown sugar, clove, dry fruit, boozy, spices, peppercorn, herbs, yeast esters, woody, leaves, candied sugar and herbal hops. AFTER TASTE: malty, spices, molasses, caramel and herbs with a rich creamy boozy finish with a nice chest warmth.


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