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

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RATINGS: 608   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   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.


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
superspak (2828) - 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.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
myrda (66) - - JUN 28, 2013
Surprenant, les aromes herbacées de poivre qui s’échappent du vers dès le départ. Avec l’ambiance tempérée, elle perd ces caractéristiques pour laisser plus de place au malt, fruits confits (mûres / canneberges) et épices de noel. Son apparence physique n’a rien d’extraordinaire, c’est bel et bien une brune belge. En bouche par contre, explosion de saveurs plus riche les unes qur les autres: un bouquet complexe et arômatique, fidèle aux impressions que son nez laisse présager. Effervecente d’abord, son corps velouté ressort avec la température grimpante du liquide à l’air ambiant. Délectable.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
phitje (9) - - SEP 20, 2013 does not count
Een straffe hendrik quadruppel uit de fles in een rochefort glas. wat een topbier, niet te koel drinken.

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MelvinKalksma (20) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - AUG 1, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2014 What the hell can I say about this beer? The smell might be light, but the taste is absolutely heavy as fuck. This is one of the most dark and bitter tasting beers I have ever had.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
digopossobon (296) - MACAE, BRAZIL - OCT 8, 2014
A: caramel, lots of alcohol, woody, roasty. Intense! A: rocky head, brown foam, dark brown, cloudy.Beautiful head! T: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, medium sourness, Intense again! P: full body, creamy, licorice, long finish, bitter O: adorei essa cerveja! Intensa em tudo, principalmente no alcool, no amargor e em um sabor forte que não consegui identificar, mas que adorei!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Luumu (9) - , FINLAND - NOV 4, 2014 does not count
Tumma, läpinäkymätön, kirkas. Vaahto katoava, vaalea rusehtava. Tuoksu puhdas, suklaata, kahvia. Maku makea, ei juurikaan läpipistävää alkoholia, hedelmäinen, paahteinen. Suutuntuma hento, kevyen hapokas, samenttinen. Kaikkiaan todella miellyttävä juotava.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bhovingh (4) - - DEC 13, 2014 does not count
Lekkere quadrupel. Zachte smaak van caramel en zoethout. Schuim is snel verdwenen. Topbier!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dabeerguy (17) - Arizona, USA - APR 25, 2011
Very dark beer with a lively light colored head when poured from the 11.2 bottle. Aroma of sweet fresh fruits like cherry and plum, malt, caramel & slight chocolate / coffe. Taste is huge full of caramel, fresh bread, currents, figs, cocoa, coffe and reasted malt. Finished with a long lasting almost smokey sweetness. Would pair well with spicy dishes and cant wait to braise lamb in it.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Stefano (1886) - Thisted, DENMARK - OCT 13, 2011
Brown colour with a huge creamy beige head. Sweet aroma of dark fruits. Flavor of dark malts and dark fruits added by dark spices. Full bodied with warming alcohol. Winterwarmer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
armando629 (2415) - Budapest, HUNGARY - NOV 19, 2011
0,33 l bottle, bought in Amsterdam.
Clear mahagony colored ale with a medium creamy tan head that melts down to a fine lacing one. Intensive herbal aroma with fruity alcohol, cherries, raisins, liqueric, herbs like thyme, cocoa and cinnamon, nutmeg. Oh my god, complex aroma - what about the flavor? Medium, easier bodied than expected. Herbal character with a caramel-toasted cocoa some coffee in the background, spicies. Integrated chaos in the flavor. Cherries and tobacco, earth and herbs, thyme again with some candy sugar. Herbal aftertaste. Very complex, fantastic!


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