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

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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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jeverszeuge (617) - GERMANY - MAR 4, 2013
# 3225 ersma: quadrupel bedeutet ja nicht, dass vier mal mehr malz im sud ist - das wäre mehr so ein gerstenbrei, nicht umrührbar bis staubig. aber was quadrupel genau bedeutet oder definiert, ist auch nicht richtig klar. schwarz wie die nacht mit feincremigem schaum, der sehr stabil ist. erstaunlich für 11 volt. der geruch ist süßlich bis süß, aromen von karamell und trockenbeeren. der antrunk ist perlig, süßlich mit aromen von beeren, karamell, blumenwiese, honig. die mitte bleibt karamellbetont, dazu trockenpflaume und etwas hopfen, der zum abgang deutlicher wird, dem malzigen fundament aber den vortritt lässt. dazu getreide und vanille. die flasche ist ansehnlich. fazit: überzeugendes quadrupel mit sehr komplexer aromenvielfalt und toller optik. unbedingt probierenswert. 14,13,12,12,11,12 - 12,30 - 5/3

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryanfolty (1838) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - MAR 13, 2013
March 13, 2013 - bottle from Randalls. Dark brown pour with big head that lasted and lacing. Aroma was dark fruit, yeast, spice and sweet malt. Wow super sweet sugary start, then gets spicy, moves into the dark fruit and finishes with some dry alcohol. This is not subtle, the flavors are in your face.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
andriesradu (475) - ROMANIA - SEP 17, 2013
33cl. Pours dark red, almost black with moderate mostly persisting head. Sweet, moderate malty, caramel,alchool aroma. Flavor is sweet malt, alchool, light bitter, well balanced. Light for the 11%, but good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Calisky (610) - ALSACE, FRANCE - NOV 29, 2013
Couleur noire et reflet rouge. Belle mousse dense et beige. Nez de fruits noirs et un peu malté. Biere epaisse, au gout de fruits noirs, sucre candy, un peu malté et note alcolisée. Bonne amertume en fin de bouche

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (8294) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2013
Bottle split at JF’s, 26/12/13. Extremely dark mahogony brown with a good sized biege head that dissipates to pondwork, Nose is sweet, rich caramel, dark toffee fudge, dates, raisens, booze. Taste comprises Xmas Cake, liqourice, toffee, hint of cocoa, sweet tasting, rich caramel, nutty tang, dark fruits. Full bodied, fine carbonation, warming alcohol in the finish. Ok easy drinking quad but lacks a little complexity and finesse.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfinney23 (1650) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2014
Pours dark brown with only a thin wispy head, which doesn’t seem right. Maybe a bad seal or it got shorted on the yeast? Fantastic caramel and plum aroma hits even before lifting the glass. Taste is similar with hints of roasted coffee. Feels a bit flat. Will definitely need to sample another bottle.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RW80 (582) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 9, 2014
33cl bottle Appearance: Transparent reish brown pour, thin unstable cloudy head Aroma: Belgian yeast, Esters, red fruit fruit. Taste: Bittersweet with dark fruits, a hint of chocolate and caramelised malts. In the finish it shows some light spices and the alcohol peaks just a bit too much trough. medium body, Oily Texture (less smooth as the heritage version.), medium carbonation,

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MustangMarkF (219) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2014
750ml Bottle. the aroma is very sweet and alcoholic - my first thought was that it smells like port. Threes raisins, chocolates and caramel in there as well as more fruitiness. It pours a dark brown almost black body with a thick lasting light tan head. Its taste is very similar to the smell with chocolate more to the fore and with burnt toast in there too. It has a bitter sweet finish. Not as sickly sweet as a lot of strong Belgian beers. Didn’t think Id like this one - but I was wrong!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OllieBBommel (1071) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 19, 2014
33cl bottle@home. Head: beige foam. Colour: clear, dark brown. Aroma: hops, malt. Taste: mild bitter-sweet. Overall: mild bitter-sweet finish, medium CO2. Overall: nice.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
omikr0n (716) - Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 26, 2014
Bottle at the brewpub. Pours dark brown to black with thin brown head. Aroma is lots of licorice, spices, a bit of malt. Flavor is licorice, malt, roasty, spicy. Very strong in flavor.


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