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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: 560   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnfryd (10552) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 16, 2013
Bottle. Red amber colour with a beige head. Aroma is alcohol, sugar, dried fruits, anise, roasted malt. Flavour is alcohol, sugar, dried fruits, anise, roasted malt, cara,el. full body. Nice beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (4596) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Bottle from Beer Merchants. Snow day beer. The pour’s deep brown with a large off-white head. The nose is very sweet candied orange peel, golden raisins, bubblegum. Sweet chocolate milk. Cherry and strawberry jam. Mild spices. Cotton candy. The taste is candied prunes. Other sweet, dark fruits. Some plums, bruised over-ripe bananas. cotton candy. Earthy licorice and tree bark. Light booze on the long, full finish. Full body, plenty of carbonation. Overall, a decent quad. Nothing more.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maekchu (2127) - Hirakata, JAPAN - JAN 23, 2013
Bottle at sampling session. From notes. Prunes, candi sugar, and some grassiness in the nose. Very cola-like. Mid palate is a bit harsh and unrefined. Has quite a kick. Drinkable, indeed. But not the best of quads.

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 (1843) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jookos (2135) - FINLAND - MAY 9, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown. Caramel, yeasty belgian esters. Body is medium full, a bit of roasted malts. Dark fruits, belgian yeast. Ok, but not as soft as expected.

-- bb/h(n9)

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brandman (2076) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 5, 2013
Brown body, bit grey and white head. Aroma raisins sweet chocolate and cola malt. Alcohol and port wine like flavours. Fruits and alcohol.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
andriesradu (500) - 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 (701) - 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 (8667) - 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.


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