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

bottled
common

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common

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RATINGS: 553   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.


4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
dogbomb (940) - ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2013
Bottle. Dark chocolate pour with a thick mid-tan head. Nose is out of this world; some dark berries, cherry and blackcurrant, some toffee and treacle, caramel and raisins. Freshly spun sugar. I could plop my nose in the glass all day, but I’m desperate to see if it lives up to it in the taste... wham! It does, sort of - quite a thick drink, and those dark berries give it a sort of vinous quality but that 11% ABV makes itself know quite early on. A mild alcohol burn and a whack of alcohol tastes somewhat overpowers this and takes away from the malty warm profile it would otherwise have. I think this could benefit greatly from ageing. Delicious, if a little overbearing.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
knickskicks (695) - - MAR 16, 2013
Draft. Cloudy brown, lasting light tan head. Nose is big dark fruits, plums, raisins, brown sugar. Taste is lightly chocolate covered raisins, rich nuts, dark fruits. Not boozy like i expected. Smooth silky mouthfeel.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OwainTurner (313) - Leicester, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2013
From Brewery. Almost stout like quality with a little soy.. Very nice indeed . will buy again.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Seabass1964 (28) - Paragould, Arkansas, USA - FEB 12, 2014
Very nice dark fruity flavors, grapes, Plums, raisins. Nice alcohol burn... very inviting, like a barrel aged quad. Tastes of vanilla, hints of chocolate, and toffee. Aroma is beautiful and pleasureful. Malt complexity of a well crafted Belgian brew. I love this beer and it only gets better with age.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
blackisle (659) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - FEB 18, 2014
Sweet malty and roasty nose, brown sugar, caramel, dark fruit, raisins, plum, cloves, chocolate, coffee, some alcohol; opaque ruby brown color, small, frothy tan head, dissipates rather quickly, thin layer reamins, good lacing; medium sweetbitter, roasty, coffee; full-bodied, oily to creamy texture; smooth bittersweet finish, roasty and fruity notes. A well balanced beer with well hidden alcohol. Great.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Corrinado711 (80) - - FEB 22, 2014
Bottle to snifter. Pours a deep, dark amber with thin, carmel head. Not much head retention. Aroma of sweet, roasted mild malt with suttle sour fruit and booze. Taste is roasty malt, light fruit, scotch booze, then a coca finish. Very little booze, not overpowering, malts are very well balanced. Awesome quad

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
peermac (58) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 3, 2011
Ser flott ut når den kommer i glasset. Deilige smaker. Tydelig belgisk preg, masse sødme og alkohol. Fint balansert, deilig ettersmak.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAY 31, 2011
Pours very dark with fresh spicy aromatics reminiscent of bath beads. A canopy of terminal velocity expands and sticks like a mary lou rettin face plant on the pony boy express. Medium nectar with good carbonation. Very rich and warming with flavors of coffee bean, plum, nectarine, brown sugar. Theres a defined acidity that really holds it all together balancing out all the sugar. The finish lingers long into the session. A classy ale indeed.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
thooper41 (548) - BELGIUM - JUL 29, 2011
33 cL bottle: Appearance is amber brown with slight white head. Aroma is of roasted malt and pale malt. Flavor is of spices and roasted malt with a unique Belgian twist.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbastard (680) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 23, 2011
Nose has toffee, malts, alcohol and a touch of vanilla. Flavors are very complex. I get fruits (pears and oranges), spicey bread, some licorice. A background of brown sugars, some vanilla, alcohol, and yes even a little coconut. It has a full body and finishes slighty bitter and dry. I think this is a great beer and should get a second chance if it was rated poorly. It is very interesting.


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