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

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RATINGS: 824   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hamilton_w (211) - - DEC 23, 2015
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2016 Aroma of dark fruits, caramel. Big and long tan head, dark brown color. Tastes caramel sweet, yeasty, and a little bitter, well hidden alcohol. Full body, long finish.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Savage_Night (413) - 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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
CzechTex (127) - - FEB 7, 2016
from a bottle: this is a fine quadrupel! Fine, well-formed foam, moderate lacing, subtle aroma, faint smoky taste. There may be other Belgian quadrupels that equal it but I haven´t had one that surpasses it. Perfect slow sipping beer, nice feel on the tongue well after each sip. Don´t hesitate to try it if this sounds good to you.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rvzx (7) - - FEB 23, 2016 does not count
Awesome beers. This is my favourite style by far. The complexity of these belgian quad beers never stops to impress me. The rich taste, incredible aroma and several great features you can explore and rediscover every time you try one, makes this beer always a great experience. Every time you show one of these beers to a cheap lager drinker is a cool experience everybody should try. It is a completely diferent product. Talking about the beer: looks awesome! Nice brown,warm color. Awesome aroma, you can feel caramel, chocolate, toffee, alcohol, molasses, fruits... Just put your nose inside the glass and keep sniffing and you will discover new aspects. It is funny to see people looking uncomfortably at you. The taste is as good as the smell. Rich, creamy, heavy, oily, strong liquor. It is like an espresso doppio. Strongly recommended. What a beer!!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Probabeer (150) - - FEB 25, 2016
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2016 Muy buena. Tiene un aroma frutal, como la sidra. Tiene bastante cuerpo y no demasiado gas. Deja un sabor peculiar para una quadrupel.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ardeo (124) - Flémalle, BELGIUM - MAR 26, 2016
UPDATED: APR 5, 2016 Fles 33 cl. Brune très foncée. Mousse beige de belle tenue. Odeur surette style lambic et ses fruits noirs + café. Bouche : levure, aigre, piquante mais pas agressive, malt, alcooooool bien présent mais pas gênant. Longueur !!! Belle découverte pour moi d’une bière hyper complexe, surprenante à bien des égards. On en reparle ! :-) Ce qui est surprenant chez cette brune, c’est l’amertume comme pour une triple ! J’adore !

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
digopossobon (379) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
IPAgutten79 (902) - Skui, NORWAY - JAN 10, 2016
UPDATED: APR 22, 2016 Brun med høyt lysebrunt skum. Aroma av karamell, mild sjokolade og tørket frukt. I smaken er det mild lakris, noe sjokolade og igjen tørket frukt. Søt. Medium/tykk konsistens.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ALIBALI (428) - Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, GERMANY - JUN 24, 2016
Komplex, ausgewogen und für meinen Geschmack einer der besten Quadrupel der Welt. Eine Geschmacksgranate. 0,1/1 Jetson vom Fass beim ZYTHOS BEER FESTIVAL 2016 in Leuven.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
commonmac (1009) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2016
750ml bottle picked up at Surdyk’s and consumed with commonshawn. It’s an emotional moment as this is the celebration of RateBeer 1,000. Hard to believe we’ve finally arrived at this milestone. Moeder Lambic glass acting as the perfect consumption vessel. A deep, murky reddish brown color...maybe even caramel. Nose has a heavy sweetness with plums, raisins, and a lead in to a big alcohol presence to come. The taste is heavy on dark fruit as well with a plum/raisin/maybe cherry quality. Caramel and malty backbone that isn’t content to simply linger in the background. Mouthfeel is pretty thick and has a bready feel to it. There is an ever present sweetness. The second glass of the large share bottle seems to have a bit more character to the mouthfeel...almost more vibrant and assertive. The alcohol warmth is obvious and it doesn’t hide from its high ABV. A great choice for #1,000 and the perfect setting to consume...one of the best quads available.


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