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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: 580   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Abio (1616) - Waasland, BELGIUM - MAR 5, 2011
Dark brown, Ruby red. Smell is yeast, malts, dark fruits, caramel. Taste is sweet fruits, herb, spices, caramel. Ok.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BigMomma (223) - Leuven, BELGIUM - MAR 12, 2011
33cl bottle
Cloudy black color with a bubble head.
Aroma of fruity esters, bread and hops. The flavor starts with a cloying caramel syrup sweetness followed by liquorice and a hopbitter finish.
A little bit too sweet for my taste.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cavie (3800) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAY 23, 2011
Bottle courtesy bu11zeye. Clear reddish orange color with a light fizzy off white head. Aroma is sharp fruit with some woody notes and other sharp notes. Flavor is sharp malts and sugary sweetness. Tiny wood notes with a dark fruit flavor.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Martinus (2892) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - JUN 2, 2011
Dark brown beer, beige head. Aroma of sweet malts, molasse, candy sugar, some roasted malts. Flavour rather sweet, dark fruits, some roasted malts. Some burnt malts bitterness. Quite restrained for its ABV. Finish bit sweet and burnt malts bitter. (From bottle @ Café Jos, Nijmegen)

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zita (4740) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JUN 17, 2011
caramel, bread, toast, red, brown, clear, light brown,light sweetness, medium bitterness, medium body, bitter, long finish,

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (12815) - Pori, FINLAND - JUN 28, 2011
Bottled 330ml (Tuulensuu, BB 11/2012)
Dark nut brown color, steady beige head. Dark caramel and light coffee. Medium-bodied. Caramelly, alcoholic, Oak, prunes. A bit rough and weak in palate. But kind of enjoyable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lusikka (6340) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 16, 2011
330 ml bottle @ Gastropub Tuulensuu, Tampere. BBE 12/2013.
Pours a mahogany colour with a beige head. Aroma of dried fruits, solvent and some malts. Flavour of raisins, sweet dried fruits, bready malts, wood and alcohol. Dry, sticky mouthfeel without carbonation. Warming finish of alcohol, raisins and some wood. Needs aging as the alcohol comes through way too much.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ben4321 (4015) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 19, 2011
Location: Draft at La Trappe Cafe & Trappist Lounge, 5/11/11

Aroma: The nose is malty, caramel, toffee, some spice, and dark fruits
Appearance: The pour is dark reddish-brown with an off-white head
Flavor: The taste is rather sweet with a fairly light bitterness to it
Palate: The body is medium-full, and this one leans toward the sticky side
Overall Impression: I found this one to be a fairly solid Belgian Quad that certainly leans toward the sweet side. A pretty solid offering, and another interesting one

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
olio (6273) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 9, 2011
33 cl bottle @ Gastopub Tuulensuu, Tampere.
Dark ruby red with a medium beige head. Caramel and dark malts on the nose, notes of licorice and orange peel. Dark sweet malts and caramel on the flavor, orange and some syrup also. Complex, but unfortunately the alcohol dominates too much at the end.
4434

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnnyJ (4392) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 23, 2011
Deep chestnut pour, with a medium sized off-white head. Tons of raisin in this, with candy sugar, dried dark fruit, clove, nutmeg, and light cinnamon. The alcohol comes through slightly and is warming. Like spiced raisin bread. Decent.


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