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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: 701   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KornDogg (554) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2014
Bottle. Aroma of raisins, molasses, fruit and alcohol. Dark brown, amber body with thin lasting head. Nice tan lacing. Flavor begins sweet, with subtle hints of bubble gum followed by raisin, molasses, dark bitter chocolate and a malty finish. Subtle coffee bean, bitter aftertaste.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
CaptainTilven (52) - Nancy, FRANCE - NOV 22, 2014
Dark brown colour; beige foam, abundant, dense and creamy. Smell of biscuit. Taste of fudge, chocolate. A powerful taste, a beautiful balance. Tasted with cheese and meat terrines but definitively stands up on its on.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beese (2560) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2014
Bottle at De Halve Maan brewery, Bruges. Poured a really deep mahogany colour, with a big, dense beige head. Massive aroma of prunes, dates, dark malt, black cherries and herbs. Very smooth mouthfeel. Toasted malt in the flavour, with fruitcake and dark rum. Finish was roasted malt, burnt sugar, treacle and slight earth.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
maus (44) - Tartu, ESTONIA - DEC 10, 2014
Poured from bottle. Served cold, a bit too much maybe. Head dissipates fast, yet the bottle is overcarbonated. Hence, palate is a bit too bubbly on the tongue. Aroma is sweet raisins, malt and caramel. Taste is absolutely wonderful, mellow, malty and candylike. Just a touch too much fizz in my bottle unfortunately. A great quad in all means.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ambro206 (273) - ITALY - FEB 3, 2015
Direttamente da Bruges una birra incredibile. Saltano subito al naso gli aromi di caffè e porto, luppolo assente. La birra nel bicchiere è di colore scuro impenetrabile con un bel cappello di schiuma dorato e persistente. In bocca si sprigiona tutto il suo carattere maltoso: cioccolato, caffè, una punta di liquerizia, uvetta e porto si uniscono per una bevuta gloriosa. Carbonazione giustamente elevata, corpo pienissimo e bella sensazione alcolica in bocca; non esagerata, non stucchevole. Una vera birra da meditazione e invecchiamento.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alusmamuts (1074) - LATVIA - MAY 24, 2015
Dark brown with good light brown head. Dark bread aroma. Rich complex taste full of fruity yeast notes and roasted bittternes.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arn8897 (158) - Trenton, Ohio, USA - MAY 25, 2015
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, licorice. Taste of coffee, raisin, licorice and malt sweetness. With some alcohol warmth. Nice Belgian. Medium mouth feel.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
paologalloni (158) - ITALY - OCT 8, 2014
Color rubino con abbondante schiuma color cappuccino che lascia eleganti merletti su i bicchieri. Profumo di caramello mal ti frutta candita In bocca è riscaldata dal warming e dal corpo. è ricca di frutta finisce secche e amara

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
petetemp1 (9) - - OCT 15, 2014 does not count
Very dark, hazy brown. Thin head and sticky lacing. Aroma- liquorice, dandelion & burdock, sweetness. Taste reflects aroma. Thinner mouthfeel than expected and hides abv well. Classy brew.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LuisVida (72) - - NOV 11, 2014
Excelent quadruple which matches elegance and dryness with alcoholic strenght and roasty character. Great mouthfeel and balance.


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