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

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RATINGS: 554   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.


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4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dpbjoyce (1) - Newhaven, East Sussex, - JUN 11, 2012
Bought a four pack from a supermarket in Belgium as something else to try. With hindsight I wish I had bought all their remaining stock. The flavour is of burnt toffee shot through with liquorish with a constant sweetish tang. I also compared it with a Westvleteren 12 which my partner was drinking. Were I trying these two in a blind tasting, I might just come down on the side of the Straffe Hendrik.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skinnyviking (6966) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 27, 2014
Bottle. High creamy and lasting off-white head. Almost black very dark red brown body. Solid roasted malt caramel straw cocoa aroma and flavor with a nice hops bitterness, low carbonation and a long finish. Well balanced and the alcohol is hidden very well.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rdb84 (91) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 26, 2014
Bottle. Dark dark brown, zero light penetrates the beer. Frothy foam head. Aromas are quite fruity, potatoes, raisins, bubblegum. Boozy, sensation like breathing in hairspray. On to the taste. Sweet from the onset, cherries / cherry liquor, licorice, salmiak, dried apricorns, caramelized apples, gentle creaminess runs throughout. Sweet fruity high dominates. I would compare it to Gulden Draak, althought this is less fruity. Compared to Trappist beers, this is definitely much much fruitier. Interesting.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Mr_Pink_152 (644) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2014
330ml bottle as a birthday present. Colour is very dark reddish brown, reddish tint, with a tan head. Aroma of dark caramel, and stewed fruit. Taste has dark fruits, chocolate, and surprisingly no alcohol!

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Trappis**d (10) - - AUG 23, 2014
Absolutely stonking! Give me a swimming pool of this Belgium lovelyness and dive right in from the 30 metre board!!

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
leghorn99 (8) - Livorno, ITALY - AUG 22, 2014 does not count
Dal colore marrone scuro con riflessi rosso rubino; schiuma abbondante, fine, cremosa e di buona persitenza. Aroma molto complesso, con prevalenza di fruttato (frutti rossi, mirtilli, ribes, more), accompagnato da picchi di caffè tostato e malto, con avvertenze liquorose. Al palato si mostra ancora di ottima complessità, sapori di frutti rossi (ciliegie), uva passa, frutti di bosco; il tutto è accompagnato da sapori leggermente tostati e frutta sotto spirito, buonissima la presenza liquorosa con sentori di Porto. Retrogusto lungo, buona carbonazione. Ottima produzione del birrificio de Halve Maan, e ottima anche la concorrenza ad altre produzioni di pari categoria.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
reynaldg (25) - - AUG 21, 2014
Couleur chocolat, mousse tinté mais peu persistante, arôme malt, pain d'épice et alcool puissant ! Corps étrangement "léger" pour cette bière rassasiante et riche en bouche ! Saveur puissante de fruit rouge et surtout de zan... Un bon dessert alcoolisé ! --- Couleur chocolat, mousse tinté mais peu persistante, arôme malt, pain d'épice et alcool puissant ! Corps étrangement "léger" pour cette bière rassasiante et riche en bouche ! Saveur puissante de fruit rouge et surtout de zan... Un bon dessert alccolisé !

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ottarfs (1) - NORWAY - AUG 19, 2014 does not count
Incredibly tasty and aromatic beer. Like a meal in itself, absolutely loved it!

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GLeboutte (3) - BELGIUM - AUG 18, 2014 does not count
C’est ma meilleure bière du monde, supérieure selon moi à la Westvleteren 12. Elle est riche et forte, complexe, elle a de la douceur et de la finesse, et une forte personnalité. Avec ses 11 degrés d’alcool, il ne faut pas se tromper de moment pour la déguster ! This is my best beer in the world, in my opinion superior to the Westvleteren 12. It is rich and strong, complex, it has softness and delicacy, and a strong personality. And 11 degrees of alcohol, so choose carefully the right time to drink it!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vestergaard (314) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - AUG 17, 2014
Tap at Fermentoren Aarhus. The pour is clear, dark reddish brown with a big, tan head. Aroma has lots of dark dried fruits like plums, dates and figs. Also banana, toffee and a mild roast is present. Taste has a little licorice, but is carried by the same sweet fruits and caramel notes. Despite that, the licorice and freshness from the fruits are balancing it out quite nicely. Full body and medium to low carb. Pretty good, and maybe even underrated quad(compared to others) imo.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
mikske79 (1101) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - AUG 16, 2014
Ik drink normaal graag quadruple, maar dit was toch niet echt mijn smaak. Dan zijn er veel betere


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