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

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RATINGS: 127   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Oak Aged version of Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel.


4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
pedo (13) - - APR 12, 2015
Excellent special edition of the regular quadrupel. Sweet smell, initial taste of a fine wine followed by the tastes of the regular quadrupel. Excellent brew and one of the best i had so far.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MelvinKalksma (98) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - JAN 5, 2015
The taste tells you one thing: this beer is deep and extremely multilayered. What it does not tell you, is the intensity. This beer can honestly be called the best beer buy I ever made (and that’s at 16? for a 75cl bottle).

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - JUL 10, 2012
Bottle at Denis’. Dark reddish brown, thick fluffy head fades to a tight cap. Amazing rich nose, red fruits, raisins, leather, soft spice, chocolate, oak, red wine, hint of booze. Soft rich palate, red fruit, oak, savoury oak spice, spicy hops, raspberry, subtle tartness, dry woody linger, hint of booze, spicy hop finish. Soft velvety carbonation. Amazingly deep and complex, a better quad than Westvleteren 12. Incredible.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ShelbyGrey (186) - Barcelona, SPAIN - DEC 15, 2014
This is fantastic, complex woody vanilla, amazing body, perfect for this time of the year!

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Alengrin (3234) - BELGIUM - DEC 25, 2014
Wine barrel aged version of Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel, coming from a 75 cl bottle with cork and muselet packed in a fancy wooden case with print on the front side; limitedly produced, the bottle is even numbered (in this case n° 26810). Vintage tasting of the 2013 version so must be about 1,5 years of age. Thin and initially quickly dissolving, loose, light beige head consisting of rather large bubbles; all that remains after five minutes is a steady rim around the edge and some thin lacing, but as the bottle progresses, the head becomes more stable and more sticky. Colour is a beautiful, very dark wine red, clear at first but hazy with deposit. Tempting and complex aroma of banana liqueur, Syrah wine (my favorite grape), vanilla, cherry ’pralines’, chocolate sauce, crème de cassis, liquorice, old red port wine, cashew nuts, honey, steak, cognac, orange juice and orange peel, brown bread, woody tannins, leather, cloves, figs in ’jenever’, red berries, candied dates, Kirsch, maple syrup and a faint hint of coffee. Rounded, sweet onset of candied fruits, banana, dates, pear and raisins, Syrah wine again, medium carbo, subtle citrussy acidity, yeasty spiciness, full and mellow chocolatey, nutty and caramelly maltiness, honeyish candi sweetness lingering, the carbonation tingling on the tongue, evolving into a yeasty and malt sweet finish with an explicit, yet elegant presence of woody tannins, gentle roasted bitterness (much like in a Scotch), red wine and peppery hops cleansing the somewhat sticky candi sweetness; retronasally, the port and sherry notes resulting from an early stage of oxidation as well as the vanilla-like oak tannins only add to its complexity. I have a feeling this bottle has about the perfect age for a tasting session, though I have to admit I am curious about its cellaring potential. Vinous, rich, complex, sweet in a very noble and restrained way and charming especially on a December night, this is easily one of the best Belgian ales I tasted in the past few months. Highly recommendable, if it can still be found today. Honestly speaking, I hadn’t expected this kind of quality from this particular brewery; it is a good thing that the established mainstream breweries in Belgium are still on the lookout for whatever happens in the craft beer world, and pick up new tendencies every now and then. I hope to see more of this quality level in Belgium in the future!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
vipinvelp (2834) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - DEC 26, 2014
Clear dark ruby, black almost. Nice aroma, heavy, some read wine notes, cloves, Taste is quadruple worthy, cloves, some chocolate notes, light bitter, alcohol warm. Lasting warm beer taste in mouth. (Velp 201412)

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Echhoes (2) - - JUN 1, 2015 does not count
One of the best beers I have ever had. Bought from Browerij De Halve Maan in Brugge. SHH has very strong aroma with some wooden notes. Color is very dark brown and it looks cloudy. Comparing with Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel, less bitter, medium body and much more delicious.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Rubin77 (135) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUN 4, 2015
Foam: nice stable very pale brown to yellow head. Colour: brown to reddish brown. Aroma: raisins, some malty roasted character, little smoky, honey, woody, vinous, chocolate, many fruits. Taste: caramel malt, dark fruits, blueberries, plums, dry raisins, wood with notes of alcohol, yeasts, some sweet and peppery spice, semi-dry to the finish with nice dry bitterness, vanilla and dark cherries, figs, dates, smooth barrel character on the palate, full and complex body and sure it is worth to try, great beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gerbeer (2352) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 20, 2014
750 ml bottle. Pours a dark brown with light head. Beautiful aromas and flavors of roasted malts, brown sugar, nuts, vanilla and dried fruit with complex hints of wood and light spice. Great stuff.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
onceblind (5490) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2014
2011 bottle. Deep dark nutty ruby with a thin off beige head. Sweet and delightfully peppery nose with a dose of spruce or something herbal on top of dark sweet malt tones. Nice lovely flavor of dark sticky malts with a gentle roasty blackness with a side of herbal spruce and pepper and a wee bit of sweet roast. Lovely.


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