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


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RATINGS: 100   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Oak Aged version of Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - JUL 10, 2012
Bottle at Denisí. 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ShelbyGrey (178) - Barcelona, SPAIN - DEC 15, 2014
This is fantastic, complex woody vanilla, amazing body, perfect for this time of the year!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gerbeer (2001) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
onceblind (4602) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
teddybeer (2346) - Madrid, SPAIN - OCT 27, 2013
Bottle 2012 #2336. Dark brown colour with a beige head, good duration and nice lacework. Aroma has notes of toasted malts, brown sugar, spices and chocolate. Flavor has notes of toffee, spices, chocolate, dry fruits and ripe fruits, alcohol very good compensated, candy sugar notes, wood and barrel. The final is slightly alcoholic, sweet but not cloying, slightly bittery with chocolate and barrel hints.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
superspak (2840) - Michigan, USA - OCT 28, 2013
750 ml bottle into chalice; bottled in 2012, bottle #10960. Pours fairly crystal clear dark ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, pear, apple, fig, caramel, clove, pepper, oak, toast, candi sugar, brown bread, light chocolate, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt, fruity/spicy yeast, and oak notes; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, pear, fig, prune, caramel, toast, toffee, vanilla, clove, pepper, oak, candi sugar, chocolate, brown bread, molasses, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of dark fruit, caramel, toast, toffee, vanilla, clove, oak, candi sugar, chocolate, brown bread, molasses, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of dark malt, yeast ester, and oak flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a slick, moderately prickly, and slightly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic oak aged Quadrupel! All around awesome complexity and balance of dark malt, yeast ester, and oak flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jamesie1857 (1482) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2014
75cl bottle from Beer Tempel, Brugge (back in 2012 - sitting waiting, patiently ever since). Deep ruby red to pitch body, firm lasting beige head. Nose is liquorice, blackcurrants, cherries, plus a certain booziness. Taste is warming, lots of the expected rum soaked cake fruits, lots of wood, deep and rich. Best Iíve had since last Christmas!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
77ships (4299) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 30, 2012
Bedankt aan Kraddel die de fles heeft gedeeld. Fles nr. 970 trouwens en verpakt in een onbewerkte houten kistje, het soort dat jij in de middelbaar kunt maken tijdens de lessen hout. Dit was echt wel een grote verassing voor mij, absoluut geen fan van de Halve Maan, meer marketing en imago dan goed bier wat mij betreft, zou zij eerder bij Leffe plaatsen dan eender welke andere Belgische brouwerij en van het basis bier dat hiervoor gebruikt is geweest ben ook niet bepaald voor te vinden maar dit was echt wel lekker. Redelijk donker bruin met niet al te grote maar netjes stevige beige kraag. Ruikt naar zoete mokka, hout, chocolade, vanille, lichte kruiden en zoete rode snoep. Smaakt lichtjes bitter met een lichte wijnsmaak die door het geheel loopt (nergens gevonden op wat voor vaten dit gelegen heeft, pure eik neem ik aan maar ik krijg hier toch echt wel wat wijn), mokka, zacht, goedkopere spul, vanille, kruiden, redelijk wat zoetigheid, karamel, gedroogd donker fruit. Iets te veel koolzuur hier helaas met iets te lichte structuur overal. Des ondanks dit is echt wel goede rijping, ik moet zeggen, dat ik onder de indruk ben.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (11526) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 3, 2012
750 c&c from Total Wine in Sacramento, CA. Pours dark ruby with a creamy beige head. Aroma is darkly vinous. Full bodied. Flavor is redly vinous with suggestion of chocolate and some oak astringency. What I think a quad should be.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bluejacket74 (1390) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2013
750 ml bottle, bottle #07843. Served in a DFH Signature glass, the beer pours a dark reddish/copper color with about an inch and a half frothy tan head. Head retention is excellent, and thereís a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like sweet and tart dark fruit, oak, red wine, caramel and some sweet and peppery spice. I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some vanilla. The vinous and woody flavors seem the strongest to me. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís a bit slick and is well carbonated. Itís a good brew and definitely worth a try, but itís also pricey at $23.99 a bottle.

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