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


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RATINGS: 980   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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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GarrettB (1734) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 26, 2018
April 7th, 2015 - Somber in label and in color, the Straffe Hendrik is a darker beer, though the shadowy light of my kitchen doesn't offer much in the way of clinical analysis. But the smell is colorful where the brew is not, exhibiting a bouquet of fruits. I smell fuji apples, some re and slightly squished concord grapes, pear, and an overall impression of freshness. The carbonation supports these flavors well, fluffy and filling. And here the fruit flavors darken a bit, showing more fig than the aroma allowed, but much less sweetness. In fact, the aftertaste gets just a bit dry and toasty, which I rather relish.

Jabic (761) - Plainfield, Vermont, USA - FEB 24, 2018
Ar: Char, clove, plum; zesty red grape and phenols; clean dough with just a bit of molasses on the finish. Ap: Deep brown with red highlights; medium-small tan head with moderate retention, settling into a thin but covering cap of foam with some little curtain jumps of lacing. T: Big prune and rosy alcohol; medium-low sweetness; booze; treacle and dark caramel; prickly black pepper and a little clove and white pepper; bitterness is medium, slightly licorice-flavored. P: Medium-full body with high carbonation; medium-dry finish. O: A lot of hallmark flavors in this beer; the alcohol is just too punchy overall.

CraftyHare (149) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - FEB 17, 2018
330ml bottle pours cola brown with foamy tan head. Aromas of dried fruit, dark malts and herbal characters. Tastes of caramel malt, raisin, brown sugar, molasses, liquorice, bready yeast and spices. Long finish with mild bitterness, slight astringency and dark treacle characters. The big body and layered flavours hide the massive 11% alc vol well. Very dark and complex quad!

Inoven (1102) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - FEB 12, 2018
Flesje thuis gedronken. Robijnrood tot donkerbruin bier met stevig beige schuim. Aroma is zoet en fruitig. Smaak is zoet en koffieachtig. Nasmaak is iets bitter en kleverig.

Estebanik (1422) - Lublin, POLAND - FEB 9, 2018
Wersja nieco wyleżakowana. Piana drobna, dość trwała, zdobi szkło. W aromacie suszone owoce, trochę alkoholu, niezbyt bogato. W smaku już fajniejsze, przyjemnie gęste, długi posmak. Wypite trochę na szybko, ale nie robi jakiegoś specjalnego wrażenia.

jamestulloch (4513) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 2, 2018
Bottle from Cork & Cask. Murky ruby body with medium beige head. Lively carbonation. Faint lacing. Aroma of marzipan, leather and wood. Flavour of plum, raisin, coriander and brown sugar. Medium body with a smooth texture. Soft fizz. It’s good but doesn’t have as much depth or complexity as I had hoped.

Nische (2799) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 29, 2018
Bottle at home. Pours deep brown with a creamy, dense, beige head. Chestnut, candied sugar, caramel, dates and raisins. Well balanced sweetness. Elegant.

vcsa (83) - - JAN 29, 2018
Appearance: Pours hazy dark brown with lasting creamy off-white head, with lacing. 5/5 Aroma: Heavy caramel and dark fruits (prunes, plums and raisins), moderate malt, with a slight touch of hops. 6/10 Taste: Lots of dark fruits, hops and roasted malt, with molasses, caramel, and some spice. Quite sweet (but not cloying, the residual sugars just balanced the booze well) and moderate bitter, with some alcohol. The finish is slight bitter, fruity up front with a toasted malt boozy aftertaste. 8/10 Mouthfeel: Oily, smooth, full bodied, carbonation is medium. 5/5 Overall: Very vinous and fruity for a quadrupel, rather roasty though. 12/20

mithe (2008) - Opava & Brno, CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 22, 2018
(bottle 0,33l)
Aroma: Malty, spicy, dried fruits, caramel, light chocolate.
Appearance: Dark brown color. Huge, light brown head.
Taste: Medium sweet, alcohol spicy, dried fruits, light sweet chocolate, caramel.
Palate: Full body. Light sticky texture. Alcohol warm, light bitter finish.
Overall: Very good. Malty, fruity, spicy.

OminouSC2 (1048) - Mora, SWEDEN - JAN 22, 2018
Red/brown color, large brown head. Aromas of black tea, honey, spices and yeast. Sweet taste with brown sugar, yeast, alcohol, iron, dried fruit and slight tea.

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