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

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common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 911   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   IBU: 35   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.

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2.8
jerohen (2309) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - MAR 6, 2011
Bottled from Burg Bieren, Ermelo. Tasted side by side with La Trappe Quadrupel and Bush de Noel. Brown colored, medium head. Malty nose, liquorice, some hops. Quite bitter flavor, some liquorice again, later on hops take over, resulting in a bitter finish. Obvious ethanol presence. This quadrupel differs from the others in many ways, e.g. in color, but also the malty liquorice nose and, most obviously, the hopbitter finish. Difference isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but taken together the flavors in this quadrupel seem a lot more imbalanced than in its two competitors. Does it have aging potential? I actually wouldn’t know, let’s wait and see. For the time being, i’ll stick to the world class quadrupels from La Trappe and Bush.

3.6
Barrelbelly (750) - BELGIUM - MAR 6, 2011
From tap. Chocolate aroma, with malts and caramel. Taste is similar. Good beer.

3.4
Abio (1868) - BERMUDA - MAR 5, 2011
Dark brown, Ruby red. Smell is yeast, malts, dark fruits, caramel. Taste is sweet fruits, herb, spices, caramel. Ok.

3
bierkoning (13392) - La Tropica/Doarp, NETHERLANDS - MAR 3, 2011
Bottle. dark amber color. Hint of pear drups in the aroma. Medium to full bodied. Alcoholic. Malt, pear drups and a hint of cologne in the flavor. Lots of warming alcohol in the aftertaste.

3.3
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 26, 2011
Bottle at home. Clear dark brown - white head. Roasted, phenols, licorice, fruity, apples, sweetness, peppery, light hoppy, bubblegum, rubber, ryebread, light carrot. Tjaa, ok !!

3.9
sebletitje (10095) - Enghien, BELGIUM - FEB 23, 2011
Bouteille et quelle bonne surprise venant de cette brasserie brugeoise. De couleur rousse/cuivre, elle offre une mousse épaisse beige; Arôme subtile de malt, sucre candi et fruité la place très haute dans mes favorites du style. Ce nez fruité est profond allant vers la prune avec peut-être de la pomme? Au palais, elle présente toutes les bonnes caractéristiques d’une quad, mélangeant parfaitement sucre candi, malt pale et caramel ainsi que des fruits noirs laissant une fine couche d’amertume qui se fond à merveille avec un niveau d’alcool qui est bien présent sans pour cela prendre totalement le dessus.

3.8
Christian (13685) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 22, 2011
Bottle at Christian Firtal. Deep ruby with a lasting off-white head. Inviting fruity aroma with plums, dates, raisins and port wine, with an underlying spicy note. Sweetish flavour with equal parts dried fruit, caramel, alcohol heat and spice (anise, licorice, coriander notes). The alcohol is notable and rather hot, but reasonably well integrated

3.7
Borresteijn (7274) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 20, 2011
On tap at De Beiaard. Clear dark brown with a red hue, thick light beige head. Aroma of malts, dark fruits, a bit tart, spices, light sweet alcohol. Flavour is malty, dark fruits, some chocolate, spices, alcohol, warming alcohol in the light bitter finish. Medium to fullbodied. Tasty.

3.8
thewolf (12634) - Kolding, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2011
Bottle, bought @ Vinens Verden, Odense.
A beautiful deep ruby red colour with a fine, staying, frothy, off-white head on top. Aroma has prunes, raisins, some mild cherries, caramel malts, vinious, mild oranges, slight coriander and plums. Highish carbonation, fine creamy mouthfeel. Flavour is very nice, good caramel base, light biscuit, some coriander. Quite vinious with plums, raisins and a mild roasted note. Very good, even if the alcohol is a bit too apparent.

3.8
JanEric (1239) - Meppel, NETHERLANDS - FEB 20, 2011
Tap @ De Beurs, Meppel. Ruby red to brown colour, small creamy head. Aroma has nuts, roasted malts, caramel and some chocolate. Full bodied, warming, long lasting finish. Nice.


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