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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 930   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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3.9
BillKismet (4060) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 23, 2015
Beautiful mahogany beer, with a head that is decent, but a bit thin. Amber Belgian malts with some clovey phenols and dark fruit aromas and flavor. Buzzy body accentuates the lovely flavors, and the alcohol is well ensconced in the beer. I had this after a Westvetleren 12 (2015), and this one actually stood up as the better beer, though the West definitely needed a couple more years to age.

3.9
martin00sr (4038) - Haderslev, DENMARK - MAR 20, 2014
Dark brow, almost black with small, lasting offwhite head. Sweetish aroma, raisins and alcohol. Mothfeel is creamy, malt and caramel. Not too sweet, moderately boozy. Dry but sticky finish.

3.8
Vighals (3983) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - JAN 10, 2016
Mørk brun med høyt eggegult kremete skum. Lukter melkesjokolade, karamell, noe røyk og mørke frukter. Fyldig. Salt smak. Mot salmiakk lakris. Espresso og en fin fruktighet i bakgrunnen. Kjenner også belgisk gjær og noe stram alkohol mot slutten. Kort

4.2
bartlebier (3982) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - APR 16, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2017 33cl, BB 11/2015. - Pours an unctuous dark brown/purple with solid off-white head. Aroma is is an aromatic and port-like syrup of sweet dark fruits. Taste is immensely layered as you would expect of a quadruple, ranging from intital malt and dark fruit sweetness with heavy alcohol to coffee roast dryness and pronounced hop spice shifting to take centre stage as it warms. Strange effervescence for a beer this heavy. Depending on your drinking needs of the evening, you could dub this mix willfully complex or dramatically confused. What remains is a unique and artfully crafted mahogani master of a quad. // Aged bottle bb03/2017: surprsingly rich, full and tasty, quadrupel going on ImpStout: more body than the simplified Bernardus 12, with fuler toucher of dark prune and chocolate. Very easy to drink, velvet palate. Would prefer this to most quadrupels and trappists in this version... to revisit fresh and source (tap?) soon.

3.8
beastiefan2k (3981) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - NOV 29, 2015
Draft at Yardhouse in Seattle. This is a Belgian Quad on tap. Strong - alcohol present, sweet Belgian malts. Lots of dark fruit flavors - prunes, plums. The 3ozs in draft is best. In bottle sitting on a self wild make it better. Its exactly what its supposed to be... and I like it... but I would like it more mellowed in a bottle.

3.3
Wim (3980) - Weelde, BELGIUM - SEP 18, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2014 dark brown coloured body with a white head a spicy fruity malty aroma a spicy malty sweet fruity caramel taste with a sweet alcholic bitter finish

3.9
hawthorne00 (3949) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 21, 2016
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2017 Bottle. Wanted to try this one for a long time partly because of the pengest label. The date isn’t genotched, but I’m guessing this one is pretty fresh. Dark brown with a large pale beige head. Aroma: dark stewed and dried fruit, brioche dough, some chocolate, leather. Full bodied but not syrupy. Moderate carbonation. Alcohol there but well integrated. Not all that sweet but certainly rich. Some dough, but perhaps cleaner than expected from the aroma. Dried fruit - raisins macerated in brandy - , chocolate, very gently spicy bitterness. Pretty good, might mellow a bit over a year or two. [3.8]

Only six months, but has mellowed - more rounded but aroma is less vibrant. Rye read, dried fruit, some chocolate. Less doughy than before. Lovely beer.

4
gam (3930) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 24, 2013
Large tan head dark mauve brown pour soft carbonation aromasport caramel figs yeast dried fruit plum the flavours sweet figs cherries port plums yeast rich tasting caramel lovely mixes of fruit a bitter taste a lovely finish best aftertastes strong fruit sharp dried dark sweet flavours yeast and malt backing lovely quad

4
Jow (3924) - New York, USA - JUL 9, 2011
On tap @ Get Real NY Belgian Fest. This was downstairs kinda by itself but real glad I found it. Smells great of port wine and dark fruits. tastes of sweet yet burnt sugar, cherries, plums, and other dark fruits, caramel, wood, nuts, and finishes boozy. Remind myself to grab this beer again come winter.

3.6
maekchu (3911) - Hirakata, JAPAN - JAN 23, 2013
Bottle at sampling session. From notes. Prunes, candi sugar, and some grassiness in the nose. Very cola-like. Mid palate is a bit harsh and unrefined. Has quite a kick. Drinkable, indeed. But not the best of quads.


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