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

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RATINGS: 939   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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3.3
FatPhil (17075) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 27, 2011
330ml bottle (Bier Tempel, Bruges)
6 Pleasantly rich and roasty malts in the aroma, a touch of treacle toffee, but alas there’s some alcohol coming over too.
4 Deep reddy brown, but poured perfectly clear, initially a healthy light beige head, which settles to a ring, and finally disappears after maybe half an hour.
6 Full nettly retronasals, quite spicey and almost anaesthetic. Taste? Hmm, well, with the hops and the alchol this actually is anaesthetic - it’s hard to pinpoint details. General feel is that of a rich, slightly burnt roast, and earthy bitterness.
4 Smooth sweet palate, short of slick. OK carbonation. Mouthfeel as I hinted at in the taste is a little numbing, the hops are tingling, and the alcohol compounds that. Finish is a little yeasty and earthy at first. It’s not unpleasant thought, and even has some coffee or burnt nutty aspects later (1-3 minutes after swallowing).
13 They’ve pushed the boat out on the OG, and could have created a monster. It’s just kept sane, and ends up being pretty tasty, but lacking any wow features. In some ways being this tasty at 11% is a bit of wow. It’s the spiciness of the yeast combined with the biting bitterness of the hops and the, to me, high residual sugars that basically batters the booze into the ground and just says "don’t ask, don’t tell". It’s only the fools who look at the label who will know the truth.

3.8
Benzai (16681) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUN 27, 2011
Very nice dark brown deep red color. Good full body and lively carbonation. Taste is good also, but it’s a beer you’ll want to drink at the end of the evening.

3.1
brokensail (16645) - Dublin, California, USA - OCT 3, 2012
Dark brown pour with a khaki head. Rather roasty nose for a quadruple. Some molasses, a bit of chocolate, and quite a bit of alcohol. There is a decent bit of spice and fruit, though. Tastes a bit boozy, but some good sugar and molasses sweetness. A fair amount of chocolate and roasted malt which give a light bitterness.

3.7
Dedollewaitor (16382) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 9, 2011
Bottle @ Vinens Verden, Odense. Pours dark mahogany red/amber with a creamy stable white head. Looks amazing. Nose is sweet port. Dried dark fruit, liquorice, yeast and spices. Smooth, creamy and full texture. Flavor is dried fruit, port, yeast and a bit of alcohol in the back. Quality Quad!

4
MiP (15972) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JAN 11, 2014
Bottle, 11%. Good caramelly aroma, creamy with a distinct alcohol note. Almost clear dark brown colour. Small frothy off-white head. The flavour is sweet and alcoholic. Has a little tobacco and salt. Fruity notes in the finish. Warming alcohol, but not boozy at all.

4.2
bhensonb (15747) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 29, 2011
Bottle shared by Marcus. Pours hazy dark brown with a four finger creamy beige head. Aroma of herbs and dark fruits. Full bodied. Flavor of dates andplums. Mild heat. Mouthwatering. Aged malts and earthy hops. Delicious.

3.5
djd07 (15543) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 28, 2017
On tap at Prefunk. Pours a very dark brown with medium beige head leaving spotty lacing. The aroma is yeast, raisin, leather, fig, wood. Medium body, yeast, spice, dark fruit, boozy finish, very good.

3.7
Ratman197 (15350) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 28, 2011
750 ml corked and caged bottle poured a clear reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of toffee, carmel, grape and light cherry. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of toffee, cherry, light earthiness and light tobacco with a smooth lingering toffee finish.

3.7
Borup (15320) - Albertslund, DENMARK - SEP 22, 2013
Sample at DØE 2013. Dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma and flavour of malt, spice, alcohol, fruit, yeast and caramel.

3.6
gunnfryd (15256) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 16, 2013
Bottle. Red amber colour with a beige head. Aroma is alcohol, sugar, dried fruits, anise, roasted malt. Flavour is alcohol, sugar, dried fruits, anise, roasted malt, cara,el. full body. Nice beer.


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