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


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RATINGS: 930   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   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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phaleslu (10271) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 15, 2015
Draft at Yard House - CIncinnati. Pours a cloudy brown color with a small off-white head that settles into a ring and leaves spots of film. Notes of figs, pepper, caramel, brown sugar, toast, sweet bread, cake, earth, and dates. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a sweet and actually kind of toasty mouthfeel. Rich and tasty. ABV is pretty much masked. Good quad.

KyotoLefty (10264) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUN 15, 2011
Bottle from ohtsuki. Spicy, fruity aroma, raisins, dried plums, chocolate, a bit of alcohol burn. Almost black, with orange, and a thin, fine head. Sweet, fruity, hot, cherry, raisin, plums, chocolate, molasses. Hot, with quite a strong tanginess too.  A bit thin and airy for a quad. Too much carbonation as well. Also needs some age to get the alcohol to mellow. Not a world-class quad yet, but maybe with some age.    

marcus (10227) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 29, 2011
Bottle from City Beer. Pours dark brown with a massive beige head and a sourish aroma. There is a rich plum and treacle flavor that is hella tasty. A nice quad.

deanso (10141) - Chiang Mai, THAILAND - MAR 23, 2011
33cl bottle at lemmys, leiden. Dark beer.decent white head. Interesting aftertaste.

sebletitje (10080) - 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.

JorisPPattyn (10003) - Ursel, BELGIUM - SEP 12, 2010
Draught Beautiful garnet-red to brown beer with a dense, mango-yellow head. Chestnuts roasted with waffles syrup, and amandine/rosewater smell. Sweet, sweet, almondy and rosewater, perfumed. Seen the glacial serving temperature, the syrupy taste & feel must be horrifying warming up, but I have to admit to have passed that test. Sticky, syrupy, oversweet, powerful body. The serious alcoholcontent makes the perfumed overload to be nearly unpalatable. Ouch.

MoritzF (9901) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - APR 30, 2012
(bottle, 33cl) Slightly hazy, dark and reddish amber colour with a beige medium-sized foamy head. Sweet and slightly sugary toast-malty aroma with present notes of dark berries. Sweet flavour with a present level of roasty bitterness in the background, full bodied with a modest carbonation. Moderately roasted malty taste with berry-fruits, a delicately spicy touch, as well as a whiff of chocolate; sweet and slightly roasty bitter finish with noticeable alcoholic notes. Likeable. 03.IV.12

MartinT (9880) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 19, 2014
My Bottom Line:
Pecan pie and bubblegum mingle with charming flowers and cocoa in this most elegant Quadrupel.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam decorates a brown that’s as shiny as can be (for that color).
-Body is light and fluffy, which is impressive for such a potent brew.
-The nutty character could also evoke chestnuts.
-Alcohol warms up the finish, but delicately so.


77ships (9828) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - NOV 5, 2011
33 cl. bottle @ home \ this one is a quad from the Halve Maan (Half Moon) brewery from Bruges, they are apparently the only brewery in the centre of Bruges which is a fact that they stress frequently in their advertisement \ I still remember drinking Brugse Zot by them back when it was still rather unknown and better than now days, still much better on draft than in a bottle, these days this brewery has been really cranking it, they seem to have a pretty good pr & distribution \ I keep seeing their beers everywhere and lots of people seem to them know at least by name \ I have seen this one quite frequently but not being particularly impressed by their other beers so far, I have mostly passed this one by so far \ After I saw it at the local supermarket, I decided to get a bottle \ It pours a amber/brown with a nice ruby glow and a beige head \ Smells very sweet with caramel, lots of sweet winter spices and touch of winter herbs, caramelised raisins, overripe dark fruits, caramelised malt and superglue \ Taste is lots of slightly bitter, fermenting dark fruits, very heavy on the spices and strongly herbal as well, lots of raisins, spoiled grapes & spicy yeast, touch of plastic in there as well, alcohol in the finish \ Body is rather light especially given the strength and alleged style plus it is also sparkling \ This one is clearly not a quad, the use of that term is 100 % marketing this is a middling to slightly below average Strong Dark Belgian Ale, not particularly impressive as have been the other offerings that I have tried so far from this brewery but not necessarily terrible or bad even just a bit too much lowest common abominator

tderoeck (9735) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 29, 2011
26/08/2011 33cl bottle @ home - BB:12/2013 (2011-410)

clear purple to dark red brown beer, fizzy beige head, unstable, bit adhesive. Aroma: lots of dried fruits, bit of port, orange peel, sweet caramel, heavy on the alcohol, agrum fruits. MF: lots of carbon, medium body. Taste: bitter oranges (like English orange marmelade), sweet malts, caramel, bit musty, fruity, some citrus. Aftertaste: bitter, orange peel, grapefruit, sweet alcohol.

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