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

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common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 928   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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eldenegro (3) - Arenys de Munt, SPAIN - FEB 11, 2012 does not count
Sin duda la mejor cerveza que he probado. Una cerveza muy lograda, muy bien estructurada, no desentona ningun aroma, ni el alcohol, tiene persistencia en boca, vamos, una maravilla.

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corkyrory66 (1931) - BELGIUM - MAY 1, 2012
Un très joli sigle de bouteille. Nearly the design of the Moonlight Brewing Company from California. A bucolic corner of the Sonoma Valley for this one, and the historical medieval city of Bruges for the other one... But the most important is what you will find in your glass !!! About the Straffe Hendrik quadruple, we have two things to say first : 1. A member of the Belgian Family Brewers, and an old story beginning in 1856 with the family Maes (not the one of the pils producer !!), and a first mention of brewing in 1546 !!! 2. One of the rare belgian beers with the name of « quadruple », unusual in our vocabulary. I have also seen that beer qualified as a barley wine. Let us see... First of all, a very high level : 11 % abv. A very dark color, very encouraging... Une mousse beige qui tient sur le liquide pendant la dégustation, mais à un niveau assez bas. Des arômes superbes de grand brassin : prunes mûres, poire, dattes, figues, et une pointe de joli porto vintage. Première bouche magnifique sur les amandes, noisettes, pommes de terre, petite pointe de coriandre et en arrière bouche l’amertume d’un bon houblon. La seconde part sur des notes de cerises noires, de massepain, avec une pointe de cognac fins bois. On est clairement sur le plan d’un barley wine, avec une complexité superbe. La 3ème vient à une sorte d’équilibre mais avec de nouvelles découvertes gustatives, et en gardant une amertume plus importante que des bières brunes fortes d’abbaye, qui sont d’ordinaire plus douces en bouche. La levure est pourtant très douce, mais à mon avis, elle est en petite quantité à la refermentation en bouteille, pour donner la priorité au houblon. Bière originale donc, où on attend la longueur pour poser un diagnostic qui s’annonce chaud... Dans la première partie de la finale, on a des accents de stout bien construit, avec une sorte de charbon de bois qui passe très bien la rampe, et s’accomode des autres goûts comme dans un rêve... Bière donc très structurée, qui révèle un caractère extraordinaire, avec une complexité de très grand niveau. On est au top, on le sait, reste la finale, un très grand moment de tout dégustateur. Cette finale, comme celle de la Cup en Angleterre, est un very very beautiful moment... On va dire pour une bière, plutôt la finale du Superbowl.... Bref, vous choisissez selon vos affinités. Pour ma part, je reste avec la Straffe Hendrik quadruple, qui me fait la meilleure impression, et qui me confirme que nous avons tous les styles de bière en Belgique, dont un barley wine qui fera très bonne figure.. Un conseil : try it, and after that you see a moonlight brewing in the sky...

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ottarfs (1) - NORWAY - AUG 19, 2014 does not count
Incredibly tasty and aromatic beer. Like a meal in itself, absolutely loved it!

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cram (15) - - DEC 14, 2014
Alles komt samen in deze quad. Mijn absolute all time favoriet. Prachtige afdronk. Dit is mijn bier.

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Gerrit59 (17) - BELGIUM - FEB 16, 2015
Bière brune 11° de chez de Halve maan couleur noire Arôme prune, Goût => prune, réglisse (Zan), alcool de cerises (Kirch) Alcool progressif belle mousse crémeuse

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cmc619 (501) - California, USA - FEB 21, 2015
Wow. Straddles barleywine and stout with Belgian fundamentals. This beer is just really, really good. From 75cl into signature glass (which is beautiful). Deep, deep brown (almost appears black) with big head. Aroma is deep, rich, malty, enticing. Flavor is rich, velvety. Doesn’t hurt that it brings back great memories of Brugge, one of my favorite cities in Belgium, and even Europe. This is top 20, maybe top 10 material.

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JasonTeraani (6) - BRAZIL - APR 20, 2015 does not count
Pra mim foi a melhor cerveja que tomei. Apesar de seus 11% de vol alcoólico a cerveja não aparenta esse percentual. A espuma é muito cremosa e persiste até o fim. Muito aromática e saborosa. E a cor muito bonita. Um vermelho muito escuro quase marrom e bem encorpada. Dei a maior nota

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huineman (688) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAY 12, 2015
Pours reddish brown. Copper rocky head. High aromas of chocolate, pie, prunes, tobacco, honey, coffee, bilberry... Powerful and vinous. Sweet, creamy. Long finish with no real bitterness. A fine dessert ale.

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Marcel13 (1) - - AUG 3, 2016 does not count
Cerveja escura, marrom escuro. aromas complexos proveniente da combinação de 8 maltes. retrogosto persistente e percepção alcoólica muito bem balanceada. Perfeita.

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PugUglyBrewer (617) - - DEC 18, 2016
The waiter at Yard House suggested this one to me and I was treated to a hallmark of the quad genre. Dark brown almost black in the glass with a uniform head of creamy white foam. Rich aromas and flavors of raisin, toffee, caramel, sweet bread, and some cocoa and sweet bread.


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