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

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RATINGS: 909   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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SinH4 (4954) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - OCT 20, 2015
Dark brown color with huge beige head. Aroma is almonds, dark malts, black bread, some cherries. Taste is similar, dry finish, not boozy at all. A very rich and very dry-malty Quadrupel. High, but soft carbonation. Very good, but I prefer the not-so-dry-malty ones.

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Boutip (6397) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 6, 2015
Bottle: Poured a dark brown/burgundy color ale with a super large light brown foamy head with excellent retention and some lacing. Aroma of candi sugar and dry fruits with light caramelized malt notes is quite sublime. Taste is a great mix between some candi sugar notes, some light dry fruits notes, heavy Belgian style malt with a light spicy/peppery finish. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no real apparent alcohol notes. Wonderful beer with just enough complexity and still retaining good drinkability.

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Beerheart65 (1503) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 11, 2015
Clear deep mahogany, 2 finger light brown creamy / frothy head, some lacing. Mild sweet aroma, fruity, bubblegum, vanilla, raisins, later berries, bread, fruity notes turn more ripe, quite nuanced and lively. Medium to full body, semisweet, mild bitterness, soft carbonation, alcohol evident. Nice, balanced, nuanced, lively. Advent beer 11.

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birocotsios (184) - - JAN 6, 2016
Bottle. Dark redish brown with huge brown head. Sweet aroma of caramel and malts with a hint of sour barn. Sweet caramel taste with malts, toffee and alchohol flavours. Very sweet.

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aleksander9 (1788) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 9, 2016
Dark brown with creamy tan head. Chocolate, caramel, Belgian spice and coriander. Sweet, thick, slick and nutty finish. Overall: great quad!

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MindSlip (15) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JAN 14, 2016

Aroma:
Heavy malty, caramel, chocolate, moderate hoppy and yeasty, dark fruits, raisins, spices.
Appearance:
Ruby/brown beer with a slightly large off-white head.
Taste/Palate:
Moderate sweet and bitter, spicy, caramel, dark fruits, chocolate, bitter hop finish with some alcohol.

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smmaaren (588) - NORWAY - JAN 16, 2016
33 cl bottle from Vinmonopolet. Pours dark brown with a big beige head. Aromas of berries, fruits, hops, malts and spices. Taste is sweet. High carbonation. Quality brew.

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tfredvik (1985) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 17, 2016
Very deep copper body with a large, creamy, very dense, beige, very long-lived head that laces my glass excellently. Sweet and strong aroma that at the same time also is crisp and spicy. I get delicious notes of Belgian yeast, generic fruits, caramel and spices. The Belgian yeast is a main contributor to the strong flavour as well, along with generic fruits, caramel, brown sugar, alcohol and spices including black pepper. I also get notes of dried dark fruits, but they are fainter than they tend to be for this beer style. The taste is moderate sweet and moderate bitter. Full body, surprisingly dry and with a rather lively carbonation. World class!
[33 cl bottle, enjoyed 2.5 years before BB date, from Vinmonopolet Online]

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Balabuska (9) - SPAIN - MAR 9, 2016 does not count
Awesome aroma, you can feel caramel, chocolate, toffee, alcohol, molasses, fruits... Just put your nose inside the glass and keep sniffing and you will discover new aspects. It is funny to see people looking uncomfortably at you. The taste is as good as the smell. Rich, creamy, heavy, oily, strong liquor.

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GoufCustom (2034) - HONG KONG - MAR 27, 2016


330 ml bottle bought at Gorgeous Wine & Cigar in Yuen Long.

Looks: Translucent Burgundy colour with a thin ring of yeast sediments; One finger head and crumpety light beige foam which lasts for 3 minutes; Beautiful sticky lacing with quite fizzy carbonation.

Aroma: Fragrant and sweet dark malt, with light roastyness, almonds, strong caramel, sticky toffee, very light coffee, chocolate, cream, sugar, moderate alcohol, strong Bel yeast and light grass.

Taste: Strong but pleasantly sweet dark malt, with moderate alcohol, light liquorices, plums, caramel, light toffee, Cola, chocolate, light coffee, sugar, strong Bel yeast, light lemon, moderate bitter hops and grass.

Body: Full body. Very creamy and slick palate.

Mouth Feel: Good dark maltyness in a rich, very smooth and silky background. Booze and sugar hit first but they do not scream nor warming, but rather in light touch and pleasant. Strong caramel mixed with Cola and light coffee. Quite yeasty and increasingly lemony to compliment the sweet booze. It’s simple but the balancing work out just fine. Easy and nice!

Booze and Sweetness: The 11% abv is well hidden all the time, very well-managed and no knock on whatsoever. Incredible! Sweetness is strong but never cloying, as if it’s from chocolate bar. Very neat!

Hoppiness: Light grass in nose. Lemon and light grass in taste; Bitterness is fairly strong for a lasting, mid-astringent sweet booze finish.

After Taste: Fairly dry. Sweet, creamy and quite bitter to mouth.

Comments: Like its 9° Tripel brother, this Quad is simple in aroma and taste. Yet its foundation is rock solid, with beautiful looks and heads, very creamy body, very pleasant sweet malt, hidden booze and hoppy finish. It may not be as complex or colorful as La Trappe Quadrupel, but it’s very nice for chilling out. Recommended!


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