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


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RATINGS: 892   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dpbjoyce (1) - Newhaven, East Sussex, - JUN 11, 2012
Bought a four pack from a supermarket in Belgium as something else to try. With hindsight I wish I had bought all their remaining stock. The flavour is of burnt toffee shot through with liquorish with a constant sweetish tang. I also compared it with a Westvleteren 12 which my partner was drinking. Were I trying these two in a blind tasting, I might just come down on the side of the Straffe Hendrik.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
cattaneopapa (362) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 17, 2017
33cl bottle purchased online. 11%alc/vol. Pours a deep ruby brown colour with two finger of lasting head. Nice head retention. Aromas of Belgian yeats, dark cherries, plums, and whiff of banana. Incredibly complex taste that matches the aroma with a fruity backbone. A subtle floral hop note hits on the finish with a touch of pepper that sears into a nice warming booze. Its definitely a top-tier quad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ibrubeer (339) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 15, 2017
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2017 Draft @ Max & Joe?s. Aroma is sweet and malty. Dark brown color, clear, reddish hue with a beige head that lingers. Nice lacing. Balanced sweetness, raisin, malty, clean. Full bodied, chewy mouthfeel. Overall, a terrific Quad. Does not taste as strong as it is!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CyborgX (90) - THAILAND - FEB 15, 2017
Bottle - Aroma is sweet and malty. Pours dark amber with a good white head. Taste is quite intense, sweet malty with - the touch of bitterness almost unnoticeable. The alcohol is quite well hidden but definitely there in the belly warming end. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
CraftBeerNick (2197) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2017
Bottle at Cambrinus, Bruges, 12th February 17. Pours pretty much black. Aroma is liquorice, dark fruit, prune, wood. Taste is sweet and bitter, liquorice, spice, really smooth, dark fruit, prune juice, so drinkable. Great Quad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jesper86 (84) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 12, 2017
Beautiful smell, very fruity, dried fruit with bread and also some banana. Nice soft foam. Intense flavours. Figs, coffee, hint of smoke, bread, apricots, spiciness, banana, cream, orange peel, calvados. Complex. Long finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TrefwoordPunk (1047) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - FEB 11, 2017
Bottle 33 cl. Pours a very dark brown to opaque with a small off-white head and an aroma of overripe fruits, dried plums, raisins, toffee, chocolate, moccha, syrup, figs and maple syrup. The taste is medium to heavy sweet with some alcoholic notes, a fizzy carbonation and some slight hoppy bitterness in the fisish. Very nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
davidf93 (17) - Stellenbosch, SOUTH AFRICA - FEB 10, 2017
Pours into tulip glass, brownish colour with remaining head throughout. Sweet taste with alcohol well hidden .

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Korcz (2239) - Warsaw, POLAND - FEB 7, 2017
Bogate, złożone piwo. Karmelki, anyż, masa ciemnych owocw, słodko-kwaskowate, alko grzeje w przełyk. Wrzucam kilka na leżak, jest super.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
vinivini (1702) - BELARUS - FEB 5, 2017
Pours opaque brown with ruby highlights. Huge frothy beige head. Perfect retention. Big dried fruit aroma. Prune, raisin, dates. Very vinous. Slightly phenolic. Medium body. Velvety mouth feel. Brandy-filled chocolates, caramel malts, toffee, dried fruit, powerful warmth still no real alcoholic feel. Light bitterness is a mix of hops and spirits. All in all this is a model quad. Complex. Very good and no distinct point I guess.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crazy_cat_lady (475) - - FEB 3, 2017
Bottle at beerbistro. Strong aroma of leather, licorice and tobacco, some coffee, dried fruits, brown sugar. Almost opaque dark reddish brown with light brown head. Toasty malt upfront with caramel and toffee middle, lingering dry leather and tobacco flavours.

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