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Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel - Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

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Straffe Hendrik QuadrupelStraffe Hendrik Quadrupel

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Reviews: 163
Hads: 641
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 19.12%
Wants: 50
Gots: 148 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BucBasil on 11-05-2010

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Photo of drtth
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a nice dark mahogany color with a 1/2" fluffy tan head and lots of lacing. Sipping creates patches and legs of lacing, some of which cling to the glass While the head recedes fairly soon there is a persistent layer of foam on the surface throughout the beer and is enough to create sheets of foam when sipping.

The aromas include dark orchard fruits similar to plum, prune and dark cherry. There's also a bit of raisin along with a touch of spices and what seems to be a bit of dark chocolate.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose. e.g., the dark fruits, along with a touch of spice but with a bit of black pepper in there as well. In the background there's the light touch of chocolate and a bit of dark molasses. The alcohol is well concealed in this beer so while there's a warming effect there's no burn.

The mouth feel is on the full side of medium bodied and has a light touch of carbonation. The finish is relatively long and begins as the fruit flavors recede to allow the touch of, chocolate, black pepper and dark molasses to emerge. Eventually the finish just fades away leaving some dryness in the back of the upper palate.

Overall this seems a well made beer and an excellent example of the style. There's a complex set of flavors and aromas coming and going throughout the beer. It's nicely drinkable and the complexity invites another sip to try and sort out all that's going on here. I'm pleased that I've three more in the basement to try out a bit of aging with this beer.

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Photo of Jimlikesbeer
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I really liked this quad. Rich foam head that hung in there. Complex flavor that were hard to pin point. Makes it a bit "mysterious". Belgian yeast and roasted malts.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Poured a dark brown. Aroma was stylistically sound. Belgian yeast, dark fruits, oxidized aromatics and alcohol. The flavor was quite the same. Raisins, figs and the like. Mollasses and rich sugars. Oxidization. Alcohol and a briefly drying yeasty feel/flavor. Finishes sweet and syrupy thank most of them do. I have recently had two beers from Straffe Hendrik; both of styles that I am not super fond of. I thought they nailed both of them. This is a very solid Quad. Maybe I'm starting to like Belgian beer more. Regardless, this was tasty.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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Photo of Marius
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark amber, clear, with a nice, fluffy head with good retention. Smells like caramel, dried fruit, prunes, figs, raisins, some brandy, roasted rye, yeast, all that Belgian goodness. The taste follows the same notes, with prunes and raspberries mixed with burnt sugar and alcohol. Surprisingly dry and light-bodied for a quad, and, together with a medium-high amount of carbonation, it goes down easy. Warm and bitter-sweet aftertaste.

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Photo of stevoj
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown, smoky, musty , peat, chocolate, molasses, dried fruit. Complex and the character changes as it warms. This is a nice sipper to relax and enjoy.

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Photo of sokol_1993
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Taste: dark fruit all around. Cherry, plum taste.
Feel: Full body. a little bit weak aftertaste compared to the big boys, and some what sour taste at the end.
It's a good quad, an example of what a quad should be. However, it is not up there with the big boys (St. Bernardus, Rochefort...) yet.

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Photo of bonesTdog
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I felt like a cartoon... At first I was OK with it but as I continued to drink it, the more I liked it. By day 2 I was absolutely loving this beer with bright eyes. Malty and sweet with molasses, brown sugar and banana. The texture is thick and smooth and there is no alcohol or hop bite on the finish at all. The entire experience is velvety smooth and sweet and too easy to drink. The color is like an over brewed iced tea which adds to the approachability of the whole experience. I will be buying more of this.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Flat with minimal carbonation. Smell of molasses, sweet caramel, chocolate / toffee as it warmed. A solid quad but not top-tier.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.59/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: deep brown, just south of cola, one finger head, dissipates rather quickly with very mild lacing around the glass
S: roasty, with subtle hints of clove and banana, also some quiet notes of alcohol, pleasant, mild traces of dark fruity esters that become more pronounced over the given session, the main take away here is the roasted malt, it is the most prominent
T: coffee and plum, amber candy sugar, possibly a subtle hint of rye or wheat in the grain bill but I wouldn’t swear to it, the coffee dissipates as the beer mellows, also as this occurs the candy sugar sweetness begins to become more pronounce, very mild bitterness, present, but not pronounced
M: full bodied though not quite imperial stout thick, the banana and clove notes help to make this a more filling beer
O: quite good, I would drink it again, the beers this most reminds me of are de ranked noir de dottignies and aventinus eisbock (though much less heavy), the belgian strong dark ale/quad is one of my favorite styles and I find I learn more and more every time I drink one, I find that when I review them, I write an initial review in roughly ten minutes and then edit for subsequent sensations for about the next hour, not just with this one but with all of them, take your time, not because of the alcohol, though that is certainly part of it, but because this is a style that reveals itself quite gradually and warrants your fully and developing attention

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Photo of Raynman
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Tried this for the first time at the brewery in Bruge Belgium since then I have been hooked. Have had it back in the states from a bottle and on tap. It is one of my favorite beers. Very smooth. The alcohol sneaks up on you. Great color and taste.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a chalice glass

Appearance- The beer pours a deep brownish color with a massive foamy cream colored head. The head has a fantastic level of retention, very slowly fading over time to leave a great showing of a foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is big of a dark fruit nature with raisin, plum, and fig. These dark fruits are mixed with molasses as well as a burnt candied sugar aromas. Along with all these smells comes other aromas of yeast cake, which brings with it some spice of clove and coriander. The alcohol is not hidden in this nose with a nice rum aroma present which when mixed with the rest of the smells gives a rather rich and warming smell overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a rather rich dark fruit flavor or raisin and plum mixed with the sugary molasses and caramel tastes that were in the nose. There is a rather decent bit of a breadiness that is present right from the start as well, with other flavors of yeast and spice of coriander soon following. The sugary flavors start losing ground as the taste advances however with them being replaced by some more roasty bread and some boozy flavors or a rum like nature. All the while a little bit of a woody taste and some flavors of chocolate develop on the tongue. With the mix of flavors that are left at the end, an almost spiced and roasty fruit cake like flavor is left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather thin for an 11% abv quad with a carbonation level that was average. A little thicker of a body may have suited the fruitcake like flavors of the brew slightly better and keep it a slightly slower sipper (as it should be an 11%).

Overall – This is a very tasty quad I must say. Other than the somewhat weak feel, it was really a fantastic beer to sip away. While not my favorite quad out there, I say definitely give it a try if you get a chance, as it is very good.

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Photo of JordanSchuetz
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Really enjoyed this beer. It tastes absolutely amazing, but need to try it again for a more accurate review. It has kind of a winey feel to it which I could see some people not liking. This is definitely a top pick of mine from now on for Belgium brews.

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Photo of JaimeLondon
4.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer is really beautiful, of a dark brown color a big and persistent yellowish foam.
Smell and taste are mild, sweet, malty and a bit yeasty.. delicious. The highligths go to the vanilla notes.
Feel is also indredible. Body, carbonation and bitterness at high level and well balanced.
Maybe I'll give this beer the prize of beer of the year =)
And I had it in Belgium!

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(rating #1000 - a 750, all for me! - poured into a Chouffe tulip)

L: lovely, deep-dark, crimson red liquid, clear, with a loose, smog-stain light brown head that does not stay around long... the head does pour tall and actually some chunky lace here and there

S: cherry cough drop with maybe a hint of mocha... raspberry jam?... the alcohol is present, though more of its essence, coming over top the over aromas... mild red vinous (raisin) notes... flowers, sugar, booze

T: up front, a light-medium acidic sizzle that hangs on the palate long after each sip... definitely get the character of the conditioning yeast, hint of funk... nice little pop of sweet-fruity booze and a hint of coffee in the finish... undeniable malt and melanoidin-rich backbone with a slight but notable dark roast overtone... chocolaty burps

F: light but tight body, some spritzy sizzle... blanket-soft, weightless finish... somewhat glassy and quiet flow... altogether wonderfully dry and peaceful

O: tell ya what - this is good, but there are more complex and interesting quads around (La Trappe, Abt 12, and on occasion Roche 10)... the flavors are a little "darker" than in what I would consider a quintessential quad... I've got the Heritage oak-aged version waiting in the wings - looking forward to that... anticipating an even-smoother, "better" model of this already nice beer

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Photo of Shemmy
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First beer of 34 bottles I ordered and had shipped out to me in the wilds of Northeast Thailand. Perhaps I was a bit paranoid about the beer being spoiled as its been over 100 degrees everday lately and the order took three days to arrive, and bottles were warm on arrival. All that made me half imagine I was drinking beer on the way to spoilage. However, the other beers I have since tried dispelled that, some of them very well known to me and if anything all tasted fresher than those from supermarkets in Bangkok. So, I assume the Hendrik Quad was as intended.

As an overall impression, this quad has some really interesting flavors going on. I know this might sound weird, but confirmed numerous times a gin and tonic back drop to more familiar quad flavors. One thing that I found interesting with this quad was how totally variable each sip I took was. Sometimes I got a gin tonic, other times Christmass pudding, other times chocolate/coffee. I really like my quads, one of my favorite beer styles, but I am still a bit of a rookie and thought Hendrik Staffe is one of the more unusual if not pretty good ones I've had.

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Photo of chinchill
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Yard House in Atlanta.
Deep, dark mahogany body with a good head.
Excellent flavor and aroma, but the aroma is too weak. (then again, the ale is too cold and this may improve with warming). Smooth body despite the high ABV. Medium-full. Rich, moderately complex flavor. Sweet but not cloying. Adequate dark fruit notes with suggestions of light spicing.

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Photo of safphoto
4.85/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I had this while in Bruges recently . . . at Cambrinus. I would put this up there with Rochefort 10 which I've always liked better than Westvleteren XII and St Bernardus Abt 12.

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Photo of brureview
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a dark opaque coffee color in a Brooklyn snifter- 3F head. Lacing.
Nice looking beer.

The aroma isn't strong, but quite good: raisins and some sweetness. With warming, the aroma is more pronounced.

The taste is excellent: complex, raisin, fig, fruit, sweetness, and more.

Finish: light alcohol, and some maltiness.

Overall, one of the best Quads I have tasted in a while. Balanced and complex.

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Photo of EMV
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at the Yard House in Orlando - poured into a tulip glass.

L: Pours a deep cloudy mahogany, so dark it's almost black. Thick creamy white head with ample retention.

S: Dark fruits, yeasts, faint coriander, and sweet old-fashioned candies.

T/F: Rich and complex... this beer is a sipper. Dark fruits and molasses with a slight zest. Excellent complexity from the yeasts, and very smooth with moderate carbonation. Nice alcoholic warmth to round out the brew.

O: Very nice and complex beer, and a bit different from other quads I've tasted. Very enjoyable and I'd definitely have it again. Hard to go wrong with a quad made in Belgium.

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Photo of BastardKing24
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lovely set of smells and tastes from this beer. It does not give off the notion of being 11%, it is well masked. Fruity and sort of earthy, it reminds me of a strong dubbel kind of. Its heavy on the caramel and toffee, with dark fruit here and there. Lovely yeast flavor, get this and savor it.

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Photo of Wanne
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is deep, dark red, with a beige head. Aroma of caramel and red fruit. Hints of coffee and port make for a strong taste and is accompagnied with a nice alcoholic warmth. Very good beer.

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Photo of breakingbland
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle (marked 02-04-2016).

The beer pours an opaque brown with ruby highlights. The persistent two-finger head was a mix of fine and medium-coarse bubbles.

The aroma was of candy and some breadiness. The taste was sweet and roasty with complex overtones. The hops presence is fairly minor, and there are hints ot tobacco and candy. Even though it's a quad, there was no alcohol burn or heat. The aftertaste is a pleasant mix of sweetness balanced with mild bitterness and sourness. The mouthfeel is great -- a nice bite from the combination of the hops and carbonation.

Overall, this is one of my favorites in this style. Everything comes together: the complex flavor profile, the mouthfeel, and the aftertaste. I hope to run into this one again!

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Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

i'm not sure if my bomber is the same but i'm assuming that the bomber label is different from the pic here.

pours with almost no head. nice dark cloudy cola color. lots of sweet malty aromas. the flavor is a bit young. i can't figure out the vintage but i'm assuming it's a 2014. i think this will round out with age. not as nice as other belgian quads but very drinkable.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle poured into a chalice.

A: Very dark brown. Fine-bubbled creamy beige head retains at a half inch in the wide glass. Lacing forms thin and delicate sheets on the glass.

S: A trail mix sort of aroma greets the nostrils. Nutty, cocoa, dried fruits (cranberry, raisin, and apricot). Bitter, unsweetened chocolate chips. Molasses. Mildly musty and lightly spicy yeast anchor it all. Whiff of alcohol. Soft clove and vanilla phenols.

T: Cocoa and unsweetened chocolate wrap themselves around fruity flavors of raisin, craisin, prune, and fig. Candi sugar is very apparent. Nutty. Molasses. Milk chocolate and light mocha. Yeast flavors are mildly musty and leathery, but otherwise a bit quieter than usual. They still provide a more than capable anchor though. Dried apricot and orange peel esters very briefly. Subtle clovey and vanilla bean phenols with moderate peppery spice that grows middle to end. Alcohol creeps in toward the back, offering some balancing bitterness but remaining friendly. Semi-dry and gently lingering finish of molasses, unsweetened chocolate, and dried fruit.

M: Medium bodied with a full and lush mouthfeel. A lot of substance, but not weighty at all. Melt-in-your-mouth creaminess makes for a velvety and decadent texture, like when a fine chocolate dissolves in your mouth. Gentle carbonation lifts everything. Mild alcohol warmth, but otherwise no indication of the potency.

O: Perhaps less complex when compared to the elite quads, mainly due to a quieter yeast contribution. But oh my God does it make up for it with sheer drinkability! The texture in particular is sinful in its decadence. The idea of a more-ish quad is a dangerous notion, but that's what we have here. Every sip is a delight to the senses.

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Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel from Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
91 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.