Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel - Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
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Reviews by Nerudamann:
3.58/5 rDev -13.3%
Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass.
Look - dark brown with about two and a half fingers of frothy light khaki-colored foam that dissipates quickly.
Smell - almost a wheat-like smell, but in theory shouldn't contain wheat or rye.
Taste and Mouthfeel - quite a bitter taste right from the off, but sweetened a little bit in the middle, but that level remains throughout the rest of the taste. A bit of an acrid, albeit not unpleasant, type of taste. The abv is definitely perceivable. And because of the abv, the mouthfeel is a bit stinging/warming. The texture is pretty smooth though.
Overall - a pretty interesting brew. If I have it again, I'm going to have to remember to serve it a little warmer than I did.
09-13-2011 03:05:48 | More by Nerudamann
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4.4/5 rDev +6.5%
Poured into my Ommegang chalice a deep roasted chesnut brown with a sticky one finger beige head atop that left a broken ring of lace as it settled slowly.A slight sherry vinegar note is something that caught my attention with dark brown sugar and dark fruit in there as well,the vinegar element is something I have never come across in a quad.Deep brown sugar and toffee flavors with sweet alcohol,it's cakey and rich with a slightly acidic finish.Full lush feel in the mouth,this is somewhat different than alot of quads and I really liked it,it's a bit raw in some aspects.Great stuff.
06-12-2012 22:19:37 | More by oberon
4/5 rDev -3.1%
Bottle with a best before end date notched Dec 13.
A-Pours a ton of loose tan foamy head that lingers. Lots of small CO2 bubbles present. Murky brown with dark red tints.
S-Remniscient of other quads except this one has a perfumy floral aroma-almost rose like. Otherwise sweet alcohol aroma. Brown sugar.
T-Rum raisin, sweet bread, overripe fruity yeast. End note of alcohol.
M-Vapory alcohol is noticeable, but the burn down the throat is subdued. Moderate/heavy carbonation zing. Dry finish.
D-Better than it should be with an 11% brew.
O-I love quads-this one is a large step below St. Bernardus and Westy versions, but still very enjoyable-makes a great nightcap. Will have to see how this one tastes after a few more years in the cellar. Have yet to taste 1 made in the US that stacks up well next to the Belgians.
01-15-2012 03:03:23 | More by deebo
4.18/5 rDev +1.2%
Appearance: black, tan foamy head, opaque
Aroma: date, fig, raisin, prune, molasses, malt sweetness
Taste: strong note of prune and molasses at onset, finish with a mild nutty character with a ton of malt depth. Slight bitter tingle in aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, smooth, thick, not easily quaffable and borderline cloying,
Overall Impression: a very strong and noticeably alcoholic quad with strong flavors of dark fruits and molasses. A thick and sweet beverage, this beer demands to be enjoyed over a long period of time.
06-12-2013 21:26:33 | More by dwren89
4.5/5 rDev +9%
Sold at around 11 dollars at the Giant Eagle Market District in Robinson. I love the De Halve Maan Brewery logo, big bottle 750 ml or 25.4 oz here. Pours a Deep russet, nearly opaque ruby tinted cola brown body...the head layers with a deep khaki tan head fomring large bands of Belgian style lacing with each sip. Aroma has a hint of cherry with apple/figs and other dark ripend fruits let's throw in raisins as well. Hint of alcohol tickles the nares with a heavily malt laiden mild dark roasted edge to it. Each sniff you take, you get more of a vinous character that really builds the backbone of the experience that this quadruple ale offers. Flavor wise this beer is drinking nicely, I'm excited to try other Straffe Hendrik offerings based on this big bodied Belgian beauty. Toasted dark malts brings on some mild bitterness but layers of complex malt also bring on layered fruit between dark plum tartness, deep sweetness of plump raisins burst, with an accent of tannins found in your favorite tea or big bodied red wine. More sweeetness than I can typically handle in a big bodied ale like this but I'm a sucker for well balanced big ass Belgian bier. Mouthfeel is still considered a bit effervescent even with loads of malts it doesn't seem the least bit cloying on my palate. Which is an amazing feat that true Belgian ales always seem to pull off with ease, it's hard to believe this is 11 percent abv, probably more hidden booze than any big American craft brewer will offer excecute. An artform the label states this is Bruges last standing brasserie or at least one of them. Mouthfeel is full bodied but carried so well with some lively carbonation it's pretty amazing. Overall exomplexity and flavor combined this is one of the better quads I've had in some time, a different style than my normal beer consumption is really a welcomed addition and revisit to beers I've tried in the past but either haven't had access to or just haven't desired since I've pretty much devoted myself to craft beer (typically hoppier offerings).
07-07-2011 14:53:32 | More by WVbeergeek
4.2/5 rDev +1.7%
(Served in a teku)
Best before aN15
A- This beer pours an opaque walnut black body with a thin beige film that pushes into a thick ring and is supported by a gentle carbonation.
S- The rick prune and dark fruit esters blend with a dark sweetness and some circus peanut esters that grow larger in the finish.
T- The blend of pot caramel, later growing into a dark dry toffee flavor, and some dried fruit esters finish with a circus peanut ester and a mellow malt sweetness that lingers. As it opens there is a slight cherry brightness and a dark cola hint that come through.
M- the light mouthfeel has a gentle fizz note and a nice alcohol prick that balances the sweetness.
O- This is a great quad. There is the nice blend of yeasty esters with a good sweetness quality and alcohol warmth to balance, all blended with some malt character. Nothing is out of balance but everything has its place. Delicious.
06-04-2013 11:06:13 | More by rhoadsrage
3.55/5 rDev -14%
Poured into a tulip from a 12oz regular capped bottle. The color was dark almost completely black with little to no lacing. A fruity smell such as plums, dates, raisins comes through with an overall honey floral sweetness. Upon the first sip the dark fruit presents itself followed by a slight bitterness. Not a terribly great mouthfeel. Seem to be flat. Not sure if I got a bad of
Bottle but the lack of carbonation for a Belgian is severely disappointing.
02-10-2014 00:16:59 | More by Ryanm1
4.03/5 rDev -2.4%
A - A dark brown beer with an enormous light beige head, unfortunately the head shrinks in till a small layer remains.
S - A sweet malty scent mixed up with some yeast.
T - A creamy delight with an overpowering sweetness from candy sugar, some yeast flavor and not really anything else. What makes it a bit plain.
M - A full body and a creamy feeling, light sticky and little to none alcohol warmth!! For an 11% it is nicely done. Furthermore there is no real bitterness.
O - A tasteful delight always nice to have some on you're shelf.
12-19-2011 17:59:05 | More by Mar02x
4/5 rDev -3.1%
Straffe Hendrik "Brugs Quadrupel Ale"
11.2 oz. bottle, best by 3rd week of Dec. 2013
Carefully poured to leave the lees behind, it's a deep chestnut brown with a ruby cast beneath a foamy head of tan. Held to the light orange-ruby highlights glisten. The head retention and lacing could be a little bit better.
The aroma displays spice, fruit, and sugar/caramel. It's peppery with some dark fruit skins, but also some juicier fruit as well. The alcohol is unfortunately readily evident.
In the mouth it bristles the tongue with a fine-bubbled, zesty carbonation before warming to become sugary.
The flavor is as the nose suggests but a little broader. It adds hints of cherry upfront, and vanilla in back, and there's much more spice. The spice character is quite interesting. Nothing stands out as particularly distinct, but I'm thinking green cardamom; star anise based on the licorice note that it has; and peppercorns, although I'm not sure how much the alcohol is contributing to that. It finishes dry, despite the sugary malt, due at least in part to the alcohol.
Overall it's an enjoyable beer. It's balanced but it could be more polished. The alcohol detracts. Definitely a sipper.
03-08-2012 23:35:43 | More by NeroFiddled
4.03/5 rDev -2.4%
Poured into a tulip glass.
Dark brown color when held towards the light. Large head with very good retention and lacing.
Sweet malt and brown sugar in the aroma. Also quite boozy.
After tasting I was surprised. It wasn't as sweet as I expected, and I liked that. Also it didn't feel like 11% ABV.
Medium body with light carbonation. Easy to drink in spite of the high ABV.
Overall a very nice quad, I enjoyed it more then some of the bigger names.
12-01-2012 01:54:10 | More by Ciocanelu
4.23/5 rDev +2.4%
Poured from a bomber to a pint glass. Nice head, doesn't dissipate, with a nice copper color. Smells of dark fruit and heavy malt. It tastes sweet with a nice dry yet tasty finish. You really taste the malt with a touch of raisins and dark fruit. The feel is smooth and perfectly carbonated. Overall a great brew with lots of flavor and balance. I will for sure pick this up again.
11-02-2012 00:40:38 | More by ChrisH1024
4/5 rDev -3.1%
Poured into a tulip glass. Two and half fingers of head on a deep brown colored body.
The aroma is a great blend of caramel, apple, pear and other bright fruits.
The taste has a big dose of caramel malt sweetness, some fruit, black licorice and mild bitter finish.
The texture is fairly smooth with moderate carbonation.
Very well done..
10-05-2013 20:33:18 | More by Fatehunter
Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel from Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
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