Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel - Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
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2.65/5 rDev -35.8%
Live review. Poured from the corked and caged 1 pint, 9.4 oz bottle that I bought at World Wines & Liquor in Mentor a few weeks ago into my Brewery Ommegang gold rimmed Westvleteren style goblet. I do not recall the price. Sorry about that! I do not see any indication of the “best by” date or even the “bottled on” date but I am not sure that it matters. Update: After I removed the cork I found that the cork had the following printed on it: 2.010 I am going to guess that it is the bottling “year” so with the 11% ABV I am absolutely fine here.
A Medium brown head over a dark brown body that glows a deep mahogany in front of direct light. I like the look of this quad. 4.5
S Dark roast malt without a great amount of sweetness in the smell. It is a rather distant smell. This should be interesting… 3.5
T The dark roast malt is there as well as the typical “De Halve Mann” grainy malt nature along with the stgrong Belgian yeast notes. As suggested by the smell this is a rather distant taste. It took repeated sips to determine my tasting notes due to the distance of the taste. There is certainly an earthy, grainy, organic sense to the taste of this beer. Some may appreciate that but I do not. 2.5
M As suggested by the notes on the taste, the feel is too dry. I enjoy quads with a nice syrupy thickness to them. 2.0
D/O Actually less than fair since the ABV is 11% and the taste and feel leave me wanting more. 2.0
Notes: It kills me to record this rather low rating to a beer from one of my sentimental favorite breweries, De Halve Mann. I visited there June 2009 and thoroughly enjoyed the tour and the beers that I had sampled that day. I would recommend touring there anytime. I happen to think that their barley malt is too grainly and their yeast profile is too strong. This beer certainly did nothing to change that opinion.
06-14-2011 04:08:16 | More by adamette
2.68/5 rDev -35.1%
Bottle from Beer Planet in Brussels. Split with a friend. From notes.
A - Poured a really dark, hazy brown. Some slight carbonation came up with a nice creamy one finger beige head. Good finger of retention but not much lacing.
S - Lo's of yeast, some sort of woody character, and fruit. Not entirely what I look for in a Quad. Lacks that rich dark fruit note.
T - Significant dark fruit improves up on the aroma quite a bit. Lot's of yeast. Sugar. Really yeasty and quite a fair bit of spice.
M - Strong carbonation and a medium body. Yeasty and spicy lingering notes. Body seems thin.
O/D - Not a big fan. An OK Quad but not what I look for. Too much spice and yeast and I could never have a full bottle of this.
05-17-2011 14:47:29 | More by tbeckett
2.73/5 rDev -33.9%
Bottle into a tulip.
Deep purple. Murky, opaque and dark. The head is a dense inch tall, medium tan, and recedes to thin, silky top layer after a bit.
Not much to pick up in the nose. Raisins, caramel, and lots of booze.
For a brew with such high alcohol content, the flavor is surprisingly subdued. Again with the raisin, with additions of cinnamon and toast. Perhaps a little grape as well. Booze, however, is the major flavor contributor.
Thin, watery body with moderate massaging carbonation that breaks into just a hint of fizz. Alcohol is big — as expected — blazing through the nose and warming the throat.
If I’m going to drink an 11 percent ABV beer, I like to at least get some flavor enjoyment out of it. This quad drinks like a single. It’s just too subtle in both aroma and taste. Not undrinkable, but I’d definitely never shell out cash for another bottle.
03-27-2012 04:19:45 | More by Phelps
2.95/5 rDev -28.6%
A - It pours a cola-brown, capped with a big khaki head.
S - The nose seems quite nice - but also quite different than most Quad/BSDA. There is a sort of woody-medicinal sharpness that seems like brettanomyces, but I don't think it actually is. Pale and pils malt seem evident, as does candi sugar and aged hops. Fruity notes of apple, pear, apricot, plum and banana are present, but not in the way one would generally expect.
T - The taste is not quite there; I wasn't sure how this was going to go down, given the unusual specificities of the aroma, but it is a letdown overall. The alcohol is way too strong here; its as if someone poured vodka into a Grimbergen or Corsendonk brown. As for the nuances, there is some medium and dark fruity notes (not enough), and a lot of pale malt minerality. This would make for a decent Tripel/BSPA, save for the color; as a Quad or BSDA, it is lacking the richness, complexity and decadence necessary.
M - Bad. Champagne-esque carbonation; prickly and somewhat thin.
O - As referenced earlier, this beer tastes, smells and feels like a Tripel. Way off the mark for the style, and not great regardless of style consideration.
04-25-2011 13:04:05 | More by ktrillionaire
2.95/5 rDev -28.6%
Bottle served into Antwerp Beer Passion Weekend 2011 stemware in Antwerp, Belgium. Reviewed from notes.
A: Pours a two finger head of lovely cream, slight tan colour, nice thickness, and of great retention for the high ABV. Colour is a dark black.
Sm: Chocolate, toffee, caramel, and amber hops.
T: Chocolate, toffee, caramel, and some cream. Very full and flavorful, with adequate complexity for the style. I may have been wrong about the amber hops. Maybe some vanilla. Balanced well and built decently. The style does demand far more subtlety, in fairness.
Mf: Nicely coarse and wet. Complements the general tone of the flavour.
Dr: A very average quadrupel, with little to offer. It does hide its ABV well and makes for easy drinking, but just isn't a quality brew.
05-22-2012 00:36:51 | More by kojevergas
3.24/5 rDev -21.5%
A: Murkey brown, red with absolutely NO HEAD, NO CARBONATION
S: plummy and sweet
T: dark fruits, mellow alcohol
M: no carbonation, flat, very little psst when opened
O: disappointed. nothing special, and expensive
Serving type: large bottle , 11% alcohol, ANNO 1856 with a half moon face on the bottle. Label says Bruges Quadruple Ale II
05-23-2014 19:37:22 | More by gdizzle
3.33/5 rDev -19.4%
Appearance: I got really excited for this brew based on the appearance. Has 100% of the look a Quad should have, thick creamy head, dark menacing color, with a low amount of carbonation. The head stuck around the entire time while enjoying. Drank out of a Westmalle Chalice glass.
Smell: Even though the aroma shouldn't be over pronounced, you really had to dig deep to enjoy this aroma. Very light malt, with some dark fruit and bready accents. The malt seemed to take over what aroma was actually there and did not have the type of complexity I was looking for.
Taste: Two very different part to the taste of this brew which brings it to a very average taste overall. The front of this beer is wonderful, tastes of sweet malt, dark fruits, earthy bread, and a slight dry roasted nuttiness. The strong sweetness of the malt is tragically slain by a heavy boozy presence which ends the party for this brew. The heavy booze is what is left of the palette after drinking which is a true same after the front of this beer.
Mouthfeel: Creamy everything you would expect from a quad on the front but the tacky boozy feeling really sours the mouthfeel for me as well.
Overall: So close to a truly elite beer. Maybe it is unfair to this beer that I have Rochefort 10 and 8 very readily available in my area which makes my standards insanely high for beers of this essence. You can tell the craftsmanship is simply not there with this beer. It is worth the extra few dollars for truly world class products.
02-10-2013 01:55:47 | More by KFBR392
3.43/5 rDev -16.9%
A dark brown, red beer with a thin head and low visible carbonation.
Smell is mostly grainy and a bit husky with distinct notes of caramel. Also some grapes and currants. There is a syrupy smell to it, which is hard to describe, but it smells thick and heavy.
Taste is heavy on the caramel malts, this makes the beer maltbitter and adds a currant and raisin taste, bordering my threshold for the maltbitterness. The alcohol is well hidden, 11% alcohol is warm, but it is not sharp. The beer is bitter, which is a combination of the malt and hop bitterness.
08-24-2012 19:57:20 | More by Absumaster
3.43/5 rDev -16.9%
11.2oz poured into a snifter
A: Pours a very dark amber/brown, almost to the point of being black, with three fingers of head on a very careful pour.
S: A surprising amount of caramel and toffee for a Quad, I get some plums behind it, but not as much dark fruits as I'm used to for the style. I get a bit of grapefruit and nutmeg to balance the sweetness.
T: Toffee and caramel are quite strong in the flavor as well. I get even less dark fruits than I got in the aroma. A bit peppery, but not much for esters.
M: Medium thickness with strong carbonation.
O: Nice tasting, though a bit boring for the style. Not much in the ester category.
03-15-2013 02:33:14 | More by coreyfmcdonald
3.45/5 rDev -16.5%
A: dark red-brown colour, nice thick-off white head that keeps rising
S: red fruits, some alcohol
T: dark fruits, a bit murky, some alcohol, not that complex
M: full body, good carbonation, a bit alcoholic
O: really nice beer, but not one of the best I've drunk
05-15-2014 20:57:05 | More by benfons
3.48/5 rDev -15.7%
Serving Type - 22oz bottle
Appearance - Dark tan, brown, not much head, or lacing. Kinda bland looking.
Smell - Dark fruits, some malt, chocolate and spices, not alot of smell.
Taste - Very dark roasted malt flavor. Not as many flavors and spices as most quads ive had. A little pepper and chocolate notes in the aftertaste. I get some licorice and dark fruits like plum and rasin. Very surprized how different this quad is compaired to standard quads.
Mouthfeel - Medium thickness and rather light on palette. No way id guess this was 11% or even a quad. Aftertaste is weak and not long lasting at all.
Overall - This is solid, but not a top of the list quad. It almost comes closer to a strong ale then a quad. The dark fruits, roasted malts, it would be hard to guess this as a quad. Pretty good but there are a few other quads that smoke this beer. If you are looking for a different twist on the style, this would be a nice sample.
06-23-2011 07:40:58 | More by wvsabbath
Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel from Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
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