Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel - Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

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582 Ratings
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Ratings: 582
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.64%
Wants: 47
Gots: 116 | FT: 1
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Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan visit their website
Belgium

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 tbeckett
2.71/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of adamette
2.71/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of Phelps
2.76/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of kojevergas
2.96/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

C

Photo of ktrillionaire
2.98/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of DIM
3.04/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Lost an ounce or so to foam as soon as I cracked the cap. What was left was an extremely dark ruby tinted brown color. This poured with a huge, long lived rocky cap.

Bit of a let down in the nose. There were apple and raisin aromas, but they were sugary and had an over done, almost burnt quality. Gentle, flowery heat as well. Tastes as the smell suggested it would. Unfortunately that burnt quality comes across even stronger on the tongue. It doesn't dominate the flavor profile, I tasted sugary dark fruits aplenty, but it is impossible to ignore. It lingers along with some vaguely medicinal alcoholic heat. This falls far short of the best examples of the style. Too many readily available great quads out there, I should have passed on this one.

Photo of Rifugium
3.27/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

First had: on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

Brownish-burgundy color with a dense cap of off-white head; moderate retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of dark dried fruits and bready yeast. Taste of caramel malts, bready yeast, pumpernickel, dark fruits, light hints of brown sugar and earthy hops, somewhat cardboardy. Alcohol warmth mellowed out a bit as the beer got closer to room temperature. Medium body, maybe a little thin compared to other quads, but still decent overall.

Photo of gdizzle
3.31/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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

Photo of KFBR392
3.32/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of DaverCS
3.35/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Low carbonation. Very dark beer, with a thick mouthfeel. No head/ head retention.

Aroma is of dark fruits, alcohol, and a bread pudding type spice characteristic. Potentially molasses. Surprisingly weak on the nose.

Taste doesn't do it for me. I get a hit of molasses up front with some maserated raisins, plums, and dried cherries in a bourbon. Great at first. Little carbonation up front. Middle of the mouth is rather blank... Non-descript... Rather watery. The end is the booze warmth and heat. It's not offensive, but just nothing special.

This would go well with a spiced cake or bread pudding. It just really isn't worth the money or time. Plenty of other good quads/ Belgain darks . I give it 67/100.

Photo of Absumaster
3.41/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.45/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of wvsabbath
3.47/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of benfons
3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this beer pours dark brown/black, looks like purple along the edge. Somewhat dense foamy head, off-white

Aroma is sweet. Baked caramel and sweet bread. Fruity a bit like red plum and Gala apple.

Not quite the flavors I was expecting. Very sweet, but I didn't get the soft banana or orchard fruits. More plum, dark cherry, Jolly Rancher-purple. Overripe apple on the end though. Boozy

Sweetness hampers this beer a bit. Finished a bit twangy and sugary. Booze thins it out. Character is a puzzle

Photo of Ryanm1
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of Nerudamann
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of antott0523
3.59/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy cola color. Minor carbonation and sediment visible. Thin beige head that settled to nothing. No lacing.

Smell: Dried fruit including raisins. Mild notes of alcohol.

Taste: Port wine and raisins.

Mouthfeel: Nice and smooth mouthfeel. Round and velvety with comforting warmth from the alcohol.

Overall: I don't drink quads often, but I do like this beer. It is not complex, but has a nice dried fruit flavor. The alcohol is tame, and provides a comforting warmth throughout the drink.

Photo of vfgccp
3.64/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A – Dark brown ice tea – almost cola. Great retention and lace on a khaki head.

S – Warm booze, brazil nuts, caramel, and mocha.

T – Booze up front with burnt caramel. Hazelnut, cherry pits and leather through the center. Dry, boozy finish.

M – Medium/light body for the style. Nice carbonation. The alcohol leaves a warm, lingering finish.

O – An ok Quad. The booze feels disassociated from the rest of the profile.

Photo of Beejay
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A: Very dark in color, almost black, but when held to the light some brilliant ruby tones come through.. Not a lot of head, very atypical of most Belgian styles.

S: Malty, with a distinct burnt sugar smell, caramel and molasses come through as well as some earthy tones. Some dark fruit in the finish as well as some chocolate notes, although I usually get a little more Belgian yeast character...

T: Now that is interesting, dark malt character, with an almost burnt to the bottom of the pot flavor- but in a good way. There is a lovely fruity sweetness to it, almost like chocolate covered raspberries. There is a very lovely fruitiness to this, that counteracts the burned caramel flavors. This is one of those beers that each time you sip it, you find something new and interesting.

M: Medium to heavy body, carbonation feels light and fine, although the tickle on my tongue seems to lean towards a heavier carbonation than I feel.

O: Overall I'm not really sure.. seems to have a rather unique flavor, but a touch harsh and a bit sweet at the same time. There is definitely less typical Belgian flavors in this guy, but perhaps that's the grain pushing through. While the taste is completely different, it almost reminds me a little of Duchesse, in a yin and yang type of way.

Photo of ikantspel
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml served into a duvel tulip

pours a dark hazelnut brown color with a shade of reddish amber. finishes with a sticky tan head that takes awhile to relent

classic textbook belgian quad smell that produces an aroma rich in spiced herbal notes, a butternut toffee, and is completed by a lingering black licorice/anise

the taste starts with the dark fruits, with just a tinge of the alcohol thats present, then in comes the spice vanilla flavor leads into a sweet brown sugar that dissipates and becomes slightly dry. maybe a little bitterness at the end

a pretty solid outing for a quad. pretty textbook but with a strong taste. id rank it in the top 10 of quads ive tried but not top 5

Photo of goblue3509
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber color with a thick two finger pillowy head which gives way to skim and leaves nice strand of lace on the glass. The aroma is of dark fruits and caramel malts. The aroma is slightly faint. The taste has a caramel malt backbone, over top there are flavors of dark fruits. There is also a slight milk chocolate taste along with brandy like flavors. At the end there is a very slight hop bite. The mouthfeel is moderatley carbonated. Overall this is a good beer, the aroma was a little faint, but the taste was good and complex.

Photo of Givemebeer
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a snifter. Served cold but sipping to let warm to room temperature

A: dark dark brown with a reddish hue. No lacing or head

S: cherries upfront for sure complex malty smell sugary sweet

T: very sweet fruits mostly cherry definitely plum and currants

M: medium bodied and sweet finish.

O: in no way is this a bad beer, but I expected better. Doesn't hold a candle to rochefort 10 but an enjoyable beer for sure.

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear dark reddish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense beige head that quickly died down, leaving only a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface that never completely faded away.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of dark fruits and yeast in the nose.
T: Like the smell, flavors of dark fruits stand out in the taste (cherries, plums and prunes come to mind) and there is some malty sweetness. Hints of spices are noticeable in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and relatively smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is relatively easy to drink considering its strength because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

Note: 2010 vintage

Photo of TomSchuwer
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep dark color, nice 2 finger head but it dissipates after a minute

S: Dried plums with a hint of chocolat

T: Malty, dried plums, chocolat, burnt caramel.

M: Thick, creamy, bittersweet and boozy with a good saturation

O: Great quadruppel but a bit unbalanced (alcohol and spices)... but hey still a great one !!!

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Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel from Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
92 out of 100 based on 582 ratings.