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

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Reviews: 154
Hads: 610
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 49
Gots: 130 | FT: 1
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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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Reviews: 154 | Hads: 610
Photo of Absumaster
3.41/5  rDev -16%
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. (559 characters)

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.45/5  rDev -15%
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. (644 characters)

Photo of wvsabbath
3.47/5  rDev -14.5%
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. (942 characters)

Photo of benfons
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
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 (265 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
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 (498 characters)

Photo of Ryanm1
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
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. (457 characters)

Photo of Nerudamann
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
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. (723 characters)

Photo of antott0523
3.59/5  rDev -11.6%
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. (513 characters)

Photo of JackRWatkins
3.59/5  rDev -11.6%
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 (1,441 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
3.64/5  rDev -10.3%
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. (432 characters)

Photo of Beejay
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
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. (1,289 characters)

Photo of ikantspel
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
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 (690 characters)

Photo of goblue3509
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
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. (539 characters)

Photo of Givemebeer
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (435 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
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 (758 characters)

Photo of TomSchuwer
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
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 !!! (321 characters)

Photo of CZs
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured into a typical tall Belgian chalice. Dark brown with ruby-red hues when held to the light.

Smell: Sweet candy, hint of dark fruit.

Taste: 40F - Usual dark fruits, dark candi sugar. 50F+ - Sweet chocolate in addition to flavors already mentioned. Very malt forward in my opinion - sweeter side of Quad and/or BDSs.

Mouthfeel: Medium-high carbonation, thicker, heavier body than I was expecting but it works. I don't get toasty or caramel flavors some are noting.

Overall: If you are going to discuss what might be perceived differences between a Quad and a BDS - this might be the one to point to. If someone is new to darker brews, you might offer them this as a small aperitif or digestif and when discussing the spectrum of Quads and/or BDS and any potential differences. A solid offering I would come back to. I enjoy drier, slightly warming booze characteristics mixed in with a hint of Caramunich - the only reason it didn't get a 4/5 or higher from me - but, that is my personal preference. (1,022 characters)

Photo of illidurit
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared at the May Santa Cruz tasting. Pours a dark cola color with a poofy tan head. Aromas of yeasty brown bread, candi sugar, vanilla, alcohol. Flavors of dark and red fruits with coriander, fruitcake, raisin, vanilla, licorice, and booze. A bit too hot and perfumey on the palate at 11 percent. (304 characters)

Photo of 6string
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours well, gives plenty to soak in from the sharp aroma of chocolate and toffee. It's a strong attack of caramel taste, which is good. I've fallen in love with Belgian brews, and this one caught my eye with 11% by volume. It warms the chest with it's potency, but it's not a killer by any means. Toffee, chocolate, and most of all, caramel. It's deep in taste, but doesn't give much to rave about.

Like most Quads for me, it's a warming beer that seems to fit as a dessert after a meaty meal...something to sip slowly and really enjoy. Glad I picked this one up, hoping it'll make an appearance at the next Belgian Beer Fest I hit up in late February. (654 characters)

Photo of BeerNemesis
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel | 750 ml. | 11.0% ABV | 2010 vintage

Brewer: Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / De Halve Maan
Style: Quadrupel (Quad)
Glass: Ommegang chalice

Apparently Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik was founded in 1564 and has been run by the same family since 1856. It is the oldest continuously operating brewery in Bruges.

Appearance:
Rich, coffee-brown body with a nice ring of sandy foam.

Aroma:
Chocolate, coffee, dark fruits. The usual.

Taste:
Toasted dark malts, dabs of coffee, and sprinklings of cocoa powder. It's heavy and somber, but very tasty. I get plums and raisins as it warms.

Mouthfeel:
Too much carbonation, but otherwise a silky-smooth, thick brew.

Harmony:
I like how Staffe Hendrik Quadrupel is less focused on the plums, cherries, raisins, and other dark fruit and more about bringing out roasted, toasted malts. While I like sweet and fruity quads, this was a welcome diversion from the norm.

Would I get it again?:
Yes. The fantastic bottle art on the the 750 ml. bottle (matte black label, moon with a face) is a plus.

Bottled: 2010
Served: July 7, 2011

Price = $10.99 at Whole Foods NYC (1,132 characters)

Photo of 10Crumra
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a snifter glass.

Very dark brown with a slight amber hue in the light. Very little head and minimal lacing.

Plenty of dark fruit aromas. A strong smell of plums and raisins. Sweet smelling to go along with the fruitiness.

Fruity with some slight breadiness. Strong flavors of plum and maybe currants. Slight tartness.

Medium bodied but a bit light on the carbonation. Slightly chewy with a sticky, sweet lingering mouthfeel.

This beer is very different from what I was expecting. The strong fruitiness was surprising and made for a unique beer. The alcohol is detectable but not overpowering. I would drink it again on occasion but it is definitely not an everyday beer for me. (727 characters)

Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (380 characters)

Photo of beerpirates
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle at DELICE & CAPRICES , Brussels

A: Pours a dark, translucent copper brown with two fingers of billowy, pale tan head. Strong retention and lace.

S: Good yeasty malt aromas, a little chocolate and some dark fruits.

T: Pepper and cinnamon up front, transitioning to some dark fruits in the middle and ending with a little spice. Some chocolate notes and also some vinous flavors enter as the beer warms. The flavor is pretty dry overall, almost a stout quality. Towards the end of the glass, some subtle bubblegum joins in.

M: Medium-heavy mouthfeel with considerable creaminess that keeps it buoyant and a lot of smoothness as well.

O: A pretty good beer. (672 characters)

Photo of daledeee
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rather hard to find one at John's in Iowa City.

Pours an uncontrollable light tan head that leaves nice lacing. A pretty dark brown body but it can be seen through.

Nose has cherries at first, but afterwards has a dark fruit and alcohol smell.

Taste is dark cherries and earth.

Mouth feel has nice carbonation with not really heavy mouth feel for a strong one.

Overall this is a tasty beer. (399 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: The initial pour is jet black with a dense, compact beige head. The appearance is misleading, however, as the beer proves itself to be garnet in hue when held up to the light. As can be expected of most quadruples, the lacing is great. Really, this is just a great looking beer.

S: The smell is a bit of a disappointment, proving to be simplistic for the style. My nose was greeted by a fiery alcohol scent, and after several attempts, I was just barely able to detect faint aromas of raisins, figs, and prunes.

T: The taste is complex and surprisingly lacking in any sort of alcohol burn, so don't expect there to be a tremendous amount of continuity between the sensations present on the nose and those present on the palate. Notes of raisins, figs, prunes, milk chocolate, woody spice, heavy cream, brandy, and maple syrup are easily detected. The finish is long, rich, and warming with a notable brandy and fruitcake character.

M: Full bodied, slick, and velvety with a prickle of carbonation. An alcohol burn is somewhat noticeable in the mouth, though as I noted in the section above, heavy alcohol flavors are thankfully absent. This ale becomes a bit sticky and syrupy on the finish. In my opinion, it needs a little more balance to be truly successful.

O: I had some difficulty rating this beer because it's so hit-or-miss for me. On the one hand, it looks great and tastes great, while on the other, its smell is not all that appealing and the mouthfeel is a little too boozy for my liking. In the end, this is a fairly solid quadruple, but it has the potential to be so much more. (1,598 characters)

Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel from Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
90 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.