Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel - Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
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3.75/5 rDev -9.2%
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.
12-10-2011 23:38:48 | More by goblue3509
3.8/5 rDev -8%
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
07-09-2011 02:30:18 | More by metter98
3.8/5 rDev -8%
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.
06-04-2011 22:21:28 | More by illidurit
3.81/5 rDev -7.7%
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.
04-21-2013 15:02:27 | More by CZs
3.83/5 rDev -7.3%
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 !!!
10-25-2013 17:41:38 | More by TomSchuwer
3.85/5 rDev -6.8%
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.
01-17-2012 20:39:40 | More by 6string
3.85/5 rDev -6.8%
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.
Rich, coffee-brown body with a nice ring of sandy foam.
Chocolate, coffee, dark fruits. The usual.
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.
Too much carbonation, but otherwise a silky-smooth, thick brew.
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.
Served: July 7, 2011
Price = $10.99 at Whole Foods NYC
07-07-2011 23:15:19 | More by BeerNemesis
3.9/5 rDev -5.6%
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.
06-02-2012 18:19:40 | More by beerpirates
Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel from Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
92 out of 100 based on 404 ratings.