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

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Straffe Hendrik QuadrupelStraffe Hendrik Quadrupel

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

371 Ratings
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Ratings: 371
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 20
Gots: 40 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BucBasil on 11-05-2010)
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sprucetip

Alaska

4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before December 2013. Good looking brew. Brown like black tea, but with ruby highlights in normal light. Backlit, it is mahogany/ruby in color, with excellent clarity. it is highly carbonated and a gentle pour fills the tulip about 50/50 liquid and foam. The head is creamy and thick on top, but big bubbles cling to the side. It recedes gradually and leaves thick patches of lace and foam on the edges.

Wow, I can smell from afar. When I finally stick my nose into the glass I am greeted by rich dark fruity notes, yeasty spiciness, and gentle boozy warming helping to open my sinuses. After a few minutes I detect some caramel and malty sweetness underneath all of the dark fruit. This is a really nice smelling brew, even if it isn't the most complex I've ever met. ... Unlike many brews that seem to open up during the sample, this one is putting out less and less as the glass drains.

The taste follows the nose. Yeasty dark fruit and spice define it, but there is also a mellow bitterness evident right from the first sip. The rich caramel malty sweetness is far more evident in the flavor than in the nose, and provides good balance and contrast with the spicy/fruity yeasty character. The bitterness, from modest hopping I assume, is spot on and really helps balance and adds depth. Very tasty.

Carbonation is strong, body is full and rich, and a whisper of dryness in the mildly bitter finish.

This is a really well done Quad, that I believe would hold it's own with some of the best. I think it's better than the Westy 12 my buddy shared with me the other day.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 02:58:25 | More by sprucetip
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jkball01

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -2.9%

02-19-2014 14:13:12 | More by jkball01
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grahamboudreaux

Tennessee

5/5  rDev +21.4%

08-06-2013 06:19:02 | More by grahamboudreaux
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SFLpunk

Vermont

4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Label notched L:C, D, 13. Purchased at Winooski Beverage Warehouse.

Pours a deep, dark brown with frothy khaki head, looking like a traditional Quad. Nose is very bready and yeasty. Smells like freshly baked baguettes and caramels. Palate is structured and firm, a little booze slips through as heat. Not overly sweet, but flavors of milk chocolate and caramel dominate. Doesn't have the "classic" Quad fruitiness.

I rather like this brew as it's quite unique. If you're expecting the big dark fruit and leather thing that you get from Gouden Carolus or La Trappe's dark brews, you will be surprised. Gets big points for a unique interpretation of the "Quad."

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 04:40:52 | More by SFLpunk
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daledeee

Iowa

3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 00:27:32 | More by daledeee
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u2carew

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.
A) Pours with a finger thick head then settles. Clear mahogany color.
S) Raisin. Caramel. Alcohol.
T) Delicious malty flavors combine with a alcohol twang. Notes of apple, raisin. Sweet earthy caramel.
M) Medium to full body. Alcohol warmth. Very mellow carbonation.
O) A delicious Quad. I would definitely drink more.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 17:51:14 | More by u2carew
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rrski198

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

01-07-2014 16:37:32 | More by rrski198
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spoony

Colorado

4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 330 ml bottle into a chalice. Reviewed from notes dated May 23, 2013.

A-The brew pours dark brown, but not quite opaque...a bit of light gets through. A normal pour results in a mostly flat beer with no head, just a ring of dark tan/grey foam. Pretty typical for the style and ABV.

S-I smell a surprisingly assertive bit of coffee and dark, bitter chocolate. After those notes fade, I detect the more typical notes of raisin, prune, and brown sugar. Points for unique flavor here, but I'm not sure if I totally dig the coffee quad notes.

T-The taste tracks the smell with a bit of coffee and dark chocolate up front and, to my surprise, it works pretty well. There is a bit more cherry fruit on the taste to go along with warming, aggressive booze and significant sweet, dark fruits. Although the beer is a bit hot a first, the alcohol fits well with the remaining strong flavors.

M-The feel is medium to full body and pretty much lacking in carbonation.

O-This beer is not for the timid. More than any other Belgian-style beer, this one reminds me an American-style barrel-aged stout. The chocolate, the booze, and the heavy feel all suggest something not entirely Belgian. Still, it works pretty well and I found this beer to be an enjoyable way to end an evening.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 03:35:22 | More by spoony
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MikeCactusGordon

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -15%

02-05-2014 02:15:03 | More by MikeCactusGordon
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kell50

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

04-28-2013 13:30:53 | More by kell50
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RichH55

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

12-02-2013 23:43:42 | More by RichH55
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Archemedies

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.9%

03-12-2012 21:20:08 | More by Archemedies
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pknyc

New York

3.75/5  rDev -9%

12-13-2012 00:42:05 | More by pknyc
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OriolesFan1008

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

03-17-2013 21:52:41 | More by OriolesFan1008
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hustlesworth

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- black label quad. Amazingly retentive tan head on this. It won't move. this can't be real. beautiful murky brownish burgundy colored body. 10 minutes and the foam still has barely moved. I'm blown away. I'm sure it will once I put my greasy face on it though.

S- sweet tart and fruity with Pinot noir, lambrusco and Shiraz qualities. Blackberry, cherry, grape, date, fig, prune, raisin, Caramel, toffee, sandalwood, vanilla, pear and melon. A bit woodsy also with mineral water and spice.

T- heavy port flavor followed by a pleasant hoppy bitterness, more than most quads, With sweet and sour fruits, pomace, woodsy earthy soil tree bark damp log forest! Raisin, date, fig, and prune mainly, with just a little bit of citron edge. Burnt caramel sweetness in a fermented kinda way, bittersweet chocolate and a touch of coffee. Finishes nicely balanced with clean mineral water flavor and lingering bitterness. Well concealed alcohol.

MF- the foam is still goin strong and it literally feels like the foam on a cappuccino. This is insane. Full, juicy body with well mannered carbonation. Dry enough and a little sticky.

D- this is a damn fine quad, with more hops and roasted flavor than others of the same quality. I'll still sweat that rochefort and la trappe but this one is a banger.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 02:49:23 | More by hustlesworth
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nzerbe

New York

4/5  rDev -2.9%

03-03-2013 23:11:49 | More by nzerbe
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RochefortChris

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

12-04-2013 05:45:55 | More by RochefortChris
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Murrhey

Montana

4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a standard pressure-cap 11.2oz bottle into a snifter in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- Three-finger khaki head atop a mahogany body. Head is bubbly and active with great retention. Looks appealing and tasty.

S- Rich, decadent chocolate. Dark fruits, cherries. Rich and roasty. What a powerful, succulent aroma. Perfect.

T- Chocolate and dark fruits. Like a rich, boozy cherry cordial. Tasty and roasty.

M- Dry and medium bodied.

O- Great beer. Hits a bunch of high notes.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 04:55:53 | More by Murrhey
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Pecan

California

3.75/5  rDev -9%

12-20-2012 16:37:40 | More by Pecan
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HamGlade10

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev -2.9%

05-09-2012 16:33:28 | More by HamGlade10
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Greywulfken

New York

4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: side-poured into a stout flute glass - deep slightly translucent dark brown beer with a bubbly tan head 3 fingers-thick; draped modest lace down the glass, filmy lid persisted

S: deep dark fruity malts and subtle spices reminiscent of winter holidays

T: bitter treacle/molasses and dark, dark fruit like black plums or figs - very compelling flavor profile - almost like, dank and dark fruits and spices with burnt bittersweet sugar

M: very nice on the tongue - medium weight, slightest bit of tack, slightlest bit of tingle, and even the slightest bit of chalk

O: saw the middling reviews before I had this, and I imagine there is some issue with this beer not quite tasting like too many of the big name quads, but it is a very pleasing and distinct-tasting beer - I would easily recommend this for quad and BSDA fans. It might not blow you away for the style, but taken as a singular beer, a worthy drink indeed.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 02:52:05 | More by Greywulfken
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impending

California

4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

La Trappe. Black mahogany, minor edge transparency, served with little dense head, minor lacing.

Aroma of the classic quad, full, thick and rich. Dense, complicated, rewarding, vinous.

Taste follows the nose and delivers a quality traditional quad, full, thick and rich. Well restrained alcohol, no burn but some would be welcome. Minor grape bubblegum appears in the pleasantly fading aftertaste. Medium to full bodied smooth mouthfeel.
cheers
jd

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2011 04:28:15 | More by impending
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ThickNStout

Georgia

4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

300mL bottle from Total Wine (Kennesaw, GA). 4.99. Best by 5/29/16- so bottled 5/29/13? Served in a goblet.

Pours opaque, ruddy garnet hued chestnut with a healthy three fingers of fluffy beige. The foam faed to a thin cap that leaves onoy small bits of lace.

Aromas of pitted fruit, caramel, yeast and sugar. Fairly straight forward for the style.

Taste gets a bit more complex than the nose. Burnt port barrel, sweet dark fruit, bitter fruit skins, caramel malts, brown sugar, yeast, slight cocoa, earth, raisin bread and small bite of booze. Flavors open up nicely as it warms.

Creamy feel on a medium body with carbonation that perhaps comes on a little too strong for my tastes. Tangy dark fruit, caramel and yeast finish.

A notch or two above a standard American brewed quad but not quite up to the level of my favorite Belgian brewed. Still, this is a welcome addition to my readily abailable quad arsenal.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 22:50:03 | More by ThickNStout
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Nerudamann

Oregon

3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 03:05:48 | More by Nerudamann
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drgonzo2k2

California

4/5  rDev -2.9%

03-25-2013 00:47:50 | More by drgonzo2k2
Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel from Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
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