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

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92
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403 Ratings
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Ratings: 403
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 26
Gots: 47 | 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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eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

4.23/5  rDev +2.4%

330ml bottle served in a Trappist chalice.

A: Pours a nice deep brown color forming a huge creamy fluffy tan head. Very good retention and many lacings left. A nice creamy layer remains forever

S: Very malty and yeasty with notes of alcohol. Dark fruits like plums and raisins. Caramel and candy sugar. Classic Belgian yeasts

T: Follows the nose. A classic Belgian Quad, very creamy and molasses. Very bready too. Strong notes of caramel, caramel malts, dark fruits and Belgian yeasts. End is quite bitter with notes of flowery hope. Balanced bittersweet combination

M: Heavy creamy molasses body with good carbonation. Bittersweet Belgian style aftertaste

O: Great Quad. Excellent beer. Recommend

10-07-2012 16:45:50 | More by eduardolinhalis
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Brabander

Netherlands

4.13/5  rDev 0%

I bought this new Quad at Dranken Geers in Gent when i was there two weeks ago. The woman behind the counter advised me to try this one out.

I must say that this is a good quad, not the best there is, Westy 12, Pannepot, Amatus and Rochefort 10 are (much) better but hey, with those beers we talk about worldbest beers.

Poured the beer i my small Wesyvleteren tasting glass. The beer looks absolutely great. A very darkbrown/deepdarkred fluid with a very decent two finger lightbrown head which stays for quit a while. The is lots of carbonation going on in the glass.

The sweet smell of candisugar comes in the nose.

Taste is good but the carbonation is a bit too much in the mouth (and i like carbination!) it feels like a small carbonationexplosion in the mouth.

The alcolhol is well hidden and overall i have to say that this one is a very drinkable quad. I would like to see how this beer is when you age it a few years, it can only get better.

04-09-2011 10:55:39 | More by Brabander
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Gww1864

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

01-11-2013 23:54:36 | More by Gww1864
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pkalix

California

4.5/5  rDev +9%

wow. the 11% alcohol is well hidden unless the beer warms. dark, rich dark-fruit flavors on the tongue and nose. opaque brown pour with half inch foam which diminished quickly. foams sticks to the side of the glass which isnt being sipped from. is this what they call caramel malts? i'll check their website but i'd be very interested in the other beers from this brewery. great statrter brew for the evening.... also, had this on tap at THEGLOBE in garden grove, ca. and wondering if i should be there drinking this instead of at home in front of my computer . . . .

08-31-2012 23:41:02 | More by pkalix
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mc4z

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

08-10-2014 15:07:50 | More by mc4z
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safaricook

Netherlands

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

07-20-2013 07:37:22 | More by safaricook
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Beejay

Virginia

3.69/5  rDev -10.7%

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.

11-28-2013 01:22:51 | More by Beejay
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MikeCactusGordon

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.1%

01-20-2014 01:03:43 | More by FUwolfpacker
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TonyTalon

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -3.1%

07-10-2013 23:44:28 | More by TonyTalon
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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +6.1%

Picked this up a few weeks back at Top Hops, having never had this before. Quads are usually a bit stronger than what I prefer to drink but amazingly, this didn't feel that way at all. Even though it's quite warm and muggy out here again today, this was enjoyable to slowly work through and had one of the best appearances in a beer that I've seen in a long time. Thankfully, I do not have to be anywhere later as this is taking quite a while to sip and savor!

The pour to this was absolutely beautiful, as this beer had a deep raisin hue, an extremely frothy head, and lacing that stuck around from start to finish, as I made my way down the sides of my pint glass. Lots of dark fruit and booze in the nose, which was more detailed in the taste. Raisin, currant, fig, booze, crystalline sweetness, and the aforementioned alcohol meshed beautifully in the mouthfeel along with some caramel malt and molasses underneath that. This was quite full and cloying but only a bit of stickiness stuck around with the myriad of flavors in the aftertaste.

To be sure, this was strong but it didn't taste nearly as potent as it felt once I finished this off a while after undoing the top of the 330 ml. bottle. While there was just a hint of vanilla that lingered after everything else slowly faded away, there's so much to like here that any Quad or even Belgian beer fan deserves to give this a go, for that matter. This isn't something to be downed quickly but those with ample time will be well rewarded to give this a go and enjoy it for all it's worth.

06-28-2013 20:06:59 | More by JerzDevl2000
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jkball01

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -3.1%

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

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.1%

Enjoyed on tap at The Independent in Tampa, FL.

A thick finger of light tan froth tops a deep mahogany-ruby body. Nice lacing on the St. Bernardus glass. A touch of yeasty funk blends well with the fruity aromas, with cherry and raspberry most noticeable. The flavor is a fine mixture of sweet and tart, with a distinct maraschino cherry flavor tempered from cloying by chocolate and caramel malt flavors. I would like a bit bolder flavor from SH Quad, but I don't say that in a disappointed way. Rather, it is tasty and enjoyable, but I suppose I was hoping for a bit more, something more complicated.

Yet for what SH Quad does, it does well. It is smooth but effervescent enough. The flavor is fine with a nice sweet finish, and the high ABV (11%) is not obstreperous.

A good solid Quad, pricey at $9 but worthy.

09-16-2011 15:32:57 | More by Gehrig
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sprucetip

Alaska

4.38/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

10-18-2011 02:58:25 | More by sprucetip
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RichH55

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +15%

12-02-2013 23:43:42 | More by RichH55
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kell50

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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

Tennessee

5/5  rDev +21.1%

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

Vermont

4.22/5  rDev +2.2%

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."

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

Iowa

3.9/5  rDev -5.6%

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.

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

Colorado

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

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

New York

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

12-13-2012 00:42:05 | More by pknyc
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u2carew

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

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

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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

California

4.38/5  rDev +6.1%

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

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

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.1%

03-12-2012 21:20:08 | More by Archemedies
Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel from Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
92 out of 100 based on 403 ratings.