Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel - Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
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4.2/5 rDev +1.7%
(Served in a teku)
Best before aN15
A- This beer pours an opaque walnut black body with a thin beige film that pushes into a thick ring and is supported by a gentle carbonation.
S- The rick prune and dark fruit esters blend with a dark sweetness and some circus peanut esters that grow larger in the finish.
T- The blend of pot caramel, later growing into a dark dry toffee flavor, and some dried fruit esters finish with a circus peanut ester and a mellow malt sweetness that lingers. As it opens there is a slight cherry brightness and a dark cola hint that come through.
M- the light mouthfeel has a gentle fizz note and a nice alcohol prick that balances the sweetness.
O- This is a great quad. There is the nice blend of yeasty esters with a good sweetness quality and alcohol warmth to balance, all blended with some malt character. Nothing is out of balance but everything has its place. Delicious.
06-04-2013 11:06:13 | More by rhoadsrage
4/5 rDev -3.1%
I don't travel to Brazil to taste beers that I can taste in California, but because I had never tasted Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel and it was offered by Sergio, I was cool to end the night with half of the bottle. On to the beer:
Dark brown color with a velvety head and a good level of lacing. The nose is strong yet not too powerful. Many different aromas are found, including dates, sugar, grass, prunes, and fruit snacks.
Brown sugar is the first flavor to be recognized. Immediately after that, a rush of various fruit skins, dried fruit, apricot, and a dash of pepper create a complex personality in this quad. The body is nearly full, with the alcohol inserted favorably well. A fruity aftertaste lingers after the pepper sensation dies off.
The tripel was a good one, and now the quadrupel is a good one. That's two very respectable showing from Straffe Hendrik.
03-04-2012 05:02:37 | More by DoubleJ
4.48/5 rDev +8.5%
750 ml bottle into chalice, no bottle dating. Pours fairly crystal clear very dark reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger dense and fluffy khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice thick soapy lacing clings on the glass, with plenty of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, prune, apple, caramel, toast, toffee, molasses, pepper, light clove, cocoa, light roast, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of malt and fruity/spicy ester notes. Taste of raisin, prune, apple, molasses, caramel, toast, toffee, cocoa, pepper, light clove, light roast, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of dark fruit, molasses, caramel, toast, toffee, cocoa, light roast, pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible flavor balance and complexity of dark malt and fruity/spicy yeast esters; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is fantastic. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely incredible Quadrupel! Incredible balance and complexity of flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A totally world class offering.
05-06-2013 03:41:19 | More by superspak
4.23/5 rDev +2.4%
Straffe Hendrik Quad
Pours a dark brown, off white head forms and fades. Aroma of nutty, toasted malt, sweet dark fruits and doughy bread. In the flavor, raisen, fig, toasted almond and caramel. Smooth on the palate and the alcohol is only barely noticeable. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, clean enough finish and semi dry at that. Overall, a very solid quad with great traditional flavor. Without a doubt this is one worth revisiting.
06-27-2011 14:24:15 | More by Stinkypuss
District of Columbia
3.98/5 rDev -3.6%
Bottle shared by jayhawk73. Thanks Jeff!
The beer appears a dark maple brown color with a thick, dense, light beige head. Excellent retention and ample lacing. Quads are just great looking beers.
The aroma brings dark fruits, particularly plums, figs, raisins. Yeast presence is there as well. The aroma is a bit weak for the style.
Sweet raisins with a hint of yeast. Lingering bitterness in the finish. Caramel malt and toffee.
Alcohol presence is very well disguised. A bit of warmth going down. Nice feel.
A good sipper. Not as complex as the Trappist examples of the style. Still, an enjoyable beer and worth a try.
11-10-2011 21:18:51 | More by Huhzubendah
3.53/5 rDev -14.5%
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
05-27-2011 21:17:18 | More by Mebuzzard
3.98/5 rDev -3.6%
Poured into my new Hair of the Dog snifter... Thanks a ton Sammy... this is a super cool glass.
Deeeep red.... dark cherry juice with a shot lasting dark tan head ... but a nice cap remains for the entire glass.
Nose is rich and malty with significant dried cherry, plum and nice caramel and toast.
Flavor mirrors the nose with some subtle spiciness.
Medium bodied with a smooth everpresent carbonation.
Pretty nice for sure and not too bad at ~$10 for the 750.
08-17-2011 04:19:59 | More by JohnGalt1
4.21/5 rDev +1.9%
750 ml bottle purchased at Liquor Shed in Casper, $11.99
Another powerful pop when I removed the cage and cork. No spillage.
Lots of foam so I'm waiting for that to settle down. Okay, it has a deep brown kind of mahogany colour to it, looks to be clear. The foam is off white bordering on tan. I see nice lacing.
I smell some sweet goodness. Caramel malt that fades into a port like nose that also has some fruity aromas going on. That's not all; I get some notes of chocolate and some cherries. Some alcohol as well but it's pretty well masked.
The taste is less sweet than I would have guessed. A port like flavour greets me at the door followed by toffee, figs, some cherries that add a mere hint of tartness. I also get more than a hint of the abv...lots of warming ensues. I wish more of the Port stood out but this is certainly tasty enough without that happening.
Despite the big pop on opening and the great looking foam I see after every pour, I'd call the carbonation on the near delicate side.
This is a beer and brewery that I've never even heard about, probably saw it on the shelves in FT Collins but never noticed, but I really like this one a lot. It has a comforting feel to it.
07-19-2014 01:12:25 | More by Bitterbill
4.05/5 rDev -1.9%
A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a dark brown color and a thick consistency. There was a massive, off white, foamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.
S: A nice aroma of yeast, dark fruit, and chocolate.
T: Tasted of dark fruit (raisins, especially), chocolate, Belgian yeast, and a hint of malt. This is a classic quadrupel flavor. Very vibrant and complex, but never heavy.
M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.
O: This is a very solid and drinkable quadrupel. It never seems like a beer with an 11% ABV. Quite tasty and easy to drink.
08-08-2014 13:44:36 | More by avalon07
3.95/5 rDev -4.4%
Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color with a small head. Smell is of dark fruits, alcohol, some malts. Taste is complex, dark fruits, yeast, some alcohol heat, malts, a touch of tartness, lots going on here. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.
11-13-2013 00:10:21 | More by tone77
4/5 rDev -3.1%
Pours a deep amber to brown-ish in color with a tan head. In the aroma, sweet alcohol, nutty, and some dark fruit. In the taste, sweet nuttiness, alcohol, and a mixture of raisin and figs. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with and dry dark fruitiness, especially raisin in the aftertaste. Dry and nutty, with a nice presence of dark fruit.
06-12-2011 18:57:23 | More by OWSLEY069
3.6/5 rDev -12.8%
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.
09-04-2011 18:53:47 | More by vfgccp
3.98/5 rDev -3.6%
11oz Bottle from Total Wine Tampa FL for $5
Appearance - The beer pours a black/brown colour with a very large frothy beige coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is some great lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it began to dissipate.
Smell - Malts, dates/raisins, anise, chocolate
Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, dark fruits, and anise. There is also some light chocolate, candied sugar, and a root beer type flavour.
Drink - A little more anise/peppery bite than I like, but still and great mix of complex flavours and a perfect mouthfeel. The alcohol is well hidden and the mix of flavours makes this a great sipper.
07-30-2014 01:14:05 | More by spinrsx
2.68/5 rDev -35.1%
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.
05-17-2011 14:47:29 | More by tbeckett
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
3.95/5 rDev -4.4%
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.
11-22-2011 16:37:23 | More by mrfrancis
4/5 rDev -3.1%
Poured a brownish body with two finger tan head and a little lace. The aroma is a good mix of typical Belgian yeast and orange along with a touch of sugar and and breadiness, with possible caramel and breadiness as well. Medium-bodied with a very slight sticky touch, the beer has a sharp carbonation and peppery spice edge that adds balance and gives a crisp finish (vanilla?). The taste is moderately sweet, with some candi sugar like malt along with toffee or caramel or bitter cocoa and a chewey breadiness, as well as having some fruit flavors beyond citric/orange like touches of dark fruit like figs or black cherry. A textbook quad with great balance and a mix of fruit and sweet flavors that is a quality example of the style that hides the alcohol well.
07-04-2013 17:30:35 | More by clayrock81
Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel from Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
92 out of 100 based on 408 ratings.