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Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel - Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

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Reviews: 163
Hads: 641
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 19.12%
Wants: 50
Gots: 148 | FT: 1
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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: 163 | Hads: 641
Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.45/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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

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Photo of drtth
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a nice dark mahogany color with a 1/2" fluffy tan head and lots of lacing. Sipping creates patches and legs of lacing, some of which cling to the glass While the head recedes fairly soon there is a persistent layer of foam on the surface throughout the beer and is enough to create sheets of foam when sipping.

The aromas include dark orchard fruits similar to plum, prune and dark cherry. There's also a bit of raisin along with a touch of spices and what seems to be a bit of dark chocolate.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose. e.g., the dark fruits, along with a touch of spice but with a bit of black pepper in there as well. In the background there's the light touch of chocolate and a bit of dark molasses. The alcohol is well concealed in this beer so while there's a warming effect there's no burn.

The mouth feel is on the full side of medium bodied and has a light touch of carbonation. The finish is relatively long and begins as the fruit flavors recede to allow the touch of, chocolate, black pepper and dark molasses to emerge. Eventually the finish just fades away leaving some dryness in the back of the upper palate.

Overall this seems a well made beer and an excellent example of the style. There's a complex set of flavors and aromas coming and going throughout the beer. It's nicely drinkable and the complexity invites another sip to try and sort out all that's going on here. I'm pleased that I've three more in the basement to try out a bit of aging with this beer.

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Photo of impending
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of ksimons
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a chestnut brown with a fingers worth of creamy looking tan head that just does not disappear! Lovely!

S-caramel malt, dark fruits and light cocoa

T-taste is very nice! Caramel malt backbone with dark fruit sweetness, cocoa, light hop bitterness, and spices. 11% ABV is not noticeable.

M-medium body, crisp carbonation

Overall I forgot how I do really love Quads and this one was done so well! Highly recommended!

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Photo of sprucetip
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of Gehrig
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of daledeee
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
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."

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Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of u2carew
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of Vylo
4.88/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep brown almost black with white head.

Smell - Ok, I'm not great with smells overall, but this one was strong and malty, what I would expect.

Taste - So very good. Robust, complex full of malty goodness.

Mouthfeel - lower on carbonation then I am used to, but did not detract from the experience at all.

Overall - exceptional beer. MUST try. I will be buying this again, particularly if I can find cases.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at La Trappe Cafe, San Francisco. Severed in a Straffe Hendrik Tulip glass.

Appearance: Very dark in the glass, so with lighting low in the bar difficult to tell the exact color. Thin tan head that dissipated, but still left lots of lacing on the glass. As I got toward the bottom of the glass, the I could see better that the beer was a clear, but still dark, golden brown.

Smell: A wonderfully deep and rich aroma. Dark fruits (plums, maybe some raisin), caramel, candi sugar.

Taste: Lots of wonderful flavors. Dark candi sugar, burnt malt, bitter finish of coffee, tobacco, leafy noble hops. There is a rich fruitiness in the middle which I cannot place exactly. I hesitate to call it dark fruit again as it tastes different than what I smelled, but whatever it is, it's very nice.

Mouthfeel: Sticky, but very smooth approaching creamy. Light carbonation.

Overall / Drinkability: This may be my new favorite quad. Such a wonderful deepness of flavor all around and a very nice aroma as well. This is a beer for having one of and savoring over an evening, and yet with it being so tasty I found I finished it rather quickly. The alcohol is dangerously well hidden, and I'm glad I knew this was 11% when I ordered the 25cl glass otherwise I think I would be in trouble later. I will have to find this beer again. Very well done.

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Photo of deebo
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle with a best before end date notched Dec 13.

A-Pours a ton of loose tan foamy head that lingers. Lots of small CO2 bubbles present. Murky brown with dark red tints.

S-Remniscient of other quads except this one has a perfumy floral aroma-almost rose like. Otherwise sweet alcohol aroma. Brown sugar.

T-Rum raisin, sweet bread, overripe fruity yeast. End note of alcohol.

M-Vapory alcohol is noticeable, but the burn down the throat is subdued. Moderate/heavy carbonation zing. Dry finish.

D-Better than it should be with an 11% brew.

O-I love quads-this one is a large step below St. Bernardus and Westy versions, but still very enjoyable-makes a great nightcap. Will have to see how this one tastes after a few more years in the cellar. Have yet to taste 1 made in the US that stacks up well next to the Belgians.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Flat with minimal carbonation. Smell of molasses, sweet caramel, chocolate / toffee as it warmed. A solid quad but not top-tier.

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Photo of Dave1999
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured pure black with no head at all.

The smell was dark fruits, plums, figs and raisins.

The taste was similar to the smell, the dark fruits were in full force. There was also a bit of an alcohol bite.

The mouth feel was thick and chewy with medium carbonation.

Overall a solid quad, very enjoyable.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of Murrhey
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of RuckusDu
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was excited for this beer after visiting the town of Bruges yet not getting to the brewery. 2011 Vintage

A - Looks good with a very deep and dark reddish body. The head came across nicely at 2 fingers. Falls to about 1 mm in a wonderful cappuccino color.

S - The highlight of this beer. Dark fruits - bing cherries, prunes, and red grapes that all have some sweetness. There is also a hint of alcohol.

T - Gets better as I go and continue tasting. It immediately hits the top back of your throat with raisins and those red grapes. I pick up some allspice and cloves.

M - The carbonation starts strong but quickly falls off. For me, quads should be more consistent with low to medium carb to start and remain there. Because this falls off, you want something thicker.

O - It is growing on me. Some good quad aroma and flavors. Nothing that really stands out, but overall this is well done.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Photo of JohnQVD
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown with thin caramel head. Smell is brown sugar, caramel and roasted malt. Taste is mildly bitter, with notes of brown sugar and caramel. Sweet boozy finish with a bit of an alcohol burn on the way down and lingering brown sugar. Feel Is surprisingly light, with medium carbonation and a bit of bite.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.32/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: I got really excited for this brew based on the appearance. Has 100% of the look a Quad should have, thick creamy head, dark menacing color, with a low amount of carbonation. The head stuck around the entire time while enjoying. Drank out of a Westmalle Chalice glass.

Smell: Even though the aroma shouldn't be over pronounced, you really had to dig deep to enjoy this aroma. Very light malt, with some dark fruit and bready accents. The malt seemed to take over what aroma was actually there and did not have the type of complexity I was looking for.

Taste: Two very different part to the taste of this brew which brings it to a very average taste overall. The front of this beer is wonderful, tastes of sweet malt, dark fruits, earthy bread, and a slight dry roasted nuttiness. The strong sweetness of the malt is tragically slain by a heavy boozy presence which ends the party for this brew. The heavy booze is what is left of the palette after drinking which is a true same after the front of this beer.

Mouthfeel: Creamy everything you would expect from a quad on the front but the tacky boozy feeling really sours the mouthfeel for me as well.

Overall: So close to a truly elite beer. Maybe it is unfair to this beer that I have Rochefort 10 and 8 very readily available in my area which makes my standards insanely high for beers of this essence. You can tell the craftsmanship is simply not there with this beer. It is worth the extra few dollars for truly world class products.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap into a branded tulip at Cambrinus in Bruges.

A: Blackish purple on first glance, but red notes in the edges when held to light. 2 finger light tan head with good retention.

S: very sweet aroma of sugared dark fruits and jam. Yeast character subdued. Very sweet smelling with brown sugar rounding things out.

T: Sweet in the taste as well. Berries mainly. Slightly nutty character. Finishes long with a butterscotch and caramel note covered by yeast and brown sugar.

A good quad overall, and must be some special offer since I didn't even see this at the brewery.

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Photo of Samp01
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark cognac colored brown with a large lasting tan head, light lacing. Aroma has caramel malt, yeast with dark fruit esters and some raisins and black figs. Taste same as aroma with some mild hops bitterness to mellow out the sweetness and sweet alcohol notes. Palate is a full , creamy, slightly thick and sticky mouth feel, good carbonation. Finish has very rich flavor,same attributes as taste with some brown sugar and a lingering caramel malt and sweet alcohol flavors. Alcohol seems well hidden but you feel it in the end. Overall a very good, delicious and flavorful brew.

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Photo of brureview
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a dark opaque coffee color in a Brooklyn snifter- 3F head. Lacing.
Nice looking beer.

The aroma isn't strong, but quite good: raisins and some sweetness. With warming, the aroma is more pronounced.

The taste is excellent: complex, raisin, fig, fruit, sweetness, and more.

Finish: light alcohol, and some maltiness.

Overall, one of the best Quads I have tasted in a while. Balanced and complex.

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Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel from Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
91 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.