Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel - Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
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2.65/5 rDev -35.8%
Live review. Poured from the corked and caged 1 pint, 9.4 oz bottle that I bought at World Wines & Liquor in Mentor a few weeks ago into my Brewery Ommegang gold rimmed Westvleteren style goblet. I do not recall the price. Sorry about that! I do not see any indication of the “best by” date or even the “bottled on” date but I am not sure that it matters. Update: After I removed the cork I found that the cork had the following printed on it: 2.010 I am going to guess that it is the bottling “year” so with the 11% ABV I am absolutely fine here.
A Medium brown head over a dark brown body that glows a deep mahogany in front of direct light. I like the look of this quad. 4.5
S Dark roast malt without a great amount of sweetness in the smell. It is a rather distant smell. This should be interesting… 3.5
T The dark roast malt is there as well as the typical “De Halve Mann” grainy malt nature along with the stgrong Belgian yeast notes. As suggested by the smell this is a rather distant taste. It took repeated sips to determine my tasting notes due to the distance of the taste. There is certainly an earthy, grainy, organic sense to the taste of this beer. Some may appreciate that but I do not. 2.5
M As suggested by the notes on the taste, the feel is too dry. I enjoy quads with a nice syrupy thickness to them. 2.0
D/O Actually less than fair since the ABV is 11% and the taste and feel leave me wanting more. 2.0
Notes: It kills me to record this rather low rating to a beer from one of my sentimental favorite breweries, De Halve Mann. I visited there June 2009 and thoroughly enjoyed the tour and the beers that I had sampled that day. I would recommend touring there anytime. I happen to think that their barley malt is too grainly and their yeast profile is too strong. This beer certainly did nothing to change that opinion.
06-14-2011 04:08:16 | More by adamette
4.65/5 rDev +12.6%
Memorable beer! Pours a nice cola brown with thick bubbles and lacey-creamy head that lasts for the entire duration of the pint. Nose is rich with musty, attic & cave aromas with dark cherry and an estery/yeasty element . Enormous carbonation and therefore tingling pleasant mouthfeel that hosts a range of flavors from cherry to black tea to raisinbread. Finish has some of that musty quality and more raisins.
10-23-2011 03:08:44 | More by yemenmocha
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
4.23/5 rDev +2.4%
A nice brown body covered with a thick, sticky, brown head; Good lacing down the sides of the glass. Smell emits dates, currants, figs, molasses, brown sugar. Malt sugars and dark fruit tastes strongly bind with a deep yet relatively mild alcohol warmth. Some chocolate notes buried deep along with a soft bitterness. Medium bodied, juicy and clean.
A nicely made rich and complex beer. Liquid dark bread...
08-29-2012 01:31:28 | More by beergoot
3.96/5 rDev -4.1%
Gorgeous dark brown, even perceived as eggplant purple, this was capped by a line of dense bubbly foam.
The nose was a touch boozy, more of a natural ethanol, with prunes, raisins, and malts.
The flavors were more vivid with an upstart of black licorice or anise. The middle palate receives more Dark fruit reminiscent of prunes and raisin. The finish is malty, caramel perhaps, with a bit of twangy spice.
The feel is easy, but I get some tangy spiciness and a touch of alcohol.
Not the best Quad I've ever had but still Damn good!
07-27-2014 00:13:50 | More by KYGunner
3.48/5 rDev -15.7%
Serving Type - 22oz bottle
Appearance - Dark tan, brown, not much head, or lacing. Kinda bland looking.
Smell - Dark fruits, some malt, chocolate and spices, not alot of smell.
Taste - Very dark roasted malt flavor. Not as many flavors and spices as most quads ive had. A little pepper and chocolate notes in the aftertaste. I get some licorice and dark fruits like plum and rasin. Very surprized how different this quad is compaired to standard quads.
Mouthfeel - Medium thickness and rather light on palette. No way id guess this was 11% or even a quad. Aftertaste is weak and not long lasting at all.
Overall - This is solid, but not a top of the list quad. It almost comes closer to a strong ale then a quad. The dark fruits, roasted malts, it would be hard to guess this as a quad. Pretty good but there are a few other quads that smoke this beer. If you are looking for a different twist on the style, this would be a nice sample.
06-23-2011 07:40:58 | More by wvsabbath
4.25/5 rDev +2.9%
A: Dark brown cloudy with a ruby tinge. No visible carbonation, but a 4 finger beige rocky head with thick chunky lacing.
S: A bouquet of aroma comes out on opening the bottle. Flowers, cherries, nail polish, ripe banana, cream, raisins, figs, black currents.
T: Wonderful. The same flowers and cherries and blossoms, a little nail polish, ripe banana, cream, raisins and figs, chocolate and Christmas all are there.
M: Medium thick body, smooth fine bubbled carbonation.
O: Awesome brew. I got this one at Bruisin Ale’s in Asheville, drank it in New Hamburg, ON Aug 19, 2014.
08-20-2014 02:46:50 | More by patre_tim
3.43/5 rDev -16.9%
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.
03-15-2013 02:33:14 | More by coreyfmcdonald
4.43/5 rDev +7.3%
Pours a deep ruddy brown with a tan head about 4 inches thick. Dissipates very slowly. Retains as a thin film.
Smells of rich caramel, mild fig sweetness, some cinnamon like spice, a hint of alcohol and a just a bit of hop flavor.
Tastes richly spiced, with a hint of hop bitterness, followed by caramel and brown sugar malts and some distinctly Belgian yeasty notes.
Mouth is thick with lots of fluffy carbonation.
Delicious and tasty, quite a treat. The strength makes it a sipper. The mild hint of hops is a bit different than other less hop focused quads I've had, which gives it a unique characteristic. I would have this again.
07-23-2011 17:02:56 | More by Cylinsier
Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel from Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
92 out of 100 based on 408 ratings.