Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel - Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

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Reviews: 155
Hads: 616
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 19.66%
Wants: 50
Gots: 135 | FT: 1
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Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BucBasil on 11-05-2010

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of ksimons
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
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 soju6
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep brown color with a large tan head that fades slowly to ample lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malt, fruit, bit of nut with just a hint of alcohol.

T: The taste is of Roasted malt, fruit, some nut and trace of chocolate as it warms. Has a subtle bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Moderate body, smooth, almost velvety, clean with a richness throughout. As it warms it enhances to character.

O: Great beer to end the day with, an easy sipper that is well worth checking out

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Photo of jozols1
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Roasted chestnut brown with a dark cherry hue. Nice head. Not much lacing.
Smell: Umm.. Divine. Like standing outside a Belgian abbey after a rainstorm. (Not that I've actually done that, outside of my dreams.)
Mouthfeel: Some effervescence. It's light on your tongue, but the taste lingers.
Taste: I tasted molasses, raisins, even some cherry (but not maraschino cherry). Definitely malty, of course. But it's well-balanced, not overpowering. Has a musty earthiness to it.
This is a serious beer that can hold its own against almost anything you'd think to pair it with -- from pizza to prime rib. But, honestly, it's so good, I stopped eating the second I sipped it.
It's the kind of beer that makes you want to stop all other activities and think about it. So why distract yourself with food?
I've had a lot of Belgian beers and this is definitely one of the most interesting. For a quadrupel, it's surprisingly easy to drink. But you'll want to take your time, if for no other reason than the fact that it's 11% ABV.


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Photo of thecheapies
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle notched Best Before December of 2013. Poured carefully into a Rochefort chalice.

Looks a luxurious color of plum-brown with meager translucency. Rich velvety head looks dense and soupy with lots of tight bubbles. Foamy and ecru in color. A wonderful appearance.

Plum, candi sugar, yeast nuttiness, red grape, pumpernickel toast, phenols, rosewater alcohol, dried fig, and Belgian chocolate. A prestigious nose, even for a quad.

Prune, nuttiness, candi sugar, spicy booze, brown bread, raisin, Belgian chocolate, grape, and bittersweet maltiness. The alcohol is a lot more pertinent in the mouth, but Straffe Hendrik still has massive complexity. The front-to-middle has a lot of creamy chocolate, malt, and fruit notes before the tune of 11% ABV speaks up. Herbaceousness shows up, too. Finish is drier, spicy, boozy, a bit earthy, and super-long and dragged-out.

About as creamy as you get, body-wise. Crackle of soft carbonation works well. Alcohol is quite warming. Spicy, too, in the mouth.

This is still very well done. A beer I will buy again, and I'm not sure why I waited this long to finally try it.

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Photo of arizcards
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single at AJ's Glendale in late February for $3.99.

Beer poured brown with a nice tan head that has stayed quite well.

Nose is sweet, with dark fruits, and spices.

Taste is figs, candied sugar, kind of boozy, with a peppery almost coriander like finish.

Mouthfeel is near perfection, classic belgian yeast strain smoothness.

Overall this is close if not a world class quad. Lots of complexities in the flavor as well as a classic look and feel.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

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Photo of beergoot
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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...

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(rating #1000 - a 750, all for me! - poured into a Chouffe tulip)

L: lovely, deep-dark, crimson red liquid, clear, with a loose, smog-stain light brown head that does not stay around long... the head does pour tall and actually some chunky lace here and there

S: cherry cough drop with maybe a hint of mocha... raspberry jam?... the alcohol is present, though more of its essence, coming over top the over aromas... mild red vinous (raisin) notes... flowers, sugar, booze

T: up front, a light-medium acidic sizzle that hangs on the palate long after each sip... definitely get the character of the conditioning yeast, hint of funk... nice little pop of sweet-fruity booze and a hint of coffee in the finish... undeniable malt and melanoidin-rich backbone with a slight but notable dark roast overtone... chocolaty burps

F: light but tight body, some spritzy sizzle... blanket-soft, weightless finish... somewhat glassy and quiet flow... altogether wonderfully dry and peaceful

O: tell ya what - this is good, but there are more complex and interesting quads around (La Trappe, Abt 12, and on occasion Roche 10)... the flavors are a little "darker" than in what I would consider a quintessential quad... I've got the Heritage oak-aged version waiting in the wings - looking forward to that... anticipating an even-smoother, "better" model of this already nice beer

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Photo of AZbelgian
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this both on tap at the brewery in Brugge and by bottle here in the US.

A - Dark brown almost black at first glance (actually dark ruby red), large tan head with large bubbles and amazing retention.

S - Smell of dark fruit, yeast and a hint of alcohol.

T - Smooth flavors of caramel, rich malts lend to a nice flavor of brown bread. There are also notes of alcohol and a hint of dark fruit which lingers nicely on the palette.

M - Medium mouthfeel, surprisingly light for a quad

O - Great drinkability. An excellent quadrupel. Flavors work well in concert with each other to form a beer that's not overly heavy and quite delicious.

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Photo of keithmurray
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - opaque mahogany body with some tan head

Smell - brown sugar, prunes, plums, raisins

Taste - prunes, plums, raisins, brown sugar, clove

Mouthfeel - Pretty sweet tasting upfront, medium bodied, high level of carbonation, taste lingers on the palate for a bit

Overall - this is a pretty good example of a quad, leans toward the sweeter side. Worth a shot if you like the style.

Price Point - $9.99/750ML bottle

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(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.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle poured into a chalice.

A: Very dark brown. Fine-bubbled creamy beige head retains at a half inch in the wide glass. Lacing forms thin and delicate sheets on the glass.

S: A trail mix sort of aroma greets the nostrils. Nutty, cocoa, dried fruits (cranberry, raisin, and apricot). Bitter, unsweetened chocolate chips. Molasses. Mildly musty and lightly spicy yeast anchor it all. Whiff of alcohol. Soft clove and vanilla phenols.

T: Cocoa and unsweetened chocolate wrap themselves around fruity flavors of raisin, craisin, prune, and fig. Candi sugar is very apparent. Nutty. Molasses. Milk chocolate and light mocha. Yeast flavors are mildly musty and leathery, but otherwise a bit quieter than usual. They still provide a more than capable anchor though. Dried apricot and orange peel esters very briefly. Subtle clovey and vanilla bean phenols with moderate peppery spice that grows middle to end. Alcohol creeps in toward the back, offering some balancing bitterness but remaining friendly. Semi-dry and gently lingering finish of molasses, unsweetened chocolate, and dried fruit.

M: Medium bodied with a full and lush mouthfeel. A lot of substance, but not weighty at all. Melt-in-your-mouth creaminess makes for a velvety and decadent texture, like when a fine chocolate dissolves in your mouth. Gentle carbonation lifts everything. Mild alcohol warmth, but otherwise no indication of the potency.

O: Perhaps less complex when compared to the elite quads, mainly due to a quieter yeast contribution. But oh my God does it make up for it with sheer drinkability! The texture in particular is sinful in its decadence. The idea of a more-ish quad is a dangerous notion, but that's what we have here. Every sip is a delight to the senses.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

17th Oct 2012 Brugge: after draught De Garre and Gulden Draak my wife dragged me out of De Garre and into the Red Rose, here I choose a 33cl bottle of this.

Coming in the bottle. the correct glass was offered to me to pour my beer into; I did.

This is a dark, brooding brew: with a creamy head in both colour and texture.

The nose is all about malty molasses: so strong and sweet nothing else got a look in. Luckily the taste wasn't as sweet as the aromas suggested. The malts were certainly the dominant flavour but there is a hop bitterness stopping the beer becoming a malt smoothy and the alcohol doesn't hide away: it is very prominent once the beer has touched your lips.

Looked great and in such a fine bar it is difficult not to score it highly: but I'm being objective and truthful in my numbers, it deserves the scores it's getting from me.

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Photo of BastardKing24
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lovely set of smells and tastes from this beer. It does not give off the notion of being 11%, it is well masked. Fruity and sort of earthy, it reminds me of a strong dubbel kind of. Its heavy on the caramel and toffee, with dark fruit here and there. Lovely yeast flavor, get this and savor it.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of dwren89
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: black, tan foamy head, opaque

Aroma: date, fig, raisin, prune, molasses, malt sweetness

Taste: strong note of prune and molasses at onset, finish with a mild nutty character with a ton of malt depth. Slight bitter tingle in aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, smooth, thick, not easily quaffable and borderline cloying,

Overall Impression: a very strong and noticeably alcoholic quad with strong flavors of dark fruits and molasses. A thick and sweet beverage, this beer demands to be enjoyed over a long period of time.

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Photo of ChrisH1024
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber to a pint glass. Nice head, doesn't dissipate, with a nice copper color. Smells of dark fruit and heavy malt. It tastes sweet with a nice dry yet tasty finish. You really taste the malt with a touch of raisins and dark fruit. The feel is smooth and perfectly carbonated. Overall a great brew with lots of flavor and balance. I will for sure pick this up again.

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Photo of Wanne
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is deep, dark red, with a beige head. Aroma of caramel and red fruit. Hints of coffee and port make for a strong taste and is accompagnied with a nice alcoholic warmth. Very good beer.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
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 SFLpunk
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
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 brureview
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
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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Photo of jrenihan
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is dark reddish-brown with a large tan head. Good retention.

Smell contains dark fruits, raisin and plum in particular. Dry yeast scents accompany the fruit. The yeast cuts the fruit nicely, mellowing the aroma.

Taste contains juicy dark fruit; plum, red grape and raisin. Dry yeast, some spiciness. A bit of chocolate as well. Moderately sweet.

Full bodied, moderately carbonated. Rich and smooth.

Overall, quite a good quad.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ok, after my soup and Zot Dubbel at the Halve Maan on 28SEP11, I opted for a 0.33l bottle of the Quad for "dessert", at €4.00. Good choice!

I filled my glass with a deep, deep dark brown liquid, opaque even to backlighting. A creamy, short beige head layered things up top, lasting well and lacing nicely. Aroma was a tad restrained, yet dark fruit was noticeable here. Though the bier felt a touch airy on the tongue, it still had a solid medium body.

Flavorwise, it started dry right off. Subtle choco malts with light sweetness melded with dark fruit, more as the quad warmed. Had no real bitterness per se, and could be more complex, but it was still damn tasty. Zum Wohl!!

4.22 rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


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Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel from Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
91 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.