Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel - Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
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3.93/5 rDev -4.8%
Appearance: Clear dark brown color with a generous foamy beige head that fades fairly quickly.
Smell: Bready, fruity notes.
Taste: The fruity and bread-y notes in the nose are present in the taste with the fruity notes most prominent. It finishes with a combination of fruity sweetness, slight phenols, and some hop bitterness.
Mouth-feel: Body is on the lighter Medium side with a fair level of carbonation.
Overall: Good beer but a step below the top echelon. Priced fairly well.
01-02-2012 22:50:30 | More by IKR
4.03/5 rDev -2.4%
A - A dark brown beer with an enormous light beige head, unfortunately the head shrinks in till a small layer remains.
S - A sweet malty scent mixed up with some yeast.
T - A creamy delight with an overpowering sweetness from candy sugar, some yeast flavor and not really anything else. What makes it a bit plain.
M - A full body and a creamy feeling, light sticky and little to none alcohol warmth!! For an 11% it is nicely done. Furthermore there is no real bitterness.
O - A tasteful delight always nice to have some on you're shelf.
12-19-2011 17:59:05 | More by Mar02x
4.9/5 rDev +18.6%
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.
12-18-2011 02:32:09 | More by Vylo
4.13/5 rDev 0%
A: Rich mahogany color, maybe a 1/2 finger of white head that has almost no retention.
S: There isn't much of a smell on this beer at all, but what there is is good. Smells sweet and malty with dark fruit, chocolate and a slight touch of yeast.
T: Wow. Big flavor considering the faintness of the aroma. Starts very light and floral, with a taste akin to rose, then a hefty hit of the alcoholic phenols give way into deep, rich malty, chocolaty flavors. There's a lot going on in the flavor of this beer and all of it good.
M: Fairly heavy body with a lot of carbonation. A little bit slick at first, but leaves the mouth feeling a little bit sticky.
O: Not the best quad that I've had, but it is quite drinkable. The faintness of the alcohol makes this a potentially dangerous beer. I wish there was more on the aroma, but the flavor more than makes up for it.
12-13-2011 23:09:25 | More by DaveBlack
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
4.03/5 rDev -2.4%
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
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
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
4.05/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
11-05-2011 04:08:40 | More by RuckusDu
4.45/5 rDev +7.7%
Pours a dark brown color, w/ a massive three finger cocoa head. Head sticks around for about 10 minutes without moving. Excellent lacing on my snifter glass. Some dark crimson highlights when held up to the light. The nose is really fantastic- raisin, apple, fig, plum, malt, yeast. Really smooth and blended extremely well. No hint of the 11% ABV. Taste is equally as impressive, with toffee, caramel, and a touch of alcohol burn on the aftertaste. Feel is medium for the style, and super smooth. There is a crisp carbonated aftertaste as well. I really liked this beer. Let's hope the 11% ABV kills my cold. Cheers!
11-05-2011 03:38:20 | More by jayhawk73
3.93/5 rDev -4.8%
A - Poured out a dark burgundy color with a two-finger, tan head of bubbly foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass.
S - It smelled of dried fruits - plum, raisin and currants.
T - Rich bready malts make a nice backbone. Great dried fruit flavors of plum, raisin and currants. Some yeasty spice.
M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a warm alcohol presence.
O - Great quadrupel. Another great find at Sycamore.
10-29-2011 21:01:43 | More by zeff80
4.43/5 rDev +7.3%
Pour: Clear, dark ruby red to mahogany body. Thick, frothy three fingered tan head that recedes very slowly and leaves thick rings of lacing behind all the way down. Total eye candy.
Smell: Tart and sweet with a combination of sour and dark fruity tones, lots of caramel malty goodness, a touch of molasses, and a touch of alcohol astringency.
Taste: Rich and full flavored. Lots of caramel, and brown sugar sweetness with a touch of sour cherry and the ever slightest hint of vanilla. Chocolatey middle with hints of raisin and dried plum. Dry, tart finish with a moderate level of bitterness and a hint of mocha. Slightly alcoholic and warming.
Mouthfeel: Medium to thick body with high carbonation. Slightly creamy and ultra-smooth.
Drinkability/Overall: Very easy drinking, with lots of good flavor leaving you yearning for the next sip. You could easily put away a couple of these big bottles, though you wouldn't like the results next morning, as it is 11%!
Final Notes: One hell of a beer. This is one to sip on in front of a fireplace in the cold weather to warm up. Would also make a great after-dinner beer or beer to pair with dessert. It is a touch dangerous at 11% though, so treat it with respect!
10-28-2011 00:33:22 | More by bagpiper2005
District of Columbia
3.95/5 rDev -4.4%
Nice and solid quad offering.
Presentation: 750 ml corked and caged brow bottle. Dark somber label with the image of a humanized half-moon in dark golden brown over black background. Back label notes main intent and characteristics alongside brewery background. Narrative offers cellaring and serving notes, as well as succinct wording on the characteristics of the brew. Shows bottling date 2010 on the cork, and 11% Alc. by Vol. Served in a snifter.
A - Dark brown pour with crimson edges, with a generous frothy head, medium retention, fair surface memory and some lacing.
S - Long malty nose, sweet notes of dark fruits, sugar, and a characteristic yeasty sense.
T - Taste follows with a nice sweet sense of malt, long fruity notes, plums raisins, hint of spices, unfermented sugar...
M - Medium body with ample but adequate carbonation, and a fairly smooth sense.
O - Pleasing quad, well rounded and matching a nice benchmark for the style.
Notes: Nice quad, reminds me quite a bit to the middle bracket and dexterity of Malheur´s 12, nice, and while not tremendous it is well worth the experience.
10-23-2011 18:20:08 | More by Daniellobo
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
Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel from Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
92 out of 100 based on 408 ratings.