Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel - Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
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4.26/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
02-01-2013 03:32:12 | More by thecheapies
4.1/5 rDev -0.7%
330 mL bottle, best before date of December 2013.
bubbly, dark brown with beautiful garnet highlights, and monster 3" tall creamy off-white colored head. the head settles down to a 1/2" layer that stays to the bottom of the glass, leaving great lacing. pleasant aroma of raisins and booze.
tastes of brown sugar, a little fruit - figs, raisins. contrary to the smell, no alcohol detected in the taste. body is fairly thin, but smooth, easy to drink.
overall, a great Quad.
10-11-2011 02:22:08 | More by jmdrpi
3.98/5 rDev -3.6%
Straffe Hendrik quad has a deep mahogany colored body, brown with lots of ruby highlights. The tan head forms a solid cap and leaves minimal lacing, but it has great retention, sticking around for the entire drink.
The aroma has an array of dark fruits, some spice and a lot of malt.
Malt, spice, and dark fruit are balanced very well in this one. Cherries, dates, raisins and other generic dark fruits come from the yeast, and slowly give way to the malt. The malts are sweet but not cloying, and they make up the strongest flavor by a hair. The beer is balanced and dried out in A finish by a phenolic, peppery taste. No alcohol at all, but there is just a touch of warmth. This one is balanced so well that the transition between the flavors is seamless, and nothing sticks out as being overbearing.
The body is a little bit light and carbonation a little bit high, but the lack of alcohol presence makes this acceptable for me.
This is a big-ass Belgian that hides its ABV very well. Balance and integrated flavors are its strengths. Probably worth a try even for those who don't love Belgian styles.
08-25-2011 14:17:24 | More by Hojaminbag
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
4.03/5 rDev -2.4%
Poured into a tulip glass.
Dark brown color when held towards the light. Large head with very good retention and lacing.
Sweet malt and brown sugar in the aroma. Also quite boozy.
After tasting I was surprised. It wasn't as sweet as I expected, and I liked that. Also it didn't feel like 11% ABV.
Medium body with light carbonation. Easy to drink in spite of the high ABV.
Overall a very nice quad, I enjoyed it more then some of the bigger names.
12-01-2012 01:54:10 | More by Ciocanelu
4/5 rDev -3.1%
Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from La Cervoiserie, and tasted in 2013.
Appearance : dark red amber color, with tan foamy head ( nice lacing)
Smell : malt and caramel aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : dark fruit and spicy flavours, alcohol prresence, with dry fruity finish.
Drinkability : a nice beer in the style Quadrupel.
01-27-2013 18:06:27 | More by thierrynantes
4.18/5 rDev +1.2%
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.
09-23-2013 01:09:16 | More by jrenihan
2.95/5 rDev -28.6%
A - It pours a cola-brown, capped with a big khaki head.
S - The nose seems quite nice - but also quite different than most Quad/BSDA. There is a sort of woody-medicinal sharpness that seems like brettanomyces, but I don't think it actually is. Pale and pils malt seem evident, as does candi sugar and aged hops. Fruity notes of apple, pear, apricot, plum and banana are present, but not in the way one would generally expect.
T - The taste is not quite there; I wasn't sure how this was going to go down, given the unusual specificities of the aroma, but it is a letdown overall. The alcohol is way too strong here; its as if someone poured vodka into a Grimbergen or Corsendonk brown. As for the nuances, there is some medium and dark fruity notes (not enough), and a lot of pale malt minerality. This would make for a decent Tripel/BSPA, save for the color; as a Quad or BSDA, it is lacking the richness, complexity and decadence necessary.
M - Bad. Champagne-esque carbonation; prickly and somewhat thin.
O - As referenced earlier, this beer tastes, smells and feels like a Tripel. Way off the mark for the style, and not great regardless of style consideration.
04-25-2011 13:04:05 | More by ktrillionaire
4.26/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
04-13-2013 01:14:27 | More by arizcards
4/5 rDev -3.1%
On draft at Brasserie Beck in DC. Poured into a tulip glass, rich and intense dark Belgian ale. It is brewed with a subtle blend of specialty malts, which give the ale an extremely dark color and a chewy, malty complex character. The quadruple combines a clean dryness with a warm full bodied mouth feel and essences of fruit. Overall a very nice Quad! Be warned this is some strong stuff.
07-20-2011 23:25:36 | More by CuriousMonk
4.04/5 rDev -2.2%
Pours a brilliant deep brown with a lingering frothy khaki head. Aroma is slightly sweet, with dark candi sugar and subtle plum and date notes. Fairly difficult to get much aroma. Flavor reveals deeply caramelized, toffee-like malt character at the backbone, with prunes and dates adding contrast. The finish is dry and somewhat bitter, with a touch of roast. Not as sweet as I anticipated. The finish is more bitter than expected, as well. Malt character lacks complexity.
07-26-2014 02:40:41 | More by barczar
2.73/5 rDev -33.9%
Bottle into a tulip.
Deep purple. Murky, opaque and dark. The head is a dense inch tall, medium tan, and recedes to thin, silky top layer after a bit.
Not much to pick up in the nose. Raisins, caramel, and lots of booze.
For a brew with such high alcohol content, the flavor is surprisingly subdued. Again with the raisin, with additions of cinnamon and toast. Perhaps a little grape as well. Booze, however, is the major flavor contributor.
Thin, watery body with moderate massaging carbonation that breaks into just a hint of fizz. Alcohol is big — as expected — blazing through the nose and warming the throat.
If I’m going to drink an 11 percent ABV beer, I like to at least get some flavor enjoyment out of it. This quad drinks like a single. It’s just too subtle in both aroma and taste. Not undrinkable, but I’d definitely never shell out cash for another bottle.
03-27-2012 04:19:45 | More by Phelps
3.43/5 rDev -16.9%
A dark brown, red beer with a thin head and low visible carbonation.
Smell is mostly grainy and a bit husky with distinct notes of caramel. Also some grapes and currants. There is a syrupy smell to it, which is hard to describe, but it smells thick and heavy.
Taste is heavy on the caramel malts, this makes the beer maltbitter and adds a currant and raisin taste, bordering my threshold for the maltbitterness. The alcohol is well hidden, 11% alcohol is warm, but it is not sharp. The beer is bitter, which is a combination of the malt and hop bitterness.
08-24-2012 19:57:20 | More by Absumaster
4/5 rDev -3.1%
Poured into a tulip glass. Two and half fingers of head on a deep brown colored body.
The aroma is a great blend of caramel, apple, pear and other bright fruits.
The taste has a big dose of caramel malt sweetness, some fruit, black licorice and mild bitter finish.
The texture is fairly smooth with moderate carbonation.
Very well done..
10-05-2013 20:33:18 | More by Fatehunter
4.31/5 rDev +4.4%
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
10-18-2013 20:20:00 | More by soju6
Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel from Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
92 out of 100 based on 408 ratings.