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Straffe Hendrik Heritage - Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

Straffe Hendrik HeritageStraffe Hendrik Heritage

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

53 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.06%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Oak Aged version of Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 08-07-2012)
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 batch. Bottle 11973.

A: Pours a very dark and murky brown. Very tall and effervescent light brown head. Head barely budges at all, once poured. Great head retention but just a little splotch of fluffy lacing here and there.

S: Brown sugar and candied fruits. Fruits really run the gamut here, I can't pick them out very well. Dates, prunes, raisins, plums, grapes and cherries maybe? That brown sugar is really especially nice with a hit of caramel.

T: Oaky initially. Lots of candied fruits again but not quite as sweet as the aroma. Lots of dark fruits as previous mentioned in the previous section. Almost a touch sour sometimes. Quite a bit of caramel, hints of brown sugar and some dark bread as well. There are some spicy cloves in the finish. Overall there is an overlaying oakiness everywhere from start to finish in this one, tastes like I've been nibbling on sawdust all day (or maybe I have?). Swear I get bourbon and oak in the aftertaste, even though I'm pretty sure this isn't even bourbon barreled (just oaked).

M: Heavy and smooth. A little dry from the oak in the aftertaste.

O: Nice quad. Very oaky. Extremely oaky. Perhaps a bit too much in fact. It's everywhere in the taste; stronger in some parts and weaker in others but it's always there. It's a nice oak aged quad but given the price I doubt I would get this one again. Similar to the La Trappe Oak Quad if I'm honest.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 05:01:52 | More by Dope
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: A huge pop and I thought I was dealing with a gusher but that was not to be; poured out fudge brown with an impressive Belgian head that leaves quite a few squiggles behind

Smell: Root beer, caramel and fig, with oaky and vinous undertones

Taste: Caramel and fig, up front, with sour cherry flavors developing, in the middle; oaky and vinous, after the swallow, with some vanilla developing, in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: A very interesting twist on the quad style, bringing sour elements that add complexity

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 01:23:06 | More by brentk56
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superspak

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into chalice; bottled in 2012, bottle #10960. Pours fairly crystal clear dark ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, pear, apple, fig, caramel, clove, pepper, oak, toast, candi sugar, brown bread, light chocolate, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt, fruity/spicy yeast, and oak notes; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, pear, fig, prune, caramel, toast, toffee, vanilla, clove, pepper, oak, candi sugar, chocolate, brown bread, molasses, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of dark fruit, caramel, toast, toffee, vanilla, clove, oak, candi sugar, chocolate, brown bread, molasses, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of dark malt, yeast ester, and oak flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a slick, moderately prickly, and slightly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic oak aged Quadrupel! All around awesome complexity and balance of dark malt, yeast ester, and oak flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 05:59:01 | More by superspak
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Purchased this one from Etre Gourmet a while back. Served in a taster at Adrial's place.

A - Big tan foam - cork came out with a loud pop. Big tan foam settles to a thick cap, leaving behind splotchy lacework. Transparent amber-brown body. Nice-looking beer here.

S - The oak is pretty forward and spicy here, imparting a hefty vinous character. Not sure what kinds of barrels these were, but they're evocative of port or red wine. There's your generally quad-like flavors in the background, with sharp candi sugar, dark fruits, a bit of caramel and honey, and a mild cola/Dr. Pepper flavor mixed in. Perhaps a touch of acetone that mars the experience a bit, but not overly boozy.

T - The taste is a bit more heavy on the malt sweetness, with mildly spicy oak and vinous notes adding depth to the flavor. Dark fruits, berries, vinous oak, and barrel tannins, and perhaps a developing Flanders-esque lactic flavor that makes this mildly savory. Not sure this was intended, but it's not offensive either.

M - Medium-bodied, super-dry and tannic. Lower carbonation for a Belgian beer, but still in the medium range of things. Mild warming, but nothing excessive for the listed 11%.

D - Not entirely what I was expecting, but enjoyable in small doses. It's super oaky and vinous, making this an unusually heavy-handed barrel-aging example from Belgium. I appreciated the lower sweetness in this quad; something American breweries can never get quite right. Still, it would have taken an effort to finish a 750ml bottle with only 3 people - best enjoyed in smaller servings.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 00:07:46 | More by MasterSki
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ngeunit1

California

4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark ruby-black with a finger of frothy khaki-tan head. Fades slowly.

S - Sweet dark caramel malts, dark fruits, oak, vanilla, candi sugars, Belgian yeast, spices, a bit booze.

T - Sweet dark caramel malts, raisin, plum, and other dark fruits, candi sugars, oak, vanilla, Belgian yeast, spices, some booze.

M - Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet, warming finish.

D - Great Quad. Good complexity added by oak.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 06:27:52 | More by ngeunit1
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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 7056. A bit pricy but I'm glad I picked up the last bottle at Discount in Milwaukee. Visited the brewery in April 2011 and absolutely loved the tour.

A: deep copper rosy color, nice tan head that was amazing and kept it all the way to the bottom of the glass
S: some sourness and malt, pleasant, deep, rich oud bruin, some brett
T: incredibly rich and deep flavor, deep roasted malt, yeastiness, but well-balanced and sourness adds a touch of character
M: creamy, nice CO2 but not over the top, some yeastiness

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 03:17:14 | More by wisrarebeer
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impending

California

4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A

750ml #8746 into a tulip. Opened with an explosive PoP, pours a deep copper mahogany, a dense towering mocha colored head continues to rise long after the pour stopped exceeding the rim like a muffin top. Recedes leaving clumpy froth hanging, excellent lacing.

Richly seasoned aroma, gingerbread with purple grapes, slightly bittersweet, almost as if a lightly spiced noël. Black cherries, tannins, vanilla and the wood.

The taste is classic quad with the added contribution of the barrel. Very pleasant vinous deep dry twang parts the initial lightly sweet dark fruity goodness and the long evolving grape and barrel mild bitter. A echo of the taste lingers near forever, never fully gone before the next sip. Medium bodied lively mouthfeel, coupled with the tannic nature - tangy.
the world needs more barrel aged quads, delicious
cheers
jd

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 04:56:08 | More by impending
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle, bottle #07843. Served in a DFH Signature glass, the beer pours a dark reddish/copper color with about an inch and a half frothy tan head. Head retention is excellent, and there's a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like sweet and tart dark fruit, oak, red wine, caramel and some sweet and peppery spice. I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some vanilla. The vinous and woody flavors seem the strongest to me. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and is well carbonated. It's a good brew and definitely worth a try, but it's also pricey at $23.99 a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 23:14:36 | More by bluejacket74
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dfernandez77

California

4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This is getting reviews lower that they should be because it will be misunderstood unless the reviewer knows what barrel aging a beer Belgian style does. Think Oud Bruin, or Flanders Red.

Appearance: Somewhere between dark amber and garnet. Light slightly rocky head, thins to fine white traces like clouds in a satellite weather photo.

Smell: Caramel, fig, deeply roasted beef, bay, mustard, slightly musty oak (Hungarian?), a touch of fruity tart Brett A/C notes. Savory complex.

Taste: Fig, golden raisins, barrel toast and oak tannins, slight astringency, touch of funk and tartness like Brett A/C in the barrel wood. Richly complex. Oud Bruin characters all over it.

Mouthfeel: Medium light body, far lighter than the base Quad - but you'd expect that from Brett in the barrel. Effervescent carbonation. Slightly dry. Finishes slippery, sweet, and dry on the edges.

Overall: This is what you would expect when a huge and rich Quad like Straffe Hendrik meets barrels with a touch of Brett A/C. Thinning of the body, slight funk, slight tart/sourness.

Do not expect a Quad. Expect a Quad deeply and positively influenced by all the best characters of a sublime oak barrel aged Oud Bruin.

Wonderful.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 06:28:57 | More by dfernandez77
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DenverLogan

Colorado

4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Nice cork pop...not a shooter, but a good "pop." Poured from a 750 into a long stem St Feuillien Grand Cru glass.
Large amber head on a dark copper brown colored, clear brew. Beautiful color, clarity and head that lasts a long time with sturdy lace. The head remains through the end on a somewhat narrow glass...beautiful medium size bubbles hang on with resolve.
Aroma of a dark, damp closet...humm...mango rind, other fruit, wet socks,borolo wine, gingerbread cookie, cinnamon oatmeal.
Significant carbonation and first taste reveals immense complexity.
Flavors are very rich...funky fruit, near mouth puckering bitter-sour-funky-barnyard weirdness, apples, black vanilla cherry soda, black licorice, raw wood, prunes, red wine...oh mommy! I just offered an aspiring beer advocate a pour...she said she could not finish it.
This is not a beginners beer and many may say "not right," but in looking at the full history of beer, this reveals some historical notes. Additionally, visiting and touring the Halve Maan Brewery in Bruges is a wonderful event. The views from the upper towers are amazing.
Not all their beers are like this...actually, few are, this is a special brew aged in oak and 11%. Anyway, with 15 minutes of being open, this beer is for me, rich, complex, challenging, but nevertheless very tasty for the wild beer hunter. A little time give sour grapes, plums, meaty tropical fruit, dark malts, some alcohol, some mouth puckering....light on sweet malts or hops. Gosh...jut the color, label and lace on glass is worth the visit, but ooooh, the price in Colorado is exhorbatant...above $20. Can I write this off on my taxes?!! Ayieee!!!

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 05:41:39 | More by DenverLogan
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beer is dark brown with reddish hints. Large-sized beige head. Great retention- seems to just sit there. Good lacing.

Oak is the dominant scent in the nose. Cherry, smells a bit tart. A bit of a red wine scent, quite vinous.

Lots of oak in the taste. Again, quite vinous. Has a real red wine flavour. Some cherry and other dark fruit, red grape and a bit of date. Nice flavour. The oak is pretty strong but quite pleasant.

Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Bready.

Overall, quite good. I don't find it to be the most complex quad in the world, but the oak makes this quite enjoyable. WIthout the oak, I think this would be a nice but unexciting quad.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 03:14:35 | More by jrenihan
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Ommegang flute glass. Pours a dark, hazy mahogany brown with a massive fine light brown head that continued building for several minutes after pouring and slowly dissipated to a think layer with massive lacing (in a complex, continuous pattern that makes the term "lace" very appropriate). Aroma of dark and light fruit, red wine, oak, leather and tannins. Flavor is complex dark fruit, dark berries, tannin, port wine, wood; earthy. Finishes with a hint of vanilla, oak, and residual dark fruit flavors, slightly vinous. Medium bodied, but very active carbonation gives this a nice mouth feel. A complex dark Belgian that has acquired quite a bit more character from the barrelling. I'm glad I chose this to ring in the new year.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 04:09:40 | More by LiquidAmber
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's amazing what a barrel does to beer. The ever-classy Straffe Hendrik doesn't need a face lift or a makeover, yet a little extra age soaking an oak barrel from the inside out results in a 2.0 version that's even better than the original.

As the best brewed Belgian ales should, the beer billows to the top of the tulip immediately upon first pour. A head of rocky proportions eventually settles and leaves intricate lacing patters on the glass in its wake. Off white froth retains for every second of the session and keeps the savory aromas coming. Dark ruby-ish hues allows little light to show through. This is one sexy looking ale!

With dark fruit a pepper on the nose, the beer's bold and sharp aromas are mildly wine-like with toast, wood, grape and is nearly taffy-like. Vinous notes seem like dry sherry when coupled with scents of blackberry, black currant, and raisin. Sweetness and fruit balance against peppercorn and earthy chicory notes. It's a complex scent that nearly makes the mouth water with anticipation.

Flavors don't disappoint as the tangy sweetness of pulled candy and red wine seep onto the tongue. Its sultry taste invites complementing dry oak, tart berries, cherries, red grape, and raisin to waft over the palate, wave after wave. Surprisingly the impressions of sweetness present themselves, but do so with a dry cotton candy-like taste. Vanilla and black peppercorn battle it out on the light must of wood for a finish of powdered sugar, spicy alcohol, and seared fruit.

Its complicated mouthfeel starts as the carbonation erupts like "Pop Rocks" candies and completely engulfs the mouth with air, pepper, and malt. It causes a rush to finish far before the mouth has fully explored its taste. Its this quick finish that lumps slightly in the throat and leaves a memory of the beer's taste to be appreciated in aftertaste only. Later as the carbonation subsides, the thin sweetness coats the mouth lightly and relies on peppery bite, spicy heat, vinous tartness, and light powdery tannin to wipe clean the malt and start anew.

There are a lot of beers that meet the standard for taste, and some that exceed it. This beer achieves the latter with those intangible savory and succulent tastes and textures that deserve applause. It's a terrific beer that suits the holiday season very, very well.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 19:44:23 | More by BEERchitect
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PeterIngemi

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a 750 ml, poured into a duvel glass.

A: pours a very very dark brown with a finger and a half of tanned head, excellent retention, excellent lacing.... Nice looking beer.

S: some earthy oak, over a bit of sweet malt and darkfruit notes. Also a slightly vinegary vinous note, which comes out more and more as the brew warms.

T: much like the nose, xcept with a lot more vinegar/vinous quality, nice amount of oak, over the quad backbone which adds some sweet dark fruit notes of raisin, prune and brown sugar, very well rounded overall. Very complex.

M: full bodied with high crisp carbonation that stings the palate a touch and keeps this brew moving and drinkable....

O: this is a very nice brew, the oak aging really rounds out the sweetness of the base beer well, and the complex vinegary/vinous notes added a pleasant unexpected quality to the overall brew, nicley drinkable for 11 percent alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 23:50:20 | More by PeterIngemi
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TongoRad

New Jersey

4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very intriguing beer. The first thing you notice is the big pop when you pull the cork. This beer sure doesn't lack in the carbonation department- it has a very ethereal feel for the gravity. Oak dominates the smell, lending a ton of vanilla, but following right behind it are dark fruits (dates, prunes), spices (peppercorns, anise) and cookies. The taste follows on the nose, but the big carbonation cleanses the palate and the progression of flavors starts anew with each sip. Very drinkable for 11%.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 15:04:01 | More by TongoRad
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seand

California

4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a fairly clear dark brown, with lots of sticky porous head. The foam dissipates to a film over most of the surface and a ring around the edge of the glass, which is enough to leave good lacing.

S: Strong resiny sweetness, with a light touch of fruit. The touch of booze is slightly vinous.

T: Full and sweet but not overwhelmingly strong. There's a somewhat bitter balancing note through the middle. It's quite nice overall, and feels more complex rather than just strong.

M: Full bodied, medium prickly carbonation.

Overall, quite good. Too strong to drink too often, but it's nice and I'd have it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 05:48:53 | More by seand
Straffe Hendrik Heritage from Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
92 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.