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

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Straffe Hendrik HeritageStraffe Hendrik Heritage

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

68 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 7.96%
Wants: 12
Gots: 27 | FT: 2
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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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.

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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.

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Beer pours thick and deep chocolate brown. Thick tan head with excellent lacing.

Fruity, malty aroma. Very complex, dark fruit like plum, caramel, toffee, chocolate, toast, rum. A wonderful combination.

Sweet and warming. Thick toffee and caramel, notes of rum and burnt sugar.

Slight acidity and tang in the finish.

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Wow, excellent beer! Like a great Belgian Quad with just a hint of barrel aging and sourness in the finish, what a great beer! So complex and full, every sip leaves you wanting another.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Straffe Hendrik Heritage from Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
94 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.