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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
93
outstanding

66 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 7.98%
Wants: 11
Gots: 26 | 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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Reviews by dfernandez77:
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dfernandez77

California

4.55/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

02-17-2013 06:28:57 | More by dfernandez77
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Straffe Hendrik Heritage from Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
93 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.