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

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94
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93 Ratings
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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 7.91%
Wants: 17
Gots: 38 | FT: 3
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:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 08-07-2012

Oak Aged version of Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by dfernandez77:
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4.56/5  rDev +6%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tbryan5
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DaftPatrick
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Franziskaner
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown in color with amber tinting. Light does not manage to penetrate it. A quarter inch of beige head covers the top. Brussels lacing. Aroma of plum, dark candy sugar,and dates is present. The taste is more subtle than the aroma implies. There's fig and dates along with dark candy sugar. The mouth is smooth and creamy with a substantial thickness that is dimmed by the oak.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Loveyourbeer
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Tikiri
4.79/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.8/5  rDev +11.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of bluejacket74
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of KevinGordon
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.3/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of ddedhed
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of ThickNStout
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Corked and caged 750mL bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 23.99. Bottled 4/15/14. Served in a Barrel and Barley teku.

Pours an opaque, burgandy hued chestnut with two fingers of sandy head. The froth is fairly resilient and lingers bit without leaving much lace to speak of.

Fruity sweet aromas of dark fruit, oak, toffee, apple, cherry and a little vanilla.

There is a pleasing depth of sweet fruit-infused flavor. Brandied figs, apple skins, toffee, oaken vanilla, vague cocoa, leather, semi charred caramel, earth, cherry, clove, mildly funky Belgian yeast, brown sugar and softly omnipresent alcohol. The oak cask aging seems to have really rounded this out well. Quite enjoyable, particularly after it warms a bit and opens up.

Moderately creamy, medium body with subtle carbonation. Finishes with lots of fruit, earthy oak and a distinct note of what I'm pretty sure is cognac.

I was unable to find anything that specifies the type of cask in which Straffe Hendrik Heritage was aged but there sure are alot of cognac traits. I remember liking the base quad but this is significantly better. The cost might prevent me returning to this as often as I'd like but I'm relatively sure I'll pick up at least one more bottle.

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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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Straffe Hendrik Heritage from Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
94 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.