Straffe Hendrik Heritage - Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
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4.1/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
11-27-2012 23:50:20 | More by PeterIngemi
4.11/5 rDev -3.5%
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.
05-29-2013 00:07:46 | More by MasterSki
4.14/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
01-02-2014 05:01:52 | More by Dope
4.16/5 rDev -2.3%
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.
05-18-2013 06:27:52 | More by ngeunit1
4.18/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
01-12-2013 03:14:35 | More by jrenihan
4.18/5 rDev -1.9%
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!!!
01-20-2013 05:41:39 | More by DenverLogan
4.23/5 rDev -0.7%
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%.
11-22-2012 15:04:01 | More by TongoRad
4.24/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
03-08-2013 23:14:36 | More by bluejacket74
Straffe Hendrik Heritage from Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
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