Straffe Hendrik Heritage - Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
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4.35/5 rDev +2.1%
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
12-27-2013 01:23:06 | More by brentk56
4.38/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
12-28-2012 19:44:23 | More by BEERchitect
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
4.33/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
11-02-2013 05:59:01 | More by superspak
4.33/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
01-01-2013 04:09:40 | More by LiquidAmber
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
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
4.14/5 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
4.18/5 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
Straffe Hendrik Heritage from Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
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