Straffe Hendrik Heritage - Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
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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.
02-17-2013 06:28:57 | More by dfernandez77
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
4.18/5 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
4.33/5 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
4.38/5 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
4.1/5 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
4.23/5 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
4.28/5 rDev +0.5%
A: Pours a fairly clear dark brown, with lots of sticky porous head. The foam dissipates to a film over most of the surface and a ring around the edge of the glass, which is enough to leave good lacing.
S: Strong resiny sweetness, with a light touch of fruit. The touch of booze is slightly vinous.
T: Full and sweet but not overwhelmingly strong. There's a somewhat bitter balancing note through the middle. It's quite nice overall, and feels more complex rather than just strong.
M: Full bodied, medium prickly carbonation.
Overall, quite good. Too strong to drink too often, but it's nice and I'd have it again.
11-09-2012 05:48:53 | More by seand
Straffe Hendrik Heritage from Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
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