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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
94
outstanding

82 Ratings
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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 8.18%
Wants: 15
Gots: 34 | 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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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of MasterSki
4.11/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 7056. A bit pricy but I'm glad I picked up the last bottle at Discount in Milwaukee. Visited the brewery in April 2011 and absolutely loved the tour.

A: deep copper rosy color, nice tan head that was amazing and kept it all the way to the bottom of the glass
S: some sourness and malt, pleasant, deep, rich oud bruin, some brett
T: incredibly rich and deep flavor, deep roasted malt, yeastiness, but well-balanced and sourness adds a touch of character
M: creamy, nice CO2 but not over the top, some yeastiness

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A

750ml #8746 into a tulip. Opened with an explosive PoP, pours a deep copper mahogany, a dense towering mocha colored head continues to rise long after the pour stopped exceeding the rim like a muffin top. Recedes leaving clumpy froth hanging, excellent lacing.

Richly seasoned aroma, gingerbread with purple grapes, slightly bittersweet, almost as if a lightly spiced noël. Black cherries, tannins, vanilla and the wood.

The taste is classic quad with the added contribution of the barrel. Very pleasant vinous deep dry twang parts the initial lightly sweet dark fruity goodness and the long evolving grape and barrel mild bitter. A echo of the taste lingers near forever, never fully gone before the next sip. Medium bodied lively mouthfeel, coupled with the tannic nature - tangy.
the world needs more barrel aged quads, delicious
cheers
jd

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of dfernandez77
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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!!!

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of jrenihan
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Straffe Hendrik Heritage from Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
94 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.