Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel | Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

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Straffe Hendrik QuadrupelStraffe Hendrik Quadrupel

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Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BucBasil on 11-05-2010

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Photo of opieo
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sohearn
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Libeertarian
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From notes taken 07/20/17:

Bottled, the 16th of July, last year, so basically right at a year old. Might give the other three each a year between them before drinking and reviewing, might not.

Mostly opaque by the end of the pour, a deep brown with ruby and caramel hues. Even foamy head, a rich and comforting shade of tan. Smells only a little bit like vinegar or medicine, but interestingly also some sort of spice cake with walnuts. Lots of walnuts. Very enticing. Palate is to die for, slightly metallic tartness to it at first, but after that its a real treat, showcasing such qualities as toffee, molasses, spiced brandy or fortified wine, anise, rich soil, and boozy peppercorn and rye bread suggestions prior even to retro-olfaction. First real treat of a beer I’ve had in a while, I’d say. I’ve been limiting myself, just too busy and not focused enough to really take the time to enjoy something like this. Full-bodied, slightly syrupy, smooth, plenty hot, with tight tingly suds leveling out to the finest velvet.

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Photo of Houborg1
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of flyingpig
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

33cl bottle at Bar De Amis, Bruges (€4.20):
Quite a complex, rich beer that hides a lot of the alcohol content but some is definitely still showing towards the end were the beer is quite boozy & slightly warming too. There's a good combination of dates, prunes & raisins with some further caramel sweetness & sugars coming through but the balance is good at it was a nice one to sip away at. It had a full body & was quite smooth with stronger than anticipated carbonation levels; excellent stuff & one I'll be looking out for in the UK.

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Photo of I3eer
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thehyperduck
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 mL corked and caged bottle from the LCBO; best before Oct 10 2020 and served just below cellar temperature.

Pours a clear, brick reddish-brown colour, with nearly three fingers of pillowy, cream-coloured head erupting from the surface. It melts away in barely ten minutes; in its wake, several thick bands of lacing have been deposited, while a smooth cap and collar still float atop. Looks great to me. I am getting a lot of date and brown sugar on the nose, with notes of fig, molasses and red apples also coming through. Suggestions of grape and cherry, with the alcohol also serving in a modest but unmistakable capacity.

The flavour profile is along the same lines as the aroma, with dark fruits and malty tastes leading the way from start to finish. Brown sugar, medjool dates, bananas, raisins and figs are what come to mind on the forefront, with molasses, licorice and some earthy, yeasty notes bringing up the rear. Shades of cherry, with a vaguely woodsy, herbal quality in the aftertaste, as well as a lingering alcohol presence. Very tasty stuff - a bit saccharine and boozy, but not any more than I'd expect from something weighing in at 11% ethanol, so this is at least slightly dangerously drinkable. Full bodied, with restrained carbonation and a slick, velvety-smooth texture that allows it to slide down the hatch with ease.

Final Grade: 4.13, an A-. Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel Bier is a fine strong, dark abbey-style brew - and it's also pretty good value at only $8.40 per bottle (definitely towards the lower end of what imported quads in this format usually sell for around here). While the flavours are certainly enjoyable, I do feel that this one lacks some of the lusciousness and complexity of my favourite Belgian quads. There may be better beers in its category, but I'll still buy at least another bottle or two for cellaring purposes, and I wouldn't hesitate to encourage other BAs to give it a shot.

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Photo of Simon212
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hyea
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chiefz1
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DylanBrkhff
3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MeadEater
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Why can't this be what is in any can labelled "Coors" ?

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 ml cork and cage bottle from the LCBO for $8.40. Great value if it lives up to it's rating here. Served well chilled into a goblet. Best before October 10, 2020. Not likely to be going anywhere, so cracking this in the midst of an ice storm is a good idea.

Appearance - Pours a dark chestnut brown colored beer, initially half a finger of foam was poured but that burned off in no time. Red hues everywhere in the light. Lots of bubbles in the glass and no lacing at all.

Smell - Quite earthy in the glass, not much in the way of malt and a weird astringent metallic aroma. Not loving this so far. Bottle smells of marshmallows, and brown sugar with dark fruit suggestions so there is hope.

Taste - Big time malt bomb. Restrained sweetness. Loads of molasses and toffee, some dark fruits like raisins and plums in the background and brown sugar and marshmallows as well. Some booze as well but the flavors are pretty cohesive. Kind of like Van De Kaizer Blauw, but not quite as polished. Oak and leather come into play as well. Cherries come out as it warms.

Mouthfeel - Soft but very expressive carbonation. Almost like two layers to this with a thin fizzy layer that burns off leaving behind a thick, sticky and chewy feel. Interesting to say the least and works with the flavor profile. Definitely feel the booze burn back there. Finishes pretty dry.

Overall - Certainly a pretty good tasting quad, the nose to me leaves much to be desired, but still a pretty good bargain given the ABV and overall quality. A mildly fizzier near Van De Kaizer Blauw is still a damn good beer.

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Photo of quadmad
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$8.40 lcbo for a 750 ml. Served at cellar temp into my Chimay chalice. Solid two finger tan coloured head. No alcohol burn for a 11.0% beer. Very smooth drinkig. Great value for a solid Quad.

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Photo of shelby415
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dls156
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not quite up to Abt 12, but still a really good beer. Doesn't quite have the aroma, though still good, a bit of alcohol comes through, and not quite as smooth. Also has just a tad of metallic aftertaste. Still, much better than most beers and quite the punch. Also of note, serious head that almost carries more definition than the beer itself.

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Photo of Zet
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A quad that does everything right. Dark brown colour with a good fluffy head of foam. Full nose of chocolate, caramel and dark fruits. There is also some tobacco and leather in here. Taste has the same flavours, with also some oak and earth in the mix. Alcohol is present as well, but mixes wonderfully with the rest. Full-bodied and easy to sip. Lovely.

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Photo of Cramshawbar
3.76/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With one of the coolest labels on a bottle, I was quite looking forward to trying something in my favourite style when I picked this up. St. Bernardus is the leader and this won't replace it for me, but this is still a decent beer.
The worst part here is the metallic taste, which overwhelms the nose as well. But other than that, the sweetness is just tame enough not to be intrusive, the slight watery taste is just slight enough to still leave a body.
You can't go wrong with drinking this, just don't expect top tier.

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Photo of travelguy
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AAG
3.84/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GarrettB
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

April 7th, 2015 - Somber in label and in color, the Straffe Hendrik is a darker beer, though the shadowy light of my kitchen doesn't offer much in the way of clinical analysis. But the smell is colorful where the brew is not, exhibiting a bouquet of fruits. I smell fuji apples, some re and slightly squished concord grapes, pear, and an overall impression of freshness. The carbonation supports these flavors well, fluffy and filling. And here the fruit flavors darken a bit, showing more fig than the aroma allowed, but much less sweetness. In fact, the aftertaste gets just a bit dry and toasty, which I rather relish.

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Photo of constantine_272
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with a reddish tinge but still with clarity. Poured a nice inch of foam that slowly settled to a thin foam layer. Left sticky foam dots on the tulip glass.

Nose I sweet and earthy with prune fruitiness. Rich and leathery with dark compost.

Dense sweet dark amber candy.up front and prickly tart raisin sweetness that gives way to a mellow earthy funk. Notes of red pear, supple leather, toasted oak, sandy soil. Burnt but not smoky sugars.

Thick sugary body that finishes medium dry. Mildly tart finish cuts through some of the sugars. But the residual sugar builds up.

Delicious quad. There is a lot going on here. I like the finish; it leaves you wanting more even with such a big sweet boozy beer.

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Photo of tigg924
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap. Pours opaque,dark brown in color with 1/2 inch lumpy head. taste is dark bread, cherry, currants, and brown sugar. Medium heavy bodied, sweet, with moderate carbonation. Taste is amazing. One of the fruitiest and most complex quads I have had. May be my new favorite in the style.

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Photo of Ichoosefiction
3.36/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ChrisMartinez
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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