Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

Straffe Hendrik QuadrupelStraffe Hendrik Quadrupel
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From:
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
 
Belgium
Style:
Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #36
ABV:
11%
Score:
93
Ranked #3,995
Avg:
4.16 | pDev: 8.89%
Ratings:
903
Status:
Active
Rated:
Apr 06, 2022
Added:
Nov 05, 2010
Wants:
  78
Gots:
  255
SCORE
93
Outstanding
Straffe Hendrik QuadrupelStraffe Hendrik Quadrupel
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3.85 by Sammy from Canada (ON) on Apr 06, 2022
 
4.17 by MGibbons from Maryland on Mar 05, 2022
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by EmperorBevis from England

Bottled and presumably bottle conditioned and purchased presumably from Café Beermoth presumably
Aroma is molasses and balsamic vinegar
Flavour is prune juice & icing sugar

Feb 23, 2022
 
3.75 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Feb 18, 2022
 
4.54 by Sphagnicola from Belgium on Dec 28, 2021
 
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4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by BloodSoakedAleMug from New York

Look: Pours a light shade of redish brown, almost coca-cola color with a one and a half finger off white head of foam that doesn't lace the glass, but hangs around for a good five minutes before finally settling down.

Aroma: Chocolate covered strawberries, praline cookies, candied apples, tamarind and brown sugar. Savory, salted caramel like undertones in the background. Really inviting aroma.

Taste: Follows the nose with soft notes of plums and dates, red cherries and milk chocolate. A pleasant, clean alcoholic warming sensation follows suit. Soft caramel and brown sugar. Highlighted by yeasty notes of white pepper, banana and clove.

Feel: Silky and smooth. Low carbonation but not flat or tepid. Body is heavy with low-mid carbonation. Alcohol profile is apparent.

Overall: Impressive quad, honestly this is perfect for the winter; it's hearty and filling with rich, complex flavors of chocolate malt and confectionary fruit with a silky mouthfeel that never becomes cloying due to the balance from the spicy elements of the yeast.

Nov 26, 2021
 
4.18 by o29 from Texas on Nov 20, 2021
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4.88/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by hermosbird from Arizona

How come this one not hitting top 10?
Dark fruit. malt and spice. What a nice quad!
Never tried W12 personally, ABT 12 and rochefort 10 are better.
So for me this one should just rank #4 under Quad category.

Oct 05, 2021
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3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by imnodoctorbut from Texas

bottle purchased early August; has a date with a smudged year (15-06-20_3), but based on other reviews, I'd assume this was a "best by date" of June 15, 2023 - though there is no "BB" or other such contextual marking.
poured into a red-wine goblet.

pours a murky cola brown body with a thick, tan colored soda foam head that has moderate retention, and leaves occasional lacing behind, though it all gradually dissipates and/or slinks back down the sides of the glass; the cap is left as a murky center with defined medium sized halo.

aroma is sweet, clean, floral, and slightly earthy. maybe sub "clean" with "herbal" on second glance. clove and brown sugar with a yeasty punch; malt is thick and bready, spiced and cake-like.

first flavor upon the taste is black licorice. didn't see that coming with the aroma, yet it makes sense as a total of the aroma notes. sweet, but "rooty" (sans tootie) and herbal. clove oil jumps in somewhere like Kato and jumps out again, settling in the background menacingly (playfully?); cola rock candy wiggles around somewhere before the black licorice grabs the focus once again. nearly tastes "medicinal" to me, but could be my disposition concerning black licorice manifesting.

mouthfeel is very high carbonation and medium-thick body; it's smooth, fluffy, and has a dry finish that leaves a black licorice flavored bubblegum aftertaste plastered around the the cheeks and tongue.

overall:
feels very "old world" - though this could be my own association of black licorice being antiquity's notion of a proper treat. it's never been one of my favorite flavors, and that perhaps holds back my scoring here a bit. aside from the reliance on this flavor, I can state that it is excellently made, with a broad yet complete feeling scope. it deserves a mention in the official canon of what the style can and should look like, but because of the particular flavor leaning, I'll keep it from my top 5. would and should totally make a great flight addition showcasing the style or Belgian brews in general.

Sep 10, 2021
 
4.25 by Samnem from Georgia on Aug 22, 2021
 
4.15 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts on Aug 09, 2021
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4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by jkblr from Indiana

11.2oz bottle bb 20-01-2024 poured into a snifter at just above fridge temp 11% ABV. The beer pours mostly bright medium brown in color with massive, persistent very light brown head. I poured gently and still have half a glass of head after 10 minutes. Eventually, there is an uneven ring with a mountain of head on one side of the glass. Thick, clingy lacing.
The aroma is malty and yeasty with hints of bread and clove. The taste is semisweet malt with brown and candi sugar notes before mild clove and noticeable earthy bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with above average carbonation and a mostly dry finish. No sign of the ABV in the taste or aroma. Overall, very good to excellent. This quad rides the line of sweet & dry beautifully and is very drinkable.

Aug 02, 2021
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4.81/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by HopsOps

To my taste, this is the richest and most satisfying Belgian Quadrupel out there. With its rich color and aroma and frothy head, it's a cut above some others with higher published ratings. My only complaint about it is, that one bottle at around 11.5 oz is not quite enough, while 2 bottles is a bit too much. Of course I wish the price were lower, but it's well within the expected range for this class of Belgian Quads. Although not related to beer quality, I wish to add that it also has one of the most elegantly restrained and refined label designs among beers. Note also the graphic on the cap. Just little details that add to the overall experience.

Jun 25, 2021
 
4 by aztraz from Sweden on Jun 14, 2021
 
4.83 by beerrat from Virginia on May 28, 2021
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4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

11.2 oz bottle. Label has best before end '20-01-2024'.
Amber brown colored body. Billowing light tan head (took four pours to fit bottle contents into glass). Leaves behind remnants of the high volume foam.
Aroma of caramel and multiple dried fruit - prune, dates, raisin, and a little apricot.
Taste of black licorice, honey caramel, and the dark fruits - dates, prunes, raisin, and apricot. Introduces a nutty component.
Thicker mouth feel, with a very smooth texture. Good carbonation.
The high ABV% dries out each sip, but the flavors are full and the feel is inviting. Definitely has some sweetness that allows repeated quick sips.

Apr 26, 2021
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4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Hat_Fulla_Beer from Canada (AB)

750ml bottle poured into tulip.

Looks lovely. Pours a deep chestnut brown with three fingers of suede head that leaves some splashing sea foam lace as it recedes.

Smells of rich nutty cake, raisin tarts, stewed fig and plum, a stiff rum and coke, singed orange rind and banana chips, chocolate covered cherries and mixed dessert spices.

First sip had a huge wave of black licorice that seemed to calm down pleasantly as I kept sipping. Tastes of hazelnut cake, more stewed dark fruit, toasted orange rind, banana bread, chocolate raisins and cherries, and a bit of dusty ash.

Feels big and lively. Full bodied with frothy carbonation. Finishes sweet and a bit chewy.

Verdict: Vigorously recommended. Huge and delicious, perfect for a long movie.

Apr 24, 2021
 
3.82 by RoLad001 from Ireland on Mar 24, 2021
 
3.71 by ZombiePlus from California on Mar 19, 2021
 
4.34 by RMW66 from Australia on Mar 03, 2021
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4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by LeBron_James from Canada (ON)

Pretty impressive quadrupel I'm lucky to be able to buy as many of these as I want in my city.
Look is brown with a reddish tint and there are some resins on the bottom. Looks good and produced nice tinted head on my pour that left more lacing than I expected.
Smells like a very nice bready malt character with some fruitiness.
This beer tastes very pleasant and again I really enjoy the malt character here. There are nice dark fruit notes in the background of the upfront malt and a lot of yeast flavour going on here as well. Very pleasant, might be my favourite quadrupel.
Mouthfeel was quite nice but extremely low carbonation. Kind of a light-medium mouthfeel and the alcohol is not hidden at all. Nice mouthfeel among quadrupels but not my favourite.

Overall this is a great beer if you like the belgian style quadrupel. Super interesting, nice complexity, and it pairs well with food. Wasn't the most drinkable beer in my experience but I did also have a 650 ml bottle of The Abyss immediately before it so I'm sure that did something. Very nice beer that I think deserves the outstanding designation. Borderline world class.

Feb 22, 2021
 
3.19 by stephenlee93 from England on Feb 19, 2021
 
4.35 by j37geogaddi from Massachusetts on Jan 04, 2021
 
3.77 by DvdP from Netherlands on Dec 08, 2020
 
4.4 by Jaasoares from Virginia on Nov 20, 2020
 
4 by Corburk from Pennsylvania on Oct 29, 2020
 
4.11 by BigCohiba from Pennsylvania on Oct 29, 2020
 
3.83 by Vyacheslav from Canada (ON) on Aug 29, 2020
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4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Captain68 from Russian Federation

92,5

Aug 21, 2020
 
4.08 by Maillard from Ohio on Aug 08, 2020
 
3.5 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Jul 20, 2020
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4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by JonnoWillsteed from England

L- Pours a bright and elegant deep chestnut. Poured clear, and I see some sediment remains in the bottle. 3mm off-white head. (holding well, still 3mm!, 20mins later)
S- There's a rich note, reminds me of the smell of a piece of moist fruit cake, or a bowl in which marzipan is being made. I get no sense of it's 11% ABV which is skilled brewing.
T- Deep and pretty pungent. I can clearly see the 'marzipan note'^ here. Clearly it's not marzipan but that's what it reminds me of. Is it from barrel-ageing and derives from the wood? All in it's a very elegant taste.
F- Deep and quite pungent, it has the right balance of richness alongside. To me this is well into winter-warmer territory. A slow-sipping beer, not one to rush at all.
O- I'm unsure what the almond/timber?? note I sense is. Others with fresher palates will ID it. It's a lovely beer, just goes down a treat. Fabulous, I will be buying this again.
The photo above shows a claret coloured lable. Mine is matt black with a silver frame to it, otherwise the detail appears the same. Bought from BelgiumInABox antwerp/BE for home delivery to me in London/UK. 330ml bottle Euro2.90 BB: 03/03/2023.

Jul 15, 2020
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4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by misteil from Ireland

look: two finger off white head with fantastic retention, like the top of a cappuccino, beer is a dark mahogany to ruby in colour, with waves of rushing carbonation rising within the beer.

smell: lots of rich malt flavour there, they're heavy and smokey, lots of belgian spice aroma, lots of lemon zest and cardamon, orange peel, apricot, banana, nutmeg perhaps, cherry, smells inviting for sure.

taste: lovely beer, big dense heavy malt flavour there at first, smokey and almost meaty, then a big wave of sweetness comes through, quite a sweet beer, the aforementioned fruit flavours shine, namely lemon and cherry, but also a lot of dark chocolate flavours come through too, alcohol is definitely present, finish is quite bitter, big smack of hop bitterness, much more than i anticipated, finish is a balance between the sweet, the smokey, and the bitter flavours, a very nice beer indeed.

feel: medium bodied, highly carbonated, carbonation pushes the beer around the mouth, slightly creamy, a well balanced beer, lots of warmth from the alcohol, a definite sipper.

overall: a perfectly good example of my favourite style of beer, a great end of night beer, indeed just a great beer.

Jul 09, 2020
 
4.62 by hopley from Massachusetts on Jun 23, 2020
 
4.25 by kjkinsey from Texas on Jun 02, 2020
 
4.25 by GoHabsGo from Canada (ON) on May 29, 2020
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4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Bernypac from Canada (QC)

Delicious, I love the spice and sweetness that is very present along with the alcohol content but not overwhelming.
Ideal for a chilly rainy autumn evening next to the fireplace.

May 25, 2020
 
4.3 by JakerLou from New Hampshire on May 11, 2020
 
4.05 by Gooljd from England on May 04, 2020
Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel from Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 903 ratings