Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel | Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

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Straffe Hendrik QuadrupelStraffe Hendrik Quadrupel
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Brewed by:
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
Belgium
halvemaan.be

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BucBasil on 11-05-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
199
Ratings:
746
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
9.54%
 
 
Wants:
65
Gots:
215
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Reviews: 199 | Ratings: 746
Photo of darkpreferred
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a 12.2 oz. bottle, poured very dark with a good foamy tan head. Looked very nice in my 16 oz beer glass.
Good aroma: Bready, malty aromas and dark fruity/punch and sweet aromas greet the nose.
Body: medium body, good mouth feel. Moderate carbonation.
Taste: Dark malt flavors deliver sweetness. Dark fruit is noticeable on the pallet. 11% alcohol in this tasty Belgian beer and it makes itself known as it leaves you with a dry and a little bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
3.74/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

The beer is a dark brown and a a thick tan foamy head. This beer had more of a floral, perfume like smell to it followed by hints of alcohol and the malts along with some dark fruits. Also a little bit of spices in there. The beer taste is complex and I feel like it changes with every sip. I get bitterness of dark chocolate, plum, pepper like spices. It is sweet, bitter, tart. I really can't figure it out. The beer is smooth and foamy. Nice full bodies beer.

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Photo of Everydayoff
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle poured into a snifter.

Dark chestnut brown color, the pour quickly builds up majestic silky light tan head that doesn’t go anywhere until the last sip. It just slowly and slightly dissipates and leaves lots of sticky lacing along the way.

The aroma is led by dark fruit in kind of dark cherry, raisin, prune, and plum. Then it is followed by spiciness of coriander and pepper, also phenol, slightly roasted, anise, caramel, molasses, candy sugar, banana bread, and hint of chocolate.

Complex in the palate sensation with bold dark fruit character (dark cherry, raisin, prune, and plum) and anise, coriander yet peppery spiciness, sourness and tartness of fruity profile disclose slightly thereafter and coat the taste buds for a while until all those sweetness portions of caramel, molasses, candy sugar, sweet dough, and banana bread came in to balance. There is also a hint of chocolate and coffee as well as slight warming alcohol in the undertone. Some hop bitterness discloses at the end together with residual sweetness, spiciness, and fruitiness.

Full body with some bold touch through the palate but it is not that sticky or cloying with low to medium carbonation that is proper to carry all the things well under smooth palate, finish is pleasantly dry.

This one is great example of Belgian Quad. 11% ABV is very well hidden making it so tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had before, but latest tasting was with a bottle aged just over a year. Much improved. Not quite in the top tier, but a very solid quad. More residual sweetness than most, but a good balance of dried fruits, sticky sweet dark malts, and bready notes.

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Photo of tlema1
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: rich mahogany color, thick tan lacing head
S: cherries, plums and other fruits
T: bitter chocolate, dark fruits
F: a little booze, tingly mouthfeel
O: great quad, best I've had in a while

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Photo of Buck89
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Teku. Cola-brown and hazy. A large, fluffy light tan head. A nice nose with raisins, toffee, caramel, and cherries. The taste diverged a bit, with more earthy, leathery flavors and some tobacco. Less fruit. Some sugary malt and a bit of cocoa. A slightly tart finish. It also finished dry and was medium-bodied. Overall nice but not on par with St. B and others.

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Photo of The_Bujon
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An excellent beer, very easy drinking for such a potent brew and certainly up there among my favourites. Not heavy, tart or too creamy, just a real pleasure to quaff. Similar to most decent Christmas beers from Belgium in both strength and finish. Available all year round, and worth making a beeline for if you see it.....coming through!

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Photo of bnes09
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark brown, mostly opaque. Nice head retention. Clean, mild dark fruit aroma. Nice raisin flavor. Not too sweet. Sturdy, medium body. High carbonation. Not too sticky. Alcohol is well hidden. Good stuff.

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Photo of erk0607
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Super tan, energetic and bubbly head with rounded bubbles that linger, rich mahogany brown body.
Smell: Chocolate and raisn and stonefruits and pear and Belgian sugar
Taste: Syrup and sugar, roasty, spices, dark fruits like raisin and plum, semi noticeable alcohol (bottle states 11%)
Feel: Bubbly, mild carbonation, turns to foam when it hits your palate, oily, high gravity
Overall: Pretty good. I was saving this for a celebration and it went good with Thanksgiving dinner. It got sweeter and fruitier as it warmed up. A good winter season beer for sure.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours brown with a moderate head that lasts awhile. Lacing as you drink it. The nose is plum and other fruits, with the mouth revels in the darkish malt and prunes, among other fruits.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer poured ruby brown with an enormous fluffy tan head which took seemingly forever to break. When it did break, it left lovely lacing behind. The aroma of the beer was dark fruits, plum, cherry, raisin and prunes, along with what I can only describe as the sweetness of a Belgian quad. The aroma translates well into the flavors of the beer. The dark fruits are strong, a sweetness of treacle is present, and there is a slight booziness as well. The feel is smooth with a medium amount of carbonation, the flavors last a long time, and the finish ends dry. Overall, one of the nicer quads I have had. It reminds me a little of Achel Extra or Kasteel Donker and lands somewhere in the middle. I look forward to enjoying this beer again.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours - Deep plum mahogany color with nice tan head and great lacing.

Smell - Heaven, plum, fig, dates, cherries, chocolate nice sweet smell, just a hint of a wineish smell.

Taste - More of the same as the smell, lots of dark fruit, chocolate, molasses.

Feel - medium to heavy, nice carbonation very smooth and warming. No sign of the 11% abv

Overall - One of the best quds I have had, great flavor and feel.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel pours a clear mahogany color. The head is a billowy two inches in height, and recedes very slowly leaving think, chunky lacing. This is a really good looking beer. The aroma is quite estery with some nice dark spices. Star anise, all spice and cardamom. There are also some plums and dates in the background. It is all a little subdued for the style though. The taste has a little more punch, but is still on the milder side stylistically. It is more balanced between the fruits and the spices which I think is a very good thing. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a chewy texture, and appropriately lively carbonation. Overall, this is a quality Belgian quad that I would happily drink again. I wouldn't call it earth shattering, but it is doing the trick for me as I type this review.

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Photo of GentleKnight1
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at Lekkerbier for 2.20 euros. Pours dark brown in glass with large head, leaving lacing. Taste is malty, with hints of coffee and Chocolate. Nice carbonation. Quite drinkable. Will likely try this again.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This fine quad pours from the 750 ml bottle in a snifter with a dark ruby tinged mahogany color with a nice head
of off white foam that settles to a thick ring, solid fine layer, and light lacing. Nose of brown sugars, light breaded notes,
cherries, light herbal notes, toffee, and plums. Flavors exceed the nose with brown sugar touched baked bread notes
with subtle light licorice and dark fruit notes of plum and cherries on the back. A subtle floral hop note hits on the
finish with a touch of pepper that sears into a nice warming booze. Substantial and full mouth feel, sweet and lightly bitter on the aftertaste
from malt and light herbal notes of coriander.

Excellence from the home of great ale.

Cheers

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Photo of hman43
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: It pours dark brown with a light brown low head.

Smell: It has aromas of cherries, rich malt, raisins, alcohol, and low chocolate.

Taste: It has rich malt flavors and fruit. The flavors include cherries, alcohol, low vinous qualities, yeast, sugar and raisins.

Feel: It has a full body that is somewhat chewy. It has a sweet and moderately bitter finish.

Overall, this is a fantastic example of a Belgian dark strong ale with plenty of aroma and flavor that works well together.

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Photo of tuesunsommiel
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours really thick with a nice, protein-rich head. Extremely dark brown but allows a deep red/ruby color to pass through when held up to the light. Really great looking beer

S: Not that impressive. Expected a more robust, pleasant nose from this beer but got a pretty faint aroma.

T: Really tasty beer, lots of dried fruit, plum, heavy malt kick. Powerful alcohol kick when swishing around in the mouth, but not unpleasant. Really tasty.

F: pretty thick and oily, decent aftertaste.

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Photo of JordanlikesAles
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

One of the best. Well hidden ABV and a highly drinkable creamy texture with the sweet malts not overpowering anything else. Very balanced and enjoyable quad that's up there with the best in my opinion.

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Photo of Bgfunk
4.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A very good quad. I was surprised to find this. ABV% is well masked, pours almost a pitch black & has a great malty taste. Very little head and an easy drink!

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an almost clear, deep, rich brown with beautiful garnet/ruby highlights when held to the light, producing 1.5 fingers of tan, finely bubbled, rapidly dissipating head that leaves little lace. Aroma is Belgian yeast, dark bready malt, toffee, brown sugar, fig, prune & raisin, dried apples, roasted notes & only a hint of alcohol. Taste is rich dark bread, dark fruits of all kinds including dark dried cherries, dried apples, a thin grape hint, toffee & molasses, a little Belgian yeast mustiness, pepper, spice (especially cloves), faint banana with alcohol considerably heavier than in the nose but still remarkably subdued for an 11% ABV. Finishes with a nice wet/dry balance and a pungent hint. Aftertaste is burnt dark bread, dark fruit, a little bitterness with the pungent hint of the finish becoming more prominent & lingering long. Alcohol bitterness, spice & warmth becomes more prominent as the brew warms. Mouthfeel is heavy bodied with medium-high carbonation, peppery, creamy but chewy with some astringency in the aftertaste. Smells & tastes heavenly, full bodied & filling but highly drinkable especially for the ABV. Abundantly complex.

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Photo of russpowell
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours an mahogany tinged brown with 3+ fingers of mocha colored head. Pretty good lacing & average head retention

S: Taffy, figs, a little vanilla, a little fusel alcohol as this warms

T: follows the nose, nice raisin notes as well, dryness too up front, leafy hops as well. Leafy hops. figs & taffy as this warms. Finishes dry, figgy with leafy hops

MF: Medium body, slight carbonation, looking for more depth

A solid quad that is well worth a go. ABV is masterfully hidden

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.49/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - dark brown with a quite small head that lingers a bit

S - plum, date and other dark fruits

T - follow the smell, with a certain sweetness

F - A bit crisp for a quadrupel, but real delight

O - A great quadrupel from Brugges!

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Photo of mmmbeer89
3.37/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is way to sweet of a beer for me. I paid 4.99 for a 12oz bottle and have no regrets but i would not pay anywhere near that to have it again. the ABV% is the best part (11%)

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Got this bottle from @Beergium a few days ago and today it's #friday so why not open it?

Best before May 2019 so it should be drinkable... ;)

The beer pours hazy, dark brown, nutty colour. Beige, fluffy, creamy, beige head.

Nose: Nuts, toffee, roasted caramel malt, molasses, raisin and candied sugar.
Taste: Oh! This is good! Again candied sugar, molasses, nuts, oak, spices, black pepper, brown sugar, raisin, dried fruit, almond, coffee and honey. The taste gives so much more than the nose! I'm impressed!
Mouthfeel: Creamy, soft, sweet and bitter. A bit alcohol warmth. Medium body. High carbonation.

A bottle of LOVE!

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Photo of RobinLinde
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Dark copper colored body with a two finger tanned head with excellent retention.

Smell: Quite a mild and fresh smell of flowers, cheery and chocolate.

Taste: Roasted malts, figs, brown sugar and a touch of candy cane. Conceals the alcohol perfectly.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, very smooth feeling with light carbonation.

Overall: Sweet as most quads, beautiful of both bottle and ale. One of my favorites so far!

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4.09 out of 5 based on 746 ratings.
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