Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

Straffe Hendrik QuadrupelStraffe Hendrik Quadrupel
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4.17 | pDev: 8.87%
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
Straffe Hendrik QuadrupelStraffe Hendrik Quadrupel
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JonnoWillsteed from England

4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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misteil from Ireland

4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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Bernypac from Canada

4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
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sjdevel from Colorado

4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Super dark with a reddish hue - nice foamy head and large bubbles throughout - nice rich flavor and Belgian yeast - nice mouthfeel / upper range of a medium body - stays active and interesting - overall a great beer and will pick up again - a great sample of the style

Mar 09, 2020
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From old, undated notes. Poured from the bottle.

Deep dark purple color.

Huge khaki head; frothy lace.

Dark plums & cherries in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Dark fruit and metal in the flavor. Gone bad perhaps?

Would be delicious without the metal flavor.

Oct 13, 2019
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FLima from Brazil

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

Dark brown color with a huge thick dark beige mushroom head with eternal retention a leaving a wall of laces.
Aroma with notes of yeast, toasted malts, anis, raisin, pepper and toffee.
Flavor with notes of caramels, coffee, lots of yeast, anis, spices, brown sugar, cola, cinnamon, cocoa, dark fruits and pepper. Dry aftertaste with a mild bitterness.
Full body with effervescent carbonation. Alcohol of 11% is superbly well disguised.
Peppery, yeasty and toasted Quad with hints of dark fruits and spices.

Oct 09, 2019
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Georgiabeer from Georgia

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Soft, foamy, and relatively mild for the style. Drinks well below its abv, with notes of stewed fruit, baking spices, and a dusting of cocoa. Very smooth, almost creamy mouthfeel. Nice on its own or alongside food. Quite good, if not my favorite quad.

Aug 04, 2019
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DanO1066 from Maryland

4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle (best by 6-05-2020) poured into a Straffe Hendrik gobblet at Wet City here in Baltimore. Lovely slightly cloudy reddish-brown body topped by a substantial off white head that eventually dissolved into a partial cap with significant lacing present after every sip. Malty sweet aroma & taste. Medium body, NOT over carbonated. The big surprise is that the 11% ABV provides structure without making its presence known - I'm a little concerned about crossing the street(s) to get back home.

Jul 14, 2019
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RayCannata from Louisiana

3.84/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not as sweet or malty as some of the reviews here had me believe. The cautions about the burnt/over roasted character, especially in the finish, were definitely my experience as well. The head was thick, foamy and lingering. I appreciated the dark red-brown color. And the 11% alcohol.

Jul 14, 2019
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DanfromVan from Canada

3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

In A Tempelier tulip.
Nice smell, bouncy carbonation, but the underlying burnt bitterness just slightly takes off the top end for me. Colour and head all good, just not smooth enough for my tastes.
Alcohol is a big bang boom at 11%, don't drink and drive or walk and speak. I suggest laying down on the floor and practicing some swimming lessons, Hopefully, friends will film you so you remember it.

Jun 01, 2019
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altstadt from Canada

3.16/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Look: Deep red-brown color; clear with continual bubbles rising. Thick head with medium sized bubbles that subsided after a minute but continually refreshed a thin layer from below.
Smell: Mild dried fruit smells until swirled. Then dates, figs, raisins, and dark sugars popped up. Slight malt on the verge of being over-roasted. Light yeast.
Taste: Sweet, with a strong taste of malt that has been slightly over-roasted; malt isn't as burnt as some other Belgian quads, but more than I prefer. The dates and figs pop up in the last half and through the aftertaste. Finish is not as sweet. Somewhat boozy at the very end.
Feel: Thick chewy foam that lasts a long time. The bubbles coalesce into larger bubbles that hang around a long time. Somewhat warming.
Overall: Quads cover a wide range of flavors; some of them at an end of one spectrum have an acrid burnt malt, with a strong iodine or bromine flavor that I dislike. This is heading towards the burnt malt, and is just past the over-roasted boundary which detracts from the flavor profile. Well worth trying; should try again in a few years after my tastes have changed.

Apr 20, 2019
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Beginner2 from Illinois

4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I've finished a 4-pack and... this is a qualifiedly complex quad.
So much so, that I will un-pack it as simply as possible.
Looks the part (darkish with red tinges and sufficient suds.) Smells are all dark fruit and sugar and the yeast deepens this.
Tastes are the same, but balanced. Mouthfeel is luscious, soft and enough carbonation to clear the palate.
The complexity comes at the end when this sweet beverage finishes semi-dry. How do they do that ?
Recommended with a medley of chocolates to share.

2/2/2020 The above review was revised upon drinking another during its final month of the Consume By... I will not hold this quad that long again. An off-flavor was emerging. It is better in its mid-life.

While having six of their beers and having been to Brugges twice, I have yet to make it to De Halve Maan. But my second wife loved the town and I did, too. And since we are still together, we have resolved to visit again and stop at De Halve... particularly after reviewing their website. They are one of the great family brewers of Belgium. And I can't wait !

Feb 12, 2019
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davidperez from Mexico

3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Chimay chalice, it pours a deep dark brown, almost black, opaque, with a beautiful foamy two-finger head with excellent retention. With a keen eye, you can notice how the lively carbonation keeps reaching the surface and it creates an epicenter of tiny, beautiful bubbles. A thin layer of foam remains strong on top the beer. Beautiful lacing.

The bouquet is not very revealing. Sort of a generic and faint sweet note, with vague hints of dark fruits and spices. Underwhelming.

The flavor is an onslaught of an almost undifferentiated sweetness, which remains unaltered until the aftertaste, where some bitterness enters the frame but still the sweetness prevails. Molasses, vanilla, dark fruits, caramel, booze as in a fruit liqueur might be discerned out of that overly intense sweetness.
Very smooth beer, mid to full body, with a lively carbonation that definitely enhances the experience.

Definitely a very good beer, but it lacks the sophistication of the big names within this style.

Jan 02, 2019
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BGDrock from Canada

4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark brown, with glimmers of ruby, and clear like one too; capped by a full, sandy head leaving trails of lace, several minutes retention.
Rum soaked raisins, warming heat of alcohol, panettone.
Like a super boozy fruitcake - in a good way. Sweet and rich dried fruit - date, raisins - as well as blackberry liqueur, cand burnt caramel. Pleasant alcohol heat in the dry finish, paired with fine carbonation it leaves the palate sizzling and craving another sip. Medium body.

Great example of the style, checking all the boxes - which is also what prevents it from being fantastic. Across the board it's a pleasure to drink and you should grab it when you get a chance, it just doesn't have the depth of flavour, and is a touch too sweet, to make it exemplary.

Dec 26, 2018
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browner from Wisconsin

4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep brown light brown thick head.
Smell of licorice, malts and rich fruit.
The taste is rich and balanced with the deep caramel malt notes.
More viscous with a tacky or paste- like finish. More small carbonation on the front end which dissipates on the tongue
A very good beer that would pair well with a soft cheese like Époisses de Bourgogne. This is fun Brewery in Brugge to Tour and a short walk to the de Garre pub.

Dec 06, 2018
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sjrider from California

4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap , pours a dark root beer brown color with a mocha colored head. Nose is mild stone fruit ,hints of malt and yeast. Taste follows with a mild sweetness. This is a very mild quad and quite easy to drink ,the abv is well hidden.

Nov 13, 2018
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argock from Virginia

4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 Straffe Hendrik Bruges Quadrupel Anno 1856
Murky brown with short lived beige head and no lacing in a Chimay chalice.
Aroma heavy with fig, date, and raisin. Surprisingly not much yeast character.
Flavor is delicious with date, plum, rum raisin and light chocolate notes. Jammy berry flavors though the mid-palate and finish. Finish is also very malty with a bit of mineral. Alcohol is well hidden. Low bitterness.
Feel is stellar with medium body with low-medium carbonation. Super smooth and drinkable.
A very good quad although not very distinctive. Enjoyed it all the same.

Sep 23, 2018
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep brown topped by a dense finger of light tan head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing.
S: Smells of dark fruits and mulling spices with some toffee notes.
T: Taste is dark fruits and caramel with some mulling spices and toffee. Nice notes of dark fruits throughout with some slight candi sugar. Swallow is more dark fruits and mulling spices with some nice toffee notes. Almost a slight taste of cinnamon at the very end of the finish.
M: This beer has a moderate amount of body with carbonation that is effervescent and just barely prickly. The beer has a slightly drying finish which is expected for the style.
O: Overall this is a well made beer with some great flavors and complexity. It tastes like one would expect from a quad and doesn't have any faults. It's definitely worth a try if you're a fan of the style.

Sep 08, 2018
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Libeertarian from Montana

4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Jun 18, 2018
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flyingpig from Scotland

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Jun 14, 2018
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thehyperduck from Canada

4.13/5  rDev -1%
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.

May 11, 2018
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taxandbeerguy from Canada

3.92/5  rDev -6%
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.

Apr 15, 2018
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quadmad from Canada

4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
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 drinking. Great value for a solid Quad.
Mar. 2020, sampled another bottle from that same batch from Oct 2017; (2.5 yrs old).
Even smoother now; nice creamy head. It has a great taste on the back of the tongue.
Pairs with dak chocolate.

Apr 13, 2018
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dls156 from Florida

3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Mar 24, 2018
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Zet from Netherlands

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Mar 23, 2018
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