Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel | Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

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Straffe Hendrik QuadrupelStraffe Hendrik Quadrupel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
Belgium
halvemaan.be

Style: Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,158
Reviews:
232
Ratings:
830
pDev:
8.89%
 
 
Wants:
71
Gots:
246
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1
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Ratings: 830 |  Reviews: 232
Photo of altstadt
3.16/5  rDev -24%
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.

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Photo of thefrog114
4.94/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Jackstraw58
4.9/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is my absolute favorite Quad. Found by accident or maybe serrendipity. This is an incredible beer with an equal incredible history.

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Photo of Curt3
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beginner2
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm finishing a 4-pack and... this is a very 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 deepening it.
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 ?

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 !

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Photo of heerboth
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of mcthfg
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of davidperez
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of Hanhwaeaglesv2
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hh4444
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BGDrock
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of browner
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of Rukeli76
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sjrider
4.12/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of argock
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of jbclib7285
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of CMA
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of robotic_being
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of jdurey
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nichols33
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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