Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

Straffe Hendrik QuadrupelStraffe Hendrik Quadrupel
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Style:
Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #21
ABV:
11%
Score:
92
Ranked #2,172
Avg:
4.17 | pDev: 8.87%
Reviews:
240
Ratings:
867
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Photo of Bernypac
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.

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Photo of sjdevel
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

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sjdevel from Colorado, Mar 09, 2020
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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.

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GuyFawkes from Illinois, Oct 13, 2019
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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.

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FLima from Brazil, Oct 09, 2019
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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.

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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.

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DanO1066 from Maryland, Jul 14, 2019
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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.

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RayCannata from Louisiana, Jul 14, 2019
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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.

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DanfromVan from British Columbia (Canada), Jun 01, 2019
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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.

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altstadt from British Columbia (Canada), Apr 20, 2019
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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 !

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Beginner2 from Illinois, Feb 12, 2019
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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.

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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.

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BGDrock from Ontario (Canada), Dec 26, 2018
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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.

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browner from Wisconsin, Dec 06, 2018
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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.

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sjrider from California, Nov 13, 2018
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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.

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argock from Virginia, Sep 23, 2018
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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.

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SHODriver from North Carolina, Sep 08, 2018
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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.

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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.

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flyingpig from United Kingdom (Scotland), Jun 14, 2018
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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.

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thehyperduck from Ontario (Canada), May 11, 2018
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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.

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taxandbeerguy from Ontario (Canada), Apr 15, 2018
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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.

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quadmad from Ontario (Canada), Apr 13, 2018
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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.

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dls156 from Florida, Mar 24, 2018
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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.

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Zet from Netherlands, Mar 23, 2018
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3.76/5  rDev -9.8%
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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Cramshawbar from Ontario (Canada), Mar 15, 2018
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3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
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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GarrettB from Colorado, Feb 26, 2018
Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel from Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 867 ratings