Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel | Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
Belgium
halvemaan.be

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BucBasil on 11-05-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
188
Ratings:
716
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
18.58%
 
 
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198
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Photo of Douberd
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown bottle of 330 ml. ABV is 11%. Refermented in the bottle. Poured in a tulip glass.

Colour i very dark brown. Huge head of somrthing more than 3 fingers, with creamy texture, beige in colour and excellent retention.Quite a lace left behind.
Light caramel on the aroma, some roasted malts, fruits and alcohol.
Great taste, roasted malts and coffee, with a long slighty bitter finish. Alcohol so very well hidden.
A full body and average carbonation.
Overall a great quad.

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Photo of DaveBlack
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Rich mahogany color, maybe a 1/2 finger of white head that has almost no retention.

S: There isn't much of a smell on this beer at all, but what there is is good. Smells sweet and malty with dark fruit, chocolate and a slight touch of yeast.

T: Wow. Big flavor considering the faintness of the aroma. Starts very light and floral, with a taste akin to rose, then a hefty hit of the alcoholic phenols give way into deep, rich malty, chocolaty flavors. There's a lot going on in the flavor of this beer and all of it good.

M: Fairly heavy body with a lot of carbonation. A little bit slick at first, but leaves the mouth feeling a little bit sticky.

O: Not the best quad that I've had, but it is quite drinkable. The faintness of the alcohol makes this a potentially dangerous beer. I wish there was more on the aroma, but the flavor more than makes up for it.

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

This beer is really beautiful, of a dark brown color a big and persistent yellowish foam.
Smell and taste are mild, sweet, malty and a bit yeasty.. delicious. The highligths go to the vanilla notes.
Feel is also indredible. Body, carbonation and bitterness at high level and well balanced.
Maybe I'll give this beer the prize of beer of the year =)
And I had it in Belgium!

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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 Mike_Aguirre
4.59/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very good belgian quad, I tasted it with Rochefort 10 and St Bernardus 12, it´s defenitely below those two beers but it´s a great example of the style. Rich, aromatic, spicy, strong, fruity, spectacular.

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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 breakingbland
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle (marked 02-04-2016).

The beer pours an opaque brown with ruby highlights. The persistent two-finger head was a mix of fine and medium-coarse bubbles.

The aroma was of candy and some breadiness. The taste was sweet and roasty with complex overtones. The hops presence is fairly minor, and there are hints ot tobacco and candy. Even though it's a quad, there was no alcohol burn or heat. The aftertaste is a pleasant mix of sweetness balanced with mild bitterness and sourness. The mouthfeel is great -- a nice bite from the combination of the hops and carbonation.

Overall, this is one of my favorites in this style. Everything comes together: the complex flavor profile, the mouthfeel, and the aftertaste. I hope to run into this one again!

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Photo of chogm54
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle, poured into tulip glass.

A - pours dark brown, almost black, with a slight velvet tinge. There is a thick, foamy, pale brown head that sits around for a while.

S - malt smells dominate, with a faint yeasty whiff and hint of dark fruits. Overall not too strong in the smells department

T - roasted malts, black cherry, raisins and port to begin with. The warming sensation of the alcohol is felt halfway through. The sweetness (burnt caramel and brown sugar) is more prominant at the end, wrapped up with a hoppy bitterness and alcohol.

M - Medium bodied, feels quite carbonated for this style. Feels dry at first, with a slick texture popping up with the sweetness at the end. The alcohol is felt, but not as strong as I would have thought, considering the ABV.

O - great for sipping, I think the higher carbonation and good balance between sweet and malt flavours gives this beer an edge over other quads I've tried. Plus it looks great in the glass. As with other quads, hide the car keys before you open the bottle.

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Photo of BeerNemesis
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel | 750 ml. | 11.0% ABV | 2010 vintage

Brewer: Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / De Halve Maan
Style: Quadrupel (Quad)
Glass: Ommegang chalice

Apparently Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik was founded in 1564 and has been run by the same family since 1856. It is the oldest continuously operating brewery in Bruges.

Appearance:
Rich, coffee-brown body with a nice ring of sandy foam.

Aroma:
Chocolate, coffee, dark fruits. The usual.

Taste:
Toasted dark malts, dabs of coffee, and sprinklings of cocoa powder. It's heavy and somber, but very tasty. I get plums and raisins as it warms.

Mouthfeel:
Too much carbonation, but otherwise a silky-smooth, thick brew.

Harmony:
I like how Staffe Hendrik Quadrupel is less focused on the plums, cherries, raisins, and other dark fruit and more about bringing out roasted, toasted malts. While I like sweet and fruity quads, this was a welcome diversion from the norm.

Would I get it again?:
Yes. The fantastic bottle art on the the 750 ml. bottle (matte black label, moon with a face) is a plus.

Bottled: 2010
Served: July 7, 2011

Price = $10.99 at Whole Foods NYC

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Photo of AmericanGothic
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a Unibroue tulip.

A: Pours a dark, translucent copper brown with two fingers of billowy, pale tan head. Strong retention and lace.

S: Good yeasty malt aromas, a little chocolate and some dark fruits.

T: Pepper and cinnamon up front, transitioning to some dark fruits in the middle and ending with a little spice. Some chocolate notes and also some vinous flavors enter as the beer warms. The flavor is pretty dry overall, almost a stout quality. Towards the end of the glass, some subtle bubblegum joins in.

M: Medium-heavy mouthfeel with considerable creaminess that keeps it buoyant and a lot of smoothness as well.

O: A pretty good beer. Not my favorite example of the style, mostly held back by the dryness of the flavor. But, really not bad, definitely worth a try.

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Photo of 10Crumra
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a snifter glass.

Very dark brown with a slight amber hue in the light. Very little head and minimal lacing.

Plenty of dark fruit aromas. A strong smell of plums and raisins. Sweet smelling to go along with the fruitiness.

Fruity with some slight breadiness. Strong flavors of plum and maybe currants. Slight tartness.

Medium bodied but a bit light on the carbonation. Slightly chewy with a sticky, sweet lingering mouthfeel.

This beer is very different from what I was expecting. The strong fruitiness was surprising and made for a unique beer. The alcohol is detectable but not overpowering. I would drink it again on occasion but it is definitely not an everyday beer for me.

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Photo of IKR
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear dark brown color with a generous foamy beige head that fades fairly quickly.

Smell: Bready, fruity notes.

Taste: The fruity and bread-y notes in the nose are present in the taste with the fruity notes most prominent. It finishes with a combination of fruity sweetness, slight phenols, and some hop bitterness.

Mouth-feel: Body is on the lighter Medium side with a fair level of carbonation.

Overall: Good beer but a step below the top echelon. Priced fairly well.

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Photo of benfons
3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: dark red-brown colour, nice thick-off white head that keeps rising

S: red fruits, some alcohol

T: dark fruits, a bit murky, some alcohol, not that complex

M: full body, good carbonation, a bit alcoholic

O: really nice beer, but not one of the best I've drunk

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Photo of TechTriumph
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes on 03/24/12:
Best by: December 2013; Poured in a pint glass.

A - A normal pour produced so much head that I had to let some of it subside before emptying the rest of the bottle; There was several inches of carbonated, soda-like head with an off-white color; Head retention was excellent, but no lacing was left behind; Dark mahogany in color with a garnet hue

S - Smell is pretty weak overall, making it hard to pick out different aromas; Notes of dark fruits, cherries, acidic grapes, and just a subtle hint of alcohol

T - Decent taste of alcohol here, but it works pretty well with the other flavors present, including black pepper, buttered toast, vanilla, dark fruits, rum, tart/acidic grapes, and caramel; The finish, though long and dry, is not unpleasant with subtle tastes of alcohol, grapes, and dark fruit

M - Moderate carbonation that packs a bit of a sting; Just over medium bodied; Finish is warm, peppery, and dry

O - This quad was a very good interpretation of the style, and one that feels a bit light, but is certainly warming and satisfying. Although this beer doesn't quite reach the top tier of Trappist quads, it's still well above average for the style and one I hope to find and enjoy again soon.

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Photo of antott0523
3.59/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy cola color. Minor carbonation and sediment visible. Thin beige head that settled to nothing. No lacing.

Smell: Dried fruit including raisins. Mild notes of alcohol.

Taste: Port wine and raisins.

Mouthfeel: Nice and smooth mouthfeel. Round and velvety with comforting warmth from the alcohol.

Overall: I don't drink quads often, but I do like this beer. It is not complex, but has a nice dried fruit flavor. The alcohol is tame, and provides a comforting warmth throughout the drink.

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Photo of sokol_1993
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Taste: dark fruit all around. Cherry, plum taste.
Feel: Full body. a little bit weak aftertaste compared to the big boys, and some what sour taste at the end.
It's a good quad, an example of what a quad should be. However, it is not up there with the big boys (St. Bernardus, Rochefort...) yet.

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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 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 Infamous7100
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: ruby/orange/brown, with an off white head tan that doesn't go away. Beautiful.
S: all kinds of malts! Some grapes, apples, figs and other dark fruit...lovin it.T
T: Matches the nose closely. All kinds of malty sweetness bt somehow not overly so.
M: smooth, creamy, a nice and sweet boozy hang that is sligjty warming.
O: Pick this up if you are a quad lover. Well done.

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Photo of DaverCS
3.35/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Low carbonation. Very dark beer, with a thick mouthfeel. No head/ head retention.

Aroma is of dark fruits, alcohol, and a bread pudding type spice characteristic. Potentially molasses. Surprisingly weak on the nose.

Taste doesn't do it for me. I get a hit of molasses up front with some maserated raisins, plums, and dried cherries in a bourbon. Great at first. Little carbonation up front. Middle of the mouth is rather blank... Non-descript... Rather watery. The end is the booze warmth and heat. It's not offensive, but just nothing special.

This would go well with a spiced cake or bread pudding. It just really isn't worth the money or time. Plenty of other good quads/ Belgain darks . I give it 67/100.

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Photo of Louski
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had in Nancy. France at a local pub.

Poured from the bottle a deep, dark brown with a fingers worth of dense white head.
Smelled immediately of roasted malt, prune, caramel.
Sweet taste, almost wine-like followed by a smooth, chocolately, coating of the mouth finish. Almost like honey.
Mouthfeel was retained throughout drinking and is still with now after leaving the pub nearly half an hour ago.
Overall and excellent Quad. Took me to a sweet, caramel-like place that I very much enjoyed.

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

Served out of a bottle.

The appearance is spot on what one would expect with a nice frothy and foamy head that took a while to relax.

I'm having it colder than I should but here we go:

Smell is bready with almost an oat characteristic. Very nice lace is forming that clings to the glass like a dress.

The taste is slightly booze oriented for my liking. Lots of carbonation - border line too much for my liking. Champagne esque carbonation that is aggressive throughout giving a tingly mouthfeel.

As it warms the malty characteristics shine through more. Dark plum flavor and smell is developing. Almost like a plum/fig spread on top of a thick slice of multigrain bread.

Not my favorite Belgian quad but a nice break from the rochefort and saint bernardus I so thoroughly enjoy. The lace is truly spectacular on this guy.

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Photo of soulfly1492
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Dark fruit esters. Dates, raisins and apricots. Mild peppery phenols, not necessarily spicy. Definitely some alcohol, which is spicy. Some malt character, although I'm getting a faint aroma of brown malt.

Appearance: Pours a moderate light brown head. Some lacing, although the brew is still quite cold. Deep copper in color. Crystal clear.

Taste: Lots of those dark fruity esters, mostly dates and raisins. Followed by mildly bitter hops, and finally the spicy alcohol. Nice flavor, actually a bit lighter, not overly bold.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bod, even though there is a good amount of carbonation. Not drying at all, which is welcome here.

Overall: Wouldn't exactly call this a traditional European Quad. This is comparable to a Stone Strong Ale. Nice and sweet, a little bitter. Oily, not dry. Very good.

Notes: December 2013 freshness date. Lot C. Drank on 1/21/2012.

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Photo of endovelico
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Bull's blood color with a thin pellicle of foam, some retention around the rim, some lacing and unperceived effervescence.

Aroma: Medium to medium high in intensity. Dark candy sugar, prune and milky at the front with some nice cocoa notes and alcohol warmth on the back.

Taste: Medium high in intensity. Dark fruit, candy sugar, orange peel, spices and caramel.

Palate: Medium to medium full bodied. ABV well veiled. Low carbonation. Finishes sweetish with a lingering caramel / candy sugar aftertaste. PERFECT!

Overall: A great showcase of what a Quad can be. Could use some adjustments in the taste department but it's still an elite status Quad.

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Photo of TastyAdventure
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - poured into an oversized wine glass. Motor Oil black. A frothy, cream colored 2 finger head. Head eventually dwindles down to a half centimetre where it remains.

S - Malt, mild dark fruit? Some toasted pie crust. and yeast. I would rate smell higher if it was stronger.

T - almost like a sweet marinade. Strong Spice. tastes of "dark bread" if you can imagine. The head brings a refreshing creaminess to the taste. Short alcohol bite right before the end. more malt on the finish. Overall a dark taste.

M - Great carbonation that continues to sizzle in the mouth that keeps the heavy taste from being overwhelmingly think. Slick and sugary. Leaves sugary coating in the back of the throat like when you eat skittles.

Overall - One of the best I've had. Complex, just the one almost got me drunk. 11%. there's a good reason this 11.2 oz cost $6.

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Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel from Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
4.09 out of 5 based on 716 ratings.
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