Straffe Hendrik Heritage | Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

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Straffe Hendrik HeritageStraffe Hendrik Heritage

Brewed by:
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

Style: Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Oak Aged version of Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel.

Added by MasterSki on 08-07-2012

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Photo of rgk3
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 Vintage poured into Spiegelau barrel-aged glasses. A beautiful pour! It looks like a liquid tootsie roll with a pencil-width cream colored head. Smells of carmelized sugar are wonderful. That is the predominant pleasant flavor as well--a nice sweetness balanced perfectly with only a touch of bitterness from oak aging. I would not say that it was thin, but it was not as full-bodied as I was expecting. You would never know it was 11%. Truly enjoyable quad.

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Photo of desint
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of YvesB
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StormAles
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nichols33
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Antyk
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dannycohen62
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stevoj
3.45/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Draft at BitterCreek. Surprisingly light for a quad, both in taste and body. Nice heady aroma, kind of chocolaty. Kind of light on flavor. Kind of disappointing.

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Photo of bb-magic
3.79/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

i absolutely love beer like this around the holidays. this is the oak aged variant of their wonderful and famous quad, 2011 vintage. i have heard everything from red wine to cognac to lambic barrels on this, which must mean it depends on vintage, truthfully, i get a little bit of all that here. through that tall stiffly beaten tan head, the aroma has a slight piquant property, some citrus somehow coming through all this malt and belgian yeast, which to me suggests the lambic barrels, but it could also be a product of its age at this point, less funk, but tons of mature oakiness here, very attractive. i get the rich fruitiness of the wine and cognac too, black cherry, raisin, and plum, with a mild but appreciable acidity thats consistent as well. the flavor is awesome, still fully the base quad in all of its glory, dark candy sugar, molasses, tobacco, fig jam, clove, and port wine. the malt is awesome here, with maple and fruity notes too, and a nutty, toasted, almost melting richness. i like the light tang i get from the barrels, and the added complexity with the wood here. the age also has let this evolve magically. superior to their already exceptional base quad in my opinion. still full bodied and lively, and the yeast just loves all this barrel character, spices mix with fruits, breadiness mixes with sweetness, and the whole thing just tickles me right. loved it!

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Photo of byronic
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sir_Goatman
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of polloenfuego
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ruby brown with the slightest of heads. Little retention and lacing. When the light hits this one it is beautiful. The smell is true to quad, dark fruits, yeast, and in this case hints of oak. The flavor is unbelievable, with a slight sour cherry and port jumping into the usual quad flavors of dark fruits, yeasts and spices. The barrel has had a positive impact on this beer, it has made the beer so easy to drink, much smoother than most quads. Feel is medium full and good carbonation.

A very nice beer. I can safely say this is among the best quads I have ever had.

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Photo of threeviews
4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured (just under cellar temperature) from a corked and muzzled bottle (2015 Vintage, Bottle# 04677...Armagnac Oak Aged) into a Straffe Hendrik stemmed goblet

A - Classic looking Quadruple. The beer pours a deep, dark mahagony (note: with light directed behind the glass, the color of the beer is much more ruby red) color with a full, 2-fingers of a creamy kakhi colored head with great retention considering the barrel aging and hefty 11% ABV. (5.0)

S - Aroma is huge, containing notes of Oak, Vanilla, Brandy, Port, Grand Mariner, a bit of Chocolate and a whiff of alcohol. It is interesting to note that Brandy (of which both Armagnac and Cognac are) is distilled from wine of white grape varities, yet the resulting spirit would never suggeset it. (5.0)

T - An explosion of all those aromas coat the palate with Oak leading the way followed by Brandy, Port and Carmel from the base beer. The intensity, yet harmonious collision of flavors between beer, barrel and spirit make for a true degustation beer. Even after room to (and past) room temperature, the alcohol remains restrained. (4.75)

M - Medium-Full mouthfeel. Lively carbonation scrubs the palate clean and finishes with some alcohol vapors to further dry the mouth. A noticable, yet unoffensive alcohol warmth is felt in the chest after each sip. (4.75)

O - Although it ranks in my 'Top 10' favorite beers consumed during my time in Belgium, this is best best enjoyed in small doses. A 75cl bottle is a bit much for one person but I took the challenge in support of Belgian Beer Culture. Unfortunately, it is only available at the brewery but the 14Euro (~$18USD) price tag is well worth it. Highly Recommended if you get the opportunity to visit Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan (in and of itself, the tour is well worth it!). (5.0)

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Photo of McFinniganOfTheFinnigans
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I feel as if I want to bathe in this beer. I'm not an alcoholic, but I enjoy drinking a damn good beer! Something about it.

A - gives off this bready almost malt like characteristic that I can't explain. Then again it is barrel aged. Loves!

T - Is a true Belgian through and through. Only way to put it. You can tell it's over 9% ABV. Its body is mediumish? If that makes sense and I hope it does.

O - Make up the pool because daddy wants to swim in this. If there ever was a beer to bathe in. If someone asks I've gone swimming.

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Photo of moose1980
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2013 vintage.
Had it not been for the good amount of carbonation, it could almost have been as much wine as beer. Cork came out with a loud pop. Heavy plum aroma and a slight sour note that integrated well with the maltiness and soft oak. Likely the best Quad I've ever had.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.84/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Chocolate ruby with lumpy leggy sandstone. 4.25
Caramelized sugar, prune, mint, and marshmallow, plus ash. 4
Fig, a ton of candy sugar, red berry, bubblegum, and an anise ending. 3.75
Medium, fizzy, some cling. 3.75

2014 vintage.

Thin for a quad. Not getting much oak, either. Smooth enough, though, and no burn. Decent. 3.75

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Photo of Hayley_86
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Frudel
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Vintage 2012 Bottle No.15495. Dark brown with reddish reflection combed with a fluffy, creamy beige head. Aromas of caramel toasted malt, woody notes, dark dried fruits, little spice, hint of vanilla. Medium to high sweetness, not too bitter just perfectly balanced, full body, despite the 11% this quad has a high drinkability with a very long pleasant aftertaste, hint of warm alcohol feeling going down the throat at the end as well. Sublime beer.

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Photo of MarcP
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bshefftz
4.96/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2013 edition - utterly fantastic beer. I'm a little wary of barrel-aged Belgian quads as I've had some (St. Bernadus 12 Oak Aged, Gulden Draak brewmasters, La Trappe oak aged) that haven't offered much improvement on the already excellent base beers and to me haven't justified the extra cost. This is a different case, with a boozy nose and hints of barrel highlighting a rasiny, malty-smooth backbone with a refreshing crispness going down. Hopefully I'll find this again as my joy in drinking it tempered by sadness knowing it will soon be gone... It's that kind of beer!

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Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 Edition

A: Poured into a DFH snifter to a deep brown with some ruby highlights topped by a finger of dense light tan head that fades to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of dark fruits, toffee, spices and oak.
T: Taste is dark fruits and oak with some vanilla and red berries, slight toffee and spice with a lot of esters. Very interesting flavors so far. Slight toasted bread and oak. Swallow is dry and oaky with some hints of chocolate and dark fruits with some lingering spice.
M: This beer is fairly full in body with a smooth mouthfeel. Carbonation is soft and just slightly prickly with a dry finish.
O: Overall this is a very interesting beer. It has great flavors and complexity as well as some very well hidden alcohol. This one is very good and it's a very nice twist on the style. Slightly pricey but worth the cost of admission.

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Photo of brpendergast85
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Saviour
4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rex_4539
4.84/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: Dark brown color, one finger light brown head, superb lacing, loads of carbonation.

S: Very smooth aroma, sweet, raisins, oak.

T: Amazing, smooth, oak, raisins, sweet, with a light touch of warming alcohol on the back end. Heaven.

F: So much carbonation and yet so smooth and silky. Incredible.

O: World class beer. The second best quadrupel after Westvleteren 12.

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Straffe Hendrik Heritage from Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 194 ratings