Straffe Hendrik Heritage
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

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Style:
Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #12
ABV:
11%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,033
Avg:
4.33 | pDev: 8.31%
Reviews:
53
Ratings:
219
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Straffe Hendrik HeritageStraffe Hendrik Heritage
Notes: Oak Aged version of Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel.
Reviews: 53 | Ratings: 219 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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LeBron_James from Canada (ON)

4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled in 2016. Was a hard find but the best quadrupel I've had.
Look is similar to the regular except more reddish in hue. Partially due to the age of the beer I think.
The smell on this is a lot more interesting than the standard Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel which is very cool to see. A LOT of fruity notes going on here and I can already tell this is barrel aged. Kind of like a rum barrel with some spice to it maybe. Smells complex, very inviting.
This beer tastes very good. A lot of dried dark fruit notes and the oak barrel with the rum is amazing. It tastes a lot more like a rum than a bourbon barrel which is interesting, shows that a lot of barrel character is here. Super pleasant drink.
The mouthfeel is about the same as the regular quadrupel. Medium bodied with low-medium carbonation.
Overall this beer is a GREAT representative of the Belgian Quadrupel style. Amazing beer if you find it you should try it.

Feb 23, 2021
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mwilbur from Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2016 vintage (rum oak-aged). Bottle no. 38564. Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a clear ruby hue with 1 inch light tan bubbly head with decent retention.
S: Rum, caramel malt, dried fruit, red wine, and a subtle nutty note.
T: Lovely blend of sweet rum, red wine, cognac, dried red fruit, cherries, toasted oak, dark caramel, and subtle spice and nutty notes. A nice step up from the aroma.
M: Light-medium body. Delicate and smooth feel. Fruit, malt, and vinous sweetness. ABV is very well hidden.
D: Layered, balanced, and complex. Barrel aging and blending leads to a wonderful early winter sipper.

Nov 22, 2020
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Taste: complex, dark fruit, licorice, brown bread, spicy earthy notes, malty, woody boozy finish. Same with the nose. Dark Brown hue, semi clear, Nice refine cake foam, and nice lace. Medium/full body. Went well with the cheese we had.

Oct 29, 2020
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kitch from Hong Kong

4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 750ml corked and caged bottle, bottle no. 22214, 2015 vintage, and with a best before date of end of 2026. Poured into a Chimay goblet glass.

Appearance: A hazy dark amber brown colour with an almost two finger creamy beige head that dissipated fairly quickly but settled to a rapidly replenishing thin layer over the top while leaving some nice lacing.

Aroma: Plum, prunes, apple, oak, with notes of cherry, red berries, and brandy.

Taste: Dark fruit, plum, prunes, oak, boozy, brandy, caramel, toffee, apple, with notes of red berries.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium to full bodied, light to moderate carbonation, and a warming finish.

Overall: Very nice complex flavours and the Armagnac barrel matched well with this Quad. I haven’t tried many barrel aged Quads, but this definitely makes me want to try more.

Aug 28, 2020
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janubio from Spain

4.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Review for the 2017 edition. Botle bought at Las Buenas Pulgas, served at home in a Fantome glasss, the most I found at home to a Straffe Hendrik one.
Dark brown colour, small head with short retention, tiny lacing.
Aroma is spectacular, whisky, chocolate, cake, vanilla, dried fruits, brown sugar, spices.
Medium to full body, creamy texture, normal carbonation, sweeet finish.
Taste is just as spectacular as the aroma.
A masterpiece.
Review from 2015 edition:
75 cl. corked bottle from Las Buenas Pulgas, served at home in a Straffe Hendrik glass.
Dark brown colour, off white medium head that last all the whilevery good Brussels lacing.
Aroma of raisins, plums, vanillal, chocolate, molasses, brandy, sugar candy.
Full body, dense creamy texture, good carbonation. Sweet but alcoholic finish.
Taste follows the aroma.
Rich, complex. Excelent.

Apr 29, 2020
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HattedClassic from Virginia

4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Anno 2014)
The beer pours a fairly vigorous off white head with a bit of a brown note to it. The beer itself is a dark brown color that is opaque.
The smell is pretty good. It has a complex smell consisting of a subtle oak and spice note with some good caramel and ripe plum notes in the finish. There are some light Belgian sugar notes but they are mostly consumed by the other notes.
The taste is good. It has a strong dark fruit note like a ripe plum mixed with an oak wood note with a slight alcohol taste to it that mixes well with the oak. There is also a decent hop bitterness.
The feel is good. It has a nice medium feel to it and fairly thin from the aging. However, there is still some nice biting carbonation to it.
Overall, this is a good beer even after several years of aging.

Nov 09, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this 11/6/19 on draft @ Hopleaf.

Leather, dark fruit & mild banana flavors on this one; no booze heat despite the ABV. A nice sipper that caught up to me quick...

Nov 08, 2019
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LampertLand from Canada (BC)

4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Straffe Hendrik Heritage @ 11.0% , served from a corked caged 750 ml bottle
A-pour is amber from the bottle to a murky brown in the glass with a big creamy light tan head leaving a fine spotty lace along the tulip
S-oaked
T-strong tasting , the oak comes thru on the swallow
MF-decent carbonation , full bodied
Ov-good beer
prost LampertLand

Apr 14, 2019
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a cork'n'cage numbered bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Cloudy dark mahogany pour with 1.5 fingers of fizzy white head. Great lacing.

S: Sugary sweet with molasses, caramel, and dark fruit.

T/F: Toasted grains and plum... baked raisin and fig. Sweet brown sugar, caramel, and spice. Complex and fruity with yeast esters. Tobacco, oak, and Brandy... medium bodied and sticky on the tongue. The ABV is far from obvious... warming, and better as it warms to room temp.

O: A complex and delicious Quad... great flavor... very much a sipper. One to snag if you can find it.

Mar 25, 2019
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rgk3 from Arizona

4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Jul 24, 2018
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stevoj from Idaho

3.45/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

Mar 05, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
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!

Dec 11, 2017
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polloenfuego from Canada (NB)

4.46/5  rDev +3%
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.

Oct 10, 2017
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threeviews from Florida

4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
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)

Sep 11, 2017
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McFinniganOfTheFinnigans from Maine

4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Jul 14, 2017
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moose1980 from Germany

4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Jun 25, 2017
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StJamesGate from New York

3.84/5  rDev -11.3%
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

May 22, 2017
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Frudel from Canada (QC)

4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Apr 30, 2017
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bshefftz from California

4.96/5  rDev +14.5%
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!

Feb 16, 2017
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Jan 29, 2017
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rex_4539 from Greece

4.84/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Dec 13, 2016
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Marius from Netherlands

4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared thanks to Zlotta. Dark caramel with a thin tan head. Notes of bourbon, dark fruit, dried fruit, espresso, chocolate, sherry. Medium body with medium carbonation and a fruity sweet finishm

Nov 19, 2016
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewery. Brown color with tan head. Aroma is really complex with caramel, dark fruits like cherries and red berries, a slight fermented not and also oak barrel. Taste starts with sweet fruits and brown sugar, gets slightly tart and fruity in the middle and finishes with some slightly bitter burnt sugar and wood notes. Medium to full bodied with smooth mouthfeel. Really good quad with complex taste and nice barrel characteristics.

Aug 31, 2016
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stortore from Illinois

4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into a chalice glass. 2012 edition, bottle #11091, I think.

Pours a dark ruby, cloudy, with about a one finger head and some foamy lacing. The smell is awesome- malt, plums, raisins, figs, some oak, dark grapes, light cherries, a red wine aroma. The taste is a little more malt forward, plums, prunes, figs, raisins, dates, caramel, oak, some cherries, light wine. Great stuff. Very smooth, full bodied and satisfying, well carbonated.

Might be my favorite Quad. Whatever year you can get, grab this one. It's pricey, but well worth the purchase. Had the 2013 on tap- so lucky for that- about a year ago, and rated it a 4.48.

Jul 16, 2016
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hman43 from North Carolina

4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was the 2014 version.

Look: It pours dark brown in color with ruby highlights. It has a light brown head.

Smell: It has aromas of molasses, plums, raisins, cherry, bread, and alcohol.

Taste: It has flavors of plums, raisins, bread, cherries on the sour side, some molasses and alcohol. There are also oak overtones.

Feel: The finish is bitter and sour with alcohol warming.

Overall: The is a complex, flavorful quad with lots of aroma and good balance.

Apr 11, 2016
Straffe Hendrik Heritage from Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 219 ratings