Straffe Hendrik Heritage
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

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Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #13
Ranked #1,037
4.33 | pDev: 8.55%
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
Straffe Hendrik HeritageStraffe Hendrik Heritage
Notes: Oak Aged version of Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel.
Reviews: 47 | Ratings: 204 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of HattedClassic
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.

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Photo of LampertLand
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
T-strong tasting , the oak comes thru on the swallow
MF-decent carbonation , full bodied
Ov-good beer
prost LampertLand

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Photo of EMV
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.

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Photo of rgk3
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.

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Photo of stevoj
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
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!

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Photo of polloenfuego
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.

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Photo of threeviews
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)

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Photo of McFinniganOfTheFinnigans
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.

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Photo of moose1980
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.

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Photo of StJamesGate
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

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Photo of Frudel
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.

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Photo of bshefftz
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!

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Photo of SHODriver
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.

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Photo of rex_4539
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.

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Photo of Marius
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

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Photo of Ciocanelu
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.

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Photo of stortore
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.

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Photo of hman43
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.

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Photo of MarkyMOD
3/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Infected, such a shame. Tasted like a Brett infection and didn't take over too much, which made the beer even more disappointing. Could still taste some of the quad and barrel, and I could tell this one would've been something special, hence the high rating for something infected. Sigh

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Photo of ryannosaurus
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2013 bottle # 40052 poured to tulip

Pours opaque dark brown. One finger or creamy mocha color head stays on for the long haul

Aroma is hot boozey raisen with oak lurking

Booze, oak and raisen also strike in the flavor, backed with subtle notes of chocolate, plum and vanilla. Not overly sweet nor malty... rare in a quad.

Mouthfeel is lush but not syrupy, CO2 hanging around to liven it up to the bottom of the glass

Overall, I'm not sure I've had a better quad... excellent now, and with this profile it could easily age longer. If I see any more bottles of this, I might buy 'em all.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.63/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From cervezasespeciales. Watching The Hunger Games 3 and Playing Unepic. In Teku glass. 2013 edition. Smooth. The barrel taste isnt too overwhelming. Can be drinked with ease.

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Photo of joeseppy
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A rare opportunity to have on tap. This is the '13. I really appreciated the thick mocha head that could be exacerbated at any whim. My initial aroma was a delicious sourness and sweetened dried fruit. As it warmed it then morphed into light roast coffee. Taste was immediate raw vanilla bean, sweet spice oak and coffee. As this warmed I no longer got coffe but rather raisins and prunes in good fashion. A very complex craft that is quite a conversational centerpiece. Since I sat without nerdy note taking I'm probably missing some true to form components. Wow-just wow!

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a chalice.

A: Dark chestnut brown. Creamy tan head eventually settles into a thin slip. Thin sheets of lacing.

S: Brown molasses and rum, cocoa and milk chocolate, subtle pepper and spices, yeast, traces of dusty oak, booze soaked fig and golden raisin, currants too.

T: Milk chocolate, cocoa husk, nutty. Molasses, toasted crust. Dusty oak and some light wood tannins. Softly peppery and spicy. Yeast in the background. Rum raisin, booze soaked figs, Candi sugar. Fleeting tropical esters too. Alcohols caress and soothe throughout, never approaching hot but lending a lot of spicy character. Sweet molasses finish is balanced by oak.

M: Rich and decadent. Creamy and silky with a whipped and airy texture. Gentle and soothing alcohol warmth. Soft wood tannins. Carbonation scrubs briskly but gently.

O: So elegant and refined. Effortless balance, good complexity. An easy sipper throughout and I wish it would never end.

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Photo of jancona
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage poured from a bomber into a snifter. Deep mahogany with khaki foam. Dissipates rather quickly to a swirling galaxy of foam. I smell cola, dark fruit, vanilla and wood, sour fruit funk and booze. I taste wood, boozy raisin, cola and vanilla on a long finish. As it warm it continues to get more mellow and delicious. Feel is slick with light carbonation - I like a little more carb with this style. It's pricey for sure - so share with friends.
Followed it with a Davidoff Colorado Claro cigar...perfection all around!

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Straffe Hendrik Heritage from Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 204 ratings