Straffe Hendrik Heritage
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

Straffe Hendrik HeritageStraffe Hendrik Heritage
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From:
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
 
Belgium
Style:
Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #10
ABV:
11%
Score:
95
Ranked #1,345
Avg:
4.31 | pDev: 8.35%
Ratings:
222
Status:
Active
Rated:
Feb 21, 2022
Added:
Aug 07, 2012
Wants:
  46
Gots:
  73
SCORE
95
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Straffe Hendrik HeritageStraffe Hendrik Heritage
Notes: Oak Aged version of Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel

Heritage is a special version of the well-known Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel that has matured in oak barrels of various origins. The strong dark quadrupel beer is aged for a year in barrels in the medieval cellars of the brewery, giving the beer a unique taste development.

Depending on the origin of the barrel, this maturation will also develop different aromas. New wood of American and French origin is used, as well as reused barrels from the Whiskey, Rum Bordeaux and Calvados region.

Every year, the brewers select a unique master blend based on the different matured beers, and their evolution. Each of the barrels has its own maturation process, which means that the master blend will also differ from year to year. This leads to a unique and powerful provision beer, which, thanks to the refermentation in the bottle, will have an even longer taste evolution in the bottle.


The tannins from the barrels come in harmony with the rich notes of the special malts in the beer. In combination with the subtle taste of the wood aging, the typical spiciness and bitterness of the quadrupel is appears again.

Over the years, typical aging flavors will develop from the Maderization and Portorization of the beer. Straffe Hendrik Heritage has a shelf life of at least 10 years, since it is properly stored in the cellar: stable temperatures, and as little light or vibrations as possible.

This beer is produced in limited quantities, with special numbered bottles that are packed in a wooden box.
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by EmperorBevis from England

750ml bottle at the bottle share part of the Manchester Home Brewers meeting for February at Cafe Beermoth
candied peels, dark sugars, not heavy but by no means flimsy

Feb 21, 2022
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4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Bierschenker from Belgium

Gift from a friend who was working at the Antwerp Beer Festival. Was a few years ago, with COVID and all that. I had put it in my cellar and rediscovered it about an hour ago. Hope it hasn't gone bad.
2016 vintage (rum oak-aged). Bottle no. 29516. Poured from 750 mL bottle into my usual tumbler.
While pouring an enourmous head developed. Wild carbonation eats away at the head, leaving 1/3 of my pint glass filled with beer.
While filling the glass again, no head was created, nor is there any lacing.
Carbonation is really strong, audible even.
Colour is a deep dark-red.
Scent is unique and a lot is going on: moisty oak wood/moldy walnuts, rum, Spanish red wine, rich marmelade, pear, pineapple, peach.
Wow, flavour explosion! The rum is clearly present: caramel and strong alcohol. Moldy wood is always present.
Reasonable carbonation on the tongue. Mouthfeel overall is thick and slightly siropy. Honey sweetness with warm alcohol glow.
Aftertaste is fruity and vinous with a kick in the end: rum, red wine, peach and some sour berries with a herbal peppery finish (Grana Padano cheese and butter backed mushrooms).

Wow again. Quite some time since I last had a quadruppel. But this one sure makes me want more.

Jan 24, 2022
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3.83/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Cramshawbar from Canada (ON)

I got my hands on the 2018 version of this.
The head quickly dissipates and we are left with a chalice full of dark copper/brown goodness. Maybe. Let's taste this. The nose is of dried fruit, mostly figs, herbs, along with rum. All of this also translates into the sip I am holding in my mouth. The carbonation is light. It has a bit of Flemish Red flavour. Nice, certainly, but not close to being my favourite in this style.

Aug 28, 2021
 
4.25 by mmilyko from Nevada on Apr 11, 2021
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4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by LeBron_James from Canada (ON)

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
 
3.6 by RochefortChris from North Carolina on Jan 23, 2021
 
4.09 by DvdP from Netherlands on Dec 08, 2020
 
4.3 by smithj4 from New York on Dec 01, 2020
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4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by mwilbur from Minnesota

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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4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

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
 
4 by BdM from Netherlands on Oct 03, 2020
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4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by kitch from Hong Kong

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
 
4.29 by arzt from Russian Federation on Jul 17, 2020
 
4.5 by paulish from New York on May 21, 2020
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4.92/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by janubio from Spain

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
 
4.5 by steverx8 from England on Feb 16, 2020
 
4.34 by JakerLou from New Hampshire on Feb 05, 2020
 
4.5 by SViterileroux74 from Texas on Jan 01, 2020
 
4.49 by ummswimmin from New Jersey on Nov 15, 2019
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4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by HattedClassic from Virginia

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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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

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
 
4.46 by stephenlee from England on Aug 28, 2019
 
4.35 by Eltrandos from France on Aug 16, 2019
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4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by LampertLand from Canada (BC)

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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4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by EMV from Pennsylvania

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
 
4.9 by Jackstraw58 from Colorado on Feb 23, 2019
 
4.51 by jpaulreese from New York on Nov 22, 2018
 
4.19 by Sparky44 from Illinois on Nov 16, 2018
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4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by rgk3 from Arizona

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
 
4.06 by desint from Belgium on Jun 10, 2018
 
3.5 by YvesB from Belgium on May 17, 2018
 
4.46 by StormAles from Canada (ON) on Apr 09, 2018
 
3.5 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts on Apr 03, 2018
 
4.4 by Antyk from Belgium on Mar 20, 2018
 
4.25 by dannycohen62 from Illinois on Mar 11, 2018
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3.45/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by stevoj from Idaho

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
 
3.79 by bb-magic from Florida on Feb 25, 2018
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4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

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
 
4.49 by byronic from Canada (ON) on Nov 05, 2017
 
5 by Sir_Goatman from Oregon on Oct 20, 2017
Straffe Hendrik Heritage from Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 222 ratings