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Straffe Hendrik Heritage | 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: Rotating

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

Added by MasterSki on 08-07-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
169
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
19.81%
 
 
Wants:
33
Gots:
57
For Trade:
2
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Reviews by dfernandez77:
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4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This is getting reviews lower that they should be because it will be misunderstood unless the reviewer knows what barrel aging a beer Belgian style does. Think Oud Bruin, or Flanders Red.

Appearance: Somewhere between dark amber and garnet. Light slightly rocky head, thins to fine white traces like clouds in a satellite weather photo.

Smell: Caramel, fig, deeply roasted beef, bay, mustard, slightly musty oak (Hungarian?), a touch of fruity tart Brett A/C notes. Savory complex.

Taste: Fig, golden raisins, barrel toast and oak tannins, slight astringency, touch of funk and tartness like Brett A/C in the barrel wood. Richly complex. Oud Bruin characters all over it.

Mouthfeel: Medium light body, far lighter than the base Quad - but you'd expect that from Brett in the barrel. Effervescent carbonation. Slightly dry. Finishes slippery, sweet, and dry on the edges.

Overall: This is what you would expect when a huge and rich Quad like Straffe Hendrik meets barrels with a touch of Brett A/C. Thinning of the body, slight funk, slight tart/sourness.

Do not expect a Quad. Expect a Quad deeply and positively influenced by all the best characters of a sublime oak barrel aged Oud Bruin.

Wonderful.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of tbryan5
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DaftPatrick
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of warnerry
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kaiyote
4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2011 batch. Bottle #07366. Opened on 5/5/15.

A: Pours a very deep, dark reddish brown. When held up to the light, it can be seen that it is translucent, but only just. Towering khaki head has slowly reduced to a cap of foam on the liquid, and substantial lacing around the glass.

S: Plum, dates, and caramel are all there, but subdued slightly by the oak. There's alcohol in the nose as well.

T: Sweet. All the flavors hinted at by the aroma are present in abundance. Nothing is overpowering, leading to an easily drinkable, warming experience.

M: Surprisingly low carbonation, given it's showing during the pour. Semi-dry, moderately thin in the mouth. Very pleasant overall.

O: I would really like to find other reviews of this vintage to see how it has progressed over the years. An outstanding beer now, 4 years after bottling. I only wish I could have tried it in 2012 as well. The cost and rarity make it difficult to come back to, but it will certainly hold a special place in my heart.

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Photo of aquazr1
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Marius
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
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 Franziskaner
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown in color with amber tinting. Light does not manage to penetrate it. A quarter inch of beige head covers the top. Brussels lacing. Aroma of plum, dark candy sugar,and dates is present. The taste is more subtle than the aroma implies. There's fig and dates along with dark candy sugar. The mouth is smooth and creamy with a substantial thickness that is dimmed by the oak.

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Photo of Mantooth
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of kane_woodward
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of joeseppy
4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
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 Loveyourbeer
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of Tikiri
4.79/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of xhahax
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice oak flavor. Nice color. Wonderful taste

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
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 Knickfan3
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GabeBoise
4.8/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of DOCRW
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of R3ason
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Kurt92118
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of JamLand
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of bluejacket74
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle, bottle #07843. Served in a DFH Signature glass, the beer pours a dark reddish/copper color with about an inch and a half frothy tan head. Head retention is excellent, and there's a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like sweet and tart dark fruit, oak, red wine, caramel and some sweet and peppery spice. I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some vanilla. The vinous and woody flavors seem the strongest to me. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and is well carbonated. It's a good brew and definitely worth a try, but it's also pricey at $23.99 a bottle.

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Photo of KevinGordon
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of AleHunter805
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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