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
Ratings:
180
Reviews:
38
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
8.55%
 
 
Wants:
39
Gots:
63
For Trade:
2
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Photo of boudeysbigbrew
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 Arkrebel
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dwagner003
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kplummer82
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of BillCheck
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JohnWolfe62
4.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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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Photo of diablo14
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(bomber of the 2013 edition - referencing my last review - the beer was poured into my trusty Chouffe tulip)

L: pretty much identical to their standard version, aside from the fact that there's much less foam forming in the first couple pours, and it's all but done in a short time... the deep red is grand, but I've seen a more appealing head... less sediment in the final pour than I would've expected

S: right away, you can tell the smell is notably different... the toast and grain of the wood is up front most, mild note of vanilla gradually comes out... tiny whiff of coffee grounds on top, while a round, red-vinous sweetness makes the foundation

T: ohhh yeah! this is much better than the regular ol' Henry... smooth-boozy red wine in the center, malty layer of fat enveloping... almost like cola and coffee liqueur on the back end... black cherry mask... the coffee roast is sanded down to a fine film

F: I'm conflicted as to whether or not this needs more carbonation - because it's rich and smooth, but a bit flat, making the body a bit weightier, though it's hardly slick, syrupy or laborious to swill... feel it needs a little more zazz on the tongue...

O: taste-wise, this very much bowls over the other one... barrel-aging at it's finest!... this will be something I will stock (and not touch!) in the cellar

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Photo of jelledebont
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Gatordaddy
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JOldewurtel
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lettsgo3
4.69/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Shaunbkgb
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RMentair
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Canada_Dan
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of thinwhiteduke
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

World Class beer which should be sampled whenever possible.

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Photo of rydev24
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of epyon396
4.01/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kaiyote
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
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 Phlogisten
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of xhahax
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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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Straffe Hendrik Heritage from Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
4.33 out of 5 based on 180 ratings.
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