Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel

Quadrupel Brouwerij De Halve Maan

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Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel by Brouwerij De Halve Maan

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The Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel (also known as Straffe Hendrik Bruges Quadrupel Ale 11°) is a Quadrupel brewed by Brouwerij De Halve Maan. For the purposes of this review, the quad was served in a snifter from bottle.

Appearance

The ale pours a mahogany hue and is topped by a thick, foamy, cream-colored head.

Aroma

The aroma is spicy, slightly sweet and roasted.

Flavor

The palate consists of sweet flavors of dark fruits, chocolate, and is balanced by nut, coffee; spiced with coriander.

Mouthfeel

Rich, full-bodied mouthfeel with a moderate amount of carbonation.

Overall

Overall, the Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel is a highly enjoyable Belgian Quad.

Recommended Pairings

Brouwerij De Halve Maan recommends the chocolate as a food pairing with its Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel.

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About the Quadrupel

The Belgian Quadrupel or simply Quad is a name given to the strongest of the Trappist and Abbey ales. La Trappe pioneered the Quad while a nearly identical brew, the Abt, was crafted by Westvleteren and that beer would become St. Bernardus. Its color ranges from a garnet to brown and its aroma and palate are rich with sweet malt, fruity esters, and moderately spicy phenols. Its bitterness is typically mild at best and instead, the focus is on its malt character and strong alcohol. Comparatively, the Quadrupel is stronger and more intensely flavored than the Dubbel and Tripel.