Straffe Hendrik Bruges Quadruple Ale

From De Halve Maan Brewery, and the bottle states that the brewery was first mentioned in the town archives in 1546. Newcomer!

Can you call an ale intense and restrained at the same time?  I’ll go with that description here. The nose is very subtle, especially compared to the IPAs that often whack you right in the nose.  The initial sip gives plum and coffee on top of the classic Belgian yeast and malt, but does so in a subtle fashion.  This is worth sipping slowly and contemplating.  There is a long finish, and I’d call it coffee and toffee with just a faint hint of barbecue char.  I feel like I could drink quite a bit of this . . . in which case the 11% ABV would really make itself felt.

p.s. I’ll mention that it’s a nice pour with a moderate tan head, slowly fading to a little bit of lace. As I sip, I have to say that this is a very satisfactory brew, and that the ABV really does make itself felt!

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