Beer "Straffe Hendrik" Quadrupel, 750 ml
Beer dark brown, almost black.
In the taste of beer, as well as in flavor, strong malt notes of caramel and toffee, which are complemented by nuances of dark fruit, candy, orange zest, spices. The sweetness is balanced with sharp notes of bitter chocolate and bread. The finish is smooth, dry, lingering.
In the sweet aroma of beer is dominated by shades of plum, caramel, toffee, spice (nutmeg), felt the nuances of dark fruit and citrus (mandarin, orange, grapefruit).
Beer is excellent as a digestif, goes well with cheeses, meats - beef, poultry, smoked meat.
"Straffe Hendrik" Quadrupel - rich and intense dark top-fermented beer that is brewed with a mixture of special malts give the beer is very dark and complex, rich malt character.
Style Quadrupel, which produced beer is a Belgian style ale, characterized by an intense aroma (compared with styles Dubbel and Tripel), dark color and rich malt flavor with hints of fruit. Used in the production of ale "Shtraffe Hendrik" Kvadrupel process of re-fermentation in the bottle allows you to get a beer, which can be stored for several years, with the ever-changing and improving taste.
The history of the family brewery "De Halve Maan" ("Half Moon") lasts for more than 150 years. Six generations of the family Mace, since 1856, working in Bruges with a single purpose: to produce excellent authentic beer while respecting traditional methods of brewing, which is famous Bruges. Brewery began as a production of cask ales with a short shelf life.
In 1928, the third generation of the family - Henry III Mace has established a factory production of lager, installing special equipment. Beer was a resounding success, and sales for the year increased by 46%. The next step of Henry, which followed the latest trends in production, was the release of soft drinks - lemonade and water. After World War II, Henry III was also the owner of the neighboring brewery "Brugge Zeehaven". This additional space is allowed to increase the scale of the updates that were necessary due to increased production.
In the 50-ies of XX century, the active work of the next representative of the family - Henry IV - resulted in significant promotion of the brewery. Beer and soft drinks "Domino" were successful and in-demand products. But a new lifestyle 70s led to a fall in sales, people began to buy beer in supermarkets, and small amounts of the brewery was not allowed to enter this market.
In the 80 years the interest in traditional regional beer began to increase. This intelligently used the brewery embarked led Veronica, daughter of Henry IV, who immediately launched a new special light beer fermented. Its release was timed to coincide with the inauguration of the statue of St. Arnold in Bruges, who was the patron saint of brewers. New beer appreciated the Mayor and asked him to submit to a reception at the Town Hall. The beer was a bit stronger than other varieties, and, therefore, it was named "Straffe Hendrik" (or "Strong Henri"). Later, in connection with the closing of the plant "De Halve Maan", the brand was sold to the brewery "Riva" in Bruges, which was making its from 1988 until 2002.
During these years, Veronica "opened the door" brewery "De Halve Maan" to the public. And to this day turned into a museum of historic brewery first building is still owned by the family Mace, visited by many tourists from around the world.
The revival of the brewery "De Halve Maan" after reconstruction and modernization occurred in 2005, thanks to the efforts of Veronica's son - Xavier Vanneste. After the opening, he launched a new beer called "Brugse Zot", having developed a unique recipe for it. Beer "Brugse Zot" was a great success far beyond the city of Bruges. This award-winning beer prompted the family to expand brewing operations. By the end of 2008 at the brewery "back" beer "Straffe Hendrik", which also currently being cooked on the "De Halve Maan" according to the original old recipe.