Straffe Hendrik Xmas Blend 25.4 oz

Item #7238
Shipping Wt. 3.00 lbs.
Availability: In Stock

Oak-Aged Quadrupel Blend 2018

Brewed by: De Halve Maan Brewery
Country: Belgium
Style: Quadrupel
Color: Brown

ABV: 11.0%
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Straffe Hendrik Xmas Blend (ABV 11%) from the De Halve Maan Brewery is an oak-aged version of their highly acclaimed Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel.

A very limited selection of the Quadrupel production is barrel-aged each year in the medieval cellars of the brewery. For this special Xmas Blend, the barrel selection is determined by De Halve Maan's brew masters, combining Bordeaux, Calvados and Rum barrel-aged Quadrupel with young Quadrupel. This special blend is then refermented in the bottle, allowing for even more complexity, fine effervescence, and an extended shelf life – this special beer will age nicely for up to 5 years. 25.4 oz bottle

Food Pairings: Stilton or other blue cheese, roast goose, spiral ham, dark chocolate desserts.

Located in Bruges, Belgium, Brouwerij De Halve Maan ("Half Moon Brewery") was founded in 1856 by Leon (also known as Henri I) Maes, and has remained family owned and operated ever since; it is, in fact, one of the very last working family breweries in the Bruges city center.

In the early 1980s the brewery was struggling and Veronique, great-great granddaughter of Henri I, was approached by the mayor, who requested a special ale to commemorate the inauguration of the new statue of Saint Arnold, patron of beer brewers.

Since interest in traditional beer styles was on the rise, Veronique crafted a top fermented, high alcohol ale which became an instant hit, so much so the mayor would require it served at all official town hall receptions.

Today, under the guidance of a sixth generation of the Maes family, the Halve Maan Brewery exports award-winning ales worldwide and is one of the fastest growing breweries in Belgium.