Straffe Hendrik Heritage 2017 25.4 oz

Item #7278
Shipping Wt. 3.00 lbs.
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Oak-Aged Blended Quad

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

ABV: 11.0%
Cellaring: Yes
Ratebeer.com rating: 98
BeerAdvocate.com rating: 94

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Straffe Hendrik Heritage 2017 (ABV 11%) from the De Halve Maan Brewery is a special version of the well-known Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel that has been aged for more than a year in oak casks in the brewery's cellars.

Each year different barrels are carefully selected so that no vintage is exactly alike - making its annual release appointment tasting. In the years prior to 2017, the Quad was aged in Bordeaux barrels as well as in barrels used in the production of Cognac, Armagnac, and rum. For this 2017 edition, the master brewers made a unique blend by combining different editions from old barrels with beer that was aged in Scotch whisky barrels over the previous year.

Straffe Hendrik Heritage is a beer that can be kept cellared for several years, during which time the taste will further evolve in the bottle. As it gets older, a hint of port or Madeira wine will become more evident.

Bottled once a year, each bottle given its own unique number.

Ratebeer.com rating: 98 (out of 100) 25.4 oz corked bottle.



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.