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Top Brews: De Halve Maan Straffe Hendrik Quadruple

Paul Scrivano

Caramel brown in color, the complex De Halve Maan Straffe Hendrik Quadruple Belgian ale is brewed with a heavy grain bill of six different malt varieties that imparts an 11 percent ABV. The beer pours a full-bodied head, which bursts out of the bottle. Strong aromas of ample Saaz and Styrian Golding hops help balance the rich flavors. With restrictions on local water usage, the Halve Maan brewery in Bruges, Belgium, imports truckloads of water from a nearby well to brew this Quadruple-style beer, whose earthy palette precedes a crisp finish. Typically about $12 per 750 ml bottle. (www.halvemaan.be)

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