The name “Straffe Hendrik” (literally meaning : Strong Henri) refers back to the family history of the Halve Maan brewery in Bruges (Brugge).
The beer is named after members of the Maes brewing dynasty, whose sons for the past five generations have been called “Henri” or “Hendrik” : the French and Dutch variations of Henry.
Even today, the beer is still brewed to the same original recipe in the same unique setting in the hart of medievil Bruges.
Brewery De Halve Maan is the last brewery operating in the old city centre.
The Straffe Hendrik Heritage is a special version of the well-known Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel. The dark and heavy beer is allowed to mature for more than a year in oak casks in the brewery’s cellars, which date back to the Middle Ages.
This gives the beer a very complex flavor.
The tannins form a harmonious unity with the rich aroma’s & taste of the special malts.
Straffe Hendrik Heritage is a beer that can be kept 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 pronounced.
Only a limited quantity of numbered bottles of this unique beer are being brewed.
Kurt from Brewery De Halve Maan in Bruges.