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Brugse Straffe Hendrik Blond

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Formerly brewed at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
Style: Belgian Ale
Brugge, Belgium

bottled
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on tap
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 261   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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The blond variant of Straffe Hendrik, considered to be better than the brune version, but that is to be found out on ratebeer.com!


3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ectuohy27 (577) - ESTONIA - JUL 6, 2010
This was the first beer i ever had on my own (as a tender teenager in Belgium on the factory tour); surprised to find it again. Pretty dark for a "blond," its low head and fruity aroma remind one of a pale ale; its complexity, full body, bite (6%) and thicker texture indicate its Belgian provenance. Higher carbonation is a plus too. Not bad, but alas perspective does not always improve the taste :)

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bragesnak (5346) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 4, 2010
Halve Maan Brewpub, Brügge, Belgium. 2007, Tap Blonde with white head. Aroma of malt and yeast. Flavor is with fruit and spices.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Glouglouburp (6004) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 1, 2010
In short: A generic sweet Belgian blonde ale.
How: Bottle 330ml. Consumed some time ago, probably when 6+ months of age.
The look: Cloudy blonde body, lots of small particles, small long lasting small head leaving good lacing.
In long: Yeasty nose with spicy notes. Taste has plenty of bready malts, sugary cake, a bit doughy, some fruit skins, no hops, medium spiciness that seems to come from the yeast, metallic notes, some old sugary honey, a touch of lemon, light acidity, light notes of oranges. Spiciness almost dry out the finish. Alcohol is apparent despite the relatively low abv. All in all this is the kind of beer I’ve had a million times before. Drinkable but nothing special. I had found memories of the Straffe Hendrik. This beer along with the old version of Lucifer were once widely distributed and I used to drink the shit of it. I thought it was great back in the days. This is one of the handful of beer that got me into craftbeer years ago. Now many years later I drink a bottle to rate it and I wonder what I liked so much about this beer. Clearly a case of the good old days multiplied by a bad memory.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (8240) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 7, 2010
Light copper pour with generous head. Sweet mildly spiced Belgian ale. Rated 5/2/04

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
faroeviking (10290) - FAROE ISLANDS - APR 8, 2010
Fløska, Unclear amber-orange colour. Sweet malty caramel fruity yeasty bit spice in aroma. Good mouthfeel. Sweet malty caramel pleasant flavour with some fruit, yeast, light bitternmess. Nice.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Elwood (3079) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAR 14, 2010
Serving: 330 ml. bottle from Fire Works. Pours a light copper color with a foamy, white head. The nose is dusty with notes of Belgian yeast, clove, perfume, and forals. The taste is classically Belgian with all of the yeast and spice notes. There is a good bit of dust and a tough of hay as well. The mouthfeel is light with high carbonation and a medium-short finish. A classic if somewhat predictable Belgian ale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Muggus69 (1175) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - FEB 10, 2010
Picked up a 33cl bottle in Brugge Hazy orange body, large rocky white head hangs around. Spicy aroma; lots of pepper and clove, notes of ripe summer fruits and citrus. High carbonation, big body, creamy texture that dries out eventually. Rich pale malt sweetness upfront, ripe apricot and melon esters with spice lingering on a slightly boozy finish. Nice tripel, maybe not as good as others.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
HenrikSoegaard (10480) - Randers, DENMARK - FEB 7, 2010
Bottle. Frothy white good mostly lasting head. Yellow colour. Light malty and hoppy aroma. Week yeasty notes. Moderate bitter slightly bready flavor. Average moderate bitter finish. Oily palate. Not very good.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
saxo (13913) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 6, 2010
Bottle. Medium head with medium duration. Color is golden-amber. Aroma and taste are sugar, caramel, hops, malt, fruits and yeast.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Joen (39) - Tricht, NETHERLANDS - FEB 4, 2010
30 cl bottle. Pale coloured beer with colourless head. yeasty odour but also a bit cheese smell like old hops have been used. A bit sharp mouthfeel due to the excessive CO2. Nice bitter taste which lasts


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