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Brugse Straffe Hendrik Brune

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


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RATINGS: 189   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
n the 80’s the interest for traditional regional beers increased. Véronique, daughter of Henri IV, launched a new special beer in 1981. It was a blond beer of high fermentation. The first time it was brewed it was for the inauguration of the Saint-Arnold statue in Bruges. Saint-Arnold is the patron of the brewers … However, the beer was a success and the Mayor asked for it to be served at receptions in the townhall. The beer was a bit stronger than other beers and that is why it got the appropriated name of ‘Straffe Hendrik’ (Strong Henri). In 1988 Riva NV took over the beer brand. Straffe Hendrik have been brewed by Riva in Bruges until 2002.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mklein818 (172) - Etterbeek, Virginia, BELGIUM - MAY 12, 2005
A quality performer--and a more satisfying brew than the sister Blonde. Deep flavors, firm strength, moderate hoppiness. Best drunk in Brugge, perhaps at the brewery which does a first-rate tour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sayravai (4708) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 14, 2005
(Bottled, BBE 08/2009) Dark red-amber color with a large, foamy and tanned head. Lightly vinous, toffee-caramely-malty aroma. Slightly sweet-sour, earthy flavor of caramely malt, toffee, dried fruit, apples, candy. Hides the ABV quite well, but not completely - which is good. Medium to full-bodied, slicky palate with foamy, but soft carbonation. A quite complex, balanced and enjoyable strong ale. The best I’ve had in a while!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JayBaxter (407) - Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2006
Dark deep red with a soft creamy head,aroma is rich and dark ( belgian strong? reminiscent of a Trappist ) Flavour although rich and malty isn’t ,but still a good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
destroye7 (312) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 27, 2006
330 ml bottle. Dark liquid. Reddish in the light. Nice foamy head. Good carbonation. Caramel taste. Great belgian ale

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 2, 2009
bottle, pours light brown, tall tan head. Light alcohol and honey sickle nose. Wow, complete shock and suprise. This is so good. Amazing carmel malt and fig turning into a light spice and yeasty finish. Lingers for a while with a light alcohol and some cinnamon heat. Moderately carbonated with a medium mouthfeel. Nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bth122 (1498) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2011
Poured a amber brown. Full head. Draft. Raisons, plum, candy sugar. Med light sweetness, light bitter. Nice and complex. Slight alchohl bite. Nice stuff

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shag (2839) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - SEP 20, 2003
Wow that aroma! Smells of cherries, raisins, caramel, oranges, etc. One of the best aromas I've smelt in a beer! Pours dirty brown with no head to speak of. Flavor is caramel, raisins, and a slight alcohol taste. The flavor is much less complex than the aroma. Mouthfeel is a little syrupy and sticky with a decent body. A different but nice Belgian.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FezMonkey (268) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 9, 2007
Dark mahogany color with no head with slight aroma of malts and fruits. Thick and rich with flavors of raisins and dark fruits. Very little carbonation remaining in this one, the cork was dated 1999. I really enjoyed this one

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (12078) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUN 10, 2008
Bottle @ Den Tatoverede Enke, Cph.
Pours deep brown with a small, off-white, creamy, film head. Aroma is roasted, lots of caramel and lightly roasted with some yeastiness. Super creamy mouthfeel. Sweet flavour with light toffee, good yeast and nice viniousity. Super balance - extremely drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bierbeek (97) - Beek, NETHERLANDS - MAR 1, 2012
33 cl bottle. Deel Brown colour with big foamy white head. Aromas of dried fruits, malts and some cinnamon. Taste: sweet dried fruits, spicey, yeast. Aftertaste is heavy, because of the alcohol, some liquorice. Very flavourfull and well balanced sweet beer.

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