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Brugse Straffe Hendrik Brune

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

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RATINGS: 187   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


rich42's rating

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rich42 (128) - USA - OCT 9, 2002
malty sweet, bit of sourness - especially on the nose. toffee, very dark candy sugar little bit of a buttery note. touch of fruit. cloudy red-brown color. little syrupy - but enough hopping to make it reasonably well balanced. very good.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mmahut (934) - CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 6, 2014
Clean deep dark amber with low tan head. Aroma has licorice, toffee, burned caramel. Evident alcohol. Woody. Taste has medium bitterness with medium chocolate dark sweetness. Body is full, creamy, medium carbonation.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BOSSbrewer (1581) - Arkansas, USA - AUG 18, 2013
Rated with a different app and I am unfortunately not able to import my comments here.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ljstephenson (249) - Enterprise, Alabama, USA - OCT 11, 2012
Deep mahogany pour with a thin white head. Aroma is strong fruit, including plums and raisins. Flavor is very sweet with raisin & plum. Finish is sweet, malty, no alcohol presence. ---Rated via @jxray76 on Twitter

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
olio (6109) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 15, 2012
Draught @ Brewpub, Bruges.
Rated on 20100715.
Pours hazy amber color with medium head. Aroma of caramel, ripe fruits and grass. Flavor of caramel malts, fruits and some dry hay.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BelgBeerGeek (1297) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - APR 3, 2012
From backlog , bit aged

Head: Off white, medium sized, foamy
Smell: malts, bit spicey, some candy sirup, yeasty, bit of licquorice
Taste: along the line of the smell , quite well bodied and pretty easly drinkable , altough of the rich sweet palatse it’s clearly a winter beer.

3.8
   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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bth122 (1254) - 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

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fullers (252) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 22, 2011
Brewery Tap, Bruges. Pours brown with moderate off white head. Aroma sweet malts with fruit notes. Full bodied, nice mouth feel. Sweetish. Very pleasant..

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ashevillebeer (2) - - MAY 24, 2011 does not count
Had this on a recent trip to Brugge, Belgium at a local bar (De Verloren Hoek) off the beaten path near the windmill on the north side of town frequented by the locals. Wonderful and friendly staff and recommended this locally brewed beer (on tap by the way). Probably my favorite beer of the entire journey around Belgium. I wish it was available in the USA. The blonde was also available but did not have the complexity of taste as the brown.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsga (6177) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 17, 2010
Big coarseish offwhite lasting head. Hazy amber body. Spicy herbal aroma with cinnamon mealy notes. Dry-sweetish spicy fruity taste with grassy herbal notes. Mild, smooth mouthfeel. Light body. Delicate and harmonic. Dry mealy fruity herbal aftertaste with honey notes lingers for a long time. Very, very nice, and dangerously drinkable. (0.33l bottle, Bistro de Pompe, Bruges.)


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