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Brewed by Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
Style: Abbey Tripel
Brugge, Belgium

bottled
common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 489   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Traditional top-fermentation beer that referments in the bottle. Brewed by the unique family brewery De Halve Maan, which has been located in the historical heart of Bruges since 1856. Straffe Hendrik is an authentic Belgian Triple beer, still brewed according to the original recipe. To serve cool.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 28, 2011
Pours dark golden with a mostly receding off-white head. Notes of pear, banana, caramel, and bubble gum. Medium to full bodied, lightly sweet with soft carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mile (2895) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 25, 2011
Bottle. Light amber, average to large and mostly lasting head. Moderate, malty - some wheat and sweetish aroma, caramel and some fruitiness light citrus and some spiciness, some yeast. Body is medium, malty - some wheat and lightly sweetish flavor, caramel and light fruitiness, light spiciness, some yeast. Finish is average, malty - lightly wheaty and lightly sweetish, some caramel, light fruitiness and citrus, some dryish spiciness with light hoppyness, light alcohol. OK lightly sweetish tripel - not too sweet/not too spicy.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
culchiem (2429) - Berlin, GERMANY - OCT 20, 2011
Bottle. Hazy orange with a frothy head. Aroma is sweet with alco notes. Flavour is sweet bread, yeasty. Finish is sweet with alcohol obvious.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JanVH (6) - USA - OCT 20, 2011 does not count
Lekker verrassend biertje, eerste keer dat ik het dronk was een hele verademing. Veel lekkere aroma’s, speciale smaak. Vreemde (maar daarom niet slechte) nasmaak

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MMR (284) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 16, 2011
Pours a thick beer with amber color. Very good tripel with a nice caramel taste and a sweet taste. Highly enjoyable!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rondphoto (1836) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - OCT 11, 2011
Cloudy amber with loads of sediment. Nice head, minor lacing that slips back into the liquid. Strong caramel malt with yeast and wheat and a touch of spice. Full mouthfeel accented by a light, persistent hop finish. An excellent sipping brew, recommended without reservation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (5969) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 7, 2011
Corked bottle and served in Duvel snifter:

Tasted side by side with Ommegang Tripel Perfection and Two Brothers Oh Brother! Tripel Ale

App: Beautiful clean amber hue with coppery highlights topped by a frothy head that left good lace upon the glassware. The best looking of the three. (5)

Aroma: Candi sugar, honey, biscuity and pils grain, some caramel and roast, apricots, pear, mango, almonds, and some dusty yeast esters. Very Nice with only light alcohol presence, again the best of the three (8)

Taste: Starts with lovely fruit and sweet malts wrapped around a layer of earthiness and spice. Harmony is the marriage of malt, hop, yeast and water. Full bore apricot, almond, and all spice keep it interesting. While the alcohol does not hide, it is hardly in your face either. Once again the old school Belgian tops the new world order. (8)

Mouth Feel and Overall: Lively and bright yet smooth and oily, slight chalky finish keeps it from a perfect score. (4) Everything about the beer screams Abbey Tripel and that is how it should be. I do wish it had just a bit more "pop" on the backend and perhaps a tad more depth of palate but I would gladly drink this again. (16)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Svesse (6045) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - OCT 3, 2011
(Bottle, Monk’s Café Wallingatan, Stockholm) Golden amber colour with brief off-white head and some sediment. Fruity, malty taste with dried fruit, orange, apricots and spicy hops. Fruity, malty taste with notes of orange, caramel, dried apricots and spicy hops in a fairly sweet finish with hints of candy sugar. More than medium body. Tasty and solid tripel. Nice one.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johndoughty (3895) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2011
Bottle. Tried in the Apolo hotel in Bruge. Clear golden appareance with a small head. Quite strong presence of alcohol athough not as much as you might expect considering its strength.Quite impressive.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gary (1341) - Brentford, London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 24, 2011
(750ml)The moon on the bottle looks pissed off and like it would wish to be elsewhere....nose is yeasty ,boozy , hoppy and rich. In my mouth its EXACTLY the same. Wow a yeasty , boozy Triple , what ever next ?


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