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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: 542   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   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.


2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dorwart (2382) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 14, 2012
Moderate off-white head of fine bubbles with very good carbonation. Grass and straw aroma with some yeast, cereal grains and a touch of lemon. Color is a crystal clear golden orange. Wow, big alcohol presence smacks you in the face upon first sip. More cereal grains, creamed corn, sweet malts and some light herbal hops. Tastes to me like a cross between a belgian tripel and cheap malt liquor. Light hint of fruit and some metallic flavors late swallow. A bit disappointed with this one.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zacgillbanks (2463) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2012
Dark golden in colour with a warming spicy fruity flavour caramel and honey? notes and a smooth creamy finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jfb (4023) - Freising, GERMANY - MAR 6, 2012
(bottle) pours a hazy golden-orange colour with a frothy white head. aroma of heavy citrus fruits, especially lime, with light notes of bread dough, white pepper and spicy herbal hops. flavour is quite perfumed, with a medium sweetness, notes of yeast, banana and vanilla and a light-bitter finish. heavy-bodied with average carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chawkfan (27) - USA - FEB 16, 2012
Beautiful golden color. Slight alcohol taste but not overbearing. Delicious tripel.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
suurjuust (1143) - ESTONIA - FEB 15, 2012
Coppery yellow, white soapy head. Nose is sweet, yeasty with hoppy-spicy tinges. Taste is yeast, caramel, some malt, spice. Hops and spice in the finish. Medium bodied, carbonation is a little prickly, but not overly so.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
tomer (1756) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - FEB 13, 2012
Bottle, Gushing head, murky light red with lots of floties, aroma of honey drops, stale bread and some oxidised notes, flavour of honey, dried fruits and nuts with the alcohol quite noticable and a little coarse. Unbalanced and probably a bit over the hill.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hirotoma (471) - Bologna, ITALY - FEB 12, 2012
Non male! Pero’ all’inizio non ero molto entusiasta, ne del sapore ne dell’aroma, forse era troppo fredda... Dopo un po’ l’aroma l’ho apprezzato di piu’ ma non di tanto, abbastanza inodore. Il sapore invece e’ decisamente migliorato con sentori di frutta matura e dolce in primis la pesca! Si presenta invece molto molto bene, con unintenso color pesca e un bellissimo cappello di sciuma bianco per altro parecchio persistente! Il finale e’ duraturo e aromatico!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Grzesiek79 (3293) - Radom, POLAND - FEB 11, 2012
earthy, spruce, bubblegum, herbs, raisin, amber, red, brown foam, hazy, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, heavily sour, umami, full body, oily feel, bitter, average carbonation,

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JEK69 (396) - FRANCE - FEB 9, 2012
Pours amber and hazy. It has a minimal head. It smells yeast, overripped pear (ethanal?) and flowers. The heavy cloying sweetness covers evrything, where is bitterness? I am probably bored by Belgian style or tripels... Dangerous easy to drink 9% Alcohol beer ! If you love sweet Tripel go for it ! ! !

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bontus (638) - Flanders, BELGIUM - FEB 8, 2012
33cl bottle. Gift. Served it not ice cold but chilled. Pours clear orange, but full of floating coagulated proteins. Doesn’t bother me, but it looks weird. Nose is (mostly absent) yeast driven, with some sweet cereal. Aromawise this is not complex at all, has some marzipan in it. Flavorwise it is mostly sweet, and a bit one dimensional lacking some bitterness and ’bite’. Thus palate mostly viscous sweet, and the palate is warming thanks to the alcohol. Carbonation medium. As a tripel, a bit too sweet, a bit too dark in color, a bit too dull.


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