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

bottled
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RATINGS: 497   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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
glennmastrange (2241) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JUN 7, 2011
Bottle. Moderate malt and hop notes of grain and perfume, light dough for the yeast, with hints of grape, wood, honey, alcohol and corn. Head is huge, frothy, off-white with some slippery lacing and is mostly lasting. Color is dark hazy amber, with lots of large ugly looking particles that make this look like egg drop soup. Flavor starts lightly sweet and moderately acidic, then finishes lightly acidic and moderately bitter. Palate is medium, oily and a bit gooey, with a carbonation between lively and fizzy, and has a moderately alcoholic finish. The body is not pretty to look at, but the flavor and aroma is fairly effective in this Abbey Tripel.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rune (7988) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUN 2, 2011
Poured from a 330ml bottle at Den Halve Maan. More or less clear apricot coloured body. A few tiny patches at the surface. Fresh and dried fruity nose. Dried fruity taste, candy sweet with lighter notes of yeast. Rounded aftertaste with a punch of alcohol. Likable (Brugge, 02.05.2011).

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Abio (1569) - Waasland, BELGIUM - MAY 30, 2011
Golden, light orange coloured beer with a head that holds ok, sticks nice to the glass. Light malty, hopped, good yeasty beer. Refreshing, but also very tastefull and a nice full bodied beer. Fruity, slightly sweet, wheat. Pretty good balanced.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (9281) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 27, 2011
330ml bottle (Bier Tempel, Bruges)
7 Initially a full sweet fruity aroma, quite an expressive tripel, promising good things. After settling in the glass for a few minutes, some sharper citrussy notes come out, as does a sweet graininess and a dry bitter earthy hoppiness. Added all the yeast for the last 1/4 of the glass, and it suddenly came alive with wheatiness too.
4 Decent orange, perfectly clear, initially a large fluffy white head, but that settles to almost nothing. Does continue to bubble slowly.
7 Full estery retronasals, but also quite nettley too. There is a hint of booziness, but for 9% it’s remarkably well restrained. Main taste is a earthy, slightly rubbery, combination of noble hops and sweet slightly toasted malts.
4 Slightly sweet and smooth in the palate, but with quite crisp carbonaton. Finish initially tingly and bitter, and then massively liquoricey. Tingle lasts a while.
14 Sweet and a little heavy and heady, without the uplifting dryness of the best triples, but still very tasty indeed. They don’t need the 9%, so should cut down on the sugars OG and FG, and keep everything within more boring bounds, at less risk. After adding all the yeast towards teh end, it improved the fullness of the taste and finish, and the aroma, so I do recommend getting every last drop out of the bottle.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wlajwl (3814) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAY 24, 2011
Dark gold in appearance with sediment. The flavor is of yeast, spices and balanced between sweet and bitter. A very solid Tripel.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrHangover (2456) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAY 23, 2011
Man how I start to love de Halve Maan brewery. The Straffe Hendrik Triple pours as a yellow beer with this nice firm, large head. The head stays on during the drinking of this beer leaving lacing on the glass. The aroma has lemon, hops, and hints of spices like coriander and juniper. Taste has a lot of citrus, amazingly fresh for a 9% drink. Really dangerous beer because it goes down really easy. Great beer!"

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nephilium (1347) - Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2011
This beer starts with a nice aroma of banana, peach, and clove. It pours a clear amber, with visible carbonation, and a full white head that leaves good sticky lacing on the glass. There’s quite a bit of sugar in this beer, as it has a light sweet flavor, with the alcohol amazingly hidden. The palate has a bit of slickness to it, with a clean finish. This is an amazingly drinkable tripel, and I’ll be picking up more of this.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (14744) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 8, 2011
7th April 2011
On tap in De Wildeman. Clear amber beer. Short lived white head. Smooth semi dry palate. A little mild prickly carbonation. Mildly sweet tripel malt. Trace of estery banana. Finishes dry and a little minerally. A little bitterness too. Very drinkable tripel - not too sweet.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RedSox2004 (1233) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - MAY 7, 2011
Cloudy orange brown with a nice two-finger head, little retention and very nice lace. Nice spicy hops aromas with a backbone of cereal and caramel malt. Flavor follows, a touch more intense, with a pleasant bit of tartness. Medium to full body, active carbonation, warming alcohol, and a malt sweetness in the finish.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dabeerguy (17) - Arizona, USA - APR 25, 2011
The 11.2 bottle poured a thick lively head that settled quickly lacing the tulip glass. Clean floral aroma of herbs and yeast. Taste was very good with nice body, slightly sweet on the front palate but overall a great mouthfeel. Finishes with a lingering fresh bread and buttery taste.


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