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Straffe Hendrik Wild

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

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RATINGS: 100   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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This is the regular Straffe Hendrik Tripel, but this time fermented with wild Brettanomyces yeast strains.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (6034) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 28, 2014
330mL bottle, pours a clear copper with a voluminous white head. Nose brings out brett upfront, followed by more conventional Belgian yeast and light spiciness. Flavour brings out half and half brett yeast and Belgian yeast, with light fruity esters. Very well-balanced, finishing fruity, bretty and traditionally Belgian yeasty. Very nice stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mansquito (3297) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JUL 27, 2014
Whole Foods Bowery, NYC bottle ($6): Pours orange with a white head. Aroma is immediately that of Brett, and if you dig under that, you will find that there is also a tripel. Taste is funky, but not really sour. Definitely, this a wild ale in that sense of the word. Plenty of earthy undertones. Nice aftertaste. Mild sweetness. A nice sipping beer. High alcohol well-covered, of course.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
njnut (213) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 26, 2014
Poured into Trappist glass a orange amber with huge white head and plenty of lace. Aroma is banana, brett, spice. Taste is banana, spice with a small alcohol note and a very small sour note in the finish. Earthy Brett follows through the finish. Mouthfeel is creamy. Well done.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4116) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 24, 2014
Bottle... Poured somewhat hazy, golden yellow with a thick forming, egg shell head. Aroma of mild yeast spice and grainy bread-like tones. Well attenuated and thick mouthfeel. Light lemon and citrus zest, alcohol warmth, and yeast spice. Slight tangy with a hint of musky hey, funk balance by malty grains and sweetness. Really nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (3674) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUL 24, 2014
Very nicely done. Just enough bretta but not too much to take over floral aroma and coriander. Pours cloudy brown. Light bitter finish. Some hay and light grapefruit. Some lemon peel. A touch of booze. Bottle from u street beer and wine.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mike_77 (2987) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 22, 2014
Aroma of white wine, apples, grapes. Initial fruity, sweet notes then more apple/grape tartness and a metallic bitter finish. It’s slightly tart and funky but with pockets of sugary sweetness too. Strange and interesting but not brilliant.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Douberd (2085) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - JUL 21, 2014
Bottle 330ml, thanks to skullgeorge! Poured into a tulip glass, ABV 9% Deep orange colour on the body wiht intense activity in it, more than two fingers of off-white head sitting on top, very thick, with great retention. Fruity aroma as expected from a tripel, with peaches and apricot, some sugar but then also some sour notes of grapes and white wine. Taste remains sweet and fruity, again some sugar and yeast, clear brett character, white homemade wine. Medium thin body, nice carbonation, quite dry palate. Overall quite good, succesful experiment although it seems like they played on the safe side and avoided anything too extreme.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
corkyrory66 (528) - BELGIUM - JUL 20, 2014
Bière triple qui est une variante de la triple avec une refermentation sur Brettanomyces et le même niveau abv de 9 %. Couleur ambre soutenu à roux moyen. Apparence avec un tout léger voile. Bulles très fines partout, vives, en colonnes, superbe. Mousse blanc cassé très douce et fine, qui tient à 3 mm. Arômes de sublime houblon, malt, quelques épices, pointe de muscade. 1ère bouche soyeuse sur du malt fumé très intense. Arrière-bouche maltée, avec des pâtes, pointe de lavande, longue. 2ème sur du malt, des herbes et épices, saveurs complexes. 3ème avec une bouffée de foin, blé mêlé d’avoine. Arrière-bouche jolie. La longueur donne une pointe de melon, du tabac blond, pamplemousse. Des bouffées denses de fumée de paille et de chaume torride. La levure est un peu fruitée, pour moi moyenne. L’alcool est très bien et progressif. La finale est un peu uniforme. CONCLUSION : une bière qui a de très belles qualités, mais ses bouffées répétitives très spécifiques conduisent sur la longueur à un certain effet paradoxal de monotonie !! Comme quoi, variante d’une très grande bière est difficilement une très grande bière ….

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
skortila (4436) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JUL 19, 2014
Bottled. Full 33cl sample. The aroma has fowery and a little citric hoppiness, earthy yeast tones there. Bit hazy, golden coloured beer with a big, white head. The taste is refreshing, slightly bitter, has earthy yeast tones, flowers, bit citrus, hint of honey. Nice beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
HIGHB4LL (447) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 13, 2014
11.2 oz. bottle from Wilbur’s. Appearance: two finger white head, very lively, golden straw yellow, clear, good lacing. Aroma: earthy, fruity, grass, floral, light caramel. Palate: light body, alchohol warmth and thinness, lively carbonation, bitter finish. Taste: sweet and earthy yeast, medium sweet to medium bitterness. Overall, very nice balance, love the rich aromas, very unique.


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