De Halve Maan Brugse Straffe Hendrik Brune

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


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RATINGS: 190   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
n the 80s the interest for traditional regional beers increased. Vronique, 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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - MAR 13, 2002
A sub-par double lacking in complexity and possessing some technical flaws. Aromas of molassas, sweet chocolate, and light apples. Sweet chocolate and some hints of dark fruit appear in the flavor profile, but the finish is harsh, bitter, and overly carbonated. For a brew with such carbonation, the head was puny and was gone before I took my first sip. Carbonation bubbles were huge. Deep brown color was pleasant, but the lack of a significant head hurts the appearance. At $5 for a 750ml, it isnt bad. However, there are plenty of better doubles out there in that price range and for just a few dollars more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 10, 2002
Hazy ruby/amber with a mega tight tiny bubbled light tan head. Moderate carbonation. Peach, passion fruit aroma with some honey, yeast and Elmers Glue. Bubbly body (a little excessive) with a nice fruity palate, yeast and peppery spiciness. ABV warms the throat immediately. Mellows slightly as it sits, where a tropical fruit juiciness appears. Finishes salty with a moldy bread taste. Definately better at first. A weird brew to say the least.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 24, 2002
Nice carbonation with a decent head, dark fruit flavours, a bit bitter, sweet at times, good, but had a bit of a rough finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
paysano99 (11) - CANADA - JAN 9, 2002
Well, i dont understand why people rate it less than the blond type, but i feel this beer as a fruity and sweet taste, altough it is very acid, it finishing is like a cooler but much better, the color is weird, maybe like the duchesse de bourgogne, this beer is worth a try, i tried 2 of them, one was rancid, so maybe you better be carfull when trying this beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (7598) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2001
Head is small, frothy, off-white, and fully diminishing. Body is dark orange-brown and hazy (bottle conditioned). Aroma is predominantly dark bread/molasses malt (some roasted/coffee character), with faint grapefruity hops, hint of doughy yeast, some banana, honey, licorice, cola, and ginger. Medium to full body, dry and mostly syrupy texture, soft to flat carbonation. Flavor is predominantly sweet, with a small amount of acidity and trace bitterness, with a sweet and slightly sour finish. Disappointing one-dimensional flavor/mouthfeel and aroma...leans heavily in the syrupy malt direction.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shorlin (721) - St. Johns, Newfoundland, CANADA - NOV 16, 2001
Nice carbonation. Decent head retention. Deep red-brown colour. Perfect Belgian ale aroma. Yum yum yum. Big alcohol impressions in the flavour. Sweet with a nice mouthfeel. Good beer!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 21, 2001
ANother great Brugse product. Huge aroma: apples I think, other fruit. Some sweetness, a little bit of a tinny palate though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (16969) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 3, 2001
UPDATED: APR 6, 2003 Reddish-chestnut, hazy, w/ thick pockmarked head; aroma of plums and pear brandy, with traces of yeast, alcohol and Special B; alcholic and light, sweet, apple notes jump to the fore of the palate, leading into a malty middle. The finish, however, is harsh - stinging carbonation, a touch too much acidity (or not enough, if that's what they were going for) and no complexity to the malty sweetness. Good, but could do with less CO2, as the malts would be allowed to strut their stuff a little more and the finish would be so much smoother.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (12556) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - AUG 22, 2001
deep brown colour, fine head, deep malt and caramel aroma, caramel flavor, sweet, long aftertaste

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobertVerloop99 (130) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - AUG 20, 2001

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