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: 189   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
n the 80’s the interest for traditional regional beers increased. Véronique, 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rich42 (128) - USA - OCT 9, 2002
malty sweet, bit of sourness - especially on the nose. toffee, very dark candy sugar little bit of a buttery note. touch of fruit. cloudy red-brown color. little syrupy - but enough hopping to make it reasonably well balanced. very good.

kraddel (9336) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - NOV 1, 2016
Pours dark, rather clear. No real head. Smell is weak, bit oxidized. Taste is bit earthy, oxidation, yet no portorization. Bit caramelized. Mild bitter touch .

JefVerstraete (3747) - Oosterzele, BELGIUM - APR 9, 2015
Bottle bought a while ago in the Bierloods, Adegem. Best before 2009. Dark brown colour, beige foam, doesn’t last a long time. Aroma of caramel, plums, raisins and brown sugar. Light notes of port. Not bad.

Alengrin (5893) - BELGIUM - OCT 14, 2014
The dark version of the original Brugse Straffe Hendrik, discontinued when Riva went bankrupt. Deep caramel brown colour, yellowish white, medium thick foam and malty profile with dried fruits, candi syrupy sweetishness without being cloying, caramelly malts and mild grassy hop bitterness in the finish. Was a decent but not very distinctive Belgian ale.

mmahut (1858) - CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 6, 2014
Clean deep dark amber with low tan head. Aroma has licorice, toffee, burned caramel. Evident alcohol. Woody. Taste has medium bitterness with medium chocolate dark sweetness. Body is full, creamy, medium carbonation.

BOSSbrewer (2705) - Arkansas, USA - AUG 18, 2013
Rated with a different app and I am unfortunately not able to import my comments here.

ljstephenson (250) - Enterprise, Alabama, USA - OCT 11, 2012
Deep mahogany pour with a thin white head. Aroma is strong fruit, including plums and raisins. Flavor is very sweet with raisin & plum. Finish is sweet, malty, no alcohol presence. ---Rated via @jxray76 on Twitter

olio (10692) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 15, 2012
Draught @ Brewpub, Bruges.
Rated on 20100715.
Pours hazy amber color with medium head. Aroma of caramel, ripe fruits and grass. Flavor of caramel malts, fruits and some dry hay.

BelgBeerGeek (1307) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - APR 3, 2012
From backlog , bit aged

Head: Off white, medium sized, foamy
Smell: malts, bit spicey, some candy sirup, yeasty, bit of licquorice
Taste: along the line of the smell , quite well bodied and pretty easly drinkable , altough of the rich sweet palatse it’s clearly a winter beer.

bierbeek (97) - Beek, NETHERLANDS - MAR 1, 2012
33 cl bottle. Deel Brown colour with big foamy white head. Aromas of dried fruits, malts and some cinnamon. Taste: sweet dried fruits, spicey, yeast. Aftertaste is heavy, because of the alcohol, some liquorice. Very flavourfull and well balanced sweet beer.

bth122 (1704) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2011
Poured a amber brown. Full head. Draft. Raisons, plum, candy sugar. Med light sweetness, light bitter. Nice and complex. Slight alchohl bite. Nice stuff

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