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


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RATINGS: 811   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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.

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Bosskie (985) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 25, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2016 Beautiful dark golden beer with a generous foamy head, well carbonated, opaque. fruity pear smell with citric accents. Some spices - cumin, bread. Bitter-sweetish flavour with a citric banana, peachy taste. Refreshing fizz, lively carbonation with a bit of a sour aftertaste.

bu11zeye (13288) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 10, 2009
(Draught) Pours a clear golden body with a thick off-white head and descent lacing. Aroma of floral, grass, caramel, and herbs. Flavor of yeast, candi sugar, caramel, and light citrus.

theisti (4248) - Kansas, USA - JUN 8, 2009
33 cl bottle that was brought back from Belgium for me from alagnak. Pour is a slightly hazed golden with a smallish off white head that left nice streaky lacing. Aroma is softly floral, straw grass, some sweet grape and raisin notes. The yeast is present at the back of the note, and is also sweet and spicy. Taste is really soft, very balanced between the sweet hay straw notes and the spicier yeast notes. The finish is slightly bitter, and lingers some with the sweetness. Palate is medium and coats the mouth decently. Finish is dry and crisp. Overall, nicely balanced Tripel that stood out among many I have tried recently. As with most Tripels I have had, got a bit sweet for my taste, but that should come as no surprise. Thanks Chris for bringing this one back for me, it was special.

MoritzF (10237) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - MAY 31, 2009
(33cl bottle) Hazy, golden colour with a thick, slightly off-white foamy head. Sweet cara-malty aroma with fruity (apricots, citrus) accents and a flowery, slightly grassy hoppy note. Sweet-bitter flavour, full bodied with a slightly sharp carbonation. Cara-malty, slightly bready and moderately fruity taste; subtle fruity and bitter hoppy finish with notes of alcohol. Decent Tripel (31.V.09).

patrick767 (4474) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 25, 2009
bottle at De Halve Maan - Pours clear yellow orange with a moderately thick head that laces well. It smells of citrus, bananas, and malt. The is sweet malt up front that goes quickly to ample hops and a dry finish. I quite enjoyed it.

kwatoko (43) - BELGIUM - APR 6, 2009
Bottle. Dark golden clear colour.I found the aroma a bit too soft. First taste is bittersweet with a hint of flowers. The alcohol taste comes after, with a bit of hop and yeast bitter. Overall not bad, but certainly not special either.

baraciisch (3473) - California, USA - MAR 30, 2009
Served in a snifter, golden in color, light yeasty aroma, slighty sweet, crisp flavor, alcohol content apparent on finish, much better than their dubbel, almost fruity on palate, very good beer

sayravai (4711) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 11, 2009
(Bottled) Clear golden-amber with a medium, lacy head. Only a bit of yeast in the bottom. Very fruity and grainy nose with some caramely malt, and distinctive Halve Maan house aroma. Very caramely-malty and grainy-starchy flavor with almost diiacetylic hints. Medium-bodied with slight alcohol presence and soft carbonation. I’m not a big fan of the house flavor, but this is drinkable - at least after a day of work and trip to Bruges :).

Borresteijn (7656) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 13, 2009
On tap at In de Wildeman. Clear golden amber colour, creamy off white head. Aroma of sweet fruits, malts, some yeast. Reminded me a bit of Leffe Blond. Flavour is soft and sweet, fruity and malty, with a metallic flavour underneath. Light bittersweet finish. Creamy and soft mouthfeel. I actually hoped they would start brewing the regular Straffe Hendrik again (especially the Brune), this is a bit of a let down. OK, but no more than that.

esox (1226) - Oulu, FINLAND - FEB 10, 2009
Bottle @ the Brewery. Hazy orange to golden beer with a large, thick and creamy white head. The aroma has sharpish spiciness, coriander and yeast. Fruity and berryish aromas too. The flavor is somewhat sweet, quite spicy, malty and gets fruityer towards the finish. Alcohol is well hidden. Low bitterness level. The palate is silky and slick, medium bodied light for a tripel. Spiciness is the most abundant thing. It could be maltier and more hopped.

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