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

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RATINGS: 784   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.3
Alengrin (5561) - BELGIUM - SEP 12, 2014
New, tripel version of the old Straffe Hendrik Blond, the brand name of which was bought from Moortgat (which acquired it through Riva’s bankruptcy) by De Halve Maan in 2008. They radically changed the recipe, made a tripel out of it and this is the result. Cream white, thick, regular head leaving pretty lacing on the edge of the glass; colour a warm yellowish peach blonde, misty. Aroma of sweetish grains, white bread, soap, green apple, freshly grated ginger, gooseberry, fresh orange peel, unripe apricots, gin, grass, fennel seed. Taste kicks off with a fresh fruitiness and sharpish citrus peel tang, elegant though, on a smooth and surprisingly light, but agreeable pale, sweetish maltiness; spicy notes kick in, drying the palate and paving the way for a long, dry finish of both spicy, leafy hop bitterness and warming, tequila-like alcohol flirting with astringency. In all, a fine tripel, more than decent and definitely an improvement compared with its (much less strong) Riva predecessor.

3.8
caesar (7165) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - SEP 8, 2014
Bottle from Mitra Bunnik, BB 07-02-2017, large sample, served in a trappist chalice. Almost clear golden to orange color, huge rocky off-white head. Aroma is spicy, flowery, noble grassy and spicy hops, slight grainy malt. Bit sweet taste, soft to medium bitterness, some metallic note familiar to the style and yeast. High carbonation, thin body. Quite dry. Quite typical tripel / belgian strong blonde.

3.6
drycellom (32) - - SEP 8, 2014
Een soort kruizing tussen een IPA en een karmeliet. Een gemakkelijk licht biertje om ’snel’ te kunnen drinken.

4.3
Jarv1987 (14) - - SEP 3, 2014
Very nice belgian beer. Sweet aroma and sweet finish. Little hoppy in the after taste.

4.1
reynaldg (38) - FRANCE - SEP 2, 2014
Bonne triple. Couleur dorée profonde, tête blanche et dense. Arôme de levure belge, banane, alcool. Corps riche et équilibré, saveur fruité et joliment alcoolisé. Une très belle triple, belge en diable ! --- Good triple. Deep golden color, dense white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, banana, alcohol. Rich and balanced body, fruity flavor and beautifully alcohol. A beautiful triple, Belgian as hell!

3.3
kingstoni (2134) - FINLAND - SEP 1, 2014
Bottle. Hazy deep golden color with a medium thin foamy off-white head. Aroma of yeast and apricot. Sour and medium bitter taste. Medium body.

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

3.5
martinrumsam (565) - BARNSTAPLE, Devon, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2014
Hazy gold with good white head. Yeasty spicy banana aroma. Quite sweet and spicy taste with nice clean finish. Medium carbonation a good triple

3.9
SG111 (1936) - New York, USA - AUG 31, 2014
Bottled. Pours a hazy golden orange yellow. White frothy head. Aroma is lots of banana, clove, Belgian spice and yeast and a fruity character. Taste is banana, spice, cloves, slightly boozy character and a depth I was not expecting in a tripel.

3.7
MadRobin (2988) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - AUG 28, 2014
On tap at Jackpot in Gallery Place, Washington, DC. Very hazy, golden color with a fine off-white head and very good lacing. Aroma of yeast, light fruit, grapes banana spices and toast. Taste of yeast, light fruit, grapes, spices, bread, banana, leaf duff and caramel. Medium body and high/medium carbonization. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
wvhoran (477) - Tasmania, - AUG 26, 2014
Bottle. Pours a golden color with an off-white head. The aroma is sweet and fruity with yeast and spice. The flavour is fruity, yeasty. A warming alcohol. Simple, good.


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