Bruges Tripel Ale - Wild - Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
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3.84/5 rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
part of me wonders if this beer was an accident. i dont think they have done it before, or any brett beers for that matter, so maybe this is a batch of tripel gone off a little. nevermind either way, because its affordable and delicious. more clear and more light in color than the regular tripel they do, and boasting an enormous just off white bubbly head that wont quit rising, and holds its shape well above the rim of the glass. its got a real bretty nose, not all funked out or tart yet, younger than that, but dry and crackery and just a tad on the wild side. there still appears to be the normal belgian yeast strain in here doing the bulk of the heavy fermenting, and the brett is more an accent, but its a nice new wrinkle in a belgian classic. im surprised it took this long to get one of these, wild fermented belgian staples. id like to see a whole lot more of them honestly. this may age real well, let the brett develop, but there seems to be some pleasant hops in it too, so maybe get a few for now and a few for later. great carbonation and freakishly dry and clean, especially for its alcohol strength. unconventional and fun at a fair price, a must try while its around on those grounds alone.
Serving type: bottle
06-27-2014 16:51:29 | More by StonedTrippin
4.24/5 rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Straight pour from a pry-off 11.2oz/330ml bottle to a teku; there’s a freshness date of February 14, 2019 printed in black ink near the bottom of the label, right of center (“14-02-2019”). I think it’s logical to assume that this was bottled on or around February 14, 2014, making this beer beer between 4-5 months old (and possibly 145 days old exactly).
Appearance (3.5): About two fingers of dense foam come off of the pour, capping a glowing, hazy, peach-golden colored body that sports lines of bubbles rushing to the surface all around the edge of the glass. Decent staying power, but not a lot of lacing, unfortunately. Gorgeous body, average head.
Smell (4.25): The brett has really dried out this beer, I think, making the aroma closer to a BSPA than tripel. Dusty hay, apple and pear skins, a light musty undertone, common crackers, grassy hops (light, but present), and a light citrus note. Nothing particularly spicy, kind of surprisingly, but I’m not complaining. A pleasant phenolic aspect comes out as it warms. The brett adds a subtle complexity that I really dig.
Taste (4.25): In the nose, the brett adds a light, pleasantly bucolic background, but on the palate it brings a surprisingly musty, leathery funk: floury biscuits, a touch of honey, green grape skins, some light pear, dusty hay, and finally a really nice, leathery backdrop that adds light tannins, musty earth, and a touch of funk. It’s a little grassy, citrusy and lightly phenolic in the finish with a slightly herbal, medicinal note and candied orange peel. Reaaally dig it.
Mouthfeel (4.5): Soft carbonation with velvety slickness and a very light prickle lead a fuller-than-medium body that comes off just a liiitle bit syrupy, but nicely so. The phenolic brett note in the finish really dries out the body in the finish, making this exceedingly easy to drink.
Overall (4.25): The head and lacing are a little disappointing, but other than that I really dig just about everything else going on in this beer. You can tell it’s a tripel at heart, even if some of the key characteristics of the style are muted or absent; at the same time, if you know what’s going on you can definitely see the brett in it—but it doesn’t wash out the other parts of the beer, either. It’s balanced, complex, subtle but still very flavorful, and generally just extremely pleasant.
Serving type: bottle
06-26-2014 02:54:33 | More by fmccormi
3.7/5 rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a clear medium orange with thin dense white head, a few wispy rings on the glass. Smell: spicy, citrus peel note, pear, lightly floral with some background graininess. Taste: pear, spicy, light biscuit, grapeskin, fairly boozy in the finish. Fluffy feel. Hmm, there are hints that this was brett'd, but it's not really coming through. Meh.
Serving type: bottle
06-09-2014 03:38:41 | More by babaracas
Bruges Tripel Ale - Wild from Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
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