Bruges Tripel Ale - Wild - Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

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Bruges Tripel Ale - WildBruges Tripel Ale - Wild

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Reviews: 29
Hads: 139
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 19.56%
Wants: 6
Gots: 29 | FT: 3
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: dwagner003 on 01-13-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

This is a wild version of their original tripel that uses Brettanomyces yeasts.
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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A tripel with Brett. I was curious about this one when I saw it on the Bottles list at The Long Room in Chicago. Well executed but I prefer traditional tripel.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A tripel with a lot of funky horse blanket both in taste and smell? What's not to like? A tad dry in the finish and not as sweet and yeasty as I'd like a tripel. Also it's quite fizzy on the pallet which is weird.

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Photo of Jimlikesbeer
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Fruity taste. Nice flavor but not the best tripel ever. Taste lingers on the tongue. I like that. After taste is hard to describe. I think that is what is brining my rating down a bit.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into chalice, best before 3/4/2020. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big lemon, orange, peach, pineapple, apricot, pear, apple, light banana, pepper, clove, candi sugar, cracker, bread, hay, straw, grass, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy/funky yeast, earthy hops, and light-moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, orange, peach, pineapple, apricot, pear, apple, light banana, pepper, clove, candi sugar, cracker, bread, hay, straw, grass, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of peppery yeast spiciness and slight tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange, peach, pineapple, apricot, pepper, clove, hay, straw, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Fantastic complexity and balance of fruity/spicy/funky yeast, earthy hops, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a great crisp fruity/spicy yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. A good amount of dryness after the finish. High carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an awesome Brett tripel stle. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy/funky yeast, earthy hops, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the big ABV. Very similar to their normal tripel in overall flavors, with an added layer of brett complexity. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep orange in color with 2 fingers of white fluffy head. Nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is big blackberry, tart cherry, green grape juice, and citric acid.Big barnyard/ Brett funk on the nose. Really pleasant smelling beer.

This is a puzzling beer. The first half is rather light, clean, and crisp. Mildly tart fruits begin the taste. This transitions into a prominent malt sweetness near the middle of the sip. The finale is an increasing warmth and spice from the alcohol, a mild funky finish, and just a kiss of hop bitterness.

Strange beer. Not bad, but not fantastic (especially for the almost $6 dollar price). I could see this pairing well with a mixed berry pie. It gets a 87/100.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a pale orange amber color. Some good frothy white head with great retention and plenty of clumpy lacing left behind.

(S)- Bone dry yeasty funk. Bits of fruity biscuit, but just an overall dry barnyard funktastic Brett profile.

(T)- Lightly sweet, yet a dry and funky biscuity yeast profile.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Lightly sweet yet full of dry barnyard funk.

(O)- Reminds me of Orval in alot of ways, which is good since I am always a fan of Orval

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Photo of AppaZappa
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 2015 bottle poured into a tulip glass. Got a lot more Brett in the nose than the taste, which was a bit of a let down. Looking at the 2014 reviews I probably should have let it sit so that could develop more. But it's a nice and very drinkable beer and I'd get another to age and see what happens.

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Photo of brureview
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a cloudy golden color with a 4F head in a snifter, which took some time to resolve.

The aroma is spicy and fruity.

Very tart MF.

The taste is excellent: fruity, spicy, apricot.

As the beer warms up, the flavors are more pronounced.

In general, an excellent tripel with good flavor and not overdone.

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle, 2014 vintage (best by 2018 on label). Poured into a Carolus chalice.

A: Heavy carbonation in a medium light amber body. Thick foamy head with a mixture of small and large bubbles.

S: Green apple, sourness, yeasty complexity.

T: Base beer is a tripel, which mostly Belgian yeast driven. Mix that with some extra fruit and a little tang from the brett and you have a really delicious complex beer. Stronger than expected bitterness on the finish.

M: Highly carbonated with a clean finish.

O: Overall a really great beer, but I'm a sucker for bretted light Belgian styles.

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Photo of KJHB
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

4 pack of 11.2 oz bottles, best before 2018. Drunk from 43-55 F in a goblet.

Popped the cap, almost blown off the opener by the heavy carbonation! Tons of fog in and above the bottle opening. Pours a brilliant golden amber, becoming hazy as the lees pour out at the end. Highly effervescent, super fine bubbles create 4+ fingers head! Settles after a few minutes leaving rocky foam stuck up the sides of the glass.

Aroma is huge... Tart green apple, lemon rind, musty oak and brett as well. Hints of candy and florals floating in the background.

Taste is candy, malt, and oak forward, finishing earthy/funky with a mild, warming alcohol "bite." Sourness is prevalent but not off-putting. Even though this is a lighter colored beer, it has some qualities of an aged, oaked darker ale in it's flavor profile. Definitely a surprise.

Mouthfeel is fun to say the least... light/medium bodied with a champagne-like level of carbonation. Just swish it once while it's in your mouth and you go from enjoying Belgian beer, to Belgian beer flavored whip cream. Yum!

Overall, a very interesting brew, and well worth a high score. If you can find it, grab it! Probably the first beer I've had with brett that I really enjoyed.

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Photo of liquorpig
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a goblet. Vintage 2014 bottle indicates best by 2018. Big foamy head fades slowly. Golden color, fruity, little sourness. The brett is in the background, not overpowering. Pretty good overall. I'd cellar one to see if the brett becomes more prevalent.

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Photo of ordybill
4.96/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a tulip glass.
Aroma- Has a great fruit aroma with maybe some grain.
Appearance- This is a very pale yellow brew with a small white head.
Taste- Has a great citrus flavor
Palate- A medium bodied, mildly, carbonated brew with a nice dry finish.
Overall- I really love this beer, I am looking forward to having it again.

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Photo of metter98
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is relatively clear light amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high white head that died down, consistently leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the slides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of brett funk are present in the nose along with strong notes of fruity esters and candi sugars.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of grapes and candi sugars along with some bits of funk.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a tripel that would appease people that aren't fond of brett because there are only subtle amounts of funk in the smell and taste of this beer. It is rather easy to drink because the alcohol is fairly well hidden from the taste.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of outdoor7or24
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Purchased at CBX for $5.59, poured into snifter.
A: pours a light white +2 finger foam head, slowly fades, golden body color, carbonation
S: fruity esters, brett, pear, lemon, apple, white pepper, sour grape
M: medium body, carbonation, slight chalkiness feeling on the tongue
T: slight tartness and chalky on initial taste, apple, pear, white grape, brett, hints of white pepper, slight sweetness, dry finish
O: this is a 2014 bottle, very good brett based beer. 4.0

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Photo of Beerswag
4.01/5  rDev -2%

Pours not much head, thick sticky, yet sparce lacing..thin layer of head remains..
Color is murky 24 k with hints of orange..smell is bright, yeasty, apricot , pineapple, earthy, lemon -grass.. Taste is semi-sour upfront, not in a vinegar tone, more of a sout feel, than a sour taste. lots of dried apricot and pineapple, and cranberry doesnt finish too sweet, more on the dry side.. Mouthfeel is dry , light-medium bodied. Would go great with a goat cheese dish, fish, hearty-salads, and mushroom/earthy flavors (truffle, nuts, etc.)

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Photo of Budinetz
4.85/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from he bottle into a goblet. Vintage 2014. Best before 2-14-19

Pours a golden straw color with a tremendous amount of frothy, white head that dissipates slowly. Great head retention going on and some pretty good lacing around the glass.

I can immediately smell the brettanomyces and lactobacillus. Definitely sourness detected before I even sip. That honestly overpowers any other smell.

Tastes of sour apple, underripened pear, underripened apples, crab apples, Belgian yeast, Brett, lacto, and wildness! Great flavor but definitely not a typical Belgian Tripel.

Mouthfeel is pretty fantastic. Wonderful prickliness on the tongue with a slight sour/funkiness. Very drinkable dispute the 9% abv. This will sneak up on you!

Overall an awesome beer to try. Not your typical Belgian Tripel but worth buying to try. I will definitely seek this one out again!


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Photo of Fatehunter
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%

Pours a big foamy head, quite lively. The body is clear straw.
The aroma is a complex mixture of banana, melon, honey and other fruits.
The taste starts with a dry fruity mixture, mild dry lemon bitterness, and finishes with a dry mild sweet note.
The texture is soft and fizzy.
Great smelling and nice tasting.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.5/5  rDev +10%

A: One finger of cream coloured head that left great lacing over beautiful amber liquid.

S: Apples, pears, peppermint, hay.

T: Peppermint, pears, apples, light wood tones.

M: Dry medium mouthfeel, good carbonation even if a little heavy for the style.

O: Lovely. This is close to Orval in my books.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%

2014 vintage. Best before end: 2018.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, fruit, funk, and Brett aromas. Taste is much the same with fruit, yeast, funk, and Brett flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of funk bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a solid Brett usage that comes through well in both the smell and taste and works well with the base beer.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of Flounder57
4/5  rDev -2.2%

11.2 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: A two finger billowy head was poured that slowly reduced to a puffy layer. It is an orange color with great clarity of tiny bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Funk, vanilla, yeasty esters, bready, apple, pear, some sweetness, and a little booze.

Taste: Same as above with slight bitterness. Sour and funk notes are very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Medium to high carbonation, a bit dry, boozy, medium bodied, funky,and a little chewy.

Overall: It is amazing what Brett can do to an awesome beer. Make it better. Yup. I'll have another.

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Photo of imscotty
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Big frothy off-white head that rose and then faded quickly.

S: Some sour, brett, hay earthy tones.

T: A sweet slightly malty underlying base forms the palette on which layers of earthy, hay flavors are woven. Some citrus and lots, lots of peppery spiciness. Actually no sourness in the taste that I could detect after all, the aroma fooled me. The spiciness lasts in the finish a long time.

M: Light, nicely carbonated.

O: I really enjoyed this beer. I think that the reason that some of the reviews are not higher is because this beret seems to cross styles and is difficult to categorize. Sweet and pepper. Not something to drink everyday but every once in a while for something different that will wake up your taste buds, this is an excellent choice.

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Photo of Act25
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Awesome. Loved it. Must try.
Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Gorgeous beer: Deep hazed apricot body with an intense leaping head. That rises fast, rises well and again, and laces constantly. Finely crafted Belgian.

S: More classic Belgian Tripel, only going a little wild. Dry, lemon, and a candy shelf.
T: Mineral feel with a rising champagne like mid tongue delight. Finely detailed peppery, sharp, crisp, and long, long dryness. Underneath a "thick controlled sweetness, hinting at honey" wrote one reviewer. It's a wondrous see-saw of sweet and pepper as are all the best beers.
MF: Lovely, long, long bittery, peppery finish. As only the Belgian can do so far.

Super tripel, with just a little wildness. Must try, esp if you like long-finishing, peppery beers.

Wonderful with cheeses, compares well with St Bernardus.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the 11.2 ounce bottle into a Belgian tulip. This is a 2014 bottle.

A- Cloudy orange/amber color to the body. Sudsy pale white head. No visible carbonation.

S- Potently sour, funky, fruity, and earthy. Peaches and apple are the first aromas I think of. But I also get a whiff of some fresh strawberries.

T- It's interesting how this has retained some of the Tripel qualities that were not at all apparent on the nose. It's actually sweet and malty with a syrupy flavor, then some barnyard funk and a yeasty, floral, vegetal finish.

M- LIvely and effervescent feeling, with a thick-bodied malt quality. Not nearly as acidic as other wild ales. The yeast is very pronounced at the finish and there's a bit of dry bitterness. Sweetness works its way all through the palate.

I'd chalk this up as good, not great. It's not as intensely sour and acidic as I'd want a wild ale to be. I don't think I've had a spiked tripel before, so it's unique to me in that sense. I just think it needs a more aggressive wild side.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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