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Bruges Tripel Ale - Wild - Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

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Bruges Tripel Ale - WildBruges Tripel Ale - Wild

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BA SCORE
88
very good

118 Ratings
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Ratings: 118
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 5
Gots: 25 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan visit their website
Belgium

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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Ratings: 118 | Reviews: 20
Photo of KJHB
4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Photo of liquorpig
3.88/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of ordybill
4.96/5  rDev +25.3%
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.

Photo of metter98
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
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

Photo of outdoor7or24
4/5  rDev +1%

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

Photo of Beerswag
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%

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.)

Photo of Budinetz
4.85/5  rDev +22.5%
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!

Cheers!

Photo of Fatehunter
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%

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.

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

Photo of Flounder57
4/5  rDev +1%

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.

Photo of imscotty
4/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of Act25
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.84/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of fmccormi
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of babaracas
3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of smakawhat
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

An absolutely gorgeous looking beer. Deep bronze orange body with an orb glowing clarity. Very visible distinct lines going up the glass, and a roaring column of carbonation right in the middle. Head is a simple creamy two to three fingers tall, and very well repopulated. Minimal retention and lacing. Nearly perfect, very wowed by this beers appearance.

Very mild sense of brett, a little bit of dryness, but more hinting towards floral and mild sucrose sweetness like a solid classic Belgian tripel. Hints of penny and jolly rancher candy as well.

Palate is wonderfully sharp and crisp with a big matching amount of mineral champagne carbonation and dryness. The malts still manage to cut through this in the mid palate, with thick controlled sweetness, hinting at honey a little, but also finish with some nice dry baked white bread on the finish.

Real solid simple tripel, with just a mild hint of wildness to it. Very enjoyable.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

RB

~12oz bottle picked up at Brewer's Haven last week or the week before... Finally time to give it a nice review... Poured into my smaller 10oz snifter.. nice 1/2" white head atop a clear light orange brew.. sorta snakes of lacing.

The aroma is all kinds of interesting... pretty large grassy/herbal hoppiness with a nice punch of dank brett... lemon zest is more than present on the finish.

Lemony... earthy brett... pear/underripe apple fruity esters come to play with moderate warmth.. a little phenolic with warmth, white pepper and just hints of clove.

Body is much lighter than expected for this ABV... but still retains all balance..

Good brett presence right out of the gate... I doubt I will buy any for the cellar because I simply don't need more cellar brews, but I think this might be a decent candidate to see how the brett chews through the residual sugars.

I like this one quite a bit right now... surprisingly drinkable.

3.5/4/4/4/4

Photo of Jmamay22
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a fairly clear light amber. The straw colored head is light and fluffy with wonderful rings of lacing.

The scent is of pilsner malt, notes of hay, with a slight undercurrent of leather and funk from the brettanomyces. A touch of ripe green apples as well.

The taste begins with an initial fruity and candy like sweetness that quickly gives way to a drying phenolic finish. The brett has a less noticeable effect upon the taste. I'd be curious to try another in a year to see how it might change. Very lively and lighter mouthfeel.

Glad I picked up a bottle on a whim. Wish I had another to bring home for some aging.

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Bruges Tripel Ale - Wild from Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
88 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.