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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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88
very good

94 Ratings
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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 5
Gots: 16 | 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:
This is a wild version of their original tripel that uses Brettanomyces yeasts.

(Beer added by: dwagner003 on 01-13-2014)
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Reviews by Flounder57:
Photo of Flounder57
4/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Beerswag
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%

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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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
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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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.95/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%

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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4.85/5  rDev +22.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.85/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of smakawhat
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
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
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
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

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev 0%
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 fmccormi
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
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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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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