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Bruges Tripel Ale - Wild - Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

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Bruges Tripel Ale - WildBruges Tripel Ale - Wild

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

29 Reviews
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Reviews: 29
Hads: 139
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 19.56%
Wants: 6
Gots: 29 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan visit their website

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 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 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 petewheeler
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of alienlifeforcecube
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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 seavercm
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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3.95/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of StephRai
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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 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 RCH1
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Denzo
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of robotiks
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of Antyk
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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 desint
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of jaydoc
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smakawhat
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


~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.


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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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Bruges Tripel Ale - Wild from Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
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