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Straffe Hendrik Blonde - Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

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BA SCORE
83
good

45 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-16-2002)
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Reviews by MrNuggets:
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MrNuggets

Oregon

2.63/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A lazy day in a beautiful city called Brugge. Figured a couple hours hangin' out in an old brewery would be a great way to kill some time.
The tour consisted of climbing down a few dangerously narrow stair cases, hitting my head on a very short doorway and staring at old brewing equipment. After listening to the tour guide drown on in Flemish, English, French & German about the brewing process and the good ol' days of the half moon brewery; I was darn ready for that beer they give you at the tours finish.

Served in a goblet topped with a large white fuffy head. Bright yellow in colour with a cloudy body. Smelled dull of various beer related qualities. Tasted like adjunct. Easy on the mouth muscle. Drank this as quick as possible and got the heck out of there.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2005 03:06:30 | More by MrNuggets
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

01-03-2012 18:41:34 | More by mxmcmillan
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +9.9%

11-25-2011 14:44:51 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a lightly hazy yellow color with a pretty good sized head on top. The lacing is light and the retention is a decent. The smell of the beer gives off some light sour notes but mostly had some grains and Belgian yeast on the nose. The taste of the beer is similar to most Belgian Tripel's and Pale Ales. The mouthfeel is light bodied and easy to drink. Overall this brew isn't too bad.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 18:38:04 | More by Knapp85
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ThaCreep

Belgium

3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Very fresh nose that recalls dairy products and especially lactic acid. The attack is equally fresh with quality hops and a touch of yeast valuable. Mouth rather small, very hoppy and dry. The finish is clean and good sharpness. Easy to drink and very pleasant in the mouth, it can only give pleasure to the lover of good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2010 16:36:15 | More by ThaCreep
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rodenbach99

Quebec (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 bottle, the first time I drank this bottle was in Brugges 15 years ago.

A: yellowish, golden with a white head, some head retention but thin.
S: some bitterness on the nose, some hops
T: fizzy on the tongue, nice bitterness, a lot of caracter
M: medium-bodied ale
D: nice refreshing belgian ale, I like this one

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2009 01:47:18 | More by rodenbach99
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Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle shared courtesy of fatty (thanks!).

Poured a medium yellow color with a small sized white head. Very small floaters that were suspended throughout the beer. I initially got aromas of yeast, citrus and spices until Eric ruined it by the power of suggetion by saying it smelled like a beach ball. Tastes of citrus, spices, yeast and a little fruity. Lively body with a crisp and clean finish.

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01-07-2009 19:36:23 | More by hopdog
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Ontario (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Four 12oz bottles purchased at Jovi in Gatineau. Best before date of October 2008, consumed in July 2008. Pours a nice pale cloudy gold with a large billowing head. Light yeasty aroma. Taste is on the light side with a mild spice feel from the yeast.

Serving type: bottle

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Maryland

4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap in Bruges, Belgium, not far from the brewery. The brewery is the ONLY non-commercial family-owned brewery left in Brugge/Bruges, sadly.

A= very nicely served in its proper glass on the plaza. Typically gorgeous Belgian-blonde with a very large fluffy white head.

S= refreshing whiffs of intrigue, very bountiful bouquet.

T= mild carbonation, fine bubbles in a lovely fruity-floral Belgian mix, definitely an exemplary beer in its Belgian style. Malts evident in the finish, also some licorice/anise presence (somewhat like Leffe Blonde but this is better).

M= nice memories after each sip, yet a slight after-burn on the tongue.

D= very drinkable if you can find it on-tap, anywhere.

Serving type: on-tap

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ThatWineGuy

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Exp Dec 08. I found this beer extremely difficult to pour, despite pouring slowly, the liquid immediately fizzed down the glass and created a huge head that threatened to overflow the glass although only an inch of beer was in the glass. The consistency of the head was meringue-like, very large bubbles that stuck around forever. The smell started out spicy, then spearmint and later scotch whiskey as it warmed. Very full mouthfeel, dry fruit, then sour, then a candy apple sweetness, hops, then lemon. I thought there was a wide range of flavours that unfolded, all quite tasty. The finish is bitter with sharpness, lingering malt. As might be expected from the pour, a bit gassy. A lot of yeast came with a second, shorter pour, much more on the bottom of the bottle. This was certainly an interesting taste treat, thanks to biegaman, this from his recent trip to Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2007 04:12:03 | More by ThatWineGuy
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thierrynantes

France

3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sorry but this following comment is in french :

Appearance : voilée qui malgré sa faible effervescence, présente une belle mousse qui colle bien au verre.
Smell : Nez caractéristique de coriandre et de levure.
Taste and mouthfeel : Ronde et veloutée, le sucré se marie merveilleusement bien à l'amertume et à l'alccol. L'étalement se fait sur un doux fondu avec une acidité qui donne de la profondeur, de l'équilibre et de la compléxité.
Drinkability : bonne bière dans le style Belgian pale ale

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2007 11:22:48 | More by thierrynantes
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BeardedSquash

Tennessee

3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: A clean golden liquid pours with absolutely no head but plenty of bubbles at the base of the glass.

S: Caramel nose with hints of light raisin. Some grass and floral notes come around as the beer warms.

T: Dry, almost champagne-like. Some wood flavors roll around with an organic floral hoppiness. The taste ends with a slightly sour swallow.

M: Dead, but I kind of like it that way. With the earthen flavors it almost feels aged. With the lack of head and the low mouthfeel, I think I might have got a bad cork. It's not an appropriate mouthfeel, but I do like it, even if it is a mistake.

D: I gave this a higher score than the others because I think this beer is bigger than the sum of its parts. Who knows, maybe I just like beer too much.

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janubio

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3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle. It pours a peachy golden colour, witha creamy head. Smell is floral, biscuit, some coriander notes and some sutile citric.
Taste is a bit sour, but with gentle sweet notes. Some biscuit too. Light body. Not much of a special beer, but it's easily drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle bought from www.onlyfinebeer.co.uk

Poured a pale golden yellow colour... White head poured thick and foamy then faded quickly to a thin layer... quite a lot of carbonation shoots to the surface...light sticky lacing...

Aroma - Spicy fruits (grapefruits, pears, some light pineapple), very light biscuity malts, some floral notes, faint lambic like earthiness, vanilla, some cloves, grassy / pine hops...

Taste – Light fruitiness (apples, lemons, some pears and grapefruits), some creaminess, metallic traces, light biscuitiness, salty notes, peppery, typical Belgian yeasty notes, light floral hop bitterness, no real sweetness...

Feel - Pretty sharp and dry. Light body... Very refreshing and drinkable...

Overall - A very clean and crisp pale ale.... Well worth a try...

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2006 13:43:53 | More by mdagnew
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horndecker

New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle.

A great significant clumpy froth erupts over an orange-yellow, clear brew. It leaves, not lace, but sticky suds. It has a lambic scent, and a fresh citric/grapefruit thing. A sweetish malty start to the taste, bitter behind it. A medicinal hop lingers in the aftertaste, not too pleasant actually. The best thing about this brew is the toasty malt once you get used to the hit of sweetness. But it doesn't finish well, making for a disappointing experience.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2006 13:16:51 | More by horndecker
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale light yellow with tons of head. Yeasty and eggy scent. yeasty taste, malty and a drop of sugar, somewhat metallic like a lager, drop pineapple and sourish finish , but very drinkable. Banana yogurt creamy full mouthfeel. Refreshing on a hot summer night.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2006 02:51:24 | More by Sammy
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tcayiajr

Louisiana

4.97/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This Beer hold's a special place in my heart. When I was 16 my parents hauled me out for a European vacation. By chance we happened to voyage to Brugges on a beautiful late June in 2002. My father in all his brilliance managed to entice my mother to go lace and chocolate shopping with my much younger brother while pops and I happened to wander down the greatest street in the world right into the Straffe Hendrik Brewery. After trying to use my french skills with the bartender and finding out that he spoke perfect english we were served 2 litre size mugs of straffe hendrik blonde. My father and I both agreed that this was one of the best (only beers in my case) that we have ever drank. The taste is sublime. It's smooth, but the flavor is dynamic with a wonderful complement of hops. IT'S PURE BLISS!

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2006 20:48:16 | More by tcayiajr
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Straffe Hendrik Blonde from Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
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