Straffe Hendrik Blonde - Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
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3.1/5 rDev -15.1%
Based on the price I paid for this bottle, I expected it to be worthy of serving into my St Bernardus goblet. It wasn't.
Pours a clear, tangerine gold body, with no head. Hmm..
Aroma is restrained for a Belgian ale. Some banana, mango, and wool sweater yeastiness are picked up, after a bit of concentration on the nose.
Mouthfeel is, surprisingly, subtle for a Belgian. Low carbonation suggests flatness in this medium bodied ale.
Taste is unimpressive. Some hints of tropical fruits, earthy yeastiness, and crystal malts are present, but not profound. Flat carbonation suggests a bad bottle.
I'm not saying what I paid for this "less than stellar" bottle. Sometimes, I prefer to be my own, personal fool. Check with your merchant, or distributor, before purchasing one of these.
10-03-2004 01:10:35 | More by merlin48
4.13/5 rDev +13.2%
Semi-transparent peach. Moving towards opaque amber as the dregs are introduced. Glacier-esque head is explosively white, well-formed and slow-moving. Looks damn good.
A mixture of apricot fuzz and bread dough in the nose. Peppery too.
Enters the mouth with a dry, crackery pale malt base. This is more than simply a foundation, rather a feature flavor in itself. Solidly bready and crusty a la sourdough. Fruit is present, though never explicit. Peach, mangoes and apricot add intrigue. Doughiness remains, but turns in a cookie direction. Spicing enters with tempered cloves and white pepper. Some mustiness is carried along and shows up with chalkboards and basement floors. Hopping is noteworthy. Persuasively bitter with roots and brittle herbs. Ends grassy and bone dry.
Medium-light bodied. Downable in gulps despite its rapid carbonation. Tasty and mucho sessionable.
More of "ummm..guzzle..guzzle" than "wow! sip...sip". And I have no problem with that.
A dead-ringer for a "milder" version of Unibroue's La Fin du Monde. The yeast traits are nearly identical.
Nice one here.
11-14-2003 08:37:22 | More by cokes
3.68/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
08-09-2006 02:51:24 | More by Sammy
4.97/5 rDev +36.2%
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!
06-22-2006 20:48:16 | More by tcayiajr
3.25/5 rDev -11%
Bottle Poured a light blond beer with a nice bubbly head. Aroma is sweet with a nice mix of malt and hops. Great carbonation with a medium body and I also noticed quite a lot of sediment at the bottom. Taste has a good mix of spices with a subtle bitter aftertaste. Overall, this is an average Belgian Ale but Im not sure I would drink this again since theres some better Belgian brew out there.
03-01-2004 16:23:49 | More by Phyl21ca
3.95/5 rDev +8.2%
The beer debouches a limpid golden yellow with the head modest in size, bright white in color, semi-creamy in texture and the lace a thin but covering sheet for the glass. The nose a bit vinous, with a sweet backing, unmistakable sour apple aroma, earthy and citrus crisp, start is quite sweet, pleasingly malted with the top light to middling in feel. Finish is formidable in its acidity, the hops pleasing and their spiciness grows as the beer warms to the glass and the room. Aftertaste very dry, vinous and very long lasting, a quite quaffable beer, and one that is a good representative to the style.
12-30-2003 19:44:48 | More by Gusler
3.25/5 rDev -11%
Clear, honey-coloured brew with a small head.
The aroma contains honey, bananas and something sour (apple, lemon?)
The same sourness comes back in the taste, along with some spices and a slightly bitter finish.
Pretty flat and thin mouthfeel. Wich is nice for a change.
The drinkabillity is good although I wouldn't like more than one of these on one evening. It's just too boring for that.
Nothing intresting about this one, no real complexity and no bite.
Not really worth trying in my opinion. There are much more intresting beers around. Even in this style.
12-18-2004 12:40:45 | More by Paddez
3.75/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
01-26-2010 16:36:15 | More by ThaCreep
3.28/5 rDev -10.1%
A nice thich creamy white head, probably one of the best foam Ive seen in a while. Unfortunately there were many deposits in my glass. A shy blonde body, very thin. Great carbonisation it was fun to see the bubbles dancing anyway.Taste a bit sour, fruity, a tiny bit of clover and banana taste. My first sip I had a taste of wet cartonboard then this dissapeared, maybe my bottle was bad, but the taste did not come back later on.
12-05-2004 23:44:49 | More by 3Vandoo
3.18/5 rDev -12.9%
Thanks goes out to fatty for this one.
Appears a light gold with a lush white head that lasts. Streaky lacing and lots of carbonation are seen.
Smell is grainy with evident alcohol and a squash aroma, along with grains of paradise, breadiness, and something reminescent of a brand new beach ball smell.
Taste is grainy and slightly sweet with many of the aromas coming through in the taste.
Mouthfeel is lingering on the front of the tongue with effervescence pounding away and a semi-dry finish.
09-30-2005 16:38:28 | More by weeare138
3.73/5 rDev +2.2%
Served in lovely stemware from the brewery, this comes out a deep clear gold under a firm contoured white head with plenty of lace. The nose is mildly hoppy with a touch of malt. The mouth is semi-flat and well balanced. The initial taste is mild, with a touch of that typical francophone herbal sweetness. The finish is mildly hoppy, with a bit more bite in the aftertaste. Nice brew.
07-30-2003 12:18:59 | More by Globetrotter
3.7/5 rDev +1.4%
Brilliantly clear golden hue if decanted off the sediment. The initially tremendously thick and creamy ivory white head recedes slowly into a moderate and static layer that leaves loose lace. Peppery spice upfront in aroma, followed by floral honey like sweetness and light clove phenols. Green apple acetaldehyde exists as a pleasant undertone. Flavorwise this brew is dominated by a combination of residual sweetness, lightly tart fruit, notes of honey and mellow clove. Hop bitterness is mild, but appropriate since the apparent attenuation is fairly high and residual sweetness is low. The light body and high carbonation lends a mouthfeel that borderlines on prickly. Finishes clean, quite dry w/ a slight chalkiness briefly lingering. Although certainly an enjoyable Belgian Pale, yeast contributions in flavor were too subdued and it was a touch too dry and over attenuated. That being said, Hendrik is very clean, balanced and somewhat tame all around, and thus exhibits good drinkability.
08-27-2002 18:06:55 | More by marc77
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
3.7/5 rDev +1.4%
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...
10-02-2006 13:43:53 | More by mdagnew
3.25/5 rDev -11%
Pours a golden, lagerish color and a very weak head that left a bit of lacing down the sides. This one seemed to be flat, but that might just be how it is made. However I did not care for the lack of carbonation. Taste was very simple for a Belgian. It was alright but not great. A combination of bready sweetness combined with a slight yeastiness here. It seemed like the brewers had missed an ingredient or step in the process because something seemed to be missing that could've made this a really good beer. But oh well. There's many more better Belgians to be had.
10-19-2003 21:05:15 | More by granger10
3.38/5 rDev -7.4%
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.
Notes from: 9/30/05
01-07-2009 19:36:23 | More by hopdog
2.88/5 rDev -21.1%
Appearance: golden hue, good clarity, huge pillow of off-white foam that becomes rocky and slowly compacts to a thinner mass of floating islands
Aroma: malty and a bit clovey, dusty attic, slight hint of herbally hops, bananas, honey
Flavor: floury malt sweetness with an accompanying herbal hop flavor throughout, a touch of spice, finishes dryish with a slightly vegetal aftertaste
Mouthfeel: medium-light body, exploding amounts of carbonation, slight alcohol warmth
Overall Impression: I looked away from this one for a minute after I popped the cap. When I turned back, a plug of foam was slowly rising out of the bottle. Lots of bubbles in this one. So much so that you kind of lose the flavor of the beer as soon as it hits your tongue. Not bad though, even if it's fleeting.
06-16-2004 17:14:49 | More by GreenCard
3.28/5 rDev -10.1%
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.
08-30-2006 13:16:51 | More by horndecker
3.9/5 rDev +6.8%
Beer poured a clover honey color. Head was minimal and dissipated quickly. Orange and bread notes prominent in the nose. No sweetness in the flavor, just a slight tartness and sourness working together, finish is orange peel and coriander.
The beers real talent is its subtlety. Not much of a showstopper or even a session beer, but a great companion to lamb and potatoes, or any meal that presents a lot of fat and spice.
01-27-2004 22:51:08 | More by sparkydoyle
3.6/5 rDev -1.4%
Whow what a carafull poorout needed for this one and snowwhite creamy head just stays forever. Beautifull golden/bronze color make appearance more then just OK. Though its hard to get a good nosefull of flavours with this head what you find is sweet, malts, hoppy, 4-guijacol and litle sourness. Taste is maltysweet, litle sourness before it gets into a hoppy bitterness and a bittersour aftertaste. Mouthfeel is litle strange cause of the sournes but full of taste. Drinkability is ok; wouldn't mind another one.
02-09-2005 23:00:30 | More by paterlodie
3.15/5 rDev -13.7%
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.
10-04-2007 13:02:38 | More by janubio
Straffe Hendrik Blonde from Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
83 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.