Straffe Hendrik Blonde - Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
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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
4.22/5 rDev +15.6%
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.
07-24-2008 02:08:26 | More by therica
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
4.08/5 rDev +11.8%
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
02-24-2009 01:47:18 | More by rodenbach99
4/5 rDev +9.6%
On-tap in Bruges at an up scale, seafood joint. This honey coloured beer had a nice white cap of foam. It was served to accompany my big steamer full of moules smothered in the same beer, as well as a big plate of crunchy frites with mayo and special beer sauce. This beer has the aromas of honey, sharp floral hops, and background malts. The taste is sharp and bitter and is a perfect companion to seafood dishes. The mouthfeel is neither too thick nor too thin and the drinkability is excellent!
11-03-2003 19:45:24 | More by francisweizen
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
3.9/5 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
3.78/5 rDev +3.6%
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
10-29-2007 11:22:48 | More by thierrynantes
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
3.73/5 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
3.73/5 rDev +2.2%
Smells very much like a Belgian strong ale with some alcohol notes playing along with the wheatish and spicy aroma. Initial taste is fantastic with some earthy dry hopped flavors mingling with woody and leathery flavors. But this is very short lived and then metallic flavors take over and mouthfeel drops considerably. The metallic flavors are not as noticeable after it warms and the sweet malt flavors take over.
08-29-2002 07:30:02 | More by Longstaff
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
3.68/5 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
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
3.6/5 rDev -1.4%
This is a honey-gold beer with a persistent 1/4 to 1/2 inch head that leaves sheets of lace behind. Aroma is a mixture of honey and cloves, but is missing the mustiness that most good Belgian blond ales have. Flavor is not very impressive... light notes of malt and clove, although it does have a nice finishing bitterness. Has a light body and light to medium carbonation.
09-05-2003 17:21:37 | More by zerk
3.6/5 rDev -1.4%
Small head that dies quick, amber color. Fresh aroma, very fruity: apples, pears, peach. Very light and mellow, this, but still with that certain Belgian spark that I love so. Feels a lot like a pale ale, particularly Bass. Nice, but nothing to shoot the moon over.
01-13-2003 23:27:14 | More by feloniousmonk
Straffe Hendrik Blonde from Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
83 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.