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

Straffe Hendrik BlondeStraffe Hendrik Blonde

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BA SCORE
82
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44 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.57%


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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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 I’m not sure I would drink this again since there’s some better Belgian brew out there.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2004 16:23:49 | More by Phyl21ca
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2003 23:27:14 | More by feloniousmonk
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
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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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Revisiting this beer after trying it on draught at the Halve Maan brewery tap (with very disappointing service) in Brugge two years ago. BB JAN 08, served lightly-chilled in a 330ml slim goblet.

A: dark yellowish straw colour, coming with a loosely-formed thick fluffy white head dissipating pretty fast; fiercely carbonated body with huge bubbles floating.
S: resinous hoppy upfront, while lemony fruitiness and candyish malts mingle at the back; some yeasty fruit esters are felt in the background as well, with some sour-sweet passion-fruit+pineapple notes.
T: sharp-textured bready maltiness hits the palate upfront, immediately a spicy/clove and shellfish-like salty-sweet yeasty flavour (almost like that of a weizen) develops on the palate, gradually leading to a bitter-sweet malty and lemony fruity aftertaste lingering at the deep end of the tongue.
M&D: the texture is too fizzy and sharp for my taste, although it still remains quite refreshing throughout. But to my best recollection, the bottled-version seems to taste more fluffy and lack of balance than the draught version I tried at the brewery tap. To let this beer breathe for a while before sipping leads to a different observation in terms of texture, though--much softer and soothing. Not a bad beer to quaff and definitely better than their new beer Brugse Zot.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2006 19:54:06 | More by wl0307
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2005 16:38:28 | More by weeare138
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Gusler

Arizona

3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2003 19:44:48 | More by Gusler
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2003 08:37:22 | More by cokes
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francisweizen

Arizona

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2003 19:45:24 | More by francisweizen
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Notes from: 9/30/05

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2009 19:36:23 | More by hopdog
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2004 01:10:35 | More by merlin48
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A bit sweet and yeasty, not overly complex, but drinkable all the same, spicy, aswell, like most belgian ales, i like it, but doesn't go that extra step.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2002 08:11:35 | More by rastaman
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thierrynantes

France

3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
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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Globetrotter

Virginia

3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2003 12:18:59 | More by Globetrotter
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marc77

California

3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2002 18:06:55 | More by marc77
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granger10

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2003 21:05:15 | More by granger10
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paterlodie

Belgium

3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2005 23:00:30 | More by paterlodie
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
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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GreenCard

Oregon

2.88/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2004 17:14:49 | More by GreenCard
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therica

Maryland

4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
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

07-24-2008 02:08:26 | More by therica
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ThaCreep

Belgium

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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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ThatWineGuy

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
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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zerk

California

3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2003 17:21:37 | More by zerk
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janubio

Spain

3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
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

10-04-2007 13:02:38 | More by janubio
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rodenbach99

Quebec (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
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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