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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
good

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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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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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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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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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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Viking

Indiana

3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid 'pop' when I removed the cork, accompanied by swirling 'gunsmoke' from the mouth of the bottle. Pours a pale, hazy, peachy gold. Tons of CO2 apparent surging towards the top of the beer. Head is rather smaller than anticipated. Still a nice-sized, off-white head. Good head retention, lots of lace. Head seems to be continually 'replenished' by the heavy carbonation. Smells of sour grapes or apples, with an underlying crispy wheat base. Mild amounts of spicy, grassy hops apparent in the aroma as well. Clean, grassy flavor, lightly spicy (especially in the aftertaste). Slightly sour, but nothing like the aroma suggested. Slight metalling tang seemed to come and go as I drank this one. Very dry beer. Light bodied brew, slightly rough from the carbonation. Overall, a good brew. Fairly light and clean. A bit too strong (abv) for a real summertime thirst quencher, but still a nice beer for a sunny spring afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2003 12:58:23 | More by Viking
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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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Longstaff

Massachusetts

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2002 07:30:02 | More by Longstaff
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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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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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Straffe Hendrik Blonde from Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
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