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

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BA SCORE
83
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48 Ratings
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 11.51%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-16-2002)
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Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Sammy, Aug 09, 2006
Photo of tcayiajr
4.97/5  rDev +36.2%
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!

tcayiajr, Jun 22, 2006
Photo of wl0307
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

wl0307, Feb 22, 2006
Photo of weeare138
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

weeare138, Sep 30, 2005
Photo of MrNuggets
2.63/5  rDev -27.9%
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.

MrNuggets, May 12, 2005
Photo of paterlodie
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

paterlodie, Feb 09, 2005
Photo of Paddez
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Paddez, Dec 18, 2004
Photo of 3Vandoo
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

3Vandoo, Dec 05, 2004
Photo of merlin48
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

merlin48, Oct 03, 2004
Photo of GreenCard
2.88/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

GreenCard, Jun 16, 2004
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.25/5  rDev -11%
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.

Phyl21ca, Mar 01, 2004
Photo of sparkydoyle
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 it’s 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.

sparkydoyle, Jan 27, 2004
Photo of Gusler
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Gusler, Dec 30, 2003
Photo of cokes
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

cokes, Nov 14, 2003
Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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!

francisweizen, Nov 03, 2003
Photo of granger10
3.25/5  rDev -11%
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.

granger10, Oct 19, 2003
Photo of zerk
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

zerk, Sep 05, 2003
Photo of Globetrotter
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Globetrotter, Jul 30, 2003
Photo of Viking
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Viking, May 13, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

feloniousmonk, Jan 13, 2003
Photo of Longstaff
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Longstaff, Aug 29, 2002
Photo of marc77
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

marc77, Aug 27, 2002
Photo of rastaman
3.43/5  rDev -6%
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.

rastaman, Jun 16, 2002
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Straffe Hendrik Blonde from Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
83 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.