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Straffe Hendrik Bruges Tripel Bier 9° - Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

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BA SCORE
88
very good

301 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 301
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.27%
Wants: 11
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: atis on 02-12-2009)
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Reviews by Jeffreysan:
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Jeffreysan

Maryland

4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful golden/light brown color with three fingers of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that covered the entire top of the beer.

Aroma: Typical Belgian Triple-like aromas of yeast, malt, citrus, caramel and spices. I get floral aromas from hops, some sweet aromas from crystalized sugar, some citrus aromas of oranges and grapefruit, plus spices of black pepper, coriander, clove, ginger, finally, malty aromas of buttered bread.

Taste: Malty upfront, followed by some citrusy notes of grapefruit and. There’s some good sweetness from what I’m assuming is crystalized sugar, and some subtle hoppy bitterness too. Finally, there some good spiciness to this beer, not spiciness as in hot, but spiciness as in spices. I get black pepper, coriander, some clove, and a touch of ginger.

Mouthfeel: Medium with some good carbonation to tickle the tastebuds. With an ABV of 9%, there’s a very pronounced, and pleasant alcohol presence on the palate.

Overall: This beer is fantastic!! I love how well balanced it is, between the bready malts, to the floral and citrusy bitterness of the hops, to the beer’s inherent sweetness. It’s excellent!!

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 01:38:49 | More by Jeffreysan
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MisterGone

California

3.26/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

It may be the case that I go for a more defined beer in type/style/genre. Compared to many of the other trippels (Belgium only, not American versions), this one just seemed a bit more subtle in every department. Less fruit in the start, though it does stay on the finish. Less nose than others. A disclaimer: my nose may be tainted by a preference for severely hopped beers locally. Color, head, mouthfeel all fine and as expected for style.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2014 00:04:33 | More by MisterGone
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jayluf

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

07-23-2014 01:47:12 | More by jayluf
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Brazil

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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Sweden

4/5  rDev +2%

07-21-2014 17:38:05 | More by Evil_Pidde
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Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

07-16-2014 20:37:41 | More by KurtisAyr
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Japan

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

07-13-2014 02:57:50 | More by shigg85
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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2%

07-11-2014 00:06:40 | More by Fellysmarts
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Brazil

4/5  rDev +2%

07-09-2014 23:46:04 | More by JaimeLondon
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

07-05-2014 21:39:58 | More by Jssteinman
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superspak

Michigan

4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into chalice, best before 12/4/2015. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep gold color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lacing cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big peach, pear, orange, apricot, apple, light banana, clove, pepper, candi sugar, bread, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, earthy hops, and moderate pale malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of big peach, pear, orange, apricot, apple, light banana, clove, pepper, candi sugar, bread, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of peach, pear, orange, apricot, apple, light banana, clove, pepper, candi sugar, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity of fruity/spicy yeast flavors, earthy hops, and moderate pale malt sweetness; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome tripel style. Great complexity of fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors with moderate pale malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2014 03:14:23 | More by superspak
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dsl72701

Arkansas

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

06-28-2014 23:49:45 | More by dsl72701
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a very sturdy take on the belgian tripel from a brewery who has yet to really miss for me. this is a very clear and amber tinted colored version, in some ways lighter (clarity) and in some ways more grainy (darker) than others. nice off white head holds in my glass and leaves spider web lacing as i drink on it. its got a weird nose for the style though, a bit of burnt sugar, but also a funny staleness. not the typical green bottle skunk, but something else, an almost german dusty grain element thats unfamilar in belgian beer to me, and isnt all the way appealing, but not enough to turn me off. the flavor of the beer is great though, long sweet but smooth grainy front end. some oats in here lend body, while the majority wheat malt does more of the flavoring. the yeast is subtle in this too, not as "belgian" as other belgians, less fruity esters, maybe fermented at a lower temperature, but the strain appears active enough to eat through most of the sugar here, and the finish is dryer than many tripels on the market. carbonation is there, but its not quite effervescent, and the added body from the slightly heavier grains make it drink a little heavier than it really needs to. although, the alcohol is extremely well hidden, and not a factor in lesser drinkability at all. i think i like their quad better, and i definitely like their wild version of this better, but its a nice take on the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2014 16:10:46 | More by StonedTrippin
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Cburden

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

06-27-2014 15:00:27 | More by Cburden
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jeffsala

Pennsylvania

1/5  rDev -74.5%

06-26-2014 23:32:36 | More by jeffsala
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YeastEnthusiast

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2%

06-24-2014 01:22:35 | More by YeastEnthusiast
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brandon911

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

06-22-2014 22:11:43 | More by brandon911
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(best by first week of Jan 2015, according to bottle - poured into a Goose Island long-stem goblet)

A: moderately hazy, orange-amber liquid... keeps a nice, thin, pillowy cap that persists for quite awhile... no lace

S: pale malt, floral alcohols... kind of typical aromas for a Belgian tripel, mildly fruity... banana bread dough (minus nuttiness)... bit of a piss-pants (ammonia?) tone later on

T: big fruit (orange, banana) backed by a circus peanut / marshmallow yeast/malt blend... bit of bitterness and mild spice on the end, lingers, phenolic quality slowly builds... certainly a malty undertone

M: pretty round, plushy soft... around medium-bodied, dry... carbonation exhibits a touch of that 'expanding' effect in the mouth... man, this damn soft! alcohol only faintly warming

O: this totally tastes like something else I've had many times before - Westmalle?!... well made, but not distinct

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2014 20:28:31 | More by Bouleboubier
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tykechandler

Indiana

4/5  rDev +2%

06-19-2014 03:24:40 | More by tykechandler
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dcmchew

Romania

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden-orange colour, two finger fluffy head that recedes to a sticky lace in five minutes or so, and a tiny white foamy cap floating about.
Traditional smell, with spicy yeasts, mild banana, some apple and pear, oranges (with peel), Belgian sugars, a hint of warm alcohol.
Taste starts with nice floral notes, spices, and tons of honey and caramel, a sweetness that will dominate the rest of this brew (there's also some malty sweetness there, better off without). Apple jam, sweet orange juice, a small tropical note, ripe white grapes. Nice prickly spices, with pepper and ginger, faint anise. Green notes push back the sweetness a bit in the finish, along with a mild bitterness, so the aftertaste is balanced and nice, with apple, some lingering spices and warm alcohol.
Medium body and carbonation, a bit creamy.
A great tripel, tasty, just a tiny bit too sweet.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2014 17:41:42 | More by dcmchew
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kingjohnh

New Mexico

4/5  rDev +2%

06-14-2014 13:27:47 | More by kingjohnh
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hmmmbeer10

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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Canada_Dan

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2%

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timmynyc

New York

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

05-31-2014 01:59:06 | More by timmynyc
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Straffe Hendrik Bruges Tripel Bier 9° from Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
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