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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

384 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 384
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 15
Gots: 66 | 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:
Beer added by: atis on 02-12-2009

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Ratings: 384 | Reviews: 130
Photo of aquazr1
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lhwjanssen
4.6/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of interzen
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle poured into a chalice glass

Look: Slightly murky orange with some sediment - this may have been the unfiltered version but there was no indication of this on the bottle. Plenty of foam in the pour but dropped back fairly quickly to a patchy foam cap with some lacing left behind on the glass.

Smell: Quite sweet - distinctly herbal and floral with hints of candi sugar, yeast, honey and fruit. In other words, it smells pretty much like most tripels albeit with a bit more of a crisp edge to it.

Taste: Herbs, honey and alcohol - not much graininess that I could make out, and not a massive amount of hop character either. Describing it as medicinal wouldn't be doing it justice but there's definitely a phenolic character there. Alcohol is pretty well disguised until the tail-end of the aftertaste.

Feel: Quite warming without being too syrupy or heavy - quite different in that respect. The ABV is well disguised but shows through as a warming feeling in the aftertaste. Quite rich.

Overall: A bit on the sweet side for my personal tastes, but as tripels go it's not bad at all - I'd probably rate this above other Halve Maan brews such as Brugse Zot. There are better tripels and there are much, much worse - definitely worth tracking down if you're interested in trying the style, though.

Photo of WoostaBia
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of davegray
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zard
3.43/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Fettpopps
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jitti
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LeeEvolved
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of thebeers
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Golden orange honey color with large white head, lots of bubbles and plenty of lacing. Hops dominate the aroma, with a little malt and dry yeast in the background. The hops hit first when sipped, followed by a slight fruitiness, but overall grainy, dry, yeasty taste. Bitterness lingers in aftertaste. Not bad, but not as smooth or well balanced as it could be.

Photo of Dirtyhands
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of barnzy78
4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Bavarian Lodge - Lisle, IL

Photo of Erwin_Sakkers
4.36/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of steverx8
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jhickman
4.93/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Damn good beer. Must drink.

Photo of Shade1951
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

I *must* comment on the FEEL first, because I am surprised that other reviewers haven't noticed. The mouth feel of this beer is that of Champagne! This is something that I do not recall having experienced in American beers, even my favorites. It's as if the bubbles from the carbonation are very tiny and very active. I happen to like this - a LOT; thus, my rating.

The smell is pleasant - a bit fruity, but overall nothing spectacular.

The taste is quite good! It's clean and crisp, not slick or syrupy. I would describe the body as medium. I barely taste or smell the alcohol. But it is definitely there, as I feel myself getting a bit woozy as I write this. (And I'm not a fan of low alcohol beers. If I am going to drink a beer, it may as well do some GOOD, you know? I'm not interested in any beer or ale that comes in at less than 6% ABV. But the higher, the better.)

I will definitely get this again!!

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5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of sebastiansboat
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of tgatort
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of dcisco44
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of jonb5
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

100th beer review of the year. 330ml bottle, poured into La Chouffe tulip.

A: Golden, slightlyhazy with a few floaters, initial two finger head,
decent retention, lots of lacing clung to the side of the glass.

S: To start with it wasn’t overly fragrant, picked up some fruity esters towards the
end, slightly more hops than is the norm for lots of Belgian beers.

T: Lots of esters and yeast, some fruits. Had a real sharpness to it. Finished
up with a hit of bitterness.

M: Not overly carbonated, slightly thick texture and heavy body.

O: It reminded me of certain beers from the Van Steenbergen brewery. I can’t find fault, but it didn’t do anything to distance itself from the herd.

Photo of janubio
4/5  rDev +1%

Clear amber colour, a big head that disminishes but not leaves, great lace. Smell of tropical fruits, honey, spices, caramel. Good carbonation, medium to full body. Taste is similar to the smell, tropical fruits, spices, pine and some esters.

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of MustacheKing
4/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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Straffe Hendrik Bruges Tripel Bier 9° from Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
89 out of 100 based on 384 ratings.