Straffe Hendrik Bruges Tripel Bier 9° - Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
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2.73/5 rDev -30.5%
2009 Cork Date; Sampled October 2010
A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a three finger thick, light tan colored head. The beer is a bright amber color that shows an absolutely brilliantly clear, almost metallic, deeply red stained, copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of dried hay, sweet pale malt, some light spiciness, a fruitiness that reminds me of pears and apples and a cotton candy note that can be quite noticeable up front as well as some definite bubble-gum notes. A deep, long draught of the aroma sees the pear-like fruitiness really becoming quite noticeable in the finish, though it reminds me more of a perry than of fresh pears. As the beer warms a nose warming alcohol note starts to become quite noticeable.
Fairly sweet tasting, but there is a prickly carbonation that manages to offset this a bit as the beer rolls across the tongue, but the finish sees a cotton-candy and bubble gum sweetness become quite cloying and dominant. Some spicy clove notes linger quite a bit on the palate as well with a light tongue numbing. There are some fruity flavors of pear, but they definitely struggle to be noticed underneath the cloying notes mentioned earlier. A touch of ginger and perhaps a hint of pepper can't nearly help to mitigate the sweetness, but are slightly noticeable in the flavor.
Way to sweet of a beer, it really gets quite cloying and isn't something I want to finish a glass of. The aroma on this beer wasn't actually half bad and had me hoping that this was going to be a decent beer.
10-18-2010 00:30:26 | More by Gueuzedude
2.74/5 rDev -30.3%
Served on-draught into beerfest stemware (Antwerp Beer Passion Weekend 2011). Reviewed from notes taken in summer 2011.
A: Pours a two finger head of lovely cream nice thickness, and good retention. Body colour is a clear gold. Appealing.
Sm: Slight cream accompanied by bland floral hopping. A light strength aroma.
T: Caramelized malt, malts evoking nuts on the fringe, floral hop character, and a full bodied barley foundation. Fairly complex, but not special. Well balanced and decently built.
Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavour profile decently. Adequate carbonation.
Dr: A higher ABV beer that drinks pretty easily. Decent quality. I wouldn't pay over 2 euro for it again.
05-22-2013 20:47:21 | More by kojevergas
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
2.85/5 rDev -27.5%
A slightly hazy, dark golden colour, thick frothy head which lasts for a long time. Well carbonated, plenty of bubbles rising through the beer.
Sweet citrusy and yeasty smell. Characteristic Belgian smell.
The first sensation is the acidity coming from the high carbonation followed by a Grassy, sweet which gives way to a slight bitterness and taste of alcohol on the finish.
High carbonation, medium body.
Personally I find the high carbonation a little off-putting as it masks a lot of the initial taste but that is to be expected with this style of beer so it's more of a personal opinion. I'm not a huge fan of this one but it's not unpleasant.
01-25-2011 20:09:03 | More by NATOuk
3/5 rDev -23.7%
Amber golden color, minimal head, not many bubbles present. Aromas of caramel and booze. The taste is full bodied but lacking complexity, very one dimensional. Flavors of dried fruit and honey Teddy Grahams. The finish kind of just creeps up, there is no progression of flavors, just sweet malt and a warmth from the booze. Mouthfeel is slightly rich, slick. Ok at best, not a favorite.
05-06-2011 03:26:12 | More by Tripphop
3.03/5 rDev -22.9%
750ml into a tulip. Pours a nearly clear new copper penny, major encouragement needed to get a small yellowish head, minor lacing.
Aroma is fairly spicy with honey and confectioner's treats.
Exceedingly sweet, lacks a balanced offsetting dryness. Clove, honey, pineapple and apricots. The slow fading aftertaste is primarily a phenolic note backed by minor solvent alcohol. Sweetness never leaves for the duration of the taste. Full bodied chewy mouthfeel, while not cloying, it coats the tongue.
12-04-2011 06:15:14 | More by impending
3.1/5 rDev -21.1%
Appearance - This is a deep copper in color with a head that came up well but didn't stick around for long.
Smell - The big Belgian hops are all over the smell. It is classic European with a very mild malt balance. This also shows a bit of herbal pepper character like what you'd find in a bell pepper.
Taste - The hops dial it back a few notches at the taste. There's also a sweetness that jumps in that distracts from the overall depth of the ale.
Mouthfeel - This is medium-bodied on its best day with some rather dull carbonation and a half-hearted effort at a bittering finish.
Drinkability - This was a nice, easy drinker but not the heavy-hitting Tripel that I had hoped for.
09-04-2010 01:39:06 | More by RoyalT
3.15/5 rDev -19.8%
A-Pours clear and gleaming gold. Big, pancake head. Very tall and stiff. Good lacing too.
S-Yeast isn't as aggressive as most Tripels. I get a ton of apple juice. Not complex. Pretty straightforward.
T-Apple juice. Pears. Juices. Light yeast and honey. Different than most Tripels I have tried. This one seems cheaply crafted.
M-Booze burps up a bit. Soft carbonation. A bit creamy.
O/D-Not in love with this one. Would not go after this again.
10-18-2013 23:57:17 | More by VelvetExtract
3.18/5 rDev -19.1%
Easy pour with a decent head. Straw coloring but almost no aroma. A slightly more biting taste of hops than most light Belgians but not overwhelming at all. The flavor isn't too impressive for the style, but I was surprised that I didn't detect the level of alcohol present.
06-14-2011 02:34:11 | More by wowbagger
3.18/5 rDev -19.1%
330ml bottle. Pokal glass @Homo Sibaris (Barcelona). Deep amber color. Clear appearance. Off-white froth creates a so close, foamy & lasting crown. Wide lacing rings are left on sides. Belgian yeast, ripe fruit, candy sugar & spiced aromas. Mild toasted sweet mal flavors & biscuit notes. Medium to full body. Soft to moderate carbonation. Dense texture. Warming & harsh alcoholic sensation & spiced palate. Long sweet/subtle bitter finish. Ripe peach & apricot on the aftertaste. Nice & easy drinkable Tripel.
02-02-2014 00:35:47 | More by GONZALOYANNA
3.2/5 rDev -18.6%
750mL to tulip. 2009 inscribed along the side of the cork, aged 1 1/2 years. The story on the reverse of the label was lost in translation, I suppose, since the text is riddled with mispellings and other grammatical errors.
A: A large foamy/fizzy white head of 2 1/2 fingers rises and falls fairly quickly. The body is clear and medium-dark orange-brown in color. The initial pour produces large light colored sediment suspended in solution. The last pour unveiled so many floating yeast particles that I was forced to decant through a mesh screen, something I almost never do. The pre-filtered pour was far too ugly for consumption. Since aging was a personal decision, I won't deduct from the appearance rating.
S & T: A shadow of its former self, if not completely transformed. The nose is filled with fruity/estery notes plus a mild earthiness. Sour apple, japanese pear. Above average sweetness. Even with Tripel standards in mind, there is some big alcoholic heat coming through, much bigger than the 9% indicated on the label.
M: Alcoholic. The carbonation is lively and highly prickly but, perhaps, it saves the texture of this brew from being over-the-top cloying.
D: Average at best. My first experience was with a fresh 330mL bottle. The younger, smaller format suited me much better and was nothing short of impressive. This bottle was practically forgetable.
01-27-2011 22:05:26 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
3.2/5 rDev -18.6%
Straffe Hendrik Brugse Tripel 9* ... poured into a glass like any regular beer when I realized this was a bottle-conditioned one, and that I had just poured several ounces of brewer's yeast into the glass with the beer.
Appearance is orange-red and sparkly, or would have been without all the yeast.
The beer is very, very fruity and yeasty, like many Belgian tripels. The flavor profile might have been a little different if I hadn't included most of the bottled yeast in my pour.
I tasted some dates, sour apple, walnut and some malt.
Hoping to try this again with a better pour in the future.
09-11-2013 04:08:21 | More by ACinSC
3.2/5 rDev -18.6%
Poured from 11.2oz brown bottle into a goblet at Brasserie Beck (Washington, DC). Reviewed from notes.
A: Orangey-golden with healthy 1-finger white, tightly bubbled head with good retention and a nice formation of foamy lace.
S: Slightly solventy alcohol, with some candylike sweetness, and light herbal, grassy noble hops. Some light banana yeast esters.
T: The flavor is unfortunately dominated by sweet and solventy alcohols that leave a berry, candy flavor. The hops are minimal, a bit of bitterness and some light grassy notes. The maltiness is fairly crisp. There are a few fruity yeast esters as well. The alcohol character increases with warming. Pretty disappointing.
M: The mouthfeel is fairly crisp and light with appropriate high carbonation.
O: Not a disaster but too much sweet, candylike alcohol which overwhelms the rest of the beer.
11-11-2013 04:14:06 | More by argock
Straffe Hendrik Bruges Tripel Bier 9° from Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
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