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

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Reviews: 131
Hads: 414
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 18
Gots: 78 | FT: 0
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Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: atis on 02-12-2009

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Photo of kojevergas
2.74/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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.

C- (698 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
2.78/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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. (1,548 characters)

Photo of NATOuk
2.86/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance
A slightly hazy, dark golden colour, thick frothy head which lasts for a long time. Well carbonated, plenty of bubbles rising through the beer.

Smell
Sweet citrusy and yeasty smell. Characteristic Belgian smell.

Taste
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.

Mouthfeel
High carbonation, medium body.

Drinkability:
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. (700 characters)

Photo of Tripphop
3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml

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. (393 characters)

Photo of impending
3.07/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.
cheers
jd (508 characters)

Photo of wowbagger
3.11/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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. (274 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
3.12/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (686 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.17/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

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. (449 characters)

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.21/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (510 characters)

Photo of ACinSC
3.22/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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. (599 characters)

Photo of argock
3.22/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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. (855 characters)

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
3.24/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (1,375 characters)

Photo of MisterGone
3.26/5  rDev -17.3%
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. (441 characters)

Photo of BeerNemesis
3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straffe Hendrik Brugse Tripel Bier 9° | 750 ml. | 9.0% ABV | 2010 vintage

Brewer: Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / De Halve Maan
Style: Tripel
Glass: chalice

Appearance:
As with its Quadruppel, De Halve Maan has created some really elegant bottle art. The brew itself is cleaner and clearer than any other Tripel I've seen. The amber body sits under a bleached, rocky head of foam, and that's about it.

Aroma:
Sweet tropical fruits and bready malts.

Taste:
At first, there's almost nothing—the faint taste of biscuit malts and caramel. It is only towards the end of the sip that an array of tropical fruits caramel, and Saaz and Stygian Golden hops accelerate into my taste buds. The flavor lag is peculiar.

Mouthfeel:
As clean, crisp, and bubbly as it looks. If not for the heavy body, I might have mistook this for a pilsner.

Harmony:
It's a nice Tripel, but it doesn't blow me away with complexity. The tropical fruits are undeveloped, and exist only as an indefinite sweet mass of flavor. The high carbonation gives it a livelier feel than most Tripels I've had, which probably makes this especially well suited to a greasy or meat-heavy meal.

Would I get it again?:
Probably not.

Bottled: 2010
Served: August 7, 2011

Price = $10.99 at Whole Foods (NYC) (1,276 characters)

Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.39/5  rDev -14%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Billowing head grows ever skyward above liquid shining like light copper penny ...

Heavy malts and a hint of soy sauce in the nose, a bit sweet

Heavy beery flavor, a profile of multi grain artisan bread, with some American macro lager brew qualities to it as well. Walnuts, and mild pine nuts

Medium bodied, heavily creamy carbonation and a little warmth in the end

Overall, a very drinkable beer, but lacking in the flavor depth I was expecting for the price (463 characters)

Photo of n2185
3.42/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a slightly hazy honey color with a finger of white head that fades into a thin layer with little lacing.

S: Belgian spices with lots of bubblegum and candy sugar aromas. Faint light fruit aromas toward the finish.

T: spices up front again with a lot of candy augar and white grape flavors. The finish is of sweet breads.

M: medium-light body with lowish carbonation, this beer isn't too thick, but is a little on the watery side.

O: an alright tripel. It needs a crisper body and more depth, but it's still solid. (526 characters)

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this beer up solely at the recommendation of the guy who works at Hop City in Atlanta. His other choices and notes were good, so let's hope that he has a winner with this one too.

Appearance: Pours very clear for the style as a slightly orange golden color with a small 1/8" head of bone white bubbles that grew to about 1/4" after about 30 seconds after the pour. There were lots of bubbles rising so a couple minutes after the pour the head really hadn't faded.

Aroma: The aroma has a pretty solid amount of hops as it should and there are some solid toasty Pilsner notes in here. Otherwise, the aroma is pretty clean in the cold beer. There is a subtle spice from the alcohol that is contributing the the spicy hops. Overall, the aroma is pretty decent for the style.

Taste: The flavor is pretty close to the aroma in that there is good hopping and some pretty serious malt. The body is significantly heavier than I like for this style, and though the carbonation is pretty high, it still sits on the palate a bit syrupy. The finish has some pretty significant bittering hops to it, but I think that the malt is the winner in the end.

Opinion: This is a pretty decent Tripel, but I wouldn't call it one of my favorites by any means. It is too under-attenuated for the style and it lacks the necessary crispness that this beer requires. that said, it is a pretty decent beer overall, and it you call it a Quad, it is fine. (1,437 characters)

Photo of axeman9182
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle taken home from this year's Belgian Beer Fest. It was poured into my Duvel tulip.

Straffe Hendrik's Tripel pours a totally clear dark orange. It's a little dark for the style, and it has a bone colored head that maxes out at about four fingers in height. Head retention is pretty good, but aside from a near solid ring at the top of the glass, lacing is very spotty. The nose is disappointingly weak, but there are some classic tripel elements presence. A sweet pale fruit aroma (primarily apricots) by far dominates, and it's supported by a surprisingly potent earthy herbal hop smell. Spice/clove phenols are barely there. The flavor starts out just like the nose, big apricot/fruit and a little bit of candy sweetness. The mid palate bitterness is a little bit sharper than I would have anticipated, but still keeps itself in check. Noble hop influence is a little bit less intense here, leaving a little more room for the phenols to shine through. The mouthfeel is up there with the best of them. The body is light, yet creamy, and the carbonation is effervescent and lively. Straffe Hendrik's tripel is a decent beer, but I'm pretty confident I could find a tripel I prefer to this one on the shelves of most decent bottle shops. (1,249 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a chalice)
A- This beer pours a deep orange body that is slightly hazy with a swirling microsea of big bubbles. A light eggshell colored head breaks up soon.

S- The dry cidery hit leads to a dry candy ester hint in the finish. Otherwise the aroma is pretty clean.

T- The dry candy note leads to a soft dry pine bite of hops with some alcohol heat in the finish. There is a slight sweetness in the finish as it opens up and some cidery notes grow in the finish.

M- The big scrubbing fizz leads to an alcohol warmth in the finish.

O- This is a bit sugary but not much of the classic Tripel yeast profile that is hard to capture but delicious. There alcohol and fizz with some sweetness makes it ok to drink but nothing special. (744 characters)

Photo of robbyc1
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lovely clear amber nice lacing

The nose is very subdued, but apples and other esthers are there, just very light, as on the taste. This is a basic triple, nothing fancy, with a solid malt backbone. The ale finishes slightly sweet, which is fine, but the complexity is lacking.

Nice silky mouthfeel with appropriate carbonation. Overall, it is a bit above average, but nothing to write home about. A bit high at 9% abv for an afternoon sipper, but it's hidden well. Well made, just nothing out of the ordinary. (511 characters)

Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

APPEARANCE - Cloudy light amber with a 2-finger head that dissipates.

AROMA/SCENT - Sweet, herbaceous.

TASTE - Sweet, herbaceous. A bit boozy.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Good carbonation. A bit gooey.

VALUE - Not too bad.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - Not my favorite. A sipping beer only. (290 characters)

Photo of radshoesbro
3.57/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I won't lie, I bought this cause it's a damn sexy looking bottle! I had high hopes, which didn't completely fall flat, but didn't totally meet my expectations.

Poured from a 750 ml into my Tripel Karmaliet tulip. The pour looks nice, but sort of like sparkling cider. Nice head with no lace. The head dissipates very quickly forming a ring of bubbles around the edge with some random bubbles scattered around the top.

Smells of rich malt esters and some floral and spicy characteristics. There's a familiar smell that I really can't put my finger on! Not a major amount of hops in the nose, and no caramel.

There's a burst of spice and hops immediately on the tongue. Strong carbonation, but still fairly light bodied. The caramel is not overly present, but adds a distinct sweetness that is pleasing, but nothing he screams AMAZING. This is indeed a good beer, nonetheless.

I like the carbonation, but I wish there was more to the "bottom." The aftertaste doesn't blow my socks off either, but it's not unpleasant. This is a good beer that I can see myself buying again. (1,076 characters)

Photo of jgasparine
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into a tulip glass with about an inch of impressive creamy offwhite head, and very nice lacing. The body is a semi-opaque and slightly turbid golden color, with some persistent carbonation throughout.

S- Smells of pale malt, mild Belgian yeast aromatics, some perceived coriander, and some moderate to strong metallic aromas on the nose as well. The metallic is a turn-off.

T- A perfect replicate of the nose. Crackerlike malt, very dry throughout, touches of perceived coriander, and metallic flavors that last throughout the finish on the tongue.

M- Medium body, highly attenuated, carbonation is abundant yet soft and non-bloating. Slightly astringent in the mouth. Overall a good mouthfeel for the style.

D- Slightly above average in the drinkability department. The metallic aromas and flavors will keep me from having another glass. (853 characters)

Photo of BretSikkink
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Well-hazed golden-orange with some amber notes as well. Head pours tall at first but really isn't too impressive. Lacing is minimal. The nose is strong and sweet, with pale malts, a hint of citric hop, cracked pepper, and a wallop of overripe banana esters.

The flavor is again sweet balanced with some spiciness. On the fruit side I get some banana, peach, and a tiny bit of orange. There's also a floral component, with light phenolic spicing to balance the estery fruits. Candi sugar rounds it out. Finish is well-carbonated and quick, with a dry, spicy turn at the end.

Body is about average, maybe a little full for the style. Alcohol well hidden except for a prick towards the end. I don't quite love the ester fruitiness that takes over, and it starts to taste more and more like old banana as it warms. Drinkable but not elite Belgian beer here. (857 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good but not great Tripel. You really have to let this one warm up all the way to get the most out of the flavors.

Pours a slightly hazy apricot/light copper color with a lot of floaters swimming around. Really needs a hard pour to get any size bubbly white head. The head fades fast. Minimum lacing.

Aroma is mild....apples and pears and a little alcohol. Not that complex.

Taste is pretty good. Apples and pears, some warming alcohol, hints of candi sugar and belgian yeast. Still fairly subdued but the more complex elements show up in the taste.

Mouthfeel is a hair light but still rich. The alcohol is subdued, does not affect the drinkability.

There are better Tripels out there but this one is still fairly decent. (726 characters)

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