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

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386 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 386
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 15
Gots: 67 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan visit their website

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: 386 | Reviews: 131
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a slightly murky honey orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, slight spice, and some citrusy aromas. Taste is much the same along with some honey and chalky flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some nice aromas and flavors. Good stuff.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color. It poured with a finger high beige head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of yeast in the nose. As the beer warms up, some sweetness becomes evident, along with some hints of grassy hops.
T: The taste has flavors of malty sweetness with hints of fruit and yeast.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a good representation of the style and has its alcohol surprisingly well hidden.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a fairly clear almost golden color with a massive head that leaves a very nice pattern of lace

Smell: Rather perfumey, floral aroma with hints of coriander, white pepper and stone fruit

Taste: Floral, biscuity opening with plenty of sweet, honey-like flavors; by mid-palate, the spices (coriander and white pepper), stone fruit and bitter elements arrive; after the swallow, the flavors coalesce nicely, leaving the honey flavors lingering on the tip of the tongue

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with spritzy carbonation; slight warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: Not sure what a Brugse Tripel is supposed to taste like but the brewery claims this is the last authentic example; really enjoyed this beer

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A fine Tripel with a few technical errors that I can't decide whether they hurt or help the brew.

A hearty deep golden, light copper color beer pours into the chalice with an elegant and handsome decant. A dense and fluid head forms a tightly woven sheet on the beer, holds for the session, and lacing all the while. The hazy beer also shows yeast and protien particulates floating about.

A wonderful aroma of lemon and apple esters bounce off of spicy white pepper and corriander for a complex yet balanced scent. Soft malts give a mild honey/pilsner malt backdrop to all the character from the yeast. The aromas remind me a lot of Chimay White.

The malty sweet start gives the impressions of powdered sugar, cotton candy, mild grains, and soft/sweet breads. All that is short lived as the fruits and spices come into play. Surprisingly, the fruity esters in taste differ a bit from aroma with the additions of pears, appricots, and pears (perhaps of the over-rippened variety). Spicy white pepper, alcohol, corriander, and orange peel add a lot of complexity to taste but have difficulty balancing the beer. Earthy hops give an herbal presence in taste but hardly add enough bitterness to offset the sweetness. Light detergents, vegital, and buttery notes come in from time to time but add to the complexity as much as they deter from the crisp and clean nature of what the beer is suposed to be.

Very creamy and lively carbonation lifts the beer from the tongue early on. But as the session wears on, the weight and slickness of the beer catches up and gives a bit of a dulling and weighted feel to the beer later on. Still, not bad.

A good Tripel that fares much better than most. But a few nuances keep it from being world class.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a semi-cloudy golden straw color with a fluffy white head perched on top.

S: The nose is nicely fruity with some citrus and pear aromas. The malt is quite bready and provides a nice sweetness. There is a touch of spice, primarily coriander, as well.

T: The fruitiness continues in the flavor with more citrus, pear, and even a touch of banana. The beer is quite sweet, and has that typical candi sugar character to it. Though it is sweet, there's still a nice level of dryness to it.

M: The body is medium but the carbonation helps it feel a little lighter on the tongue.

D: A nice tripel. I enjoyed the fruitiness of it and that although it did have sweetness, it's not syrupy and maintained that dry finish.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottle - $4.29 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia. Though that area of the label is a bit tattered, it seems I'm in well ahead of the Best Before date of 2012.

Appearance: Pours out a hazy, deep golden-hued body with a ½ inch of lasting, foam-like, white head.

Smell: Sweet-scented bouquet of unprocessed honey with a light pils malt quality tucked within. Touches of semi-ripe peach fruitiness with just a bit of fresh orange zest. Secondary notes smelling of flowers and spice.

Taste: A taste of honey-basted pilsner maltiness blended with some additional candi sugar sweetness and liberally garnished with fresh flower petals. Fruity accents suggesting white peaches and citrus. Touch of coriander-like phenolic spiciness furthered by the modest hop character and alcohol. Experiencing some slight, satisfying warmth on the softly drying, mildly spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-high carbonation. Nicely creamy mouthfeel overall.

Drinkability: A tasty brew that drinks remarkably easy despite its supposed 9% ABV. All in all, it's a very delightful, heck, even picturesque example of a tripel.

Photo of zeff80
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden yellow color with a three-finger, white head of fluffy, pillowy foam. There was some nice lacing left behind. Also, some sediment present, too.

S - It smelled of yeast and grains. A pretty typical Belgian tripel aroma with some mild fruitiness.

T - Good yeasty flavor with some spices. There was a strong grain and caramel taste with just a touch of fruitiness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and finished quite dry. A medium bodied ale with just a touch of alcohol warmth.

D - This is a pretty good tripel. It was certainly worth a try.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Straffe Hendrik Brugse Tripel Bier 9˚
25.4 oz bottle, corked and caged
$9.99 @ Total Wine & More, Claymont, DE

Appearance: Clear, deep golden/amber body. The moderately-sized creamy white head drops readily but it maintains a solid collar throughout. Sparse, splashy lacing lines the glass. Subsequent pours become hazy as the sedimented yeast is roused.

Aroma: Fruity and yeasty, gently caramelish and honey-like. Floral and spicy, almost minty hops.

Flavor: All of the gentle fruit and yeast found in the nose carries over into the flavor. I find plenty of pear and apple, as well as a bit of citrus zest (lemon, orange), and some soft tangerine and peach. It's gently caramelish, or perhaps more like lightly browned sugar. It's honeyish and floral. There are suggestions of spice to it although they're light (cinnamon, anise, ginger); and along with the spicy, seeming minty, leafy and floral hops it's just a slight touch cola-like. The alcohol never shows; and it's mildly bitter with just enough that in combination with the spiciness it never becomes "sweet". It's more rich and complex than you might expect of a "tripel", but this is a Brugse tripel. It's very rounded, and you don't find any specific note, or notes, at any certain point as it crosses the palate. They're pretty much all there, and sometimes you find different things at different times, especially in the very long-lingering finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full and dextrinous in body. Well-carbonated, it initially bristles the palate, but then becomes more "foaming" as it warms, and thus more "creamy".

Overall: Quite an interesting and charming beer! Highly satisfying. Quite unique. Worth seeking out!

Photo of nickfl
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - One finger of white foam on top of a clear golden body. the head settles quickly and leaves moderate lace.

S - Lots of spicy yeast, notes of pepper, coriander, mango, and anise. Sweet pilsner malt in the background.

T - Peppery yeast notes up front with significant fruity notes, banana and bubblegum. Very sweet pilsner malt flavor dominates in the middle and highlights the bubblegum yeast notes. Moderate hop bitterness appears in the finish to balance along with a hint of musty european hops.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - Not bad, the sweetness and bubblegum yeast character becomes a bit cloying by the end of the glass. Nice peppery notes and malt character, especially in the finish. Drinkable, but there are better beers in Belgium.

Photo of Jason
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz brown bottle with a best before date.

Mild haze within the golden color, thin lacing is what is left after a quick to foam and quick to drop head. Botanical, exotic fruit, chalky yeast, phenolic and cracker-like nose. Crispness pops from the creamy medium body. Honey and alcohol. Dry maltiness melds withe fruity alcoholic esters, super ripe pineapple. Yeasty, graininess goes a bit biscuity. Kiss of cotton candy and lavender. Dry warming finish with some vague herbal hop flavor.

Definitely in the raw and it shows though stays well within the style, a good pick.

Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of kojevergas
2.74/5  rDev -30.8%
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.


Photo of smcolw
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice starting head that settles to a single bubble layer. Some good blanketing lace. Copper color and clear.

Hoppier than I expected. Mild pleasant pale malt aroma. The smell is paler than the color.

More alcohol than the smell indicates--this warms the throat in the swallow. Light hop, lots of light Belgian yeast. Thinner than most tripels, but the lower carbonation seems to make this one work. This ended up being a very good apertif before dinner in Bruges.

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of Gueuzedude
2.78/5  rDev -29.8%
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.

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

330 ml bottle found in Long Beach, on to the beer:

Bright blonde color with soapy head texture on top lasting all the way down to the bottom of the glass. Some lacing sticks to the glass. The nose is classic tripel; sugar and candied apricot. Sweet tasting, a heavier bodied brew from all the sugar, tasty. Candi sugar is obvious, lighter waves of apricot and a dash of spicy hops round out the tasting notes. The alcohol is deceiving, though you will feel some effect afterwards.

A jolly tripel to drink. A bit expensive compared to other in it's class, however tripel lovers shouldn't shy away from putting this on their list to try.

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