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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

131 Reviews
THE BROS
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very good

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Reviews: 131
Hads: 418
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 20
Gots: 80 | 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 argock
3.22/5  rDev -18.5%
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 Jeffreysan
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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!! (1,238 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.17/5  rDev -19.7%
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 ACinSC
3.22/5  rDev -18.5%
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 REDAMI
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into St. Bernardus goblet.

A - Hazy with a slightly rusty orange color. The lacey, pale ivory head vanishes quickly.

S - Bitter citrus like orange and grapefruit come to mind. Some definite estery funk.

T - Vaguely sweet, the orange and coriander are on the forefront. A little bit of grapefruit hops. Taste is almost reminiscent of fresh orange juice rather than orange peel. Very bread-like aftertaste.

M - The alcohol is hidden well. Not overly heavy, very clean, like having a piece of fresh fruit.

A very nice tripel, leaning more on the fruit side rather than the spiced. Refreshing and drinkable. (634 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Straffe Hendrik Brugse Tripel pours a model golden-amber colour with a ball of white head as large as a cloud (and dots of lacing as numerous as stars in a night's sky). Neither entirely clear nor entirely cloudy, there must be a fair sized serving of protein in this glass.

A lot of Belgian styles are the beer equivalent of dark piano sonatas or chamber music, but Tripels tend to have the fireworks of a pop concert; fiery yeast spice impresses oregano, pepper, grains of paradise and who's to say what other spices onto a sweet cereal grain base.

The taste makes a warm first impression with soft floral qualities and a tasty, biscuity maltiness. The classic apple/peach/pear orchard fruit combo comes to dominate in no time, although honey-nut cereal and oats keep the taste firmly grounded in grainy maltiness.

This is a Tripel that delivers on all fronts; not only does it have the bulging yeast spice and subtle orchard fruits, but it also drinks like a bowl of delicately sweet, lightly milked oats. It is substantial without getting too goopy (partly the aid of double-digit horsepower bubbles).

Straffe Hendrik Brugse Tripel is a highly under-appreciated offering; it's just as good or better than many brands closely associated with the style (i.e., Chimay, St. Bernardus, Maredsous, etc). If you like Tripels and you're already familiar with the usual names, definitely give this one a try. (1,410 characters)

Photo of RCane1
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Overall, a very drinkable "light" triple. Great for a warm day when you still want something robust but without too much sweetness. Has the characteristics of a good triple but a bit more suitable for big gulps. A kinder, gentler triple that would be a great dinner beer.

A nice hazy orange, with negligible head. Looks flat at a glance. Not much for the nose but a nice, light, slightly sweet, triple taste. The alcohol nips rather than bites. Does have a gentle fizz in the mouth and goes down very smooth. (510 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured an orangish golden body with one finger head that left minor lace on top of a yeasty, citrusy (orange) aroma, complete with some sharp spice and a hint of candi sugar and breadlike malt. First impressions on my tongue are that this beer has both a grainy, cracker/bready malt base and a sharp carbonation and touch of pepper to it which leads to a somewhat chewey, medium-bodied beer that finishes with a snap. Touches of sugary sweetness give minor counterpoint, not exactly balance, tropical (pineapple or pear, something along those lines) and citric (orange) fruit notes. Good balance, nice flavors, not my favorite but it's not watery or rip or anything negative. (675 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
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 kristenspaintings
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straffe Hendrik makes a good product. I fell in love with their style of beer making when I toured their brewery in Brugge, Belgium. They have an intimate knowledge of hops and how to use them to their fullest advantage.

This triple is an amber color and smells fruity. The generous head leaves a lovely lacing on the glass and has a nice mellow taste.

The beer itself has a beautiful toasted malted hop flavor that's not too intense but varied and interesting, a velvety cream mouth feel and has a second life in its aftertaste.

This is a very enjoyable beer to drink slowly and savor with a nice pastry, fries or maybe mussels. (634 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.74/5  rDev -30.6%
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.

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Photo of 4000qtrap
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Source/Serving: 22oz, bottle cellared 3 years

S: Lots of bright caramel/toffee with a seamless, juicy orange-floral-herbal twist. Not peppery or spiced at all, but everything else. Compelling, distinctive nose for a trippel.

T: Unusually sweet upfront for the style, quite a load of staightforward caramel malts. Blends effortlessly with a lot of complex floral and yeast notes which are distinctive, hard to describe, and tasty. Definitely not spicy at all. Edges of orange are pleasant and herbal hops are faint. Sweetness is ever-so slightly balanced by a bit of alcohol and hops, keeping it from being too-too sweet. But, its sweet. More body than a typical trippel by a load too, but very drinkable. Classic Belgian un-interpretation twist to a style, which I like, with this baordering on a lightly hopped Belgian pale ale I'd say. However, since this bottle is 3 years old, it could just be the hops have faded.

Notes: A malty trippel that isn't spicy, but is complex, interesting and floral-orange-y. (1,011 characters)

Photo of Arno
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It's a nice golden color colored beer. Not too much foam, but nice sugary lacing. It reminded me a lot of Duvel, but a tad more sweet and possible more tasteful. It has a almost wheaty, white beer, base with some banana bread like etc ... More sweet and heavy then you're regular white beer, without having that big alcohol taste. Quite nice.

Apparently the bottle has a bit more bitter to it. On tap it's a tad more mellow and sweet. So might be worthwhile to have a try from the bottle as well. (498 characters)

Photo of eric5bellies
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel Tulip. After tsting this fresh from the tap at the Brewery I thought i'd buy a bottle

A - Pours a clear golden honey colour with a decent two fingered head that retains very well and laces.

S - Pronounced aromas of spice, malt and citrus.

T - Up front some nice spicey malts, followed by some banana and some sticky sugars. Booze is well hidden.

M - Medium body and medium carbonation. Very smooth.

O - Really like the balance in this beer. A little sticky in sugar but the ABV is very well hidden. (523 characters)

Photo of mick303
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 ml w freshness date. Pours a huge towering light tan head, which has amazing retention and lacing. Colour is a relatively dark honey colour. Quite hazy also.

Nose has an upfront yeastiness, a light floral element and a nice toasty malt. Quite fragrant, light but really nice.

Taste has a great sweet honey creaminess, with floral, mineral notes, apple, clove, yeast comes through strong on end. Tons of strong flavour comes across and pretty good complexity. Hops are well balanced, this is a bit robust, but has a bit of the flavour seems a bit stale. Finish is mildly briney, mineral character.

Mouthfeel has a quite big body, balanced with a nice carbonation. A bit heady, but it is quite refreshing. Altogether a bit bittersweet on the palate, a bit cloying, but works well enough, big.

Nice example for a belgium tripel, comes across a bit robust for the style, has a lot of flavour, but doesn't work as well as some others I've tried. I would still recommend this as a very good beer. It works pretty well. (1,021 characters)

Photo of spointon
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from an 11.2oz brown bottle into a stemmed goblet.

A= This ale poured a deep/dark gold color with a slight haze and a 3/4" snow white head. The head dropped quickly and did not leave behind much in the way of lace.

S = I picked up alcohol, some pils malt sweetness, and a big soft note of pear and pineapple.

T = Started off with a hint of malty sweetness before moving into a nice spicy phenolic note. This was followed by a burst of fruity ester that was more like pears in the beginning but as the beer warmed it became very tropical...with pineapple and mango coming to mind. Hops were subdued and had a character to them that makes me think this bottle has some age on it. Alcohol was there but not overpowering. Finished mostly dry but with a kiss of sweetness.

MF = Medium body felt very creamy, likely due to the carbonation level which was significant but tiny bubbles made it feel soft.

D = Really drinkable. The alcohol stays pretty well hidden and the flavors are interesting yet easy to move through. I will be buying this again. (1,068 characters)

Photo of Douberd
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml brown bottle, poured into a tulip.
I poured it very slowly as not to disturb the yeast on the bottom, but nevertheless, I got a huge head of four finger, off-white in colour, slighty froathy in texture. After a while half of it is gone, leaving quite a lace around the glass. The remaining half of the foam has an excellent retention. All that on top of a deep orange, copper-like coloured beer, and while tiny bubbles are finding their way to the surface.
Aroma is fruity, with notes of yeast, wheat, alcohol, some orange peel maybe and spices.
Taste is also fruity, mostly citrus fruits and mainly on the finish. Alcohol is notable. Bubblegum and apple notes
Medium to full body, average carbonation and very dry on the palate. (737 characters)

Photo of morimech
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with some yeast particulate matter churning about. One finger of dense head forms and sticks around for a long time. Plenty of lacing is left down the glass.

Not the most intense aroma but still has nice qualities of caramel, pears, tropical fruit, with some herbal hops. Seems to have an equal proportion of malt and yeast esters.

Very enjoyable flavor of malt and yeast esters. Notes of caramel, light fruit that gives the beer a vinous quality. The label claims there are toasted malts in this beer but I fail to detect them. More than a slight alcoholic flavor and warmth in the finish. Semi-sweet flavor.

Well done bottle conditioning. Medium body with nice carbonation. My personal tastes would of liked the carbonation to be just a tad more spirited.

Very well done tripel. Will not replace St. Bernardus but still a worthy contender. (871 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up this 0.33l bottle on 05Oct12 at a great little bottle shop on the Belgian-Holland border. Quaffed it in my room Maastricht on 06Oct during a break between shopping and drinking. Cost was €1.52, fwiw.

Had a lovely, medium golden color, with a very slight haze. Carbo was plentiful and steady, and the head was healthy, off-white, foamy and fine. Lacing? Top shelf! Had a lovely nose which combined spiciness and tropical fruit. Had a medium body, with a light, prickly airiness.

Was a touch crackery, with some candi sweetness. A little more tropical fruit was present here, which segued into a dry, peppery finish. Quite nice! This really hit the spot! Prosit!!

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

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a Chimay chalice.

A: Pours a dark orange color which is quite dark and clear to a Tripel. Beautiful, anyway. Forms a huge white to yellow colored head with great retention and a lot of lacings left around

S: Caramel malts backbone with strong notes of dark fruits, toffee and candy sugar. Quite sweet indeed. Quite bready too with strong notes of Belgian yeasts. Mild notes of flowery hops. A bit of alcohol in the very end. Less spiced than a classic Tripel but excellent anyway

T: Follows the nose. Very malty and bready beer. Notes of dark fruits, mainly plums and raisins. Toffee, candy and caramel malts. Upfront is sweet and end is considerable bitterness which is slightly citrus. Well balanced

M: Heavy creamy molasses body. Good carbonation and the classic Belgian bittersweet aftertaste

O: Very drinkable. An excellent Belgian Tripel specimens with strong personality (905 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. Good solid pop off the cork.

A real nice golden and clear orange amber body, and nice slow rising thin carbonation creeping up, plus a big fat rising column of fire in the middle. Head is rocky, thick white and clumpy with good retention, and clings real nicely to the sides. Really good looking tripel here.

Very clean smelling, with airy malt, and a nice candy sweetness. Hints of peppermint and menthol. Some sweet pear and apple fruits. Really nice smelling.

Palate hits with a very solid body. Nice malts roll and coat the palate with a nice candy sweetness. An interesting hop bitterness angle something between pine and matching spritzy fruit on the nose of pear. Lost of carbonation, and a little gaseous but controllable. Not boozy either.

Overall pretty solid, and it does have a nice menthol action to it on the finish. (878 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (551 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
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)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (599 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A honey-gold pour is a dark murky orange is the vessel filled with a vibrant fulfillment of yeasty goodiness. The head is milky and frothy, a finger high with a strong rate of retention. A strong effervesce makes all that large macro particles of yeasty goodiness dance with delight while making my heart flutter. Love the extra junk in the glass as always.

S: The nose was restrained, bright oranges, with a lemony sourness with some wet pale grain muskiness.

T: The flavor was musky grains, lemony sourness, fresh greenery that all blends beautifully together. Oranges, a hint of fresh grapefruit, wheat, wet citrus with a bit of musky tropical fruitiness. The flavor is bright and spicy, clean, and well polished and rounded with a tight crisp nature. A small bit of toasted grain sweetness with some musky yeastiness, bread, lemon and pineapple rounds things out.

M: Mouthful was crisp and bright from the carbonation with a nice frothy body.

O: Overall crisp clean and very easy to consume and forget this is 9.0%abv that feels and drinks almost like a session in the beginning. Enjoyable triple with a hidden alcohol that makes for easy, generous sips. Not overly spicy, overly inundated with alcohol, just a very good example of a cleanly brewed and well crafted triple that many will overlook in their pursuit of the next bigger, bolder thing. The alcohol will catch up with you in the end, but you’ll enjoy the ride getting there. Crazy smooth drinkability even with all those yeasty chunks. (1,512 characters)

Straffe Hendrik Bruges Tripel Bier 9° from Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
88 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.