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

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131 Reviews
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Reviews: 131
Hads: 419
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 20
Gots: 80 | 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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Reviews: 131 | Hads: 419
Photo of n2185
3.42/5  rDev -13.4%
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 katan
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml into a goblet. This was under the pressure, the cork almost came off into the ceiling.

A - Pours a deeper darker golden color. Lots of pearly white head formation, but the beer itself doesn't show much bubbling. Must be fairly carbonated, just not letting it out.

S - Bright and spicy nose - lots of coriander, clove, and a high amount of white pepper. Seems almost sweet in the background. A great tripel nose.

T - Starts off pretty dry, very balanced and grainy flavors. Very earthy flavors start to grow, but then the citrus and spice start to come through in the mid-stream. Finishes with a more sour citrus bite, almost acidic. Alcohol warmth is lightly present.

M - Very strongly carbonated, moderate bodied beer. Finishes very clean with just a little bit of retained alcohol warmth. Its dryness is clear when you see how little of this high alcohol beer is left behind.

O/D - A solid tripel - especially if you lean towards the dry and clean side. Not as sweet as today's modern tripels, which makes me think this goes back to the age where these beers were a little more wild and more attenuated (maybe not clean). Worth a try. (1,148 characters)

Photo of Cyrano41
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet, thin head with light lacing.
Aroma had strong fruit overtone, mostly citrus. Can a smell be tangy? this was. The color was a deep orange-red.
Mouthfeel was full but not heavy. Taste was complex, fruit layered with malt and hops. A very smooth brew, well balanced between sweet and bitter. This was one of the 180 offerings at Bilbo Baggins, in Alexandria, VA. I strongly recommend the beer and the pub. (424 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 3/2011 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a cloudy medium orange amber with tons of floating yeast particles. A thin white head with light lacing and good retention. Aroma of light fruit, malt and Belgian spicing. Taste is similar to aroma. Pleasant light fruit, sweet malt, spice. A bit of a hop kick in the finish. Nicely made tripel. Worth a revisit. (382 characters)

Photo of daledeee
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A small bottle

Poured a dark gold with brown hues. Clear with a white head and good lacing.

Nose is apricot and sweet with malt. Might be bubblegum too!!

Taste is fruity with pears, sweetness, hops, malt. A complex beer with very good clean taste. Mouth feel is quite nice with just the right carbonation. Definitely a fine brew. (332 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
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! (1,686 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a lightly hazed golden yellow color with great carbonation leaving a nice white cap

S: Light booze stings the nostrils as does a light pepper, biscuit, lemon, apples and citrus

T: A bit hot and peppery followed by some green apple, banana, orange peel and grass. A nice concoction of flavors

M: Medium bodied, tasty, well carbonated with a nice feel

O: Very nice and easily drinkable, nice representation for the style (432 characters)

Photo of impending
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.
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Photo of mrfrancis
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a puffy, lingering white head. Big bubbles of carbonation are very apparent. Looks a little bubbly for my liking.

S: Smooth, gentle aromas of cream, biscuits, lemon, orange, pineapple, and subtle coriander are evident. There is a slight hint of fiery alcohol on the nose as well.

T: Notes of cream, biscuits, minerals, coriander, lemon, orange, grass, kumquat, and pineapple wash across the palate. The finish is long and intense with notes of tart citrus washed in prickly, peppery alcohol.

M: Medium to full bodied, though it's closer to the latter than to the former. Dry, firm, and spritzy in the mouth.

O: This is a nice tripel that hits all the high points of the style. Out of the bottle I found it to be slightly too prickly and bubbly to really be a knockout, but it is a very good tripel nonetheless. (857 characters)

Photo of pburland23
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 25.4 ounce caged and corked bottle into my Chimay chalice. Cork says 2009 on it.

My wife and I visited the Straffe Hendrik brewery during a 2001 visit to Belgium and loved the beer. I saw Straffe Hendrik in Whole Foods and decided to pick up a bottle for us to share. She was pregnant at the time, so I had to wait some time to crack it open.

Beer pours a hazy golden amber. Big bubbles of boisterous carbonation created a good two fingered, fluffy white head.

Nose is both fruity and bread. I get some real sweetness, almost like golden raisins and some apple. The traditional Belgian yeast aroma in noticeably absent.

The taste is very rich. The hops make their presence known with a nice dose of bitterness. There's also a big helping of tropical fruits and some bready and carmel malts. The flavor is very well rounded, complex and balanced.

The mouthfeel is bubbly, dry and well carbonated. It's a medium bodied beer.

Overall, after an absence of a decade, I may have built up Straffe Hendrik in my mind a little bit. It's still a very good triple, but not the mind blowing beer I remember from Brugges. Perhaps my palette has matured. In any case, a happy walk down memory lane. (1,204 characters)

Photo of robbyc1
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
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 PhillyStyle
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Brassiere Beck, Washington, D.C.:

The beer appeared a clear, dark yellow, almost a copper color with a thick fluffy head with decent retention. No lacing to note.

The nose had citrus to it along with a nice bready quality and a bit of alcohol was noticeable.

The taste followed the nose very well along with some noticeable spices and perhaps some earthy hops and a somewhat nice boozy finish.

The beer had a medium feel to it with great carbonation. The beer was clean, crisp and very pleasant to drink. Overall, a very good example of the style. (562 characters)

Photo of axeman9182
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
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 azorie
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: I poured into a tripel glass. he color is golden to reddish yellow/gold. A hard pour had a nice thick 2" head. cloudy. good lacing.

S: Bread like nose, I guess biscuit like is good....Fruity and hoppy. cereal and flowery at the same time. hops come out citrus like. with lots of hop perfume.

T: Thick rich and sweet at first. its coats your palate, then you get that flowery hop bite, nice balance, dry finish. its a tad on the sweet side for a tripel. but who says it cannot be sweeter?
Still not my favorite I had. as its warms up past 50f, the malt really stands out and you get even more hops, nice balance there.

M: medium carbonation and medium body, dry. easy to drink no alcohol even at 9%, kind of dangerous to the non experienced REAL Belgian beer drinker.

O: I think I have to finish the 4 pack to know more, I will write more later. I like it. (862 characters)

Photo of yemenmocha
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours translucent gold with a lot of snowflake/dandruff yeast flakes. Huge foam that has staying power. Nose reminds me of yeast-bready banana bread, holiday cakes, and pineapple display at a Hawaiian buffet. Palate offers plenty of pineapple, tartness, wheaty/malty backbone, and a chewy yeastyness all through till the finish. Also has a musty, female pheromone sort of mustiness to it, in a good way. Smile. (410 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.36/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A – Apple juice body. Small to medium bubbled head. Ok retention, but poor lace.

S – Pear, nectarine, honey, and a soft kick of booze.

T – A nice mirror of the nose up front. Pear, nectarine, and honey pair marry up with coriander and clove. Soft, warm booze accents the finish.

M – Nice carbonation. Medium body. Sweet, fruity finish.

O – A solid triple. (369 characters)

Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.39/5  rDev -14.2%
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 TripelHunter
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm surprised this has not seen the most favourable reviews. To my mind it's one of the best tripels going. Quite similar to Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch) in that it's the classic taste of a tripel.

I recently held a beer-tasting session with 25 different Belgian beers. This was the unanimous winner, seeing off strong competition from St Bernardus in close second.

It's sleek and classic; impressive in being able to match it's own alcoholic strength. (448 characters)

Photo of BeerNemesis
3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
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

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.

Sweet tropical fruits and bready malts.

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.

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

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 flagmantho
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich golden hue with a somewhat hazy body. Head is a finger of fizzy ivory foam which dissipated quickly. There are some clouds of suspended yeast material in the body as well. Not bad, but could be prettier.

Smell: sweet malt aroma with a little earthy/noble hop character. Light, but not bad.

Taste: sweet and balanced malt flavor with a little bit of chalky character. Bitterness is balanced and there is not a lot of complexity going on, but it is tasty and seems well-crafted.

Mouthfeel: medium body with great carbonation in spite of its mediocre foam cap. This beer has an excellent creaminess, which I love in a tripel.

Overall: tasty and drinkable, this beer's flaws are more in appearance than anything else. I would have this again, though. (807 characters)

Photo of rootbeerman
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours dark clear golden. Head was about a finger almost two. Also almost no lacing.
S: sweet, fruity, a bit of yeast spice. A light hint of clove and banana.
T/M: again sweet malt, also some sugared fruit. A light amount of yeast spice, including clove. Overall this is bubbly and even though it is a little thick it seems crisp.
O: very easy to drink, also very refreshing after a long night at work. (407 characters)

Photo of wowbagger
3.11/5  rDev -21.3%
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 jayhawk73
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark gold color w/ nice two finger off white head. Massive carbonation and lacing evident w/ this beer. I can see all kinds of yeast floating in the glass, which I dig. This beer seems alive when you look at it. Nice tripel.

S- Wow- this is complex. Sugar, floral, peach, orange, spices- this seems to have just about everything. Nice balance, but a little on the sweet side. Definitely improves and opens up as the temperature rises (as expected).

T- Best before 2013, so I'm covered. I'm assuming this beer is a couple years old. Very smooth and balanced, but a sweet tinge to it. Yeast and malt round out the smells in the taste. Very nice- but for this style, I've had better. I really like this beer, and have had it often. I just don't think it quite makes it up to the 4.5 level for me. Very high 4 though. No alcohol in the taste even though it's 9%.

M- Very smooth, chewy, satisfying. I love the feel of this beer. It's a good one. Super smooth/balanced aftertaste as well. Well done.

O- Great Belgian tripel, but on the outside looking in when you're talking about the best in the style. Still, this is definitely worth picking up, and I will continue to enjoy this magnificent brew. Nice summer tripel that's not too heavy. I'll continue to drink it year round though.... Cheers. (1,306 characters)

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

Served into my Chimay chalice. Blonde light sweet. Abundant head. Nice appearance.
Sweet aroma.
This is a typical tripel. A wonderful choice for a nice weather beer if you don't like lagers. Or even if you do. I am quickly growing fond of tripels and this is as good as any.
A worthy effort. (292 characters)

Photo of Tripphop
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


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)

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