Straffe Hendrik Wild | Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

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Straffe Hendrik WildStraffe Hendrik Wild

Brewed by:
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Straffe Hendrik Wild is a “wild” version of the famous Straffe Hendrik Tripel. The traditional triple beer is re-fermented with a wild “Brettanomyces” yeast, that creates unusual fruity aromas in harmony with the rich use of aromatic hop varieties. The bitter hop aromas will be- come softer, whereas the wild Brettanomyces yeasts will continue working and creating hints of fruit and wine.

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Ratings: 198 |  Reviews: 50
Photo of biboergosum
3.51/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle, the 2016 edition. Shit, I bought this without adhering to my new mantra - 'no more fucking funky sours!' Oh well, Daddy Brain at work, once again.

This beer pours a mostly clear, medium copper amber colour, with a teeming tower of (Kung Pao feeding) puffy, foamy, and creamy off-white head, which leaves some decent layered streaky and sudsy lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of candy-like caramel malt, mildly funky wild yeast, sweet orange and red grapefruit citrus rind, faint earthy spice, and a sense of leafy, weedy, and well-perfumed floral green hops. The taste is rather sweet gritty and grainy caramel malt, more indistinct candy character, rather unpleasant Brett funky and skunky sour notes, some muddled dark tropical fruitiness, tame musty spice essences, and a still rather restrained leafy, earthy, and boozy floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequate in its testy and assertive frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and generally smooth, with a sense of undeserving creaminess arising as things warm up a tad around here. It finishes off-dry, the candied element pushing hard to remind me of my pre-schooler's lament today of the cotton candy that never was.

Overall, this is yet another bullshit offering from a brewery that seems to just be jumping on the bandwagon, as it were. Screw this, screw this whole concept, and screw the horse that it apparently rode in on.

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Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Howlader
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of igl
4.88/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Dentist666
4.51/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Excellent beer.
Clear brett presence, including wet horse blanket and barnyard.
High carbonation, perfect look and head retention.
Queer mouthpuckering aftertaste.

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Photo of andrewmaixner
5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An excellent Belgian triple with brett. Can't find it locally, but if I could, I'd be buying more!

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Photo of 54V4G3
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mcrawford
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Everydayoff
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2015 vintage, 330ml bottle poured into a snifter.

Brown in color with deep garnet tinge, the pour quickly builds up massive silky off-white head that very well retains itself with excellent retention before slowly collapsing to an eternal fluffy crown that doesn’t go anywhere until the last sip and leaving lots of spotty and patchy lace here and there, high visible carbonation.

The aroma is led by sweetness from banana ester, candy sugar, molasses, honey, and caramel. Then brett comes into play and dominates a nose with its funkiness and mustiness that is also being nicely complement with notes of crisp citrus, lemon rind, floral, and earthy from hop as well as a medicinal note yet spiciness of coriander and pepper while malt is there too with its bread, dough, and caramel. Powerful, complex and so inviting overall.

Rich in both brett and hop in the palate sensation, brett with its funky barnyard and musty touch while hop with its citrus, lemon rind, earthy, herbal, and bold bitterness. The complexity is amplified when all those sweetness, fruitiness, and spiciness characters that aforementioned in a nose are harmoniously unfolded through the taste buds with the great array of banana ester, candy sugar, molasses, honey, medicinal, spiciness of coriander and pepper, bread, dough, caramel, and slight hint of alcohol. The finish and aftertaste is lasting with spiciness, funkiness, and tartness which partially from hop while mostly from brett.

The body is medium to rather full with good crispness and high lively carbonation, smooth through the mouthfeel with a pleasantly dry finish.

This one is so good without doubt. Brett and wild character make it one step beyond, complex and very funky barnyard. Would be great to mature it for a year to come.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bubbly pour, dark amber in color.

Yeast and Belgian spices on the nose, light phenols.

Tastes like the candy wax lips, and some esters and phenols.

Feel is carbonated and semi dry.

Overall decent but not something I'd revisit.

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

Pours a slightly hazy orangish yellow golden color with fizzy white head. Funky citrusy notes on the nose with some wheat; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with a slight citrus tartness and funk.

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Photo of Dzu
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
2.87/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The Brett on this one is through the roof. I love me some funky aromas but this is waaaay beyond what my palate and I can handle. I love barnyard and horse blanket aromas but this beer offers aromas reminiscent of barnyard-next-to-a-burning-landfill and horse-with-halitosis-blanket. Even though this is meant to be a Tripel-with-Brett beer, I cannot identify anything Tripel-ish about it. Lots and lots of burnt rubber. Apart from the Brett the only other noticeable flavors/aromas are those of intensely bitter quinine. Did I drink this too fresh? I thought that Brett needs time to fully express but this is just a few months old. Is this beer going to get even more Brett-y as it ages? Was it "more" infected than intended? I'm seriously reluctant to believe there are people out there that would enjoy this. The place I bought this from is infamous for not storing beers properly so could it be that these extreme aromas/flavors are the product of storage errors?

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Photo of dabeerbuddha
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Foley67
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Saviour
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Coronaeus
3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of patre_tim
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper and clear on the first pour. Tones of fast rising carbonation, and 2 fingers of yellowish head.

Smells of Brett, right off the bat. Sour Brett, hints of cider, apples, and more Brett.

Tastes of Brett, then an unexpected sweetness of a triple comes, then a the taste of clean, tide bleached linen, then the candied phenols of a Belgian triple again.

Thick and syrupy body, lots of foamy carbonation.

A really interesting mix of tastes. Still pondering this brew. I like that it makes me ponder, just a little puzzled at how to put it together. I'm just glad somebody tried. Got on wish beer, drank Nov 9th, 2016 in Chiang Mai.

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Photo of JonCorbett
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Dusky deep orange peach with a massive 3 finger toque made of big knots of white woolly foam. It dissipates fairly moderately, doesn't take too long, but it isn't exactly fast either. The lace is heavy so it usually slides back down the glass. It's like a mini pond hockey rink in my glass, big chunks of foam that remains all around the ring, and a skinny layer of snow across the surface. And stays like that until the last drop.

Aromatics: A nice brett funk, sweet and tangy, but the barnyard qualities seem to be a little more diffuse and let the citrus and spice. The fruity notes have a light orange and lime citrus element, and more forward pomaceous apple and pear showing through just above.

Taste: mmm. Sweet, almost gooey sweetness - if I could describe my first impression in one cohesive unit it would be warm sour mashed but earthy vegetal applesauce. The spice coming through fully incorporated and not blazing it's own trail. The whole team is playing here and I think - sweet forwards bring up pucks of yeasty fresh dough and mild fruitiness, with bitterness on the defense, contributing to the play with vegetal and pepper and coriander flavours.

Mouth: Delightful. A very well done medium body, really active carbonation and as the play progresses on the palate you get spaces of butteriness and clean play, with hits of excitement here and there as tinges of pepper spiciness take shots on goal. There is a dim vapour of cheering from the sidelines for the 9% - like soft streaks of breath in chilled air, but so faint you remain ambivalent to it because the rest of the game is so exciting.

Overall: Well I think my pond hockey analogy really kind of explains it all. I actually had a great time with this beer - so much so that I will get a couple more bottle this week and like @drtth will check on it's progress in a few years time. It is flavourful, has a superb presentation, and if you treat it right it really becomes an great enjoyable event.

Pairing: This is a hard one to decide. I want to continue my analogy, but all I remember from my youth playing a game of street or pond pickup is have hot chocolate after... and that just won't do here - but, now that I think about it a good pot of hot chicken noodle soup would be good - I want to bring out more of the spice as well as compliment that butteryness in the body so a bowl of Kraft's new Spicy Cheddar mac and cheese might be just the thing, and I happen to like mine with a dollop of Heinz's new Sriracha or Jalapeno ketchups and a few twists off the pepper mill. Mmmm.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy dark golden color with white head. Aroma has brett funk with intense fermented fruits. Taste starts sweet with the same fermented fruit notes but the finish is really bitter with earthy hop notes. Really effervescent and quite boozy.

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Photo of BlakeAM
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of safphoto
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2 ounce bottle - $5.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

A real, angry gusher upon opening, the front of the label was correct about this being wild.

Appearance: Pours a clear, orange-golden body with a very tall, near-white head.

Smell: A brett-forward aroma delivering a fair stink, with touches of pear & apple juices, earthy spices, peach essence, chewing gum and alcohol.

Taste: Fairly sweet start of blonde candied syrup which turns to ground black pepper, spent Chiclets and fruity hints of banana and orchard fruits. Soiled, sweaty, musty brett quality. Lightly bitter. Finishes quite dry and with an effervescence akin to champagne and lingering spiciness and alcoholic heat.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Highly carbonated. Some stickiness present in the mouthfeel.

Overall: Pretty good.

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