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Straffe Hendrik Wild | Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

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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.

Added by StoutSnob40 on 01-13-2014

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Ratings: 209 |  Reviews: 55
Photo of 123321123321
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of schavuytje
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mom treats at dinner at Spicebrush de Proeverij in apeldoorn center, I knew that and ordered, Straffe Hendrik Brugs Tripel Bier Wild (2016); clearly a bustling Brettanomyces culture that is very reminiscent of a mousing cider with flavors of apple, grape and light hints of banana

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Photo of weareallfalafel
4.94/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2015 bottle poured into a teku glass. Pours a hazy gold/orange with a thick and fluffy off-white head that practically refuses to fall, and it releases loads of funky, musky aroma in the glass. You can also smell the fruity character that you expect from a classic tripel, which I respect. Taste follows suit, but of course, much more pronounced. The taste starts with a touch of sweetness, immediately followed by good levels of funk and then the fruity ester character of a classic tripel, you then get a soft bite of bitter hops, and a dry finish, a finish that lasts for ages. Feel is medium/full in body, leaning slightly more towards the middle. Overall, I was very pleasantly surprised by this. The Brett comes through beautifully and works perfectly with the flavors and aromas of the base beer, all while still being able to detect all the classic flavors of the already amazing base.

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Photo of JamFuel
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle into correct glassware at the brewery.

Pours an unclear orange with thick, fine foam.

Smell is a huge punch of brett, followed by some yeast and white pepper.

Taste is as massively bretty as the smell, to the point of overpowering. There is some yeast, apples and stables in the background, but the brett is just dominating. This would probably benefit a lot from some aging.

Mouthfeel is medium with frisky carbonation.

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Photo of dvmin98
3.51/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Maciel6578
4.94/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of SpongeHop
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L - nice sunny, summery, almost dandelion or sunflower yellow, hazy, with nice thick bubbles that stick around.
S & T - horse stables, hint of manure - not that fresh cow dung kind, but rather that strange kind of dried, hay-like horse manure that makes you question yourself because it doesn't even smell too bad, actually. More in the nose than on the tongue, though. Taste is way more akin to a tripel in that it is malt-sweet. A very up-front honey like sweetness. Little banana. But with that backbone of refreshing tartness.
F - Nice and spritzy.

O - it's pretty nice. Worth a try, sure. But given the choice, I'd rather go for the Orval or an old Gueuze myself. But then again, I'm not too fond of Tripels anyway, or sweet beers in general, so take that for what it's worth.

I do recommend this one.

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Photo of dertyd
4.63/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of brl
4.82/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very interesting wild beer from Brugge.

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

2015 version
Pours hazy orange-amber, similar to cider, with never-ending white head, and moderate lacing.

Aroma is light, undefined fruit, plus some Brett funk. Despite the latter, it has a "fresh" smell to it, a la a stream filled with spring meltwater.

Flavor is herbal/floral/earthy/slightly-resinous hop (herbal tea syrup?) , plus a tannin-like element. Finishes with (old,composted manure) Brett funk, and a tiny touch of sweetness, before the hop bitterness settles on the tip of the tongue.

Smooth, creamy/oily feel, with very fine carbonation tingle present throughout.

Overall, good, and worth a try, though not something I would want often.

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Photo of DucksFan16
2.61/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

06/26/2017, in Bruges, Belgium.

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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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