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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Photo of Everydayoff
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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 -7.1%
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 +1.3%
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 The_Kriek_Freak
2.87/5  rDev -27.3%
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 patre_tim
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
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 +6.1%
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 Ciocanelu
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
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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Photo of chinchill
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle dated 2014 into a Belgian snifter.

Full pour but some sediment left stuck to the bottom of the bottle.
Pours hazy, amber-orange in color with a durable off-white head Spots and streaks of foamy lacing cling to the glass,

Aroma: despite an aversion to Brett, which is evident here, the highly complex aroma is modestly attractive. This is owing largely to a pronounced citrus component of lemon and orange, as well as hints of soft ripe fruits including pineapple, pear, apple and melon. White pepper, yeast and straw too. Lightly funky,

Flavor: complex, and follows the aroma, but with a tad more funky Brett.

Feel: medium body with very lively carbonation. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warmth in the finish and aftertaste.

Overall: a lightly funky and very complex Belgian tripel.

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Photo of Pierre_Pressure
2.66/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

A: Pours a golden color with a thick, sudsy head. Very cloudy with sediment. Also worth noting that this bottle will gush pretty fiercely when opened.
S: A spicy fruitiness dominates up front. There is a slight unfortunate undertone that I can only describe as urine like. While that did gradually fade away leaving a nice overall smell it was still a pretty big turn off for me.
T: Thankfully, this does not taste like it smelled. Strong yeasty flavor up front. Finishes with a nice spicy fruitiness with a slight bitter aftertaste.
F: Very carbonated, medium body
O: Overall, this is an ok beer with a couple of flaws: the gyser upon opening and the unpleasant aroma. It drinks fairly easy for the ABV and if you can get past the smell its worth a shot, but I don't think I'll be getting this again.

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Photo of RobinLinde
2.93/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured whole bottle into a tulip. Could not see any yeast at the bottom of the bottle, but should perhaps have avoided pouring all of the bottle into the glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy light amber/golden colored body with a thick off-white head with moderate retention and some lacing.

Smell: Yeast, a lot of yeast. Initially a hint of something I shouldn't mention, but the more I smelled it the better it got. Perhaps it warmed up and the hint disappeared.

Taste: Quite bitter and hoppy, a bit sour, but there's a spicy feeling to it. Leaves a bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: A good mouthfeel with high carbonation.

Overall: Quite disappointing considering that Straffe Hendriks Tripel and Quad are some of my favorites.

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Photo of SMZBrew
2.88/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a snifter.

A - Pours a golden color with a nice feathery head that's retained nicely.

S - I get a strong pear/canned pear (in a good way) smell. The smell was really amazing to me and I was expecting great things.

T - This is where it all fell apart. The taste is very hoppy, very boozy, and very sour. I can enjoy one or two but all three at the same time was just too much. The sourness hits on the front with alcohol in the middle, and a bitter aftertaste in the end.

M - Medium mouth feel with good carbonation.

O - I like tripels and I absolutely love sours, not to mention everything that HS makes. I seemed like a good idea to mix those but it just did not work for me. Just too much going on and every flavor seems to want to dominate the palate. Maybe this can mellow out with some aging.

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Photo of corby112
2.78/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Pours a very murky, dark golden orange color with deep apricot edges. Very muddy and unpleasant looking. Visible carb bubbling up with champagne-like effervescence. Three finger frothy white head that takes forever to settles. Chunks of soapy lacing left clinging to the glass.

Funky aroma with a really strong wild yeast presence dominating the nose. The tripel characteristics are slightly overpowered but show up a bit more as it warms. Earthy barnyard funk with wild bugs, sweaty brett, hay and straw along with white peach and melon sweetness. Under the strong brett character there's some dark bread, alcohol and light fruit esters. Subtle bubblegum presence with hints of cider, pear, tangerine and apricot. Aroma isn't unpleasant with nice brett character but comes off a bit one dimensional.

Medium body with really heavy carbonation almost ruining the mouthfeel. Very fizzy and unpleasant like a shaken up soda bottle. After it settles, the carb calms down letting the funky brett, alcohol and fruity esters come through. Again, the brett dominates with sweaty funk, earthy barnyard character, dry effervescence, melon and stone fruit. This is countered by a decent amount of bubblegum and fruit sweetness. Hints of banana, apple, pear and apricot. Strong sweetness and alcohol in the finish. Overall, this beer is kind of a mess. The mouthfeel is completely thrown off from over carbonation and extremely dry brett flavors. The tripel flavors aren't all that interesting but they get plowed over. Disappointing beer from a solid brewery.

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Photo of codekiln
4.94/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is a fantastic and unique beer. It's champagne-like fizziness and delicious estery scent pulls you in. The thick, creamy head wells upon the slightest swirl. Me alewifie says this is the best beer she's ever tasted. Yum!

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Poured a cloudy golden color. Aroma is interesting. A Belgian Triple infused with Brett yeast. It has traditional elements as well as some yeasty funk and tang on the nose. The flavor has some nice spicy and fruity Belgian flavors. It is kicked into high gear with the addition of the Brett. Tangy, oddly fruity, slightly medicinal flavors strangely complement the basic Tripel flavors. Funky Belgian goodness. I also liked that it wasn't very sweet. It finished mostly dry. Some alcoholic dryness too. I thought this beer was pretty cool. Have not had many like it before.

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Photo of stevoj
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2014 vintage. from Brewer's Haven. Head is a little lacking, but initial carbonation was quite active. Aroma is yeast , spice, sourdough, some herbs. Taste is initially sour, with some of the normal tripel flavors coming in behind. A little different take, but still great.

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Photo of drtth
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is the regular Straffe Hendrik Tripel, fermented with wild Brett strains.

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a nice golden orange color with a very slight haze and a 1" dense fluffy white head which recedes quite slowly to a 1/8" lasting cover over the liquid. Sipping creates some patches on the side of the glass, some slide back down to the head some remain. Even to the end of th ebeer there is a thin layer of foam on the surface of the liquid.

The aromas are a nice light mix of light spice and fruits all blended together. There's also seems to be a touch of what may be mustiness developing from the Brett but that may be imagination. As with the regular Tripel, the spice seems to be mostly coriander and white pepper and the fruits are from the orchard.

The flavors pretty much follow the nose and with some malt sweetness and the tang of coriander and white pepper. There seems to be a bit of apple and pear along some faint vegetal herbal hops that create some bitterness. At the moment there's not much in the way of the wildness of the Brett showing up here but I'd expect that with more bottle age there will be a decline in sweetness and some funky flavors starting to show.

The mouth feel is medium bodied with a light crisp touch from the persistent carbonation. The moderately long finish begins as the sweetness starts to fade allowing the other flavors to take center stage. Some hop character and bitterness show up and then the whole thing slowly goes dry.

Overall this is a nicely made beer which I think is pretty much the same as the regular version which I had a couple of weeks ago. I have more of this beer and some bottles will be around long enough to be able to track the changes with bottle age for the next 3-5 years.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A tripel with Brett. I was curious about this one when I saw it on the Bottles list at The Long Room in Chicago. Well executed but I prefer traditional tripel.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A tripel with a lot of funky horse blanket both in taste and smell? What's not to like? A tad dry in the finish and not as sweet and yeasty as I'd like a tripel. Also it's quite fizzy on the pallet which is weird.

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Photo of Jimlikesbeer
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Fruity taste. Nice flavor but not the best tripel ever. Taste lingers on the tongue. I like that. After taste is hard to describe. I think that is what is brining my rating down a bit.

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Photo of superspak
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into chalice, best before 3/4/2020. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big lemon, orange, peach, pineapple, apricot, pear, apple, light banana, pepper, clove, candi sugar, cracker, bread, hay, straw, grass, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy/funky yeast, earthy hops, and light-moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, orange, peach, pineapple, apricot, pear, apple, light banana, pepper, clove, candi sugar, cracker, bread, hay, straw, grass, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of peppery yeast spiciness and slight tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange, peach, pineapple, apricot, pepper, clove, hay, straw, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Fantastic complexity and balance of fruity/spicy/funky yeast, earthy hops, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a great crisp fruity/spicy yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. A good amount of dryness after the finish. High carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an awesome Brett tripel stle. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy/funky yeast, earthy hops, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the big ABV. Very similar to their normal tripel in overall flavors, with an added layer of brett complexity. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep orange in color with 2 fingers of white fluffy head. Nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is big blackberry, tart cherry, green grape juice, and citric acid.Big barnyard/ Brett funk on the nose. Really pleasant smelling beer.

This is a puzzling beer. The first half is rather light, clean, and crisp. Mildly tart fruits begin the taste. This transitions into a prominent malt sweetness near the middle of the sip. The finale is an increasing warmth and spice from the alcohol, a mild funky finish, and just a kiss of hop bitterness.

Strange beer. Not bad, but not fantastic (especially for the almost $6 dollar price). I could see this pairing well with a mixed berry pie. It gets a 87/100.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a pale orange amber color. Some good frothy white head with great retention and plenty of clumpy lacing left behind.

(S)- Bone dry yeasty funk. Bits of fruity biscuit, but just an overall dry barnyard funktastic Brett profile.

(T)- Lightly sweet, yet a dry and funky biscuity yeast profile.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Lightly sweet yet full of dry barnyard funk.

(O)- Reminds me of Orval in alot of ways, which is good since I am always a fan of Orval

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Photo of AppaZappa
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 2015 bottle poured into a tulip glass. Got a lot more Brett in the nose than the taste, which was a bit of a let down. Looking at the 2014 reviews I probably should have let it sit so that could develop more. But it's a nice and very drinkable beer and I'd get another to age and see what happens.

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Photo of lmaduells
4.66/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big surprise! Triple especial.La very presence of Brettanomyces (it seems that lately it had become fashionable to do with this except beers) gives a acarcter really special. Beer with an acidity summer, drink and evolution in the mouth very positive.

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