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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Reviews: 49 | Ratings: 194
Reviews by Flounder57:
Photo of Flounder57
4/5  rDev +0.8%

11.2 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: A two finger billowy head was poured that slowly reduced to a puffy layer. It is an orange color with great clarity of tiny bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Funk, vanilla, yeasty esters, bready, apple, pear, some sweetness, and a little booze.

Taste: Same as above with slight bitterness. Sour and funk notes are very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Medium to high carbonation, a bit dry, boozy, medium bodied, funky,and a little chewy.

Overall: It is amazing what Brett can do to an awesome beer. Make it better. Yup. I'll have another.

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Photo of KJHB
4.39/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

4 pack of 11.2 oz bottles, best before 2018. Drunk from 43-55 F in a goblet.

Popped the cap, almost blown off the opener by the heavy carbonation! Tons of fog in and above the bottle opening. Pours a brilliant golden amber, becoming hazy as the lees pour out at the end. Highly effervescent, super fine bubbles create 4+ fingers head! Settles after a few minutes leaving rocky foam stuck up the sides of the glass.

Aroma is huge... Tart green apple, lemon rind, musty oak and brett as well. Hints of candy and florals floating in the background.

Taste is candy, malt, and oak forward, finishing earthy/funky with a mild, warming alcohol "bite." Sourness is prevalent but not off-putting. Even though this is a lighter colored beer, it has some qualities of an aged, oaked darker ale in it's flavor profile. Definitely a surprise.

Mouthfeel is fun to say the least... light/medium bodied with a champagne-like level of carbonation. Just swish it once while it's in your mouth and you go from enjoying Belgian beer, to Belgian beer flavored whip cream. Yum!

Overall, a very interesting brew, and well worth a high score. If you can find it, grab it! Probably the first beer I've had with brett that I really enjoyed.

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Photo of drtth
4.17/5  rDev +5%
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 lmaduells
4.66/5  rDev +17.4%
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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Photo of stevoj
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
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 CavemanRamblin
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beerswag
4.01/5  rDev +1%

Pours not much head, thick sticky, yet sparce lacing..thin layer of head remains..
Color is murky 24 k with hints of orange..smell is bright, yeasty, apricot , pineapple, earthy, lemon -grass.. Taste is semi-sour upfront, not in a vinegar tone, more of a sout feel, than a sour taste. lots of dried apricot and pineapple, and cranberry doesnt finish too sweet, more on the dry side.. Mouthfeel is dry , light-medium bodied. Would go great with a goat cheese dish, fish, hearty-salads, and mushroom/earthy flavors (truffle, nuts, etc.)

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Photo of petewheeler
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of alienlifeforcecube
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of innominat
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of fionn13
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of chinchill
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
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 ONovoMexicano
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the 11.2 ounce bottle into a Belgian tulip. This is a 2014 bottle.

A- Cloudy orange/amber color to the body. Sudsy pale white head. No visible carbonation.

S- Potently sour, funky, fruity, and earthy. Peaches and apple are the first aromas I think of. But I also get a whiff of some fresh strawberries.

T- It's interesting how this has retained some of the Tripel qualities that were not at all apparent on the nose. It's actually sweet and malty with a syrupy flavor, then some barnyard funk and a yeasty, floral, vegetal finish.

M- LIvely and effervescent feeling, with a thick-bodied malt quality. Not nearly as acidic as other wild ales. The yeast is very pronounced at the finish and there's a bit of dry bitterness. Sweetness works its way all through the palate.

I'd chalk this up as good, not great. It's not as intensely sour and acidic as I'd want a wild ale to be. I don't think I've had a spiked tripel before, so it's unique to me in that sense. I just think it needs a more aggressive wild side.

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Photo of seavercm
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of mattfancett
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.4/5  rDev -14.4%
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 StephRai
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%

Pours a big foamy head, quite lively. The body is clear straw.
The aroma is a complex mixture of banana, melon, honey and other fruits.
The taste starts with a dry fruity mixture, mild dry lemon bitterness, and finishes with a dry mild sweet note.
The texture is soft and fizzy.
Great smelling and nice tasting.

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Photo of ordybill
4.96/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a tulip glass.
Aroma- Has a great fruit aroma with maybe some grain.
Appearance- This is a very pale yellow brew with a small white head.
Taste- Has a great citrus flavor
Palate- A medium bodied, mildly, carbonated brew with a nice dry finish.
Overall- I really love this beer, I am looking forward to having it again.

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Photo of RCH1
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of NSXAG
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Denzo
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of wellsnb
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of robotiks
3.85/5  rDev -3%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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