Straffe Hendrik Blonde | Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

36 Reviews
no score
Send samples
Straffe Hendrik BlondeStraffe Hendrik Blonde

Brewed by:
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-16-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Reviews: 36 | Ratings: 49
Photo of Beginner2
3.81/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Glad that I could review this.
From my notes... this beer did not have a subtle yeast and all that fruitiness, funkiness that we come to love from those Belgians. But I bought this ale at an exclusive wine store near a BYOB Guatemalan restaurant... and the ale went great with the half-spicy food.... I'm guessing because of the dryness made by the hops.
MJ's "Great Beers of Belgium" said it has "a earthy, fruity hop aroma, a creamy fresh-tasting start and a crisp, very dry finish."
He lists it among the Liefmans breweries and that it got its start at the Halve Maan Brugges brewhouse.

 589 characters

Photo of Knapp85
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a lightly hazy yellow color with a pretty good sized head on top. The lacing is light and the retention is a decent. The smell of the beer gives off some light sour notes but mostly had some grains and Belgian yeast on the nose. The taste of the beer is similar to most Belgian Tripel's and Pale Ales. The mouthfeel is light bodied and easy to drink. Overall this brew isn't too bad.

 402 characters

Photo of ThaCreep
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Very fresh nose that recalls dairy products and especially lactic acid. The attack is equally fresh with quality hops and a touch of yeast valuable. Mouth rather small, very hoppy and dry. The finish is clean and good sharpness. Easy to drink and very pleasant in the mouth, it can only give pleasure to the lover of good beer.

 327 characters

Photo of rodenbach99
4.02/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 bottle, the first time I drank this bottle was in Brugges 15 years ago.

A: yellowish, golden with a white head, some head retention but thin.
S: some bitterness on the nose, some hops
T: fizzy on the tongue, nice bitterness, a lot of caracter
M: medium-bodied ale
D: nice refreshing belgian ale, I like this one

 316 characters

Photo of hopdog
3.37/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle shared courtesy of fatty (thanks!).

Poured a medium yellow color with a small sized white head. Very small floaters that were suspended throughout the beer. I initially got aromas of yeast, citrus and spices until Eric ruined it by the power of suggetion by saying it smelled like a beach ball. Tastes of citrus, spices, yeast and a little fruity. Lively body with a crisp and clean finish.

Notes from: 9/30/05

 420 characters

Photo of sstackho
3.26/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Four 12oz bottles purchased at Jovi in Gatineau. Best before date of October 2008, consumed in July 2008. Pours a nice pale cloudy gold with a large billowing head. Light yeasty aroma. Taste is on the light side with a mild spice feel from the yeast.

 250 characters

Photo of therica
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap in Bruges, Belgium, not far from the brewery. The brewery is the ONLY non-commercial family-owned brewery left in Brugge/Bruges, sadly.

A= very nicely served in its proper glass on the plaza. Typically gorgeous Belgian-blonde with a very large fluffy white head.

S= refreshing whiffs of intrigue, very bountiful bouquet.

T= mild carbonation, fine bubbles in a lovely fruity-floral Belgian mix, definitely an exemplary beer in its Belgian style. Malts evident in the finish, also some licorice/anise presence (somewhat like Leffe Blonde but this is better).

M= nice memories after each sip, yet a slight after-burn on the tongue.

D= very drinkable if you can find it on-tap, anywhere.

 695 characters

Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Exp Dec 08. I found this beer extremely difficult to pour, despite pouring slowly, the liquid immediately fizzed down the glass and created a huge head that threatened to overflow the glass although only an inch of beer was in the glass. The consistency of the head was meringue-like, very large bubbles that stuck around forever. The smell started out spicy, then spearmint and later scotch whiskey as it warmed. Very full mouthfeel, dry fruit, then sour, then a candy apple sweetness, hops, then lemon. I thought there was a wide range of flavours that unfolded, all quite tasty. The finish is bitter with sharpness, lingering malt. As might be expected from the pour, a bit gassy. A lot of yeast came with a second, shorter pour, much more on the bottom of the bottle. This was certainly an interesting taste treat, thanks to biegaman, this from his recent trip to Belgium.

 876 characters

Photo of thierrynantes
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sorry but this following comment is in french :

Appearance : voilée qui malgré sa faible effervescence, présente une belle mousse qui colle bien au verre.
Smell : Nez caractéristique de coriandre et de levure.
Taste and mouthfeel : Ronde et veloutée, le sucré se marie merveilleusement bien à l'amertume et à l'alccol. L'étalement se fait sur un doux fondu avec une acidité qui donne de la profondeur, de l'équilibre et de la compléxité.
Drinkability : bonne bière dans le style Belgian pale ale

 512 characters

Photo of BeardedSquash
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: A clean golden liquid pours with absolutely no head but plenty of bubbles at the base of the glass.

S: Caramel nose with hints of light raisin. Some grass and floral notes come around as the beer warms.

T: Dry, almost champagne-like. Some wood flavors roll around with an organic floral hoppiness. The taste ends with a slightly sour swallow.

M: Dead, but I kind of like it that way. With the earthen flavors it almost feels aged. With the lack of head and the low mouthfeel, I think I might have got a bad cork. It's not an appropriate mouthfeel, but I do like it, even if it is a mistake.

D: I gave this a higher score than the others because I think this beer is bigger than the sum of its parts. Who knows, maybe I just like beer too much.

 751 characters

Photo of janubio
3.16/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle. It pours a peachy golden colour, witha creamy head. Smell is floral, biscuit, some coriander notes and some sutile citric.
Taste is a bit sour, but with gentle sweet notes. Some biscuit too. Light body. Not much of a special beer, but it's easily drinkable.

 272 characters

Photo of mdagnew
3.72/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle bought from

Poured a pale golden yellow colour... White head poured thick and foamy then faded quickly to a thin layer... quite a lot of carbonation shoots to the surface...light sticky lacing...

Aroma - Spicy fruits (grapefruits, pears, some light pineapple), very light biscuity malts, some floral notes, faint lambic like earthiness, vanilla, some cloves, grassy / pine hops...

Taste – Light fruitiness (apples, lemons, some pears and grapefruits), some creaminess, metallic traces, light biscuitiness, salty notes, peppery, typical Belgian yeasty notes, light floral hop bitterness, no real sweetness...

Feel - Pretty sharp and dry. Light body... Very refreshing and drinkable...

Overall - A very clean and crisp pale ale.... Well worth a try...

 801 characters

Photo of horndecker
3.27/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle.

A great significant clumpy froth erupts over an orange-yellow, clear brew. It leaves, not lace, but sticky suds. It has a lambic scent, and a fresh citric/grapefruit thing. A sweetish malty start to the taste, bitter behind it. A medicinal hop lingers in the aftertaste, not too pleasant actually. The best thing about this brew is the toasty malt once you get used to the hit of sweetness. But it doesn't finish well, making for a disappointing experience.

 474 characters

Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale light yellow with tons of head. Yeasty and eggy scent. yeasty taste, malty and a drop of sugar, somewhat metallic like a lager, drop pineapple and sourish finish , but very drinkable. Banana yogurt creamy full mouthfeel. Refreshing on a hot summer night.

 259 characters

Photo of tcayiajr
4.97/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This Beer hold's a special place in my heart. When I was 16 my parents hauled me out for a European vacation. By chance we happened to voyage to Brugges on a beautiful late June in 2002. My father in all his brilliance managed to entice my mother to go lace and chocolate shopping with my much younger brother while pops and I happened to wander down the greatest street in the world right into the Straffe Hendrik Brewery. After trying to use my french skills with the bartender and finding out that he spoke perfect english we were served 2 litre size mugs of straffe hendrik blonde. My father and I both agreed that this was one of the best (only beers in my case) that we have ever drank. The taste is sublime. It's smooth, but the flavor is dynamic with a wonderful complement of hops. IT'S PURE BLISS!

 807 characters

Photo of wl0307
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Revisiting this beer after trying it on draught at the Halve Maan brewery tap (with very disappointing service) in Brugge two years ago. BB JAN 08, served lightly-chilled in a 330ml slim goblet.

A: dark yellowish straw colour, coming with a loosely-formed thick fluffy white head dissipating pretty fast; fiercely carbonated body with huge bubbles floating.
S: resinous hoppy upfront, while lemony fruitiness and candyish malts mingle at the back; some yeasty fruit esters are felt in the background as well, with some sour-sweet passion-fruit+pineapple notes.
T: sharp-textured bready maltiness hits the palate upfront, immediately a spicy/clove and shellfish-like salty-sweet yeasty flavour (almost like that of a weizen) develops on the palate, gradually leading to a bitter-sweet malty and lemony fruity aftertaste lingering at the deep end of the tongue.
M&D: the texture is too fizzy and sharp for my taste, although it still remains quite refreshing throughout. But to my best recollection, the bottled-version seems to taste more fluffy and lack of balance than the draught version I tried at the brewery tap. To let this beer breathe for a while before sipping leads to a different observation in terms of texture, though--much softer and soothing. Not a bad beer to quaff and definitely better than their new beer Brugse Zot.

 1,343 characters

Photo of weeare138
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks goes out to fatty for this one.
Appears a light gold with a lush white head that lasts. Streaky lacing and lots of carbonation are seen.
Smell is grainy with evident alcohol and a squash aroma, along with grains of paradise, breadiness, and something reminescent of a brand new beach ball smell.
Taste is grainy and slightly sweet with many of the aromas coming through in the taste.
Mouthfeel is lingering on the front of the tongue with effervescence pounding away and a semi-dry finish.

 500 characters

Photo of MrNuggets
2.66/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A lazy day in a beautiful city called Brugge. Figured a couple hours hangin' out in an old brewery would be a great way to kill some time.
The tour consisted of climbing down a few dangerously narrow stair cases, hitting my head on a very short doorway and staring at old brewing equipment. After listening to the tour guide drown on in Flemish, English, French & German about the brewing process and the good ol' days of the half moon brewery; I was darn ready for that beer they give you at the tours finish.

Served in a goblet topped with a large white fuffy head. Bright yellow in colour with a cloudy body. Smelled dull of various beer related qualities. Tasted like adjunct. Easy on the mouth muscle. Drank this as quick as possible and got the heck out of there.

 775 characters

Photo of paterlodie
3.61/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Whow what a carafull poorout needed for this one and snowwhite creamy head just stays forever. Beautifull golden/bronze color make appearance more then just OK. Though its hard to get a good nosefull of flavours with this head what you find is sweet, malts, hoppy, 4-guijacol and litle sourness. Taste is maltysweet, litle sourness before it gets into a hoppy bitterness and a bittersour aftertaste. Mouthfeel is litle strange cause of the sournes but full of taste. Drinkability is ok; wouldn't mind another one.

 513 characters

Photo of Paddez
3.27/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, honey-coloured brew with a small head.
The aroma contains honey, bananas and something sour (apple, lemon?)
The same sourness comes back in the taste, along with some spices and a slightly bitter finish.
Pretty flat and thin mouthfeel. Wich is nice for a change.
The drinkabillity is good although I wouldn't like more than one of these on one evening. It's just too boring for that.

Nothing intresting about this one, no real complexity and no bite.
Not really worth trying in my opinion. There are much more intresting beers around. Even in this style.

 569 characters

Photo of 3Vandoo
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice thich creamy white head, probably one of the best foam Ive seen in a while. Unfortunately there were many deposits in my glass. A shy blonde body, very thin. Great carbonisation it was fun to see the bubbles dancing anyway.Taste a bit sour, fruity, a tiny bit of clover and banana taste. My first sip I had a taste of wet cartonboard then this dissapeared, maybe my bottle was bad, but the taste did not come back later on.

 430 characters

Photo of merlin48
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Based on the price I paid for this bottle, I expected it to be worthy of serving into my St Bernardus goblet. It wasn't.
Pours a clear, tangerine gold body, with no head. Hmm..
Aroma is restrained for a Belgian ale. Some banana, mango, and wool sweater yeastiness are picked up, after a bit of concentration on the nose.
Mouthfeel is, surprisingly, subtle for a Belgian. Low carbonation suggests flatness in this medium bodied ale.
Taste is unimpressive. Some hints of tropical fruits, earthy yeastiness, and crystal malts are present, but not profound. Flat carbonation suggests a bad bottle.
I'm not saying what I paid for this "less than stellar" bottle. Sometimes, I prefer to be my own, personal fool. Check with your merchant, or distributor, before purchasing one of these.

 787 characters

Photo of GreenCard
2.91/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: golden hue, good clarity, huge pillow of off-white foam that becomes rocky and slowly compacts to a thinner mass of floating islands

Aroma: malty and a bit clovey, dusty attic, slight hint of herbally hops, bananas, honey

Flavor: floury malt sweetness with an accompanying herbal hop flavor throughout, a touch of spice, finishes dryish with a slightly vegetal aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, exploding amounts of carbonation, slight alcohol warmth

Overall Impression: I looked away from this one for a minute after I popped the cap. When I turned back, a plug of foam was slowly rising out of the bottle. Lots of bubbles in this one. So much so that you kind of lose the flavor of the beer as soon as it hits your tongue. Not bad though, even if it's fleeting.

 794 characters

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.21/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle – Poured a light blond beer with a nice bubbly head. Aroma is sweet with a nice mix of malt and hops. Great carbonation with a medium body and I also noticed quite a lot of sediment at the bottom. Taste has a good mix of spices with a subtle bitter aftertaste. Overall, this is an average Belgian Ale but I’m not sure I would drink this again since there’s some better Belgian brew out there.

 402 characters

Photo of sparkydoyle
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured a clover honey color. Head was minimal and dissipated quickly. Orange and bread notes prominent in the nose. No sweetness in the flavor, just a slight tartness and sourness working together, finish is orange peel and coriander.

The beers real talent is it’s subtlety. Not much of a showstopper or even a session beer, but a great companion to lamb and potatoes, or any meal that presents a lot of fat and spice.

 427 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Straffe Hendrik Blonde from Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
3.61 out of 5 based on 49 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.