Straffe Hendrik Blonde | Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
Belgium
halvemaan.be

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
49
Reviews:
36
Avg:
3.61
pDev:
11.36%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
3
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 49 |  Reviews: 36
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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Small head that dies quick, amber color. Fresh aroma, very fruity: apples, pears, peach. Very light and mellow, this, but still with that certain Belgian spark that I love so. Feels a lot like a pale ale, particularly Bass. Nice, but nothing to shoot the moon over.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +10.8%

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.

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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.

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Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Gusler
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer debouches a limpid golden yellow with the head modest in size, bright white in color, semi-creamy in texture and the lace a thin but covering sheet for the glass. The nose a bit vinous, with a sweet backing, unmistakable sour apple aroma, earthy and citrus crisp, start is quite sweet, pleasingly malted with the top light to middling in feel. Finish is formidable in its acidity, the hops pleasing and their spiciness grows as the beer warms to the glass and the room. Aftertaste very dry, vinous and very long lasting, a quite quaffable beer, and one that is a good representative to the style.

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Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap in Bruges at an up scale, seafood joint. This honey coloured beer had a nice white cap of foam. It was served to accompany my big steamer full of moules smothered in the same beer, as well as a big plate of crunchy frites with mayo and special beer sauce. This beer has the aromas of honey, sharp floral hops, and background malts. The taste is sharp and bitter and is a perfect companion to seafood dishes. The mouthfeel is neither too thick nor too thin and the drinkability is excellent!

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Photo of cokes
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Semi-transparent peach. Moving towards opaque amber as the dregs are introduced. Glacier-esque head is explosively white, well-formed and slow-moving. Looks damn good.
A mixture of apricot fuzz and bread dough in the nose. Peppery too.
Enters the mouth with a dry, crackery pale malt base. This is more than simply a foundation, rather a feature flavor in itself. Solidly bready and crusty a la sourdough. Fruit is present, though never explicit. Peach, mangoes and apricot add intrigue. Doughiness remains, but turns in a cookie direction. Spicing enters with tempered cloves and white pepper. Some mustiness is carried along and shows up with chalkboards and basement floors. Hopping is noteworthy. Persuasively bitter with roots and brittle herbs. Ends grassy and bone dry.
Medium-light bodied. Downable in gulps despite its rapid carbonation. Tasty and mucho sessionable.
More of "ummm..guzzle..guzzle" than "wow! sip...sip". And I have no problem with that.
A dead-ringer for a "milder" version of Unibroue's La Fin du Monde. The yeast traits are nearly identical.
Nice one here.

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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 www.onlyfinebeer.co.uk

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...

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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.

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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

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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.

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Photo of funkel81
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%

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

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Photo of rastaman
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A bit sweet and yeasty, not overly complex, but drinkable all the same, spicy, aswell, like most belgian ales, i like it, but doesn't go that extra step.

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in lovely stemware from the brewery, this comes out a deep clear gold under a firm contoured white head with plenty of lace. The nose is mildly hoppy with a touch of malt. The mouth is semi-flat and well balanced. The initial taste is mild, with a touch of that typical francophone herbal sweetness. The finish is mildly hoppy, with a bit more bite in the aftertaste. Nice brew.

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Photo of marc77
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brilliantly clear golden hue if decanted off the sediment. The initially tremendously thick and creamy ivory white head recedes slowly into a moderate and static layer that leaves loose lace. Peppery spice upfront in aroma, followed by floral honey like sweetness and light clove phenols. Green apple acetaldehyde exists as a pleasant undertone. Flavorwise this brew is dominated by a combination of residual sweetness, lightly tart fruit, notes of honey and mellow clove. Hop bitterness is mild, but appropriate since the apparent attenuation is fairly high and residual sweetness is low. The light body and high carbonation lends a mouthfeel that borderlines on prickly. Finishes clean, quite dry w/ a slight chalkiness briefly lingering. Although certainly an enjoyable Belgian Pale, yeast contributions in flavor were too subdued and it was a touch too dry and over attenuated. That being said, Hendrik is very clean, balanced and somewhat tame all around, and thus exhibits good drinkability.

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Photo of granger10
3.22/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden, lagerish color and a very weak head that left a bit of lacing down the sides. This one seemed to be flat, but that might just be how it is made. However I did not care for the lack of carbonation. Taste was very simple for a Belgian. It was alright but not great. A combination of bready sweetness combined with a slight yeastiness here. It seemed like the brewers had missed an ingredient or step in the process because something seemed to be missing that could've made this a really good beer. But oh well. There's many more better Belgians to be had.

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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.

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Nolen12
4/5  rDev +10.8%

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.

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Straffe Hendrik Blonde from Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
3.61 out of 5 based on 49 ratings.
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