Straffe Hendrik Tripel
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

Straffe Hendrik TripelStraffe Hendrik Tripel
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From:
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
 
Belgium
Style:
Tripel
Ranked #53
ABV:
9%
Score:
89
Ranked #11,965
Avg:
3.98 | pDev: 11.31%
Reviews:
189
Ratings:
436
Status:
Active
Rated:
Sep 01, 2022
Added:
Feb 12, 2009
Wants:
  34
Gots:
  163
SCORE
89
Very Good
Straffe Hendrik TripelStraffe Hendrik Tripel
Notes: Straffe Hendrik is a Bitter Tripel Ale of 9% abv. The beer was originally from Bruges and brewed in Bruges by brewery De Halve Maan.

In 1981, Henri Maes and his daughter Véronique followed the demand of the mayor and created a strong blond beer for the inauguration of the statue of Sint-Arnoldus, the saint of all beer-brewers. However, the beer became so popular, that the demand for the beer continued. It was given the name of Straffe Hendrik (Strong Hendrick), since it was a rich and strong beer.

Today, Straffe Hendrik is the last authentic Tripel Ale of Bruges.
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Rated: 4.1 by Sphagnicola from Belgium

Sep 01, 2022
 
Rated: 3.9 by Ben1313 from New Hampshire

Aug 12, 2022
 
Rated: 3.63 by ScottP from New Hampshire

Aug 05, 2022
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Had this on tap 6/23/22 @ Hopleaf.

Opaque orange appearance.

A nice off-white head; frothy lace.

Clove, banana & mild caramel notes in the nose.

Medium thick, creamy mouthfeel.

Caramel & banana flavors up front; clove & a dry hop bite on the finish. Faint booze heat notes emerged as this warmed.

Balanced & pretty fantastic.
Jun 26, 2022
 
Rated: 3.9 by cabsandking from Ohio

Jun 23, 2022
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
330 ml bottle, from Vinmonopolet, Nettbutikken. ABV is 9%. Deep golden colour, large white head. Aroma of spicy Belgian ale yeast, white kandij sugar syrup and mild spices. Fizzy mouthfeel, Medium sweet flavour, distinct spicy notes, both from spicy yeast and spicy hops. Also notes of white kandij sugar. Bitter aftertaste.
Jun 16, 2022
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Reviewed by Snowcrash000 from Germany

4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Pours a deep golden amber coloration with a medium, fluffy head and visible carbonation. Smells of biscuity, caramel malt and floral, bitter hops, as well as some estery fruit also coming through. Taste is a great balance of biscuity, caramel malt and fruity, bitter, slightly floral and resinous hops, with citrus notes of lemongrass and lime peel, as well as hints of estery fruit and spice, with notes of apricot, gooseberry and clove. Finishes with a medium bitterness and some floral, citrus hops and estery fruit lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

This makes for a very nice Tripel that really seems unique for its rather hoppy and bitter, even slightly resinous, flavor profile, which still stands out at an estimated 10 months old. While it could be argued that the hops are a little too dominant over the esters for the style here, I personally love it, while the focus on esters that are more on the stone fruit and berry side fits the flavor profile perfectly here. Would love to try this fresh, while it still certainly left a lasting impression as it is, making for one of my favorite examples of the style, with the relatively high ABV not being noticeable at all.
Mar 27, 2022
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Reviewed by EmperorBevis from England

4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Bottled and purchased from Timperley village Bargain Booze
Pours a slightly hazy golden body with big thick white head
Aroma is Champagne and Belgian candy
Flavour is apricot and sherry
Mar 26, 2022
 
Rated: 4.08 by AlpacaAlpaca from New York

Feb 09, 2022
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Reviewed by jonmikel from Spain

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bought at a Bar in Las Arenas (Spain).

-Orange color.
-Triple smell
-Bitter Orange feel
-Alcoholic feel

Feels heavy but it is a nice brew. Belgian classic
Dec 24, 2021
 
Rated: 3.63 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Dec 06, 2021
 
Rated: 4.08 by kjkinsey from Texas

Sep 16, 2021
 
Rated: 4.35 by SViterileroux74 from Texas

Aug 29, 2021
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Somehow I had missed this classic, time to right that wrong! Orange somewhat cloudy pour with two fingers of white foam. Big robust belgian yeast with rustic white bread, fresh grains, orange zest and caramel in the nose. Taste is very yeast too but in a good way, an exposition on belgian yeast with caramel malts, orange zest, flowers, belgian spices and a shot of honey. Feel is frothy, silky soft and yeast with a heightened mouthfeel when it hits the palate. Not the most complex tripel, but it does the yeast, including the feel very well
Jul 31, 2021
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Reviewed by vinicole from England

4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Bottle conditioned. Clear copper with a thick frothy head. Excellent retention.
Spicy yeast and wood shavings when smelt. Some bready malt present.
Tastes similar. Quite sweet and fruity. Some must and sultana present.
Soft carbonation. Reasonably full in body.
A really good tripel.
Apr 23, 2021
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Reviewed by Vixie from Florida

4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Has the classic tripel look, light orange in color with a huge off white head.

Smell is a bit subtle, mainly bread and citrus with a hint of spice.

Fruity and spicy describe this one. Several fruits in there, mainly citrus and maybe some raisin and banana. Bit of pepper as well, giving it a bit of heat.

Very smooth yet full feel to it.

Easily one of the most complex tripels I have had. Very Belgian in character, and there is a lot of complexity. It is spicy, but not overdone. An employee at the store suggested this one, and I'll let him know it is a winner.
Apr 18, 2021
 
Rated: 4.4 by ummswimmin from New Jersey

Mar 30, 2021
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Reviewed by BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
From the large bottle, it pours a slightly hazy orange-amber with a large head that soon subsides to a modest off-white layer. n the nose, it is spicy and a bit fruity. In the mouth, spicy and yeasty, with notes of fruits and malts. Nice beer...,
Mar 23, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by marcrech from Brazil

Mar 20, 2021
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Reviewed by GregDBoston from Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I tried the Blond, Dubbel, Triple and Quadrupel at the brewery and this was my favorite of the Half Moons. I've had it from the bottle since. The bottom two were too sweet and Belgian-y, while the quad was just too boozy.
Mar 05, 2021
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Reviewed by LeBron_James from Canada (ON)

3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours clear orange/amber in colour with very nice head.
The smell on this beer is quite pleasant. Malt, dry fruit, and yeast or bread.
Taste is heavy on bready malt notes with a lot of fruit going on in the background. Some banana but not that yeasty banana that overwhelms some tripels. Not too bitter and not too sweet. Very pleasant and drinkable overall.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low-medium carbonation.
Overall this is one of the best tripels I've had. Very nice to drink even though I'm personally not a big fan of this style. I'd recommend it if you're into bready malt with fruit flavour profiles.
Feb 23, 2021
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Reviewed by JamFuel from Sweden

4.59/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Pours a clear amber with thick, fluffy head.

Smell is spicy and yeasty with notes of banana, v´cloves, dried fruit and apple with a phenolic sheen.

Taste is a beast, rich and intense. Spicy and yeasty with notes of banana, cloves, dried fruit, raisins, brown sugar, apple, pear and orange peel. Very complex, but still very drinkable.

Mouthfeel is medium and smooth with frothy carbonation.

Overall, outstanding, one of the best Tripels I've tried.
Jan 16, 2021
 
Rated: 4.33 by j37geogaddi from Massachusetts

Dec 24, 2020
 
Rated: 3.01 by DvdP from Netherlands

Dec 08, 2020
 
Rated: 4.25 by Gooljd from England

Nov 17, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by avisong from Virginia

Nov 15, 2020
 
Rated: 4.3 by beerrat from Virginia

Oct 24, 2020
 
Rated: 4.07 by SayBoom from Ukraine

Oct 03, 2020
 
Rated: 4.03 by Samnem from Georgia

Sep 30, 2020
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Reviewed by stortore from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
750 ml bottle into a tulip snifter. Best by 1/30/22- think that means it’s the 2019 edition, had 9/25/20.

Pours a golden orange color, mostly clear, with a one and a half inch foamy head with decent retention and a good amount of foamy lacing. Aromas of Belgian yeast, candi sugar, malt, cloves, coriander as it warms, other spices, some wheat, light black pepper. Similar flavors- Belgian yeast, malt, cloves, coriander as it warms, other spices, candi sugar, some wheat, a light hop bitterness. Smooth, a solid medium body, well carbonated.

This is an excellent classic Tripel, that seems a little spicier than most. Really solid from top to bottom. Well worth a purchase at a great price point. I may grab another one.
Sep 29, 2020
 
Rated: 4.27 by Joebbailey from Luxembourg

Aug 22, 2020
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Rated by grover37 from District of Columbia

4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Bottle from CJ, at home with Lisa, July 2020. Just OK
Jul 31, 2020
 
Rated: 3.81 by arzt from Germany

Jul 17, 2020
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Reviewed by champ103 from Texas

3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
A: Pours a darker amber/orange color than would be expected for the style. A dense white head forms that lasts forever. Plenty of lace left behind.
S: Bread and caramelized sugars. Actually seems like unfermented wort, like walking into a brewery on brew day. While that is not unpleasant, not really what I'm looking for. Caramel apples, and fruity esters and pears.
T: Follows the nose. A big bready/doughy flavor and lots of caramelized sugars. Really sweet, maybe a touch oxidized, chewy malt. Again seems like a lot of unfermentables in here, and again, I don't dislike that. Just not my favorite.
M/O: A full body with moderate carbonation. A little more sticky and chewy than I like. I'm having no issue sipping on the bottle. As the alcohol is noticeable but good and warming. Though not and example of the style I come back to a lot.

I'm certainly enjoying this for what it is. Though I prefer other examples of the style. This seems a bit darker, and the unfermented character detracts just enough for me. It has been a long time since the last time I had one of these, and it will probably be that long again.
Jul 10, 2020
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Reviewed by Daniel473 from Netherlands

4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Straffe hendrik, legendary beer. At last.

Pours blond, thick cloud, hazy... Indication of added ingredients.
Sniffed it, no smell, snorted it, still no smell. Gulped it all in one go 8/10
May 02, 2020
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Reviewed by Hamme from Netherlands

5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
The half moon on the bottle looks Arabic, but this is a Belgian Tripple. What can i say? Straffe Hendrik is a sweet tasting accessible beer, preferable consumed straight from the bottle. It has just enough alcohol to net get sour but give a pleasant burn.
Apr 21, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by mmilyko from Nevada

Mar 29, 2020
 
Rated: 4.39 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Feb 28, 2020
 
Rated: 4.46 by jordanginsberg from Louisiana

Feb 15, 2020
 
Rated: 3.92 by M4CDO from Massachusetts

Feb 15, 2020
Straffe Hendrik Tripel from Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
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