Straffe Hendrik Bruges Tripel Bier 9°
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

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Belgian Tripel
Ranked #36
Ranked #6,436
4 | pDev: 11.5%
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
Very Good
Straffe Hendrik Bruges Tripel Bier 9°Straffe Hendrik Bruges Tripel Bier 9°
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Photo of HattedClassic
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice white head that dissipates at a moderate pace. The beer itself is a nice looking clear amber gold.
The smell has a good and earthy bitter hop note throughout. There is a sugar note upfront along with a banana smell from the yeast. However, the bitter hop note dominates.
The taste is similar to the smell. There is a strong earthy and bitter orange hop note with some Belgian sugar and banana yeast note in the finish.
Overall, a fairly accessible triple despite it being more bitter than expected.

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Photo of jkblr
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle with 09-01-2020 printed on the bottom of the label poured into a tulip glass at fridge temp 9% ABV. The beer pours mostly bright honey colored amber with quick building off white head. The head recedes slowly to a nice cap. Spotty lacing. The aroma is mild and yeasty, but more barnyard than phenolic. The taste is semisweet ripe fruit and banana with the pale malt coming through mid palate before a drying mildly bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with above average carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, very good. Nothing earth shattering, but nothing wrong either.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

En copa Grimbergen. Viendo Umbrella Academy 1x03. Intensa y frescamente herbal, con agradable especiado y efervescencia en boca que invita a beber mas. Alcohol se nota pero que no molesta

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Photo of Martin194
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Cloudy, caramel colored with a fluffy white head.

Smell: Booze, sugar, malts, some hops, sort of a grassy scent.

Taste: Pretty "robust" taste, I think. You can definitely taste the booze, plus kind of a smoky flavor, roasted malts maybe? Plus rich spices. Ends with hops and barley.

Feel: Medium body, normal carbonation. Leaves a warm, dry mouthfeel.

Overall: A tasty tripel!

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This classic Tripel does the job quite well with a big white head and waves of esters coming from everywhere.
Not that sweet, it's quite drinkable. Enjoyable

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Photo of JonnoWillsteed
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L- Dark gold, very slight haze. Rested well and poured slowly, pours with 5Cm just off-white head.
S- Quite rich and fruity, promises well.
T- Wow, straight into a deep and pungent flavour, that goes on and deeper. Spicy, rich, puddingy.
F- It's quite rich, so I'm going to savour this one nice and slowly. 9%ABV and it feels every bit of that!
O- Zero out of place. A full-on Tripel, perhaps better suited to cooler months as it's certainly more on the rich/rewarding than dryer/refreshing side of the spectrum.
Bought from Real Ale Ltd., Golborne Road, London W10. £4.20/330ml bottle. BB 09/10/2020.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle poured into a chalice.

A: Golden/amber color. Perfect clarity. Cream-colored head retains superbly. Chunky lacing.

S: Fresh bread and toasty malt. Pear and baked apple with cinnamon. Flash of citrus and tropical ester. Clove, pepper, and very slightly medicinal phenols. Floral and herbal hops. Subtle "old book" sort of yeast mustiness.

T: Bread crust, toasty malt, and honey. Apple blossom. Orange spritz and a tropical essence. Subtle alcohol brings a bit of bitterness, alongside the herbal hops and peppery/clovey phenols. Mildly medicinal. Bit of musty yeast. Dry and relatively quick finish leaves only a fading trail of herbal spice.

M: Medium-full body. Some chewy creaminess, but it sits very lightly in the mouth thanks to the ample carbonation. Very dry. Faint sense of warming alcohol.

O: A very well put-together tripel. Dry and very easy to drink despite its size. Flexes some muscle without going off the rails. It feels every bit as classic as it is, and deserves to be talked about among the elite examples of the style.

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Photo of tigg924
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap. Pours clear, copper in color with one half inch head. Taste is green apple, apricot, and Belgian spice. Medium bodied with high carbonation and sweet. One of the better tripels I have had. Several glasses.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle from Café Vlissinghe, Bruges (€4.20):
Quite a light & floral tasting tripel with plenty of herbal touches & a lot of yeast coming through along with some spices. The beer was interesting with some nice pine & biscuit flavours in there on top of quite strong carbonation & a very lively, sharp feel to the beer. It's flavoursome without being too complex & it proved easy to drink throughout but it's not quite up there with some of the other Belgian tripels I've had of late sadly & the quadrupel from the brewery was a much better beer too.

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Photo of TheVillageIdiot
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This a prime example of what a well crafted Belgian Triple should be. Only bought a couple to try and I'm now having buyers remorse for not having bout more but, that can be easily remedied. Very nice smooth taste, nice slight after taste and no alcohol bite.

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Photo of timon
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great stuff! Picked this one up today and it was expensive, but worth a try. Very different for a tripel. More like a quad. Good pour with lots of lacing and head. Very surprising and wonderful smell--can't describe it well enough, but it's sweet and nice, almost like a fruit basket, or something. Taste is different for a tripel, as is the color. I like the nice amber color better than the murky yellow or many tripels. It's not that nice golden clear color, though. The taste is very full of light-caramel, plum, raisin and pineapple. Alcohol is well hidden and taste is very easy on the lips so be careful!

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Photo of mynie
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The word WILD has prominent placement on the bottle's neck.

Lovely pour--dark for a tripel, hazy amber with plenty of particulate matter and a surprisingly full head, for the ABV.

Smells likewise quite nice. Mild fruit and heavy yeast and candy sugars against some light sour nodes. Very complex and rich.

Tastes, unfortunately, not quite as pleasant as the aroma had led me to hope for. The opening is sweet and alcoholic, very yeast heavy with plenty of fruit esters to balance things out. But these fruit nodes grow heavy in the middle and by the end they are far too sweet and alcoholic. The finish is nicely dry, though.

A fine enough beer that doesn't quite come to together as well as it should.

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Photo of EMH73
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden color with orange hues, a one and a half inch off white head that settles pretty quickly and leaves tons of lacing. Smells and tastes of Belgian yeast, malts, bread, cloves, pepper, lemon and a hint of green apple. Medium bodied, light to medium carbonation and a fairly thick mouth feel.

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Photo of VABA
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice hazy amber color with an overly generous head and lacing. Aroma has fruity hints, the taste follows the nose. A well done light bodied well carbonated beer that hides the alcohol very well but nevertheless one feels the effects of it.

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Photo of gudthing
4.61/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Deep gold colour, lasting head - very beautiful to look at.

Can smell caramel and malt, very pleasant.

The Straffe is thick and creamy with a gentle fizz. Initial taste is a malty caramel taste, with a hoppy aftertaste.

It has some similarity to leffe, but it's more delicate, less fizzy, thicker and overall a much better beer!

Absolutely delicious!

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Photo of SpongeHop
3.51/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L - orange-golden, hazy, with a maaaasiiivve foam head. Truly a belgian ale.
S & T - immediate crispness with a clean, almost rainy, grassy pilsner hoppiness. Light bready malt. Sliiiightly tart apples, as it still has a hefty dose of honey sweetness. Slightly boozy, vaguely cognaccy.
F - Drying on the lips. Medium body. Somewhat boozy.

O - not much of a tripel fan, so I was kinda dreading this one. Turnt out to be pleasant enough. No artificial banana candy flavor that I often get with belgians, but still quite sweet.

So if you're a sweettooth (unlike me), I'd recommend this one.

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Photo of Zet
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange haze with a golden hue and a big frothy head. Foam sinks slowly but keeps the surface covered and leaves pretty lacing. Full nose of pilsener malt, orange, sour apples, pepper and coriander. Taste is mildly sweet in the mouth and dry bittersour in the swallowing. I tasted orange, yeast, malt, pepper and lime flavours. The beer has a spicy aftertaste that lingers quite well. Mouth feel is full-bodied yet surprisingly smooth and gentle for a 9 abv. Its alcohol is deviously well hidden. Definitely worth a try, this tripel.

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Photo of The_Bujon
4.31/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a lovely hazy golden body topped with a MAHOOOSIVE foamy head, something of a halve maan brewery speciality.

Aroma is fresh and floral, and really invites you in, has a La Chouffe hoppy scent to it.

Taste is slightly overpowered by the abv, but you do get a nice toffee malt swirling your trap, urging you for another quaff.

Aftertaste is very much alcohol based, and warming on the gullet.

Overall a truly cracking beer, and nothing in it between this and the Quad in my opinion.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: pours a hazy, golden amber color, with an off-white (beige leaning) creamy head with decent retention
S: sweet caramel and bready notes are the first things to manifest, with some pleasant, peachy and (white) grape notes coming through as well, some subtle pepper comes out as the beer sits
T: dry, sweet, and bready right off, with a pleasant white grape note and a clean-neutral bitterness bringing up the rear, the (caramel leaning) malt body with light fruit is very nice
M: very dry
O: A very solid and tasty beer, nice and enjoyable, full but crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of schavuytje
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Hendrik is a delicious, solid abbey triple: full and yet supple, soft malt light sweet and spicy hop and little pepper absolutely no punishment to drink

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Photo of outdoor7or24
3.62/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz bottle poured into goblet.
A: pours a golden orange body, fine frothy bubble white foam head, spotty lacing, fine carbonation
S: slight boozy, pepper, spicy, banana, malt
M: medium heavy body with semi dry finish
T: Banana, clove, white pepper, malty and creamy, slight boozy as it warms, molasses
O: good brew, didn't pick up on the candied sugar like I thought I would, nice creamy feel.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly muddled amber yellow with a fluffy white head that laces well. Smells of sweet bread clove, banana, spice, and a good amount of earthiness. Taste is similar with a big Belgian Candi presence and a touch of alcohol, though well concealed for its 9.0% abv. Feel is soft, smooth, good carbonation, sweet but bittered by that earthiness I detected in the aroma. Alcohol comes through as it warms. Overall this is an outstanding Tripel. Cheers!

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Photo of Everydayoff
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a goblet.

Hazy brown amber in color, the pour builds up thick creamy off-white head that stays with good retention before gradually subsiding to an everlasting foamy layer on the surface and leaving some lacing patch along the way.

The aroma is quite mellow and sweet with suggestion of candy sugar, molasses, caramel, and honey. Crackery malt, buttered bread, and chalky yeast as well as light phenol. Crisp citrus and floral from hop together with a spicy hint of coriander and black pepper.

Fruitiness leads the palate sensation with notes of citrus, orange peel, subtle banana, and raisin. There is lots of sweetness essence from candy sugar, molasses, caramel, and honey. Malt wraps all the things up together with its sweet bread and caramel while spiciness in kind of coriander and black pepper cut in and sharpening the thing up. The finish is crisp and lasting with subtle hop bitterness and lots of residual sweetness.

Medium body with some crisp and moderate carbonation through the palate that is proper to carry all the things well under smooth mouthfeel, finish is dry.

Very tasty Triple, it is not much complicated comparing to the top notch ones but simply tasty with some good hop profile to fulfill the dimension of malt and yeast.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy orangish yellow golden color with white head. Yeast, hay, citrus, grass, and some bready notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with citrus and yeasty notes.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml, caged and corked bottle - isn't this the brewery that recently installed a pipeline between their brewing facility and the packaging plant?

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with three fat-ass fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and fizzy bone-white head, which leaves some streaky dissipating fog bank lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of semi-sweet, grainy pale malt, a lesser cereal wheatiness, clover honey, free-range candy sugar, clove/coriander spice, earthy yeast, a mixed bowl of banana and orange fruitiness, and a mere suggestion of perfumed floral hop bitters. The taste is bready and doughy pale/caramel malt, simple syrup, crusty honey, muddled dirty spice, a retreating phenolic yeastiness, still well blended domestic orchard fruity notes, and some very subtle leafy, earthy, and floral hoppiness.

The bubbles are fairly intense in their somewhat palate-coating frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, with a bit of yeasty, spicy, and boozy interlopers joking around just a little too wildly. It finishes off-dry, but not as much as one might have been expecting - there's a drying trend gaining some momentum here.

Overall, this is certainly one very well-rendered version of the style, lots of big and varied sugary components up front, and then a finish that does just enough to tantalize you with its 'come try me again' bitterness. Yeah, I can see why they would go through the trouble of piping this stuff out to the world at a higher pace than their old-school, historic center operation could have sustained.

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Straffe Hendrik Bruges Tripel Bier 9° from Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
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