Straffe Hendrik Bruges Tripel Bier 9°
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

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Style:
Tripel
Ranked #37
ABV:
9%
Score:
89
Ranked #7,314
Avg:
4 | pDev: 11.25%
Reviews:
176
Ratings:
601
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Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
 
Belgium
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Very Good
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stortore from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
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
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champ103 from Texas

3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
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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Daniel473 from Netherlands

4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
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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Hamme from Netherlands

5/5  rDev +25%
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
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HattedClassic from Virginia

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.

Nov 03, 2019
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jkblr from Indiana

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.

Aug 04, 2019
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josanguapo from Spain

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

Mar 11, 2019
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Martin194 from Iowa

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!

Feb 24, 2019
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Bruno74200 from France

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

Jan 29, 2019
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JonnoWillsteed from England

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.

Oct 07, 2018
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ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

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.

Sep 06, 2018
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

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.

Aug 11, 2018
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flyingpig from Scotland

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.

Jul 04, 2018
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SirWilliamIvory from Virginia

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.

Jun 08, 2018
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timon from California

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!

May 03, 2018
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mynie from Maryland

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.

Apr 03, 2018
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EMH73 from New York

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.

Jan 16, 2018
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VABA from Virginia

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.

Jan 15, 2018
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gudthing from England

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!

Jan 06, 2018
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SpongeHop from Belgium

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.

Sep 16, 2017
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Zet from Netherlands

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.

Aug 01, 2017
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The_Bujon from Ireland

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.

Jun 17, 2017
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JackRWatkins from Alabama

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.

May 29, 2017
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schavuytje from Netherlands

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

May 27, 2017
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outdoor7or24 from Georgia

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.

May 02, 2017
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