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

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Straffe Hendrik Bruges Tripel Bier 9°Straffe Hendrik Bruges Tripel Bier 9°

Brewed by:
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.77/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Brassy golden hue, translucent, with a generous white frothy head and good retention and lace. On-point for the style.

S - Way delicious! Belgian, buttery, biscuity, and lemon-zesty with a crisp alcohol twang. A slightly different take on the Tripel, but an exceptionally delicious one nonetheless.

T - The taste follows the nose. I get a delicious richness and nearly perfect balance and harmony of the flavors. The malted grain is bready, a bit husky and with just enough sweetness, it is still refreshingly dry. The hop is lightly fragrant and herbal and adds a sublime balance of bitterness. And the yeast imparts delicate notes of lemon, apple and pear. Just an outstanding and refreshing Tripel.

M - Fantastic. Well-carbonated, but with a creamy-soft mouthfeel that is totally complementary.

D - Drinking it at the BA Brandy Hunahpu event, shockingly this ends up as one of my top 5 favorite brews of the substantial day. Surprisingly good.

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Photo of weazal
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Golden, semi-translucent. Nice head on pour that reduces to a fine film.

Smell: Fresh lemon, tangerine, and caramel malt. It's soft and a little hard to pick up, but complex and wonderful.

Taste: Instant onslaught of flavor! Very upfront sweetness that's overwhelmingly banana! Like crazy amounts of sweet, ripe, banana.

Mouthfeel: Perfectly balanced thick-ish body against a front of the tongue spritzy carbonation.

Drink: Ends sweetly, leaving you wanting more - but possibly too sweet which can also be a little turn off.

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Photo of u2carew
4.54/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle
A) Pours with a two finger thick, white head. Golden body color with visible sediment. Head slowly settles. Tight, sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Clover, banana, orange peel, and floral
T) Malty sweetness pairs with subtle caramel, some banana and citrus notes, and some apple.
M) Medium body. Creamy. Fairly smooth. Alcohol warmth in the finish with a subtle tannic feel.
O) A delicious brew! Besides the visible sediment this is a fantastic beer, making it easy to overlook the aesthetics.

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Photo of Trueant1
4.52/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Opened with a pop. White foamy head that goes down quickly. Darker for this style with a medium amber color.
Lots of champain bubbles.

Smells of sweet Belgium candy sugars, yeast, bananas, and
alcoholic spices. "lots" going on here.

Tastes of bananas, sweet candy sugars, alcohol, and bitter saaz hops. Very great brew!

Good mouthfeel, sugary and wet. Too much carbonation for my likes.

The drinkability is awesome. This brew has sugars and spices and is very tasty. I love the smell of bananas as I sip this awesome brew. Where is the 9%, dangerous!

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2” fluffy head, white, lumpy over hazy gold liquid. Excellent gothic window lace.Fruit, yeast, light bread, slight caramel, light fruit, no alcohol, slight hop, sweet fruit, yellow raisins, sultanas, creamy, mild hops and caramel malt, very tasty.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a honey amber, with an ample head that settles quickly, leaving a layer of small bubbles and lacing.

Smells of wet straw, ginger, coriander, with sweet and sour notes.

True to the tripel style, tastes of honey, light roasted malts, oatmeal, banana, pepper, dried tropical fruit, butterscotch. Not overly sweet, but pleasantly sweet enough. A hoppy bitterness in the finish that is balanced by a moderate sweetness. A nicely balanced taste sensation.

Mouthfeel is full, rich, and buttery, with sudsy carbonation.
A very drinkable triple, this beer assumes a place on my list as one of the best tripels. At 9 percent, it is getting to my head, but as I drink it slowly, in a very pleasant way.

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Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a fairly clear almost golden color with a massive head that leaves a very nice pattern of lace

Smell: Rather perfumey, floral aroma with hints of coriander, white pepper and stone fruit

Taste: Floral, biscuity opening with plenty of sweet, honey-like flavors; by mid-palate, the spices (coriander and white pepper), stone fruit and bitter elements arrive; after the swallow, the flavors coalesce nicely, leaving the honey flavors lingering on the tip of the tongue

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with spritzy carbonation; slight warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: Not sure what a Brugse Tripel is supposed to taste like but the brewery claims this is the last authentic example; really enjoyed this beer

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Photo of seedyone
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

08/16/12 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. A fine, fine brew. If it wasn't for the 11% ABV, I could drink this all day (& night.) Excellent body & great balance of flavors.

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Photo of Cyrano41
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet, thin head with light lacing.
Aroma had strong fruit overtone, mostly citrus. Can a smell be tangy? this was. The color was a deep orange-red.
Mouthfeel was full but not heavy. Taste was complex, fruit layered with malt and hops. A very smooth brew, well balanced between sweet and bitter. This was one of the 180 offerings at Bilbo Baggins, in Alexandria, VA. I strongly recommend the beer and the pub.

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Photo of TripelHunter
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm surprised this has not seen the most favourable reviews. To my mind it's one of the best tripels going. Quite similar to Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch) in that it's the classic taste of a tripel.

I recently held a beer-tasting session with 25 different Belgian beers. This was the unanimous winner, seeing off strong competition from St Bernardus in close second.

It's sleek and classic; impressive in being able to match it's own alcoholic strength.

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Photo of REDAMI
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into St. Bernardus goblet.

A - Hazy with a slightly rusty orange color. The lacey, pale ivory head vanishes quickly.

S - Bitter citrus like orange and grapefruit come to mind. Some definite estery funk.

T - Vaguely sweet, the orange and coriander are on the forefront. A little bit of grapefruit hops. Taste is almost reminiscent of fresh orange juice rather than orange peel. Very bread-like aftertaste.

M - The alcohol is hidden well. Not overly heavy, very clean, like having a piece of fresh fruit.

A very nice tripel, leaning more on the fruit side rather than the spiced. Refreshing and drinkable.

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Photo of gfreed
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Definitely not your daddy's tripel. Brewed in one of the most pleasant towns in all of Europe, this beer lacks the ugly color typical of many tripels as well as the sometimes overly funky aroma and taste, while retaining enough funk to be interesting. Very clear amber in the glass (except for when you get to the bottom of the bottle) with decent fizz; loose head that barely lasts a minute. The aroma has enough barnyardy straw and lemon/netmeg to announce it as a tripel; the taste is not as sharp, however, nor is it as sour as one would expect for this style. It's an easy drinker, and the 9% ABV is nowhere to be found-- not much warmth; no wobble after drinking. Very nice; very nice.

I'd like to like more tripels, but there are so few that don't look like crap and taste like old lemonade. This is not one of those, but it might not satisfy the principled tripel purist.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.36/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A – Apple juice body. Small to medium bubbled head. Ok retention, but poor lace.

S – Pear, nectarine, honey, and a soft kick of booze.

T – A nice mirror of the nose up front. Pear, nectarine, and honey pair marry up with coriander and clove. Soft, warm booze accents the finish.

M – Nice carbonation. Medium body. Sweet, fruity finish.

O – A solid triple.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Straffe Hendrik Brugse Tripel Bier 9˚
25.4 oz bottle, corked and caged
$9.99 @ Total Wine & More, Claymont, DE

Appearance: Clear, deep golden/amber body. The moderately-sized creamy white head drops readily but it maintains a solid collar throughout. Sparse, splashy lacing lines the glass. Subsequent pours become hazy as the sedimented yeast is roused.

Aroma: Fruity and yeasty, gently caramelish and honey-like. Floral and spicy, almost minty hops.

Flavor: All of the gentle fruit and yeast found in the nose carries over into the flavor. I find plenty of pear and apple, as well as a bit of citrus zest (lemon, orange), and some soft tangerine and peach. It's gently caramelish, or perhaps more like lightly browned sugar. It's honeyish and floral. There are suggestions of spice to it although they're light (cinnamon, anise, ginger); and along with the spicy, seeming minty, leafy and floral hops it's just a slight touch cola-like. The alcohol never shows; and it's mildly bitter with just enough that in combination with the spiciness it never becomes "sweet". It's more rich and complex than you might expect of a "tripel", but this is a Brugse tripel. It's very rounded, and you don't find any specific note, or notes, at any certain point as it crosses the palate. They're pretty much all there, and sometimes you find different things at different times, especially in the very long-lingering finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full and dextrinous in body. Well-carbonated, it initially bristles the palate, but then becomes more "foaming" as it warms, and thus more "creamy".

Overall: Quite an interesting and charming beer! Highly satisfying. Quite unique. Worth seeking out!

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Photo of kmo1030
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a crystal clear amber color with a thick just off white head that fades to a film.
the aroma is an appealing cidery caramel with notes of pear and some more traditional tripel aromas: yeast and tropical fruits mostly. in addition, there is some floral, slightly herbal hoppiness.
the flavor begins very fruity with the tropical and pear flavors. caramel kicks in beyond the fruits, giving them a roasted caramelized richness. there is a bit of bitterness that is used to great effect, expertly balancing out the flavor. there's also some very pleasant hop flavor in the mix as well, further adding to the complexity. the bready yeast creates a nice roundness.
the mouthfeel is wonmderfully silky, it's somewhat full with a very delicate carbonation that's used to great effect, guiding the beer gently over the palate.
the drinkability is good it drinks like beer with ahalf it's abv. overall, it was a very pleasant surprise. it's very good tripel, with something a little different to offer due to it's uncharacteristic malt profile.

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Photo of JBogan
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful medium gold with a one finger white topper which leaves moderate lacing.

The aroma consists of banana, bubblegum, yeast, and some floral notes.

Tasted as above, along with some citrus fruit and sweet malt. The alcohol was completely hidden.

The mouthfeel was superb. Very smooth and creamy, with a medium to thick body.

This a wonderful representation of the tripel style. Very easy to drink and agreeable, with nothing off about it. If you like this style at all, do yourself a favor and give this a try.

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Photo of ElijahCSkuggs
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In my life-long quest of finding my favorite Tripel I have come across Straffe Hendrik's lil tasty treat. Nice lookin' bottle with a crescent shaped Moon-face on the front. Handsome stuff.

First thing to catch my eye here was the yeast floaties. I don't see that very often in Tripels so I'm not giving it higher points. As well, it wasn't as foggy as I'm used to. With that said, it was darker than usual and sported a thick bland white head that had great retention and some sticky, patchy lacing.

Floral, hoppy, honey-dust (my own term) spice feel that also hit me with some clove smell. Very nice.

Fruity,lively and sweet taste that hides the booze very well - it appears shyly in the aftertaste - a good thing. It delivered candy sugar with a dry finish that delivered a tiny bite. Incredibly tasty.

For fans of the sweeter style of Tripels, you can do no wrong here checking this bad boy out.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a lightly hazed golden yellow color with great carbonation leaving a nice white cap

S: Light booze stings the nostrils as does a light pepper, biscuit, lemon, apples and citrus

T: A bit hot and peppery followed by some green apple, banana, orange peel and grass. A nice concoction of flavors

M: Medium bodied, tasty, well carbonated with a nice feel

O: Very nice and easily drinkable, nice representation for the style

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Photo of JTuomi
4.34/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

33cl bottle (13-04-2016) into a tulip. Clear golden color, three finger white head with ok retention and lacing. Sweet smell with citrus, apple, yeast and malt. The taste begins with sweet bisquit malts and sour apples, followed by fresh lemons, finishing with a dry hoppy aftertaste with some spice that became sweeter after warming in the glass. Slightly alcoholic taste. Medium body, high stingy carbonation, creamy mouthfeel. Overall a very drinkable, highly enjoyable tripel. Would be a very good choice on a hot day.

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Photo of pinotboy007
4.34/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had not seen this before - grabbed it at the Whole Foods (Fair Lakes); very cool label w/caged synthetic cork.

A - Opened w/a loud, Champagne-styled "pop" and is deep gold with a fluffy white cap that settled to a ring. No lacing.

S - Banana and coriander with a touch of leather and maybe raw honey, too. Wow - very nice! :)

T - Pleased to report that it tastes like it smells; delicious and complex - more so as it warms. It has a warm touch of sweetness that doesn't detract from its nicely balanced profile.

M - Decent, creamy fizz that makes for a lip-smacking ale.

D - At 9%, it's a bit too drinkable, if you get my drift. I could drink this all the way to the hospital. Yum! :)

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Photo of Bierman9
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up this 0.33l bottle on 05Oct12 at a great little bottle shop on the Belgian-Holland border. Quaffed it in my room Maastricht on 06Oct during a break between shopping and drinking. Cost was €1.52, fwiw.

Had a lovely, medium golden color, with a very slight haze. Carbo was plentiful and steady, and the head was healthy, off-white, foamy and fine. Lacing? Top shelf! Had a lovely nose which combined spiciness and tropical fruit. Had a medium body, with a light, prickly airiness.

Was a touch crackery, with some candi sweetness. A little more tropical fruit was present here, which segued into a dry, peppery finish. Quite nice! This really hit the spot! Prosit!!

4.35/5 rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


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Photo of meatmallet
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep golden orange with a medium sized white head. Not the normal Belgian sediment but what looks to be flakes are suspended inside.

Smell: Very nice. Some sweet pale malts, pear, apples, a sugary sweetness, light spiciness, and even a little floral. It is not overwhelming but its all there.

Taste: Not your normal tripel. Starts sweet yet tart with an over ripe pears apricots and caramel. It has all of the tastes from the nose with malts yeast and some nice alcohol kick. Towards the end it faces a little bit to a bitter hops and an alcohol aftertaste.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. at 9.0% ABV it goes down really easy.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours translucent gold with a lot of snowflake/dandruff yeast flakes. Huge foam that has staying power. Nose reminds me of yeast-bready banana bread, holiday cakes, and pineapple display at a Hawaiian buffet. Palate offers plenty of pineapple, tartness, wheaty/malty backbone, and a chewy yeastyness all through till the finish. Also has a musty, female pheromone sort of mustiness to it, in a good way. Smile.

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Photo of Shade1951
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

I *must* comment on the FEEL first, because I am surprised that other reviewers haven't noticed. The mouth feel of this beer is that of Champagne! This is something that I do not recall having experienced in American beers, even my favorites. It's as if the bubbles from the carbonation are very tiny and very active. I happen to like this - a LOT; thus, my rating.

The smell is pleasant - a bit fruity, but overall nothing spectacular.

The taste is quite good! It's clean and crisp, not slick or syrupy. I would describe the body as medium. I barely taste or smell the alcohol. But it is definitely there, as I feel myself getting a bit woozy as I write this. (And I'm not a fan of low alcohol beers. If I am going to drink a beer, it may as well do some GOOD, you know? I'm not interested in any beer or ale that comes in at less than 6% ABV. But the higher, the better.)

I will definitely get this again!!

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Photo of safaricook
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Blind Tasting Tripel Project of Fall 2015
L coarse bubbled slightly off-white head of 1.5 fingers, dies down to rim, almost clear red-golden body with lots of medium sized bubbles rising to the top
S pears, banana, peppery notes, slight fruit dominance, underlying malt sweetness, not too complex but very harmonic
T rather clean with some fruit (banana), nice peppery and a little too boozy aftertaste, dry
F light to medium body, plenty of carbonation, burpy, very drinkable, some warming alcohol
O Simply a great Tripel. Nothing too special just greatly representing the style on the fruitier side

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