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

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BA SCORE
3.96/5
Very Good
530 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
Belgium
halvemaan.be

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by atis on 02-12-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,151
Reviews:
155
Ratings:
530
pDev:
11.87%
Bros Score:
3.97
 
 
Wants:
29
Gots:
138
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 530 |  Reviews: 155
Photo of andreaseltoro
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of shigg85
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of peagasus
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of saeh
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Peyton5410
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of philaduffia
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Robje
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of hotsudge
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Scientifichuck
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of BJSmit
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Amsterdallas
4.49/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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 benlhoest
4.46/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AGoodStout
4.44/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 Derek
4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BuckF177y
4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mheitke
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of stephenlee
4.36/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 Erwin_Sakkers
4.36/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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Straffe Hendrik Bruges Tripel Bier 9° from Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 530 ratings
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