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

very good
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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 Lingenbrau
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
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 +1%
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 +7.3%
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 +0.3%
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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Photo of drmeto
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

-pours a cloudy golden-amber with a big,foamy,white head
-low to medium carbonation visible
-honey,caramel,clove,cooked rice,sugar,orange,spicy
-pear,white bread,spiocy,clove,sugar,honey
-finishes dry
-medium to high carbonation
-light to medium body
-alcohol noticeable
Very good Tripel that lacks a bit of bigger mouthfeel.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, pours a hazey copper colour with a big white fluffy head that disapates to a good finger. Aroma sweet, malt biscuit, candy sugar, light banana. Taste pretty much reflects the nose. ABV well hidden.

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Photo of delta490
3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy deep orangey gold. The head is slightly foamy and white, with moderate to light retention. The ring of head leaves spots of some sticky lacing. The aroma is mild with just faint hints of light fruit sweetness and yeast. The taste falls a little flat for me. It just lacks the delicate flavors of better tripels with only the malt bill coming through. The body is lighter weighted with just a small persistent carbonated tingle.

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Photo of Dzu
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into goblet.
L: Dark copper with weak foam head.
S: Malty with little soarness.
T: Complex and rich, sweet fruits.
F: Surprising longlasting aftertaste with notes of citrus.
O: Impressive example of triple. Very good balanced.

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Photo of FLima
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy amber orange color with a thick huge beige head with eternal retention.
Aroma with notes of candied sugar, apple juice, pineapple, very mild clove, a bit of banana, herbs and biscuit malt.
Flavor with notes of Cointreau liquor, some lime peel, green apples, candi sugar, white wine, pears, herbal and floral hops, caramel and biscuit malt, mild toasted, coriander, cloves and ginger. Dry aftertaste with a good bitterness relatively to style.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation that is less effervescent than average which is welcome. Alcohol of 9% is very in harmony with the overall beer.
This was nice; very easy to drink and rounded Tripel, perfectly balanced but still modern with very present noble hops. Threesome of hops, alcohol and phenols.

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

Served cool (as recommended on the label) from 330ml brown bottle.

L) Glowing orange-amber colour, slightly hazy, large fluffy slightly white head.

S) Belgian yeast, sweet honey, definite hefeweizen-type esters in there two. Can't wait to taste this one and see what its got.

T) Sweet and very malty. Tastes of gingerbread in there, honey too. Finishes with just a balancing touch of hop bitterness. Slight hefeweizen orangey taste in there too. Lots to enjoy. Just feel that we could live without the bittering aspect.

F) For 9% ABV, this goes down easy. Well carbonated and with little bitterness, this is a real pleasure to drink.

O) Fantastic strong beer, so easy to drink too.

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Photo of OlaB
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: light golden color , give a top of creamy white head , carbonation seems moderate and very bubbly

S: Yeast,malts, fruits,hay and spices, a sweet smell on this beer

T: the taste reflects much of the smell, yeast,fruits ,honey , fresh herbs. small hint of bitterness in the aftertaste.

F: medium bodied mouthfeel , medium carbonation gives a sweet and fresh feel in my mouth. gives of a warm feeling of the high alchol content

O: A very good beer that i was very eager to try after i was very satisfied with the Straffe Hendrik quadruple that i recently tried. This on i was very pleased with .A very good triple that i sure will try again

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Photo of aleigator
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Has a perfect white head, paired with a warm yellow, orange color. Yeasty, spicy aromas, floral notes, herbs, warm pleasant smell. Both color and aroma match perfectly well. Intense taste of yeast, which is big in this beer, but still goes along with a lot of spices, they add nice complexity. There is also hop, which adds a refreshing ending. Sweetness comes along with a pleasant pepperiness, while the high carbonation enhances the refreshing character. Nonetheless, the end is very smooth, with a dry mouthfeel. The bitterness in the end rounds up the very smooth overall taste of this beer, in which a spicy sweetness with a nice depth plays the mayor role. Very nice Tripel.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a goblet glass straight from a 11.2 oz bottle.

Appearance: Slight hazy good with medium to heavy bubbles on the body. White head is thick coming off a white color drops easy after two or three sips with sticky lacing.

Smell: sour citrus scent and believe it or not think of bananas blended with the skin. Strong scent but light stickiness to it.

Taste: Sweet and sour banana and lemons. Heavy malts with light sugar undertones when it warms up.

Mouth: Medium to heavy carbonation. Sticky, sweet notes at the end not to mention a touch spicy with cinnamon. Not bad at all.

Overall: Very good beer. Big grab here at the Waterzooi in Garden City and definitely worth grabbing again. Needs minor tweaking and does right for the price. Salud!

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Photo of stevoj
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My favorite style, and this one does not disappoint. Pours dark, hazy golden/orange with adequate silky head. Aroma of citrus and apricots, butterscotch, caramel. Mouthfeel is buttery and silky smooth. Taste is butter, smooth malt, tangy hops. A sipper for sure, to enjoy its full body and intricate character.

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Photo of drtth
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a lightly hazy golden honey color with a 1 1/2" fluffy, ivory head, even using a gentle pour so as to not disturb any sediment that might be lying around. While the head begins to recede visibly there is a persistent 1/16" or more layer of foam on the liquid for quite a long period of time. Sipping results in some large patches of lacing that slide back down to the liquid and a few widely scattered speckles of lacing.

The aromas include malt, yeast (clearly Belgian), orchard fruit and spice. With the spice being mostly coriander and white pepper.

The flavors pretty much follow the nose with some malt sweetness and biscuit character, the tang of coriander and white pepper, a bit of apple and some almost hidden vegetal, herbal hops.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a light touch of persistent carbonation. The moderately long finish begins as the sweetness fades allowing the spices to take over for a bit before the hop character and bitterness emerge. Eventually the feel goes almost dry.

Overall this seems a well made Tripel and I'm glad that I have more wating to be consumed. That said, if I'm going to go out of my way to pick just one Tripel for a desert island, I'd be going after the Westmalle, which has a bit of an edge on this one.

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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 brureview
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It's best to start drinking this beer colder, then appreciating the aroma/favor as it warms up.

Served in a Moa Snifter. Light golden color with a 3F head. Not clear. Carbonation bubbles from the bottom. Nice looking beer.

Aroma: light clove and fruit.

The alcoholic finish is apparent. There is a tangy bitterness which I can feel on the back of my tongue just before the taste. Very pleasant.

The taste is excellent: stone fruit, pear especially, clove, malty and smooth.

Strong bitter alcoholic finish.

Overall: wonderful beer. Classic Belgian tripel with a personal signature from the brewery.
I like this beer- and I will buy another bottle along with their other beers.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

In Bruges today, and decided to order this with my lunch. I got a 4-pack at a store as well, so I could give it another try at home sans atmosphere. So-so nose...some yeasty fruit notes. Taste was straightforward, not a super-complex triple, but very tasty and could have had one or two more if I wasn't walking with my kids. A good tripel, but certainly not world class.

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Photo of interzen
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle poured into a chalice glass

Look: Slightly murky orange with some sediment - this may have been the unfiltered version but there was no indication of this on the bottle. Plenty of foam in the pour but dropped back fairly quickly to a patchy foam cap with some lacing left behind on the glass.

Smell: Quite sweet - distinctly herbal and floral with hints of candi sugar, yeast, honey and fruit. In other words, it smells pretty much like most tripels albeit with a bit more of a crisp edge to it.

Taste: Herbs, honey and alcohol - not much graininess that I could make out, and not a massive amount of hop character either. Describing it as medicinal wouldn't be doing it justice but there's definitely a phenolic character there. Alcohol is pretty well disguised until the tail-end of the aftertaste.

Feel: Quite warming without being too syrupy or heavy - quite different in that respect. The ABV is well disguised but shows through as a warming feeling in the aftertaste. Quite rich.

Overall: A bit on the sweet side for my personal tastes, but as tripels go it's not bad at all - I'd probably rate this above other Halve Maan brews such as Brugse Zot. There are better tripels and there are much, much worse - definitely worth tracking down if you're interested in trying the style, though.

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Photo of thebeers
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Golden orange honey color with large white head, lots of bubbles and plenty of lacing. Hops dominate the aroma, with a little malt and dry yeast in the background. The hops hit first when sipped, followed by a slight fruitiness, but overall grainy, dry, yeasty taste. Bitterness lingers in aftertaste. Not bad, but not as smooth or well balanced as it could be.

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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 jonb5
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

100th beer review of the year. 330ml bottle, poured into La Chouffe tulip.

A: Golden, slightlyhazy with a few floaters, initial two finger head,
decent retention, lots of lacing clung to the side of the glass.

S: To start with it wasn’t overly fragrant, picked up some fruity esters towards the
end, slightly more hops than is the norm for lots of Belgian beers.

T: Lots of esters and yeast, some fruits. Had a real sharpness to it. Finished
up with a hit of bitterness.

M: Not overly carbonated, slightly thick texture and heavy body.

O: It reminded me of certain beers from the Van Steenbergen brewery. I can’t find fault, but it didn’t do anything to distance itself from the herd.

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Photo of janubio
4/5  rDev +1%

Clear amber colour, a big head that disminishes but not leaves, great lace. Smell of tropical fruits, honey, spices, caramel. Good carbonation, medium to full body. Taste is similar to the smell, tropical fruits, spices, pine and some esters.

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Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

APPEARANCE - Cloudy light amber with a 2-finger head that dissipates.

AROMA/SCENT - Sweet, herbaceous.

TASTE - Sweet, herbaceous. A bit boozy.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Good carbonation. A bit gooey.

VALUE - Not too bad.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - Not my favorite. A sipping beer only.

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Photo of Marius
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle at home. Clear copper pour with an off-white head and visible carbonation. Honey, caramel, Belgian yeast, spices, some floral notes. High carbonation, medium body and a spicy sweet aftertaste.

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