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

very good
518 Ratings
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

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

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Ratings: 518 |  Reviews: 153
Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a slightly murky honey orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, slight spice, and some citrusy aromas. Taste is much the same along with some honey and chalky flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some nice aromas and flavors. Good stuff.

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Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a very sturdy take on the belgian tripel from a brewery who has yet to really miss for me. this is a very clear and amber tinted colored version, in some ways lighter (clarity) and in some ways more grainy (darker) than others. nice off white head holds in my glass and leaves spider web lacing as i drink on it. its got a weird nose for the style though, a bit of burnt sugar, but also a funny staleness. not the typical green bottle skunk, but something else, an almost german dusty grain element thats unfamilar in belgian beer to me, and isnt all the way appealing, but not enough to turn me off. the flavor of the beer is great though, long sweet but smooth grainy front end. some oats in here lend body, while the majority wheat malt does more of the flavoring. the yeast is subtle in this too, not as "belgian" as other belgians, less fruity esters, maybe fermented at a lower temperature, but the strain appears active enough to eat through most of the sugar here, and the finish is dryer than many tripels on the market. carbonation is there, but its not quite effervescent, and the added body from the slightly heavier grains make it drink a little heavier than it really needs to. although, the alcohol is extremely well hidden, and not a factor in lesser drinkability at all. i think i like their quad better, and i definitely like their wild version of this better, but its a nice take on the style.

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Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.56/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color. It poured with a finger high beige head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of yeast in the nose. As the beer warms up, some sweetness becomes evident, along with some hints of grassy hops.
T: The taste has flavors of malty sweetness with hints of fruit and yeast.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a good representation of the style and has its alcohol surprisingly well hidden.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A fine Tripel with a few technical errors that I can't decide whether they hurt or help the brew.

A hearty deep golden, light copper color beer pours into the chalice with an elegant and handsome decant. A dense and fluid head forms a tightly woven sheet on the beer, holds for the session, and lacing all the while. The hazy beer also shows yeast and protien particulates floating about.

A wonderful aroma of lemon and apple esters bounce off of spicy white pepper and corriander for a complex yet balanced scent. Soft malts give a mild honey/pilsner malt backdrop to all the character from the yeast. The aromas remind me a lot of Chimay White.

The malty sweet start gives the impressions of powdered sugar, cotton candy, mild grains, and soft/sweet breads. All that is short lived as the fruits and spices come into play. Surprisingly, the fruity esters in taste differ a bit from aroma with the additions of pears, appricots, and pears (perhaps of the over-rippened variety). Spicy white pepper, alcohol, corriander, and orange peel add a lot of complexity to taste but have difficulty balancing the beer. Earthy hops give an herbal presence in taste but hardly add enough bitterness to offset the sweetness. Light detergents, vegital, and buttery notes come in from time to time but add to the complexity as much as they deter from the crisp and clean nature of what the beer is suposed to be.

Very creamy and lively carbonation lifts the beer from the tongue early on. But as the session wears on, the weight and slickness of the beer catches up and gives a bit of a dulling and weighted feel to the beer later on. Still, not bad.

A good Tripel that fares much better than most. But a few nuances keep it from being world class.

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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 kojevergas
2.89/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into beerfest stemware (Antwerp Beer Passion Weekend 2011). Reviewed from notes taken in summer 2011.

A: Pours a two finger head of lovely cream nice thickness, and good retention. Body colour is a clear gold. Appealing.

Sm: Slight cream accompanied by bland floral hopping. A light strength aroma.

T: Caramelized malt, malts evoking nuts on the fringe, floral hop character, and a full bodied barley foundation. Fairly complex, but not special. Well balanced and decently built.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavour profile decently. Adequate carbonation.

Dr: A higher ABV beer that drinks pretty easily. Decent quality. I wouldn't pay over 2 euro for it again.


2nd impression on-draught in The Netherlands on 03.27.2016:


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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 WillieThreebiers
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zeff80
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden yellow color with a three-finger, white head of fluffy, pillowy foam. There was some nice lacing left behind. Also, some sediment present, too.

S - It smelled of yeast and grains. A pretty typical Belgian tripel aroma with some mild fruitiness.

T - Good yeasty flavor with some spices. There was a strong grain and caramel taste with just a touch of fruitiness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and finished quite dry. A medium bodied ale with just a touch of alcohol warmth.

D - This is a pretty good tripel. It was certainly worth a try.

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into chalice, best before 12/4/2015. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep gold color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lacing cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big peach, pear, orange, apricot, apple, light banana, clove, pepper, candi sugar, bread, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, earthy hops, and moderate pale malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of big peach, pear, orange, apricot, apple, light banana, clove, pepper, candi sugar, bread, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of peach, pear, orange, apricot, apple, light banana, clove, pepper, candi sugar, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity of fruity/spicy yeast flavors, earthy hops, and moderate pale malt sweetness; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome tripel style. Great complexity of fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors with moderate pale malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Boone757
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of olradetbalder
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of nickfl
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - One finger of white foam on top of a clear golden body. the head settles quickly and leaves moderate lace.

S - Lots of spicy yeast, notes of pepper, coriander, mango, and anise. Sweet pilsner malt in the background.

T - Peppery yeast notes up front with significant fruity notes, banana and bubblegum. Very sweet pilsner malt flavor dominates in the middle and highlights the bubblegum yeast notes. Moderate hop bitterness appears in the finish to balance along with a hint of musty european hops.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - Not bad, the sweetness and bubblegum yeast character becomes a bit cloying by the end of the glass. Nice peppery notes and malt character, especially in the finish. Drinkable, but there are better beers in Belgium.

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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 ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of dcmchew
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden-orange colour, two finger fluffy head that recedes to a sticky lace in five minutes or so, and a tiny white foamy cap floating about.
Traditional smell, with spicy yeasts, mild banana, some apple and pear, oranges (with peel), Belgian sugars, a hint of warm alcohol.
Taste starts with nice floral notes, spices, and tons of honey and caramel, a sweetness that will dominate the rest of this brew (there's also some malty sweetness there, better off without). Apple jam, sweet orange juice, a small tropical note, ripe white grapes. Nice prickly spices, with pepper and ginger, faint anise. Green notes push back the sweetness a bit in the finish, along with a mild bitterness, so the aftertaste is balanced and nice, with apple, some lingering spices and warm alcohol.
Medium body and carbonation, a bit creamy.
A great tripel, tasty, just a tiny bit too sweet.

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Photo of smithj4
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottle - $4.29 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia. Though that area of the label is a bit tattered, it seems I'm in well ahead of the Best Before date of 2012.

Appearance: Pours out a hazy, deep golden-hued body with a ½ inch of lasting, foam-like, white head.

Smell: Sweet-scented bouquet of unprocessed honey with a light pils malt quality tucked within. Touches of semi-ripe peach fruitiness with just a bit of fresh orange zest. Secondary notes smelling of flowers and spice.

Taste: A taste of honey-basted pilsner maltiness blended with some additional candi sugar sweetness and liberally garnished with fresh flower petals. Fruity accents suggesting white peaches and citrus. Touch of coriander-like phenolic spiciness furthered by the modest hop character and alcohol. Experiencing some slight, satisfying warmth on the softly drying, mildly spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-high carbonation. Nicely creamy mouthfeel overall.

Drinkability: A tasty brew that drinks remarkably easy despite its supposed 9% ABV. All in all, it's a very delightful, heck, even picturesque example of a tripel.

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Photo of atrocity
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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