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°
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by atis on 02-12-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
149
Ratings:
505
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
11.87%
 
 
Wants:
27
Gots:
125
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Reviews: 149 | Ratings: 505
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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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Appearance: Pours reddish amber, nice frother white head that resolves to fine lace

Smell: Hint of hay/barnyard, malt and plenty of yeast, over ripe apples/pears, fruity esters

Taste: Pleasant fruit forward (apple/pear/cider like), nice malty throughout without becoming syrupy, bready, very mild hop like astringency with adequate carbonation

Mouthfeel: Creamy, Adequate carbonation and hops to prevent from becoming too malty

Drinkability: Pleasant, easily quaffed tripel with well hidden alcohol.

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Photo of babaracas
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Half-moonman proves to be a total jerk as this is one of the worst gushers I've opened. Pours a hazy amber with dense two finger thick off-white head, settles slowly to a half inch with a sheet of clumpy lace halfway down the glass. Smell: caramel apple, pear, graham cracker, pepper note. Taste: soft sweet red apple, cooked pear, dried sugared apricot, herbal and peppery notes. Alright.

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

A: Pours a lovely golden color with just the faintest of a hint of haze. There is an enormous three finger head that just keeps going and going like a fluffy white cloud. It never seems to want to break, and as it very slowly does the lacing left behind is amazing.

S: Belgian yeast, spices (coriander and clove perhaps), orchard fruits and malt.

T: Follows the nose for the most part, though I found the fruits come across more strongly than the spices. There is a sweetness to the beer that works very well.

M: medium bodied with an appropriate amount of carbonation...call it light/medium. As mentioned before there is a long finish to this beer. It starts sweet and the proceeds to a short bitter and then ends dry.

O: I quite enjoyed this beer. It is a good example of a very drinkable Belgian Tripel. De Halve Maan has hit the nail on the head with this beer. Definitely worth seeking out, and revisiting.

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Photo of Dentist666
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into snifter.
Excellent hazy amber with huge off-white head, endless & respectable retention, never dies to nothingness :). Very complex and tender aroma - sunny malts, slight honey, delicate yeasts, spices & citrus. Flavour is semisweet, round, unlikely alcoholic, fruity to neutral malt palate. Oily with moderate drinkability. Anyway, excellent & mighty tripel.

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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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Photo of KYGunner
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Soft clove and barnyard funky graininess meet the nose with peppercorns, bread and spice. The flavor is quite zesty and spicy with a front of cloves and peppercorns. Mid palate perceives more bread and lemon as this finishes with Apple and pear. The feel is very easy and light with a slight dryness.

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Photo of MisterGone
3.26/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

It may be the case that I go for a more defined beer in type/style/genre. Compared to many of the other trippels (Belgium only, not American versions), this one just seemed a bit more subtle in every department. Less fruit in the start, though it does stay on the finish. Less nose than others. A disclaimer: my nose may be tainted by a preference for severely hopped beers locally. Color, head, mouthfeel all fine and as expected for style.

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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 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 Bouleboubier
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(best by first week of Jan 2015, according to bottle - poured into a Goose Island long-stem goblet)

A: moderately hazy, orange-amber liquid... keeps a nice, thin, pillowy cap that persists for quite awhile... no lace

S: pale malt, floral alcohols... kind of typical aromas for a Belgian tripel, mildly fruity... banana bread dough (minus nuttiness)... bit of a piss-pants (ammonia?) tone later on

T: big fruit (orange, banana) backed by a circus peanut / marshmallow yeast/malt blend... bit of bitterness and mild spice on the end, lingers, phenolic quality slowly builds... certainly a malty undertone

M: pretty round, plushy soft... around medium-bodied, dry... carbonation exhibits a touch of that 'expanding' effect in the mouth... man, this damn soft! alcohol only faintly warming

O: this totally tastes like something else I've had many times before - Westmalle?!... well made, but not distinct

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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 keithmurray
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark, hazy golden colour with very little trace of white head

Smell - Apples, honey citrus

taste - much the same as the aroma, I'm getting apples, honey, caramel

mouthfeel - medium bodied, low carbonation - almost flat, slight sweetness, flavors linger on the back a good amount, very easy to drink - you wouldn't guess this came in at 9%

Overall - solid tripel, enjoyable, this could have used a bit more carbonation for my liking but otherwise a good beer. This bottle I believe is approaching the end of it's 'best by' useful life, I'm wondering what a fresher bottle might taste like.

Price Point - $9.99 - 750ML bottle

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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 curasowa
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear copper color with some fairly large particles floating about and one finger of off-white head that fades slowly with a thick curtain of lace.

Aroma: Bready, ripe fruit, toasted malt, some yeast

Taste: Candy sweetness, toasted malt, honey and some yeast funk up front, then some herbal bitterness leading to an estery, brown sugar sweet finish.

The Rest: A really good triple, nice body and mouthfeel, just a tad on the sweet side and too much sediment to keep it from being fantastic.

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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 GONZALOYANNA
3.21/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle. Pokal glass @Homo Sibaris (Barcelona). Deep amber color. Clear appearance. Off-white froth creates a so close, foamy & lasting crown. Wide lacing rings are left on sides. Belgian yeast, ripe fruit, candy sugar & spiced aromas. Mild toasted sweet mal flavors & biscuit notes. Medium to full body. Soft to moderate carbonation. Dense texture. Warming & harsh alcoholic sensation & spiced palate. Long sweet/subtle bitter finish. Ripe peach & apricot on the aftertaste. Nice & easy drinkable Tripel.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the brewery in Brugge by Purplecloud's parents. Thanks for sharing, bro!

A: amber color, great rocky head
S: medium nose, yeasty, a bit sweet
T: clean, dry, malty, with nice yeastiness and surprisingly bitter hop finish
M: full, rounded, creamy
O: well-made beer

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Photo of argock
3.22/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 11.2oz brown bottle into a goblet at Brasserie Beck (Washington, DC). Reviewed from notes.

A: Orangey-golden with healthy 1-finger white, tightly bubbled head with good retention and a nice formation of foamy lace.

S: Slightly solventy alcohol, with some candylike sweetness, and light herbal, grassy noble hops. Some light banana yeast esters.

T: The flavor is unfortunately dominated by sweet and solventy alcohols that leave a berry, candy flavor. The hops are minimal, a bit of bitterness and some light grassy notes. The maltiness is fairly crisp. There are a few fruity yeast esters as well. The alcohol character increases with warming. Pretty disappointing.

M: The mouthfeel is fairly crisp and light with appropriate high carbonation.

O: Not a disaster but too much sweet, candylike alcohol which overwhelms the rest of the beer.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful golden/light brown color with three fingers of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that covered the entire top of the beer.

Aroma: Typical Belgian Triple-like aromas of yeast, malt, citrus, caramel and spices. I get floral aromas from hops, some sweet aromas from crystalized sugar, some citrus aromas of oranges and grapefruit, plus spices of black pepper, coriander, clove, ginger, finally, malty aromas of buttered bread.

Taste: Malty upfront, followed by some citrusy notes of grapefruit and. There’s some good sweetness from what I’m assuming is crystalized sugar, and some subtle hoppy bitterness too. Finally, there some good spiciness to this beer, not spiciness as in hot, but spiciness as in spices. I get black pepper, coriander, some clove, and a touch of ginger.

Mouthfeel: Medium with some good carbonation to tickle the tastebuds. With an ABV of 9%, there’s a very pronounced, and pleasant alcohol presence on the palate.

Overall: This beer is fantastic!! I love how well balanced it is, between the bready malts, to the floral and citrusy bitterness of the hops, to the beer’s inherent sweetness. It’s excellent!!

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Straffe Hendrik Bruges Tripel Bier 9° from Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
3.96 out of 5 based on 505 ratings.
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