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

BA SCORE
88
very good
516 Ratings
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
Ratings:
516
Reviews:
153
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
11.87%
 
 
Wants:
29
Gots:
131
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 516 |  Reviews: 153
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 dsl72701
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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 Cburden
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of jeffsala
1/5  rDev -74.7%

Photo of brandon911
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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 tykechandler
4/5  rDev +1%

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 kingjohnh
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of hmmmbeer10
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Canada_Dan
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of timmynyc
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of Latarnik
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of bvermilion
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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 Kahlerbock
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of 3SH33TS
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of dryndantheman
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of Johncnh
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of FilumDee
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Straffe Hendrik Bruges Tripel Bier 9° from Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
3.96 out of 5 based on 516 ratings.
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