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°

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Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Tripphop
3/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


Amber golden color, minimal head, not many bubbles present. Aromas of caramel and booze. The taste is full bodied but lacking complexity, very one dimensional. Flavors of dried fruit and honey Teddy Grahams. The finish kind of just creeps up, there is no progression of flavors, just sweet malt and a warmth from the booze. Mouthfeel is slightly rich, slick. Ok at best, not a favorite.

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Photo of Jason
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz brown bottle with a best before date.

Mild haze within the golden color, thin lacing is what is left after a quick to foam and quick to drop head. Botanical, exotic fruit, chalky yeast, phenolic and cracker-like nose. Crispness pops from the creamy medium body. Honey and alcohol. Dry maltiness melds withe fruity alcoholic esters, super ripe pineapple. Yeasty, graininess goes a bit biscuity. Kiss of cotton candy and lavender. Dry warming finish with some vague herbal hop flavor.

Definitely in the raw and it shows though stays well within the style, a good pick.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this beer up solely at the recommendation of the guy who works at Hop City in Atlanta. His other choices and notes were good, so let's hope that he has a winner with this one too.

Appearance: Pours very clear for the style as a slightly orange golden color with a small 1/8" head of bone white bubbles that grew to about 1/4" after about 30 seconds after the pour. There were lots of bubbles rising so a couple minutes after the pour the head really hadn't faded.

Aroma: The aroma has a pretty solid amount of hops as it should and there are some solid toasty Pilsner notes in here. Otherwise, the aroma is pretty clean in the cold beer. There is a subtle spice from the alcohol that is contributing the the spicy hops. Overall, the aroma is pretty decent for the style.

Taste: The flavor is pretty close to the aroma in that there is good hopping and some pretty serious malt. The body is significantly heavier than I like for this style, and though the carbonation is pretty high, it still sits on the palate a bit syrupy. The finish has some pretty significant bittering hops to it, but I think that the malt is the winner in the end.

Opinion: This is a pretty decent Tripel, but I wouldn't call it one of my favorites by any means. It is too under-attenuated for the style and it lacks the necessary crispness that this beer requires. that said, it is a pretty decent beer overall, and it you call it a Quad, it is fine.

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Photo of ElijahCSkuggs
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In my life-long quest of finding my favorite Tripel I have come across Straffe Hendrik's lil tasty treat. Nice lookin' bottle with a crescent shaped Moon-face on the front. Handsome stuff.

First thing to catch my eye here was the yeast floaties. I don't see that very often in Tripels so I'm not giving it higher points. As well, it wasn't as foggy as I'm used to. With that said, it was darker than usual and sported a thick bland white head that had great retention and some sticky, patchy lacing.

Floral, hoppy, honey-dust (my own term) spice feel that also hit me with some clove smell. Very nice.

Fruity,lively and sweet taste that hides the booze very well - it appears shyly in the aftertaste - a good thing. It delivered candy sugar with a dry finish that delivered a tiny bite. Incredibly tasty.

For fans of the sweeter style of Tripels, you can do no wrong here checking this bad boy out.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Suggested to us at Brasserie Beck in DC. Positioned as his favorite Tripel ever. Figured it had to be worth a shot.

Came in proper glassware with a sturdy off white foamy head. The first thing to notice is that this is the darkest Tripel I've ever seen. Basically amber in color with a dull finish & slight haze. Some lacing.

Aroma is very balanced and much more malt focused vs. the traditional style. Lots of yeast notes below the malt tones. A bit dank as well.

Pretty sweet, malty and balanced. Not very Tripel like in my mind, but a decent beer. Very fruity with some candied sugar adding to the sweet notes. Pretty interesting.

A touch thicker in body with full carbonation.

A nice little beer, but certainly not among my favorite Tripel's ever. Glad I tried it.

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

A- golden straw with a very slight haze. The head reminds me of lake foam that washes up on the beach that doesn't stick around too long.
S- pears, pears, some malt that resembles more of a heffe, pears, and that oh so familiar Belgian yeast.
T- the pears really stick around here along with some fresh apple. This reminds me of a fruitier westmalle tripel. The roasted malt they claim on the label isn't really there, the color suggests that's also the case. The saws and styrians are there on the back end .keeping all that fruit sweetness in check and lending a pinch of dry to the equation. Is there alcohol in this?
M- nothing too heavy, fairly crisp.
D- this brew could get me in trouble. Enough said.

This could be a really dangerous fallback in the stable of tripels.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Sept 2013. I bought this at my local beer specialist in York, having tried it for the first time on a trip to Belgium last year. The Half Moon brewery in Bruges, where this is made, is well worth a visit.

Poured into a Stella chalice. A deep golden-amber colour with strong carbonation; a great column of fine bubbles rises from the centre of the glass. A huge white head forms on top; this has excellent retention. A rich aroma: sweet, fruity and alcoholic. Notes reminiscent of apricot and lemon, and a hint of sourness. Fantastic!

The taste is sweet and complex, with a lingering finish. Light hints of fruit. Considerable notes of alcohol, which make for a warmer flavour. Mouthfeel is very smooth and slightly astringent. A faintly sweet aftertaste remains.

A lovely tripel that posesses a rich yet subtle flavour. The first time I had this was with dinner, and I concluded that it went well with food. Not an everyday beer, but worth seeking out.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33 cl.), tasted in 2011.

Appearance : orange color, with white foamy head (w some lacing).
Smell : fruity and yeasty aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : notes of malt and caramel, alcohol in the finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Tripel.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium amber with a white head, good lacing, some floaties, and clear carbonation.

Smells of toasted malt, sweet fruit, and a touch of alcohol. SOme green vine/herbal scents as well.

A different tripel. Toasted malt, some caramel, vanilla, pear/fruit, light bitterness, and some alcohol. You get a touch of yeast and grain, but this one is malt and booze. Not as intense or dark-fruity as other tripels, but this one works.

Fuller-bodied but carbonation to clear the palate.

I dug this alot. Easier drinking than some; VERY smooth. Fruit and toast balance is great. I got the last bottle and am glad I did.

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

a: served in a bar branded tulip, the beer is a clear medium golden in color, sporting a nice layer of white carbonation with average retention

s: sweet pils malts, yeasty spice - pepper, mild phenols, light fruits, all the typical belgian characteristics are here, sufficiently complex and definitely well-brewed

m: carbonation lively and smooth, body ranging to the lighter end of medium

t: pils malt base with a nice aged hop balance to counter the honeyesque sugars, mild citrus tones, delicate spice, nicely crisp in the finish, everything comes together nicely

d: for a blind purchase I found this one to be very enjoyable, returned for seconds

draft at Fire Works, Arlington

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3.24/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750mL to tulip. 2009 inscribed along the side of the cork, aged 1 1/2 years. The story on the reverse of the label was lost in translation, I suppose, since the text is riddled with mispellings and other grammatical errors.

A: A large foamy/fizzy white head of 2 1/2 fingers rises and falls fairly quickly. The body is clear and medium-dark orange-brown in color. The initial pour produces large light colored sediment suspended in solution. The last pour unveiled so many floating yeast particles that I was forced to decant through a mesh screen, something I almost never do. The pre-filtered pour was far too ugly for consumption. Since aging was a personal decision, I won't deduct from the appearance rating.

S & T: A shadow of its former self, if not completely transformed. The nose is filled with fruity/estery notes plus a mild earthiness. Sour apple, japanese pear. Above average sweetness. Even with Tripel standards in mind, there is some big alcoholic heat coming through, much bigger than the 9% indicated on the label.

M: Alcoholic. The carbonation is lively and highly prickly but, perhaps, it saves the texture of this brew from being over-the-top cloying.

D: Average at best. My first experience was with a fresh 330mL bottle. The younger, smaller format suited me much better and was nothing short of impressive. This bottle was practically forgetable.

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Photo of crossovert
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle.

It is one of the most attractive tripels in the glass. It is an amber/honey/golden/orange with a foamy white head. It is crystal clear and has some noticeable carbonation bubbles.

The smell is subtle but nice. Some fruitiness and some grain. There is also a sweet honey note and some spice.

The taste is also quite subtle. It has a nice fruitiness, some sweetness, and a hint of bitterness. There is a slight bit of character form the malts, but not an overbearing amount. The alcohol is there, but pretty well hidden.

A pretty good tripel.

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Photo of NATOuk
2.86/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A slightly hazy, dark golden colour, thick frothy head which lasts for a long time. Well carbonated, plenty of bubbles rising through the beer.

Sweet citrusy and yeasty smell. Characteristic Belgian smell.

The first sensation is the acidity coming from the high carbonation followed by a Grassy, sweet which gives way to a slight bitterness and taste of alcohol on the finish.

High carbonation, medium body.

Personally I find the high carbonation a little off-putting as it masks a lot of the initial taste but that is to be expected with this style of beer so it's more of a personal opinion. I'm not a huge fan of this one but it's not unpleasant.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Look - semi-dark amber color, murky - lots of debris floating around. ^^ About 3 fingers of foam, lots of foam, off-white colored and very frothy. Dissipates slowly.

Smell - a little hoppy, but mostly fruity smelling...citrusy. A very "dense" smell, but not quite musky.

Taste and Mouthfeel - taste is a bit mild at the beginning. Nothing too surprising, a bit sweet but savory like biting into a piece of fruit - this merges into the middle as well, but there also lies a "strong" taste or something of an "aged" taste that you get from barleywines. The finish is a bit bitter, but not unpleasantly so. Texture is fairly well-balanced but maybe a tiny bit on the lighter side.

Drinkability - wonderfully complex and good-tasting brew. Very interesting all the way from looking at the bottle to the last sip.

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Photo of Rmason104
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep golden clear with a way-to thick of a head (nearly half of a pint glass)

S: bready, slightly spicy

T: very smooth taste that defies the high alcohol content. Grassy, sweeter malty taste than I expected from a tripel. Also some hints of spices, much like a Wit style

M: high carbonation probably helps mask the alcohol and cuts the sweetness

D: surprisingly smooth and drinkable, almost alarmingly so for the BAC

I enjoyed this one. If blindfolded I would have guessed it was a darker beer. Very smooth. Will be a great summer beer too!

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Photo of meatmallet
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep golden orange with a medium sized white head. Not the normal Belgian sediment but what looks to be flakes are suspended inside.

Smell: Very nice. Some sweet pale malts, pear, apples, a sugary sweetness, light spiciness, and even a little floral. It is not overwhelming but its all there.

Taste: Not your normal tripel. Starts sweet yet tart with an over ripe pears apricots and caramel. It has all of the tastes from the nose with malts yeast and some nice alcohol kick. Towards the end it faces a little bit to a bitter hops and an alcohol aftertaste.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. at 9.0% ABV it goes down really easy.

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Photo of droomyster
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy orange gold with about one finger of white head that settles into a foamy collar. Predominantly sweet aromas with strong notes of bubblegum, honey, and baked pastries, not unlike baklava. All of these notes carry over to the flavor, where they are intensified. Lingers long and sweet. A nice dessert.

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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 Gueuzedude
2.78/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

2009 Cork Date; Sampled October 2010
A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a three finger thick, light tan colored head. The beer is a bright amber color that shows an absolutely brilliantly clear, almost metallic, deeply red stained, copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of dried hay, sweet pale malt, some light spiciness, a fruitiness that reminds me of pears and apples and a cotton candy note that can be quite noticeable up front as well as some definite bubble-gum notes. A deep, long draught of the aroma sees the pear-like fruitiness really becoming quite noticeable in the finish, though it reminds me more of a perry than of fresh pears. As the beer warms a nose warming alcohol note starts to become quite noticeable.

Fairly sweet tasting, but there is a prickly carbonation that manages to offset this a bit as the beer rolls across the tongue, but the finish sees a cotton-candy and bubble gum sweetness become quite cloying and dominant. Some spicy clove notes linger quite a bit on the palate as well with a light tongue numbing. There are some fruity flavors of pear, but they definitely struggle to be noticed underneath the cloying notes mentioned earlier. A touch of ginger and perhaps a hint of pepper can't nearly help to mitigate the sweetness, but are slightly noticeable in the flavor.

Way to sweet of a beer, it really gets quite cloying and isn't something I want to finish a glass of. The aroma on this beer wasn't actually half bad and had me hoping that this was going to be a decent beer.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slightly-hazed sunny peach/gold color, a few random bits of sediment despite a steady pour (I never mind the floaters), and a thick, creamy head that, while impressive, dies off to a big bubbly skim in about a minute.

While the aroma is on the subtle side for a tripel (ie. laid back spice and alcohol presence), it's clean, pure and a pleasure to take in. Some banana, apple and pear; mild and polite yeast/white bread. No more, no less.

This is perhaps the most subtle and laid-back tripel I've yet had (outside of a couple poorly-conceived American wanna-be attempts at the style). As with the aroma, the flavor focuses on the fruity characteristics most. It's like a tropical fruit snack pack. these mingle with a pronounced caramel flavor, ginger snap cookies, and crisp, almost pilsner-like hops. Maltier yet less spicy and alcoholic than most tripels, I was initially underwhelmed...but it grows on you, and I appreciate its subtler vibe.

Feels soft and smooth and manageable, definitely not overly sticky or chewy. Feels absolutely lovely in the mouth, and I suppose it's strange that this is by far my favorite aspect of the beer, but it is.

Not a tripel that goes for the jugular, but also nice to know you won't be getting an instant headache either (I love a good tripel, but they're beastly things sometimes). An easy, pleasurable, uncomplicated beer that drinks like any number of other quality Belgians. Just not a tripel for newbies, as it will definitely give the wrong impression.

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Photo of megahurts4
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straffe Henkrik Bruges Triple (9)

Appearance: Amber, medium head, and good lacing.

Smell: Yeast, grain, slight flowery hops, slight clove.

Taste: Yeast, wheat, slight caramel, apples, malts, and cloves.

Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy.

A nice malty brew. It has plenty of clove flavor.

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

330 ml bottle found in Long Beach, on to the beer:

Bright blonde color with soapy head texture on top lasting all the way down to the bottom of the glass. Some lacing sticks to the glass. The nose is classic tripel; sugar and candied apricot. Sweet tasting, a heavier bodied brew from all the sugar, tasty. Candi sugar is obvious, lighter waves of apricot and a dash of spicy hops round out the tasting notes. The alcohol is deceiving, though you will feel some effect afterwards.

A jolly tripel to drink. A bit expensive compared to other in it's class, however tripel lovers shouldn't shy away from putting this on their list to try.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear, a bit surprising for a bottle-conditioned beer. Orange-amber color with small tan head. Great retention and creamy looking.
Smell is malt, yeast, citrus and grape(?).
Taste is very similar with notes of malt, yeast, fruit, alcohol and light hops.
Warming, rich, light effervescence and full-bodied. Very good.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.12/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - This is a deep copper in color with a head that came up well but didn't stick around for long.

Smell - The big Belgian hops are all over the smell. It is classic European with a very mild malt balance. This also shows a bit of herbal pepper character like what you'd find in a bell pepper.

Taste - The hops dial it back a few notches at the taste. There's also a sweetness that jumps in that distracts from the overall depth of the ale.

Mouthfeel - This is medium-bodied on its best day with some rather dull carbonation and a half-hearted effort at a bittering finish.

Drinkability - This was a nice, easy drinker but not the heavy-hitting Tripel that I had hoped for.

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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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3.96 out of 5 based on 501 ratings.
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