Straffe Hendrik Bruin | Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

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Straffe Hendrik BruinStraffe Hendrik Bruin

Brewed by:
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Bierman9 on 01-15-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 25 |  Reviews: 16
Reviews by the Alström Bros:
Photo of Todd
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with a creamy tan head. Rich, malty aroma. Smooth malt sweetness with caramel and some chocolate notes. Some dryness comes in and a bit of bitterness. Very much a brown ale, even more so than many authentic English browns.

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Photo of Jason
4.7/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at the brewery, this is heaven in a glass. A good beer to have in the afternoon with a plate of cheese and bread. I could have gone back for more but there were so many other beers waiting for me in Bruge.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of rastaman
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

NIce fluffy head, aroma of malt and spice, quite sweet aroma aswell. A bit yeasty and sweet on the palate, as a result its balance isn't so great, its Ok though, but it didn't totally agree with me.

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Photo of javier
4.66/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I first had this beer at the brewery in Brugges. If you'd like to try this beer, I recommend taking the trip.

Not too exceptional but just the kind of quality that you expect from a belgian beer.

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Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tons of brown foam and malty and chocolate malty body left behind. Drying aftertaste. Malty and some booze aroma. With spices, like a spiked traditional hot chocolate and cherry. Very nicely carbonated and understated yeast.Satisfying, on the sweet side.

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Photo of Hobbit
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery in Brugge: Served in a trappist glass with a good 1 ½ inch of head with good retention. Aroma is very interesting with some sweet notes mix with a nice choice of malt. It seems that the beers from this brewery are way more interesting when drank freshly from the tap then when they are bottled and sent overseas.

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Photo of Murph
2.66/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I think that maybe I got a bad bottle of this stuff. There was some kind of brown funkiness (looked like mud) around the inside of the neck of the bottle. It poured a dark amber color with a very thin head that had no retention. The smell is of light fruitiness with alcohol overtones. The strongest taste I am getting is that of alcohol. A little fruity taste in the background but the alcohol is muddling it up big time some malty sweetness in there as well. The moutfeel is ok. I really think this is a bad bottle. I don't want to say to many bad things about it before I try the other bottle of it that I got.

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Photo of Gusler
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The color on the pour a beclouded deep garnet and the head smallish in size also off white in color, bubbly in texture, lace patchy and thin, loaded with dross, suspended and coating the bottom of the bottle. Nose is that of over ripe plums, sweet and somewhat tart, earthy, start is lightly sweet, fair to middling malt profile, top is a bit thin but tolerable. Finish benignly carbonated, hops pleasant and subdued in their spiciness, aftertaste vinous, dry and a real noticeable belly warming, a so-so beer, and I think the quality control lacking as this could be on the verge of being bad.

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Photo of 3Vandoo
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brownish, watery, oily, its hard to describe it, it reminds me of a porter diluated with water. The head was abundant and stayed all the time(I didnt finish the beer, 6 hours later there still a head on that beer!)

Smell of syrup and sweet, a tiny bit of malt nothing much to say.

taste strong, the alcohol take over then the syrup taste follows.

Not a great beer, not a bad beer.

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Photo of hopdog
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3


***Gusher - when opened, gushed all over my bar***

Poured a medium, hazy brownish/amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Armoas of sweet malts, brown sugar and fruits. Tastes of dark fruits and swet malts. Lively carbonation (as evident in the gushing opening). Sweet.

Notes from: 5/9/05

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Photo of GreenCard
3.09/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

25 cl capped bottle...

Appearance: dark reddish-brown, good clarity, a medium layer of tannish foam that disperses quite quickly to a thin film

Aroma: slightly caramelly malts, nail polish, clove, dark bread, and a distan sour note

Flavor: mildly sweet with a big hit of alcohol, touch of darker malts and a hint of wood, passing tanginess, hint of musty spice, the alcohol verges on dominating the flavor, finishes semi-sweet with a vegetal aftertaste and some residual malt sweetness

Mouthfeel: medium body, spritzy carbonation, alcohol warmth in the throat, teeth get slightly "fuzzy"

Overall Impression: The carbonation isn't as dominant as in the blonde. This time the alcohol is demanding most of the attention. Not a bad beer, though. I'm glad I tried it, but I don't know if I'd seek it out again. The taste does improve and become fuller as it warms.

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Photo of mzwolinski
1.62/5  rDev -57.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I hate to employ technical beer jargon in this forum, but this needs to be said precisely: this beer is yucky.

First off, it's ugly. Plain-jane reddish brown in color, with a spotty head reminiscent of a sick dog's quickly thinning coat.

Second, it smells bad. Or, if it doesn't smell bad, it just smells, well, kind of empty. Watery-like. If you really strain the ol' factory, you might detect some malt. But don't hurt yourself.

And finally, it's nasty tasting. Not just boring, but positively nasty. Overly-sweet, soda-pop like flavor. Very artificial. One detects a bit of pepper flavor, from the alcohol, I suspect. But that's about it. The nasty sweetness quickly smacks any dissenting flavor back into its subservient place and reigns unchallenged in the aftertatse, leaving one wishing for some listerine, or everclear, or Coors Light for crisssake, with which to cleanse one's palate.

My bottle (12 oz, capped, on lees) was only labeled as containing 6% ABV, unlike the 8.5% listed on this site. I'm not sure if that's a change in the beer or an error. If it's a change in the beer, they ought to bloody well consider changing it back. A little more malt would do this brew a world of good.

Oh, and thanks to Rastacouere for the bottle. It's the thought that counts, man. :-)

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Photo of IrishRedRock
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 750 ml bottle with an official looking label. Poured free of any carbonation, a deep, thick brown brew with strong aromas of rum, dark fruits, and raisins. Alcohol is present in the aroma and flavor, but does not overpower the senses in either. It is definitley more subtle in the aroma than in the taste. Feel and taste of this beer are very much like a fine wine or sherry. Not only is the appearance similar, but the smooth, creamy, uncarbonated mouthfeel remind me of this as well. Fruity, a tad spicy, and has a heavy, chewy maltiness that is just delightful. Not a beer I would want a lot of, but a great way to finish things off for the evening.

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Photo of grahamboudreaux
5/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of backslide311
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of the_encinitan
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of McBraniel
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of kbub6f
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is the "Rousse/Brown", and definitely a Brown Ale. There is a huge, tan, flat-top, fizzy head that sticks clumpily to the glass as I drain it. The beer is clear and a gorgeous red-brown. Nose is sweet candy sugar, citrus, spicy with pepper and bold Belgian yeast. Excellent. Fruity bubblegum and candy sugar start it off. The middle is fruity, malty and smooth, turning nutty, grainsy, crackery in the dry, bitter, alcoholic finish. Bubblegum burps. Aside from the almost-too-sweetness up front, this is a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2001 vintage keg, Sampled May 2007 at The Stuffed Sandwich
Pours with a frothy , light tan crown of foam. The beer is quite hazy and a dark amber brown color. The aroma is quite malt focused with notes of caramelized aged malt leaning towards notes of prunes and concentrated raisins. A spicy note is here as well and mixes with notes of dusty toasted malt towards the end of the aroma. The age of this beer is certainly evident in the nose, but it is not to the point of being harmfully oxidized / aged; in fact it probably adds to the complexity of this brew.

Sweet flavors of prunes and raisins meld with notes of toffee and browned caramel; both of which accentuate the malt flavors of this brew. The beer finishes with a light spiciness that reminds me of ginger, clove, some notes of caramelized orange and even a touch of something like cola (the last seems to be a contribution of the age). This beer is note going to get any better, in fact it will probably only get worse. Right now it is at that tipping point and I am glad I got to sample a 6 year old version of this beer.

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Photo of donzilake
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of laurastradford
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of adamette
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at the Brewery in Brugge about 3 weeks ago. Possibly this is unfiltered as the Brugse Zot blonde is at the brewery? Anyway, poured into a Brugse Zot labeled glass by the bartender at De Halve Maan. Review from notes.

A Dark brown body. Light gets through edges but fairly dark indeed. Light brown head without too much lacing.

S Not much smell to me. Malt, minimal hops.

T Nice light malt taste. Certainly thinner than a porter, reminds me of a nice brown ale. Little to no hops tasted.

M Thin for a Bruin I thought.

D Great, and better than the Blonde for drinkability as it was not as bitter.

Notes: A pleasure to have poured from tap (possibly unfiltered?) at De Halve Maan.

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Photo of SGToliver
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Straffe Hendrik Bruin from Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 25 ratings