Fort Lapin Tripel 8°
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With the addition of coriander and wheat malt, it is reminiscent of a wheat beer. A nicely balanced and easy session beer. Slightly hazy, golden coloured beer with a white head. Citrus, malts and other grains are in the aroma.Bit of graininess too. Taste is quite smooth and creamy. Some lemon, initial bitterness. Finish is very much Belgian yeasty and creamy. Bubblegum and sweetness. Very smooth and surprisingly nice.
Vleteren Bruin 12° Oak Barrel Aged
Pours a very dark brown coloured beer, with a light beige head on top, almost two fingers in size, thick enough, with average retention and light lacing left on the glass. Aroma is dried fruit, honeyed caramel, light grape and port notes, vanilla, dark rum soaked bread, drier barrel elements. Taste is caramel and fruity port, dark toffee, yeast and honey, spicy bitterness, finishing with light chocolate and brown sugar. Smooth, medium heavy body. Pretty nice.
Straffe Hendrik Wild 9°
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A very good beer to begin with, add a bit of a sour twist and it just gets better. Taste is fleeting, chewy sweet, prior to a dry, light sour tartness. A lick of bitterness. Big, medicinal, boozy palate. Not overwhelming, though. Finish is dry, light tart, and fairly bitter. It is a big beer, but it has a fresh, natural feel to it, that makes it very drinkable. The smokiness in there, wherever it comes from, is a delight. Quality stuff.
Straffe Hendrik is a Bitter Tripel Ale of 9% abv. The beer was originally from Bruges and brewed in Bruges by brewery De Halve Maan.
In 1981, Henri Maes and his daughter Véronique followed the demand of the mayor and created a strong blond beer for the inaugration of the statue of Sint-Arnoldus, the saint of all beer-brewers. However, the beer became so popular, that the demand fot the beer continued. It was given the name of Straffe Hendrik (Strong Hendrick), since it was a rich and strong beer.
Today, Straffe Hendrik is the last authentic Tripel Ale of Bruges.
GOLD, European Beer Star, Belgian Style tripel, 2009 (more info)
SILVER, Australian International Beer Awards, Abbey Style, dubbel and tripel, 2009
SILVER, Australian International Beer Awards, Abbey Style, dubbel and tripel, 2010
BRONZE, Australian International Beer Awards, Abbey Style, dubbel and tripel, 2011
DOUBLE GOLD, Beer International Recognition Awards, Ales, 2011 (for SH tripel & quadrupel) (more info)
GOLD, European Beer Star, Belgian Style Tripel, 2011 (for SH tripel) (more info)
SILVER, Australian International Beer Award, Best Belgian & French Style Ales – Abbey Tripel Packaged, 2012.