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.
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A heavy blonde beer. It is lightly sweet with a nice fruity ester and hoppy taste (from the finest German hops). Some spiciness kicks in with an insinuation of coriander and pepper.
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Big foamy white head over a clear golden body. Heavy carbonation. Dough, peach, cheese, basement. Taste is more towards a sour-sweet balance then most other tripels. Nice mouthfeel, long alcoholic aftertaste, although it looses its aroma. Decent tripel, tasty and with character.
Dark amber color; giant creamy head. Very nice malty aroma, with notes of liquorice, vanilla, lemon, roasted malt. Really balanced, with good malt, roasted malt, light liquorice, caramel, good hops. Long final. Excellent! Strong caramel and slightly sour aroma. Very rich in flavor. Toffee and sweetness dominate the flavor to start moving to a slightly tangy bitterness and finishing mildly to moderately bitter with a component of roastedness. Despite the greater than average upfront sweetness, this beer finishes cleanly for the most part.
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The Beer of The Week: Grimbergen Triple 9°
Hazy golden color with a big white head. Spicy lemon, cookie dough, riesling, cream, pie crust, leather, herbal/spicy hops. Smells like some sort of spiced lemon pie. Moderately-heavy sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter flavor. Taste is a tripel but with a sweet kick up the ass. Sweet but not cloying. The smoothness masks how strong this beer is. Alcohol is very well hidden, but shows a little in the finish. Very tasty beer.
The Beer of The Week: St-Feuillien Triple 8.5°
A slightly hazed golden liquid crowned with a off white tall big bubbled head. Lovely balanced sweetish/fruity aroma with bountiful esters and subtle mustiness. Soft notes of slightly burnt rich sugar, ginger, dough, jelly, flowers, oranges, leather, grass, light perfume, apple, and a trace of pale malt funk. Very spicey mouthfeel, light orangy alcohol, pears and all manor of flavourful spices mix with bubble gum and cotton candy. An outstanding beer!
Dominus Triple Blond 8°
An abbey beer in the purest monastic tradition. Blessed with the knowhow of the monks, this triple with its dominant bitter character develops an exotic sweetness that recalls the sugars of pale green sultana raisins. Subtle in taste, it features an undertone of bitterness that is dry and yet fruity too. Poured a golden to light copper with a fluffy white head. Aroma is fruit. Taste is very fruity and warm alcohol.