This week’s beer: Straffe Hendrik Brugs Tripel Ale from Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan.
This 9% abv Belgian Tripel pours a rosy garnet color with a thick, white head that settles into a thin lacing across the top.
Its aroma is of honey, pineapple, floral hops and a slight tickle from the alcohol.
The taste is an explosion of pear, apple, and lemon zest with a lingering hop bitterness. The finish is fairly clean except for a slight mustiness.
This ale has been brewed in the heart of Bruges Belgium by the same family since 1856 using the original recipe that includes bottle conditioning. That means the carbonation is created by adding yeast at bottling for additional fermentation.
This is a tasty Tripel with a fine tradition.The review bottle was purchased at Liquor Mart in Fayetteville.
Pair with Mediterranean cuisine.
J.T. is a contributor for the Fayetteville Flyer. He is also the owner and brewer at the Tanglewood Branch Beer Co., located at 1431 S. School Ave. in Fayetteville.
For more beer reviews from J.T., see his author page.