Straffe Hendrik Wild 2016 – Brouwerij Van Halve Maan (Belgium)

Straffe Hendrik Wild 2016 – Brouwerij Van Halve Maan, 9% ABV, 33cl., (Brugge, Belgium)

on the front-left label:

“Traditional top-fermentation beer. Brewed by the unique family brewery De Halve Maan, which has been located in the historical heart of Bruges since 1856. Straffe Hendrik Wild is a version of the original Tripel beer, in which the beer is re-fermented with ‘wild’ Brettanomyces yeasts that give the beer a longer shelf life with a unique evolution in taste over the years.”


  • Style: Abbey Tripel (9%)
  • Taste: Creamy heavy tangy chamomile pear barley malt elderflower
  • Where I got it : High Point / Vancouver
  • How much: $4.70 CAD (after 20% off), October 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes definitely

Visual: 2016 edition. Pours clear light copper brown with a massive long-lasting ultra foamy head, sticky lacing, super clustered active stream. Visually impeccable.

Nose: chamomile-floral, bright yeasty, elderflower (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: very crisp, tingly

Mid-palate: lengthy (lvl-7-sweetness), tangy-prickly chamomile, heavy-sweet barley malt, pear

Finish: elderflower exhale, residual off-dry alcohol

Summary: I’d be hard pressed to say I found any amount of Bretty funk in this – instead it’s rather clean, well-hidden alcohol, chamomile-pear malt character goes down smooth just a bit of heaviness in the mids. Exceptional quality.