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Straffe Hendrik Tripel

In 1981, Henri Maes and his daughter followed the demand of the mayor and created a strong blond beer for the inauguration of the statue of Sint-Arnoldus, the saint of all beer-brewers. However, the beer became so popular, that the demand for the beer continued. It was given the name of Straffe Hendrik (Strong Hendrik), since it was a rich and strong beer.

Straffe Hendrik Tripel

Straffe Hendrik was an authentic Bruges' Tripel beer: a strong and rich beer with lots of flavours and 9% abv. The aroma is spicy with hints of black pepper, coriander and ginger, and is even insinuating the presence of oranges. The beer is brewed with a selection of Saaz and Styrian hops of a very high quality. The subtle blend of six special varieties of malt gives the beer a well-balanced and powerful taste. The palate initiates a hint of caramel, soon flowing into a certain bitterness. In the finish one can discover citrus fruits and even subtle flavours of banana. The triple has an alcohol percentage of 9° and the refermentation in the bottle generates a long natural shelf life.

In the past, lots of Bruges' breweries produced a Tripel Style Bruges' Ale, a "Brugse Tripel". Today, Straffe Hendrik is the last authentic Bruges' Tripel Beer.

Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel

Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel, an intense beer, dark in colour and full in taste. The aroma is elegant, spicy and slightly roasted. The sophisticated blend of special kinds of malt give the beer a complex character, combining a delicate dryness with hints of coriander, dark fruits, anise and roasted chestnuts. The palate finishes in a syrupy taste.

The continuing process of refermentation in the bottle creates a living beer, that can be stored over a number of years, with an ever-changing and ever-improving taste as a result.

Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel finds an excellent partner in chocolate when it comes to foodpairing.

Straffe Hendrik Heritage

Straffe Hendrik Heritage is a special variety of the Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel, as it’s a one year oak barrel aged beer. The beer is brewed in autum and is only available in a limited edition.

The taste and fragrance of the beer are very complex and evolve through the years. The tannin from the barrels blends exquisitely with the special malts in the beer.

The combination of the spiciness and bitterness of the quadrupel with the subtle taste of wine and wood from the barrels is inimitable. Licorice and dark fruits like raisins, prunes and figs can also be discovered. With age the beer will develop a hint of porto as well.

Straffe Hendrik Wild

Straffe Hendrik Wild is a wild version of the famous Straffe Hendrik Tripel. The tradional tripel beer is refermented with a wild Brettanomyces yeast, that creates unusual fruity aromas in harmony with the rich use of aromatich hop varieties. The wild yeasts also provide a longer natural shelf life to the beer and taste developing over the years.

The beer needs a longer maturing period in the bottle before it can be released and therefore first matures in the bottle for three months in the cellars of the brewery. The refermentation wilth wild yeast is only finished after three months and the young beer is palatable.

Straffe Hendrik Wild is bottled once a year. The beer will continue developing in the subsequent years. The bitter hop aromas will become softer, whereas the wild Brettanomyces yeasts will conitue working and creating hints of fruit, flowers and wine.

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