Straffe Hendrik Tripel—tasting notes
Straffe Hendrik Tripel by De Halve Maan is a classic Belgian Tripel with yeasty aromas and lots of spices. Taste is sweet with spicy hints, coriander and malty notes, and also some hop bitterness and a not very alcoholic bittersweet finish.
Tripel is a term coined in Belgium in order to describe a strong pale ale inspired in the Tripel from Westmalle—who used the word tripel in 1956 to rename their strongest beer. It is a spicy, dry and strong Trappist ale with a rounded malt flavour. Aromas are complex with spiciness and fruity notes.
Flavour tend to be spicy and fruity too, with malt sweetness in the background and sometimes a honey touch. Tripel use to be high in alcohol, but they don't strongly taste as alcohol which is usually well hidden. Tripels can be compared with a slightly strong version of a Belgian Golden Strong Ale.