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Straffe Hendrik Xmas Blend 2022 - 11 vol%

Started by Trappist, December 25, 2022, 11:54:48 AM

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Trappist

Hi,
Xmas eve was spiced with a wonderful Straffe Hendrik Xmas Blend.



It is the first time I try this wonderful beer.
A beer that is mainly exported, and so hard to find over here in Belgium.
But see, "Beers at MovieFun" got them readily available at a stunning €15.00.

https://www.halvemaan.be/en/straffe-hendrik-xmas-blend

Quote: "For this special Xmas Blend, our master brewer combines selective barrel aged Quadruple and young Quadruple.
This beer is only brewed from time to time and is not part of our standard range."

As for their Straffe Hendrik Héritage. This ages for minimum a year in oak barrels of diverse origins, and every year they add a unique selection to the barrels, making a unique master blend. So, their is NO blending with fresh Straffe Hendrik here.

I don't know in what percentages they blend, but when tasting, I'm sure there is alot of young beer present.
The vintage Héritage is still noticeable though, but rather in a subtle way. Not really dominating.
Actually, I think it is in perfect balance  t_u

Great job by De Halve Maan brewery, here in Bruges.
Although I would prefer a wider availability  O:-)

Cheers and Merry Xmas to all.
Filip
"Beer, if drank with moderation, softens the temper, cheers the spirit, and promotes health."
–- Thomas Jefferson

John B

What a nice way to spend Christmas eve Filip. I've never seen that available here before. Do you know if they have it on tap at the brewery this time of year?

Merry Christmas cheers! - John

Trappist

Hi John,
No, not on tap I'm afraid.
https://www.halvemaan.be/en/visit/restaurant
I also think they don't offer from bottle at the Halve Maan tavern either.
It is such a great job from Ward Scherpereel from Beers at MovieFun to actually make this beer available overe here in the Bruges' region.
A bit pricy, but there is some work behind that effort.
https://www.beersatmoviefun.be/
Cheers and Merry Xmas
Filip
"Beer, if drank with moderation, softens the temper, cheers the spirit, and promotes health."
–- Thomas Jefferson