Straffe Hendrik
Triple WILD 2015

11.2 oz bottle, Best before end of 2019. Greens, Buford location, Atlanta, GA in late 2022.

Pour is well-carbonated (considering the age) initially, that fades quickly to give no lace but a semi-decent film across the beer. A surprisingly rich copper color with good clarity. To be honest, in terms of appearance the beer exceeds expectations. After a few minutes of warming it goes relatively still.

There’s a gentle syrupy note to this beer at this age. Obviously (or at least I guess) a ‘Wild Tripel’ was supposed to be a something like a high alcohol, funky, Brett infused Belgian. Time has passed here and this beer is no longer that, but it’s still rather drinkable.

There is some cardboard oxidation here, BUT it’s mostly outweighed by the light funkiness that is hanging on. There are no Tripel notes, there may well have been in years past, so now its a mildly funky, relatively still, warming, alcohol based but quite dry liquor-like experience.

Like many such beers, that are brewed by great brewers but that have also gone way past their intended purpose and life, this still drinks OK but my guess this has almost nothing to do with the original beer. The fact that it was competently brewed always it to still impart some enjoyment, even if that experience is somewhat (or indeed totally) removed form the original.

 

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04/30/2023
Style:
Tripel | Wild Ale
Format:
bottle
ABV: 9.0 %
Appearance: 4.0
Taste: 3.5
Mouthfeel: 3.0
Smell: 3.5
Overall: 3.5
Total:
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Year: 2015

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