We have in stock our allotment of Straffe Hendrik Wild (sku 872333) from de Halve Maan Brewery, the Bruges brewery who are building a pipeline under the streets of Bruges to get their products to their thirsty customers throughout the city.
Straffe Hendrik Wild is a “wild” version of the famous Straffe Hendrik Tripel. The traditional triple beer is re-fermented with a wild “Brettanomyces” yeast, that creates unusual fruity aromas in harmony with the rich use of aromatic 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 matures in the bottle for 3 months in the cellars of the brewery. The re-fermentation with wild yeast is only complete after 3 months and the young beer is palatable. The beer will continue developing in the subsequent years. The bitter hop aromas will become softer, whereas the wild Brettanomyces yeasts will continue working and creating hints of fruit, flowers and wine.
Straffe Hendrik Wild is only bottled once a year and is released in April. The beer combines the rich tradition of this Bruges triple beer with the innovating work with wild Brettanomyces. The result is a unique beer appreciated by beer lovers worldwide.