Belgian Beers in Ontario: Straffe Hendrik Wild Belgian beer from Brouwerij de Halve Maan made available by PolyBEER
The Straffe Hendrik Wild is tradional tripel beer 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.
The beer will conitue 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.