Brouwerij De Halve Maan

For many centuries, the people of Bruges have been known to their Flemish neighbors, as “Bruges Fools”. How did they get this name?  A couple explanations run around today. The most prevalent is that Emperor Maximilian of Austria, who had acquired Flanders through his marriage to Mary of Burgundy, was staying in Bruges at the end of the 15th century to watch the famous yearly Holy Blood Procession. The day after, the citizens of Bruges asked him to sponsor the creation of a ‘fools house’, an institution for mental illness. The emperor responded’ “Just close the city gates. Bruges is one big fools’ house!” During the procession the day before, he had seen the burghers of Bruges jumping and fooling around. The procession is a lot of fun, and the most festive day of Bruges. 

Straffe Hendrik Wild


This Straffe Hendrik Wild is quite similar to the other Straffe Hendrik beer with its strong character and blond color. The use of another yeast,...

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Straffe Hendrik Heritage


This Straffe Hendrik Heritage is a special version of the well-known Straffe Hendrik Quadruple. The dark and heavy beer is allowed to mature for more...

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Straffe Hendrik Quadruppel


Straffe Hendrik Quadruppel is a rich and intense dark Belgian ale. It is brewed with a subtle blend of specialty malts, which give the ale...

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Straffe Hendrik Triple Ale


Bruges Tripels are fuller bodied tripels with an amber color from the darker, roasted malts used during the brewing process. Also, adding to the fuller...

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