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Brugse Zot - Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

Brugse ZotBrugse Zot

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Ratings: 285
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.36%

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: paterlodie on 08-04-2005)
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4.26/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Dark golden color, slightly cloudy. Very thick white head.
Aroma: Good clean smell of  banana and spices.
Flavor: Banana and spice flavored with a sweet finish. Full bodied and good foamy carbonation.
Overall: A very good tasting beer. This is a spicy, sweet beer, with just enough hops to balance it out. The carbonation is like many Belgian Ales, not just  bubbly, but foamy to the mouth.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 06:24:03 | More by Mike_Moe
Photo of SmashPants


3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: a standard, solid brown 330mL bottle with a really chincy gold label with a pretty dodgy jester on it. Not a good package.

Appearance: poured into a tulip. A very hazy light yellow with a great solid finger of pure white head. Limited lacing, but the head hangs about for some time.

Aroma: quite a light and basic aroma of yeast, fruit and grain. Nothing brilliant, but refreshing.

Taste: the Belgian yeasts take the fore with some light grains and fruits backing up. Update: a very different flavour straight from the bottle - again with the yeast, but much more bitter with an odd metallic taste behind. I prefer straight from the bottle.

Aftertaste: lingers for a time, with a decent amount of bitterness.

Mouth feel: a decent mouth feel - medium in body with a moderate- to- higher carbonation. Carries the flavour well.

Overall: a pretty decent Belgian Pale Ale, with plenty of quality Belgian yeasts and some fruits and spices. The only real detractor is the truly catastrophic price of AU$150+ for a case of 24 x 300mL (2013), which is pretty close to the most expensive of the 600 beers I have had thus far. I can probably run a list of at least 50 beers that are better than this and cost 30 - 40% less.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 10:32:35 | More by SmashPants
Photo of janubio


3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330 ml. bottle. Deep golden colour, almost no head and vanishes quickly. Smell of fruits, spices, vanilla, apples. Round tongue, soft fruity palate. Taste of fruits, spices, liquor. My bottle is next to the expire date, so I guess I'll to taste another one, specially because of the poor head.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 19:26:58 | More by janubio
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Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Ribs & Beer, in Brugge.

Little known fact: Belgians are renown for their lace. Walk the side-streets of Brugge and you'll see plenty of shop windows adorned with aprons and tablemats and all sorts of fashionable goods made from lace. Step into any bar and you'll find lace too, albeit of a different variety. Brugse Zot, though clear and golden as a pilsner, has that unmistakable Belgian head and lace.

The aroma is really basic but far from bland - it features a tasty and prominent maltiness. It has more presence than you'd find in similarly light-coloured beers from North America or elsewhere in Europe; even boilerplate crowd-pleasers in Belgium have a good deal of character.

Dry and lightly sweet, the flavour doesn't offer (and doesn't need to offer) much beyond a cereal graininess. Both hops and yeast are kept to a minimum; such a bold but clean-tasting malt profile is the gold standard of Belgian 'blondes'. Super agreeable to all levels of drinkers.

Brugse Zot may be basic, but it's the kind of "basic" you'd kill for when thirsty. It is familiar and undistinguished enough to find favour with mainstream lager drinkers, but also offers enough flavour to appease craft beer geeks. Anyone with half a palate could easily, quantifiably discriminate this from industrial North American or European brands.

Straffe Hendrik is a brewer from which you can expect both quality and consistency. Brugse Zot ("fool of Bruges") doesn't joke around - it is a well-brewed, textbook Belgian Pale Ale that, having had the fortune of trying it so fresh from draught minutes from where it's brewed, I enjoyed so much so that it may be my personal choice for quintessential example of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2013 02:13:00 | More by biegaman
Photo of beertunes


3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Best by Date of B (second week?) June 2015. Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a hazy medium yellow gold color with over 2inches of white head that dissipated quickly down to less than 1/4 inch, and had no lacing.

The aroma was fairly typical for the style, good earthy base grains, nice spice yeast, and some lightly tangy hops. The flavor profile was nearly identical, just more well defined. The yeast was sharper and more floral, the grain tasty and the hops a bit brighter.

The body was, as expected, on the light side of medium, a bit sticky in the middle, and had medium dry finish. Drinkability was pretty good, I could easily have several of these, but this is a style I like in general. Overall, a nice example of the style, worth a try if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 23:19:50 | More by beertunes
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United Kingdom (England)

3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Jan 2015. Purchased in Bruges last year while visiting the city (it survived the return flight, unlike my bottle of Straffe Hendrik). Brings back memories of Brugge!

Poured into a Delirium chalice. Bottle conditioned. A hazy golden-amber hue with plentiful carbonation. Yields a large head of fluffy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before collapsing to a surface layer. Aroma of fruity Belgian yeast with hints of light malt, grass/hay, spice, earthiness and a warming whiff of booze. Pleasantly rounded.

Tastes of light caramel malt with a yeasty character and a dry finish. Notes of fruity yeast esters, mild banana, grass/hay, earthiness, subtle spice and stewed hops. Well-attenuated, with a hint of alcohol in the background followed by a restrained, leafy bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, with good body and nicely-judged carbonation. Lightly astringent, with an aftertaste of earthy yeast, fruity esters and mild stewed hops.

A rather lovely brew that goes down all too easily. It looks great, and the aroma/flavour are balanced and satisfying. Earthy, fruity yeast esters and subtle hop notes mingle to produce a solidly crafted Belgian pale ale. The body is spot on. Very drinkable, and if I lived in Belgium I could easily imagine this becoming a regular fridge beer. Well worth sampling if you come across it (though I recommend trying it in Bruges).

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 23:30:22 | More by jazzyjeff13
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New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a deep golden hue with a medium slowly fading off white head. Aroma and Taste is of biscuit malt, yeast, bread, some citrus and fruity notes, grains and a bit of grass. A medium body with mild carbonation on the palate. Finishes with a sweet biscuit malt, yeast, some fruity notes and some light bitterness on the end. Overall a good drinking session ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 19:13:46 | More by Samp01
Photo of IchLiebeBier


3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Golden, slightly cloudy; small head, dissipates quickly; effervescent

Aroma: Spicy; slighly hoppy; citrusy; apples

Taste: Crisp; slightly tart; citrusy with some ginger in the mid; finishes slightly dry; pretty smooth overall

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 02:27:09 | More by IchLiebeBier
Photo of jlindros


4.28/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Surprised I haven't reviewed this from Armsby Abbey or anything, but this time I had it directly from the source, on tap at the brewery itself.

Big creamy head, thick and frothy, fades semi slwoly with great soapy lacing, nice retention, very hazy honey orange color, more like an orange center with golden honey colors around the edges.

Nice is very nice, blond malts, floral citrus, light spices from the yeast maybe?, esters are light, more Belgian malt and yeast characters, faint coriander, maybe some wheat as well, its like a nice blond with a hint of wit blended in.

Taste brings nice Belgian characters again, starting with light golden malts, and almost sweet honey malt character, and even juicy malts. Then the wit comes in again, some orange peel, faint coriander, light wheat flavors, touches of fruity esters, and mild booze warmth. It brings a light vanilla orange taste too. Finish is mild orange peel bitterness, more sweet honey like malts with faint spices lingering, and fairly dry.

Mouth is med bodied, little heavier than med bodied, nice carb, faint hint of light warming booze.

Overall nice beer, cross between blond and wit with the better characters of each coming through, nice taste, dry finish, juicy center.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2013 13:08:23 | More by jlindros
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South Carolina

3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well sealed 2008 750 ml corked bottle.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a sudsy white head that as excellent retention and leaves good lacing

Smell: A fruity banana/lemon/orange/lime with some bready light malts, clove and yeast. Slightly musty. Lots of fine-grained carbonation.

Taste: Mildly tart with noticeable sweetness too. Nicely complex, with hints of lemon, orange, banana and light spices.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and very effervescent, somewhat like champagne although fuller.

Overall: A gentle but complex beer, with many nuances of aromas and flavors. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 02:55:00 | More by chinchill
Photo of spoony


3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap into a tulip.

A-The brew is golden and hazy with a pretty dense white head that stands about one to one and one-half fingers tall. There is moderate retention and some lacing on the glass as time passes.

S-The smell is a pleasing, but nondescript, mixture of light-colored fleshy fruits, dough and sweetness.

T-The taste follows the smell pretty closely. I get doughy yeast, some banana, light-colored fruits, a bit of bubblegum and a candy sugar. Hops are mild at most. Nothing spectacular, but not offensive, either.

M-The feel on the palate is soft, but the carbonation is noticeable. Weight is medium-body.

O-This is not a bad beer, but not a great one, either. The looks and mouthfeel are high points, but it is a touch sweet and cloying, and could use a little more hop for balance. Still, I err on the sweet side sometimes, so I wouldn't turn this down if someone offered me another.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2013 02:42:40 | More by spoony
Photo of Blindpigbiz


3.14/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

Style/abv: triple/6%

Smell: green pears, subtle pine sap and herbal notes throughout

Taste: clementines, honeydew, orange cream, dry hops?, and tinges of rose pedals; incredible amounts of yeast dominate throughout

Asides from the above average smell and the beginning of the taste profile, this beers over abundance of unfiltered matter makes it feel like our drinking orang juice with extra pulp; I don't enjoy eating my beer. However, if one can get over the immense yeasty foreground and unfiltered matter, this beer will be The incarnate of God himself

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 09:01:37 | More by Blindpigbiz
Photo of DoubleJ


3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hitting two Bruges beer legends with one stone; a visit to Brugs Beertje, and a fresh pour of Brugse Zot from its tap. On to the beer:

Toasted caramel color glares from the glass. On top is a head which retains well and leaves a couple rings of lace. The aroma seems to have undergone a little dry hopping, and some cider was added. Hoppy cider? Not exactly, though that would be funny.

The taste starts grassy and brings along a soft fruitness. There's an edge of tastiness which round out the beer. It's lighter medium with a crisp beer, helping make this beer an easy drinker.

Not much of a Belgian classic, but more of a Bruges classic. Some sources say that it's the only beer to actually be brewed in the city, and believe it or not, is actually lagered.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2013 21:59:48 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Best before 8/2014.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, candied fruit, and some subdued spice aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and grape juice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a high level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some solid fruity aromas and flavors.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 02:32:37 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of Douberd


3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle, poured into a tulip glass at home. Beer is refermented in the bottle. ABV 6%. Colour is deep orange golden, with a big head on top. Three fingers of it, white and sopay with good retention. Nice aroma, fruits, mostly peaches, some bubblegum and yeast too. Taste is sweet upfront with lots of fruity flavours, again bubblegum but not as intense as on the aroma and some hops too. Aftertaste is bitter and slighty metallic. Lots of carbonation on this one, while medium thin on the body. Overall very refreshing beer, very drinkable and tasteful. Could be even better with a bit les carbonation, but nevertheless, very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2013 17:53:43 | More by Douberd
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4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip)
3/14 12:25 stamped on cap
A- This beer pours a clear golden copper body with a light beige head that mushrooms above the glass and sticks to the glass in sheets. There is a swirl of strong tiny bubbles.

S- The dry apricot ester notes finish with a green leafy hops hint that is dry.

T- The dry leafy hop flavor leads to a pils malt flavor and a dry finish. There is a dry candy ester note and some dry caramel notes that come through as the beer warms and a field corn note pops in aswell.

M- this beer has a light mouthfeel with a tight fizz and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer is a nice crisp dry beer with the esters adding some perceived sweetness that gives this nice depth and it is still very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 14:12:43 | More by rhoadsrage
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3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Surprise Belgian beer I never heard of before. Pours a slightly hazy light gold amber color, bubbly white head. Aroma is yeasty, malt, banana, cloves, lemon, and pear. Flavors suggest the same - along with malty, bready and nice light yeast notes. Cloudy medium thick and sticky mouthfeel. An enjoyable quaffable pale ale for the Belgian style.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 15:24:12 | More by CuriousMonk
Photo of matjack85


2.83/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I tried this at Quencher's Saloon in Chicago. $5 for an 11.2oz brown bottle.

The beer poured a crystal clear dark gold color and made 2½ fingers worth of white head that lasted a few minutes and left moderate lacing.

This has a fruity aroma that is both sweet and sour.

The taste is not as good as I had hoped for. It's fruity and sweet with a funky yeast bite, but also a bit spicy. Sounds like it should be alright, but it's just a combination that doesn't work for me.

Very thin body with very spritzy carbonation.

It's not terrible, but it's not something I'd want to try again either.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 00:15:26 | More by matjack85
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Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

BB (05/2015) Pours a massive heady froth of foam. Colour is a bright straw gold, plentiful carbonation. Shows good retention, and leaved a nice film and excellent lacing.

Smell is quite fresh, malt, grass and hay notes, a light bit of barnyard. Hops are detectable in the background, pleasantly balanced bitterness.

Taste is surprisingly fruity, a vibrant sweet apple and pear character, then a tangy maltiness. Bitterness is fresh and integrated. It gets more dry on the finish, lingering crisp bitterness.

Mouthfeel is very good. The carbonation is playful, giving a crisp but creamy feel. Refreshing, sessionable and medium bodied on the palate.

This is an excellent Pale Ale. Seek it out. A good amount of flavour and complexity, nicely balanced in keeping to the style. Drinks very well.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 20:48:27 | More by mick303
Photo of Guden


3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at de Halve Maan following the brewery tour.

A- bright gold with a bit of haze (the beer on tap at the brewery is apparently an unfiltered version) with a nice three finger tall head that sticks around throughout and leaves classic Belgian lacing.

S- bright sweet malted barley (of course I can smell the wort throughout Bruges right now) and a distinctive wood and all spice character that seems to come mostly from hops, but I suspect yeast derivatives also factor in. Very low fruity ester levels.

T- again the hops (Czech by origin according o the tour guide and taste) come through with allspice, grass and wood balanced with a sweet fresh barley note. Finish is lightly bitter and refreshing.

M- A fairly thin beer but lively carbonation makes it mouth filling and let's the hops shine through.

O- a nice beer, though not my favorite Belgian. The Czech hops and low esters make it come of more as an imperial pils than a Belgian blonde. It was nice to try but I probably won't search it out again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2012 22:59:32 | More by Guden
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3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 9/2010 notes. Poured into a Caracole small snifter. Pours orange amber with a thick white head with attractive uniform bubbles, completely fills the glass and looks nice. Massive lacing. Light sour fruit aroma. Very mild, almost wheat-like start with very light malt and distinct yeast. Semi dry middle with some spice and a dry abrupt finish. Slight hops. Very subdued. Nice for a change and worth a revisit.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 22:40:39 | More by LiquidAmber
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2.98/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: This beer pours a cloudy orangish amber color with a layer of off white head that fades to a ring around the pour rather quickly.

Smell: Mild and slightly sweet. I'm getting a mild fruity note. reminds me of grape.

Taste: Again, very mild and not particularly interesting. Some malt sweetness along with a mild Belgian spice. I'm getting some banana in the background. The flavor leaves the tongue pretty quickly in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with really aggressive carbonation, really too much. The finish is slightly dry.

Overall: Nothing remarkable here, move on.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 02:52:59 | More by oline73
Photo of Dennoman


3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear and yellow with a medium head. Everything you expect from a BPA. Relatively low in alcohol, but not weak in taste. Bitter and robust, simply yummy. Recommendable to anyone who enjoys a nice pilsner or a Pale Ale. A beautiful marriage of both, it seems.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 20:35:36 | More by Dennoman
Photo of DARIVA


3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Partly cloudy yellow beer with a small head.

S: Floral, slightly sour and what the scent of chamomile.

T: A little bitter, and some coriander.

M: Good tingling and a nice mouthfeel, beautiful relationship.

O: Easily drinkable with a nice body.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 19:48:58 | More by DARIVA
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3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a fairly clear dark gold with numerous particles floating around. I wasn't too careful pouring the bottle which probably caused this. Huge billowy head that lasts throughout.

Smell is quite yeasty and fruity along with some clove and other spices. It smells very belgian.

Taste starts out fairly sweet and fruity. Some clove and belgian yeast characteristics work their way in underneath but never become prominent. There is some grassyness and mild malt before everything finishes pretty clean and dry. Just a faint hint of bitterness.

Overall, this is a fairly refreshing, easy drinking beer. There really isn't a whole lot going on but it is pleasant to drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 00:29:12 | More by rangerred
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Brugse Zot from Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
82 out of 100 based on 285 ratings.