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Brugse Zot - Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

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Brugse ZotBrugse Zot

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Ratings: 380
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 7
Gots: 48 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: paterlodie on 08-04-2005

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Ratings: 380 | Reviews: 160
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3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brugse Zot has a thick, off-white head, a minimal amount of lacing left behind, and a semi-clear, golden appearance, which goes to milky gold-tan, when the bottom dregs are fully swished and poured in. The aroma is of sweet, light malt, and the flavor is of that, along with mild bitterness, grain husk, lemon juice, sugar, and some sourness. Mouthfeel is medium (or, even fuller) and very prickly from the carbonation. Brugse Zot finishes similar to champagne.


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3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Final bottle of a four-pack I purchased a year ago on sale, and whose label seems to denote that it was originally bottle in December of 2010.

From the first pour, one can see this Zot has been been in the bottle for more than a minute: each of these 11.2 fluid-ounce had the most sediment I've ever seen in a bottle. After the very first I opened, I've decanted every one through a fairly fine mesh strainer, and even then a heady load of yeasty particulates still remainder. In other words, the little critters left in the bottle for "refermentation" have been working hard and then some; the nose speaks to that, with a boozy, sweet, banana-cider aroma, and the beautiful, bright, burnished-gold luster of the beer is sodden with turbidity.

While the first impressions might warn of a over-sweet ale, crushed into a muddled, ill-fitting barleywine resemblance by too long in the bottle, the taste is anything but: this ale has done very well in its near-half-decade, taking on a bright, buoyant souring, with peach, grape, and sour-apple inflections. Some hoppy bitters still carry on the finish—which is a very welcome surprise, and a bit unusual for something cellared this long—and indeed the sweet qualities are very suppressed, with the golden tartness ringing clarion and clean. It's also smooth and surprisingly light in the mouth—a testament to something, but I'm not sure what, with a beer that's categorized as a"Belgian Pale Ale" on this site, but as a fool or a jester on the bottle's label.

I'd like to try this a little fresher, because I pretty greatly enjoyed each bottle after the first—which was really just exorbitantly chunky sans straining—and each time I drank one, between intervals of months, I was surprised how well this beer had weathered the time since it'd been breweed.

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3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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1.96/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I expect much more for an artesan belgium beer. Too acid.

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3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

After experiencing the amazing beer on tap at the Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, we tried it bottled in several restaurants in Bruges. Unfortunately the beer we'd tried was not available anywhere other than the actual brewery, and the bottled product, while very good, couldn't compare.

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2.62/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Tons of carbonation making for a difficult pour and spritzy taste/feel. Pretty bland compared to other Belgians and slightly sour.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.7/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: Pours a dark straw, almost amber, yellow with a lot of white head. Retention wasn't brilliant although there was some significant lacing. Rather apt, since Bruges is also famous for lace (little bit of a joke there, ladies and gentlemen ...)

Smell: A mixture of malt and citrusy hops with more than a hint of overripe bananas. Some minor spice notes, but malts and fruit are front and centre. Compared with the vast majority of Belgian beers, you could say it's a bit one-dimensional.

Taste:Almost, but not quite, follows the smell - the malts are there, for sure, but a lot of the fruit notes aren't that noticeable. The hop character takes a while to come through too, but it's definitely there as a nice counterpoint to the up-front malts.

Feel: Slightly fizzy and, if one was being particularly uncharitable, almost watery. That said, it's eminently drinkable.

Overall: If there's such a thing as a Belgian 'session' ale then this is probably fairly close. It sits slightly on the high side of average - worth a shot if you've not tried it before, but compared with the myriad other beers that Belgium has to offer there's not really much to single it out. The 'farting fool' labels are pretty cool, though.

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