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Brugse Zot - Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

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383 Ratings
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Ratings: 383
Reviews: 161
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 8
Gots: 51 | FT: 0
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Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: paterlodie on 08-04-2005

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Ratings: 383 | Reviews: 161
Photo of PlutonowyManiek
2.91/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

Color light yellow, gold, quite cloudy.
Head large, with fine bubbles, quite a long time remains in the glass.
Fruity aroma, which leads the way peach, apricot. There is also a delicate accent honey, herbal and light grassy notes.
I think the taste is more poor. There is honey, a little apricot, spices, a little dry grassy hops.
Brugse Zot is a little too sharp, quite heavily gassed, bitterness is delicate, minimal but sufficient for this beer, alcohol well hidden. Beer points, in the end it is also a Belgian classic.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
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.

RJT

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.

Photo of Tejon
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.

Photo of DawnOne
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.

Photo of John_Squires
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.

Photo of interzen
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.

Photo of jesusfgcadiz
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Great!

Photo of mwilbur
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Poured on-tap in Groningen into a Brugse Zot 0.33 L glass.
A: Pours a clear, pale straw with 1-2 inch white head with decent retention and excellent lacing. (4.25)
S: Very fresh banana, clove, and mild citrus hops. (4)
T: Follows aroma, but not as strong. (3.75)
M: Light body. Soft and lightly sweet. Mildly bitter finish. (4)
D: A nice fresh, straight-forward session brew. (4)

Photo of JLSIV
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a hazy dark yellow, head was a little disappointing, at 1/4 inch, with little to no lacing

Aroma was pretty basic, nothing really behind some malt, not a great characteristic.

I liked the taste, malty with a very refreshing taste and feel, less brett than Orval, more normal yeast flavor.

Mouthfeel was crisp and refreshing, more akin to a lager than what I would expect a belgian ale to be like, carbonation is light,

Overall a very pedestrian Belgian ale, which is probably what the brewery intended. I think this is a very blue collar beer in Belgium, but it's imported price tag leaves Americans looking for more. I would get it again, but I would also try others first.

There are a lot of American attempts at Belgian ales to keep you happy.

Photo of tomordonez
2.41/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It pours into a nice head and amber color. Medium carbonation. No significant aroma or flavor other than a tiny bit flowery. At room temp the carbonation is gone and smells like a pilsener Urquell. Tastes like an Urquell but not so dry. Drink it while is cold and forget about it.

Photo of MarkoNm
2.88/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden color, topped with a decent white head with a solid retention.
There is a weak malty aroma, aided by some yeasty smell too.
The taste is somewhere between bitter and sweet, All together finishing with a slight spicey feel.
A very decent beer.

Photo of Mike_Moe
4.27/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Photo of SmashPants
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of janubio
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of biegaman
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of beertunes
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
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).

Photo of Samp01
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
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

Photo of jlindros
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Photo of chinchill
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of spoony
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of Blindpigbiz
3.17/5  rDev -13.4%
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

Photo of DoubleJ
3.77/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Brugse Zot from Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
83 out of 100 based on 383 ratings.