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Brugse Zot | Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

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Brewed by:
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by paterlodie on 08-04-2005

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Reviews: 171 | Ratings: 442
Photo of dbrauneis
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a lightly hazy medium golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and moderate honey orange highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a medium to large sized finger thick cap in the center of the glass surrounded by a large patch of mottled thick film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of pale malts, candi sugar sweetness, and spicy Belgian yeast.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of pale and bready malts with a light to moderate amount of candi sugar sweetness. That is followed by some light flavors of light fruits (apple, pear, and white grape). Finally there is a slightly stronger than moderate flavor of spicy Belgian yeast which lingers through the finish. No perceptible hops flavors.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly heavier than moderate amounts of dryness.

O: Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol and enough complexity in the flavor to keep me interested. Slightly lacking in the aroma but with a great dry mouthfeel.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a vibrant, hazy orange colour. Smells light, fruity, like a rich Belgian session/sour. Tastes a lot lighter than it smells; slightly fruity malty, light bodied, like a light saison.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.99/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well put together.
Good looking. Fruity. Malty. Spicy. All making their debut on-time.
And in what some call "The Venice of the North" a splendid canal town and how I will picture Flanders. (I'm very sorry that De Halve Maan was closed on Sunday... just have to find an excuse to get back there.)

Listed as one of the "1001 Beers" it deserves to be on the list.
MJ's "Great Beers of Belgium" says why: "a fruity palate, reminiscent of peach sorbet and a light, appetizing dryness in the finish."
Roger Protz' "300 More Beers To Try Before You Die!" also reviewed this, but his are too long to quote.

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Photo of Zet
3.32/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice blonde colour with lively carbonation and a thick and steady soapy head. Smell of hops and malts, a bit grassy. Taste follows with the same flavours, a bit dull, esters seem to be absent. Finish is dry with some hoppy bitterness. It is quite refreshing and easy to drink. One of the most easily available belgian beers in Holland, together with Duvel, Westmalle and Leffe. I undertand its appeal, especially due to its freshness, but i prefer my beers a bit more complex. Won't disappoint as a session drink on a hot summer day though.

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Photo of D-HopSupreme
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice blonde coloured beer with a fair deal of head, with a nice citrus/malt oriented scent as well as a generally crisp taste and feel. An awesome beer, would drink again if I could get it at a lower price. I would still pay slightly above average international price for this however.

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Photo of huber4vg
4.74/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this beer in the Belgian town of Brugse, where it is brewed. Will always remind me of this town and of eating ribs at De Hobbit. U.S. purchased bottles faintly remind me of the original beer, but just don't taste the same.
A-Clear Golden amber color with a foamy head.
S-Pleasant citrus/orange aroma, balanced and inviting. Slight hops aroma.
T-Great taste, not bitter and the hops dose not dominate. There is a subtle spiciness that adds to the refreshing character of the beer.
M-Champagne feel on the tongue. Full and round feel, all taste areas stimulated.
Overall-Great beer from the first sip. Best enjoyed outside in the fresh air.

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Photo of FLima
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Long time no see. Amber color with a thick four fingers head with eternal retention and leaving a wall of laces.
Predominant aroma with notes of candied orange peel, sweet pears and spices. Hints of biscuit and floral hops.
Flavor with notes of oranges and pears, biscuit malt, mild herbal and floral hops, clear peppery phenols, a hint of berries and just a bit of toasted malt. Dry aftertaste with a low to medium bitterness.
Light towards medium body with appropriate carbonation.
Pleasant and easy to drink Belgian Pale Ale with rounded and assertive spicy and citrusy notes. I do remember the first time I had this a few years ago near its home country, I had felt the peppery phenols much more intense, but I was still incipient on beer types. Not super complex and maybe it should stay that way; it is surprisingly quaffable despite its peppery notes.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle, it pours a moderately light amber with a vigorous head, that dissipates to a nice film. Lacing as you enjoy the beer. A steady stream of bubbles comes up from the bottom. Pleasant and easy to drink. Yum!

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Photo of Dentist666
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip. Pours hazy amber-orange with excellent off-white head, nice retention, laces. Smell - yeasts, lemon, spices, pepper. Taste - yeasty,. Light body, soft carbonation, high drinkability. Pros - appearance, smell.
Contras - taste is too simple.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From bottle brought from coolwines, Pours almost clear orange. Nose is fruits, Belgian yeast, sour orange, spices. Taste is bitter fruits, light spices, malts.

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Photo of Takahiro
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: light straw to golden with lacing foam
S: a whiff of melon,
T: berries, light tartness, very faint cloves, some silky wheatiness, a bit of metallic flavor, and finally some hop bitterness
F: dry finish
O: nice dry finish for summer heat

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

330ml Bottle from Albert Heijn supermarket, Amsterdam:
A light, easy going beer with a good balance that fell short of being a classic Belgian offering but was refreshing, lively and quite crisp which helped it go down easily. I'm not sure it's one that I'd go out my way to find again but it was an enjoyable offering and one worth trying if you happen across it.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
2.91/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
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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Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.99/5  rDev +9.6%
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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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.

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Photo of interzen
3.86/5  rDev +6%
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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Photo of mwilbur
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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)

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Photo of JLSIV
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of tomordonez
2.41/5  rDev -33.8%
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.

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Photo of MarkoNm
2.88/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

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Photo of Mike_Moe
4.27/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of janubio
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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