Brugse Zot - Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

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Ratings: 398
Reviews: 165
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.11%
Wants: 10
Gots: 58 | FT: 0
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Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan visit their website

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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Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an oversized wine glas a slight hazed golden with some peach color hue,a nice 1/2 finger sticky white head atop.A mix of spice and some mineral-like aromas I thought the fruity notes were subdued but were noticeable.Flavors are tilted to the spice as well but a decent herbal hop smack comes thru in the finish.Not overly complex,pretty straight forward but not all that bad.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Maduro. Sample size 2 11 oz pours into a St. Bernie chalice and 1 massive pour into a Bells tulip.

Completely transparent, bubbly gold with a thick white head that rapidly dissipates to nothing. Looks almost like a lager.

Nice nose but light. Some pear, apple, and clove but all are subtle to light. No booze is present. Hints of citrus. Light and airy.

Flavor is a different story. Bananas, pears, apples and clove spice. A touch of pepper spice and some nice sourness round everything out. This is spot on for the style and offers everything I want. Mildly wheaty with a noticeable amount of hops, noble perhaps? Light and crisp body. Clean. Well done and highly drinkable. Very well balanced.

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 Guden
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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

Appearance: Nice golden color with medium head but little lacing.

Smell: Mostly Honey and citrus with mild spices.

Taste: Tastes very close to the smell. Maybe some minor notes of orange zest and wood notes.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied but full of carbonation. Nice dry finish.

Drinkability: Very appropriate for the style. I enjoyed the beer but at the price point I don't think I will be drinking this much.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

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

Pale clear golden orange in the glass is topped with two fingers of snow white bubbles that last and last and last. Lots of sticky lace as you drink it down.

Aromas are ery subdued...a bit of belgian yeasties, sweet pale malts, lots of breadiness.

Taste is pretty typical for a Belgian Pale..fruity, biscuity, sweet pale malt and candied sugars and just the barest touch of bitter hops at the end.

Mouthfeel is typical as well with nice carbonation.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a glowing gold color with 2-inch head that lasts a long while, thanks to the multitude of bubbles feeding it. Big snakes of lace form as the liquid slowly disappears.

Strong aroma of pilsner malts (like Duvel), light bread, light biscuit, apple, faint honey, slight yeast accent.

Sour apple, lemon, light flowery hops, and Saltines in the flavor. Nice, if typical of the style. The finish has a strangeness that brings the enjoyment down a bit. (Expires 2009, so it's not too old.) Tastes a little off, and the puckery mouthfeel dries quickly. Carbonation is moderate, but the dryness and peculiar finish dominate.

This is decent, but nothing special in a world of Belgian beers that kick its ass. Certainly easy to drink, I'd never turn it away, glad I tried it, but there are more convincing examples of the style out there.

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

Vintage 2006.

Pours a clear yellow with slight orange colors, a peachy slight haze and great white head that leaves good lace. Nose is vinous and sour. Taste follows the nose and is quite sour with some almost white wine notes. Some spices here and some apple flavors on the extremely dry finish. Almost sour on the finish but in a good way with granny smith tones. Mouthfeel is good but sour. Drinkability is good, but the sourness detracts from it just a bit.

Photo of Sammy
2.69/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Source: The Belgian Shop. Expirey 2009. Immediate horse blanket that of course overwhelms taste. Lots of creamy foam on a light beige/golden body. some sweet yeast. Nothing exceptional, a poor Belgian. Medium or lighter lagery mouthfeel, suitably carbonated.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I tried this last night at the Brewhaus after work.

A - The cool bottle has a joker on it (zot means fool in the Dutch language spoken in Belgium), and feels really heavy. The brew is light golden straw with a fluffy two finger head of creamy white foam. The beer is hazy with yeast particles, and the head shows decent retention.

S - Sour cream and dough notes come through on the nose, and the malt profile is moderately sweet. Smells really yeasty and fresh, like a bakery.

T - This is really yeasty and cleanly fresh on my tongue. There isn't really a whole helluva lot of complexity or interesting flavors going on here, but it tastes good enough. There is a mild hop undercurrent that reminds me of hay bales. There is a very gentle fruit aspect (oeach maybe) that is only barely there.

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied with quite a lot of carbonation and a very neutral finish. This is an extremely clean brew that has almost no aftertaste.

D - I think that this is pretty boring and uninspired, but it is quite drinkable and thirst quenching. The major thing that Zot's got going for it is the extremely fresh yeast profile and mild hay-like hops. This might be a good beer to introduce BMC drinkers to the world of Belgian beers, since it seems that this beer would appeal to the masses more than it does to a beer nerd like me.

Oh, and at$6.75 a bottle, I won't order one of these at Brewhaus again!

Photo of tempest
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap in Ghent. Another tasty Belgian pale ale. Appeared a pretty gold in the Zot semi-chalice. This had a medium-thickness mouthfeel like you'd expect for a 6% beer, but the flavor was lighter and seemed to lift the beer up to a more drinkable standard. Typical, but fresh, Belgian malt and spice flavors. An excellent standard of a beer.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a bottle into a Brugse Zot glass. Golden, transparent color. Only the faintest head formed.

S - A very light smelling beer. A hint of pear and other fruits.

T - Slightly malty, some bright fruits and just clean tasting. Overall subtle flavors but still good.

M - Light and crisp with moderate carbonation.

D - Great beer. Very drinkable, goes down easy but with some nice flavors. All the notes are subtle but still appreciated.

Photo of californiakulak
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on tap at the brewery in Brugge.

A.Golden; a little hazy. Almost a light orange color. Big, thick, beautiful head.

S. It smelled fruity and yeasty. It had very little hop aroma. It smelled very fresh.

T. Light tasting; sort of sweet with a little bit of honey taste. The malt was more noticable than the hops, which were barely present. It had a citrusy flavor with perhaps a little banana. Very unusual.

M. Very carbonated and refreshing. Little to no hop bitterness. Pleasant though.

D. The drikability was excellent. After a few days of tripels and quadtruples this beer was a pleasant hiatus. But at 6% it goes down a little too easy so beware.

Photo of zeeksterusa
4.32/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

great beer. in the same vein as delirium but more drinkable. great head and just enough carbonation. amore is wonderful, sweet fruit-based overtones. vanilla smells. too much sediment for me. get more interesting on each sip. would recommend this beer and would down one again any time. It is marked as a 6% much feels more like a 8%. pleasant acidic dry alcohol after taste.

Photo of dgallina
3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 ounce brown bottle notched best-before April 2009.

Pours attractive golden straw with a small but superbly creamy head and lace. The beer is very active in the glass and has a touch of yeasty haze. The aroma displays lime, green grass, hop, and earth notes. Flavor never really comes together. Begins with rounded honey-like malt, develops a shallow hop and grass center, and finishes with an unpleasing metallic sourness. Light-to-medium in body. Some chewiness balances the too-gassy carbonation. Great looking, but mediocre tasking.

Photo of maleman
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - almost wheat colored, white two finger head that held up fairly well, well carbonated, laced well, a good bit of sediment.

S - not much there for me. almost perfumey, what i did get was hoppy.

T - nothing really stood out, i think i tasted some type of flower.

M - not overbearing. tasted it in the top middle of my mouth.

D - nothing special. probably wouldn't go out of my way to buy again.

I was a little disappointed...was expecting more from this belgian.

Photo of thagr81us
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into a Bell's stemmed tulip. Poured yellow-orange with a two finger off-white head that subsided to half a finger very slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, wheat, and a subtle floral note. The flavor was of sweet malt, bread, fruit, floral, and wheat. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. While this a was a good brew it wasn't very memoriable. I would have loved to see this one have some more complexity to carry it to a new level. The flavors present were nice, but they definitely needed some other components going on to make them 'pop'. Worth trying if you are a fan of the style, but I wouldn't go out of my way to do so again.

Photo of Lnedrive14
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thumbs up for the artwork - very cool.

Another big thumbs up to mom and dad who brought this back from Belgium.

A mild, sugar/fruit sweet brew. Low alcohol, but highly drinkable (probably wouldnt want more booze - would taste too much like Duvel). Effervescent and whimsical. Big head (poured into a Zot glass, also a gift from the rents).

I liked this brew for what it was - a simple, highly drinkable session beer. Did it blow me away with complexity? No. But ya know what, it wasnt meant to.

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

Served on tap in a rather nice looking Zot goblet at Cafe Bruges in Carlisle, PA.

A: The ale is a golden yellow color that retains just enough brown to stand out. The ale is translucent, even with the browner shades. A finger of head didn't do much after arriving at my table.

S: The nose is mildly sweet, a small touch of candi sugars in front of a grassy hop profile and caramel malt body. Nothing crazy, just solid.

T: The ale has a sweet flavor profile, malt- and yeast-driven with a balancing hop flavor mid-sip. The malts are caramel and cereal, grainy with an evident sweetness. The hop profile is grassy but not intense. All together, the ale is a sessionable one that puts forth just enough 'Belgian' flavor to be pleasant.

M: The mouthfeel won't win any awards but it won't disappoint either. The yeast imparts just enough pizzazz to make me want more.

D: If not for the great selection at Cafe Bruges, I'd have stuck with this mild pale ale.

Photo of scottg
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml poured into a tulip glass.
Best before 3/10

Pours a cloudy gold with orange hues and a 3 finger white extra cloudy head that settles to a 1/2 finger head that remains with patchy lacing. Aromas of cloves, banana, lemon and honey. Light body, medium high carbonation this is sweet and dry beer with orange, vanilla, sweet malt and an earthy hop flavor. Good drinkability, the balance of the hops keeps the sweetness in line.

Photo of Takahiro
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
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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Brugse Zot from Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
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