Brugse Zot - Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

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Reviews: 162
Hads: 403
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.29%
Wants: 10
Gots: 64 | 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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Photo of tomordonez
2.41/5  rDev -33.6%
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. (280 characters)

Photo of MuddyFeet
2.43/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

All around disappointment. My brother had this on-tap in Europe and loved it. he bought me a bottle but I dod not believe it is living up to expectations.

Poured a very clear gold-copper color. Rather watery in appearance. Heavy carbonation but not much head after the first pour. And what there was of a head was pure white. Nose was nearly non-existent wit just some sugars and malts presence.

Flavor is underwhelming. Not much in the way as to the style described. Just some sweet malts. Rather light. Change the yeast and we'd have an al-alt lager I think. Probably a pretty good one too but as a BPA this beer is missing some flavors. Mouthfeel is nice and light bit the carbonation is a bit too much. Drinkable because it is nice and light but not a particularly memorable beer. (786 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Drank from draft at the De Halve Mann Brewery in Bruge.

The head is big and creamy, but fades quickly. I think the size was more of a product of how they pour their beers.

Aroma - Nice fruity smell.

Color - pale straw

Taste - This is a very below average Belgian Blonde. Slight taste of apricot, not good. (309 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.62/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sampled on Day 1 at the Lucky Baldwin’s 7th Annual Belgium Beer Festival.

Beer Listed at #52 of 60: Brugse Zot – De Halve Maan Brewery


Straffe Hendrick Brewery no longer brews, since its merger or partnership with the Liefmans group. There are rumors that once in a while they may run out the odd from special batch from Bruges, seems like this could be one of those, but somehow I doubt it.

Light amber body with an off-white head, striking clarity and very clear, held to the light it flashes with orange refractions. The carbonation assisted in filling the glass with a decent sized head – but this disappeared very quickly to leave a rather staid and flat looking amber liquid. Light flicker of streamers but not much else. Caramel and toasted malts in the nose, simple and forgetful. Tastes……well I have to be brutally honest here and say that this tasted just like a very, very average Amber ale. It had a full-mash home brew kit aspect to it. Body was thin at times, watery with a dissolved brown sugar feel. I’m so glad I didn’t get a big sample of this one. Nice looking Tap clip though.

It didn’t really take me much of the sample, or even much time, to decide that I really didn’t care for this. Very average, one-dimensional and boring, and that’s being kind. The Straffe Hendrick brews were once interesting, these days they have faded away to nothing more than below average brews that feel more like brands than beers. This is no different.

Brugse Zot? Erm, Not!! (1,505 characters)

Photo of Sammy
2.69/5  rDev -25.9%
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. (258 characters)

Photo of corby112
2.76/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Serving type: on-tap at Teresa's Next Door in Wayne, PA.

Pours a clear blush/ light amber color with a very thin head that quickly dissapears. Bland aroma of light crisp fruit and subtle spice notes. Very watered down with light fruit flavors( apple, pear) and slight spiciness.. (280 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
2.81/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a Gouden Carolus chalice. Best before August 2013.

A: A bubbling head briefly rises atop this slightly-cloudy, amber/straw-coloured beer. Noticeable bubbles.

S: It smells unpleasantly like an adjunct lager -- grainy with a background sweetness. Honey notes and an inept bitterness.

T: What I initially mistook for a strong coppery taste is, upon reflection, actually just highly-carbonated sourness. This forceful foretaste is hard to get past, but doing so is rewarding -- the end of the taste is softer, sweeter (honey), and decidedly more enjoyable. Some fruity elements float in along with some yeast. The aftertaste is slightly metallic, but otherwise pleasant.

M: Carbonated, tart, and lightly drying. Mostly good.

D: I cannot recommend this beer. Perhaps my bottle is a bit off, or it's not to my taste, but I didn't enjoy the experience. I won't be repeating it. Still, it's not *bad*. (929 characters)

Photo of JulieRFoster
2.83/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a greek-honey. The robe (yes, I'm applying wine terminology to beer - anyone have a problem with that?) is strikingly translucent, and almost looks like a dark cream soda. It pours in a light and frothy explosion of effervescence. The 3 cm head dissipates to a .5 cm film that clings to the surface for some time. Large bubbles of carbonation surge upwards and attack the tongue with quick stinging bites that quickly fade.
Nose is faint and distinctly metallic (although that may have been caused by contact with the cap during transport from Belgium – travelers’ knapsacks should have proper beer portage built-in to them!). Get a lot of banana and bubblegum scents; sweet and bawdy. Make that dried bananas and prunes. The taste is light on the sugars, but has a very sweet scent.
Mouthfeel is a little light for this style; the bold carbonation helps give it a little more substance, but it’s a little weak. Weakest of all is the flavor. Or, perhaps it’s delicate? Dried bananas and perhaps some green veggies come through (peas?). The flavor is overall unimpressive and as the Belgians say, un peu plat. It’s very drinkable, and I would replace it as my keg beer any day, but unless it costs 1.50 euros or less (which I purchased it for at the marvel known as the supermarkets in the Lowlands) I would skip this one. There are thousands of brilliant examples of Belgium craftsmanship, and this is not one of them. (1,439 characters)

Photo of matjack85
2.86/5  rDev -21.2%
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. (595 characters)

Photo of paterlodie
2.86/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BB may 07. Presentation is overwelming; opening the cage was enough to let the cork fly out with quiet an explosion. Nice and good head, overwelming but not lasting that well. Nose is malts and a litle sulphuric sharp edge from yeast. Very clean but not much arome overal. Taste is strong alcoholic, tard, bodyless and uninspiring. Very dry and watery caracter and also missing hops and bitterness. Mouthfeel is also empty and IMO too high carbonated. Drinkable but very average and uninspiring. (495 characters)

Photo of MarkoNm
2.88/5  rDev -20.7%
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. (262 characters)

Photo of PlutonowyManiek
2.91/5  rDev -19.8%
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. (523 characters)

Photo of gfreed
2.91/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

An eh beer from an otherwise trustworthy brewery in my favorite Belgian town. This one has plenty of aroma but very little in terms of taste. In fact, it has virtually no flavor when cold. I heated it up on a radiator for about 30 minutes; when warm it gained some cloves and a little fruit. Overall, the low levels of Belgianness would, if amplified several times, amount to a really nice beer. In its current state, however, it's just dull. (442 characters)

Photo of oline73
2.98/5  rDev -17.9%
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. (636 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy lemon-hued appearance, some shades of peach, under a brief spray of whitish foam, ...

High citrus in the nose, very spritzy and sour,...some spice, but nothing too terrific here...

Big carbonation on the palate, and huge sourness, big bite off of a lemon slice, before revealing...not a whole lot else. Like a lemon Bellini. Spritzy champagne carbonation mixed with citric taste, and ...I'm still searching...

...while I finish the rest of the bottle, I will contemplate what I could have purchased with the $15.29 I dropped on this lackluster ale...at least one mid-priced CD...several DVD rentals...a small bust of Beethoven for my toy piano...maybe 10 ice cream cones...a used tambourine...10 dozen eggs...a handful of matinee movie tickets...a nice fruit basket and some flowers...cat food...a tube of paint...plenty of stuff off that Mickey D's dollar menu...half a guitar lesson...a fine work of literature or two from a used bookstore, or even a brand new paperback of the same...1/20 of an iPod...two growler fills at my local brewpub...a donation to a charity that'll do good in this world...better beer than this...
...whichever you pick will do a lot better than my mistaken purchase! (1,210 characters)

Photo of benfons
3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: clear, very pale orange blond colour, a lot of carbonation that produces a big but unstable head.

S: apple, some spices, some spices, and alcohol: a bit bland

T: not a lot there; mostly hoppy bitterness

M: quite dry, undercarbonated after the first wild carbonation

O: Not my cup of tea (294 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.12/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle with date code notches of Dec 2011. Meaning that this bottle is really quite old, which can be either good or bad, depending on circumstances. Purchased from the clearance cooler at the store.

A. Hazy opaque amber brown, no head to speak of, a fair quantity of sediment.
S. Tons of honey smell, apples in the background, but also lots of funky mustiness.
T. Very yeasty with that spicy belgian bite we all know of. Unfortunately, there is little else there. All the apple smell has nothing at all to match in the flavor. The wet musty cardboard flavor of an over-aged beer is simply so strong that it has left me alone with it and the Belgian Yeast pepper to assault my tongue. So sad.
M. Well, I do at least like the way it sits in my mouth. The body (although sedimented) is appropriately heavy for the way I like my beer. Don't get me wrong, It's not actually heavy, merely medium-bodied.

Some beers do age well. Unfortunately this bottle, for whatever reason, has not. (988 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

750 mL with 2008 printed on the cork and some notching on the back label makes me think this was brewed (hopefully not best by) in September 08. Pour is light gold with a firm white head that displays decent retention and pretty good lacing. The problem here is there are tons of floaties, chunks, swimmers, dropouts, gangstas and hippies all floating around in the glass. Even with a completely passive pour it looks disgusting. Totally unappetizing. Like a public pool in Chicago during a heat wave. I'm gonna still give this a go though...

Nose is Belgian golden ale all the way, not unlike Duvel. A bit sweeter perhaps, certainly less alcohol and a bit more yeasty...a little bit of white bread loaf and Smartees candy. Not bad, and at least I dont have to think about all the tadpoles swimming around in here when I sniff it.

Taste is not bad and I think I can get past the plethora of floaties, we shall see upon subsequent pours. Taste is light and delicate. Hints of green apples and overripe plums. Well carbonated and goes down pretty easily. Yeast does most of the work for this beer and the esters it produces are pretty pleasant. Malt is light and a bit grainy, but pretty neutral overall. There is a noticeable hop bitternes and even a bit of flavor, but keeps it on the down low despite playing a significant roll in the beer. If it wasn't for the chunks of sediment I can feel passing through my lippage gateway, this would be a fine Belgium beer. (1,465 characters)

Photo of pmcadamis
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
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! (1,423 characters)

Photo of nick76
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The aroma is fruity and metallic with malt, spice, and yeast. The appearance is golden with a large head. The flavor has bananas, cloves, malt, spice, and grass. The palate is thin. Overall an interesting but average beer. I thought it had a couple of nice qualities but it's not something I want often. (303 characters)

Photo of MightyCow9
3.16/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was a good light pale ale. There was still some malt body on the tongue, despite the light taste. The bitter aroma was in the nose, but less yeasty than the Tripel of this brewery. Unfiltered, and the wheat that is used in the recipe comes out with the twinge of light sweetness. (284 characters)

Photo of Blindpigbiz
3.17/5  rDev -12.7%
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 (560 characters)

Photo of elniko
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into my new Unibroue tulip glass.

A: Poured bright golden with nice pillowy head. High carbonation apparent, quality looking brew.

S: Strong fruity esters coming through, picked up a lot of apple.

T & M: I hadn't seen this beer in DFW before but I saw it recently in a trip to Majestic so I picked it up. It was rather expensive so I had high expectations. First thing I noticed was the rather high level of carbonation. This was a very interesting brew to review. A lot of different textures but not sure if they really melded together well. The fruity and apple tones that I got in the nose came through in the taste. Finish quite dry with the malt coming through.

D: Drinkable but for the price there are definitely better Belgian options out there. Can't say that I'll be having again. (814 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 11.2oz brown bottle with freshness date of April '09.Poured at 45 degrees into a snifter

A - A hazed golden pale w/ frothy 3 finger head. Lace is practically nil

S - Faintly fruity, mildly spicy. The scent of a golden ale without definition(defining characteristics).

M -Dry, medium light feel w/ spicy crisp feel.

T - A wave of carbonation pulls out a spicy and mellow fruity flavor. Crisp, palate cleansing taste w/ a sweetness in the finish and subtle nutty tastes.

D - Rather bland by Belgian standards, but still a decent belgian pale.
Sweet, light spice and sessionability is ok. Not my idea of highly drinkable, but passable and I would try this again. Overall a bit dissapointing, but still better than average. (748 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear yellowish / light orange color with a wispy 1/4" head taht falls immediately. A spot or two of lace stuck to the glass.

Smell: boring grassiness is all that is detectable.

Taste: grass, mild yeast, soft maltiness, and a mellow bitterness make up a bland and dull tasting belgian beer.

Mouthfeel: crisp and dry throughout. Finishes clean. On the lighter side of medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: so-so at best. From a drinking standpoint it is easy to quaff, but the flavor profile is just dull and unexciting. Personally one glass was more than enough for me. (592 characters)

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Brugse Zot from Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
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