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Brugse Zot - Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

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83
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346 Ratings
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Ratings: 346
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 5
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: paterlodie on 08-04-2005)
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1/5  rDev -72.8%

Jagaleg, May 10, 2012
Photo of Anatole
2/5  rDev -45.5%

Anatole, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of MuddyFeet
2.42/5  rDev -34.1%
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.

MuddyFeet, Dec 27, 2007
Photo of tomordonez
2.43/5  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.

tomordonez, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of jrallen34
2.45/5  rDev -33.2%
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.

jrallen34, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of jdscotty
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

jdscotty, Jan 13, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

whartontallboy, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.6/5  rDev -29.2%
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!!

TheLongBeachBum, Feb 20, 2006
Photo of JulieRFoster
2.73/5  rDev -25.6%
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.

JulieRFoster, Apr 29, 2006
Photo of Sammy
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%
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.

Sammy, Jul 01, 2007
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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

desint, May 24, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Mphis, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of corby112
2.78/5  rDev -24.3%
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..

corby112, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of AgentMunky
2.8/5  rDev -23.7%
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*.

AgentMunky, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of matjack85
2.83/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

matjack85, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of paterlodie
2.83/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

paterlodie, Aug 04, 2005
Photo of gfreed
2.88/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

gfreed, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of MarkoNm
2.9/5  rDev -21%
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.

MarkoNm, Apr 21, 2014
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2.96/5  rDev -19.3%

nomnivore19, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of oline73
2.98/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

oline73, Jul 15, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

muusers, Feb 02, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

ygtbsm94, Feb 22, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

Bix, Aug 26, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

MonkeyBread, Sep 07, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

bbadger, Jan 08, 2012
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Brugse Zot from Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
83 out of 100 based on 346 ratings.