Brugse Zot - Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

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Ratings: 364
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 6
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: paterlodie on 08-04-2005)
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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.78/5  rDev +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 Marius
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of DangerDawg
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Abbo
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Photo of Samp01
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
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 GRUUMSH
3/5  rDev -18.3%

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of jlisuk
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of HabiMendes
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of allenson21
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of scotti314
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Caskaway
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of MrSquash
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of drummermattie02
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
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 Paccamacca
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of jlindros
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
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 biernack
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of safaricook
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of chinchill
3.81/5  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 +3.3%
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 johnnylake
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of desint
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Brugse Zot from Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
83 out of 100 based on 364 ratings.