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Brugse Zot - Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

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BA SCORE
83
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380 Ratings
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Ratings: 380
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 7
Gots: 48 | 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:
Beer added by: paterlodie on 08-04-2005

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Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 380 | Reviews: 160
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3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

BB (05/2015) Pours a massive heady froth of foam. Colour is a bright straw gold, plentiful carbonation. Shows good retention, and leaved a nice film and excellent lacing.

Smell is quite fresh, malt, grass and hay notes, a light bit of barnyard. Hops are detectable in the background, pleasantly balanced bitterness.

Taste is surprisingly fruity, a vibrant sweet apple and pear character, then a tangy maltiness. Bitterness is fresh and integrated. It gets more dry on the finish, lingering crisp bitterness.

Mouthfeel is very good. The carbonation is playful, giving a crisp but creamy feel. Refreshing, sessionable and medium bodied on the palate.

This is an excellent Pale Ale. Seek it out. A good amount of flavour and complexity, nicely balanced in keeping to the style. Drinks very well.

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.

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 9/2010 notes. Poured into a Caracole small snifter. Pours orange amber with a thick white head with attractive uniform bubbles, completely fills the glass and looks nice. Massive lacing. Light sour fruit aroma. Very mild, almost wheat-like start with very light malt and distinct yeast. Semi dry middle with some spice and a dry abrupt finish. Slight hops. Very subdued. Nice for a change and worth a revisit.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of oline73
2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

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Brugse Zot from Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
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