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Brugse Zot - Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

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Ratings: 333
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 5
Gots: 26 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: paterlodie on 08-04-2005)
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Photo of Regenpak
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this beer as a present in a huge decorated can with a 75 cl corked bottle inside. Ignoring the "fris opdienen" (serve cool) directive I opened the bottle at room temperature and was rewarded with a loud "pop" as the cork all but flew off. After pouring it in a Westmalle chalice (horror!) the head that formed was very thin but persistent. The color is a nice crystal clear yellow. It's got a lovely sweet and fruity smell. The taste has a hint of bitterness in it, and has the same sweetness (honey?) as the smell. I found it very pleasant. There is quite a bit of carbonation which could be due to the high drinking temperature.

Regenpak, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of m1ked
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a huge dense white head. Hazy bright golden with multiple streamers.

S- dry grass, dusty, slight metallic note. No sweetness, slight bitter.

T- Creamy sweetness up front that dies down quickly. Some of that dusty flavor. Some hint of green apple, grassy olive oil.

M- This actually my favorite part of this beer. Slick when I rub my tongue on the roof of my mouth. Nice fine carbonation. Finishes dry.

D- I don't dislike this beer, but not on my session list. I would like to try more Belgian Pale Ales. The only other I have had has the JP Firefly. Gotta expand my tastebud horizons.

m1ked, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of Quej
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the unfiltered version only available at the brewery itself.
A - Hazy gold coloured, with lots of fluffy white head which disapates to a nice lace.
S - Smells sweet and fruity and surprisingly yeasty and citrusy as well.
T - Queet light at first but gives way to a sweet, rather fruity taste with lots of peaches, abricot and nectarines. It's fairly yeasty and tends towards a dry finish with a bit of bitterness. Taste fairly different and better than the filtered version.
M - Tingly, but overly carbonated, quite pleasant and nicely cleansing.
D - Refreshing summer beer, made for better weather than Belgium offers.

Quej, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of BretSikkink
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright gold in color, tall foam is large-bubbled and pretty tall. A little rockiness as it falls, but it sort of just goes away after a while. Pretty damn good lacing.

I couldn't get much aroma through the cap, but there's enough light fruits to keep it nice, along with some spices for complexity.

Clove and phenolics up front, some pretty alright banana notes add sweetness. Some citric zest, but not much.

Enough lighter than a BSPA to be just about right, still pretty good thickness and overall heft. Plenty of hopping, which is nice. Well attenuated and quenching to the palate.

BretSikkink, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of jjayjaye
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear pale golden color with huge fizzy white head that resists fading. Kept alive by visible effervescence, spotty patterns of Belgian lacing in its wake. The smell is an earthy yeast with banana and harvest fruits. Tingling fizzy, the mouth feel is light. The earthy banana flavor is strong and complemented by a fruity pear character. At 6% ABV it's session-able. Nice holiday tin. Take it for a ride.

jjayjaye, Jun 04, 2008
Photo of albern
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a good Belgian but not a brilliant one. The beer pours a fairly cloudy yellow with clumps, and I mean clumps of free floating yeast. This isn't yeasty bits but quite significant pieces from its unfiltered bottle fermentation. I'm not sure if that is such a good thing. The smell is typically Belgian in that you get the sweet candied malts, some florals, and some rind. The taste is all of the above with quite a yeast effervescence, some spices such as clove, and a slightly sourish malty taste. The mouthfeel is creamy and it balances well with the carbonation. The beer has quite a frothy white head that lingers throughout. The aftertaste is modest as is its ABV. This isn't a strong beer nor an overly complex one, but it is good drinking. L'Chaim.

albern, Jun 01, 2008
Photo of pmcadamis
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
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!

pmcadamis, May 14, 2008
Photo of orangemoustache
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a bright radiant gold with a tall white cap that looks nice,but not much lacing as it slowly recedes to a quarter inch covering that remains the for the duration

S-smells earthy and powdery with hints of fruit and spices

T-starts out with some apple/pear sweetness,then some clove and a sourness that reminds me of baking soda,some grassy hops were noticible on the finish

M-quite foamy and champaign like with a thin body and a bite of over the top dryness on the tail

D-this one is good for a single glass at a time,nothing super going on here,but pretty enjoyable as well,give it a try

orangemoustache, May 05, 2008
Photo of HurricaneMo
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a tulip glass. Very good head but minimal lacing. Color was a very light brown with orange hues.
S: The yeast seemed to overpower the different underlying aromas.
T: Tasted yeasty, with some citrus and subdued malts.
M: Nice and light with the right amount of carbonation. Some nice flakes in there too - yummy.
D: Very, very easy to drink.

Decent, but not quite what I was hoping for.

HurricaneMo, Apr 24, 2008
Photo of IntriqKen
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

IntriqKen, Mar 02, 2008
Photo of Halcyondays
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ, in Seal Beach, CA, had it once before in a bottle, don't remember much about it, so I thought I try it out again on-tap,

A: Pours a light orange/blonde, with a thick off-white head, good retention and good lacing as well.

S: Light estery scent, very fruity.

T: Tastes mainly of apple ester, some light pear, and a strong spice element, that I couldn't put my finger on.

M: Light and crisp, could use a bit more carbonation and body, but overall pretty good.

D: A nice BPA, though the flavour profile overall was too light for me at times, definitely worth a shot, I'd definitely drink it again.

Halcyondays, Feb 18, 2008
Photo of watchnerd
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle.

Not sure the classification is correct, as I would call it a Belgian Blonde, but since we don't have that category, 'Pale Ale' will have to do. Taste even veers towards a witbier. Golden color, medium head, funky aroma of yeast and phenolic and more yeast. Decently carbonated and easy, easy drinking, the 6% ABV being undetectable. I'm probably going to suck down this whole 750 ml bottle myself tonight!

watchnerd, Feb 04, 2008
Photo of Pegasus
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy light golden color, with profuse, fast rising cartbontion, and a small tan head, which retains quire well.

Aroma: Vanilla and wood notes dominate, with lesser notes of earth.

Taste: Opens mildly sweet, with earthy notes soon evident, followed by notes of green apple and bitter lemon, late in the taste, there is a moment of bitter cocoa. Finishes with a lingering, mildly tart notes and some herbal hops.

Mouth feel: Rich and full, quite excellent.

Pegasus, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of theopholis
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Fairly clear, bubbly gold/amber. Looks like filtered apple juice. The head is thick and white and HUGE. I has okay head retention, and leaves behind a fairly light but rocky lacing.

Smell- Nice nose but light add fairly sour. Hints of citrus. Light and airy. Very clean and crisp smelling. A hint of barnyard/lactic acid.

Flavor- Nice blend of the traditional Belgian pale ale with hints of apples, pears, bananas and clove. Nice combo of malt sweetness and Belgian sourness. This is spot on for the style and offers everything I want. A touvch of wheat in there to. Quite nice and refreshing.

Mouthfeel- Body is Light and crisp. Clean. Not as over-carbonated as I find most Belgians.

Drinkability- Quite nice.

theopholis, Jan 29, 2008
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4/5  rDev +9%
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.

AKBelgianBeast, Jan 28, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed straw gold with a bright white head that does not stick around. Nose is like soap and light yeast. Flavor is sweet and smooth with a fruity tone to it. Strong sweet character. I really like the mouthfeel on this one. At first the carbonation was so alive that bubbles were bouncing on my tongue. Very drinkable. An easily sessionable beer...if not for the price.

RblWthACoz, Dec 30, 2007
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 thierrynantes
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted in 2006.
Appearance: yellow colour, white foam, bubbles medium, short persistency
Smell: cereals, citrus and floral
Taste and mouthfeel: develop a fruity bouquet, on a background of bitterness. The final responsibility on the dry with a fruity always present.
Drinkability: a good Belgian pale ale

Review added 11-10-2007, translated from french 1-27-2008.

thierrynantes, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of Zorro
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Near clear amber colored ale with a very tall white head. Quite good looking I hope that this taste as good as it looks. Lots of sediment in the bottom of the bottle so pour carefully

The smell is sweet, and a little spicy with a fairly strong apple aroma. This has a fairly strong flower aroma to it that I would almost describe as a perfume scent.

The taste begins mildly sweet and bready. Mildly flavored this is mostly fruit in flavor with just a little spice. Not overly complex this is just a nice easy drinking ale with no faults to it.

The mouthfeel is light.

Being easy to drink is what this beer excels at. Not overly complex and it is a bit pricey but it is worth a try.

Zorro, Sep 04, 2007
Photo of Metalmonk
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Metalmonk, Jul 23, 2007
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

DaPeculierDane, Jul 12, 2007
Photo of Slatetank
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Slatetank, Jul 08, 2007
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
Photo of krkearney
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, at Zot Restaurant, Philadelphia. golden amber, with a moderate sized off-white head that declined fairly quickly. Aroma of wheat, yeast, and citrus. Nicely balanced flavor; yeast, herbs, anise, citrus, malt and floral flavors complement each other very well. tasty and refreshing.

krkearney, Jun 28, 2007
Photo of jdhilt
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a five-finger+ white pillowy head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Murky cloudy amber color with a lot of chunky bits. Slight spicy/grapefruit nose. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is spicy and slightly sour. Clean finish. $4.39 for a 330ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

jdhilt, Jun 21, 2007
Brugse Zot from Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
83 out of 100 based on 333 ratings.