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Brugse Zot - Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

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Ratings: 369
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 6
Gots: 42 | 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

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Beer added by: paterlodie on 08-04-2005

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Photo of DaveJanssen
3.26/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap in Zot glass in brugge. Reviewed 7/13/2009.

Ar: Floral, honey, light melony fruit, buttered french bread

Ap: smooth very dense yogurt head, clear, brass, good retention, fine thick lace

F: Lightly sour, honey sweetness, mild and clean, light floral character, light sweet baguette, buttery hints, not really my style, mild, sweet with buttery and melon

M: thin and sweet, med/low carbonation, mild

O: too much honey sweetness

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Photo of californiakulak
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on tap at the brewery in Brugge.

A.Golden; a little hazy. Almost a light orange color. Big, thick, beautiful head.

S. It smelled fruity and yeasty. It had very little hop aroma. It smelled very fresh.

T. Light tasting; sort of sweet with a little bit of honey taste. The malt was more noticable than the hops, which were barely present. It had a citrusy flavor with perhaps a little banana. Very unusual.

M. Very carbonated and refreshing. Little to no hop bitterness. Pleasant though.

D. The drikability was excellent. After a few days of tripels and quadtruples this beer was a pleasant hiatus. But at 6% it goes down a little too easy so beware.

Photo of Namako
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a 6-pack while passing through Bruge last June. Poured this into the free tulip glass that was provided during the purchase.

A: This ale poured a clear golden yellow that retained a full finger of white lacy head for more than 10 minutes.

S: The nose was mildly sweet, with hay and floral background tones.

T: A well-balanced bready sweet flavor profile, likely malt- and yeast-driven. Their website claims four malts are used, no doubt continental pilsner and some crystal. The hop profile is a bit grassy but not at all intense. This ale is VERY quaffable, with just enough 'Belgian' flavor to be quite pleasant.

M: Light mouthfeel that is refreshingly dry, though able to remain on the palate.

D: In short, outstanding. Nicely brewed an easy drinking.

Serving type: 33 cl bottle

Photo of JBogan
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A hazy peach color with tons of floaties and very active carbonation rising to form a thick and creamy white head which stays around a long time and leaves good lacing. This is a very "busy" looking beer.

An aroma of spices and yeast, with a musty quality.

Tastes of cinnamon and yeast, and no sign of alcohol. A little bit of lemon in there too.

This had a really nice feel in the mouth, consisting of a sharp prickly sensation due to the high carbonation followed by a smooth creaminess. A nice full body rounds it out.

Not a bad beer, and one I'd be happy to visit again.

Photo of somabeer
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

the beer pours a cloudy gold, with a good head but no lacing. The smell is passive, with hints of apple, bread and Belgian yeast. The taste is but rather refreshing with fruits (apples & orange) and kind of a bread malt flavor and a hint of hop. The mouth feel is very light and packed with carbonation. With the lightness and the carbonation make this beer very quaffable. I could drink a few more

Photo of akorsak
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a rather nice looking Zot goblet at Cafe Bruges in Carlisle, PA.

A: The ale is a golden yellow color that retains just enough brown to stand out. The ale is translucent, even with the browner shades. A finger of head didn't do much after arriving at my table.

S: The nose is mildly sweet, a small touch of candi sugars in front of a grassy hop profile and caramel malt body. Nothing crazy, just solid.

T: The ale has a sweet flavor profile, malt- and yeast-driven with a balancing hop flavor mid-sip. The malts are caramel and cereal, grainy with an evident sweetness. The hop profile is grassy but not intense. All together, the ale is a sessionable one that puts forth just enough 'Belgian' flavor to be pleasant.

M: The mouthfeel won't win any awards but it won't disappoint either. The yeast imparts just enough pizzazz to make me want more.

D: If not for the great selection at Cafe Bruges, I'd have stuck with this mild pale ale.

Photo of bobsy
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When in Brugges...

Enjoyed this beauty at the Little Brugges Bear. Cheers, Daisy!

Pours a radiant gold with a good finger of white head that lasts and laces well. The aroma is predominantly fruity with spicy notes and a touch of grass. Fresh and appetising. The flavour goes long on the yeast character, which provides a phenolic and spicy character. Fruity, almost tropical tasting malts serve as a backbone, and floral and somewhat saaz-like hops bring a moderate bitterness. Medium bodied and medium to high carbonation.

I enjoyed this one - its a nicely made and easy drinking Belgian beer. Well worth a try.

Photo of jrallen34
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%
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.

Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - One and a half fingers of white foam on a clear, golden body. The head settles quickly and leaves moderate lace.

S - Fruity yeast with some bubblegum and peppery notes of clove and anise. Pilsner malt and toasted grain in the background.

T - Big yeast flavor, tropical fruit and anise. The malt comes out a bit in the middle, toast and a hint of caramel. Some pilsner malt appear in the finish along with herbal european hops.

M - Medium-thick body, high carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

D - Pretty drinkable and complex for a beer of this strength. The yeast character is nice, though the bubblegum character is a bit much.

Photo of maleman
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - almost wheat colored, white two finger head that held up fairly well, well carbonated, laced well, a good bit of sediment.

S - not much there for me. almost perfumey, what i did get was hoppy.

T - nothing really stood out, i think i tasted some type of flower.

M - not overbearing. tasted it in the top middle of my mouth.

D - nothing special. probably wouldn't go out of my way to buy again.

I was a little disappointed...was expecting more from this belgian.

Photo of adamette
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Unfiltered at the Brewery in a Brugse Zot glass....This has GOT to be the way to try this beer...

A Creamy, big off white head over a light yellow, opaque body. Nice look.

S Grains, barley dominate. Little malt and little hops to my nose.

T Some hops actually come into the taste. There is a nice citrus backdrop that comes to the forefront as it warms.

M Moderate to light mouthfeel.

D Great, and I think that this is the point of this beer, a highly drinkable, interesting beer.

Notes: Great to have it unfiltered at the Brewery in Brugge. You simply cannot find it better than that!

Photo of allengarvin
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle poured into chalice glass... bright gold color, with a small head, and an enormous bunch of yeasty floaters, the most I've ever seen in a beer. I don't see other reviewers mentioning this. If I die horribly from them, let this be a record of the last thing I drank.

The aroma is sweet, highly fruity, and a gentle touch of spice. The flavor is a bit sweet, with a fruity tartness at the finish. Really, rather bland. Very light bodied.

Drinkability: so-so, except when you calculate the price. I expected something exciting for the $22 ($24 with tax).

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of sour fruits, Belgian yeast and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is tart with flavors of apples, citrus and some spice that is followed by some Belgian yeast breadiness and a good hops presence. The malt character is on the thin side but on-target for the style. The after-taste is slightly sour.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a nice sour-style beer that is worth drinking for a while but there are others that I would pick first.

Photo of MisterClean
4.36/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At BJs Flanders beer tasting in Roseville.

A - Poured a straw yellow complete with haze. Had 3 fingers white head and dissipated slow. Left beautiful lacing.

S - Honey, pilsner, grass, spicy hops, and with some soft caramel.

T - Pilsner, honey, slightly spicy, and generous amounts of a sweet and spicy belgian ester.

M - Full bodied, malt dominated. The hops played second base on this one.

D - Overall a great quaff. I'd probably reclassify this as a Belgian blonde due to coloration and subtle hop characteristics.

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a golden yellow color and a somewhat cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A sweet smell of Belgian yeast, some hops, spices and fruit.

T: Tasted of bananas, spices, mild hops and malt. Like the smell, the taste was very sweet, but not in a cloying way. Refreshing.

M: Highly carbonated with a smooth finish. Light- medium-bodied.

D: This is a light, drinkable beer. Not overly complex, but sweet and easy to drink.

Photo of rtepiak
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a off golden with a bit murk. sweet lemon odor. no musk really. at first smells quite crisp with a nice tight head of bubble that dissipate. taste is a mild lemon hop with a bit of mint and lavender. not very assertive. light drink but nothing special for the price on this side of the water.

Photo of tempest
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap in Ghent. Another tasty Belgian pale ale. Appeared a pretty gold in the Zot semi-chalice. This had a medium-thickness mouthfeel like you'd expect for a 6% beer, but the flavor was lighter and seemed to lift the beer up to a more drinkable standard. Typical, but fresh, Belgian malt and spice flavors. An excellent standard of a beer.

Photo of nick76
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Photo of nrbw23
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a clear gold color with huge fizzy white head. Head has nice retention and leaves some nice lacing down the glass.

S- Smells of dough, sweet malts and very yeasty. There might also be a touch of lemon in there also.

T- This one is really yeasty. There is a mild hop bit in here and a touch of again lemon. Not really a whole lot going on here.

M- On the lighter side of medium body and a good amount of carbonation.

D- Pretty easy to drink, but just not my type of thing. Overall, pretty plain and not a whole lot going on.

Photo of Intelligentsia
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this from Whole Foods in Pasadena, CA. As typical for Belgians, this one overflowed upon opening, which I generally interpret as a good sign of things to come, and it certainly was.
It poured a slightly under ripe peach, with some visible floaters and some mild carbonation. The head was initially large, and held well; spotty lacing. The nose was yeast, spice, and a hint of alcohol. Taste was straightforward Belgian pale ale -- noticeable spice, Belgian yeast, and a nice bit of hop bitterness. The carbonation was mild, and at 6%, very drinkable. Overall, a solid BPA.

Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an oversized wine glas a slight hazed golden with some peach color hue,a nice 1/2 finger sticky white head atop.A mix of spice and some mineral-like aromas I thought the fruity notes were subdued but were noticeable.Flavors are tilted to the spice as well but a decent herbal hop smack comes thru in the finish.Not overly complex,pretty straight forward but not all that bad.

Photo of zeeksterusa
4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

great beer. in the same vein as delirium but more drinkable. great head and just enough carbonation. amore is wonderful, sweet fruit-based overtones. vanilla smells. too much sediment for me. get more interesting on each sip. would recommend this beer and would down one again any time. It is marked as a 6% much feels more like a 8%. pleasant acidic dry alcohol after taste.

Photo of thekanna
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at Brasserie Beck, Washington, D.C.

A: Pours a nice cloudy golden yellow the color of Duvel with a respectable 2 fingers of white, lacy head.

S: Bready malts and yeast are dominant. Others are recessive and not very transparent.

T: Strong complexities as all good Belgian ales should have. Malts are dominant while being rounded out with a nice, fruity, cantaloupe, green grape, or honeydew-like flavor. It's almost reminiscent of white grape and peach juice. Warming spice hits near the end. Phenols are definitely apparent but not overwhelming.

M/D: Nice, active carbonation. Highly drinkable, but best sipped to enjoy its complexities.

Photo of SLeffler27
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A big meringue head forms over the light gold beer, in a Zot tulip glass. Lacing coats the glass as a steady stream of bubbles rises from within.

Light hay and floral tones mingle with a touch of white wine, as clove and pepper entertain the nose.

Zot is highly acidic with pepper, vanilla, and very delicate flavors. The acidity lingers in the long finish deep in the back of the throat.

A dry, light-bodied beer with metallic notes.

Zot is probably intended to be consumed with a meal, which I'll try on my next encounter.

Date consumed: 20 July 2008

Brugse Zot from Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
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