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Brugse Zot - Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

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Ratings: 380
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 7
Gots: 48 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 380 | Reviews: 160
Photo of Fatehunter
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a bottle into a Brugse Zot glass. Golden, transparent color. Only the faintest head formed.

S - A very light smelling beer. A hint of pear and other fruits.

T - Slightly malty, some bright fruits and just clean tasting. Overall subtle flavors but still good.

M - Light and crisp with moderate carbonation.

D - Great beer. Very drinkable, goes down easy but with some nice flavors. All the notes are subtle but still appreciated.

Photo of FosterJM
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

87th review on BA
bottle to snifter

App- A nectarine color with a long lasting 2 finger head. Lots of bubbles coming up on this one.

Smell- Spice with a character of citrus.

Taste-It's right in the middle for taste. Wasn't bad, wasn't in your face either.

Mouth- A very wet beer on the palate, it had that spice note to it but it worked.

Drink- I'll have this again. I liked it a lot.

Photo of RuudJH
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Colour dark golden, big soapy head, modest carbonation.
Smell is malty, allmost biscuits. Some mild floral and citric hops.
Taste is spicy, malty. Soft mouthfeel.
Very balanced beer. Simple, uncomplicated.

Very good choice for a sessionbeer. In a bar.

Photo of trbergman
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330mL bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Pours a golden orange with plenty of fine-bubbled carbonation and one inch of pillowy off-white head.

S - Smells of honey, apricots, white pepper, a bit of clove, and cut grass.

T - Very fruity and floral on the palate, with apricot, pear, and green apple. A touch of lemon zest complements the spicy yeast profile. Perky and refreshing hop bitterness.

M - Medium body feels very light, has explosive carbonation.

D - A nice little BPA; one I wouldn't mind having again.

Photo of smcolw
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear with a light golden color. Good starting head that says awhile.

Lighter malted grain aroma with a Belgian yeast smell. Warm and inviting.

Light malt flavor with a definitive yeast bite. Warm swallow, but not really strong on the alcohol. Full bodied with a predictable level of carbonation. Only demerit is a short aftertaste without any notable hop flavoring other than for balance.

Photo of EwaldEichstaett
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a small bottle into a pint glass... copper and gold color with a little bit of stuff floating in there, which is not overly appealing. 3 finger head

S: sweet malts and some fruit, maybe bruised fruit... a little bit spicy

T: The first thing I noticed was Belgian spiciness. Sweet through the middle with a little tartness at the end. There is a little alcohol noticeable.

M/D: Well carbonated, medium body, smooth. This was a nice brew, although I was expecting more for the money.

Photo of salvo
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had both the filtered tap and unfiltered tap at the brewery. The fresh tap beer is crisper, more flavorful: brighter all around and superior to the bottled.

Appeared in a goblet with an inch of head made of 1mm bubbles: not a foamy head, but dissipates slowly to leave lacing and little islands of foam replenished from the carbonation lifting from the bottom of the goblet. Unfiltered is lightly hazy: translucent darker golden. Filtered is crystal clear: transparent gold.

Citrus hops are in the background; yeast is pronounced with balanced maltiness. The taste is fruity: mixed fruit cocktail fruity but without the sweetness, yielding to spiciness at the finish. Medium body; dangerously drinkable.

From tasting notes made September 2009.

Photo of Jayli
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Novare Res 5/1
Poured in to a snifter.

A: This beer pours a light crytal clear golden color. A one finger of white head that recedes at a moderate pace and leaves spotty lace sheeting on the glass.

S: Nose is of light Belgian spicing and hints of pear.

T: Taste starts with a light yeast flavoring and a hint of spice. Taste then moves in to a sharp pear flavor with hints of granny apple sweetness. Finish is of pale malts and a hint of corriander.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, light and crisp on the tongue with a touch of an oily finish.

D: Goes down very easily, quite tasty, this is a perfect warm spring or summer day beer.

Photo of jgasparine
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap at De Halve Maan 3/19/2010

A- Poured into a wine glass with about 2 inches of foamy white head, which quickly dissipated to a haze layer and a collar, with very little lacing. The body was a slightly hazy golden-yellow color, with no carbonation visible from the sides of the glass.

S- Impressions of pale malt, a bunch of classic Belgian yeast esters, a little fruity ester, and a touch of stale hops.

T- In the mouth, you're basically getting what you anticipate from the nose: some crisp crackerlike malt, some Belgian yeast esters, some mild stale hop flavor. I'm also getting some faint impressions of coriander. Finishes dry. The finish itself is very short-lived, which is a bit of a dissapointment.

M- A thin body. There's an abundant amount of non-bloating prickly carbonation. Could stand to have a little more chewiness and texture.

D- Very drinkable. Goes down very smooth. Could drink this all day on a lazy afternoon.

Photo of drbeef
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

excellent representation of the style. on draft at the maproom. middle of the day, end of winter sun peaking through the window giving a deep golden hue topped with a creamy, scattered bubble head. filtered? not sure. mostly transparent.

smells of belgian yeast, malts, and hops. makes sense. the flavor in the same vein. sweet caramel malt. floral hop presence elevates the malt while any bitter or tangy citrus is low key. smooth and creamy mouth with enjoyable but small carbonation. spicy dissipates to fruity in the finish.

belgian yeast really plays well in every aspect from the nose to the throat. bready, spicy, fruity and gets along with the other kids, malt and hops. recommended.

Photo of MightyCow9
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was a good light pale ale. There was still some malt body on the tongue, despite the light taste. The bitter aroma was in the nose, but less yeasty than the Tripel of this brewery. Unfiltered, and the wheat that is used in the recipe comes out with the twinge of light sweetness.

Photo of DaveJanssen
3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
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 -14.5%
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 +13.4%
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 +12.8%
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 -3.3%
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 +6.8%
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 -0.8%
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 +0.5%
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 -31.7%
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 +9.3%
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 -6.8%
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 +16.1%
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%
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 -2.2%
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.

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