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Brugse Zot - Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

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Ratings: 356
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 6
Gots: 34 | 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 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.

TheManiacalOne, Jun 15, 2009
Photo of MisterClean
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

MisterClean, Jun 04, 2009
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.

avalon07, Apr 29, 2009
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.

rtepiak, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of tempest
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

tempest, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of nick76
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

nick76, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of nrbw23
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

nrbw23, Apr 06, 2009
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.

Intelligentsia, Mar 29, 2009
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.

oberon, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of zeeksterusa
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

zeeksterusa, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of thekanna
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

thekanna, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of SLeffler27
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
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

SLeffler27, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle -
"c" and April '09 notched on label.

Poured into tulip glass:

Pours deep golden with a fizzy off-white head that descends to a thin fizzy cap that slowly becomes a small, disappearing island.

The smell is crackery/bready with fruity esters - melon-like - a bit funky/musty.

The taste is of sharp grassy/herbal, slightly metallic hops mixing in with the grainy, slightly honeyish malt, a melon-like fruitiness. Bready/yeasty. It has a bitterish, dry finish.

More spritzy than effervescent. Carbonation inconsistant, at times a bit watered down. Refreshingly dry feel stays on the palate, though.

Not bad - but, a bit too metallic and crackery for me to really enjoy. Carbonation just a bit too inconsistent overall. Still, it does have some nice qualities - a good balance, interesting fruitiness. Pretty good, but with so many great Belgians out there, I probably wouldn't choose it again, though glad to have tried it.

jwc215, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of Newsman
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I liked this one a lot. Had it with carbonnades in a little bistro overlooking the Grote Markt in Bruges. My first beer in town, actually, and worth it.

Showed up in a large flute of a glass, with the jester right on it. Nice white head about 3/4 inch thick, lovely dark golden color.

Smelled of fruit, citrus, spice, hops...not what I was initially expecting, but very welcome.

The spice and hop-citrus starts right up on first taste, mellowing into warm bread and malt on the back end, with a hint of alcoholic authority as a kicker. Nicely balanced and well crafted.

The effervesence isn't as prickly as the head would make it seem, but it's still there in balance with everything else.

This one's very drinkable. And you can get a 33cl bottle in Bruges grocery stores for less than 1 euro....!

Newsman, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of roblowther
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml, corked, caged, and canned for good measure. It forms a VERY agressive head, thick and soapy white over a clear effervescent pale gold. The smell is soapy (power of suggestion?), sugary, and full of clean grains. The taste is pleasantly chalky, with a sharp hop note at first and then a pleasant malt back & a bone dry finish that hints of oranges and floral hops. The mouthfeel is not as carbonated as it looks but certainly not lacking. It is slick but light. Drinkability is good, not too assertive to have a few. All in all, a nice pale ale & a good alternative to Duvel, albeit in a much higher price range. It is subtle but well-crafted.

roblowther, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of corby112
2.78/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Serving type: on-tap at Teresa's Next Door in Wayne, PA.

Pours a clear blush/ light amber color with a very thin head that quickly dissapears. Bland aroma of light crisp fruit and subtle spice notes. Very watered down with light fruit flavors( apple, pear) and slight spiciness..

corby112, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of scottg
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml poured into a tulip glass.
Best before 3/10

Pours a cloudy gold with orange hues and a 3 finger white extra cloudy head that settles to a 1/2 finger head that remains with patchy lacing. Aromas of cloves, banana, lemon and honey. Light body, medium high carbonation this is sweet and dry beer with orange, vanilla, sweet malt and an earthy hop flavor. Good drinkability, the balance of the hops keeps the sweetness in line.

scottg, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of elniko
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into my new Unibroue tulip glass.

A: Poured bright golden with nice pillowy head. High carbonation apparent, quality looking brew.

S: Strong fruity esters coming through, picked up a lot of apple.

T & M: I hadn't seen this beer in DFW before but I saw it recently in a trip to Majestic so I picked it up. It was rather expensive so I had high expectations. First thing I noticed was the rather high level of carbonation. This was a very interesting brew to review. A lot of different textures but not sure if they really melded together well. The fruity and apple tones that I got in the nose came through in the taste. Finish quite dry with the malt coming through.

D: Drinkable but for the price there are definitely better Belgian options out there. Can't say that I'll be having again.

elniko, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of dnichols
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It was poured from a corked and caged 750 ml bottle into a large tulip.

A: It poured a fuzzy and golden body with a huge sticky white head that lingered a long time. It left layered and dense lacing.

S: It had a sweet malty and yeasty aroma accented with lemons and floral hops.

T: It has a sweet malty and lemony front with a zesty spicy back. The candies rise and coat the tongue while the hops attack the mid and back regions of the tongue.

M: It was light bodied with aggressive carbonation. It had distinct and characteristic presence in the mouth but finished a bit bitter.

D: It was a complex beer that may have benefited from a bit more aging. The aggressive carbonation was a turn off but the flavors were spot on and it was a nice light and low ABV ale that could go long into a session.

dnichols, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of stumac
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I dig the jester on the label....

this beer pours up a nice golden color with a small white head...the nose consists of grains and slight honey, pretty straight forward...the taste is of sweet pale malts, crisp hops, honey, medium body, very spritzy carbo...

stumac, Oct 28, 2008
Photo of SurlyDuff
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased for 7.99, not bad considering some reviewers are claiming the $15 range.

A deep golden color with somewhat tight foamy offwhite head. Lots of carbonation bubbles, and a lot of yeasties suspended and flowing around in here.

Aroma features pear and banana, and a light clove-spice like a wit. Slightest bit of funk, but nothing out of place. Right where a belgian should be

Taste is a bit watery at first, but it settles in nicely. Good dry and spiciness, and the carbonation cuts thorugh and tingles. Dry powdery chalk is kinda in there, but it's not prevailant. It's a damn fine beer, good sour/bitter qualities, and as it warms up (and de-carbonates) I get a lot more nuances.

SurlyDuff, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of kmo1030
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer pours a lightly hazed gold color with a moderately sized white head that hangs around for the duration.
the aroma is dominated by an almost doughnut-like yeasty pear/pineapple smell. there is also a green banana aroma.
the flavor begins with a banana-like candy sugar sweetness, and a soft creamy vanilla pineapple/sweet orange. maybe a touch of corriander and other spiciness. a bit of bitterness balances out the finish.
it's medium bodied with an effervescent cabonation that flares up when it touch your lips. fairly dry.
the drinkability is a solid 4, with a very quenching quality, but also a lot flavor. this beer keeps it pretty simple, but it works very well.

kmo1030, Oct 02, 2008
Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to mhewes for this brew.

Poured into my St. Bernardus Watou glass a nice cloudy dark yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger plus white fizzy/foamy head, with some nice sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, yeasty, with some spiceness and pears. The taste is sweet, malty/yeasty, some pears, and spices. Medium body. Drinkable, this is my first from this brewery, and it's a nice one.

Wasatch, Oct 01, 2008
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
Brugse Zot from Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
83 out of 100 based on 356 ratings.