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Brugse Zot - Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

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Ratings: 312
Reviews: 151
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 5
Gots: 19 | 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 Slatetank


3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2007 04:25:01 | More by Slatetank
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2007 04:13:30 | More by Sammy
Photo of krkearney


3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2007 00:16:24 | More by krkearney
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2007 22:27:58 | More by jdhilt
Photo of BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown 33cl bottle given to me by my daughter after a trip to Brugges. Best before Feb 2010, I can't wait that long, so I drank it in June 2007.

Poured into a Duvel glass, because I can.

The colour is very simular to a Duvel, that golden yellow that Belgian beers often manage to achieve. The head however was not as white or large as the Duvel produces, this was slightly off white and faded to a half inch very quickly.

The aroma was very lemon citrus, grapefruit and straw.

Tangy taste, with citrus flavours combined with apples and yeasty, hoppy tones.

The tartness stays in the mouth as the citrus and other flavours die away, the mouth also becomes drier as the flavours fade.

This is a summers day drink, there are so many very good Belgian ales out there, that this one is just above mid-table in my opinion. The better ones can be taken all year, not just in the warm weather.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2007 18:30:41 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of Socrates


3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The bottle came in a big golden can, reminiscent of a fine scotch, so my expectations were rather high. Inside the can, was the bottle, corked and caged, as most self-respecting blondes are wont to do in Europe. It pours a nice vigorous head, dissipating very rapidly, leaving behing a very cloudy-looking (yeasty?) golden brew. The smell is very faint, if anything, a bit of citrus, perhaps. The taste is strikingly similar to the great ciders of the north and northwest of France, with a mixture of well-balanced blonde Belgian beer. I'm not certain how they brewed this, but great brut cider apples are definitely an outcome of the flavor, and if these were not somehow involved I'd be rather amazed. The mouthfeel is nice, generating carbonation on the tongue, and the drinkability is exceptional, as this goes down without any complaints from the tongue or throat, leaving a nice aftertaste of...well, cider. Overall, I'm not sure whether or not I've just had a cider or a beer. I would not call this a great blonde beer of Belgium, since this would have to stand on its own merits alone and pound its chest as a blonde. But not bad at all!

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2007 00:08:50 | More by Socrates
Photo of jeffaz02t


3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Looks beautiful... I mean seriously nice. Perfect golden color, and also has a clingy head that sticks to the glass.

S: lemon, yeast, some slight spicyness (peppers??)

T: Hay, lemon peels. Has a sweet taste that is balanced quite well by the hops bitterness. Actually a very impressive blend of sweet and bitter.

M: Light and heavily carbonated.

D: Perfect for a hot summer day/night. Pretty low ABV @ 6%, so ya, this one is fit for a session if you can handle a sweet brew all night.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2007 20:44:47 | More by jeffaz02t
Photo of Gueuzedude


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

Sampled at Lucky Baldwins, February 2007
The beer is brilliantly clear and shows a straw gold color. It is topped by a frothy, creamy, rocky, light to pale tan colored head that is quite big for a beer from the tap and in fact leaves quite a well defined lacing pattern on the sides of the glass. The aroma is dominated by grassy hop aromatics, but there are also some fresh grain notes and a lightly toasted, biscuit malt character here as well.

The beer tastes lightly, well not it is fairly sweet, but it is deceptive as it is quite light on the palate. The flavor is grassy with notes of hay; these notes seem to be derived from both the malt / grain character as well as the particular hop choice. This beer has a really nice, pale malt character to it; the combination of malt sweetness, biscuit notes and touches of soda crackers really compliments the grassy hop notes. This tastes like a cross between a malt accented, yet still quite hoppy, pils and a Belgian ale, which is I suppose quite what the brewer was attempting. It is very easy drinking and I can definitely see quaffing a few of these on a seasoned Summer day.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2007 21:12:53 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of ellisdee97


3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden orange, very light bubbly head. Heavy carb with lots of sediment floating within. Bubbly lacing slides down the glass and won't stick.

S: Lemony heavy pungent yeast and slight crisp hops, with a slight hint of raisins.

T: Spicy yeast and crisp hops. Lemon and other fruits, with a nutty aftertaste.

M+D: Very good beer, nice bitter bite and well balanced. Great for pretzels with spicy mustard. Would def. be a great session beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2007 20:47:00 | More by ellisdee97
Photo of GClarkage


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

11/14/06- Purchased at Ledgers Liquors in Berekely, CA.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle. Best by date notched on the label. Poured into my Don De Dieu tulip.

Appearance- Ten minute pour due to a massive amount of tiny effervescent bubbles. Chunky and foamy pock marked gleaming white head. Magnificent chunks and boulders of lace cling to the entire glass. Perfect example of the color gold. 5 star ***

Smell- Main scent is white pepper followed by some yeast aspects and a small amount of lemon. Might had just a touch of a metallic scent also.

Taste- Slight bit of funk. Lots of white pepper and a decent amount of lemon peet. Sweet and sour at the same time. Balances nicely with a nice hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Short lived bitter aftertaste. Suprisingly lighter in mouthfeel. Sharp carbonation and super crisp.

Drinkability- Refreshingly balanced brew. Could use just a touch more spice. Definite session pale if there is such a thing. Recommended for sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2007 22:55:55 | More by GClarkage
Photo of sinstaineddemon


3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - light pale yellow, with a big rocky white head, with tons of floating and drifting sediment throughout

S - wheaty, yeasty aromas hit first, with a citrine lemon zest aroma kicking in after, some spiciness like coriander hits after that

T - truly one of those ales whose taste mirrors that of the aroma, wheaty up front with a spicy lemon/citrus quality underneath, a rather nice belgian

M&D - drinkable, yes, mouthfeel, good, a rather impressice belgian, im not talking high high levels, but still hig quality and a good drinking beer

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2007 04:06:11 | More by sinstaineddemon
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear yellowish / light orange color with a wispy 1/4" head taht falls immediately. A spot or two of lace stuck to the glass.

Smell: boring grassiness is all that is detectable.

Taste: grass, mild yeast, soft maltiness, and a mellow bitterness make up a bland and dull tasting belgian beer.

Mouthfeel: crisp and dry throughout. Finishes clean. On the lighter side of medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: so-so at best. From a drinking standpoint it is easy to quaff, but the flavor profile is just dull and unexciting. Personally one glass was more than enough for me.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2007 13:36:58 | More by Gavage
Photo of dgallina


3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 ounce brown bottle notched best-before April 2009.

Pours attractive golden straw with a small but superbly creamy head and lace. The beer is very active in the glass and has a touch of yeasty haze. The aroma displays lime, green grass, hop, and earth notes. Flavor never really comes together. Begins with rounded honey-like malt, develops a shallow hop and grass center, and finishes with an unpleasing metallic sourness. Light-to-medium in body. Some chewiness balances the too-gassy carbonation. Great looking, but mediocre tasking.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2007 21:43:44 | More by dgallina
Photo of HardTarget


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

Bottle Inspection: Notched July 09 (sampled Feb 07) lists 6% abv. My bottle has the word Trippel on it.

Aroma: Spicy pepper that might be yeast or hop driven. Light fruitiness, perhaps peach.

Appearance: Golden glass shows some chill haze, holds a nice cap that lasts and laces.

Flavor: First taste is very metallic, but that fades as it warms. Light paper note brings a sad note to an otherwise nice beer. Peppery like the nose, same mild citric/peach note.

Mouthfeel: Light body, creamy texture.

Overall Impression: Once I’m past the metallic note, I enjoyed the beer. A nice reminder of Brugge.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2007 07:51:02 | More by HardTarget
Photo of stereosforgeeks


3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice golden color with medium head but little lacing.

Smell: Mostly Honey and citrus with mild spices.

Taste: Tastes very close to the smell. Maybe some minor notes of orange zest and wood notes.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied but full of carbonation. Nice dry finish.

Drinkability: Very appropriate for the style. I enjoyed the beer but at the price point I don't think I will be drinking this much.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2007 06:10:22 | More by stereosforgeeks
Photo of jhicks12


3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Beer poured a Hazy lemon color with a fluffy white head.

Smell: I picked up some citrus, lemon and a bit sour smell.

Taste. Not bad, fairly balanced beer, nice citrus and little sour taste hitting the palate.

Mouthfeel: Highly corbonated but fairly a medium mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Not a bad choice Nothing really crazy going on with the beer fairly balanced.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2007 13:26:57 | More by jhicks12
Photo of feloniousmonk


3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy lemon-hued appearance, some shades of peach, under a brief spray of whitish foam, ...

High citrus in the nose, very spritzy and sour,...some spice, but nothing too terrific here...

Big carbonation on the palate, and huge sourness, big bite off of a lemon slice, before revealing...not a whole lot else. Like a lemon Bellini. Spritzy champagne carbonation mixed with citric taste, and ...I'm still searching...

...while I finish the rest of the bottle, I will contemplate what I could have purchased with the $15.29 I dropped on this lackluster ale...at least one mid-priced CD...several DVD rentals...a small bust of Beethoven for my toy piano...maybe 10 ice cream cones...a used tambourine...10 dozen eggs...a handful of matinee movie tickets...a nice fruit basket and some flowers...cat food...a tube of paint...plenty of stuff off that Mickey D's dollar menu...half a guitar lesson...a fine work of literature or two from a used bookstore, or even a brand new paperback of the same...1/20 of an iPod...two growler fills at my local brewpub...a donation to a charity that'll do good in this world...better beer than this...
...whichever you pick will do a lot better than my mistaken purchase!

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2007 05:10:05 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of GbVDave


3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a DT tulip.

A: Clear amber-honey color. Gigantic marshmallowy head that towers over the rim of the glass. Eventually it dissipates to nothing but a faint trace of foam with an umbroken ring. Very lacey. Lots of suspended "floaties". Rather carbonated at initial pour.

S: I too, like the review directly below mine, noticed a Duvel/Delirium quality to the aroma. Belgian pale yeast, sweet pears, and candi sugar.

T: Pretty typical belgian pale ale flavors (but, that's a good thing). Take what's above and add to it clove/cardamom (it changes with tempurature), sweet red apples, and lemony flavors that come around towards the finish. I also noticed a slightly bitter hoppy flavor in the finish. A grainy malt flavor rears its' head as it warms.

M: Mouthfeel is a little thin and sharp (carbonated) at first. It takes a while maybe a little too long), but, the carbonation eventually dies off and it becomes fuller and thicker.

D: I found this to be very drinkable. Take the aromas and flavors and mix it a rather low abv and you end up with quite a refreshing BPA. Don't let the low score (82 when I reviewed it) scare you off. I found this little beer to be complex enough and satisfying. Would be a perfect session beer for sipping on all day, while doing work around the house, when you actually need to complete the tasks at hand (try doing that with Duvel or Delirium!)

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2007 21:40:30 | More by GbVDave
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District of Columbia

3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted like a cross between a Duvel and a Delerium. Highly drinkable - I finished two with dinner at a local Belgian restaurant. Poured a good-looking golden brown, with a decent creamy head. Fairly low in carbonation, and very refreshing. Despite the 6% ABV, I found I to be quite light. Defintely worth a try if you come across one. Neat looking bottle graphic too.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2006 05:03:34 | More by alysmith4
Photo of Westsidethreat


3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: First things first, a huge soapy snow white head booms out of the glass leaving crystal webbing behind. The body itself is the color of honey with microscopic bubbles

S: Spicy yeast, lemon, peach, grass clippings and oak

T: This is almost like a sweet saison. Begins very citrusy with lemon as the primary component affecting the front of the tongue. Floral nectar like qualities come next with honey and dandelions coming to mind. Moves toward metallic moments, copper specifically. Finishes like a saison...somewhat dry with a touch of funk and some fresh cut grass clippings. Finishes tangy, sweet with lots of lemon juice on the tongue.

M: Medium body with a decent mouthfeel. Touch of carbo sting.

D: Interesting beer. I bet there's some people out there who really like this one. For me, its a bit unbalanced and I don't find myself enticed to drink it. For each their own.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2006 05:16:45 | More by Westsidethreat
Photo of builder53


3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Online purchase, poured in tulip golden and with a very nice white lacey head. Light sweet fruity smell with some mild spicy overtones. Very typical of a Belgian blond ale. Mouthfeel was a tad thinner than I would like, but hey its a blond! No regrets except that they're gone. Pricey, but I don't remember the last time I found a Belgian on this side of the ocean that wasn't!

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2006 05:08:25 | More by builder53
Photo of EPICAC


3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this at the brewery in Brugge.

Appearance: Pours a clear, pale golden with a thick, white head that fades to athin film leaving a small amount of lace.

Smell: Hints of fruitiness with some grain and hops.

Taste: Light fruit, with notes of bananas. Light spiciness with grain and hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, low carbonation.

Drinkability: Crisp, with a light fruitiness and some nice hoppiness.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2006 21:25:12 | More by EPICAC
Photo of Dukeofearl


3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Purchased at Hi Time Liquor in Costa Mesa, CA. in October 2006 for approximately $3.49 (didn't record price) for a 11.2 oz. bottle.

Pours a pretty golden yellow with a big fluffy white head that likes to stick around and HUGE flakes of pale colored sediment floating throughout the beer. Pretty good looking until we get to that last bit.

Aroma is nice and pelaseant, very reminiscent of the recent crop of hoppier Belgian pale ales. This one is orange soda, cream, and hops. Hoppy for Belgian, but mellow by US standards.

Flavor is tasty enough, a nice yin-yang of the floral/weedy hops and the orange syrupy base. But having said that, it's nice but does not have a wow factor.

Mouthfeel is intersting- straining yeast through my teeth was not my idea of a beer. OK, but loses style points.

Overall a good beer, but not up to some other similar (but far superior) beers from that wonderful corner of the world.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2006 01:02:41 | More by Dukeofearl
Photo of DogFood11


3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best by: Feb '09. Fresh offering as its over 2 years away. 11.2 oz bottle with a joker on the label with a shit eating grin full wide. Poured contents into a tulip it formed a huge pillowy white head that leaves behind coat lacing. Pale yellow with floaties and somewhat hazed body with waves of fine carbonation.

Sweet and fruity up front. Lots of spices that I can never for the life of me put a finger on a certain kind. Hints of bananna and cloves. Hops do a nice job creating a zippy mouthfeel and they tend to clean and dry things up a bit towards the finish. Once again more spices come in after the finish and tend to linger a bit but they are not annoying.

Notes: First time I've seen this brew and I got it at a high priced shop so I'm sure they got a pretty nice profit at $4 for 11 ounces. A good beer that I would need to find cheaper to have anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2006 02:27:35 | More by DogFood11
Photo of Absumaster


3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A golden beer with a coarse head that sticks to the glass.

Smell is malty and spicy, with traces of coriander, cardemom or liquorice, I don't know. Also some yeasty by-products.

Taste is malty and spicy, probably with the before mentioned spices, slightly sticky on the lips. Some bitterness and a little too much carbonation.

I wasn't too impressed by this beer, too sweet and sticky with too much gas, which really slow down drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2006 08:36:16 | More by Absumaster
Brugse Zot from Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
83 out of 100 based on 312 ratings.