Brugse Zot - Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
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3.43/5 rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Bottle: a standard, solid brown 330mL bottle with a really chincy gold label with a pretty dodgy jester on it. Not a good package.
Appearance: poured into a tulip. A very hazy light yellow with a great solid finger of pure white head. Limited lacing, but the head hangs about for some time.
Aroma: quite a light and basic aroma of yeast, fruit and grain. Nothing brilliant, but refreshing.
Taste: the Belgian yeasts take the fore with some light grains and fruits backing up. Update: a very different flavour straight from the bottle - again with the yeast, but much more bitter with an odd metallic taste behind. I prefer straight from the bottle.
Aftertaste: lingers for a time, with a decent amount of bitterness.
Mouth feel: a decent mouth feel - medium in body with a moderate- to- higher carbonation. Carries the flavour well.
Overall: a pretty decent Belgian Pale Ale, with plenty of quality Belgian yeasts and some fruits and spices. The only real detractor is the truly catastrophic price of AU$150+ for a case of 24 x 300mL (2013), which is pretty close to the most expensive of the 600 beers I have had thus far. I can probably run a list of at least 50 beers that are better than this and cost 30 - 40% less.
Serving type: bottle
12-17-2013 10:32:35 | More by SmashPants
3.53/5 rDev -3.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
330 ml. bottle. Deep golden colour, almost no head and vanishes quickly. Smell of fruits, spices, vanilla, apples. Round tongue, soft fruity palate. Taste of fruits, spices, liquor. My bottle is next to the expire date, so I guess I'll to taste another one, specially because of the poor head.
Serving type: bottle
09-23-2013 19:26:58 | More by janubio
3.7/5 rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
On-tap at Ribs & Beer, in Brugge.
Little known fact: Belgians are renown for their lace. Walk the side-streets of Brugge and you'll see plenty of shop windows adorned with aprons and tablemats and all sorts of fashionable goods made from lace. Step into any bar and you'll find lace too, albeit of a different variety. Brugse Zot, though clear and golden as a pilsner, has that unmistakable Belgian head and lace.
The aroma is really basic but far from bland - it features a tasty and prominent maltiness. It has more presence than you'd find in similarly light-coloured beers from North America or elsewhere in Europe; even boilerplate crowd-pleasers in Belgium have a good deal of character.
Dry and lightly sweet, the flavour doesn't offer (and doesn't need to offer) much beyond a cereal graininess. Both hops and yeast are kept to a minimum; such a bold but clean-tasting malt profile is the gold standard of Belgian 'blondes'. Super agreeable to all levels of drinkers.
Brugse Zot may be basic, but it's the kind of "basic" you'd kill for when thirsty. It is familiar and undistinguished enough to find favour with mainstream lager drinkers, but also offers enough flavour to appease craft beer geeks. Anyone with half a palate could easily, quantifiably discriminate this from industrial North American or European brands.
Straffe Hendrik is a brewer from which you can expect both quality and consistency. Brugse Zot ("fool of Bruges") doesn't joke around - it is a well-brewed, textbook Belgian Pale Ale that, having had the fortune of trying it so fresh from draught minutes from where it's brewed, I enjoyed so much so that it may be my personal choice for quintessential example of the style.
Serving type: on-tap
08-07-2013 02:13:00 | More by biegaman
3.66/5 rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Best by Date of B (second week?) June 2015. Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a hazy medium yellow gold color with over 2inches of white head that dissipated quickly down to less than 1/4 inch, and had no lacing.
The aroma was fairly typical for the style, good earthy base grains, nice spice yeast, and some lightly tangy hops. The flavor profile was nearly identical, just more well defined. The yeast was sharper and more floral, the grain tasty and the hops a bit brighter.
The body was, as expected, on the light side of medium, a bit sticky in the middle, and had medium dry finish. Drinkability was pretty good, I could easily have several of these, but this is a style I like in general. Overall, a nice example of the style, worth a try if you see it.
Serving type: bottle
07-28-2013 23:19:50 | More by beertunes
Brugse Zot from Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
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