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Brugse Zot | Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

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Brewed by:
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by paterlodie on 08-04-2005

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Reviews: 171 | Ratings: 441
Photo of thagr81us
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into a Bell's stemmed tulip. Poured yellow-orange with a two finger off-white head that subsided to half a finger very slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, wheat, and a subtle floral note. The flavor was of sweet malt, bread, fruit, floral, and wheat. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. While this a was a good brew it wasn't very memoriable. I would have loved to see this one have some more complexity to carry it to a new level. The flavors present were nice, but they definitely needed some other components going on to make them 'pop'. Worth trying if you are a fan of the style, but I wouldn't go out of my way to do so again.

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Photo of InebriatedJoker
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip -no best by date visible.

Poured a golden straw color with orange hues, three finger head that held retention for awhile, great carbonation, lots of tiny bubbles.

S: Apples, bannana ,citrus, funk.

T: Bready yeast with apple, bannana, slight tart,some earthy funk.

O: Not a bad Belgian Pale Ale ,very drinkable, a little on the pricey side, Worth a try.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.04/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Delaney's into an oversized snifter.

A: Clear orange-amber body under a finger of fine off-white head. Mediocre retention and spotty lace. Ok, but nothing special.

S: Nice fresh aroma of bready malt, floral yeast notes, and light fruity esters. Pleasant and restrained.

T: Citrus and apple are up front, with some lightly sweet malt giving body on the way to a long, sticky, yeasty finish. Delicate and flavorful at the same time. Nice.

M: Fairly light, creamy body with a perfect amount of soft, lively carbonation. Delightful.

O: The mouthfeel alone is worth the price of admission on this one - and is especially impressive for a draught beer. I really would have guessed it was bottle conditioned if I didn't know any better. Beyond that, this is a solid, enjoyable, inoffensive BPA. Well worth trying.


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Photo of ThaCreep
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Fragrant nose of both hops and slightly bitter citrus. The mouth is powerful, slightly alcoholic palate with a fruity syrup and sorbet recalls peach. In the aftertaste, there are drought, with a touch of hops, but still in the cold. A beer strong enough, with many flavors, which is a model of its kind.

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Photo of rvdoorn
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: The beer pours a hazy yellow-golden color with a small head.
Smell: Malts, lemon, yeast, perfume, medicinal and floral.
Taste: Not too sweet in general. Grass and hay, fruits (lemon, peach, orange) sweet malts, sweet fruits, with a nice spicy bitter hop finish
Mouthfeel: Medium-high-carbonation, thin-body.
Overall: Nice drink

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Photo of 4000qtrap
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Source/Serving: 11.2 oz. bottle notched Dec 2012

S: Bright, lively, but a bit dank lemon-lime rind. Earthy mint and assorted other herbs. Golden raisin honey. Black pepper. Sage. Spices are a bit dark and musty. Apple bread. Light, soft caramel and hay.

T: Tastes very much like the nose up front. Bright lemon/lime/citrus fruits and spices with a honey, light caramel maltiness definitely in the mix. Funky, dank, earthy spicy, herbal edge to the whole ensemble, soft hay, as well as some apple rind. Additional coriander is more notable on the palette than the nose. Carbonation is quite prickly and the body is medium-high, higher than expected. Hops are at moderate levels in the middle and finish with clean, well-balanced bitterness and some notable oiliness. Middle has an odd herbal, somewhat spicy character. Finish is fairly dry, with lingering lemon-apple honey, a touch metallic character to the black pepper spiciness.

Notes: Definitely has a unique, hard to describe character that makes Belgian's wonderful. Definitely not to a 'style'. Its oddness and the metallic dryness hurt drinkability a touch for me but its flavor combinations, while not dynamic, are very interesting. You particularly get the feeling with this beer that the brewer's really don't care what I write about this beer…. And I like that.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle

A- Golden to amber in colour with a big, dense and perfectly white fluffy head that shows decent retention and leaves some lacing on the glass. A lot of carbonation is visible

S- Fresh and fruity, with probably some yeast in the mix. Fruit notes are of apple, peach, lemon. A lively spiciness may also be detected (esters)

T- Mild caramel malts, with a nice amount of fruity notes (apple, lemon). Not complex at all but quite strong. Very sweet

M- Thin body, with a nice amount carbonation to bring life. Oily on the palate

O- A nice refreshing and quaffable beer. It's overall sweetness is probably too dominant and gets quite boring after a while

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.12/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle with date code notches of Dec 2011. Meaning that this bottle is really quite old, which can be either good or bad, depending on circumstances. Purchased from the clearance cooler at the store.

A. Hazy opaque amber brown, no head to speak of, a fair quantity of sediment.
S. Tons of honey smell, apples in the background, but also lots of funky mustiness.
T. Very yeasty with that spicy belgian bite we all know of. Unfortunately, there is little else there. All the apple smell has nothing at all to match in the flavor. The wet musty cardboard flavor of an over-aged beer is simply so strong that it has left me alone with it and the Belgian Yeast pepper to assault my tongue. So sad.
M. Well, I do at least like the way it sits in my mouth. The body (although sedimented) is appropriately heavy for the way I like my beer. Don't get me wrong, It's not actually heavy, merely medium-bodied.

Some beers do age well. Unfortunately this bottle, for whatever reason, has not.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright clody gold, rich white froth and some lace. Aroma of peppery belgian yeast, candi sugar and some flowery hop. Tastes like a clean blonde, slightly sweet, lemony/herbal touch, little to no bite. Belgian yeast adds a subtle fruityness. Alittle sweet, but mellow and easy drinking for a decent sized beer. Semi dry mouthfeel. Consider it a nice blonde.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a tulip glass.

Re-reviewed @ 2012.11.24.

A: Pours a clear golden yellow to orange color forming a big bubbled and aired white head. Good retention and some spotty lacings formed and left in the glass

S: Sweet and spicy in the nose. Candy sugar, cinnamon, cloves, orange zest, honey and flowery hops. Bready yeasts which are quite Belgian style

T: Taste follows the nose: Sweet and bready upfront. Quite malty. Notes of candy sugar, honey, cinnamon, pepper, cloves, orange zest followed by earthy Belgian yeasts and some flowery hops

M: Light to medium body. A little bit molasses. Good balanced bittersweet aftertaste

O: Easy drinking beer which is, at the same time, quite complex. A classic Belgian Ale. Strongly recommended
OLD REVIEW (on-tap):
330ml own tulip served from the tap at the Amsterdam airport.

A: Pours a clear yellow to orange color with a big fluffy white head. Medium retention. No lacings

S: Quite spicy to a lager Beer. Candy, honey and flowery hops

T: Taste follows the nose. Not bad. Quite refreshing. Yeasts are also very much noticed

M: Light to medium body. Good bitterness. Again, refreshing

O: Good beer. Recommended

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Photo of benfons
3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: clear, very pale orange blond colour, a lot of carbonation that produces a big but unstable head.

S: apple, some spices, some spices, and alcohol: a bit bland

T: not a lot there; mostly hoppy bitterness

M: quite dry, undercarbonated after the first wild carbonation

O: Not my cup of tea

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Photo of AgentMunky
2.81/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a Gouden Carolus chalice. Best before August 2013.

A: A bubbling head briefly rises atop this slightly-cloudy, amber/straw-coloured beer. Noticeable bubbles.

S: It smells unpleasantly like an adjunct lager -- grainy with a background sweetness. Honey notes and an inept bitterness.

T: What I initially mistook for a strong coppery taste is, upon reflection, actually just highly-carbonated sourness. This forceful foretaste is hard to get past, but doing so is rewarding -- the end of the taste is softer, sweeter (honey), and decidedly more enjoyable. Some fruity elements float in along with some yeast. The aftertaste is slightly metallic, but otherwise pleasant.

M: Carbonated, tart, and lightly drying. Mostly good.

D: I cannot recommend this beer. Perhaps my bottle is a bit off, or it's not to my taste, but I didn't enjoy the experience. I won't be repeating it. Still, it's not *bad*.

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Photo of metter98
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear golden yellow in color and has a high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high white head that slowly died down and has excellent retention properties; a thin head consistently covered the surface.
S: There are light aromas of spices and yeast in the nose as well as some hints of candi sugar.
T: The taste is quite spicy and also has flavors of bready malt, candi sugar, fruit and yeast.
M: It feels rather dry on the palate (particularly in the finish) and has a light- to medium-body and a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink but I'm not sure if I would try this again because the taste wasn't very interesting.

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Photo of Squelch
3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance: golden with a creamy white head. Thin bubbles. Head lingers around

Smell: apples, no malt, no hops, clean ferment aroma.

Taste: Tastes like a baby triple. Not much goin on here to distinguish it from other belgian pales. This is a quaffer, if not for the modest abv.

Mouthfeel: best part of this beer. Light and tingly from the carbonation.

Drinkability: a step down from a triple. This could be a much better beer if bumped up a bit on the abv.

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Photo of jonb5
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint at Belgos. 1 finger head, paler than other beers I know from belgium, clear. Smelled of belgian yeast. Had the same slightly sour berry taste that other belgian pale ales have, there was also some wheat . The body was smooth. This was the most sessionable belgian beer i've had so far. Not overly complex but good

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Photo of GPHarris
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a - poured a one finger thick white head into a tulip glass that settled into a thin ring. the body was a dull orange color with lots of yeast floaties.
s - sweet apples.
t - apples and pears.
m - thin and bubbly.
d - highly drinkable and decent beer.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of RuudJH
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of trbergman
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of EwaldEichstaett
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of salvo
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of Jayli
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of jgasparine
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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