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Brugse Zot - Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

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Brugse ZotBrugse Zot

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Reviews: 164
Hads: 423
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 21.15%
Wants: 12
Gots: 74 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 164 | Hads: 423
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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Photo of drbeef
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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Photo of MightyCow9
3.16/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

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Photo of DaveJanssen
3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
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

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.13/5  rDev -14%
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.

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Photo of californiakulak
4.15/5  rDev +14%
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.

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Photo of Namako
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
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

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Photo of JBogan
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Brugse Zot from Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
82 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.