Brugse Zot Dubbel - Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

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146 Ratings
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Ratings: 146
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 7
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Lnedrive14 on 08-17-2006

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

A deep red beer with a thin tan head. The aroma is sweet malty with notes of over ripe fruits as well as a light touch of cinnamon. The flavor is sweet malty with notes of over ripe fruits, leading to a dry bitter finish

Photo of tfeliz49
1.59/5  rDev -58.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

...it was ok I was hoping for more...it was really hard to get past the clumps floating ...

Photo of DawnOne
5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan in Bruges after the tour- wonderful beer, congenial bar!

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Sept 2014, so a little out of date. Acquired ages ago from a Belgian supermarket while on a trip. I hope it's alright....

A: Poured into a tulip. Bottle conditioned. A deep, hazy reddish-brown hue with some chunky floating sediment and medium carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy beige foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a patchy surface layer.

S: Aroma of sweet, fruity malt with hints of prunes, dried fruit, brown sugar, mild molasses, stewed leaves and faint earthy yeast. A touch of cardboard. Pretty good.

T: Tastes of fruity malt with a lingering yeasty finish. Notes of dried fruit, brown sugar, faint roasted grain, mild molasses, stewed leaves, earthy yeast and harsh cardboard. Slightly sweet, followed by a subtle bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with effervescent carbonation and decent body. Lightly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of vague fruity malt, stewed leaves and cardboard.

O: It's OK; a tad lacking in depth for the style. Looks alright, while the aroma and flavour are predominantly fruity malt and stewed leaf notes. Acceptable body. It could do with a character boost to make it stand out from its peers - goes down OK but otherwise unexceptional. Worth sampling if you come across it.

Photo of chinchill
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On nitro tap at the Porter Bar (ATL). Served in Brugse Zot stemware.

Dark fruit and a hint of wood in the nose.

Flavor. Rich and complex. Mostly dark fruits and light spices. Sweet and bitter in about equal measure with a subtle tartness too.

O: nearly on par with Westmalle?

Photo of Tebuken
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- A very cloudy amber-brown colored beer.Abundant and dense white foam with regular duration.Carbonation suited correctly for this style.

S- Malty and toffy aroma not intense.

T- Malty sweet taste, some hints of toffee gives space to a yeasty final, bitterness is too low in my opinion. Having 7,5% ABV it is not a hot alcoholic taste at all,well balanced beer.

M- Medium to big body has a very good mouthfeel.

O- It is a good beer but nothing to say it is a must drink.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Best before 12/2014.

Pours a hazy dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, dark fruit, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with dark fruit and slight metallic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is pretty tasty but the metallic quality I am getting in the flavor isn't all that nice.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a cloudy caramel amber with a two finger white head that dissipates quickly to an active bubbly ring around the glass. Spicy aroma of orange, apple juice, caramel malt, Belgian spicing. Flavor follows aroma with apple and pear juice, mild dark dried fruit, orange citrus, caramel malt, toffee. Finishes somewhat abruptly with residual spice, slightly sour and metallic, probably from the clove or cardamom. Medium bodied with active carbonation. I enjoyed the unusual mixture of dubbel sweetness with the mildly sour finish, but the abrupt loss of fruit and malt combined with the metallic bitterness decreased the quality of the finish. Still an interesting and enjoyable take on the dubbel style.

Photo of deebo
2.88/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Had this a few times at restaurants/bars in Bruges where selection was limited and liked it fine so brought a bottle home to review. Bottle is marked lot A with a BB date of Sept 2015.

A-Poured into a chalice this is a lively brew, several fingers of a light tan head that slowly breaks down to a thin layer that laces the glass nicely. Looks fairly clear in the light with more of a reddish tint than most dubbels.

S-Herbal hops with a bit of spice is noticed which distinguishes it from the standard Belgian dubbel. More phenols than esters noticed, weak malt aroma.

T-This is a spicy dubbel, lacks the sweet dark fruit character and complexity of the traditional abbey dubbels. Only when the beer warms do any of the dried dark fruits that are trademarks of a dubbel start to appear but they still take a back seat to the spicy character of this beer.

M-Highly carbonated, weak in body. Definitely lacks the big malt bill of a good dubbel. A bit vapory which hits you with the alcohols.

O-This is a spicy, phenol forward dubbel, best consumed warm to get some complexity and drown out the herbal, spicy quality. Not a bad beer, just not the typical Belgian dubbel which I enjoy so much.

Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a shifter glass.

A: Pours a beautiful deep amber clear color forming a big yellow to beige head. Good retention and some spotty lacings left. A thin layer remains for long time on the top

S: Sweet, fruity and spicy. Dark fruits, mint, black pepper and caramel. Bready Belgian yeasts

T: Follows the nose. A sweet fruity a candy sugar upfront followed by notes of caramel malts, black pepper, earthly yeasts. Mild pleasant hoppy bitterness in the end

M: Medium molasses body with good carbonation. Grainy and slightly bitter aftertaste

O: Easy drinking beer. Strong Belgian character. Recommended

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into chalice, best by 11/2013. Pours hazy dark reddish brown color with a nice 1-2 finger foamy khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Decent spotty lacing clings to the glass, with a fair amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of big apple, raisin, prune, molasses, caramel, earth, clove, herbal, and yeast spices. Very nice aromas with good balance and strength; big on the fresh apple aromas until it warms up. Taste of big apple, raisin, cherry, caramel, molasses, nuttiness, earth, toast, pepper, clove, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of apple, dark fruit, caramel, molasses, earth, toast, pepper, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Very nice flavor balance and complexity; with no cloying sweetness at all. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a nice slick and lightly foamy mouthfeel as expected. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Very smooth to sip on. Overall this is a very nice dubbel. Nice flavor balance and complexity, and quite smooth. Maybe a touch too earthy, but I really have no complaints. Very well done.

Photo of DARIVA
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Light cherry red and cloudy beer with a reasonable head.

S: Slightly medicated smell.

T: I recognized the taste of some of toffee.

M: Slight tingling feeling and a lot of foam.

O: Easily drinkable but too little body, has expected more from this beer.

Photo of John_M
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's during their annual Belgian fest event.

The beer pours a brownish copper amber color with good head retention and lacing. Don't get a whole lot on the those, just some light cherry, some brown sugar and a hint of orange citrus. The flavor profile is interesting and a bit unusual in a dubbel I thought. I get considerable brown sugar, but also some cherry apple cider, light vanilla and a touch of licorice. The licorice flavor seemed to dry out the sweetness on the finish, and otherwise this beer is medium bodied, with a long, moderately sweet, spice filled, complex finish. Alcohol is barely noticeable, and seemed well integrated into the flavor profile.

A pretty nice dubbel I thought....

Photo of Bierman9
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had a 0.33l glass of this (€3.50) at the brewery on 28SEP11, along with a tasty bier, cheese and ham soup.

A slender tulip was filled with an opaque, deep, rich mahogany hued creation. A thin, fine, wisp layer of tan bubbles covered the brew, with some good cling left on the glass. Held up to light it displayed some lovely tinges of ruby. It had a great body, being medium-plus and exceedingly smooth. A mild nose exhibited some dark fruit and candy sugar.

A bit of decent sweetness lead off the flavor, with hints of bitter choco and some dark fruit mixed in. It had a sharp, spicy, bitter hop finish (I believe they use Saaz). Very pleasing!
Prosit!!

3.98 rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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Photo of vfgccp
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A – Deep ice tea. Khaki head is cream with great retention and lace.

S – Boozy u front with raisin and a hint of liquorish.

T – Bittersweet chocolate. Roasty malt center. Prune and oak finish.

M – Silky, with a low level of carbonation. Slightly syrupy finish.

O – Roasty for a double; a choice that I really enjoyed.

Photo of ThaCreep
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nose in the style characteristic of the dubbel. Fruity, with black grapes, prunes, wrapped with a touch of alcohol interesting, such as black currant syrup. The mouth is involved, both fruity but also full of roasted malt. The drink is quite heady, with significant power. A good beer quality double major.

Photo of rvdoorn
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: The beer pours a reddish-dark brown color with almost no head.
Smell: Roasted malts, caramel, yeast, orange and spicy hops
Taste: Roasted malts, caramel and yeast. Spicy hops in the medicinal in the aftertaste. Also some licorice appears in the very end with warming alcohol
Mouthfeel: Medium-high-carbonation, thin-body.
Overall: Nice drink

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a chalice, pours brown colored with a foggy ody. Dense foam with medium bubbles, very good retention. Your nose will perceive toasted malts 6 yeast profile, hops not shown. Taste is sweety with spicy notes of dark fruis. Alcohol is present in a medium-heavy body & could be felt overall. An standard but not less good Belgish Bruin.Nice drinkability sip by sip.

Photo of benfons
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Brown with a copper touch, very big light brown head that settles a little bit too fast

S: slightly smoky, some caramel, a hint of chocolate, grapes

T: a bitter maltiness, with a hint of caramel and chocolate

M/D: slightly alcoholic, dry, good carbonation

Pretty good, not great

Photo of farrago
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Close to two fingers of dense dark tan foam, you'll get a swell of larger bubbles at the spot where you pour, a little above average retention, just about the same can be said for the thin streaks of lacing. Cloudy muddy brown liquid, more yellow accents to it than orange, clearer at the rims. Spicy, peppery nose, coriander, more than enough to offset the toffee, caramel, milk chocolate component, raisin and fig scents fresh, no over-concentration, a splash of rum, earthy with a leesy edge. Medium-bodied, displays good balance, the carbonation has the right level of churn to keep things lowkey. As in the nose, drier than expected with the earth, grass, peat, charcoal flavors mingling with the rich milk chocolate, butterscotch, caramel flavors. Cherry and apple accompany the raisin, fig here. Less arch spiciness than in the nose. But, conversely more resonant orange citrus. Warming brings coffee, yeast, brazil nut notes. Again, balanced, the parts fit well together, just kinda not so interesting.

Photo of BucBasil
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a branded chalice at De Halve Maan brewery in Bruges.

A: The beer is a cola brown color, clear on the edges, and topped with a pure tan 2 finger head with good retention.

S: Malty and fruity with a big yeast character. Dark spiced fruits.

T: Surprisingly big character here - thick big yeast profile, dark fruits all over, and slight spice. Finishes malty and spicy. Nice.

Photo of smcolw
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown with a good starting head. Light does shine through although not enough to determine the clarity. No lace and the head settles to a single layer of bubbles

More alcohol is registering on this one versus their "regular". Less interesting as this masks any other aromas--like the darker malts. I cannot find any hops.

Quite sweet, but the alcohol is still the strongest element to the beer. Good mouthfeel--on the richer side. Good carbonation. Overall, probably would taste better on a cooler day (today is 90+).

Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An easy drinking and mild flavored Dubbel that also stays true to the style.

The pour brings a deep amber color, just shy of solid brown- chesnut or mohogany perhapse. A medium froathy pour delivers a blanket of tan-stanined head that retains and laces fairly well. Quite clear for a Dubel.

Aromas of deep toffee, plubs, dates, figs, and red grapes come to the forefront while mild chocolates, butterscotch, and cashew notes follow closely behind. A very sweet and succulent scent.

Very tasty toffees, mild chocolates, and nuttiness fuel the taste while the peripheries are decorated with plumbs/prunes, grapes/raisons, apples, and cherries- all in medium intensity and not the big flavors that are expected of the Trappist varieties. Hop flavors give a fine mint impression while the bitterness remains low.

Lighter in body, the beer continues it's conservative trend with a medium creamy texture early on and with a fleeting dryness in the end because of the alcohols and light sugar content, but without showing much grain or thinning textures.

A delicious Dubel, but the flavors and textures fall on the lighter side for the style, never mind authentic Belgian interpretations.

Photo of bueschen
3.29/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a couple of glasses at the brewery on a recent trip to Brugge.

A - Pours with a nice 2 inch head. Medium lacing. This beer has a deep, rich, dark, red color.

S - fairly strong yeast smell.

T - Semi bitter with a bit of yeast taste to finish.

M - Well carbonated (perhaps a bit much?) Lively mouth feel.

D - Despite the strong notes of yeast it is a nice beer. It's not overly thick or sweet. Overall it was enjoyable but I think it could be improved.

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

Reviewed from my notes. I met some friends for drinks on the deck at Novare Res the other day and ordered this beer, as I was unaware that it existed (I was only familiar with the normal Zot). I jotted down a few impression in my notebook.

A: Dark brown, thin tan head, opaque

S: Slightly sweet, musty like a dubbel

T: Tastes a bit watery, slightly vinegary. Malty. Sharp. Tastes like a brown ale.

M: Medum body, slick coat, low carbonation. Coat is a little sweet and fruity.

D: Quite drinkable. Goes down well. Watery aspects are a plus.

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Brugse Zot Dubbel from Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
86 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.