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
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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 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 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 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A 330ml bottle with a BB of Sept 2014, so a little out of date.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 Lnedrive14
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My parents brought this back from Belgium, straight from the brewery. I wasn't a big fan of the Pale Ale, but this was pretty good.

Dark, dark brown with a hint of orange/amber and a thick head. Great head retention - head stayed firm throughout the consumption. Very full bodied. Well-balanced taste with some light fruits, raw sugar, mild alcohol, spices, cloves.

A tasty beer and a nice example of the style. Thank you mom and dad.

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 RuudJH
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer has a nice label with the jester on it. It makes for a funny beer as a gift.
The beer itself i found not too complicated. Good and undemanding. The dry finish was a good trick though...

Dark red-brown with a fluffy head.

Smell from the bottle is malts, floral garden smell, dried fruit.
Taste is hoppy and clean, with a dry finish.
The drink is warming, not too much alcohol.

The dry finish makes this brew kind of special, when you expected sweetness and fruitiness. A nice try because of this.

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

Very nice dubbel. Molasses and caramel in the nose with a touch of spiciness.

Flavor is similar to the nose with the caramel/spice component being strong.

Good carbonation and very drinkable.

Recommended. Thank you Nicolas for the chance to try this. Way too easy to drink, that is for sure.

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 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 dstc
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown with ruby tones to it. Has a big foamy tan head that falls slow. Decent lace.

Sweet malt aroma with a slight metallic undertone.

Taste is similar to the aroma. Sweet malts and has the metallic taste in the finish.

Rather full in the mouth with moderate carbonation.

Decent beer. Nice drinking.

Photo of erratic
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I get a biggish 3 finger sudsy head on a nice soft pour. looks like lots of carbonation here. Color is a foggy dark red/brown. head is ivory.

Smell is clean and sweet with a hint of bitterness, bananas, spices and bready yeast.

Heavy carbonation gets in the way of the taste a little bit, but the taste is quite good. Caramel, malts, spices and fruit balance well. Not a huge flavor, but works on subtle complexity. It might just be the alcohol, but towards the end I noticed a slight minty cooling sensation

Mouthfeel is medium/full yet overly carbonated. Once it hits your tongue, bubbles explode and distract.

Drinkability suffers from the high carbonation filling me up, but the great taste helps.

I nice little find that I picked up on a trip to Belgium recently. Worth a try.

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

This beer pours a dark brown color with a compact thick head that sticks to the glass.

Smell is slightly acidic, I don't know if this is ment to be like this, but together with the caramel, it smells like a red wine or like cherries. Lovely!

Taste is also somewhat acidic, not sharp, again the cherries come through and a good caramellic and chocolaty, roasted taste. The acidity give the beer it's extra depth.
I suspect it to be an infection, because the beer has a thin mouthfeel and tasted a little watery. There is also a bit too much carbonation in the beer and aftertaste is quite dry.
Nevertheless a good beer with some extra complexity.

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 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 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 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 paterlodie
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BBE 04-09. Good presentation with lasting beige head and a beautifull clear dark mahonybrown beer. Nose is lots of caramel and even more candysugar that oversweets nose a bit. Nice eststerprofile also with good banana and ripe aple. Taste is full and strong; lots of candysugar again and maybe bit sticky with finishing roasty bitterness. Enjoyable brew but drink it quiet cold and fast as this one gets more and sticky when warming up and loosing CO2.

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 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.

Photo of IPAcraig
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this while on Honeymoon in Brugge. We rode our bikes over to De Halve Maan Brewery for lunch and a beer. The cuisine was suprisingly good. The place itself smelled like my house when I brew beer, like warm wet malted barlery.

Poured into their Brugse Zot glass at the brewery.

A - Very dark dubbel, Huge head and Excellent lacing.

S - Yeast is the predominant characteristic in the aroma. Nice, but nothing else there, a little lacking.

T - Nice, clean dubbel. Yeast again is ther first thing you taste, slightly raosty and finished a bit sweet.

M - Despite nice lacing and a good head, the carbonation is not very assertive, or present at all. Slightly thick.

D - A nice, quaffable dubbel. Could use a bit more malty sweetness to balance the yeastiness. But a solid Dubbel nonetheless and an abosultely pleasure to enjoy at the brewery.

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 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 Jeffo
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this at the bottle shop down the road. One of the luxuries of living in the Low Countries.

Poured into a goblet.

APPEARANCE: Huge somewhat bubbly head that's very persistent. Head goes down to a nice thick layer that sticks around until you're through. Beautiful lacing as well. Very dark brown and shows some very dark read when held to the light. I've had a good number of these dubbels and this is probably the best looking one I've seen so far.

SMELL: Sharp fruity smell and the alcohol cuts through. Some yeast as well.

TASTE: Sweetish fruity taste, some raisin is there, and some malt flavour as well. The aftertaste is stronger than the initial taste, which is somewhat lacking. Alcohol is there but not overpowering. Solid.

PALATE: Mediumish body feel. Carbonation is there but not overwhelming. Goes down smooth and relatively dry. Good feel for this style.

OVERALL: Great Dubbel. The intial taste is not all that spectacular, but the rest of the experience is great. Very drinkable. A beer I could drink all night for sure. Highly recommended.

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 ...

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