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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

109 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 2
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Lnedrive14 on 08-17-2006)
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Photo of deebo
2.89/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

deebo, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of Tarks
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Tarks, May 16, 2012
Photo of desint
3/5  rDev -21.9%

desint, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of jrallen34
3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank from a 11.2 oz bottle in Brugge at the brewery.

The head is big and white, and sticks around for awhile. There is some lacing, average at best.

It tastes ok, a hint of caramel.

This is much better than the Zot blonde, but not a great Belgian beer by any means.

jrallen34, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of DARIVA
3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

DARIVA, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of rostencrantz
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

rostencrantz, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of ErwinGS
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

ErwinGS, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of bueschen
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

bueschen, May 29, 2010
Photo of smcolw
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
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+).

smcolw, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of farrago
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

farrago, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of EPICAC
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this at the brewery in Brugge.

Appearance: Pours a clear ruby-brown with a thick, brown head that fades to a quarter-inch layer leaving thick lace.

Smell: Some roasty malt, pepper, graininess and alcohol.

Taste: Toasty malts, light fruity sweetness with a roasty finish. Alcohol is evident, but subdued.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, a tad watery, moderate carbonation with a dry finish.

Drinkability: Good, but not a lot going on.

EPICAC, Dec 13, 2006
Photo of Absumaster
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Absumaster, Oct 23, 2006
Photo of Antiantianti
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%

Antiantianti, Sep 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

ant1, Jun 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Tomblerone, May 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

ygtbsm94, Feb 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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Brugse Zot Dubbel from Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
86 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.