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

Not Rated.
Brugse Zot DubbelBrugse Zot Dubbel

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
84
good

39 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 39
Hads: 147
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 4.53%
Wants: 6
Gots: 39 | 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:
Beer added by: Lnedrive14 on 08-17-2006

No notes at this time.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Reviews: 39 | Hads: 147
Photo of deebo
2.88/5  rDev -23.2%
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. (1,195 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
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. (270 characters)

Photo of DARIVA
3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
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. (258 characters)

Photo of bueschen
3.29/5  rDev -12.3%
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. (461 characters)

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
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. (1,309 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
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+). (524 characters)

Photo of EPICAC
3.45/5  rDev -8%
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. (447 characters)

Photo of Absumaster
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
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. (654 characters)

Photo of farrago
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
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. (1,010 characters)

Photo of IPAcraig
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (861 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (594 characters)

Photo of paterlodie
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (452 characters)

Photo of Tebuken
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (475 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer arrived in the proper glass a clear brown with a tannish, tall, and long lasting head which coated the glass from top to bottom.

The aroma was nutty with a strong caramel and a toasty character. The flavor also had a lightly smoky nature. Behind the other characteristics was a light bit of Belgian yeast spice.

The flavor was nutty with a lightly corny (DMS) presence and a dark caramel character. The flavor was not sweet but had a strong malt impression with a light Belgian yeast spice. Some chocolate was notable as well.

The finish was even heading into dry with a lasting chocolate and caramel into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a fairly moderate carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. Not a complex beer at all, more of a tourist dubbel, but much better than their blond.

Draft at De Halve Mann in Brugge on 9/13/06, called Brugse Zot Bruin at the Brewery. (893 characters)

Photo of benfons
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
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 (287 characters)

Photo of erratic
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (786 characters)

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.75/5  rDev 0%
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. (371 characters)

Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.75/5  rDev 0%
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 (622 characters)

Photo of Dentist666
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with scheitanic golden head of unbelievable density and beauty. Retention rocks. Smell - nut-almond cookies, caramel, dark fruits. Taste - yeasty, caramel and... And all. Drinkable, but finally cloying.
Pros - outstanding smell and appearance.
Contras - disappointing taste and mouthfeel, yeastiness, lack of complexity. (338 characters)

Photo of BucBasil
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (392 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (331 characters)

Photo of RuudJH
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (508 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (1,069 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (738 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Two fingers of light brown head on a brown body with garnet highlights. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves little lace.

S - Strong fruity yeast character backed by dark, bready malt. Aromas of banana and fig with caramel and plum malt notes.

T - Fruity yeast hits the palate first, lots of banana and bubblegum. The malt comes out next, mostly caramel with some chocolate and plum flavors. Some spicy character appears in the finish with mild hops and notes of pepper and cloves.

M - Medium body, high carbonation, and a relatively dry finish.

D - Pretty drinkable, but the yeast notes become a bit cloying. There are some nice spicy notes in the finish and the malt character is nice, but not too much complexity otherwise. My biggest complaint is the excessive bubblegum character of the yeast which seems to be common to this brewery's beers. Still, it is a pleasant and fairly drinkable dubbel. (918 characters)

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Brugse Zot Dubbel from Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
84 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.