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Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

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Place Score: 89
Ratings: 79
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.97
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Walplein 26
Brugge, 8000
phone: +32 50 33 26 97

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Reviews by moderndrunkard:
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3.64/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3

"Full of old people"

Those are the beginning of my notes on De Halve Maan brewery and tour. Once I got those out of my system, I began to settle down a bit.

As the other reviews note, these tours are pretty crowded. There's not much else to do in Bruges. But if you stick close to the tour guide, you'll be doing yourself a great favor. At the top of the building, there's a nice display of malts and other add-ins like coriander and orange peel, and the guide did a great job of describing their uses and effects. Some old hop vines were strung up around some wood beams added a nice touch.

Our guide was very knowledgeable and I talked to her about rauchbiers in Bamberg and Harpoon and Sam Adams. She mentioned how she had attended an american micro fest in Brussels, I think, and got to try some of their beers. She said she especially liked the Sam Cherry Wheat.

As for the beers, they were pretty uninspiring. The blond was bland for a belgian and I didn't take any particular note of the dark.

As an end note, Straffe Hendrik is no longer brewed here. The family sold the recipe to a company in 2002 and they brew it outside of Bruges. The sixth-generation brewing family tried to buy it back, but the company wouldn't sell it, so they invested about 400,000 € into brewing the new Bruges Zot.

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4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
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The brewery tour was interesting and entertaining. The beer at the end was also nice. Go to the 1100 tour since the later ones get busy.

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3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Very informative and well put together. It was a fun tour that felt just long enough to get the grasp of the brewery without going into elaborate detail about the specific beers. It was nice to see the historic side of the company in the pictures and displays.

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Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan in Brugge, Belgium
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