Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
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Beer Avg: 3.87
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3.88/5 rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | $
Brouwerij De Halve Maan was on my shortlist of things to do when I was in Bruges for the day.
I planned on going on a tour, however, we got there too late; this was a MAJOR disappointment.
In fact, we got there about 20 minutes before they were closing. My friends and I sat down and ordered a round of the Blonde, Dubbel, Triple, and Quad. The Dubbel and Quad were my favorites.
The service was good and the ambiance of the courtyard was nice.
Ratings and review notes aside: being in Bruges, drinking Straffe Hendrik (at it's brewery) is something that I will never forget.
06-07-2013 17:20:47 | More by allenson21
4.08/5 rDev +6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Very good beer, and the environment is pretty cool if you sit outside. The inside is clean, and well-lit, though otherwise unremarkable. There were only two beers on tap, though there were several more bottled beers to choose from. The staff was friendly and helpful. Recommended.
05-31-2013 21:15:18 | More by McBraniel
United Kingdom (England)
4.41/5 rDev +14.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | $$
I have been to the De Halve Maan brewery several times and would highly recommend it to anyone visiting Bruges.
Although the tour is very basic in terms of the brewing process, the tour guides are absolutely phenomenal. You get to walk around several areas of the brewery, ending with a free taster.
Be careful, the stairways on this tour can be treacherous for younger/older patrons. I would not recommend the tour for those with young children.
05-18-2013 17:08:27 | More by geedub11
4.35/5 rDev +13%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25 | $$
As part of a beer tour group we visited Staffe Hendrik and loved it. One of the best facility tours by far. Top notch marketing across all products.
The food was great and gave us a good idea of Belgian cruisine. We spent almost 3 hours having lunch and it was well worth it.
The gift shop was nice but unfortunately were sold out on a number of things.
If you are in Bruges, you must stop here.
05-15-2013 01:33:25 | More by hotsudge
3.82/5 rDev -0.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | $$
We didn't spend a lot of time in Bruges, but did everything that we wanted after seeing the movie In Bruges, including climbing the tower and taking a canal tour. Easily could have spent another day there to take advantage of the museums more, but still a fun, touristy visit.
As they were rolling up the streets (we accidentally hit a holiday, but I didn't understand what), we headed to attempt an unplanned brewery tour at De Halve Maan. Unfortunately, when we arrived, the tours were long done and we had less than an hour to sample their beers. Not too disappointed missing the tour since my guess is that the on-the-hour tours would tell us beer is made of four ingredients.
Bruges Zot Blonde and Dubbel beers were very good, but the Straffe Hendrick beers, Tripel and Quad, were a clear notch above. Very Dutch/Flemish style of beers that have a strong balance with an assertive yeast influence, especially the Quad which tasted like Hertog Jan that we brought back from Amsterdam on our first trip there in 2003. Talking to the bartender and complimenting the beer while running out of time before bar close at 6 pm, I asked if I could buy more than one beer. With a slightly astonished look, he said yes. I explained that in the US that a beer in hand had to be more than half finished before buying another. Again, astonished look. I bought our Straffe Hendrick beers to close the bar, turning in our empty glasses to the waitress as we were the last ones to stroll out of the patio.
A relaxing stop at the end of a touristy day. The historic nature of the brewery alone might be worth another stop in the future, especially since the beer is a good enough to warrant it.
Pictures at http://pintsizedrevelations.blogspot.com/2013/02/de-halve-maan-bruges-belgium.html.
02-26-2013 15:20:41 | More by FightingEntropy
3.73/5 rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
This review is for both the tour and tasting room. The way I see it is that if you are reading any reviews on this site and you are in Brugge? you'll visit this location. The tour is fun despite being geared towards non-beer geeks. Cool to see this old brewery in action. In the US they would never let you climb around these stairs and working boilers. I stood 2 feet from them emptying a boiler. Nice view of the city from the roof of the brewery. Tasting room is nice yet a bit more modern in decor. The price of the tour gets you a glass of Zot. It's good; Not sure why this is on the list of top 125 places to have a beer, but if in Brugge.. of course go here
04-19-2012 05:42:15 | More by Reagan1984
2.85/5 rDev -26%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4 | $$
My wife and i were there in september 2010.It is a nice place where you can eat and drink their beers.We first have waited for a while before the brewery tour starting took place.Sadly ,we could not hear the explanations in our idiom(spanish),the guider was a woman that talked too fast(she might be tired of saying always the same things to the different touristic tours).She showed us the old brewery,there were enormous beer tanks over the roof ,we could go upstairs and had a view of the city.The information i could understand was general,nothing very interesting to me.
After the tour,we have drunk some Brugse Zot beers,we just drank the blonde one, it has an average taste, a bit cloudy but enjoyable.Not a place to visit twice.
01-30-2012 02:43:34 | More by Tebuken
3.59/5 rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $
Visited the brewery on December 19, 2011. The brewery is located in a pleasant square near the center of Bruges. Took a group tour, tours are every hour in English, French, or Dutch (possibly in other languages too but I'm not sure). The tour covers the brewery's brewing process, some basics about the ingredients of beer and a lot of the history of the brewery, which has been family-owned for generations, as well as a visit to the brewery's roof, which has a nice view over the town. At the end of the tour you get a glass of their Brugse Zot beer, which was pretty tasty. My only criticism would be that the service in the restaurant was pretty slow, it was raining and cold and we stopped in to have a coffee before the tour started but couldn't get a waiter's attention for somewhere between 15 and 20 minutes. Otherwise it's a fun experience, our tour guide was very friendly and warm and the tour and beer were a great experience.
12-21-2011 00:17:49 | More by WillCarrera
4.05/5 rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped by here for lunch on 28SEP11 after some morning site-seeing. Had walked by the place earlier in the day and didn't even notice it. Swung back later and - Bingo!
On the small square where it's located, it is part of an unimposing, multistory brick building. I likely missed it since it is found through an arched tunnel, located in the rear of this building. Through the tunnel will be found a lovely, quiet courtyard. There were probably about 25 small tables there, most of which sat 4 people. The brewery itself, and the main restaurant, were found further to the rear-left, up a short flight of stairs. The remaining surroundings are whitewashed brick walls covered in ivy and other flora. Inside the main building is a large series of rooms for dining and drinking. It's a cavernous place, with the ceiling 2 stories up, very well-lit, and decorated with hops, old beer bottles, lots of copper, and bier posters and pics. There were a couple dozen tables in this main room, plus a smaller room to the rear which, with it's fancy white table-cloths, looked to be reserved for special functions. A large, semi-circular bar sat at the immediate left as you entered the tavern. I opted to park at a small courtyard table for some grub and grog. They had a small mini-bar outside pouring their blonde and dubble from a tap, plus bottles of a tripel and quad were available. I had a dubbel, then a quad, and they were both very satisfying. Service outside was a bit touch and go, as there were only 3 or so out there serving the 25+ tables. I lunched on a ham, cheese and bier soup, which was delicious! This was a very relaxing, enjoyable lunch, indeed. Definitely worth another visit someday. Zum Wohl!!
4.05 rDev +11.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
11-01-2011 13:15:20 | More by Bierman9
3.79/5 rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
A brewery right in the middle of Brugge and you would miss it if you were not looking for it. A really nice courtyard leading up to what looking like an old loading dock. Once up the stair the brewery is on the right and to the left a restaurant. You can tell it was converted to be a restaurant. Nice big windows with tons of natural light and a wall of old bottles on the wall, where I spotted and Hop Devil bottle and a Rolling Rock. I did not eat here, more just for the atmosphere and drinking a couple beers. The service was a bit slow, but it was during lunch and the servers were a bit busy. Neat and pretty cool nonetheless.
09-29-2011 22:33:53 | More by OWSLEY069
Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan in Brugge, Belgium
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