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Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

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Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve MaanBrouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
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88
very good

66 Ratings
Ratings: 66
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 15.09%
Active Beers: 9
Beer Ratings: 1,343
Beer Avg: 3.91
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

Walplein 26
Brugge, 8000
Belgium
phone: +32 50 33 26 97

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Photo of McBraniel
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

McBraniel, May 31, 2013
Photo of geedub11
4.41/5  rDev +12.8%

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.

geedub11, May 18, 2013
Photo of hotsudge
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%

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.

hotsudge, May 15, 2013
Photo of FightingEntropy
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%

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.

FightingEntropy, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of Reagan1984
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%

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

Reagan1984, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of Tebuken
2.85/5  rDev -27.1%

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.

Tebuken, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of WillCarrera
3.59/5  rDev -8.2%

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.

WillCarrera, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of Bierman9
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%

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 | $$

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Bierman9, Nov 01, 2011
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

OWSLEY069, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of JamnesCameron
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%

Found notes I kept from a trip in November 2007. A good walk from the train station (I was actually staying in Brussels, and made a day trip to Bruges while I was there). Nice walk down cobblestone streets. I remember the streets being very narrow and peoples front door opening onto those narrow streets.

They run several brewery tours during the day. Most are in english. The brewery has an amazing history that goes back, I think to Maes. One of the highlights was going to the top of the brewing building and getting an amazing view of the city.

After the tour, you get two samplings of beer. At the time, they had the Bruges Zot and the Bruin. Both were very good.

I did not eat while I was there, but the dining room was packed and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves.

The tour and beer samplings were not expensive and you could get additional servings for about 5 euros.

Worth the trip.

JamnesCameron, May 29, 2011
Photo of yankiac
4.72/5  rDev +20.7%

A must see place in Bruges, especially for beer lovers. It is the only remaining brewery in the city and it serves fabulous beer. Hop vines line the courtyard and create a pleasant atmosphere for enjoying a beer, and its in Bruges, the most beautiful city in Northern Europe, perhaps even the world. The tour is fantastic and includes a trip to the top of the brewery which has a magnificent view of the city. The beers are great. They have the Blonde and the Brune on tap. They are both great (That goes without saying in Belgium), though I prefer the Brune. They are both unfiltered at the brewery which gives them a little more mouth feel.

yankiac, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.05/5  rDev -22%

Visited: 8-23-10

Finding De Halve Maan was a great part of the fun. For this, I set my bearings, put away my map, and followed the smell of malt. Through red brick alleyways upon stone cobbled pavement we traversed as all the while that wonderful aroma grew more pungent. At long last we came upon a rather funny scene.

Before us stood a wide courtyard behind which rose an attractive brick brewery more akin to a late 19th century American or British brewery than to those I have typically witnessed in Belgium. Its entry way and windows, however, were ornately dressed to the point of approaching Disney Land. I began to worry that we had stumbled into a tourist trap.

In the far corner of the courtyard, near the entryway, a narrow bar topped with the familiar Bruges Zot tap handles rested upon the cobbles. On the left and the right were well set tables covered in neat white table clothes. The sun shown over our heads for the first time since our arrival in Belgium, a country whose climate bests Seattle's as the world's most miserable.

Then something odd started happening, the waiters and waitresses started scurrying about, rapidly moving tables to create a lane down the center of the courtyard. Out of nowhere a small blue tractor hauling a cart drove right down the aisle, nearly hitting several dining guests and stopped below a large window. The window swung open. A shoot slid down. Heaps of hot, moist spent malt began pouring into the cart on their way to a local dairy farmer no doubt. The smell was enticing to say the least and it was time for a beer. More importantly, however, we confirmed that we had not tripped into a tourist trap at all. This was real live working brewery, and if that meant that the customer's lunch had to be disturbed for few moments to continue the work of the brewery, so be it.

We drank the Bruges Zot, the Bok, and the Dubel. I recall drinking a wit as well but I did not takes notes on it so perhaps I'm wrong. Our lunch was quite good. I enjoyed a healthy heaping of Vlaamse Stovery with fries and salad. It wasn't the best I had in Belgium but it was adequate. My companions ate a bouillabaisse of sorts and a wonderful salad. The food was above average and a value by Bruges standards. The beers were as they always are from this brewery - clean, pleasing, appropriate to their styles, but not exceptional.

The one problem we encountered was service. The servers were stressed and rude and that was only on the rare occasion that they were present. We waited and waited to order our beers, waited for twenty minutes or more to get them, waited again to order, waited for what seemed like forever to get our lunch and to order another round, etc... They were busy and it would have been forgivable had the staff been apologetic but instead they pointed their noses in the air and acted as if the long delays were somehow of our own making.

Overall: What would have been an above average meal at a great price and some decent beers in a absolutely top notch setting was turned sour by absolutely dismal service. Don't go unless you have a lot of time on your hands or are able to go when it is slow.

DaPeculierDane, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of jgasparine
2.95/5  rDev -24.6%

Went here for a tour (which was great). We were served a Zot Blonde at the end of the tour, which was nice. We enjoyed the beer enough that we wanted to stay for lunch.

Atmosphere-
Outside in the courtyard, the atmosphere is fantastic- you feel like you're back in the old-world. But inside the atmosphere is quite sterile. Not much character in there. So it seems most appropriate to give it an above-average rating on Atmosphere overall.

Quality-
The beer is decent. And the place was generally kept clean... but the tables weren't. They were littered with crumbs from other patrons. Never got to observe the quality of other facets of their operation; so a slightly above-average rating is fitting, I suppose.

Service-
We asked the bartender about lunch, and she suggested that we take any open table and that a server would be right over. We found a table and waited for 25 minutes, and nobody ever came over to help us. So we got up and left. Absolutely awful service.

Selection-
A good selection of their house beers could be found on the menu. Nothing more. Not bad, although we never got past the first beer given with the tour.

jgasparine, Mar 24, 2010
Photo of skberke
2.74/5  rDev -29.9%

We visited in September 2009. We tried to have lunch before the tour, but failed--we sat down on the outdoor patio, looked at menu, picked out food, and waited. We tried valiantly to make eye contact with the waitress, to no avail. After 15-20 minutes we went inside, my husband really wanted a beer but I needed food desperately. I asked at the bar if I should order food at the bar or at a table, and was told to sit down and a waitress would be along. My husband ordered his beer, and I went across the street to get a sandwich. We then took the tour, which was pleasant but not particularly informative (well, if you knew nothing about brewing beer, you'd probably learn something). We got to go up on the roof for some great views of the city, which was cool. The tour comes with a complimentary glass of Brugse Zot, which is an enjoyable beer but not outstanding. I would not go here just for the beer or food, but if you are looking to kill some time and want to take a tour then it's fine.

skberke, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of bernardus
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%

We went to de Halve Maan on our day in Bruges, 14JUL09. The brewery is very easy to find, off a main square, and the place seems to be very popular. You walk through an alley to find the brewery's outdoor patio area that was very crowded when we arrived around lunchtime on a weekday afternoon. Tickets for the brewery tour are located inside the main cafe area indoors at the bar. We made it just in time for the 2PM tour.

The tour took us through various portions of the brewery, which occupies a couple buildings, and is the only remaining brewery in the Bruges city center. They explain the brewing process, as well as take you to the roof of the building which offers great views of the entire city. The tour dropped us off at the cafe, where we were treated to a Brugse Zot Blonde on tap. They explained that the beer at the brewery was unfiltered and how it differs from the beer that is commercially sold in bottles which is filtered.

The place seemed to get more packed as we were drinking our beer so we left after I picked up a glass, otherwise I would have stayed and tried the Straffe Hendrik, but luckily they had that on tap at the cafe across the street (which I prefer over the Zot).

Definitely worth seeking out if you're in Bruges, might be better to avoid the midday crowd though. Still, we enjoyed the tour.

bernardus, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of adamette
4.63/5  rDev +18.4%

My wife, father and law and his wife all went to this place on our last day in Brugge (our only full day that is). Review from notes and my memory which will not likely fade for this place. We went on June 10th, 2009.

Atmosphere: Great with hundreds of (apparently) empty bottles of beer with an emphasis on Belgian and Europeans but I did spot a few American beer bottles (Rolling Rock was one), a long wooden bar and seating with tables for about 150. The setting could not be better, within the brewery for Brugse Zot and (currently) two other beers. Very nice old style copper taps.

Quality: Great in that all beer was served in the appropriate glassware, the same glass being provided for Brugse Zot and Brugse Zot Brune and a seperate glass provided for the tripel, Staffe Hendrik. Very nice place mats and covered silverware were also provided with the "De Halve Maan" logo on them.

Service: Very good with a willing bartender, kind waitress.

Selection: I was aware of only the three beers available but frankly I did not even seek out any other beers. Selection was as good as it needs to be.

Food: Just fine. People in my party had a beer cheese soup (A bit thin by our standards) and possibly a salad (but my memory is not great for the food there....I was focused on the beer!)

Value: My only recollection is that the value was just fine.

adamette, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of einar85
4.53/5  rDev +15.9%

Bruges is an amazing beer city, and there are several great places to visit; De Halve Maan is certainly one of them. The main reason for visiting this place is the tour. Make sure to do the tour in English, and if possible get the guide named Matilda. She is hilarious and let there be no doubt: she loves beer!
The Brugse Zot beer is a great way to end the tour and the beer soup can be recommended! When you pay to do the tour - I think it was 5 €, which could've been a student discount - you get one beer included.

einar85, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of i13tony
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%

I stopped by the Half Moon at about 11:30 AM. I wasn't really interested in the tour, but I had enjoyed several Zots while in Brugge, so I was hoping to pick up a few t-shirts, large bottles, and maybe a few other goodies they had for sale. Well, after 10 minutes of watching the staff drink coffee, ignore me, drink more coffee, put on and then remove a necktie, and then acknowledge and wait on the people that came in after me, I left empty-handed. Sad. The place was barely half full. I can't imagine the service during a full on rush. Love the Zot though, especially when drinking it elsewhere!

i13tony, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of LauraAndrew
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%

We meant to visit this place on our first day in Brugge, but didn't make it here until the last day. The brewery is only open from 11a-4pm, so you really have to plan to make this part of your itinerary. With that said, we arrived just before the last tour of the day was heading out and opted to enjoy a couple of beers outside in the courtyard instead of doing the tour. It was a beautiful afternoon, and the thought of relaxing with a couple of unfiltered Zots was much more inviting than shuffling around the brewery with a bunch of tourists listening to someone explain what wort is in Dutch. Yes, this is the only place you can get the beers unfiltered. I ordered a double, which I didn't see on tap anywhere else around town, and it was very good. The courtyard was a bit crowded, and there were huge bins of spent grain from the day's brewing sitting near the stairs. As we settled in, a forlkift arrived pushing people left and right to retrieve the bins. It seemed like an odd time to do this, with everyone sitting outside, but it was highly entertaining to watch. A nice place, worth going for the unfiltered beers.

LauraAndrew, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of ATPete
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%

The only family run brewery remaining in Bruges.

About a 20-25 minute walk from the center square of Bruges, this place will not jump out at you. Keep an eye out for a metal sign of a Half Moon on a red brick window and follow the short entrance ally way to the front.

We were hungry so before buying our tickets for the tour we sat down and had some delicious shrimp croquets and 3 Brugse Zot blond. The tour costs 5 E, and you get a ticket for a free beer that the bar afterward. Most tour is pretty uninformative to the beer geek, a lot of basic brewing talk and descriptions of ingredients, but learning the actual history of such a brewery is priceless and is to be soaked in. The guide takes you up 80 something stairs throughout the tour and eventually you end up on the roof of the brouwerij with an incredible view of Bruges.

The Brugse Zot beers are not bottled nor filtered at this location. The beers served at the bar are as brewery fresh as it gets, unfiltered. It really is a beautiful place. I bought a t shirt for support.

Beer geeks, there is no excuse not to hit this place whilst in Bruges, take a cab if you dont fee like walking, but it is a great walk...

ATPete, May 05, 2008
Photo of kleffman
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%

Visited De Halve Maan in June 2006 with a new Aussie friend I had just met down at one of the hostels. My main objective for Brugge was to drink some incredible beers and tour this brewery. Done and done. The tour is informative, rather long, and overall incredible. Some rather sketchy stair cases, great views from the roof give a good perspective of the town, and the guides are great. Lots of history, and afterwards a great beer served in their Brugse Zot tall stemmed glass. I want to head back to Brugge asap and spend more time in this beautiful place.

kleffman, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of morebeergood
2.93/5  rDev -25.1%

Took the 2:00 pm tour of the brewery on 3/26/07 with my wife. That was a lot of fun. Lasts about one hour. Our tour guide was very informative, and you get to walk all around the brewery, go on the roof of the building to get a great view of the city, then get a beer afterwards to end the tour. The tour part of De Halve Mann was fun and well worth it.
We went into the dinner area so I could have some lunch after the tour. Kinda looked like an average brewpub in the US, nothing special but not bad. Waited for an eternity for the waitress to take my order. I got the beer and cheese soup. Tasted like chicken noodle with four cubes of cheese plopped in the bottom. Not good. Too bad, because other people's food around me looked decent. Oh well.
Come for the tour, for sure, but skip the food.

morebeergood, Mar 29, 2007
Photo of iubball
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%

Came here to go on the brewery tour. Guidebooks state that tours are only 2X per day in the off season. Let me be the first to tell you that this is not true, as tours were hourly. Tour was one of the best that I have been on. I have been on about 10 different tours, and this was in the top three. You actually go through the entire (small) brewery, including next to storage for barley and hops. Great exhibit of different Belgian glassware, and of worldwide brewers promotional materials. Rooftop view is excellent, and saves you from walking 200+ more steps up the town tower.

Atmosphere of the bar itself was a little generic. It could have been any bar in America. Didn't feel like I was in Brugge, compared to the other buildings there. Restaurant seemed a little too 'clean', as in the tables seemed brand new, not a lot of pictures, etc. Part of a bar's atmosphere is knowing that others have enjoyed it for many years.

They did seem to serve food, but not one person in the bar was eating when I was there. Maybe they get more of a night crowd?

Final verdict, for 5 Euro, the brewery tour is a good buy. It includes one free beer (2.50 Euro value), and while some other Belgians are better, it is still a pretty good Belgian beer

iubball, Mar 20, 2007
Photo of Estarrio
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%

The brews here are solid but certainly not the best you will find in Belgium.

The bar and restaurant are relatively new in appearance but still retain quite a bit of charm. The staff is friendly and pleasant.

The real selling point is the tour. The tour includes quite a bit of history and tracing around tight quarters. The view of Brugge from the rooftop alone is worth the price of admission. If you have an interest in brewing, history and a fine view of the city, then this tour is for you.

I couldn't see myself going back to spend a great deal of time in the bar, but the tour was well worth the stop.

Estarrio, Mar 08, 2007
Photo of drewbage
3.49/5  rDev -10.7%

Visited in March 2006.

Got completely, totally, unredeemably lost wandering around Brugge. I dont know why, but there you go. Ran into this place though and decided to give it a whirl.

The interior of the bar cafe is clean and proficient. Ran into a very nice English family there and we chatted while waiting for our tour to begin.

The bar folk seemed befuddled by my request for a beer before the tour started, but they got over it in a hurry. As mentioned previously you have a choice of a Blonde and a Bruin, both clean and non-offensive.

The tour itself is shockingly well worth the money and the climb through the old brewery spaces. If you don't worry about falling and cracking your head at least once you're not doing it right! For the brewer and historian in me this was well worth the stop!

drewbage, Jan 01, 2007
Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan in Brugge, Belgium
88 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.