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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3.86/5
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523 Reviews
Place Score: 83
Reviews: 43
Visits: 88
rAvg: 3.6
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[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Reviews: 43 | Visits: 88
Photo of yankiac
4.72/5  rDev +31.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

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. (642 characters)

Photo of adamette
4.63/5  rDev +28.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 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. (1,355 characters)

Photo of einar85
4.53/5  rDev +25.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

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. (519 characters)

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.43/5  rDev +23.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

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. (905 characters)

Photo of geedub11
4.41/5  rDev +22.5%
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. (449 characters)

Photo of hotsudge
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
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. (401 characters)

Photo of youbrewidrink
4.28/5  rDev +18.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Hard place to review!

Brewery tour was outstanding. The gift shop was nice. Food was good, beer was very good, service was excellent. Just too formal for me. (158 characters)

Photo of ATPete
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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... (1,182 characters)

Photo of McBraniel
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
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. (280 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
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 | $$

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Photo of Jackofallbrews
4.04/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

This is an old historic brewery that has been updated in the 2000's and re branded to some extent. They have a great patio area nestled in a small courtyard between the brewery buildings and serve a limited food menu and their own beers out there. Taking advantage of the weather we sat outside and struck up a conversation with some neighboring tourists from Canada. I really enjoyed their Brugse Zot Belgian blonde ale that was bright and fresh and somewhat hoppy. My wife had the tasty Dubbel and I liked that as well. They have a full service restaurant inside the main building and also offer brewery tours in several languages through out the day. We went on the tour last visit and it is well worth the time--you get to walk across the old copper coolship to see a remarkable view of the city from the rooftop! This brewery is under rated as Belgian breweries go, but I think they have a good set of beers and a great vibe. (930 characters)

Photo of LauraAndrew
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

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. (1,127 characters)

Photo of allenson21
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (579 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

"Fun way to blow some time off. Sweet old brewery to say the least. The tour is a well oiled machine." Hard to disagree with any of that.

It was an interesting journey, trying to find this place while at the same time having no clue where it was other than directionally. We finally spotted another city map, went to read it, and noticed we were straight in front of the brewery. Nice.

Not an overly popular line of beers, but probably the easiest brewery to visit in the entire country. The tour was good, and in english. The views from the top of the brewery are solid and it was fun to watch people try to navigate all the stairs within. The tour includes just a full pour of the Brugse Zot, which was better than advertised. We also devoured some bitterballen and cheese out in the lovely terrace. I could have stayed for another, but there were bigger and better spots on the itinerary.

I'm glad we did it - it wasn't in my itinerary, but we just needed to kill a few hours (982 characters)

Photo of kleffman
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3

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. (560 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

This brewery is located near the cathedral in the middle of Brugge and can be seen when taking the boat tour around the canal. A tour of the brewery is available and is quite interesting and includes a tasting of one of their beer at the end. There is a large patio, which can be very enjoyable during the hot summer days. The only serve the beer that they brew (Straffe Hendrix Pale, Brown and the seasonal spring beer) in proper glassware. The waiter was very knowledgeable and courteous. The food is excellent and very cheap for Brugge. Overall, a good place to stop for lunch when visiting Brugge. (601 characters)

Photo of FightingEntropy
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (1,784 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (633 characters)

Photo of Estarrio
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

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. (617 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
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 (664 characters)

Photo of moderndrunkard
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3

"Crowded"
"Boring"
"Full of old people"
and
"Touristy"

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. (1,357 characters)

Photo of iubball
3.6/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3

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 (1,251 characters)

Photo of WillCarrera
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (939 characters)

Photo of TaylorLarson
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (260 characters)

Photo of drewbage
3.49/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

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! (815 characters)

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