Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
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2.93/5 rDev -24.9%
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.
03-29-2007 16:56:44 | More by morebeergood
3.86/5 rDev -1%
"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
08-31-2013 17:20:58 | More by dirtylou
3.31/5 rDev -15.1%
After visiting the convent down the street we had a thirst for beer and happened upon De Halve Maan. The entrance off Walplein across from a small group of establishments was unassuming but pretty easy to find due to the line of people from a tour group waiting to go inside. Once you walk inside you see a courtyard filled with tour groups, mostly retirement aged and tables. Inside a few tables had patrons but most sat empty.
We settled in to some outside seating and after moments of not having anyone come to take our order went to inquire about having a draft. The lady informed us she would come over shortly and she did. They had two beers, TWO, the bruin and the blonde and neither was overwhelmingly good so we opted not to take the tour. The service was OK, but nothing outstanding. At one point the entire group of retirement aged individuals stood up in unison as if they were going to sing the Halleluah Chorus and went in for the tour. A bit spooky, and yet utterly fascinating.
I cannot say I would every return to De Halve Maan. A nice courtyard and good place to hit the WC and have some non-offensive beers for a fairly good price.
Oh, if at De Halve Maan in the late summer/early fall, sit near the cellar on the right hand side of the courtyard. Each time the tour exits the cool musty air helps to mediate the temperature
Visited on September 14, 2006.
10-16-2006 22:51:13 | More by GCBrewingCo
United Kingdom (England)
3.45/5 rDev -11.5%
I was going to wait until my next visit to this establishment before I reviewed it, but as it has now closed (at least in its old form), I thought I had better do so from memory.
Lovelly courtyard appears as you walk through the gates, the far diagonal corner has a small flight of steps which lead to the actual bar and large seating area.
My glass of Streffe Hendrik was tart and wonderful, I also enjoyed the little brewery trip that I took while there.
I am truely sorry to hear it has closed, I will revisit the site on my next trip to Brugge, to see what has replaced it.
Update from June 2009: Open and very, very busy on the Saturday afternoon we tried to use the place. The courtyard was awash with tourists and the queue for the 15.00 brewery tour was about 50 strong. We couldn't even get into the main bar inside, just too full. My party of 12 didn't stay, we had turned up the wrong day!
12-27-2006 16:30:15 | More by BlackHaddock
4.05/5 rDev +3.8%
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
3.05/5 rDev -21.8%
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.
07-26-2010 16:41:56 | More by DaPeculierDane
3.82/5 rDev -2.1%
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
United Kingdom (England)
3.38/5 rDev -13.3%
Worth a visit when in Bruge, but they only serve their own beers. The food in the restuarant is good value, and plenty of space to sit down. Cannot comment on the Museum tour, as we did not have the time. Group parties seem to be the norm, though they are arranged at frequent intervals.
If you just want a good value mid-day meal, and a beer it works fine, but this is not a place for serious beer drinking!
Worth a visit, even if you only have one of their own beers, which I enjoyed, and good value food and plenty of space to sit down at mid-day. Only open till 6pm.
04-08-2004 16:16:56 | More by JohnW
3.49/5 rDev -10.5%
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!
01-01-2007 10:07:31 | More by drewbage
Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan in Brugge, Belgium
88 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.