Brugse Zot
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

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Style:
Pale Ale - Belgian
Ranked #172
ABV:
6%
Score:
84
Ranked #37,103
Avg:
3.72 | pDev: 12.37%
Reviews:
196
Ratings:
557
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Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
 
Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  22
Gots
  131
SCORE
84
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Reviews by TheLongBeachBum:
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TheLongBeachBum from California

2.62/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sampled on Day 1 at the Lucky Baldwin’s 7th Annual Belgium Beer Festival.

Beer Listed at #52 of 60: Brugse Zot – De Halve Maan Brewery


Straffe Hendrick Brewery no longer brews, since its merger or partnership with the Liefmans group. There are rumors that once in a while they may run out the odd from special batch from Bruges, seems like this could be one of those, but somehow I doubt it.

Light amber body with an off-white head, striking clarity and very clear, held to the light it flashes with orange refractions. The carbonation assisted in filling the glass with a decent sized head – but this disappeared very quickly to leave a rather staid and flat looking amber liquid. Light flicker of streamers but not much else. Caramel and toasted malts in the nose, simple and forgetful. Tastes……well I have to be brutally honest here and say that this tasted just like a very, very average Amber ale. It had a full-mash home brew kit aspect to it. Body was thin at times, watery with a dissolved brown sugar feel. I’m so glad I didn’t get a big sample of this one. Nice looking Tap clip though.

It didn’t really take me much of the sample, or even much time, to decide that I really didn’t care for this. Very average, one-dimensional and boring, and that’s being kind. The Straffe Hendrick brews were once interesting, these days they have faded away to nothing more than below average brews that feel more like brands than beers. This is no different.

Brugse Zot? Erm, Not!!

Feb 20, 2006
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DoubleJ from Wisconsin

3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hitting two Bruges beer legends with one stone; a visit to Brugs Beertje, and a fresh pour of Brugse Zot from its tap. On to the beer:

Toasted caramel color glares from the glass. On top is a head which retains well and leaves a couple rings of lace. The aroma seems to have undergone a little dry hopping, and some cider was added. Hoppy cider? Not exactly, though that would be funny.

The taste starts grassy and brings along a soft fruitness. There's an edge of tastiness which round out the beer. It's lighter medium with a crisp beer, helping make this beer an easy drinker.

Not much of a Belgian classic, but more of a Bruges classic. Some sources say that it's the only beer to actually be brewed in the city, and believe it or not, is actually lagered.

May 20, 2013
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MrSquash from Florida

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Jun 22, 2013
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Beer-Zombie from Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I dig the jester on the label....

this beer pours up a nice golden color with a small white head...the nose consists of grains and slight honey, pretty straight forward...the taste is of sweet pale malts, crisp hops, honey, medium body, very spritzy carbo...

Oct 28, 2008
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Abbo from Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +21%

Jul 12, 2013
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle - another brew from this cool-ass Bruges operation that actually built a proper beer pipeline through their town.

This beer pours a mostly clear, medium copper amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and somewhat creamy dirty white head, which leaves a bit of random desert landscape lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of gritty and grainy pale malt, a muddled apple and underripe pear fruitiness, edgy Low Countries yeast, some free-range white sugars, subtle citrus peel notes, and a minor sense of alcohol love unrequited. The taste is bready and crackery pale malt, a faint hint of caramel sweetness, hovering Belgian yeast, a mixed pome and citrusy fruitiness, some tame earthy spiciness, and a gentile leafy, weedy, and floral noble hoppiness.

The bubbles are fairly active in their probing and prickly frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, and sort of smooth, as the tacky carbonation seems not to know how to court a lady, as such. It finishes off-dry, but barely, as both the malt and inherent fruitiness seem to be losing a huge portion of their initial steam.

Overall, this comes across as simply an okay version of the style, as the yeast, fruit, and spice seem to be at loggerheads (lagerheads? noooooo) with each other. Not bad, but nothing that I'd ever spend my currently dwindling beer ducats on again.

Oct 21, 2016
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hansavijaticar from Croatia (Hrvatska)

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Mar 16, 2014
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jgasparine from Maryland

3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap at De Halve Maan 3/19/2010

A- Poured into a wine glass with about 2 inches of foamy white head, which quickly dissipated to a haze layer and a collar, with very little lacing. The body was a slightly hazy golden-yellow color, with no carbonation visible from the sides of the glass.

S- Impressions of pale malt, a bunch of classic Belgian yeast esters, a little fruity ester, and a touch of stale hops.

T- In the mouth, you're basically getting what you anticipate from the nose: some crisp crackerlike malt, some Belgian yeast esters, some mild stale hop flavor. I'm also getting some faint impressions of coriander. Finishes dry. The finish itself is very short-lived, which is a bit of a dissapointment.

M- A thin body. There's an abundant amount of non-bloating prickly carbonation. Could stand to have a little more chewiness and texture.

D- Very drinkable. Goes down very smooth. Could drink this all day on a lazy afternoon.

Mar 25, 2010
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Hoochymonk from Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Aug 02, 2013
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m1ked from California

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a huge dense white head. Hazy bright golden with multiple streamers.

S- dry grass, dusty, slight metallic note. No sweetness, slight bitter.

T- Creamy sweetness up front that dies down quickly. Some of that dusty flavor. Some hint of green apple, grassy olive oil.

M- This actually my favorite part of this beer. Slick when I rub my tongue on the roof of my mouth. Nice fine carbonation. Finishes dry.

D- I don't dislike this beer, but not on my session list. I would like to try more Belgian Pale Ales. The only other I have had has the JP Firefly. Gotta expand my tastebud horizons.

Sep 06, 2008
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John_Squires from New York

2.62/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Tons of carbonation making for a difficult pour and spritzy taste/feel. Pretty bland compared to other Belgians and slightly sour.

Jan 19, 2015
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spointon from Illinois

3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Apr 20, 2015
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corneliusfontaine from Netherlands

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Aug 18, 2013
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mwilbur from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +7.5%

Poured on-tap in Groningen into a Brugse Zot 0.33 L glass.
A: Pours a clear, pale straw with 1-2 inch white head with decent retention and excellent lacing. (4.25)
S: Very fresh banana, clove, and mild citrus hops. (4)
T: Follows aroma, but not as strong. (3.75)
M: Light body. Soft and lightly sweet. Mildly bitter finish. (4)
D: A nice fresh, straight-forward session brew. (4)

Aug 19, 2014
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IronTom from Illinois

4/5  rDev +7.5%

Jan 24, 2014
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a lightly hazy medium golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and moderate honey orange highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a medium to large sized finger thick cap in the center of the glass surrounded by a large patch of mottled thick film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of pale malts, candi sugar sweetness, and spicy Belgian yeast.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of pale and bready malts with a light to moderate amount of candi sugar sweetness. That is followed by some light flavors of light fruits (apple, pear, and white grape). Finally there is a slightly stronger than moderate flavor of spicy Belgian yeast which lingers through the finish. No perceptible hops flavors.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly heavier than moderate amounts of dryness.

O: Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol and enough complexity in the flavor to keep me interested. Slightly lacking in the aroma but with a great dry mouthfeel.

May 10, 2016
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Jgrody from California

4/5  rDev +7.5%

Sep 11, 2013
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AKBelgianBeast from Alaska

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2006.

Pours a clear yellow with slight orange colors, a peachy slight haze and great white head that leaves good lace. Nose is vinous and sour. Taste follows the nose and is quite sour with some almost white wine notes. Some spices here and some apple flavors on the extremely dry finish. Almost sour on the finish but in a good way with granny smith tones. Mouthfeel is good but sour. Drinkability is good, but the sourness detracts from it just a bit.

Jan 28, 2008
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jbfarris from Georgia

3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 11, 2016
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a golden yellow color and a somewhat cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A sweet smell of Belgian yeast, some hops, spices and fruit.

T: Tasted of bananas, spices, mild hops and malt. Like the smell, the taste was very sweet, but not in a cloying way. Refreshing.

M: Highly carbonated with a smooth finish. Light- medium-bodied.

D: This is a light, drinkable beer. Not overly complex, but sweet and easy to drink.

Apr 29, 2009
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Anatole from Belgium

2/5  rDev -46.2%

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Tomblerone from Netherlands

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

May 27, 2012
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dcisco44 from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Dec 14, 2014
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CJWagner79 from Illinois

5/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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GJ40 from North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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Brugse Zot from Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 557 ratings