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Brugse Zot | Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
Belgium
halvemaan.be

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by paterlodie on 08-04-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#31,067
Reviews:
181
Ratings:
482
pDev:
12.77%
Bros Score:
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Ratings: 482 |  Reviews: 181
Reviews by salvo:
Photo of salvo
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had both the filtered tap and unfiltered tap at the brewery. The fresh tap beer is crisper, more flavorful: brighter all around and superior to the bottled.

Appeared in a goblet with an inch of head made of 1mm bubbles: not a foamy head, but dissipates slowly to leave lacing and little islands of foam replenished from the carbonation lifting from the bottom of the goblet. Unfiltered is lightly hazy: translucent darker golden. Filtered is crystal clear: transparent gold.

Citrus hops are in the background; yeast is pronounced with balanced maltiness. The taste is fruity: mixed fruit cocktail fruity but without the sweetness, yielding to spiciness at the finish. Medium body; dangerously drinkable.

From tasting notes made September 2009.

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Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an oversized wine glas a slight hazed golden with some peach color hue,a nice 1/2 finger sticky white head atop.A mix of spice and some mineral-like aromas I thought the fruity notes were subdued but were noticeable.Flavors are tilted to the spice as well but a decent herbal hop smack comes thru in the finish.Not overly complex,pretty straight forward but not all that bad.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Maduro. Sample size 2 11 oz pours into a St. Bernie chalice and 1 massive pour into a Bells tulip.

Completely transparent, bubbly gold with a thick white head that rapidly dissipates to nothing. Looks almost like a lager.

Nice nose but light. Some pear, apple, and clove but all are subtle to light. No booze is present. Hints of citrus. Light and airy.

Flavor is a different story. Bananas, pears, apples and clove spice. A touch of pepper spice and some nice sourness round everything out. This is spot on for the style and offers everything I want. Mildly wheaty with a noticeable amount of hops, noble perhaps? Light and crisp body. Clean. Well done and highly drinkable. Very well balanced.

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Photo of warnerry
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DawnOne
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

After experiencing the amazing beer on tap at the Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, we tried it bottled in several restaurants in Bruges. Unfortunately the beer we'd tried was not available anywhere other than the actual brewery, and the bottled product, while very good, couldn't compare.

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Photo of Guden
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at de Halve Maan following the brewery tour.

A- bright gold with a bit of haze (the beer on tap at the brewery is apparently an unfiltered version) with a nice three finger tall head that sticks around throughout and leaves classic Belgian lacing.

S- bright sweet malted barley (of course I can smell the wort throughout Bruges right now) and a distinctive wood and all spice character that seems to come mostly from hops, but I suspect yeast derivatives also factor in. Very low fruity ester levels.

T- again the hops (Czech by origin according o the tour guide and taste) come through with allspice, grass and wood balanced with a sweet fresh barley note. Finish is lightly bitter and refreshing.

M- A fairly thin beer but lively carbonation makes it mouth filling and let's the hops shine through.

O- a nice beer, though not my favorite Belgian. The Czech hops and low esters make it come of more as an imperial pils than a Belgian blonde. It was nice to try but I probably won't search it out again.

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Photo of petewheeler
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of GreenMountainBoy
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of andrewdanks
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of ant1
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Marius
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of NilocRellim
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a vibrant, hazy orange colour. Smells light, fruity, like a rich Belgian session/sour. Tastes a lot lighter than it smells; slightly fruity malty, light bodied, like a light saison.

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Photo of Janeinma
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Jan 2015. Purchased in Bruges last year while visiting the city (it survived the return flight, unlike my bottle of Straffe Hendrik). Brings back memories of Brugge!

Poured into a Delirium chalice. Bottle conditioned. A hazy golden-amber hue with plentiful carbonation. Yields a large head of fluffy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before collapsing to a surface layer. Aroma of fruity Belgian yeast with hints of light malt, grass/hay, spice, earthiness and a warming whiff of booze. Pleasantly rounded.

Tastes of light caramel malt with a yeasty character and a dry finish. Notes of fruity yeast esters, mild banana, grass/hay, earthiness, subtle spice and stewed hops. Well-attenuated, with a hint of alcohol in the background followed by a restrained, leafy bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, with good body and nicely-judged carbonation. Lightly astringent, with an aftertaste of earthy yeast, fruity esters and mild stewed hops.

A rather lovely brew that goes down all too easily. It looks great, and the aroma/flavour are balanced and satisfying. Earthy, fruity yeast esters and subtle hop notes mingle to produce a solidly crafted Belgian pale ale. The body is spot on. Very drinkable, and if I lived in Belgium I could easily imagine this becoming a regular fridge beer. Well worth sampling if you come across it (though I recommend trying it in Bruges).

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Photo of Robertas
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chinchill
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well sealed 2008 750 ml corked bottle.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a sudsy white head that as excellent retention and leaves good lacing

Smell: A fruity banana/lemon/orange/lime with some bready light malts, clove and yeast. Slightly musty. Lots of fine-grained carbonation.

Taste: Mildly tart with noticeable sweetness too. Nicely complex, with hints of lemon, orange, banana and light spices.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and very effervescent, somewhat like champagne although fuller.

Overall: A gentle but complex beer, with many nuances of aromas and flavors. Recommended.

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice golden color with medium head but little lacing.

Smell: Mostly Honey and citrus with mild spices.

Taste: Tastes very close to the smell. Maybe some minor notes of orange zest and wood notes.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied but full of carbonation. Nice dry finish.

Drinkability: Very appropriate for the style. I enjoyed the beer but at the price point I don't think I will be drinking this much.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip)
3/14 12:25 stamped on cap
A- This beer pours a clear golden copper body with a light beige head that mushrooms above the glass and sticks to the glass in sheets. There is a swirl of strong tiny bubbles.

S- The dry apricot ester notes finish with a green leafy hops hint that is dry.

T- The dry leafy hop flavor leads to a pils malt flavor and a dry finish. There is a dry candy ester note and some dry caramel notes that come through as the beer warms and a field corn note pops in aswell.

M- this beer has a light mouthfeel with a tight fizz and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer is a nice crisp dry beer with the esters adding some perceived sweetness that gives this nice depth and it is still very drinkable.

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Photo of RobertH50
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of Jgrody
4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of jonmikel
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of IntriqKen
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale clear golden orange in the glass is topped with two fingers of snow white bubbles that last and last and last. Lots of sticky lace as you drink it down.

Aromas are ery subdued...a bit of belgian yeasties, sweet pale malts, lots of breadiness.

Taste is pretty typical for a Belgian Pale..fruity, biscuity, sweet pale malt and candied sugars and just the barest touch of bitter hops at the end.

Mouthfeel is typical as well with nice carbonation.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Brugse Zot from Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 482 ratings
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