Brugse Zot | Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

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Brewed by:
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 194 | Ratings: 540
Photo of huber4vg
4.74/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this beer in the Belgian town of Brugse, where it is brewed. Will always remind me of this town and of eating ribs at De Hobbit. U.S. purchased bottles faintly remind me of the original beer, but just don't taste the same.
A-Clear Golden amber color with a foamy head.
S-Pleasant citrus/orange aroma, balanced and inviting. Slight hops aroma.
T-Great taste, not bitter and the hops dose not dominate. There is a subtle spiciness that adds to the refreshing character of the beer.
M-Champagne feel on the tongue. Full and round feel, all taste areas stimulated.
Overall-Great beer from the first sip. Best enjoyed outside in the fresh air.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.55/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

11.2oz bottle with a notched back label that seems to indicate best before Feb 09. Purchased at Bello Vino in Ann Arbor and poured into a tulip.

Hazy gold with a huge head of white that shows good retention and leaves lots of sticky lace.

When foirst opened, I was met with a strong skunk odor that got me a little nervous but after I let the beer sit for a bit those aromas wafted away and were totally gone to reveal pears, sugars, chalk, light lemony citrus, and grassy hops. A very nice combination of sweet and sour thaqt I like a lot.

The taste mirrors the nose in a lot of ways. I'm getting more hop bitterness, but the fruits and chalk are there for sure. This would go great with a plate of apples, pears and grapes as it has all of those flavors. This is really good beer.

Mouth is spot on for style. Enough body and carbonation to show balance. A beer this tasty and complex can only be very drinkable. I'm giving it a five as it all comes together nicely.

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Photo of MisterClean
4.36/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At BJs Flanders beer tasting in Roseville.

A - Poured a straw yellow complete with haze. Had 3 fingers white head and dissipated slow. Left beautiful lacing.

S - Honey, pilsner, grass, spicy hops, and with some soft caramel.

T - Pilsner, honey, slightly spicy, and generous amounts of a sweet and spicy belgian ester.

M - Full bodied, malt dominated. The hops played second base on this one.

D - Overall a great quaff. I'd probably reclassify this as a Belgian blonde due to coloration and subtle hop characteristics.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
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 zeeksterusa
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

great beer. in the same vein as delirium but more drinkable. great head and just enough carbonation. amore is wonderful, sweet fruit-based overtones. vanilla smells. too much sediment for me. get more interesting on each sip. would recommend this beer and would down one again any time. It is marked as a 6% much feels more like a 8%. pleasant acidic dry alcohol after taste.

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Photo of jlindros
4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Surprised I haven't reviewed this from Armsby Abbey or anything, but this time I had it directly from the source, on tap at the brewery itself.

Big creamy head, thick and frothy, fades semi slwoly with great soapy lacing, nice retention, very hazy honey orange color, more like an orange center with golden honey colors around the edges.

Nice is very nice, blond malts, floral citrus, light spices from the yeast maybe?, esters are light, more Belgian malt and yeast characters, faint coriander, maybe some wheat as well, its like a nice blond with a hint of wit blended in.

Taste brings nice Belgian characters again, starting with light golden malts, and almost sweet honey malt character, and even juicy malts. Then the wit comes in again, some orange peel, faint coriander, light wheat flavors, touches of fruity esters, and mild booze warmth. It brings a light vanilla orange taste too. Finish is mild orange peel bitterness, more sweet honey like malts with faint spices lingering, and fairly dry.

Mouth is med bodied, little heavier than med bodied, nice carb, faint hint of light warming booze.

Overall nice beer, cross between blond and wit with the better characters of each coming through, nice taste, dry finish, juicy center.

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Photo of Mike_Moe
4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Dark golden color, slightly cloudy. Very thick white head.
Aroma: Good clean smell of  banana and spices.
Flavor: Banana and spice flavored with a sweet finish. Full bodied and good foamy carbonation.
Overall: A very good tasting beer. This is a spicy, sweet beer, with just enough hops to balance it out. The carbonation is like many Belgian Ales, not just  bubbly, but foamy to the mouth.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brugse Zot has a thick, off-white head, a minimal amount of lacing left behind, and a semi-clear, golden appearance, which goes to milky gold-tan, when the bottom dregs are fully swished and poured in. The aroma is of sweet, light malt, and the flavor is of that, along with mild bitterness, grain husk, lemon juice, sugar, and some sourness. Mouthfeel is medium (or, even fuller) and very prickly from the carbonation. Brugse Zot finishes similar to champagne.


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Photo of adamette
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Unfiltered at the Brewery in a Brugse Zot glass....This has GOT to be the way to try this beer...

A Creamy, big off white head over a light yellow, opaque body. Nice look.

S Grains, barley dominate. Little malt and little hops to my nose.

T Some hops actually come into the taste. There is a nice citrus backdrop that comes to the forefront as it warms.

M Moderate to light mouthfeel.

D Great, and I think that this is the point of this beer, a highly drinkable, interesting beer.

Notes: Great to have it unfiltered at the Brewery in Brugge. You simply cannot find it better than that!

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Photo of D-HopSupreme
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice blonde coloured beer with a fair deal of head, with a nice citrus/malt oriented scent as well as a generally crisp taste and feel. An awesome beer, would drink again if I could get it at a lower price. I would still pay slightly above average international price for this however.

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Photo of californiakulak
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on tap at the brewery in Brugge.

A.Golden; a little hazy. Almost a light orange color. Big, thick, beautiful head.

S. It smelled fruity and yeasty. It had very little hop aroma. It smelled very fresh.

T. Light tasting; sort of sweet with a little bit of honey taste. The malt was more noticable than the hops, which were barely present. It had a citrusy flavor with perhaps a little banana. Very unusual.

M. Very carbonated and refreshing. Little to no hop bitterness. Pleasant though.

D. The drikability was excellent. After a few days of tripels and quadtruples this beer was a pleasant hiatus. But at 6% it goes down a little too easy so beware.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
4.14/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased for 7.99, not bad considering some reviewers are claiming the $15 range.

A deep golden color with somewhat tight foamy offwhite head. Lots of carbonation bubbles, and a lot of yeasties suspended and flowing around in here.

Aroma features pear and banana, and a light clove-spice like a wit. Slightest bit of funk, but nothing out of place. Right where a belgian should be

Taste is a bit watery at first, but it settles in nicely. Good dry and spiciness, and the carbonation cuts thorugh and tingles. Dry powdery chalk is kinda in there, but it's not prevailant. It's a damn fine beer, good sour/bitter qualities, and as it warms up (and de-carbonates) I get a lot more nuances.

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Photo of Namako
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a 6-pack while passing through Bruge last June. Poured this into the free tulip glass that was provided during the purchase.

A: This ale poured a clear golden yellow that retained a full finger of white lacy head for more than 10 minutes.

S: The nose was mildly sweet, with hay and floral background tones.

T: A well-balanced bready sweet flavor profile, likely malt- and yeast-driven. Their website claims four malts are used, no doubt continental pilsner and some crystal. The hop profile is a bit grassy but not at all intense. This ale is VERY quaffable, with just enough 'Belgian' flavor to be quite pleasant.

M: Light mouthfeel that is refreshingly dry, though able to remain on the palate.

D: In short, outstanding. Nicely brewed an easy drinking.

Serving type: 33 cl bottle

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Photo of watchnerd
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle.

Not sure the classification is correct, as I would call it a Belgian Blonde, but since we don't have that category, 'Pale Ale' will have to do. Taste even veers towards a witbier. Golden color, medium head, funky aroma of yeast and phenolic and more yeast. Decently carbonated and easy, easy drinking, the 6% ABV being undetectable. I'm probably going to suck down this whole 750 ml bottle myself tonight!

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Photo of koopa
4.11/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This unfiltered version is only available at the brewery.
Consumed at De Halve Maan brewery in Brugges on 4/24/10.

From notes....

Appearance: Hazy pale wheat blond with a light orange sun burst in the center. The crown is 2 fingers, white, shows little retention and some light lace.

Smell: Slight coriander meets pale malt over a wheat like base.

Taste: Same as nose with slight bubblegum note as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, light, refreshing, simple.

Drinkability: Outstanding.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.11/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11/14/06- Purchased at Ledgers Liquors in Berekely, CA.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle. Best by date notched on the label. Poured into my Don De Dieu tulip.

Appearance- Ten minute pour due to a massive amount of tiny effervescent bubbles. Chunky and foamy pock marked gleaming white head. Magnificent chunks and boulders of lace cling to the entire glass. Perfect example of the color gold. 5 star ***

Smell- Main scent is white pepper followed by some yeast aspects and a small amount of lemon. Might had just a touch of a metallic scent also.

Taste- Slight bit of funk. Lots of white pepper and a decent amount of lemon peet. Sweet and sour at the same time. Balances nicely with a nice hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Short lived bitter aftertaste. Suprisingly lighter in mouthfeel. Sharp carbonation and super crisp.

Drinkability- Refreshingly balanced brew. Could use just a touch more spice. Definite session pale if there is such a thing. Recommended for sure.

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Photo of salvo
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
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 delta490
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It was a deep clear gold with a smattering of creamy white head. It leaves big sheets of sticky lacing. The aroma is great, with both sweet grains and green fruit. The tast is malty sweet with just a hint of earthy hops. It has a lighter body with a crisp carbonated finish.

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Photo of drbeef
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

excellent representation of the style. on draft at the maproom. middle of the day, end of winter sun peaking through the window giving a deep golden hue topped with a creamy, scattered bubble head. filtered? not sure. mostly transparent.

smells of belgian yeast, malts, and hops. makes sense. the flavor in the same vein. sweet caramel malt. floral hop presence elevates the malt while any bitter or tangy citrus is low key. smooth and creamy mouth with enjoyable but small carbonation. spicy dissipates to fruity in the finish.

belgian yeast really plays well in every aspect from the nose to the throat. bready, spicy, fruity and gets along with the other kids, malt and hops. recommended.

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Photo of Newsman
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I liked this one a lot. Had it with carbonnades in a little bistro overlooking the Grote Markt in Bruges. My first beer in town, actually, and worth it.

Showed up in a large flute of a glass, with the jester right on it. Nice white head about 3/4 inch thick, lovely dark golden color.

Smelled of fruit, citrus, spice, hops...not what I was initially expecting, but very welcome.

The spice and hop-citrus starts right up on first taste, mellowing into warm bread and malt on the back end, with a hint of alcoholic authority as a kicker. Nicely balanced and well crafted.

The effervesence isn't as prickly as the head would make it seem, but it's still there in balance with everything else.

This one's very drinkable. And you can get a 33cl bottle in Bruges grocery stores for less than 1 euro....!

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Photo of Pegasus
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy light golden color, with profuse, fast rising cartbontion, and a small tan head, which retains quire well.

Aroma: Vanilla and wood notes dominate, with lesser notes of earth.

Taste: Opens mildly sweet, with earthy notes soon evident, followed by notes of green apple and bitter lemon, late in the taste, there is a moment of bitter cocoa. Finishes with a lingering, mildly tart notes and some herbal hops.

Mouth feel: Rich and full, quite excellent.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
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 woosterbill
4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Delaney's into an oversized snifter.

A: Clear orange-amber body under a finger of fine off-white head. Mediocre retention and spotty lace. Ok, but nothing special.

S: Nice fresh aroma of bready malt, floral yeast notes, and light fruity esters. Pleasant and restrained.

T: Citrus and apple are up front, with some lightly sweet malt giving body on the way to a long, sticky, yeasty finish. Delicate and flavorful at the same time. Nice.

M: Fairly light, creamy body with a perfect amount of soft, lively carbonation. Delightful.

O: The mouthfeel alone is worth the price of admission on this one - and is especially impressive for a draught beer. I really would have guessed it was bottle conditioned if I didn't know any better. Beyond that, this is a solid, enjoyable, inoffensive BPA. Well worth trying.


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Photo of kmo1030
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer pours a lightly hazed gold color with a moderately sized white head that hangs around for the duration.
the aroma is dominated by an almost doughnut-like yeasty pear/pineapple smell. there is also a green banana aroma.
the flavor begins with a banana-like candy sugar sweetness, and a soft creamy vanilla pineapple/sweet orange. maybe a touch of corriander and other spiciness. a bit of bitterness balances out the finish.
it's medium bodied with an effervescent cabonation that flares up when it touch your lips. fairly dry.
the drinkability is a solid 4, with a very quenching quality, but also a lot flavor. this beer keeps it pretty simple, but it works very well.

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Photo of mwilbur
4/5  rDev +7.8%

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)

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