Brugse Zot | Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

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Brugse ZotBrugse Zot

Brewed by:
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by paterlodie on 08-04-2005

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1.96/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I expect much more for an artesan belgium beer. Too acid.

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2/5  rDev -45.8%

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2.01/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2

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2.32/5  rDev -37.1%

Photo of tomordonez
2.41/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It pours into a nice head and amber color. Medium carbonation. No significant aroma or flavor other than a tiny bit flowery. At room temp the carbonation is gone and smells like a pilsener Urquell. Tastes like an Urquell but not so dry. Drink it while is cold and forget about it.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
2.43/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

All around disappointment. My brother had this on-tap in Europe and loved it. he bought me a bottle but I dod not believe it is living up to expectations.

Poured a very clear gold-copper color. Rather watery in appearance. Heavy carbonation but not much head after the first pour. And what there was of a head was pure white. Nose was nearly non-existent wit just some sugars and malts presence.

Flavor is underwhelming. Not much in the way as to the style described. Just some sweet malts. Rather light. Change the yeast and we'd have an al-alt lager I think. Probably a pretty good one too but as a BPA this beer is missing some flavors. Mouthfeel is nice and light bit the carbonation is a bit too much. Drinkable because it is nice and light but not a particularly memorable beer.

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2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

Photo of jrallen34
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Drank from draft at the De Halve Mann Brewery in Bruge.

The head is big and creamy, but fades quickly. I think the size was more of a product of how they pour their beers.

Aroma - Nice fruity smell.

Color - pale straw

Taste - This is a very below average Belgian Blonde. Slight taste of apricot, not good.

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Photo of John_Squires
2.62/5  rDev -29%
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.

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2.62/5  rDev -29%
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!!

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Photo of Sammy
2.69/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Source: The Belgian Shop. Expirey 2009. Immediate horse blanket that of course overwhelms taste. Lots of creamy foam on a light beige/golden body. some sweet yeast. Nothing exceptional, a poor Belgian. Medium or lighter lagery mouthfeel, suitably carbonated.

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2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

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Photo of corby112
2.76/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Serving type: on-tap at Teresa's Next Door in Wayne, PA.

Pours a clear blush/ light amber color with a very thin head that quickly dissapears. Bland aroma of light crisp fruit and subtle spice notes. Very watered down with light fruit flavors( apple, pear) and slight spiciness..

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Photo of AgentMunky
2.81/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a Gouden Carolus chalice. Best before August 2013.

A: A bubbling head briefly rises atop this slightly-cloudy, amber/straw-coloured beer. Noticeable bubbles.

S: It smells unpleasantly like an adjunct lager -- grainy with a background sweetness. Honey notes and an inept bitterness.

T: What I initially mistook for a strong coppery taste is, upon reflection, actually just highly-carbonated sourness. This forceful foretaste is hard to get past, but doing so is rewarding -- the end of the taste is softer, sweeter (honey), and decidedly more enjoyable. Some fruity elements float in along with some yeast. The aftertaste is slightly metallic, but otherwise pleasant.

M: Carbonated, tart, and lightly drying. Mostly good.

D: I cannot recommend this beer. Perhaps my bottle is a bit off, or it's not to my taste, but I didn't enjoy the experience. I won't be repeating it. Still, it's not *bad*.

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2.83/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a greek-honey. The robe (yes, I'm applying wine terminology to beer - anyone have a problem with that?) is strikingly translucent, and almost looks like a dark cream soda. It pours in a light and frothy explosion of effervescence. The 3 cm head dissipates to a .5 cm film that clings to the surface for some time. Large bubbles of carbonation surge upwards and attack the tongue with quick stinging bites that quickly fade.
Nose is faint and distinctly metallic (although that may have been caused by contact with the cap during transport from Belgium – travelers’ knapsacks should have proper beer portage built-in to them!). Get a lot of banana and bubblegum scents; sweet and bawdy. Make that dried bananas and prunes. The taste is light on the sugars, but has a very sweet scent.
Mouthfeel is a little light for this style; the bold carbonation helps give it a little more substance, but it’s a little weak. Weakest of all is the flavor. Or, perhaps it’s delicate? Dried bananas and perhaps some green veggies come through (peas?). The flavor is overall unimpressive and as the Belgians say, un peu plat. It’s very drinkable, and I would replace it as my keg beer any day, but unless it costs 1.50 euros or less (which I purchased it for at the marvel known as the supermarkets in the Lowlands) I would skip this one. There are thousands of brilliant examples of Belgium craftsmanship, and this is not one of them.

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Photo of matjack85
2.86/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I tried this at Quencher's Saloon in Chicago. $5 for an 11.2oz brown bottle.

The beer poured a crystal clear dark gold color and made 2½ fingers worth of white head that lasted a few minutes and left moderate lacing.

This has a fruity aroma that is both sweet and sour.

The taste is not as good as I had hoped for. It's fruity and sweet with a funky yeast bite, but also a bit spicy. Sounds like it should be alright, but it's just a combination that doesn't work for me.

Very thin body with very spritzy carbonation.

It's not terrible, but it's not something I'd want to try again either.

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Photo of paterlodie
2.86/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BB may 07. Presentation is overwelming; opening the cage was enough to let the cork fly out with quiet an explosion. Nice and good head, overwelming but not lasting that well. Nose is malts and a litle sulphuric sharp edge from yeast. Very clean but not much arome overal. Taste is strong alcoholic, tard, bodyless and uninspiring. Very dry and watery caracter and also missing hops and bitterness. Mouthfeel is also empty and IMO too high carbonated. Drinkable but very average and uninspiring.

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Photo of MarkoNm
2.88/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden color, topped with a decent white head with a solid retention.
There is a weak malty aroma, aided by some yeasty smell too.
The taste is somewhere between bitter and sweet, All together finishing with a slight spicey feel.
A very decent beer.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
2.91/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

Color light yellow, gold, quite cloudy.
Head large, with fine bubbles, quite a long time remains in the glass.
Fruity aroma, which leads the way peach, apricot. There is also a delicate accent honey, herbal and light grassy notes.
I think the taste is more poor. There is honey, a little apricot, spices, a little dry grassy hops.
Brugse Zot is a little too sharp, quite heavily gassed, bitterness is delicate, minimal but sufficient for this beer, alcohol well hidden. Beer points, in the end it is also a Belgian classic.

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Photo of gfreed
2.91/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

An eh beer from an otherwise trustworthy brewery in my favorite Belgian town. This one has plenty of aroma but very little in terms of taste. In fact, it has virtually no flavor when cold. I heated it up on a radiator for about 30 minutes; when warm it gained some cloves and a little fruit. Overall, the low levels of Belgianness would, if amplified several times, amount to a really nice beer. In its current state, however, it's just dull.

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Photo of nomnivore19
2.96/5  rDev -19.8%

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