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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Photo of josanguapo
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

From cervezasespeciales. In Grimbergen glass. Watching Los Soprano 6x09. BBF 17 feb 2017
Smooth feeling with nice carbonation. Candi sugar with peach notes. Pretty drinkable

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Photo of OlaB
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: pours a clear golden color. A big white creamy top off head and sticky lacings on the glass.

A: oranges, peaches,floral hops, bisquits and white bread.

T&F: upfront I sense a flavour off oranges and some light fruits with sugary yeast and breaded malts inn the back. Inn the middle I feel more off different spices and it also gets more dry. Finishes off dry with floral hints. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Clean and smooth mouthfeel with a long dryness inn the aftertaste. The beer is good enough but for me is something that missing inn the flavour.

O: a good and easy drinking belgian blonde. But is nothing overly exiting with this one compared to other belgian blondes. I would drink this again if I was offered it.

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Photo of The_Bujon
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

The Brugse Zot is certainly a decent looking brew, a light haze to the body and a very top fermenting head that WILL power over the brim of your glass. Hold time there and take a snap shot, because the head does shrink rapidly.

The Aroma is very nice, a really appealing combination of citrus and malt, but certainly not overbearing.

The taste is on the whole pretty good, but is overpowered by the gas and major tongue fizz! Once you recover from that effervescence hit then you can pick up those refreshing citrus and malty notes.

It is a bit watery in feel, mixed with that fizz does let the beer down a touch, but overall a reasonably good beverage!

If you're swinging by the Halve Maan Brewery on your way into Bruges from the Station (which you should) then defo worth sampling and cleansing your pallet with before you hit the Straffe H Quad!!!!

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Draught half in the candle lit Mort Subite in Altrincham
Presumably a golden body with nice white head
Quite a Wheaty brew in aroma and flavour
Nice refreshing ale

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Photo of biboergosum
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
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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Photo of delta490
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
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 Malt_Man
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at cellar temperature from 330ml bottle into Stella Artois flute (hey, its kind of Belgian!).

L) Colour is pale lager yellow, very hazy, many quickly rising bubbles. Very fluffy pure white head, took ages to pour.

S) Zesty Belgian yeast, reminiscent of a fresh hefeweizen. HInts of orange peel. Smells very good.

T) Quite sweet - reminiscent of orange cordial, the Belgian yeast flavour is right there too to balance. Hop bitterness is light but certainly contributes to the overall balance.

F) Very easy drinking. Carbonation not as strong as it looks, but is lively enough to contribute to the mouthfeel. Clean aftertaste.

O) Very nice, easy drinking Belgian light ale - enjoyed it. Doesn't have the complexity of e.g., Derium Tremens but I truly don't believe that detracts from the enjoyment. Recommended.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
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 Beginner2
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well put together.
Good looking. Fruity. Malty. Spicy. All making their debut on-time.
And in what some call "The Venice of the North" a splendid canal town and how I will picture Flanders. (I'm very sorry that De Halve Maan was closed on Sunday... just have to find an excuse to get back there.)

Listed as one of the "1001 Beers" it deserves to be on the list.
MJ's "Great Beers of Belgium" says why: "a fruity palate, reminiscent of peach sorbet and a light, appetizing dryness in the finish."
Roger Protz' "300 More Beers To Try Before You Die!" also reviewed this, but his are too long to quote.

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Photo of Zet
3.32/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice blonde colour with lively carbonation and a thick and steady soapy head. Smell of hops and malts, a bit grassy. Taste follows with the same flavours, a bit dull, esters seem to be absent. Finish is dry with some hoppy bitterness. It is quite refreshing and easy to drink. One of the most easily available belgian beers in Holland, together with Duvel, Westmalle and Leffe. I undertand its appeal, especially due to its freshness, but i prefer my beers a bit more complex. Won't disappoint as a session drink on a hot summer day though.

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Photo of D-HopSupreme
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
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 huber4vg
4.74/5  rDev +29.9%
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 FLima
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Long time no see. Amber color with a thick four fingers head with eternal retention and leaving a wall of laces.
Predominant aroma with notes of candied orange peel, sweet pears and spices. Hints of biscuit and floral hops.
Flavor with notes of oranges and pears, biscuit malt, mild herbal and floral hops, clear peppery phenols, a hint of berries and just a bit of toasted malt. Dry aftertaste with a low to medium bitterness.
Light towards medium body with appropriate carbonation.
Pleasant and easy to drink Belgian Pale Ale with rounded and assertive spicy and citrusy notes. I do remember the first time I had this a few years ago near its home country, I had felt the peppery phenols much more intense, but I was still incipient on beer types. Not super complex and maybe it should stay that way; it is surprisingly quaffable despite its peppery notes.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle, it pours a moderately light amber with a vigorous head, that dissipates to a nice film. Lacing as you enjoy the beer. A steady stream of bubbles comes up from the bottom. Pleasant and easy to drink. Yum!

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Photo of Dentist666
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip. Pours hazy amber-orange with excellent off-white head, nice retention, laces. Smell - yeasts, lemon, spices, pepper. Taste - yeasty,. Light body, soft carbonation, high drinkability. Pros - appearance, smell.
Contras - taste is too simple.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From bottle brought from coolwines, Pours almost clear orange. Nose is fruits, Belgian yeast, sour orange, spices. Taste is bitter fruits, light spices, malts.

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Photo of Takahiro
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: light straw to golden with lacing foam
S: a whiff of melon,
T: berries, light tartness, very faint cloves, some silky wheatiness, a bit of metallic flavor, and finally some hop bitterness
F: dry finish
O: nice dry finish for summer heat

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Photo of flyingpig
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330ml Bottle from Albert Heijn supermarket, Amsterdam:
A light, easy going beer with a good balance that fell short of being a classic Belgian offering but was refreshing, lively and quite crisp which helped it go down easily. I'm not sure it's one that I'd go out my way to find again but it was an enjoyable offering and one worth trying if you happen across it.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
2.91/5  rDev -20.3%
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 RonaldTheriot
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
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 OrestesMethuon
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Final bottle of a four-pack I purchased a year ago on sale, and whose label seems to denote that it was originally bottle in December of 2010.

From the first pour, one can see this Zot has been been in the bottle for more than a minute: each of these 11.2 fluid-ounce had the most sediment I've ever seen in a bottle. After the very first I opened, I've decanted every one through a fairly fine mesh strainer, and even then a heady load of yeasty particulates still remainder. In other words, the little critters left in the bottle for "refermentation" have been working hard and then some; the nose speaks to that, with a boozy, sweet, banana-cider aroma, and the beautiful, bright, burnished-gold luster of the beer is sodden with turbidity.

While the first impressions might warn of a over-sweet ale, crushed into a muddled, ill-fitting barleywine resemblance by too long in the bottle, the taste is anything but: this ale has done very well in its near-half-decade, taking on a bright, buoyant souring, with peach, grape, and sour-apple inflections. Some hoppy bitters still carry on the finish—which is a very welcome surprise, and a bit unusual for something cellared this long—and indeed the sweet qualities are very suppressed, with the golden tartness ringing clarion and clean. It's also smooth and surprisingly light in the mouth—a testament to something, but I'm not sure what, with a beer that's categorized as a"Belgian Pale Ale" on this site, but as a fool or a jester on the bottle's label.

I'd like to try this a little fresher, because I pretty greatly enjoyed each bottle after the first—which was really just exorbitantly chunky sans straining—and each time I drank one, between intervals of months, I was surprised how well this beer had weathered the time since it'd been breweed.

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Photo of DawnOne
3.65/5  rDev 0%
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 interzen
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: Pours a dark straw, almost amber, yellow with a lot of white head. Retention wasn't brilliant although there was some significant lacing. Rather apt, since Bruges is also famous for lace (little bit of a joke there, ladies and gentlemen ...)

Smell: A mixture of malt and citrusy hops with more than a hint of overripe bananas. Some minor spice notes, but malts and fruit are front and centre. Compared with the vast majority of Belgian beers, you could say it's a bit one-dimensional.

Taste:Almost, but not quite, follows the smell - the malts are there, for sure, but a lot of the fruit notes aren't that noticeable. The hop character takes a while to come through too, but it's definitely there as a nice counterpoint to the up-front malts.

Feel: Slightly fizzy and, if one was being particularly uncharitable, almost watery. That said, it's eminently drinkable.

Overall: If there's such a thing as a Belgian 'session' ale then this is probably fairly close. It sits slightly on the high side of average - worth a shot if you've not tried it before, but compared with the myriad other beers that Belgium has to offer there's not really much to single it out. The 'farting fool' labels are pretty cool, though.

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Photo of mwilbur
4/5  rDev +9.6%

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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