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 Sammy
2.69/5  rDev -26.3%
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.51/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Best before 8/2014.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, candied fruit, and some subdued spice aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and grape juice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a high level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some solid fruity aromas and flavors.

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Photo of metter98
3.51/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear golden yellow in color and has a high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high white head that slowly died down and has excellent retention properties; a thin head consistently covered the surface.
S: There are light aromas of spices and yeast in the nose as well as some hints of candi sugar.
T: The taste is quite spicy and also has flavors of bready malt, candi sugar, fruit and yeast.
M: It feels rather dry on the palate (particularly in the finish) and has a light- to medium-body and a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink but I'm not sure if I would try this again because the taste wasn't very interesting.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A new offering by Pazzo's Pizza Pub here in Lexington. Predictably Belgian Pale Ale in character; beginning with a lightly hazy, brightly colored yellow hue and spicy, honey-like aromas. Overcompensation with the head retention and carbonation, leaving a loosely knit foamy head. Tastes typically fruity (peaches, pears, pineapples, and apricots), spicy (pepper, corriander, orange-peel), and malty (pilsner, honey-like). Fairly smooth, rich texture with an alcohol that seems more than the labled 6%. Finishes a little on the dry and alcoholic side, but satsfying nonetheless. A good comparison to Duvel; just not as bold or melded.

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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 brentk56
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a frothy head that hangs around and leaves some decent lacing

Smell: A perfumy lemon/orange tone wafts upward, delivering a touch of wood as well; herbacious, medicinal elements as well

Taste: Starts out with a hint of lemon pound cake and becomes orangey by mid-palate; after the swallow, complexity increases, with a touch of dry wood flavors and a hint of Belgian candi sugar; finishes dry and bitter

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and very effervescent

Drinkability: A subtle but complex beer; the blend of sweet and herbacious bitter flavors is well-executed

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Photo of oline73
2.98/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: This beer pours a cloudy orangish amber color with a layer of off white head that fades to a ring around the pour rather quickly.

Smell: Mild and slightly sweet. I'm getting a mild fruity note. reminds me of grape.

Taste: Again, very mild and not particularly interesting. Some malt sweetness along with a mild Belgian spice. I'm getting some banana in the background. The flavor leaves the tongue pretty quickly in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with really aggressive carbonation, really too much. The finish is slightly dry.

Overall: Nothing remarkable here, move on.

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Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - One and a half fingers of white foam on a clear, golden body. The head settles quickly and leaves moderate lace.

S - Fruity yeast with some bubblegum and peppery notes of clove and anise. Pilsner malt and toasted grain in the background.

T - Big yeast flavor, tropical fruit and anise. The malt comes out a bit in the middle, toast and a hint of caramel. Some pilsner malt appear in the finish along with herbal european hops.

M - Medium-thick body, high carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

D - Pretty drinkable and complex for a beer of this strength. The yeast character is nice, though the bubblegum character is a bit much.

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Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
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 jlindros
4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
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 chinchill
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of sour fruits, Belgian yeast and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is tart with flavors of apples, citrus and some spice that is followed by some Belgian yeast breadiness and a good hops presence. The malt character is on the thin side but on-target for the style. The after-taste is slightly sour.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a nice sour-style beer that is worth drinking for a while but there are others that I would pick first.

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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 BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glittering gold with the typical glassful of frothy foam. The ivory-colored cap is a looker and resembles whipped marshmallow in color as well as consistency. A bold second pour regenerates the crown nicely and gives it an even rockier, more rustic look. Too bad that it isn't as sticky as marshmallow because it leaves very little of itself on the glass; a minor complaint when the beer-head combination looks this good.

The nose is enjoyable enough and would be even more enjoyable if it was more powerful. I know that BPAs aren't as aggressive as BSPAs, but still. The beer smells lightly pear fruity and lightly clove spicy, no surprises there. I like it more the more I sniff. This one has a chance to be pretty good on the palate...

... and it is. Brugse Zot is pretty much everything that I expect in a Belgain pale ale. In short, it's a more mildly flavored, less alcoholic version of a BSPA. Stands to reason I guess. I like it most of all because it's fruity. Sweet bananas have now entered the picture and might even be more prominent than pears and apples (with a twist of lemon). It tastes like a hybrid of a German hefe weizen and the stated style.

Clove spice is along for the ride and adds something of value. It's hard to think of a beer as Belgian without that telltale spicy yeastiness. Noble hops are surprisingly prominent and lend a snappy bitterness to the back end that is appealing and keeps me coming back again and again. This really is a well-crafted ale.

The body/mouthfeel ought to be light and lively with enough substance to keep the flavor from floating away on a watery tide. Mission accomplished. While I'm not blown away by the mouthfeel, there isn't much that I'd change about it either.

Brugse Zot (fool of Bruges) is one of the better Belgian pales ales that has entered my glass in quite a while. At $3.49, it's a bit expensive for regular consumption, but I'm glad that it's available locally and that I can grab a bottle whenever the mood strikes. Good beer.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 11.2oz brown bottle with freshness date of April '09.Poured at 45 degrees into a snifter

A - A hazed golden pale w/ frothy 3 finger head. Lace is practically nil

S - Faintly fruity, mildly spicy. The scent of a golden ale without definition(defining characteristics).

M -Dry, medium light feel w/ spicy crisp feel.

T - A wave of carbonation pulls out a spicy and mellow fruity flavor. Crisp, palate cleansing taste w/ a sweetness in the finish and subtle nutty tastes.

D - Rather bland by Belgian standards, but still a decent belgian pale.
Sweet, light spice and sessionability is ok. Not my idea of highly drinkable, but passable and I would try this again. Overall a bit dissapointing, but still better than average.

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Photo of smcolw
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear with a light golden color. Good starting head that says awhile.

Lighter malted grain aroma with a Belgian yeast smell. Warm and inviting.

Light malt flavor with a definitive yeast bite. Warm swallow, but not really strong on the alcohol. Full bodied with a predictable level of carbonation. Only demerit is a short aftertaste without any notable hop flavoring other than for balance.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed straw gold with a bright white head that does not stick around. Nose is like soap and light yeast. Flavor is sweet and smooth with a fruity tone to it. Strong sweet character. I really like the mouthfeel on this one. At first the carbonation was so alive that bubbles were bouncing on my tongue. Very drinkable. An easily sessionable beer...if not for the price.

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Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle -
"c" and April '09 notched on label.

Poured into tulip glass:

Pours deep golden with a fizzy off-white head that descends to a thin fizzy cap that slowly becomes a small, disappearing island.

The smell is crackery/bready with fruity esters - melon-like - a bit funky/musty.

The taste is of sharp grassy/herbal, slightly metallic hops mixing in with the grainy, slightly honeyish malt, a melon-like fruitiness. Bready/yeasty. It has a bitterish, dry finish.

More spritzy than effervescent. Carbonation inconsistant, at times a bit watered down. Refreshingly dry feel stays on the palate, though.

Not bad - but, a bit too metallic and crackery for me to really enjoy. Carbonation just a bit too inconsistent overall. Still, it does have some nice qualities - a good balance, interesting fruitiness. Pretty good, but with so many great Belgians out there, I probably wouldn't choose it again, though glad to have tried it.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy lemon-hued appearance, some shades of peach, under a brief spray of whitish foam, ...

High citrus in the nose, very spritzy and sour,...some spice, but nothing too terrific here...

Big carbonation on the palate, and huge sourness, big bite off of a lemon slice, before revealing...not a whole lot else. Like a lemon Bellini. Spritzy champagne carbonation mixed with citric taste, and ...I'm still searching...

...while I finish the rest of the bottle, I will contemplate what I could have purchased with the $15.29 I dropped on this lackluster least one mid-priced CD...several DVD rentals...a small bust of Beethoven for my toy piano...maybe 10 ice cream cones...a used tambourine...10 dozen eggs...a handful of matinee movie tickets...a nice fruit basket and some food...a tube of paint...plenty of stuff off that Mickey D's dollar menu...half a guitar lesson...a fine work of literature or two from a used bookstore, or even a brand new paperback of the same...1/20 of an iPod...two growler fills at my local brewpub...a donation to a charity that'll do good in this world...better beer than this...
...whichever you pick will do a lot better than my mistaken purchase!

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Photo of GClarkage
4.11/5  rDev +12.6%
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 stevoj
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle picked up in Brugge. A decent Belgian Ale, very malty in character. Pours dark golden with a fairly thick silky head. Mouthfeel is oily, taste is honey and malt.

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Photo of Gavage
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear yellowish / light orange color with a wispy 1/4" head taht falls immediately. A spot or two of lace stuck to the glass.

Smell: boring grassiness is all that is detectable.

Taste: grass, mild yeast, soft maltiness, and a mellow bitterness make up a bland and dull tasting belgian beer.

Mouthfeel: crisp and dry throughout. Finishes clean. On the lighter side of medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: so-so at best. From a drinking standpoint it is easy to quaff, but the flavor profile is just dull and unexciting. Personally one glass was more than enough for me.

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Photo of tempest
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap in Ghent. Another tasty Belgian pale ale. Appeared a pretty gold in the Zot semi-chalice. This had a medium-thickness mouthfeel like you'd expect for a 6% beer, but the flavor was lighter and seemed to lift the beer up to a more drinkable standard. Typical, but fresh, Belgian malt and spice flavors. An excellent standard of a beer.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 9/2010 notes. Poured into a Caracole small snifter. Pours orange amber with a thick white head with attractive uniform bubbles, completely fills the glass and looks nice. Massive lacing. Light sour fruit aroma. Very mild, almost wheat-like start with very light malt and distinct yeast. Semi dry middle with some spice and a dry abrupt finish. Slight hops. Very subdued. Nice for a change and worth a revisit.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to mhewes for this brew.

Poured into my St. Bernardus Watou glass a nice cloudy dark yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger plus white fizzy/foamy head, with some nice sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, yeasty, with some spiceness and pears. The taste is sweet, malty/yeasty, some pears, and spices. Medium body. Drinkable, this is my first from this brewery, and it's a nice one.

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