Brugse Zot | Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

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Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 175 | Ratings: 465
Photo of HurricaneMo
3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a tulip glass. Very good head but minimal lacing. Color was a very light brown with orange hues.
S: The yeast seemed to overpower the different underlying aromas.
T: Tasted yeasty, with some citrus and subdued malts.
M: Nice and light with the right amount of carbonation. Some nice flakes in there too - yummy.
D: Very, very easy to drink.

Decent, but not quite what I was hoping for.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
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 Halcyondays
3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ, in Seal Beach, CA, had it once before in a bottle, don't remember much about it, so I thought I try it out again on-tap,

A: Pours a light orange/blonde, with a thick off-white head, good retention and good lacing as well.

S: Light estery scent, very fruity.

T: Tastes mainly of apple ester, some light pear, and a strong spice element, that I couldn't put my finger on.

M: Light and crisp, could use a bit more carbonation and body, but overall pretty good.

D: A nice BPA, though the flavour profile overall was too light for me at times, definitely worth a shot, I'd definitely drink it again.

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Photo of watchnerd
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
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 Pegasus
4.05/5  rDev +11%
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 theopholis
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Fairly clear, bubbly gold/amber. Looks like filtered apple juice. The head is thick and white and HUGE. I has okay head retention, and leaves behind a fairly light but rocky lacing.

Smell- Nice nose but light add fairly sour. Hints of citrus. Light and airy. Very clean and crisp smelling. A hint of barnyard/lactic acid.

Flavor- Nice blend of the traditional Belgian pale ale with hints of apples, pears, bananas and clove. Nice combo of malt sweetness and Belgian sourness. This is spot on for the style and offers everything I want. A touvch of wheat in there to. Quite nice and refreshing.

Mouthfeel- Body is Light and crisp. Clean. Not as over-carbonated as I find most Belgians.

Drinkability- Quite nice.

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

Vintage 2006.

Pours a clear yellow with slight orange colors, a peachy slight haze and great white head that leaves good lace. Nose is vinous and sour. Taste follows the nose and is quite sour with some almost white wine notes. Some spices here and some apple flavors on the extremely dry finish. Almost sour on the finish but in a good way with granny smith tones. Mouthfeel is good but sour. Drinkability is good, but the sourness detracts from it just a bit.

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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 MuddyFeet
2.43/5  rDev -33.4%
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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Photo of thierrynantes
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted in 2006.
Appearance: yellow colour, white foam, bubbles medium, short persistency
Smell: cereals, citrus and floral
Taste and mouthfeel: develop a fruity bouquet, on a background of bitterness. The final responsibility on the dry with a fruity always present.
Drinkability: a good Belgian pale ale

Review added 11-10-2007, translated from french 1-27-2008.

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Photo of Zorro
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Near clear amber colored ale with a very tall white head. Quite good looking I hope that this taste as good as it looks. Lots of sediment in the bottom of the bottle so pour carefully

The smell is sweet, and a little spicy with a fairly strong apple aroma. This has a fairly strong flower aroma to it that I would almost describe as a perfume scent.

The taste begins mildly sweet and bready. Mildly flavored this is mostly fruit in flavor with just a little spice. Not overly complex this is just a nice easy drinking ale with no faults to it.

The mouthfeel is light.

Being easy to drink is what this beer excels at. Not overly complex and it is a bit pricey but it is worth a try.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a glowing gold color with 2-inch head that lasts a long while, thanks to the multitude of bubbles feeding it. Big snakes of lace form as the liquid slowly disappears.

Strong aroma of pilsner malts (like Duvel), light bread, light biscuit, apple, faint honey, slight yeast accent.

Sour apple, lemon, light flowery hops, and Saltines in the flavor. Nice, if typical of the style. The finish has a strangeness that brings the enjoyment down a bit. (Expires 2009, so it's not too old.) Tastes a little off, and the puckery mouthfeel dries quickly. Carbonation is moderate, but the dryness and peculiar finish dominate.

This is decent, but nothing special in a world of Belgian beers that kick its ass. Certainly easy to drink, I'd never turn it away, glad I tried it, but there are more convincing examples of the style out there.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.05/5  rDev +11%
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 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 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 krkearney
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, at Zot Restaurant, Philadelphia. golden amber, with a moderate sized off-white head that declined fairly quickly. Aroma of wheat, yeast, and citrus. Nicely balanced flavor; yeast, herbs, anise, citrus, malt and floral flavors complement each other very well. tasty and refreshing.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a five-finger+ white pillowy head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Murky cloudy amber color with a lot of chunky bits. Slight spicy/grapefruit nose. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is spicy and slightly sour. Clean finish. $4.39 for a 330ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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

Brown 33cl bottle given to me by my daughter after a trip to Brugges. Best before Feb 2010, I can't wait that long, so I drank it in June 2007.

Poured into a Duvel glass, because I can.

The colour is very simular to a Duvel, that golden yellow that Belgian beers often manage to achieve. The head however was not as white or large as the Duvel produces, this was slightly off white and faded to a half inch very quickly.

The aroma was very lemon citrus, grapefruit and straw.

Tangy taste, with citrus flavours combined with apples and yeasty, hoppy tones.

The tartness stays in the mouth as the citrus and other flavours die away, the mouth also becomes drier as the flavours fade.

This is a summers day drink, there are so many very good Belgian ales out there, that this one is just above mid-table in my opinion. The better ones can be taken all year, not just in the warm weather.

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Photo of Socrates
3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The bottle came in a big golden can, reminiscent of a fine scotch, so my expectations were rather high. Inside the can, was the bottle, corked and caged, as most self-respecting blondes are wont to do in Europe. It pours a nice vigorous head, dissipating very rapidly, leaving behing a very cloudy-looking (yeasty?) golden brew. The smell is very faint, if anything, a bit of citrus, perhaps. The taste is strikingly similar to the great ciders of the north and northwest of France, with a mixture of well-balanced blonde Belgian beer. I'm not certain how they brewed this, but great brut cider apples are definitely an outcome of the flavor, and if these were not somehow involved I'd be rather amazed. The mouthfeel is nice, generating carbonation on the tongue, and the drinkability is exceptional, as this goes down without any complaints from the tongue or throat, leaving a nice aftertaste of...well, cider. Overall, I'm not sure whether or not I've just had a cider or a beer. I would not call this a great blonde beer of Belgium, since this would have to stand on its own merits alone and pound its chest as a blonde. But not bad at all!

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Photo of jeffaz02t
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Looks beautiful... I mean seriously nice. Perfect golden color, and also has a clingy head that sticks to the glass.

S: lemon, yeast, some slight spicyness (peppers??)

T: Hay, lemon peels. Has a sweet taste that is balanced quite well by the hops bitterness. Actually a very impressive blend of sweet and bitter.

M: Light and heavily carbonated.

D: Perfect for a hot summer day/night. Pretty low ABV @ 6%, so ya, this one is fit for a session if you can handle a sweet brew all night.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at Lucky Baldwins, February 2007
The beer is brilliantly clear and shows a straw gold color. It is topped by a frothy, creamy, rocky, light to pale tan colored head that is quite big for a beer from the tap and in fact leaves quite a well defined lacing pattern on the sides of the glass. The aroma is dominated by grassy hop aromatics, but there are also some fresh grain notes and a lightly toasted, biscuit malt character here as well.

The beer tastes lightly, well not it is fairly sweet, but it is deceptive as it is quite light on the palate. The flavor is grassy with notes of hay; these notes seem to be derived from both the malt / grain character as well as the particular hop choice. This beer has a really nice, pale malt character to it; the combination of malt sweetness, biscuit notes and touches of soda crackers really compliments the grassy hop notes. This tastes like a cross between a malt accented, yet still quite hoppy, pils and a Belgian ale, which is I suppose quite what the brewer was attempting. It is very easy drinking and I can definitely see quaffing a few of these on a seasoned Summer day.

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Photo of ellisdee97
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden orange, very light bubbly head. Heavy carb with lots of sediment floating within. Bubbly lacing slides down the glass and won't stick.

S: Lemony heavy pungent yeast and slight crisp hops, with a slight hint of raisins.

T: Spicy yeast and crisp hops. Lemon and other fruits, with a nutty aftertaste.

M+D: Very good beer, nice bitter bite and well balanced. Great for pretzels with spicy mustard. Would def. be a great session beer.

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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 sinstaineddemon
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - light pale yellow, with a big rocky white head, with tons of floating and drifting sediment throughout

S - wheaty, yeasty aromas hit first, with a citrine lemon zest aroma kicking in after, some spiciness like coriander hits after that

T - truly one of those ales whose taste mirrors that of the aroma, wheaty up front with a spicy lemon/citrus quality underneath, a rather nice belgian

M&D - drinkable, yes, mouthfeel, good, a rather impressice belgian, im not talking high high levels, but still hig quality and a good drinking beer

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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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