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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Ribs & Beer, in Brugge.

Little known fact: Belgians are renown for their lace. Walk the side-streets of Brugge and you'll see plenty of shop windows adorned with aprons and tablemats and all sorts of fashionable goods made from lace. Step into any bar and you'll find lace too, albeit of a different variety. Brugse Zot, though clear and golden as a pilsner, has that unmistakable Belgian head and lace.

The aroma is really basic but far from bland - it features a tasty and prominent maltiness. It has more presence than you'd find in similarly light-coloured beers from North America or elsewhere in Europe; even boilerplate crowd-pleasers in Belgium have a good deal of character.

Dry and lightly sweet, the flavour doesn't offer (and doesn't need to offer) much beyond a cereal graininess. Both hops and yeast are kept to a minimum; such a bold but clean-tasting malt profile is the gold standard of Belgian 'blondes'. Super agreeable to all levels of drinkers.

Brugse Zot may be basic, but it's the kind of "basic" you'd kill for when thirsty. It is familiar and undistinguished enough to find favour with mainstream lager drinkers, but also offers enough flavour to appease craft beer geeks. Anyone with half a palate could easily, quantifiably discriminate this from industrial North American or European brands.

Straffe Hendrik is a brewer from which you can expect both quality and consistency. Brugse Zot ("fool of Bruges") doesn't joke around - it is a well-brewed, textbook Belgian Pale Ale that, having had the fortune of trying it so fresh from draught minutes from where it's brewed, I enjoyed so much so that it may be my personal choice for quintessential example of the style.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Best by Date of B (second week?) June 2015. Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a hazy medium yellow gold color with over 2inches of white head that dissipated quickly down to less than 1/4 inch, and had no lacing.

The aroma was fairly typical for the style, good earthy base grains, nice spice yeast, and some lightly tangy hops. The flavor profile was nearly identical, just more well defined. The yeast was sharper and more floral, the grain tasty and the hops a bit brighter.

The body was, as expected, on the light side of medium, a bit sticky in the middle, and had medium dry finish. Drinkability was pretty good, I could easily have several of these, but this is a style I like in general. Overall, a nice example of the style, worth a try if you see it.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Jan 2015. Purchased in Bruges last year while visiting the city (it survived the return flight, unlike my bottle of Straffe Hendrik). Brings back memories of Brugge!

Poured into a Delirium chalice. Bottle conditioned. A hazy golden-amber hue with plentiful carbonation. Yields a large head of fluffy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before collapsing to a surface layer. Aroma of fruity Belgian yeast with hints of light malt, grass/hay, spice, earthiness and a warming whiff of booze. Pleasantly rounded.

Tastes of light caramel malt with a yeasty character and a dry finish. Notes of fruity yeast esters, mild banana, grass/hay, earthiness, subtle spice and stewed hops. Well-attenuated, with a hint of alcohol in the background followed by a restrained, leafy bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, with good body and nicely-judged carbonation. Lightly astringent, with an aftertaste of earthy yeast, fruity esters and mild stewed hops.

A rather lovely brew that goes down all too easily. It looks great, and the aroma/flavour are balanced and satisfying. Earthy, fruity yeast esters and subtle hop notes mingle to produce a solidly crafted Belgian pale ale. The body is spot on. Very drinkable, and if I lived in Belgium I could easily imagine this becoming a regular fridge beer. Well worth sampling if you come across it (though I recommend trying it in Bruges).

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a deep golden hue with a medium slowly fading off white head. Aroma and Taste is of biscuit malt, yeast, bread, some citrus and fruity notes, grains and a bit of grass. A medium body with mild carbonation on the palate. Finishes with a sweet biscuit malt, yeast, some fruity notes and some light bitterness on the end. Overall a good drinking session ale.

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Brugse Zot from Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
3.65 out of 5 based on 476 ratings.
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