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Brugse Zot | Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

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482 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
Belgium
halvemaan.be

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by paterlodie on 08-04-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#31,096
Reviews:
181
Ratings:
482
pDev:
12.77%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
19
Gots:
106
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 482 |  Reviews: 181
Photo of Foley67
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of 54V4G3
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DbbC
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MattMorin
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biboergosum
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
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 +11.4%
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 Zazzi82
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of qrazvan
3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SebTBL
3.07/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of gregcordle
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BlackVeg
3.39/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of redfox405
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Silke_Neryn
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of parpalapelix
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Malt_Man
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
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 Jcarriglio
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WDJersey
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jbfarris
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dbrauneis
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
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 wonothesane42
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NilocRellim
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
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 chrisroarshack
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of eric5bellies
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Beginner2
3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
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 igl
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brugse Zot from Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 482 ratings
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