Brugse Zot Dubbel | Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

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Brugse Zot DubbelBrugse Zot Dubbel

Brewed by:
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Lnedrive14 on 08-17-2006

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Ratings: 199 |  Reviews: 56
Photo of flyingpig
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

33cl on-tap at the brewery (€3.80):
Floral & quite hoppy throughout, the beer kicked off with more sweet malts & caramel than expected but was balanced out thanks to some touches of sourness & cherry alongside some background fruits that included apple. It was a pleasant & refreshing beer to sip away at without being overly complex & it's one I'd happy have again but at the same time not one I'd rush back too straight away.

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Photo of The_Bujon
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A slightly rare bird is the Brugse Zot Dubbel.

Deep Amber body, more like a rouge, topped with a huge iceberg of a head, towers above the rim of the Brugse Zot glass just begging for a chocolate flake sticking into it!

Aroma is typically a touch on the sour side, yeasty notes.

Taste is a grower, first mouthful felt a little harsh, but by the second swig the malty flavours flood through, sharp at the finish.

Feel is a little watery as most dubbel's seem to be, with the exception of the leading contenders. Leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste, not a smooth beverage despite it's appearance.

Overall, this is solid, but there are better options in this category in my opinion.

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Photo of Pohr10
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gudthing
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour nicely, a nice thick head. Cloudy yellow, looks great!

Smell is caramel and hops and a little metally.

Taste is caramel, brown sugar with a nice balanced bitter blend, its dry and smooth, very easy going.

Its medium carbonation with a nice medium body.

A typical Belgian beer, its good all rounder, could drink all day!

Hb 3

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Photo of Ichoosefiction
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AAG
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

At the de Halve Maan in Bruges, Belgium: “the only tavern where you can taste the Brugse Zot straight from the lager tank, unfiltered.” Incredible beer, spicy, rich, great lacing, malty. Great one!

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dandy14
3.36/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GentleKnight1
2.91/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of JonnoWillsteed
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bought from the Metro grocery store in Ankara, Turkey; which carries more 'alt vs the same old local stuff' lines than anywhere else I know of. BB 10-Mar-18. Cost TL13.25 = US$3.60, Euro3.05, GBP2.70. Expensive, but a treat.
L - Very deep clear chestnut red. It's been in the fridge weeks, and poured into a clean glass, but is livelier that expected, and had to be poured very slowly. The head is pale caramel in colour, and is reducing to lacing markedly slowly.
S - Rich and toasted malts, with some leathery wood. You can't quite 'smell the alcohol' but my nose tells me to expect something with muscle.
T - Interesting! Toasty malts, complex woody notes, and leaving a distinct alcohol tang, finally into a refreshing dryness. After half a bottle I notice a sweetish end-note too, and have taken a 1/4pt off my original Taste rating as to me it's a little intrusive.
M - Nice combo of heft without being a sledgehammer, so it's solid but also quite dry and hence is refreshing.
O - This for me is something of a pricier 'session starter' to buy and enjoy on a clean palette. I don't think I would want to have more than one or two at a go. It's just a little too rich, to my dryer taste, for me to rate it higher. But at least it's good and interesting, and it'll take the edge of the blaaah local beers we move on to later this evening.

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Photo of AGust82
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BelgianBeerChef
3.01/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Spezz
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ArrogantB
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery in Bruges. Dark brown and served in proper glassware. Nice fruity dubbel, easy to drink despite the ABV and I think it was 3€ For a glass. Enjoyable.

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Photo of DanfromVan
2.31/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Must have gotten a bad bottle. Was very metallic with heavy chemical taste and a very bitter after flavour that I could not get rid of..

Will try again another time and hope for better

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Photo of OlaB
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: pours a murky reddish-brown color. Gives a big creamy top of head that disolver inn a slow pace .sticky lacings on the glass.

A: cherries, raisins,apples, candy sugar,caramel and bread.

T&F: Inn the start is fruits with burned sugar and bread inn the back. Gets more spiced Inn the middle and I also sense a lot more off caramel Inn the background. Finishes off dry and still with a lot caramel notes in the back. Pleasant length on the aftertaste. Creamy mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Good malt profile on this one.

O: an quite pleasant and good belgian dubble. It sure is better belgian dubbles out there, but this was not bad at all I must say.

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Photo of mishi_d
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hanglow
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear red/brown, large head. There is some sediment swirling around, to be expected with a bottle conditioned beer with high carbonation

Sweet blackcurrant , some alcohol, raisins. Reminds me of Ribena mainly

Flavour is fairly low key for such a big beer, more raisins/dried fruit, touch of spicy hop. There's a low bitterness that is slightly astringent/harsh that doesn't really work. Light in mouthfeel, high in carbonation.


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Photo of emincems
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky brown color with fluffy beige head. Aroma has the classic belgian yeast profile you are used to from other classic abbey ales. Some brown sugar and toasted malts as well. Taste starts with some dried fruits and brown sugar, continues with yeast flavors and finishes quite balanced. Medium to light bodied with medium carbonation. A classic dubbel, not special in any way.

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Photo of MattMorin
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of yaron73
4.94/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A bottle at "Elephant Belgian Pub" in Warsaw.

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Photo of beerinabottle
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of biboergosum
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, part of a trio of this brewery's wares to be delivered to Alberta, in the traditional packaged manner, and not via underground pipeline!

This beer pours a clear, dark red-brick brown colour, with two chubby fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat fizzy beige head, which leaves a bit of thickly sudsy forest canopy lace around the glass as it very slowly sinks away.

It smells of bready and doughy caramel malt, bittersweet cocoa powder, some mixed dark fruitiness (raisins, dried cherries, and bruised apples), an ephemeral yeastiness, a sort of sweet nuttiness, and very subtle leafy and mildly perfumed floral hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy caramel malt, a twinge of biscuity toffee, besotted black orchard fruit (essentially the same from the aroma), dead-seeming yeast, an oily bar-top nutty character, brown sugar syrup, and more plain herbal and estery floral hoppiness.

The bubbles are pretty low-key in their workaday frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and generally smooth, just a hint of yeast and alcohol ingress keeping this from obtaining top marks, as such. It finishes off-dry, but in a duly moderated sense - malt, yeast, fruit, florals, and alcohol, all playing nicely together.

Overall, Brugse Zot Dubbel (say that 10 times fast!) comes across as a version of the style that has been made this way forever, and they ain't gonna be changing it anytime soon. Well-constructed, if not particularly complex, but that's ok, it just renders it all that much more easy to quaff, brain duly turned off.

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Photo of mtbdonn
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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