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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Lnedrive14 on 08-17-2006

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Reviews: 46 | Ratings: 177
Reviews by GCBrewingCo:
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3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer arrived in the proper glass a clear brown with a tannish, tall, and long lasting head which coated the glass from top to bottom.

The aroma was nutty with a strong caramel and a toasty character. The flavor also had a lightly smoky nature. Behind the other characteristics was a light bit of Belgian yeast spice.

The flavor was nutty with a lightly corny (DMS) presence and a dark caramel character. The flavor was not sweet but had a strong malt impression with a light Belgian yeast spice. Some chocolate was notable as well.

The finish was even heading into dry with a lasting chocolate and caramel into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a fairly moderate carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. Not a complex beer at all, more of a tourist dubbel, but much better than their blond.

Draft at De Halve Mann in Brugge on 9/13/06, called Brugse Zot Bruin at the Brewery.

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3.41/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DawnOne
5/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan in Bruges after the tour- wonderful beer, congenial bar!

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of deebo
2.88/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Had this a few times at restaurants/bars in Bruges where selection was limited and liked it fine so brought a bottle home to review. Bottle is marked lot A with a BB date of Sept 2015.

A-Poured into a chalice this is a lively brew, several fingers of a light tan head that slowly breaks down to a thin layer that laces the glass nicely. Looks fairly clear in the light with more of a reddish tint than most dubbels.

S-Herbal hops with a bit of spice is noticed which distinguishes it from the standard Belgian dubbel. More phenols than esters noticed, weak malt aroma.

T-This is a spicy dubbel, lacks the sweet dark fruit character and complexity of the traditional abbey dubbels. Only when the beer warms do any of the dried dark fruits that are trademarks of a dubbel start to appear but they still take a back seat to the spicy character of this beer.

M-Highly carbonated, weak in body. Definitely lacks the big malt bill of a good dubbel. A bit vapory which hits you with the alcohols.

O-This is a spicy, phenol forward dubbel, best consumed warm to get some complexity and drown out the herbal, spicy quality. Not a bad beer, just not the typical Belgian dubbel which I enjoy so much.

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Photo of siculosvevo
5/5  rDev +33.3%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Sept 2014, so a little out of date. Acquired ages ago from a Belgian supermarket while on a trip. I hope it's alright....

A: Poured into a tulip. Bottle conditioned. A deep, hazy reddish-brown hue with some chunky floating sediment and medium carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy beige foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a patchy surface layer.

S: Aroma of sweet, fruity malt with hints of prunes, dried fruit, brown sugar, mild molasses, stewed leaves and faint earthy yeast. A touch of cardboard. Pretty good.

T: Tastes of fruity malt with a lingering yeasty finish. Notes of dried fruit, brown sugar, faint roasted grain, mild molasses, stewed leaves, earthy yeast and harsh cardboard. Slightly sweet, followed by a subtle bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with effervescent carbonation and decent body. Lightly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of vague fruity malt, stewed leaves and cardboard.

O: It's OK; a tad lacking in depth for the style. Looks alright, while the aroma and flavour are predominantly fruity malt and stewed leaf notes. Acceptable body. It could do with a character boost to make it stand out from its peers - goes down OK but otherwise unexceptional. Worth sampling if you come across it.

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of chinchill
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On nitro tap at the Porter Bar (ATL). Served in Brugse Zot stemware.

Dark fruit and a hint of wood in the nose.

Flavor. Rich and complex. Mostly dark fruits and light spices. Sweet and bitter in about equal measure with a subtle tartness too.

O: nearly on par with Westmalle?

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3/5  rDev -20%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of biboergosum
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
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, fruity, 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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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.76/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.07/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Lnedrive14
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My parents brought this back from Belgium, straight from the brewery. I wasn't a big fan of the Pale Ale, but this was pretty good.

Dark, dark brown with a hint of orange/amber and a thick head. Great head retention - head stayed firm throughout the consumption. Very full bodied. Well-balanced taste with some light fruits, raw sugar, mild alcohol, spices, cloves.

A tasty beer and a nice example of the style. Thank you mom and dad.

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3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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