Brugse Zot Dubbel | Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

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Brewed by:
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
Belgium | website

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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46
Ratings:
176
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
22.4%
 
 
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Reviews: 46 | Ratings: 176
Photo of kleffman
4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a personally hand carried bottle from Brugges, Belgium. Bought at a bottle shop after touring Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / De Halve Maan and stored for 1 year at room temperature. Bottle marked to drink by April '09.

Aroma: Slightly alcoholic, nice malt character and the typical dark fruits common to these Dubbels.

Appearance: Poured into my Brugge Zot tall glass with about a 1+ inch tan head. Great head retention, it actually never left and at the end the glass was coated in foam. Quite a dark brown beer, with hints of red.

Flavor: Raisin, prune, plum and toasty malts. Can taste the alcohol but not overpowering. Overall excellent flavor.

Mouthfeel: While dry from the alcohol and possible low finishing gravity the texture of this beer is very nice coating your mouth with a smooth feeling.

Overall I loved this beer. It's much better than their pale, although I enjoyed that one both on location in Belgium as well as on draft at the Liar's Club in San Diego (how the hell does he get kegs like that!?)
This dubbel is a great example of the style though, and if you ever visit the wonderful little brewery (last remaining brewery in Brugges) you'll be a fan for life.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.41/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Inspection: notes 7.5% abv. and clearly notched with June 09 (sampled Feb 07). Sent to me by markmeadows57 (former BA).

Aroma: Some roasted malt, lightly perfumed alcohol and light hints of wet wood.

Appearance: Impressive head, tan and tight, held to a good half finger after a minute and left big loops of thick lace. Glass is ruby brown with back light showing excellent clarity.

Flavor: Rich rum soaked dark fruit. Figs, raisins, some toasted malt and black bready yeast. Really nice stuff

Mouthfeel: Creamy texture, dry alcoholic evaporative finish

Overall Impression: Massively enjoyable. Body vanishes at the sip, but the flavor lingers on the palate. Really nice beer. Thanks Mark!

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Photo of dstc
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown with ruby tones to it. Has a big foamy tan head that falls slow. Decent lace.

Sweet malt aroma with a slight metallic undertone.

Taste is similar to the aroma. Sweet malts and has the metallic taste in the finish.

Rather full in the mouth with moderate carbonation.

Decent beer. Nice drinking.

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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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Photo of ThaCreep
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nose in the style characteristic of the dubbel. Fruity, with black grapes, prunes, wrapped with a touch of alcohol interesting, such as black currant syrup. The mouth is involved, both fruity but also full of roasted malt. The drink is quite heady, with significant power. A good beer quality double major.

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

Very nice dubbel. Molasses and caramel in the nose with a touch of spiciness.

Flavor is similar to the nose with the caramel/spice component being strong.

Good carbonation and very drinkable.

Recommended. Thank you Nicolas for the chance to try this. Way too easy to drink, that is for sure.

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

Reviewed from my notes. I met some friends for drinks on the deck at Novare Res the other day and ordered this beer, as I was unaware that it existed (I was only familiar with the normal Zot). I jotted down a few impression in my notebook.

A: Dark brown, thin tan head, opaque

S: Slightly sweet, musty like a dubbel

T: Tastes a bit watery, slightly vinegary. Malty. Sharp. Tastes like a brown ale.

M: Medum body, slick coat, low carbonation. Coat is a little sweet and fruity.

D: Quite drinkable. Goes down well. Watery aspects are a plus.

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

A deep red beer with a thin tan head. The aroma is sweet malty with notes of over ripe fruits as well as a light touch of cinnamon. The flavor is sweet malty with notes of over ripe fruits, leading to a dry bitter finish

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Photo of BigGold
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had on draft into a Brugse Zot heavy weizenbier pint glass. I have possibly overrated it, as seriously tired at the time. But nicely-balanced beer, capable of standing up to moules spinazie, which is reminiscent of oysters rockefeller.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had a 0.33l glass of this (€3.50) at the brewery on 28SEP11, along with a tasty bier, cheese and ham soup.

A slender tulip was filled with an opaque, deep, rich mahogany hued creation. A thin, fine, wisp layer of tan bubbles covered the brew, with some good cling left on the glass. Held up to light it displayed some lovely tinges of ruby. It had a great body, being medium-plus and exceedingly smooth. A mild nose exhibited some dark fruit and candy sugar.

A bit of decent sweetness lead off the flavor, with hints of bitter choco and some dark fruit mixed in. It had a sharp, spicy, bitter hop finish (I believe they use Saaz). Very pleasing!
Prosit!!

3.98 rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An easy drinking and mild flavored Dubbel that also stays true to the style.

The pour brings a deep amber color, just shy of solid brown- chesnut or mohogany perhapse. A medium froathy pour delivers a blanket of tan-stanined head that retains and laces fairly well. Quite clear for a Dubel.

Aromas of deep toffee, plubs, dates, figs, and red grapes come to the forefront while mild chocolates, butterscotch, and cashew notes follow closely behind. A very sweet and succulent scent.

Very tasty toffees, mild chocolates, and nuttiness fuel the taste while the peripheries are decorated with plumbs/prunes, grapes/raisons, apples, and cherries- all in medium intensity and not the big flavors that are expected of the Trappist varieties. Hop flavors give a fine mint impression while the bitterness remains low.

Lighter in body, the beer continues it's conservative trend with a medium creamy texture early on and with a fleeting dryness in the end because of the alcohols and light sugar content, but without showing much grain or thinning textures.

A delicious Dubel, but the flavors and textures fall on the lighter side for the style, never mind authentic Belgian interpretations.

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Photo of rvdoorn
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: The beer pours a reddish-dark brown color with almost no head.
Smell: Roasted malts, caramel, yeast, orange and spicy hops
Taste: Roasted malts, caramel and yeast. Spicy hops in the medicinal in the aftertaste. Also some licorice appears in the very end with warming alcohol
Mouthfeel: Medium-high-carbonation, thin-body.
Overall: Nice drink

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into chalice, best by 11/2013. Pours hazy dark reddish brown color with a nice 1-2 finger foamy khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Decent spotty lacing clings to the glass, with a fair amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of big apple, raisin, prune, molasses, caramel, earth, clove, herbal, and yeast spices. Very nice aromas with good balance and strength; big on the fresh apple aromas until it warms up. Taste of big apple, raisin, cherry, caramel, molasses, nuttiness, earth, toast, pepper, clove, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of apple, dark fruit, caramel, molasses, earth, toast, pepper, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Very nice flavor balance and complexity; with no cloying sweetness at all. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a nice slick and lightly foamy mouthfeel as expected. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Very smooth to sip on. Overall this is a very nice dubbel. Nice flavor balance and complexity, and quite smooth. Maybe a touch too earthy, but I really have no complaints. Very well done.

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Photo of John_M
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's during their annual Belgian fest event.

The beer pours a brownish copper amber color with good head retention and lacing. Don't get a whole lot on the those, just some light cherry, some brown sugar and a hint of orange citrus. The flavor profile is interesting and a bit unusual in a dubbel I thought. I get considerable brown sugar, but also some cherry apple cider, light vanilla and a touch of licorice. The licorice flavor seemed to dry out the sweetness on the finish, and otherwise this beer is medium bodied, with a long, moderately sweet, spice filled, complex finish. Alcohol is barely noticeable, and seemed well integrated into the flavor profile.

A pretty nice dubbel I thought....

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a cloudy caramel amber with a two finger white head that dissipates quickly to an active bubbly ring around the glass. Spicy aroma of orange, apple juice, caramel malt, Belgian spicing. Flavor follows aroma with apple and pear juice, mild dark dried fruit, orange citrus, caramel malt, toffee. Finishes somewhat abruptly with residual spice, slightly sour and metallic, probably from the clove or cardamom. Medium bodied with active carbonation. I enjoyed the unusual mixture of dubbel sweetness with the mildly sour finish, but the abrupt loss of fruit and malt combined with the metallic bitterness decreased the quality of the finish. Still an interesting and enjoyable take on the dubbel style.

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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle brought home from Belgium. Pours a reddish-brown colour with a beige foamy head. Aromas of sweet dark malt, caramel & honey. Tastes of caramel, honey, banana, vanilla, nuts, brown sugar, grassy hops & sweet dark malt. Aftertaste is smooth with a mild bitter hoppy sweet malt finish.

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Photo of nickfl
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Two fingers of light brown head on a brown body with garnet highlights. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves little lace.

S - Strong fruity yeast character backed by dark, bready malt. Aromas of banana and fig with caramel and plum malt notes.

T - Fruity yeast hits the palate first, lots of banana and bubblegum. The malt comes out next, mostly caramel with some chocolate and plum flavors. Some spicy character appears in the finish with mild hops and notes of pepper and cloves.

M - Medium body, high carbonation, and a relatively dry finish.

D - Pretty drinkable, but the yeast notes become a bit cloying. There are some nice spicy notes in the finish and the malt character is nice, but not too much complexity otherwise. My biggest complaint is the excessive bubblegum character of the yeast which seems to be common to this brewery's beers. Still, it is a pleasant and fairly drinkable dubbel.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this at the bottle shop down the road. One of the luxuries of living in the Low Countries.

Poured into a goblet.

APPEARANCE: Huge somewhat bubbly head that's very persistent. Head goes down to a nice thick layer that sticks around until you're through. Beautiful lacing as well. Very dark brown and shows some very dark read when held to the light. I've had a good number of these dubbels and this is probably the best looking one I've seen so far.

SMELL: Sharp fruity smell and the alcohol cuts through. Some yeast as well.

TASTE: Sweetish fruity taste, some raisin is there, and some malt flavour as well. The aftertaste is stronger than the initial taste, which is somewhat lacking. Alcohol is there but not overpowering. Solid.

PALATE: Mediumish body feel. Carbonation is there but not overwhelming. Goes down smooth and relatively dry. Good feel for this style.

OVERALL: Great Dubbel. The intial taste is not all that spectacular, but the rest of the experience is great. Very drinkable. A beer I could drink all night for sure. Highly recommended.

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Photo of RuudJH
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer has a nice label with the jester on it. It makes for a funny beer as a gift.
The beer itself i found not too complicated. Good and undemanding. The dry finish was a good trick though...

Dark red-brown with a fluffy head.

Smell from the bottle is malts, floral garden smell, dried fruit.
Taste is hoppy and clean, with a dry finish.
The drink is warming, not too much alcohol.

The dry finish makes this brew kind of special, when you expected sweetness and fruitiness. A nice try because of this.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A – Deep ice tea. Khaki head is cream with great retention and lace.

S – Boozy u front with raisin and a hint of liquorish.

T – Bittersweet chocolate. Roasty malt center. Prune and oak finish.

M – Silky, with a low level of carbonation. Slightly syrupy finish.

O – Roasty for a double; a choice that I really enjoyed.

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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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Photo of BucBasil
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a branded chalice at De Halve Maan brewery in Bruges.

A: The beer is a cola brown color, clear on the edges, and topped with a pure tan 2 finger head with good retention.

S: Malty and fruity with a big yeast character. Dark spiced fruits.

T: Surprisingly big character here - thick big yeast profile, dark fruits all over, and slight spice. Finishes malty and spicy. Nice.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with scheitanic golden head of unbelievable density and beauty. Retention rocks. Smell - nut-almond cookies, caramel, dark fruits. Taste - yeasty, caramel and... And all. Drinkable, but finally cloying.
Pros - outstanding smell and appearance.
Contras - disappointing taste and mouthfeel, yeastiness, lack of complexity.

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Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a chalice, pours brown colored with a foggy ody. Dense foam with medium bubbles, very good retention. Your nose will perceive toasted malts 6 yeast profile, hops not shown. Taste is sweety with spicy notes of dark fruis. Alcohol is present in a medium-heavy body & could be felt overall. An standard but not less good Belgish Bruin.Nice drinkability sip by sip.

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