Brugse Zot Dubbel | Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

Brugse Zot DubbelBrugse Zot Dubbel
BA SCORE
3.8/5
190 Ratings
Brugse Zot DubbelBrugse Zot Dubbel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
Belgium
halvemaan.be

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Lnedrive14 on 08-17-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#16,189
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
190
pDev:
11.58%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
60
Trade:
0
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Best before 12/2014.

Pours a hazy dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, dark fruit, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with dark fruit and slight metallic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is pretty tasty but the metallic quality I am getting in the flavor isn't all that nice.

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Photo of spycow
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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 biboergosum
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
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 Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clear light brown color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of candi sugar and light caramel notes is tamer than I was expecting. Taste is also a standard mix of candi sugar and light caramel malt notes. Body is lighter than expected with some good carbonation. Sub-standard example of the style.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
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 chinchill
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
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 olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of nickfl
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
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 dcmchew
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
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 vfgccp
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
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 smcolw
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown with a good starting head. Light does shine through although not enough to determine the clarity. No lace and the head settles to a single layer of bubbles

More alcohol is registering on this one versus their "regular". Less interesting as this masks any other aromas--like the darker malts. I cannot find any hops.

Quite sweet, but the alcohol is still the strongest element to the beer. Good mouthfeel--on the richer side. Good carbonation. Overall, probably would taste better on a cooler day (today is 90+).

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Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
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 stevoj
2.99/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

An average dubbel. Hazy, dark brown, with very thick foamy head. Light aroma of brown sugar, brown bread, and coriander. Taste is spicy , but overall mouthfeel is light, Spiciness leads to stinging on the palate. Meh.

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Photo of StoutSnob40
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of John_M
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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 Latarnik
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WDJersey
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.26/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of samEBC
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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