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Brugse Zot Dubbel | Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

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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
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
180
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
22.93%
 
 
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For Trade:
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
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 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 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 Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -20%
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 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 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 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 smcolw
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
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 Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
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 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 stevoj
2.99/5  rDev -20.3%
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 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 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 jrallen34
3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank from a 11.2 oz bottle in Brugge at the brewery.

The head is big and white, and sticks around for awhile. There is some lacing, average at best.

It tastes ok, a hint of caramel.

This is much better than the Zot blonde, but not a great Belgian beer by any means.

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Photo of FLima
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brown orangeish color with an immense dark beige thick mushroom head with eternal retention and leaving good laces.
Aroma with notes of raisins, chocolate, dried fruits and cherries.
Flavor with notes of raisins, cocoa, brown sugar, cherries, clear noble hops, vanilla, cinnamon, apple puree, some licorice, nuts and white pepper. Dry aftertaste with a mild bitterness.
Light to medium velvety body with effervescent carbonation. Alcohol of 7.5% is harmonic to the beer.
Pleasant, balanced and assertive Dubbel. Although it feels relatively a bit less complex, phenols are more prominent.

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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 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

1391

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
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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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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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 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 Absumaster
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a dark brown color with a compact thick head that sticks to the glass.

Smell is slightly acidic, I don't know if this is ment to be like this, but together with the caramel, it smells like a red wine or like cherries. Lovely!

Taste is also somewhat acidic, not sharp, again the cherries come through and a good caramellic and chocolaty, roasted taste. The acidity give the beer it's extra depth.
I suspect it to be an infection, because the beer has a thin mouthfeel and tasted a little watery. There is also a bit too much carbonation in the beer and aftertaste is quite dry.
Nevertheless a good beer with some extra complexity.

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Photo of farrago
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Close to two fingers of dense dark tan foam, you'll get a swell of larger bubbles at the spot where you pour, a little above average retention, just about the same can be said for the thin streaks of lacing. Cloudy muddy brown liquid, more yellow accents to it than orange, clearer at the rims. Spicy, peppery nose, coriander, more than enough to offset the toffee, caramel, milk chocolate component, raisin and fig scents fresh, no over-concentration, a splash of rum, earthy with a leesy edge. Medium-bodied, displays good balance, the carbonation has the right level of churn to keep things lowkey. As in the nose, drier than expected with the earth, grass, peat, charcoal flavors mingling with the rich milk chocolate, butterscotch, caramel flavors. Cherry and apple accompany the raisin, fig here. Less arch spiciness than in the nose. But, conversely more resonant orange citrus. Warming brings coffee, yeast, brazil nut notes. Again, balanced, the parts fit well together, just kinda not so interesting.

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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 paterlodie
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BBE 04-09. Good presentation with lasting beige head and a beautifull clear dark mahonybrown beer. Nose is lots of caramel and even more candysugar that oversweets nose a bit. Nice eststerprofile also with good banana and ripe aple. Taste is full and strong; lots of candysugar again and maybe bit sticky with finishing roasty bitterness. Enjoyable brew but drink it quiet cold and fast as this one gets more and sticky when warming up and loosing CO2.

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