Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

Huisbrouwerij De Halve MaanHuisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
BA SCORE
78.3%
Liked Their Beers
3.93 w/ 2,424 ratings
Huisbrouwerij De Halve MaanHuisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

Walplein 26
Brugge, 8000
Belgium

+32 50 44 42 22 | map
halvemaan.be

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BEER STATS
Beers:
10
Reviews:
706
Ratings:
2,424
Liked:
1,897
Average:
3.93/5
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
72.5%
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
102
Liked:
74
Avg:
3.95/5
pDev:
15.44%
 
 
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Reviews by DaPeculierDane:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.05/5  rDev -22.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Visited: 8-23-10

Finding De Halve Maan was a great part of the fun. For this, I set my bearings, put away my map, and followed the smell of malt. Through red brick alleyways upon stone cobbled pavement we traversed as all the while that wonderful aroma grew more pungent. At long last we came upon a rather funny scene.

Before us stood a wide courtyard behind which rose an attractive brick brewery more akin to a late 19th century American or British brewery than to those I have typically witnessed in Belgium. Its entry way and windows, however, were ornately dressed to the point of approaching Disney Land. I began to worry that we had stumbled into a tourist trap.

In the far corner of the courtyard, near the entryway, a narrow bar topped with the familiar Bruges Zot tap handles rested upon the cobbles. On the left and the right were well set tables covered in neat white table clothes. The sun shown over our heads for the first time since our arrival in Belgium, a country whose climate bests Seattle's as the world's most miserable.

Then something odd started happening, the waiters and waitresses started scurrying about, rapidly moving tables to create a lane down the center of the courtyard. Out of nowhere a small blue tractor hauling a cart drove right down the aisle, nearly hitting several dining guests and stopped below a large window. The window swung open. A shoot slid down. Heaps of hot, moist spent malt began pouring into the cart on their way to a local dairy farmer no doubt. The smell was enticing to say the least and it was time for a beer. More importantly, however, we confirmed that we had not tripped into a tourist trap at all. This was real live working brewery, and if that meant that the customer's lunch had to be disturbed for few moments to continue the work of the brewery, so be it.

We drank the Bruges Zot, the Bok, and the Dubel. I recall drinking a wit as well but I did not takes notes on it so perhaps I'm wrong. Our lunch was quite good. I enjoyed a healthy heaping of Vlaamse Stovery with fries and salad. It wasn't the best I had in Belgium but it was adequate. My companions ate a bouillabaisse of sorts and a wonderful salad. The food was above average and a value by Bruges standards. The beers were as they always are from this brewery - clean, pleasing, appropriate to their styles, but not exceptional.

The one problem we encountered was service. The servers were stressed and rude and that was only on the rare occasion that they were present. We waited and waited to order our beers, waited for twenty minutes or more to get them, waited again to order, waited for what seemed like forever to get our lunch and to order another round, etc... They were busy and it would have been forgivable had the staff been apologetic but instead they pointed their noses in the air and acted as if the long delays were somehow of our own making.

Overall: What would have been an above average meal at a great price and some decent beers in a absolutely top notch setting was turned sour by absolutely dismal service. Don't go unless you have a lot of time on your hands or are able to go when it is slow.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of JamFuel
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

De Halve Maan is Bruges' main brewery, located just outside the city centre.

The place is pretty big, with a large indoor dining area, a fairly large patio and a shop. Vibe is laid back, but there are a lot of tourists making their way through the brewery, so it gets a bit hectic at tmes.

Seletion is limited to the house beers, with the regular four beers, and seasonal selections. Quality is very high, though, since you're at the brewery itself. Didn't eat, but the food looked and smelled good!

Overall, a nice, albeit touristy place with some quality beer.

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Photo of Beersnake1
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Spezz
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Mothergoose03
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

Our visit here was to take the VIP tour of the brewery, so this review focuses on our experience for that and not the pub itself. The pub looked inviting, and there was plenty of people enjoying their beers there as well as at the outdoor tables in the courtyard on this nice day.

We had paid extra to get the VIP tour here, and it was well worth it. They offer an English tour guide by scheduling ahead of time which is what we did. The tour was very informative and the guide was entertaining, but seeing the inside of this old building and the old equipment that is still used to make beer is amazing. No beer is offered during the tour for good reason – the 'steps' during parts of the tour were essentially steep ladders, and the tour included a walk across part of the buildings roof (with railings for safety). The tasting room at the end of the tour is in a party room that is not part of the pub, and the beer samples were excellent. We would have liked to stay and enjoy the pub a bit more and have a meal, but with only one day on our trip to spend in Brugge, we had to move on. This ended up being our most favorite place during our 17-day trip. One last note: the baseball hats are very reasonably priced at 9.5 euro in the gift shop.

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Photo of The_Bujon
3.95/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.75

Very relaxed venue, ideal stop for your first beverage on route from Bruges Station to the Grotemarket, I call in every time. Big open beer keller feel, but toasty warm. Only serving the beers they produce on site. Do the brewery tour if you have an hour.

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Photo of MattMorin
5/5  rDev +26.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of epyon396
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of parpalapelix
4/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Charvey02
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of MadScientist
4.07/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25

A shiny, modern brewery with a nice view of the water from the bar and restaurant. I arrived just as food service was ending but I'll make time for based on what I saw on the menu and on the tables of the other guests. Their beer selection is limited but exceptional. Service was slow.

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Photo of Euroglot
3.05/5  rDev -22.8%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Photo of jkhara12
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of aRedLetterLife
4.64/5  rDev +17.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of youbrewidrink
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Hard place to review!

Brewery tour was outstanding. The gift shop was nice. Food was good, beer was very good, service was excellent. Just too formal for me.

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Photo of BenBreeg
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of MichaelRCoryn
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 1

Photo of Sixpoint
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of srletend
3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of Rifugium
1/5  rDev -74.7%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1

What a disgrace. Walked a mile from my house to get lunch here when they opened. Sat at a table and waited 30 minutes, flagging down service, with absolutely no response. Fortunately I packed a sandwich for my daughter, so she sat with me and ate that while I sat there in vain without even a nod in my direction. So to hell with this place, the staff, and the beer which I didn't get to taste, but which I assume is just as terrible. Avoid this dump like the plague. A disgrace to Belgian breweries.

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Photo of spointon
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

Photo of jrfehon33
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of mozartandmadnes
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4

Photo of ColSanders123
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan in Brugge, Belgium
Brewery rating: 78.3% out of 100 with 2,424 ratings
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