Brewed by Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
Style: Belgian Ale
Brugge, Belgium


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Bottle; Unfiltered.
In 2005 Xavier Vanneste, son of Mrs Véronique Maes, renovated and restarted the old brewery which had been in the family since 1856. He launched Brugse Zot, a new beer with a unique recipe. Today Brugse Zot is the only beer brewed in Bruges’ town centre!
The people of Bruges are known as "Brugse Zotten" (Bruges Fools), also known as "Brugse Jonckers"

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JonMoore (1807) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 15, 2006
Bottle. Hazy golden colour with a huge white head. Fresh citrus, orange peel and yeast aroma. Taste is sweet, spicey and fruity with lemon, fresh yeast and a light bitter and dry finish. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DanBerg (59) - Alkmaar, NETHERLANDS - DEC 13, 2006
Drank on tap at Kafe Belgie, Utrecht. Blond Belgian Ale with a nice colour and average size of head. It tasted a bit like a Belgian white instead of an Ale, due because of the citrus aroma and fresh taste. Will drink this again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldMrCrow (1718) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2006 Bottle tasted 12/3/06

Pours golden with a robust head and lots of floating gelatinous matter. The aroma is crisp, laced with citrus but dominated by grassy belgian yeast tones. The flavor is excellent, ever-so-slightly sweet on the front of the sip, gently rustic, accented with citrus, beautifully dry on the finish. The big drawback is that it is really rather simple and light on the front side of each sip. 7/3/8/4/14=3.6

Still, I’m a bit surprised by the low ratings that this one has received. For me, it encompasses much of the appeal of a good tripel in a much more quaffable 6% brew. I’ll be buying this one again.

Addendum Upon a second tasting just two weeks later, I now undeerstand the lower ratings that this one has been drawing. It’s a bit sweet on the front, a bit too heavy on the wit-like fruity esters. I’d have given this one maybe a 3.2 or 3.3 if I’d rated from scratch, though I’ll only bump the original 3.6 down by 1 point.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - DEC 2, 2006
Bottle from Greens in Atlanta. Nice store by the way. Massive explosion and left a large part of this on the counter. But what was left had a rather pleasant nose of spices and some exotic fruit.A bit too carbonated for my tongue but that dodn’t take away from the taste as there wasn’t much anyway.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MPA (779) - Amager (form. Nørrebro&Aalborg), DENMARK - DEC 1, 2006
Bottle. Golden with off white head. Yeast, sweetness, banana, fruit(salat), apple in aroma. Flavour of yeast, apple, sweetness, banana, toffee and nice bitter finish with a touch of malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jaymobrown (1617) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2006
Light orange hazy glow with a smallish white head. Faint orange peel nose with a slight hint of lemon. Fizzy mouthfeel. Yeast, orange, lemon zest, slight bitter, floral flavors. Refreshing, light, and clean drinking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (10354) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 13, 2006
Aroma of citrus and yeast. Very clean aroma. Perhaps a bit of lemon. Light brassy color. Substantial head. It almost started with apple, but that was not it. Perhaps a hint of ginger. Very light on the hops, the finish is a bit sweetish. Perhaps a bit of banana-ish hefeweisen in the finish. Very nice. Moderately complex. Moderate mouthfeel. Not a heavy drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tmoney99 (10090) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2006
Bottle. Poured hazy orange with an average fizzy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate sweet tart citrus aroma. Light to medium body with a thin texture and soft carbonation. Light sweet citrus flavor with a light sweet finish of short duration.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StueyD (1069) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - NOV 4, 2006
A light golden orange coloured beer with a thk, but frothy white head. A sweet malty nose with a touch of wheat and a hint of hop. The taste is dry with a fizzy mouthfeel. Sweet biscuity malt flavour, with a wheaty, cereal taste that is accompanied by a touch od crisp hop in the finish. (Bottle - courtesy of Mark @ The Fox & Hounds, Heacham, Norfolk).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mansquito (3114) - Nueva York, New York, USA - NOV 1, 2006
Tried this at the brewery. A nice strong light ale. Malty, sweet, yet crisp at the same time. Nice big head that had a tendency to overflow the glasses. Definately a good beer. Maybe one day I’ll try the other Straffe Hendrick beers.

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