Beer "Brugse Zot" Dubbel, 330 ml
Beer hazy reddish-brown color.
Taste of beer complex, balanced, very smooth, largely echoing the fragrance reveals notes of apple, raisins, cherries, caramel, molasses, nuts, earth, toast, pepper, cloves, yeast and spices. Closer to the finish appears pleasant, mild hop bitterness. All these nuances can be felt in a protracted aftertaste.
Balanced fruit and spicy aroma of beer shows apple tones and dark fruit, dried fruit (raisins, prunes), mint, black pepper, caramel, yeast, ground, herbs and cloves.
Beer goes well with cheese (oil, Brie, Gouda, Havarti, Swiss, sharp gorgonzola, Limburger), meats (beef), chocolate.
"Brugse Zot" Dubbel - dark Belgian ale with a very complex bouquet with a wide palette of various shades, perfectly balanced with each other. In the manufacture of beer used 6 special kinds of malt, which give the beer a rich taste, and the world famous hops (Tcheque Saaz), which adds a unique taste of beer bitterish note.
As for the "Brugse Zot" Blond , original recipe "Bryugze Zot" Double was developed by Mr. Xavier Vanneste - the owner of the brewery De Halve Maan. This beer has become a landmark for the brewery, because it was first released in 2005, resumed its activities after a long reconstruction of the plant in Bruges.
The name of the beer "Bryugze Zot" is translated as "Fool of Bruges." According to legend, Maximilian of Austria to meet the people of Bruges organized a colorful parade of fools and madmen. When at the end of the day Maximilian asked to allocate funds for the construction of a new madhouse he replied: "Today I have not seen anyone but fools. Bruges and so - one large madhouse!". Since then, the inhabitants of Bruges called "Brugse Zotten" ("Fools of Bruges").
The history of the family brewery "De Halve Maan" ("Half Moon") lasts for more than 150 years. Six generations of the family Mace, since 1856, working in Bruges with a single purpose: to produce excellent authentic beer while respecting traditional methods of brewing, which is famous Bruges. Brewery began as a production of cask ales with a short shelf life.
In 1928, the third generation of the family - Henry III Mace has established a factory production of lager, installing special equipment. Beer was a resounding success, and sales for the year increased by 46%. The next step of Henry, which followed the latest trends in production, was the release of soft drinks - lemonade and water. After World War II, Henry III was also the owner of the neighboring brewery "Brugge Zeehaven". This additional space is allowed to increase the scale of the updates that were necessary due to increased production.
In the 50-ies of XX century, the active work of the next representative of the family - Henry IV - resulted in significant promotion of the brewery. Beer and soft drinks "Domino" were successful and in-demand products. But a new lifestyle 70s led to a fall in sales, people began to buy beer in supermarkets, and small amounts of the brewery was not allowed to enter this market.
In the 80 years the interest in traditional regional beer began to increase. This intelligently used the brewery embarked led Veronica, daughter of Henry IV, who immediately launched a new special light beer fermented. Its release was timed to coincide with the inauguration of the statue of St. Arnold in Bruges, who was the patron saint of brewers. New beer appreciated the Mayor and asked him to submit to a reception at the Town Hall. The beer was a bit stronger than other varieties, and, therefore, it was named "Straffe Hendrik" (or "Strong Henri"). Later, in connection with the closing of the plant "De Halve Maan", the brand was sold to the brewery "Riva" in Bruges, which was making its from 1988 until 2002.
During these years, Veronica "opened the door" brewery "De Halve Maan" to the public. And to this day turned into a museum of historic brewery first building is still owned by the family Mace, visited by many tourists from around the world.
The revival of the brewery "De Halve Maan" after reconstruction and modernization occurred in 2005, thanks to the efforts of Veronica's son - Xavier Vanneste. After the opening, he launched a new beer called "Brugse Zot", having developed a unique recipe for it. Beer "Brugse Zot" was a great success far beyond the city of Bruges. This award-winning beer prompted the family to expand brewing operations. By the end of 2008 at the brewery "back" beer "Straffe Hendrik", which also currently being cooked on the "De Halve Maan" according to the original old recipe.