The quintessential Belgian blonde ale against which all other blondes are compared. It is made in Bruges by the Halve Maan Brewery using 4 different malts to give it a distinctive big body and sweet malt character, while the unique yeast adds notes of banana and plum. The beer has a crisp, clean finish thanks to the hops that also bring a dried-fruit-like edge to the beer.
Brugse Zot, a city beer for Bruges brewed by De Halve Maan, was launched in 2005 by Xavier Vanneste, but its name harks back to the late Middle Ages, when the Emperor Maximilian of Austria visited Bruges.
He witnessed a parade of jesters and madmen (fools called ‘zotten’). Afterwards, the citizens of Bruges asked the Emperor for a ‘zothuis’ (or madhouse). Whereupon he responded: “A madhouse is all I have seen today.”
Brugse Zot is a very drinkable thirst-quencher with bags of character, brewed with four varieties of malt and two types of aroma hops. Thanks to re-fermentation the taste evolves in the bottle. The blonde Brugse Zot has now acquired a dark sibling: the strong, full-mouthed Brugse Zot Dubbel, brewed with Saaz hops and six specialty malts.
Fans of Belgian pales like Leffe will enjoy this one.
De Halve Maan Brewery 🇧🇪 brugse zot : belgian blonde beer