Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
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Reviews by DaPeculierDane:
3.05/5 rDev -16.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
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.
07-26-2010 16:41:56 | More by DaPeculierDane
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3.86/5 rDev +6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75 | $$
"Fun way to blow some time off. Sweet old brewery to say the least. The tour is a well oiled machine." Hard to disagree with any of that.
It was an interesting journey, trying to find this place while at the same time having no clue where it was other than directionally. We finally spotted another city map, went to read it, and noticed we were straight in front of the brewery. Nice.
Not an overly popular line of beers, but probably the easiest brewery to visit in the entire country. The tour was good, and in english. The views from the top of the brewery are solid and it was fun to watch people try to navigate all the stairs within. The tour includes just a full pour of the Brugse Zot, which was better than advertised. We also devoured some bitterballen and cheese out in the lovely terrace. I could have stayed for another, but there were bigger and better spots on the itinerary.
I'm glad we did it - it wasn't in my itinerary, but we just needed to kill a few hours
08-31-2013 17:20:58 | More by dirtylou
3.41/5 rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.25 | $$
Fun way to blow some time off. Sweet old brewery to say the least. The tour is a well oiled machine. You are pushed on through. The beer is tasty as well. The highlight was a picture of the next young man in the family to get the brewery. He has a look on his face that is priceless...like "awww yeaaahhh".
07-15-2013 07:04:46 | More by tyboxr
3.88/5 rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | $
Brouwerij De Halve Maan was on my shortlist of things to do when I was in Bruges for the day.
I planned on going on a tour, however, we got there too late; this was a MAJOR disappointment.
In fact, we got there about 20 minutes before they were closing. My friends and I sat down and ordered a round of the Blonde, Dubbel, Triple, and Quad. The Dubbel and Quad were my favorites.
The service was good and the ambiance of the courtyard was nice.
Ratings and review notes aside: being in Bruges, drinking Straffe Hendrik (at it's brewery) is something that I will never forget.
06-07-2013 17:20:47 | More by allenson21
4.08/5 rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Very good beer, and the environment is pretty cool if you sit outside. The inside is clean, and well-lit, though otherwise unremarkable. There were only two beers on tap, though there were several more bottled beers to choose from. The staff was friendly and helpful. Recommended.
05-31-2013 21:15:18 | More by McBraniel
United Kingdom (England)
4.41/5 rDev +21.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | $$
I have been to the De Halve Maan brewery several times and would highly recommend it to anyone visiting Bruges.
Although the tour is very basic in terms of the brewing process, the tour guides are absolutely phenomenal. You get to walk around several areas of the brewery, ending with a free taster.
Be careful, the stairways on this tour can be treacherous for younger/older patrons. I would not recommend the tour for those with young children.
05-18-2013 17:08:27 | More by geedub11
4.35/5 rDev +19.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25 | $$
As part of a beer tour group we visited Staffe Hendrik and loved it. One of the best facility tours by far. Top notch marketing across all products.
The food was great and gave us a good idea of Belgian cruisine. We spent almost 3 hours having lunch and it was well worth it.
The gift shop was nice but unfortunately were sold out on a number of things.
If you are in Bruges, you must stop here.
05-15-2013 01:33:25 | More by hotsudge
3.82/5 rDev +4.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | $$
We didn't spend a lot of time in Bruges, but did everything that we wanted after seeing the movie In Bruges, including climbing the tower and taking a canal tour. Easily could have spent another day there to take advantage of the museums more, but still a fun, touristy visit.
As they were rolling up the streets (we accidentally hit a holiday, but I didn't understand what), we headed to attempt an unplanned brewery tour at De Halve Maan. Unfortunately, when we arrived, the tours were long done and we had less than an hour to sample their beers. Not too disappointed missing the tour since my guess is that the on-the-hour tours would tell us beer is made of four ingredients.
Bruges Zot Blonde and Dubbel beers were very good, but the Straffe Hendrick beers, Tripel and Quad, were a clear notch above. Very Dutch/Flemish style of beers that have a strong balance with an assertive yeast influence, especially the Quad which tasted like Hertog Jan that we brought back from Amsterdam on our first trip there in 2003. Talking to the bartender and complimenting the beer while running out of time before bar close at 6 pm, I asked if I could buy more than one beer. With a slightly astonished look, he said yes. I explained that in the US that a beer in hand had to be more than half finished before buying another. Again, astonished look. I bought our Straffe Hendrick beers to close the bar, turning in our empty glasses to the waitress as we were the last ones to stroll out of the patio.
A relaxing stop at the end of a touristy day. The historic nature of the brewery alone might be worth another stop in the future, especially since the beer is a good enough to warrant it.
Pictures at http://pintsizedrevelations.blogspot.com/2013/02/de-halve-maan-bruges-belgium.html.
02-26-2013 15:20:41 | More by FightingEntropy
3.73/5 rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
This review is for both the tour and tasting room. The way I see it is that if you are reading any reviews on this site and you are in Brugge? you'll visit this location. The tour is fun despite being geared towards non-beer geeks. Cool to see this old brewery in action. In the US they would never let you climb around these stairs and working boilers. I stood 2 feet from them emptying a boiler. Nice view of the city from the roof of the brewery. Tasting room is nice yet a bit more modern in decor. The price of the tour gets you a glass of Zot. It's good; Not sure why this is on the list of top 125 places to have a beer, but if in Brugge.. of course go here
04-19-2012 05:42:15 | More by Reagan1984
2.85/5 rDev -21.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4 | $$
My wife and i were there in september 2010.It is a nice place where you can eat and drink their beers.We first have waited for a while before the brewery tour starting took place.Sadly ,we could not hear the explanations in our idiom(spanish),the guider was a woman that talked too fast(she might be tired of saying always the same things to the different touristic tours).She showed us the old brewery,there were enormous beer tanks over the roof ,we could go upstairs and had a view of the city.The information i could understand was general,nothing very interesting to me.
After the tour,we have drunk some Brugse Zot beers,we just drank the blonde one, it has an average taste, a bit cloudy but enjoyable.Not a place to visit twice.
01-30-2012 02:43:34 | More by Tebuken
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Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan in Brugge, Belgium
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