Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
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Ratings: 39 | Reviews: 39
3.33/5 rDev -8.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$
I stopped by the Half Moon at about 11:30 AM. I wasn't really interested in the tour, but I had enjoyed several Zots while in Brugge, so I was hoping to pick up a few t-shirts, large bottles, and maybe a few other goodies they had for sale. Well, after 10 minutes of watching the staff drink coffee, ignore me, drink more coffee, put on and then remove a necktie, and then acknowledge and wait on the people that came in after me, I left empty-handed. Sad. The place was barely half full. I can't imagine the service during a full on rush. Love the Zot though, especially when drinking it elsewhere!
11-24-2008 22:52:54 | More by i13tony
4.03/5 rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $
We meant to visit this place on our first day in Brugge, but didn't make it here until the last day. The brewery is only open from 11a-4pm, so you really have to plan to make this part of your itinerary. With that said, we arrived just before the last tour of the day was heading out and opted to enjoy a couple of beers outside in the courtyard instead of doing the tour. It was a beautiful afternoon, and the thought of relaxing with a couple of unfiltered Zots was much more inviting than shuffling around the brewery with a bunch of tourists listening to someone explain what wort is in Dutch. Yes, this is the only place you can get the beers unfiltered. I ordered a double, which I didn't see on tap anywhere else around town, and it was very good. The courtyard was a bit crowded, and there were huge bins of spent grain from the day's brewing sitting near the stairs. As we settled in, a forlkift arrived pushing people left and right to retrieve the bins. It seemed like an odd time to do this, with everyone sitting outside, but it was highly entertaining to watch. A nice place, worth going for the unfiltered beers.
10-07-2008 19:33:34 | More by LauraAndrew
4.1/5 rDev +12.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
The only family run brewery remaining in Bruges.
About a 20-25 minute walk from the center square of Bruges, this place will not jump out at you. Keep an eye out for a metal sign of a Half Moon on a red brick window and follow the short entrance ally way to the front.
We were hungry so before buying our tickets for the tour we sat down and had some delicious shrimp croquets and 3 Brugse Zot blond. The tour costs 5 E, and you get a ticket for a free beer that the bar afterward. Most tour is pretty uninformative to the beer geek, a lot of basic brewing talk and descriptions of ingredients, but learning the actual history of such a brewery is priceless and is to be soaked in. The guide takes you up 80 something stairs throughout the tour and eventually you end up on the roof of the brouwerij with an incredible view of Bruges.
The Brugse Zot beers are not bottled nor filtered at this location. The beers served at the bar are as brewery fresh as it gets, unfiltered. It really is a beautiful place. I bought a t shirt for support.
Beer geeks, there is no excuse not to hit this place whilst in Bruges, take a cab if you dont fee like walking, but it is a great walk...
05-05-2008 16:11:39 | More by ATPete
3.85/5 rDev +5.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$
Visited De Halve Maan in June 2006 with a new Aussie friend I had just met down at one of the hostels. My main objective for Brugge was to drink some incredible beers and tour this brewery. Done and done. The tour is informative, rather long, and overall incredible. Some rather sketchy stair cases, great views from the roof give a good perspective of the town, and the guides are great. Lots of history, and afterwards a great beer served in their Brugse Zot tall stemmed glass. I want to head back to Brugge asap and spend more time in this beautiful place.
01-05-2008 18:22:30 | More by kleffman
2.93/5 rDev -19.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2 | $$
Took the 2:00 pm tour of the brewery on 3/26/07 with my wife. That was a lot of fun. Lasts about one hour. Our tour guide was very informative, and you get to walk all around the brewery, go on the roof of the building to get a great view of the city, then get a beer afterwards to end the tour. The tour part of De Halve Mann was fun and well worth it.
We went into the dinner area so I could have some lunch after the tour. Kinda looked like an average brewpub in the US, nothing special but not bad. Waited for an eternity for the waitress to take my order. I got the beer and cheese soup. Tasted like chicken noodle with four cubes of cheese plopped in the bottom. Not good. Too bad, because other people's food around me looked decent. Oh well.
Come for the tour, for sure, but skip the food.
03-29-2007 16:56:44 | More by morebeergood
3.6/5 rDev -1.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$
Came here to go on the brewery tour. Guidebooks state that tours are only 2X per day in the off season. Let me be the first to tell you that this is not true, as tours were hourly. Tour was one of the best that I have been on. I have been on about 10 different tours, and this was in the top three. You actually go through the entire (small) brewery, including next to storage for barley and hops. Great exhibit of different Belgian glassware, and of worldwide brewers promotional materials. Rooftop view is excellent, and saves you from walking 200+ more steps up the town tower.
Atmosphere of the bar itself was a little generic. It could have been any bar in America. Didn't feel like I was in Brugge, compared to the other buildings there. Restaurant seemed a little too 'clean', as in the tables seemed brand new, not a lot of pictures, etc. Part of a bar's atmosphere is knowing that others have enjoyed it for many years.
They did seem to serve food, but not one person in the bar was eating when I was there. Maybe they get more of a night crowd?
Final verdict, for 5 Euro, the brewery tour is a good buy. It includes one free beer (2.50 Euro value), and while some other Belgians are better, it is still a pretty good Belgian beer
03-20-2007 23:57:09 | More by iubball
3.76/5 rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
The brews here are solid but certainly not the best you will find in Belgium.
The bar and restaurant are relatively new in appearance but still retain quite a bit of charm. The staff is friendly and pleasant.
The real selling point is the tour. The tour includes quite a bit of history and tracing around tight quarters. The view of Brugge from the rooftop alone is worth the price of admission. If you have an interest in brewing, history and a fine view of the city, then this tour is for you.
I couldn't see myself going back to spend a great deal of time in the bar, but the tour was well worth the stop.
03-08-2007 02:24:47 | More by Estarrio
3.49/5 rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $$$
Visited in March 2006.
Got completely, totally, unredeemably lost wandering around Brugge. I dont know why, but there you go. Ran into this place though and decided to give it a whirl.
The interior of the bar cafe is clean and proficient. Ran into a very nice English family there and we chatted while waiting for our tour to begin.
The bar folk seemed befuddled by my request for a beer before the tour started, but they got over it in a hurry. As mentioned previously you have a choice of a Blonde and a Bruin, both clean and non-offensive.
The tour itself is shockingly well worth the money and the climb through the old brewery spaces. If you don't worry about falling and cracking your head at least once you're not doing it right! For the brewer and historian in me this was well worth the stop!
01-01-2007 10:07:31 | More by drewbage
United Kingdom (England)
3.45/5 rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$$
I was going to wait until my next visit to this establishment before I reviewed it, but as it has now closed (at least in its old form), I thought I had better do so from memory.
Lovelly courtyard appears as you walk through the gates, the far diagonal corner has a small flight of steps which lead to the actual bar and large seating area.
My glass of Streffe Hendrik was tart and wonderful, I also enjoyed the little brewery trip that I took while there.
I am truely sorry to hear it has closed, I will revisit the site on my next trip to Brugge, to see what has replaced it.
Update from June 2009: Open and very, very busy on the Saturday afternoon we tried to use the place. The courtyard was awash with tourists and the queue for the 15.00 brewery tour was about 50 strong. We couldn't even get into the main bar inside, just too full. My party of 12 didn't stay, we had turned up the wrong day!
12-27-2006 16:30:15 | More by BlackHaddock
3.31/5 rDev -9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2 | $$
After visiting the convent down the street we had a thirst for beer and happened upon De Halve Maan. The entrance off Walplein across from a small group of establishments was unassuming but pretty easy to find due to the line of people from a tour group waiting to go inside. Once you walk inside you see a courtyard filled with tour groups, mostly retirement aged and tables. Inside a few tables had patrons but most sat empty.
We settled in to some outside seating and after moments of not having anyone come to take our order went to inquire about having a draft. The lady informed us she would come over shortly and she did. They had two beers, TWO, the bruin and the blonde and neither was overwhelmingly good so we opted not to take the tour. The service was OK, but nothing outstanding. At one point the entire group of retirement aged individuals stood up in unison as if they were going to sing the Halleluah Chorus and went in for the tour. A bit spooky, and yet utterly fascinating.
I cannot say I would every return to De Halve Maan. A nice courtyard and good place to hit the WC and have some non-offensive beers for a fairly good price.
Oh, if at De Halve Maan in the late summer/early fall, sit near the cellar on the right hand side of the courtyard. Each time the tour exits the cool musty air helps to mediate the temperature
Visited on September 14, 2006.
10-16-2006 22:51:13 | More by GCBrewingCo
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Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan in Brugge, Belgium
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