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Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
Active Beers: 9
Beer Ratings: 1,000
Beer Avg: 3.82
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
phone: +32 50 33 26 97
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 39
S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | $$
"Full of old people"
Those are the beginning of my notes on De Halve Maan brewery and tour. Once I got those out of my system, I began to settle down a bit.
As the other reviews note, these tours are pretty crowded. There's not much else to do in Bruges. But if you stick close to the tour guide, you'll be doing yourself a great favor. At the top of the building, there's a nice display of malts and other add-ins like coriander and orange peel, and the guide did a great job of describing their uses and effects. Some old hop vines were strung up around some wood beams added a nice touch.
Our guide was very knowledgeable and I talked to her about rauchbiers in Bamberg and Harpoon and Sam Adams. She mentioned how she had attended an american micro fest in Brussels, I think, and got to try some of their beers. She said she especially liked the Sam Cherry Wheat.
As for the beers, they were pretty uninspiring. The blond was bland for a belgian and I didn't take any particular note of the dark.
As an end note, Straffe Hendrik is no longer brewed here. The family sold the recipe to a company in 2002 and they brew it outside of Bruges. The sixth-generation brewing family tried to buy it back, but the company wouldn't sell it, so they invested about 400,000 into brewing the new Bruges Zot.
04-22-2006 11:41:06 |
More by moderndrunkard
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
This review is for both the tour and tasting room. The way I see it is that if you are reading any reviews on this site and you are in Brugge? you'll visit this location. The tour is fun despite being geared towards non-beer geeks. Cool to see this old brewery in action. In the US they would never let you climb around these stairs and working boilers. I stood 2 feet from them emptying a boiler. Nice view of the city from the roof of the brewery. Tasting room is nice yet a bit more modern in decor. The price of the tour gets you a glass of Zot. It's good; Not sure why this is on the list of top 125 places to have a beer, but if in Brugge.. of course go here
04-19-2012 05:42:15 |
More by Reagan1984
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
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
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
A brewery right in the middle of Brugge and you would miss it if you were not looking for it. A really nice courtyard leading up to what looking like an old loading dock. Once up the stair the brewery is on the right and to the left a restaurant. You can tell it was converted to be a restaurant. Nice big windows with tons of natural light and a wall of old bottles on the wall, where I spotted and Hop Devil bottle and a Rolling Rock. I did not eat here, more just for the atmosphere and drinking a couple beers. The service was a bit slow, but it was during lunch and the servers were a bit busy. Neat and pretty cool nonetheless.
09-29-2011 22:33:53 |
More by OWSLEY069
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | $$
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
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4
This brewery is located near the cathedral in the middle of Brugge and can be seen when taking the boat tour around the canal. A tour of the brewery is available and is quite interesting and includes a tasting of one of their beer at the end. There is a large patio, which can be very enjoyable during the hot summer days. The only serve the beer that they brew (Straffe Hendrix Pale, Brown and the seasonal spring beer) in proper glassware. The waiter was very knowledgeable and courteous. The food is excellent and very cheap for Brugge. Overall, a good place to stop for lunch when visiting Brugge.
06-29-2004 13:23:55 |
More by Phyl21ca
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$
Visited De Halve Maan in June 2006 with a new Aussie friend I had just met down at one of the hostels. My main objective for Brugge was to drink some incredible beers and tour this brewery. Done and done. The tour is informative, rather long, and overall incredible. Some rather sketchy stair cases, great views from the roof give a good perspective of the town, and the guides are great. Lots of history, and afterwards a great beer served in their Brugse Zot tall stemmed glass. I want to head back to Brugge asap and spend more time in this beautiful place.
01-05-2008 18:22:30 |
More by kleffman
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75 | $$
"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
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
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
Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan in Brugge, Belgium
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