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Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
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$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
phone: +32 50 33 26 97
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| Reviews: 39
S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | $$
"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: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
The tour is very worthwhile, and you get a great view of Brugge' rooftops during part of the tour. It is my understanding that they have resumed actually brewing in this brewery. The outdoor patio is lovely for lunch in good weather. However, they don't serve food in that timespan after lunch but before dinner, so if you show up at 4 pm like we did one day you are out of luck. (We returned a few days later for lunch). Service is a bit so-so...our server did not want to serve us on the attractive outdoor patio even though there were empty tables. We insisted and she grudgingly let us sit there.
We enjoyed the Brugges Zot beers, and bought some cool t shirts....especially happy they have women's spaghetti strap tanks in 2 languages! We ordered these big salads and really enjoyed all the fresh vegetables and attractive presentation. There was also a tasty beer soup. Our friends ate lunch there a few days earlier and also were enthusiastic about their food and the beer.
08-13-2006 16:11:19 |
More by catwoman
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
A must see place in Bruges, especially for beer lovers. It is the only remaining brewery in the city and it serves fabulous beer. Hop vines line the courtyard and create a pleasant atmosphere for enjoying a beer, and its in Bruges, the most beautiful city in Northern Europe, perhaps even the world. The tour is fantastic and includes a trip to the top of the brewery which has a magnificent view of the city. The beers are great. They have the Blonde and the Brune on tap. They are both great (That goes without saying in Belgium), though I prefer the Brune. They are both unfiltered at the brewery which gives them a little more mouth feel.
10-09-2010 14:51:31 |
More by yankiac
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $
Visited the brewery on December 19, 2011. The brewery is located in a pleasant square near the center of Bruges. Took a group tour, tours are every hour in English, French, or Dutch (possibly in other languages too but I'm not sure). The tour covers the brewery's brewing process, some basics about the ingredients of beer and a lot of the history of the brewery, which has been family-owned for generations, as well as a visit to the brewery's roof, which has a nice view over the town. At the end of the tour you get a glass of their Brugse Zot beer, which was pretty tasty. My only criticism would be that the service in the restaurant was pretty slow, it was raining and cold and we stopped in to have a coffee before the tour started but couldn't get a waiter's attention for somewhere between 15 and 20 minutes. Otherwise it's a fun experience, our tour guide was very friendly and warm and the tour and beer were a great experience.
12-21-2011 00:17:49 |
More by WillCarrera
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.25 | $$
Fun way to blow some time off. Sweet old brewery to say the least. The tour is a well oiled machine. You are pushed on through. The beer is tasty as well. The highlight was a picture of the next young man in the family to get the brewery. He has a look on his face that is priceless...like "awww yeaaahhh".
07-15-2013 07:04:46 |
More by tyboxr
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4 | $$
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
United Kingdom (England)
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | $$
I have been to the De Halve Maan brewery several times and would highly recommend it to anyone visiting Bruges.
Although the tour is very basic in terms of the brewing process, the tour guides are absolutely phenomenal. You get to walk around several areas of the brewery, ending with a free taster.
Be careful, the stairways on this tour can be treacherous for younger/older patrons. I would not recommend the tour for those with young children.
05-18-2013 17:08:27 |
More by geedub11
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Bruges is an amazing beer city, and there are several great places to visit; De Halve Maan is certainly one of them. The main reason for visiting this place is the tour. Make sure to do the tour in English, and if possible get the guide named Matilda. She is hilarious and let there be no doubt: she loves beer!
The Brugse Zot beer is a great way to end the tour and the beer soup can be recommended! When you pay to do the tour - I think it was 5 , which could've been a student discount - you get one beer included.
03-31-2009 11:15:52 |
More by einar85
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
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