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Brewed by Brouwerij Hoegaarden (InBev)
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Hoegaarden, Belgium

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RATINGS: 810   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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Unfiltered.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6499) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 13, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2006 This golden brown ale poured with a huge white head, difficult to contain even in a tulip glass. The aroma is spicy and so is the flavor, which tastes of malt, coriander and nuts with a fruity finish. This is a nice drink for any kind of weather.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
ALLOVATE (2411) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 10, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2005 Expected more from this one after a short forum on the use of words on the labels of Belgian beers. Grand Cru (top ranking) should have stood for the best of the Hoegaarden beers, yet this came a long second to the Verboden Vrucht which seems to be more mainstream than this one. Poured from the bottle into a tall tulip at the Westende Belgian Beer Cafť, Perth. (Cool, not cold) Pours an opaque golden-straw with a big fluffy white head. A high amount of small carbonation kept the head in itís place and left some legs. Low nutty and candi sugar nose with a little spice. Lacked depth, as did the beer itself. Watery in the mouth, grapefruits and honeydew flavours come up first and lapsed into a grainy and husky mix of malt, mandarins and orange peels, quite dry in the mid-palate that finished, with itís highlight, of a malty, medium length swallow. Light on overall in flavour and cleverly belying on its ABV, it wasnít that bad a brew. Good summer quencher and easily more drinkable than their Wit.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 10, 2005
UPDATED: APR 13, 2006 Tasted this at the temperature recommended on the bottle, hence the aroma seemed quite weak. Very minimal head and virtually no lacing. The flavour makes up for some of what was lacking in the aroma, with a full body and pleasing aftertaste (hints of a red wine, perhaps merlot?). Iíll have to try this again at a more apt temperature. Re-rate: A lot more aroma at higher temp. Some toffee and belgian yeast. Much more like a Belgian strong than a white.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pernille (518) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 4, 2005
Bottle. Iím not convinced. This is quite smooth and with some complexity. But I can taste the alcohol and basically, this just doesnít match up to other beers in the same style.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TomT (18) - BELGIUM - JUL 3, 2005
The flagship beer of the Hoegaarden brewery, situated in the village with the same name and most famous for its white beer. This high quality strong ale deserves its "Grand Cru" appelation. Taste elements of orange peel, coriander and malts and a very pleasant full mouth.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
weepingsuds (222) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - JUN 28, 2005
bottle. I give this very high marks based on the fact that it is a very distinct strong ale. Pours a nice golden orange with an emense tight head. Aroma is of pine citrus and spices. The taste is very complex hints of spicy malt, orange peel, and even pine nuts. This beer feels like a woodsy beer, camping perfection.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 21, 2005
Pours a hazy orangey-gold with an enormous, rocky ivory head. Big chunky lace. Aroma is spicy and orange peel. Cloves. Peppery. Tastes of citrus and alcohol. Bitter spice and peppery. Tasty but not overly complex. Crisp and nice bitter finish. Good beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ashbeero (51) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 17, 2005
Light orange/yellow coloured, very cloudy beer with a large white head that stayed for a fair while. Strong Yeast notes, spices and citrus on the nose. Flavour profile dominated by malts, spices and citrus fruits. Average bitterness and a dryish finish

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
caledonian (367) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 31, 2005
Cloudy light orange color. Yeasty aroma with mild citrus aspect. Tangy flavor. For some reason it comes across as being brewed by monks.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
leaparsons (8089) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2005
Hazy gold with an initially large white head. Aromas are sweet caramel malts with vanilla, spices and banana. Flavours are sweet and malty with warming alcohol, spices and yeast. Quite fruity towards the finish followed by more alcohol on the aftertaste. Quite heavy bodied. Nice but not overly complex.


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