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

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RATINGS: 818   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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Unfiltered.


3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CapFlu (4548) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 17, 2005
(33cl bottle) Sampled at Lubiere’s place on August 11, 2005. pours a large, frothy white head with a cloudy, straw coloured body. Leafy, banana, fresh smoke nose. More thinnly flavoured than the nose - milky, banana and mild cloves. Average.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 17, 2005
Hazy peach-yelow-orange hue with a fine looking white, creamy head. Aroma is much like you’d expect a souped up wit to be; lots of bananas, cloves, wheat malt, baby food, some sugar and cobwebs. Moderate sweetness and acidity upfront. Lightly sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter in the finish. Body was thinner than I expected at 8.7%abv, but it was creamy with lively carbonation. Some alcohol notes detract from the enjoyment.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fatty (363) - Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2005
Cloudy yellow with floaties and medium light white head. Light bubble gum, sweet yeast flavor and light spice. Light cream and something smokey going on. Medium palate with carbonation. Light spice finish, yeasty aftertaste.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2005 Very suprised here, iv had it before and didnt rate it. Aroma starts citruis with yeast but as it warms it gets spicier and more complex. Flavour is similar to aroma, but for me its the mouthfeel here that makes this to great, it feels quite a mouthful with whats going on and carbonated to on excellent level, defo one to get again as they’ve started selling it in the tesco across the road from me, hehe. Re-rating - Increabable balance, banace aswell as orange cutting through the yeasty goodness here, alround no alcohol at all.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrisoni (13848) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 28, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2013 Bottle. Hazy gold with lots of coriander and yeasty nose, not bad, it has some complexity and sourness. Re-rate bottle at La Trappiste advertised as Hoegaarden Speciale but in fact a bottle of Grand Cru turned up so I was pissed off as this wasn’t a rate but credit to the beer that it won me over. Decent banana ester aroma, but the finish is the best thing. Lively full of life spritzy and hoppy and bitter. Yep won me over.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (9018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2005
Poured a medium and cloudy golden color with a smaller sized white head. Some small particles. Aromas and tastes of yeast, bananas, bubble gum and spices. Medium sweet. Thinner body.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TomDecapolis (4500) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUL 21, 2005
Pours a thick yellow with a small white head and small floaties. Aroma of sour apple and bannana. Sour in the taste. I didn’t think it was that much better or different than the Hoegaarden Wit. Thanks to Hopdog for this one.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Otje (677) - Veendam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 20, 2005
hazy golden beer. aroma: spicy, citrus, cookie dough. taste: spices(koriander), citrus, malt. finish is alcohol warming, long and fruity with hints of bubble gum. full bodied. so this was Pierre Celis’s top creation, i like "celisette" better nowadays. nice one, but a little bland.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6588) - 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 (2437) - 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 Café, 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 it’s 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 it’s highlight, of a malty, medium length swallow. Light on overall in flavour and cleverly belying on its ABV, it wasn’t that bad a brew. Good summer quencher and easily more drinkable than their Wit.


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