GregClow (2976) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 7, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Fionn MacCool’s. Normally, I wouldn’t willingly step into one of these tacky pre-fab Irish-themed chain pubs, but they have this beer in as an exclusive offering this summer as part of a wheat beer promotion, so I had to go try it. Pours a lovely hazy yellow-gold with a large white head that leaves lots of lace. It was served to me much too cold, but once it warmed, the aroma really opened up, revealing lots of yeast, bread, spice, herbs and a bit of alcohol warmth. Nice mouthfeel, soft and creamy with a wheaty tang. Flavour is great as well - the essence of the regular Hoegaarden is there, but it’s been brought up a couple of notches, with a lot more yeast and spice, and a nice, dry fruitiness. I really enjoyed this - so much so that I may venture back into Fionn MacCool’s again before the summer is out to drink a few more!
dkoonce (911) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - JUL 5, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle in NL. Pours a hazy light gold, with a good head. The aroma is a bit fruity, by but the smoke from adjoing revelers makes it difficult to determine any specific aroma. The body is light and the flavor is sweet, with a clear wheat taste.
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - JUL 5, 2006
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very good tasting beer. Had a little bit fuller body than Hoegaarden White. A very good beer, even if it is from interbrew.
bkurtz (1005) - PERU - JUN 29, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured cloudy golden with a large, creamy white head. There’s citrus and spice. Well balanced and smooth with a warming sensation (alcohol). A little sweet, but a great brew.
mabjork (677) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 18, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled. Hazy light yellow in colour. It has a rich an creamy massive white head. Lacings. The flavour is yeasty and wheaty. Yeast is what mostly strikes thru in the aftertaste and there’s a dry mothfeel as well.
RoyceH (1197) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - JUN 16, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a cloudy yellowy colour, white head, fades. Alcohol predominately in the nose, syrupy smell, some spices. Flavour is syrupy, alcohol. Mouthfeel is strange, fine grit maybe, mouth coating. Finish is slightly bitter, hoppy.
ps71 (19) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 10, 2006
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2006 330 ml brown bottle. Alc. 8,5% vol. Large white head, that quickly fades away. Amber? Cloudy. Alcohol, toffee and banana aromas. Mouth-warming and mouthcoating. Flavors of sugars and alcohol. Complex aroma, but not a very complex-tasting beer. Contains yeast sediment.
shintriad (700) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 9, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beautiful to look at and smell, but flavour-wise it really is just a jacked-up version of the regular old Ho’. Somewhat sweeter and heavier on the spice, with a strong familiar yeastiness. Well-carbonated and yields a great head, but I find the overly full mouthfeel distracting. Long finish is quite citrussy and bit hoppy.
eaglefan538 (2939) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 5, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lot expiration was stamped: 22//02/07. Sampled in Ieper. Nice huge initial head with good initial lacing that rolled away with the tilt of the glass. Pour was golden and cloudy yellow. Aroma was sweet and strong, with the alcohol also detectable. Flavor was much of the same, although the alcohol wasn’t too bad. Spices, coriander, and other flavors detected. A very nice beer.
Hunsell (400) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUN 3, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark golden coloured beer with a small white head, lively carbonation. Sweet malty aroma. Sweey matly taste, ends pretty dry. Quite fizzy, mediumbodied, slightly grainy towards the end with a dash of alcohol. Not very elegant or special, but it suffices.