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


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RATINGS: 765   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 6, 2002
Though Iíd give this one another go but itís pretty much the same as the previous rate. In fact if anything itís a tad blander than I remember so Iíve knocked 0.1 off the final mark.
First Rated 7/7/2002 2.9 Iíve been waiting for some time to try this in the hope that I would find at least one Hoegaarden to get excited about. Pours a hazy orange/honey colour with a medium size and lasting creamy white head. Very faint floral hops and malt aromas. Flavour is slightly more complex than aroma and the alcohol is very well masked for such a light tasting beer. Lightly carbonated mild bitter sweet palate. Light floral honey and bitter start, and grainy malt sweeter middle with a short zesty finish. Disappointed ? yes I am - Iím still to find out why peope get so excited about these - the yall seem way too bland for my taste. The Julius is probably overall my favourite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrRomero (1972) - Nolanville, USA - OCT 13, 2002
Cloudy yellow, fruity nose, lots of carbonation. Bitter finish and an alcoholic bite. Quite nice.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
HildigŲltur (5104) - KÝbenhavn, DENMARK - OCT 3, 2002
Spicy and wheaty aroma. Very alcoholic flavour. Short finish. A below average Belgian ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - SEP 21, 2002
Very much like the flagship white but richer, smoother with a more assertive malt. In addition to the white ales spice, the nose also shows fruit and fresh flowers. Palate is firm with a light alcohol warmth. Smooth, banana like towards the end with a delicate peppery spice in the finish. Iím surprised this only ranks 71%.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Mads Langtved (2245) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - SEP 20, 2002
This is the most explosive beer Iíve ever had. When I openend it, it had even more power than the king. (St. Bernardus ABT 12)The whole bottle emptied itself in somewhat two seconds. Horrifiring. Very golden. Almost no head at all. The strong alcohol is very obvious (too obvious). A regulary strong Belgian Ale (with I believe a twist of wheat)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
morebier4me (140) - New York, USA - SEP 14, 2002

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
The Etruscan (490) - Tuscany, ITALY - SEP 14, 2002
Light orange color, slightly cloudy. White thin headed. Aroma is floral and fruity (apple, apricot) with very slightly spicy notes. Flavour is fruity too, ending in a heavy alcoholic and spicy finish, not too balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 8, 2002
Pleasant floral aroma that is a bit more full bodied than other wits I have had, there was some spice in the flavour that I enjoyed more so than yeast commonly found in wits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skortila (4347) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - AUG 31, 2002
Aroma is quite good. Quite heavy taste for a light-coloured beer, which makes it more adorable. Bitter taste and finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oakes (11812) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 24, 2002
Judging by the United Nations of people that have rated this, Canada is the only country that doesnít get this one. Given that Interbrew is #2 in this country, that really sucks ass, because this is one of the few beers they make thatís good enough to buy twice. Hell I only use the regular Hoegaarden to cook mussels. But back to the Grand Cru: light orange, cloudy; complex aroma - spice, alcohol, white pepper; the body is firm and lush at the same time, the palate is wit-like, oaty, and with good spice and firm alcohol. As "tripel-wits" go, this is far better than Don de Dieu.

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