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

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RATINGS: 857   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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Unfiltered.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
presario (4828) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 18, 2004
Bottle. Hand delivered from overseas. Very cloudy dark yellow. Big head takes a while to settle. Spicy and zesty aroma, nice not overpowering. Foamy in the mouth. Peppery edge to the flavour throughout. Slow alcohol finish. Some citrus flavours and spices popup throughout the drink.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
dreamboat (186) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 15, 2004
Mid gold, cloudy, with a distinct suspended sediment. tigh white head. musty, sweaty aroma with a malty base. Bitter, dry taste which is quite mouth puckering, but still surprisingly full of body. Not really my cup of tea, especially when considered against the remarkable Rodenbach Grand Cru.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
turbothy (1141) - Bonn, GERMANY - JUL 14, 2004
Better than Verboden Vrucht, but still not as good as the standard wit. A lot of nasty sludge in the sampled bottle. Very nice aroma, but also very alcoholic.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 13, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2005 Bottle. Golden color, big head, strong spicy aroma and taste, medium body, a great finish that makes you want one more.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TBone (13710) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 11, 2004
Bottled
Hazy orange with mostly vanishing head. Lively carbonation. Wheat, citrus, prune aroma. Citrus flavor with hints of wheat and sweet fruits. Hides ABV quite well. Generally dissapointing after an excellent "normal" Hoegaarden.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (5065) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 5, 2004
Bottle: Poured a golden colored beer with a huge thick head with great retention. Aroma is quite spicy with what seems to be some wheat. I was quite surprise by the taste which includes a fair share of spices, some sweet malt and again something similar to wheat. I thought the taste was closer to a tripel then a regular Belgian ale. The alcohol was well hidden which make this beer even more enjoyable. God, I wish American macros would taste like this sometimes.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
pivo (2626) - GERMANY - JUN 23, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2004 Amazing brew - like a premium German wheat beer on crack. Huge yeasty and spicy nose, luscious hazy gold color and spongy head. Fat wheat (wit) taste with some vanilla and bananas in the background. Spicy (pepper, cloves) dry finish. Warming effect from the alcohol though it is not in the foreground. Excellent. "Brilliant" says Jon Ramster.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JayBaxter (407) - Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - JUN 19, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2006 (Bottle) A darker version of the Hoegaarden we all know ( and love ) Lovely aroma of toffee muffins and a warm amber colour really make me want to drink it, taste is stronger than the norm but not overpowering just a pleasant change.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - JUN 9, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2004 (on bottle)Grand Cru, hm, sounds very big. Loads of banana- and vanilaaroma; very sweet. A bit of alcohol too and if you wait; some abricot. The taste where way too "whiped-cream"-ish for this tounge, very foamy feeling. Guess I´m still to meat a belgian wheat i will like.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sayravai (4677) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 14, 2004
(Bottled) Very hazy, light golden color - but clearly darker than regular Hoegaarden. Very small head. Quite strong, yeasty and fruity banana aroma. Quite strong, sourish flavor with yeast, banana and some alcohol. Palate is medium to full-bodied, oily, and even wineous with a well-balaced carbonation. Very pleasant treat indeed - a world-class brew.


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