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


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RATINGS: 876   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 9/20
nicholai (100) - Helsinki, - JAN 14, 2006
Hazy gold yellow color with a three finger head. Nice smell with barnyard, yellow citrus, yeast, but not particularly defined. Some alcohol is to be found in the taste, as well as medium bitterness with little hop. Very thirst quenching, very drinkable - not so complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
westler (92) - Stuttgart, GERMANY - JUL 29, 2015
Hazy, dark yellow. Large, white head. Spicy, floral and a bit grainy aroma. Hints of thyme? Full mouth, medium carbonation. Medium body, grainy taste. Elegant and long bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sissio (891) - Orsenigo, ITALY - JUL 27, 2015
Hazy with suspensions, pale gold, white head. Floral aroma with spices (coriander), light honey and yellow fruit. Refreshing despite the high alcohol grade, Belgian yeasts, bitter, but it vanishes at the end. Yellow fruits, light spices, mandarin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Achel (179) - GREECE - JUL 20, 2015
Pours hazy orange with a huge white head. Malty, slight spiced and classic belgian yeast. Soft malty and first, gains some herbal and bitter notes later. Caramel smoothness throughout. Mellow bitter finish with warming alcohol presence.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TorbenJensen (515) - Valby, DENMARK - JUL 19, 2015
The unfiltered golden ale has a beautiful white foam that keeps relatively long. It has an irresistible fragrance of flower and hops, but the aroma is very discreet. A pleasant soft, bubbly and dry flavor spreads a hoppy and fruity taste. The relatively high alcohol content is not pungent taste. I recommend that you pour it very gently in the glass, there is a lot of yeast residues at the bottom. The finish is very lengthy and this Grand Cru is completely at the top among the largest Belgian ales.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rhombic (19) - SPAIN - JUL 15, 2015
The head is creamy and stable, rather solid. Pours hazy orange-amber, with a medium carbonation. Fruity aroma, complex and appetising, yeasty. The taste is sweet -that’s probably a style feature that should not be understood as a negative comment- and spicy. Spicy, fruity and complex, again, like the aroma, extremely pleasant. The bitterness is not sharp, but very well blended with the overall taste. The palate for this beer is impressive: its body is perfectly round and its texture is slightly creamy. Furthermore, the medium carbonation helps it be drinkable and comfortable, as well as the magnificent long finish with a sweetish and fruity aftertaste (I do not tend to review beers in an overly reverential way, I really mean that this beer positively surprised me). Overall, a great beer, magnificent palate and very interesting taste. This beer is a really good one. "Would drink again".

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cards04 (2350) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 14, 2015
Pours orange. Aromas of banana and clove citrus too. This is very nice. Similar flavour profile. Like an imperial wit without the alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeergeekKorea (44) - SOUTH KOREA - JUL 13, 2015
Aroma: Hazy clove Appearance: Thin white creamy head, pale golden colour Taste: Exactly clove some sweet and spicy. Wheat malts. Palate: Medium body, creamy and spicy texture, little carbonation and yeast flavour finish like cheese. Overall: But, I think the heavy ABV is generally overwhelming the flavour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zlotta (317) - Bonn, GERMANY - JUL 9, 2015
0,33 l bottle from drankgigant.nl, best before 8/5/2016. Minimally hazy, orangeish yellow with a medium large, foamy, almost stable, white head. Nice, fruity-yeasty aroma of citrus, banana, coriander, peach and vanilla. Intense, sweetish, fruity-yeasty taste of banana, peach, coriander, peach and vanilla, followed by a medium long, slightly bitter, peppery-spicy and yeasty finish. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel, average carbonation. I like that one. Quite intense fruitiness, spritzy like a saison and yeasty like a witbier. If it wouldn’t contain 8.5%, I would call it the perfect summer beer. Easy to drink and refreshing while being nicely balanced, not overly sweet, bitter or spicy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yourilevesque (404) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 2, 2015
Bière mi blonde - mi brune bien trouble et surmontée d’une mousse caramélisée. De curieuses particules solides en suspension dans mon verre qui ne semblent pas être de la levure. Nez de caramel brûlé et de levures belges. En bouche la bière est très sucrée. Encore ce caramel mais cette fois il semble mélangé à un sirop de maïs, qui résulte en un curieux goût de miel et d’alcool mal dissimulé. Le malt présent dans cette bière donne une soutenance au liquide qui gagnerait à être plus houblonné. Pas mauvaise bière, mais lourde à la manière d’une quadrupel mal balancée.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MelvinKalksma (100) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - JUN 26, 2015
Aroma: Banana, clover, fruity, grapefruit. Appearance: Turbid amber/golden beer with a white head. Taste/Palate: Basically the aroma with carbonation. Overall: A great mix of a weizener and a triple beer.

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