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


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RATINGS: 849   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mauropd (37) - ITALY - AUG 24, 2001

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lassewan (44) - Borlänge, SWEDEN - NOV 12, 2002
Not the best belgobeer. Smooth but short with little flavor and punchy alcoholbite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (10595) - Søborg, DENMARK - DEC 13, 2002
Hazy orange colour. Decent head. Aroma is very yeasty and spicy (corriander). Is a little too alcahol-flavoured for me. Has citrus notes as well. Not my favourite Hoegaarden, but a decent brew though

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JorisPPattyn (8226) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JUN 21, 2003
Thick creamy head with irregular to very large bubbles, collapsing but reasonably stable. Peachy colour, hazey. Nose with coriander, white candi sugar, pefumed, citrussy. Very perfumed taste as well, slightly bitterish - orange peel taste, wheaty. Lots of sweetness left. Fizzy mouthfeel. Bitterish, spicey aftertaste. Much citruspeel again, and some kind of exotic fruit. Hoegaarden Grand Cru used to be a beer on its own - uninterchangeable. Maybe it still is. But I do miss the Pierre Celis - touch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2003
Golden hazy color. Taste is a complex pattern of fruit and spices. Finishes light and nicely balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ogivlado (6157) - Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 9, 2003
Bottled(330ml). -cloudly orange, fruity accents, good yeast aroma, creamy head

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nate (3806) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2003
Deep sweet malt, wheaty banana, yeast, brown sugar. Nice orange-amber hazy w/off-white foamy lacing head. Med heavy body with low-med carb. More sweet & malty, more complex than Hogaarden white. Alcohol, wheat, sugar, yeast. Finish is light bitter with hops. Sweet light bitter after.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (8276) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 25, 2004
Hazy golden yellow, with a bit billowy white head and nice brewers lace. Sweeter than regular Hoegaarden, I detected less spice and citrus. Aroma is muted, with just a bit of yeast and alcohol poking through. Thicker palate than the wit as well. Enjoyable, thanks Doug.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2005
Sharp and astringent with a very acrid nose. Pours cloudy. Comes across like an amped up wheat, which I guess is pretty much what it is. Has all the expected Hoegaarden characteristics in abundance - Citrus, spice, etc - but with an added sharpness. Fresh, a bit different, and fulfills its promise.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
ALLOVATE (2537) - 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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