DJSR (2) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 9, 2005 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The zesty and exciting flavour of this ale hides its 8.5% alcohol content well. The highlight of every Hoegaarden beer for me is always the first sip which really strikes the palate and such is the case here, however the forbidden fruit seems to carry itself a little better than say the white. This beer is a must try.
ToolHead (266) - KÝbenhavn, DENMARK - MAR 5, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(8.8 % abv version). 33 cl bottle. Served in Orval chalice. Unclear brownish/orange. Moderate, off-white head. Deliciously spicy; full and rounded, yet fresh. Well-balanced.
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 5, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2005 A very fruity strong ale, very unique, The first sip was a very enjoyable spicy/malty/fruity explosion. Quite a bit of bite and some residual sweetness in the finish. Highly recommended.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 4, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice malt and brandyish nose. with hints of dark fruit and spice and a nice orange zest and slight grass nose.
Stew41 (1805) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - MAR 2, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2010 Ordered in error at La Gueuze. Sereved a touch cold and this took the edge off the flavours. Fairly standard Belgian strong ale that east up the ABV. Ok meaty malt character so typical of the style. Safe choice but wonít inspire.
March 2005 (3.2)
Dark, burnt orange tending to light tan in the glass. Fizzy, hazy look. Nice nose of medium weight; dark toffee notes, almost a little cloudy. Suprisingly elegant in the front and mid palate, more dark malty notes, a touch of chocolate. Finishes firm with a sugary bitterness (makes sense?) that gives the beer a slightly disjointed feel.
Hendo (110) - Sint Anthonis, NETHERLANDS - FEB 26, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A brilliant íchewyí beer. Very good for drinking in those cold winter nights.
highlandlad (1434) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - FEB 8, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2006 Rerate 29/8/6: Spicy Belgian strong ale. Bottle-conditioned, poured a muddy auburn colour. Good lacing 2cm head. Big malty nose - some dark fruit, quince paste and spice. Full-bodied, sweet and warming, with rich mocha chocolate and long yeasty notes. A decent winter warmer. (330ml bottle)
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 7, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured orangey brown with a medium fading to thin but longlasting tan head...smell is sweet with orange and yeast...taste is sweet up front turning to an unpleasant bitterness...finish mildly alcoholic and poorly bitter...
ALLOVATE (2621) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 5, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2005 Didnít know what to expect of this one, after Interbrew (InBev) had stuck itís clammy hands all over it. Hoegaardenís Wit is now a mere spectre of itís original form, so I was hesitant at first!!! Took (a 1 year old) out of the fridge and allowed it to cool for a while, before twirling and pouring it into a Cognac chalice. Yeast clumps floated about an obscure mahogany-orange body. Fine carbonation did itís job to hold up a magnificent two-layered head, that laced brilliantly down the glass. Aroma was sweet and very spicy, with citrus and stone fruit notes. Palate was pleasantly filled, with good length and good warmth. Flavours of vanilla, roasted grain and plenty of citric acidity, led through to a treacle, port like aftertaste. All made for a decent dessert-style Ale. Surprisingly nice drop, considering!!
AndrewGeoff (27) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 13, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A murky beer of a burnt mid-brown colour, it has a large and mostly lasting beige head and a great deal of fine carbonation. The overwhelming aromas are malt and citrus carried into the flavour which is also spicy and slightly bitter. The beer is spoilt by its immediate aftertaste which is metallic and bitter but this does mellow while it lingers. Overall it is not one Iíll bother with again by choice.