Hoegaarden Grand Cru - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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3.84/5 rDev -4.5%
I had this at the Belgian Beer Corner in Tomorrowland, served chilled from the bottle in a matching Hoegaarden Grand Cru Tulip.
The color is deep golden with thick haze and white head with fine bead and retention is good.
The smell is spiced with pear and apple from yeast with wheat malt foundation and light spice w/ tropical fruit ester and mild alcohol aroma with a toasted grain odor. The feel is good with spiced and a bit strong with yeast dominance and medium carbonation with spicy strong effect with mostly dry finish.
The taste brings a nutmeg-like woody spice with pear and mild nutty malt with light tangy yeast balanced by a slight alcohol creeping in mid palate wtih subtle wheat sweetness and toasted flavor with a bit of pepper and some other indistinct spice w/ date and light sweet caramel w/ warming accent of sugar in the finish which has a flavor of alcohol drying the palate. This is a very good ale, better than I expected but a little strong alcohol-wise in the taste with heavy yeast and spice with some grain in the taste, but enjoyable in general with nice combination of yeast and spice.
08-13-2014 16:52:51 | More by Slatetank
4.44/5 rDev +10.4%
330ml bottle into a tulip glass. BB date of Oct 2014.
A - cloudy amber colour, pours a thick white creamy head than slowly fades into a nice lacing. Some fine sediment that settles quickly.
S - fruity (peach) aroma on a yeasty base, with a sting of clove and pepper. As the beer is emptied, the yeast flavours start overpowering (probably to be expected given the amount of sediment left).
T - first sip is amazingly neutral, before a big yeasty malt (which a huge wheat tinge, like a witbeer) surge. The fruitness comes through towards the end, and linges for a while. And what flavours - orange, peach and banana are all there, with a hint of grape. Bitterness comes in and out, but is noticeable in the aftertaste as is a touch of clove and coriander. Interesting
M - thick body, slightly oily texture, alcohol is well hidden with a long aftertaste. Very low carbonation - a bit too low.
O - much better than the standard Hoegaarden, but there are touches of witbeer in here. The fruity and spice taste and variability kept me back at this for more sips, the only (very slightly) negative comment is the very low carbonation.
07-12-2014 07:53:44 | More by chogm54
3.98/5 rDev -1%
A: Cloudy golden with a few round chunks of yeast floating within, little fine carbonation, 2 finger of creamy white head.
S: Fruity, apple sauce, apples, slight sharp cheddar bite, all that you look for in this style.
T: Follows the nose. Very dry, light sweetness, phenols, fruity with a hint of apples, cheddar bite.
M: Smooth medium body, medium high fine bubbled carbonation, dry finish.
O: It’s a fine beer. Feels like a perfect version of this style. Its great, no real faults and for that I will rate it higher, but nothing really interesting here. Feels like I’ve had this brew a dozen times. At that, its flawless. BBD is September 12, 2014, bottled on Dec 12, 2012.
04-10-2014 16:33:33 | More by patre_tim
Hoegaarden Grand Cru from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
90 out of 100 based on 284 ratings.