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Hoegaarden Grand Cru - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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Hoegaarden Grand CruHoegaarden Grand Cru

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

280 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 280
Reviews: 180
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 65
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij van Hoegaarden visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAngel on 10-14-2001)
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 33 cl brown slender Euro style bottle with a “Best Before End” date on the back label. Also states that this beer is bottled conditioned.

Appearance: Cloudy, yet vibrant, pale orange colour with a tiny bubbled creamy looking white lace that does a fine job of sticking around for a while. Preferably served in a tulip glass, this sample was served in a traditional Hoegaarden Grand Cru tulip glass.

Smell: Ripe topical fruit (plantain, pineapple and mango come to mind), alcohol esters with a faint ghost like solvent aroma. Medicinal phenols are laid back in the mildly vinous aroma.

Taste: Full mouth feel of a medium body with a carbonation and viscosity that swirls around in the mouth. Such smoothness only comes from bottle conditioned brews, this adds to the beer as well to keep the mouth feel natural and rounded. Yeast flavours floats on to the palate with a light dry nutty flavour, alcohol is quick to warm the body even before the flavour subside. Esters are flush and playful with light solvent and medicinal phenolic flavour rushing around. Fruitiness is explosive with hasten suggestions of pineapple, star fruit and papaya. Hops go to the back right away though are seen in a quick and small bitterness just to balance. Spiciness is not to be forgotten characteristic, not only bits of coriander and citric peel undertones are there but a complex mix of spice flavour are derived from the phenols and alcohol. Somewhat on the dry side and blatantly full of flavour even far into the finish.

Notes: Ouch, this beer is a gift from the gods and it shall smite thee and then make the drinker feel its ever holy wrath of esters and alcohol. Once the light is seen then the mortal shall be one with beer. Serious beer, a beer to respect and enjoy to the fullest of course.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2001 00:11:43 | More by Jason
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Todd

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Similar to its commercial counterpart, but twice as tasty, a bit darker and strong. Had this bought for me at Kaffee De Hopduvel in Ghent, Belgium by a gentleman named Vincent (and family). He mentioned that the Grand Cru is more like the original Hoegaarden prior to its becoming commercialized. Wonderful estery aromas with banana and spice notes. Very malty sweet with loads of esters and a slight bitter finish. Wow, what a beer!

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2001 10:03:12 | More by Todd
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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.

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Hoegaarden Grand Cru from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
90 out of 100 based on 280 ratings.