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Hoegaarden Grand Cru - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

276 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 276
Reviews: 180
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 64
Gots: 12 | 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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mzwolinski

California

4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A Hoegaarden Grand Cru? At 8.7 ABV? Wow! Worth checking out.

Pours hazy yellow with an attractive white head. The aroma is yeasty with strong lemon notes and hints of other, sweeter tropical fruits.

Taste starts off sharp and puckery, but develops a sweeter, round midsection which accentuates some mango-like flavors. As the beer warms, the middle also reveals a slightly nutty malt, which helps greatly with the balance. Finish is well-spiced with floral hops and hints of corriander and orange peel, the latter being dominant.

Well carbonated, with a very smooth, fairly filling presence in the mouth. I'd never have guessed the ABV on this one. A surprisingly complicated and really lovely beer. Thanks to frank4sail for this one!

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2004 01:40:56 | More by mzwolinski
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chogm54

Australia

4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2014 07:53:44 | More by chogm54
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Nick_isthatstillcool

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

07-12-2014 04:47:19 | More by Nick_isthatstillcool
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Jbennette

Germany

4/5  rDev -0.5%

07-06-2014 08:07:02 | More by Jbennette
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Kevin082

California

5/5  rDev +24.4%

07-03-2014 18:41:56 | More by Kevin082
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Drk93TT

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

07-01-2014 02:54:28 | More by Drk93TT
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mille_K

Czech Republic

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

06-26-2014 18:37:48 | More by mille_K
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mrjez

Japan

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

06-24-2014 09:53:03 | More by mrjez
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atrocity

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

05-27-2014 00:08:26 | More by atrocity
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frontalot

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

04-25-2014 17:22:46 | More by frontalot
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Wowcoolman

California

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

04-25-2014 02:53:38 | More by Wowcoolman
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wizo

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -0.5%

04-19-2014 22:48:12 | More by wizo
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paulish

New York

4/5  rDev -0.5%

04-13-2014 00:15:55 | More by paulish
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patre_tim

China

3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 16:33:33 | More by patre_tim
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benjaminkhlaw

Hong Kong

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

03-27-2014 12:33:58 | More by benjaminkhlaw
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BJSmit

Netherlands

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

02-11-2014 21:38:56 | More by BJSmit
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Schmoog

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

01-29-2014 19:19:21 | More by Schmoog
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innominat

Ireland

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

01-17-2014 19:38:25 | More by innominat
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Synapstic

France

4/5  rDev -0.5%

01-10-2014 22:56:44 | More by Synapstic
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Saind

Netherlands

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

01-06-2014 12:03:44 | More by Saind
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Rumlibeers

Switzerland

4/5  rDev -0.5%

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addiwilliams

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

01-03-2014 03:22:00 | More by addiwilliams
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KristofH

Belgium

4/5  rDev -0.5%

12-24-2013 16:03:13 | More by KristofH
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dcmchew

Romania

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-04-2013 13:38:54 | More by dcmchew
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polopaul20

Maryland

4/5  rDev -0.5%

10-17-2013 14:23:37 | More by polopaul20
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Hoegaarden Grand Cru from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
90 out of 100 based on 276 ratings.