Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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3.18/5 rDev -16.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
I got this one on tap because I was curious about how it would be different. It came to the table extremely cloudy and that did not change as I drank. It was a translucent but bright yellow to white color, bar was kinda dark. I basically felt like I was looking at a lemon-sorbet or frozen lemonade in the process of melting. There were a few mottled spots floating on the surface but otherwise no head and no lacing. Possibly because it was served with an orange wedge? Thats a new one.
The nose was fragrant and fruity, but slightly artificial. My friend said it reminded him of a "freshly waxed floor". I agree. The strong yeastyness no doubt contributes to this affect.
Though this pint is somewhat lacking in other areas, it more or less has it where it counts, taste. First few sips were overpoweringly yeasty, but soon I was getting citrusy orange and lemon with a slight zest. This gave way to more rich bananna taste with a little mango, strawberry, or orange sliding in before that yeast comes back to finish the job.
Mouthfeel was thick, a tad waxy, and grainy even at times.
What makes this beer fun is that almost no two sips were really the same. Unfortunately it also left the palate rather exhausted after one which is definately going to hurt drinkability. Normally I would suspect this beer was spoiled, but I've had it from the bottle a few times and its not that far off, just a bit old maybe, but I chalk it up to the great and mysterious difference between bottles and draft. Its definately unique and different.
Serving type: on-tap
01-13-2006 20:38:50 | More by JudgeRoughneck
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