Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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3.85/5 rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3
It's time i finally give Hoegaarden a proper review. It's always fun to drink the beer that defines the style, and Hoegaarden is no exception. I also have to give thanks to Pierre Celis for reviving the witbier style with this one.
A: Paler than straw yellow, and hazy (although more light and clear than I remember). A two-finger, ghost-white head rises to form the head. Little lacing is left from the foamy, moussy cap, but the retention is remarkable.
S: The aroma is crisp, tart, and grassy. Sour, zesty fruit notes emerge, like those of a fresh orange peel (shocker!) The nose is very well-balanced, and clean, with a just bit of a punch from the coriander.
T: The flavor is refreshing, delivering a light sweetness along with a touch of lactic sourness. No surprises, just a plain, straightforward beer. Orange peel and coriander subtly blend with the soft malt.
M: Light and effervescent, the carbonation is perfectly matched to the creaminess. Hoegaarden's mouthfeel is smooth and slick, with a sour tang that sticks your tongue to the roof of your mouth.
D: Medium drinkability. This could easily be a session beer, although after one or two, I recommend swapping for a more complex beer.
(Reviewed August 2, 2010.)
Serving type: bottle
10-12-2010 01:34:55 | More by SPThirtyThree
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