Hoegaarden Grand Cru
Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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Strong Ale - Belgian Pale
Ranked #24
Ranked #6,793
4.03 | pDev: 10.67%
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elnachooo from Spain

3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

De color ámbar, con una gran cabeza espumosa. Cuerpo medio y carbonatación ligera. Aroma cítrico y afrutado aunque con menor intensidad. En boca tiene un sabor intenso agradable.

Jan 12, 2020
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.11/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

L- Mid gold, slightly hazy (bottle-conditioned), pours with 3mm white head.
S- That scent of a deep beer, a hint of orange.
T- This is the 3rd beer that's new to me this evening and finally I'm getting some complexity. It has some conifer, banana, and typical spicing of a Belgian trad beer.
F- Punchy ABV% and richness brings some overall balance.
O- Perhaps a bit too sweet for me. Overall rather disappointing for a 'Grand Cru' from a brewery of this repute.
Bought from Beerhawk/UK, 330ml bottle BB 20/07/20

Dec 11, 2019
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marcbosch from Netherlands

3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: hazy yellow turning orange, thick foamy head with dissipated quickly. Moderate lacing.
S: typical wit. Sourdough bread plus spices (coriander I guess). Perhaps some pear.
T: Less tart and more alcoholic than a wit, with a bit more yeasty character. Still, bread and some wit-like spices (coriander and some orange peel). There's not the orange fanta feeling of some wits. Pear fruitiness is also there. Good and complex.
F: as expected, medium to light body, very carbonated, dry finish.
O: Very good, more complex than usual witbier. Not outstanding but very good

Jun 27, 2019
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Martin_Maat from Netherlands

3.28/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

It poors with no foam all, which is a little disappointing. It has a peachy, hazy look like it says on the label. Smell is almost absent. The first sip is not bad but does not impress, Then it develops. It is not very bitter but it lasts nonetheless. One bottle is plenty for the evening. I like it a lot.

Jun 15, 2018
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jdurey from Korea (South)

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 330ml bottle into Grand Cru tulip glass. Color looks like an IPA but upon closer inspection bits of yeast (?) floating around. No problem. Smells a bit fruity, like a weizenbock, bringing expectations of a Vitus-like beer? At first the taste is nothing to write home about but strong hints of alcohol on the back end. Mouth feel is well balanced. Gets stronger as it warms up. One is all you need to start a session. 2 and I’m calling a cab.

May 15, 2018
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josanguapo from Spain

4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From Optimus Beer. In Roquetas de Mar, in shaker glass. Watching Big Bang Theory + Mum. Cross between tripel, with pear notes, and wit, with clove/coriander spicyness. Well adjusted carbonation. Noticeable alcohol but not bother

Jul 20, 2017
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Zet from Netherlands

3.35/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Murky orange colour with a fluffy head. It has weird brown spots on top of it though (yeast? malt residue?). Smell is a bit yeasty, but mostly absent. Taste has flavours like banana, cloves, coriander, pepper and yeast. Mouth feel is surprisingly silky and smooth. I expect something bolder with a strong belgian pale ale. This was something between a Hefeweizen and a Weizenbock. Fine beers, but not something i'm looking for when pouring a SBPA in a tulip. More bite, less silk please.

Apr 27, 2017
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Beginner2 from Illinois

4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had at Leuven in Wellington NZ, the Grand Cru went really well with my vegetable crepe. The abundant esters and coriander (among other spices) really complemented the meal well and probably adds to the variety of its pairings.
This is the second time I'd Had this, separated by several years, I cannot remember significant difference. But being owned by the AB InBev Big Boys, I'm curious why I have to go to NZ to get a second copy.

MJ's 1999 "Guide" gave it 3 of 4 stars and said "As the name suggests, it is a beer of nobility and complexity." Grand Cru also is reviewed in "MJ's Great Beers of Belgium." It (and the original Hoegaarden) are both listed on the "1001" and deserve to be there for the millions of palates they have changed.

May 07, 2016
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911CROFT from England

2.95/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

330ml bottle into a tulip. Paid £3.40 for a single bottle.

Pours a dull, hazy, orange-brown coloured body that transforms to a bright golden sunset when held to the light. Near the edges of the glass a small amount of carbonation is visible through the haze, below a swiftly disappearing, foamy, three-finger in height white head that departs without a wisp of lacing.

The modest nose comprises mainly of sweet bread, mild banana esters, light stone fruit, clove, spices and a touch of medicinal alcohol. The taste roughly follows suit, leading with a little banana and sweet white bread, before quickly handing over to dominant phenols and spices. Strong notes of clove, cardamom, pepper and coriander enter alongside an undisguised alcohol presence to quickly overpower the initial fruity flavours and linger long into the finish. In the mouth, moderate carbonation and a medium to full body give a smooth and vaguely creamy feel, while lingering spices and alcohol finish warm and dry on the palate.

Overall this is a disappointing beer. I actually found it hard work to finish the bottle. The fruity esters and spicy phenols are lacking in balance, the body is a touch heavy and under carbonated while (to my tastes at least) the obvious alcohol detracts from taste and pleasure. I can’t say I’d happily part with my own money to try this one again, especially when Duvel is readily available at half the cost.

Nov 19, 2015
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captaincoffee from Virginia

4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up as an afterthought along with 100+ other beers on a recent trip to Belgium. Pour was an orange-gold with little head and no lacing. Bottle conditioned Hoegaarden? Interesting....
Nose has nice esters, some malt fruit, and a wee bit of spice. Taste is somewhere between a triple, strong pale, and hefe. Started off thinking it was one-dimentional, but getting lots of depth as it warms. Surprisingly good beer from this brewery.

Nov 10, 2015
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jonmikel from Spain

3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden-orange look. Little amount of foam, less than 0,5 cm. The smell isn't huge. The mouthfeel is very good with traces of alcohol (not too much) at the end. I like the taste.

Sep 24, 2015
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Andrewharemza from Australia

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle. Pours golden with short lasting white head. Lots of spices and Belgian yeast up front with cloves, banana, dough. Sweet with herbal bitter finish. Very nice.

Sep 19, 2015
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jakemn91 from New Mexico

4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I have to say that this beer surprised me. My GF loves Hoegaarden Wit, so I got this for her as somewhat of a joke gift. I enjoyed it more than I expected to.

Has a nice fruity yeast characteristic, but finishes dry. Low to medium spiciness too, cloves and a hint of pepper. Overall, a very nice beer.

Sep 11, 2015
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Refloosh from Australia

4.99/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was hesitant at first due to the stigma of knowing hoegaarden wit was just an average beer but this truly is a wonderful beer. It has banana and lemon notes associated with a weizenbock but has a spice characteristic that creates a great balance and smooth finish. A true classic and go to beer

Jul 01, 2015
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bodhisagan from Georgia

4.87/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow. I love this beer. I have long enjoyed Belgian white beers. This one is definitely the best in the class that I have tasted. I would put this just above Allagash White. Both are amazing. If you like Belgian white beers or Hefeweizen, you can't go wrong with this one. It's also quite high in alcohol, yet it doesn't have the burn of a dubbel or tripel. I agree with the Bros, this is world class.

Apr 10, 2015
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drmeto from Germany

4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

-huge banana
-pilsner-esque honey
-spicy pepper and slight coriander
-alcohol very well hidden
-slightly floral hops,spicy and sweet finish
Really digged this one

Mar 20, 2015
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SmashPants from Australia

4.41/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Format: a standard 330mL brown bottle with a stylish macro label.

Appearance: poured into a weizen glass - a strong, cloudy deep yellow with fine carbonation. A fantastic white head pops up to an inch before slowly dropping to a creamy half-finger. great lacing down the glass.

Aroma: funnily enough, this is similar to the standard Hoegaarden but somehow better. The citrus is heavier and stronger, with citrus zest and heavier wheat aroma. Very nice.

Taste: citrus fruit zest and heavy wheat again, with orchard fruits and spices. A very nice wheat beer.

Aftertaste: some bitterness comes through, with spices and more of those orchard fruits. A lovely beer that hides its ABV quite well.

Mouth feel: moderate- to-fuller in feel with a moderate carbonation. Quite mouth-filling, and easy to put away.

Overall: one of the better wheat beers I have had to date. A great combination of heavy flavours, and a very drinkable beer. It's a bit dangerous as it disguises its 8.5% ABV quite well. Approximately AU$120 for a case of 24 x 330mL - I'll have to have a 4-pack every now and then, as I am but a pauper.

Dec 02, 2014
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flipper2gv from Canada (QC)

4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy light amber color with an off white head with decent retention and lacing. The carbonation doesn't look like typical belgian carbonation, which makes me thinks they didn't use traditional yeast on the beer.

S: If the look wasn't typical belgium, the smell is. There is a strong funky aroma that I didn't think I would find here, but I guess is the result of the wheat and whatever yeasts they used. There is a surprisingly strong tart aroma too, makes me think of lemon juice and green apple.Some cilantro and very light cloves are there, but no malts in sight.

T: Much more down to earth and typical belgian pale. Much stronger pale malts taste with strong sweetness that makes me think of candi sugar and light honey. To quote another review, this has a lot of passionfruit in this. There is also quite a good amount of cilantro and cloves in this and a light amount of tartness that was in the smell. Deceiving beer to say the least.

M: Medium feel, but definitely not a typical belgian feel. This is not traditional yeasts as expected.

O: This is a solid beer. Really well made and very well balanced. I feel it is slightly underrated because of the brand name, but this is really good.

Sep 29, 2014
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Aug 13, 2014
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chogm54 from Australia

4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Jul 12, 2014
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Apr 10, 2014
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admiral from Australia

3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

excellent beer that stands up well against any other Belgian Strong Pale Ale in the World right now.

Aroma: Belgian yeast and spice

Taste: clove, spice, pepper with some slight cinnamon

Overall: A well balanced, smooth and tasty Belgian Strong Pale Ale, that is enjoyable all year round

Jul 31, 2013
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dwren89 from Virginia

4.51/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: hazy, orangey amber gold. Foamy white head

Aroma: wheat aroma with banana and clove,

Taste: rich, thick Belgian wit taste with notes of banana and clove,

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium carbonation, medium body

Overall Impression: a richer and fuller version of the classic wit style. Using darker malt, and fuller and more satisfying taste and mouthfeel is achieved.

Jun 12, 2013
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spoony from Colorado

4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 330 ml bottle (dated October 16, 2014) into a tulip. Reviewed from notes dated May 24, 2013.

A-The brew is cloudy and apricot in color. A substantial, fine carbonation keeps the fat one-finger off-white colored head up for a while. Nice looking beer.

S-The smell is full of bright, intense lemon. Behind the lemon is spicy grain flavor. Some fruity, warming alcohol is noticeable but fits well with the flavor. There is a good bit of spice that comes out as the beer warms.

T-The taste is spiced orange, lemon, banana, with fruity, slightly sweet alcohol and pale malt lying underneath it all. There is a bit of bitterness and grass that creeps in on the mid-palate and lasts to the finish. Flavor is milder than the smell.

M-The feel is light to medium body with a crisp and assertive carbonation (for a Belgian).

O-This beer is a nice surprise. I wasn't entirely sure what to expect, but this beer provides a nice, high-octane summer drink. The lemon and orange flavors are intense, but this brew is not simply a high-ABV wit. There is some real flavor and balance here. Nicely done.

Jun 08, 2013
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metter98 from New York

3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It pored with a finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of fruity esters, pale malts and yeast are present in the nose.
T: The taste very much follows the smell and also has some hints of spices towards the finish.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied and a little dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer manages to hide its alcohol rather well considering its strength so it is rather easy to drink. It is a pretty good representation of the style.

Apr 19, 2013
Hoegaarden Grand Cru from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 389 ratings