Hoegaarden Grand Cru | Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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4.03/5
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375 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
Belgium
hoegaarden.com

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAngel on 10-14-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,956
Reviews:
195
Ratings:
375
pDev:
10.67%
Bros Score:
4.38
 
 
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Photo of jdurey
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.

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Photo of BenMaalouf
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of danflux
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of REVZEB
3.69/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dandy14
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bird_soul
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of josanguapo
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

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

Photo of matuto
4.41/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle, exp. 07/2017, pouring in a tulip. Great one!

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Photo of Houborg1
3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Zet
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.

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Photo of JTuomi
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of yaron73
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A bottle from a Supermarket in Brussels.

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Photo of pau622
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mcthfg
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brew_42
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Momon
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jodio
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of VitorDamasceno
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StoutBoi
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Dzu
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Antyk
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Beginner2
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.

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

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Hoegaarden Grand Cru from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 375 ratings