Hoegaarden Grand Cru
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Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Ranked #25
Ranked #5,239
4.04 | pDev: 10.64%
Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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4/5  rDev -1%

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.12/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of Jason
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 33 cl brown slender Euro style bottle with a “Best Before End” date on the back label. Also states that this beer is bottled conditioned.

Appearance: Cloudy, yet vibrant, pale orange colour with a tiny bubbled creamy looking white lace that does a fine job of sticking around for a while. Preferably served in a tulip glass, this sample was served in a traditional Hoegaarden Grand Cru tulip glass.

Smell: Ripe topical fruit (plantain, pineapple and mango come to mind), alcohol esters with a faint ghost like solvent aroma. Medicinal phenols are laid back in the mildly vinous aroma.

Taste: Full mouth feel of a medium body with a carbonation and viscosity that swirls around in the mouth. Such smoothness only comes from bottle conditioned brews, this adds to the beer as well to keep the mouth feel natural and rounded. Yeast flavours floats on to the palate with a light dry nutty flavour, alcohol is quick to warm the body even before the flavour subside. Esters are flush and playful with light solvent and medicinal phenolic flavour rushing around. Fruitiness is explosive with hasten suggestions of pineapple, star fruit and papaya. Hops go to the back right away though are seen in a quick and small bitterness just to balance. Spiciness is not to be forgotten characteristic, not only bits of coriander and citric peel undertones are there but a complex mix of spice flavour are derived from the phenols and alcohol. Somewhat on the dry side and blatantly full of flavour even far into the finish.

Notes: Ouch, this beer is a gift from the gods and it shall smite thee and then make the drinker feel its ever holy wrath of esters and alcohol. Once the light is seen then the mortal shall be one with beer. Serious beer, a beer to respect and enjoy to the fullest of course.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of Mitchellrhen
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of deebo
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A bottle with a BB date of July-15-13.

A-When poured fast this one gives lots of bubbly white head that quickly breaks down giving plenty of fluff leftover. Hazy and dark golden in color.

S-Plenty of that beautiful fruity yeast screams out. Lots of wheat in here too.

T-Wheat dominates, followed quickly with a lingering yeasty, bittering hoppy finish. Some orange notes and a hint of spice and clove.

M-Alcohol well hidden for a brew over 8% but it is still there. Lots of carbonation in this brew. Medium bodied. A bit of a lingering slightly bitter finish.

D-Pretty solid given the strength.

O-I remember liking this beer a lot more the first time I had it. I seem to recall thinking it tasted like a Hoegaarden on steroids. Then I found a bottle that had aged about a year in my cellar and it definitely wasn't as good as I remember, now that I'm drinking a fresher bottle it still does not taste as good as I remember. Perhaps my taste has changed or the beer has, I'd guess on the former. I won't be seeking this one out again-way too many better beers in Belgium.

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Photo of SirDirtJoe
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of 54V4G3
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Hammarby
4.39/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy golden/light amber with a white head.
S: Citrus, yeast, red berries, coriander.
T: Bitterness, fruity freshness, yeast, grapefruit, coriander, sting of alcohol. Sweet aftertaste. The taste of alcohol lingers.
M: About medium body, tiny bubbles of carboration.

Quite different from Hoegaarden Wit. More bitternes, more alcoholic sting. A bit sweeter. Definately drinkable.

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Photo of danflux
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brendan13
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark straw with quite a large head that slowly falls away.
Smelt like it should - citrusy & spicy. Tasted the same way too with a touch of wheaty tartness towards the end & some mild alcohol.
Medium mouthfeel, quite a dry finish.
A very drinkable beer, dangerously so given the ABV. The price ($6.95AU per bottle) makes sure its a special occasion beer.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.16/5  rDev +3%
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 Stephen63
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Misty pale colour with very weak head. (My bottle had BBE 28/08/08).

S - Strong wheat with spices.

T - Fruit and spices give this beer a rich texture. Its best part. I would liken it a bit to the tripel style. Alcohol hardly apparent.

M - Light carbonation and smooth.

D - Would have no problem sinking three or four of these but beware the alcohol content!

Decent beer though I would generally choose a tripel over this.

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Photo of noz03
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of shakercuda
4.82/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I bought this beer a Mejestic Liquors #50 at 7560 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75231 Phone: 214-363-0201

It looks pretty average, but leaves you feel warm and happy, very drinkable, a real treat. i would recomend to people that like wheat beer of german.

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Photo of Houborg1
3.76/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of papat444
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to slovaksniper (ratebeer) for this one.

Poured from a 330ml. bottle, best before 09/15/13.

Appearance: Light peach colored body, very hazy/ 3-4 fingers worth of foam that stays for a bit but no long lasting power. Even with light pour, bit of sediment floating around.

Smell: Peaches, lemon, mild cloves, orange peel and yeast.

Taste: Big time orange peel with some actual orange in the aftertaste. In the middle, mild spices with cloves being predominant. Citrus overtones and slight yeast presence.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, good carbonation and an overall good feel.

Overall: A middle of the road brew. Reminds me a bit of a high ABV wit but without the flavor amped up.

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Photo of Jodio
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of yaron73
4.24/5  rDev +5%
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 hawksfan82
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

30cl bottle poured into a small la trappe snifter-style glass.

Pours a really muddy golden brown with hints of orange and amber in it. This looks like a big beer. Head is a little less than an inch and goes down quickly leaving a soapy ring that remains. There is little to no lacing.

Smells like a typical wit, but with a little more going on. You can definitely pick up some spices in the nose. Typical coriander and some citrus peel, like a typical belgian wit, but I think they are a little stronger in this one. There is also the tiniest bit of hops lingering on the nose, as well as the extra alcohol. (8,5% for this guy).

Taste is that of a bigger, meatier wit. I noticed the spices right away again, and with the little dutch that I read, I notice the bottle says there is coriander and orange peels in this guy...and they are very noticeable. What makes this a little different than hoegaarden's flagship brew is the finish on this one. The alcohol is evident, and is accompanied by some hop bitterness. It's not overwhelming, but it's just different than what I'm used to. The alcohol is evident in the finish, and the hops is what remains on the back of your tongue between each sip. It's almost like a typical Hoegaarden wit, with a little bit of Duvel in it.

Mouthfeel is heavy and carbonated. Not a huge fan of that, as it adds the smallest element of harshness that may hinder this beers drinkability. Not horrible, I just would like a little smoother is all. With that, I don't think I would want more than 2 of these guys in a sitting.

Good change of pace beer though. Typical hoegaarden with with some other traditional belgian elements that make for an interesting session.

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Photo of pau622
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AlexLMS
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: good clarity despite the huge quantity of floating sediments. Light gold colour. The head is white, moderately large and moussy. It presents a very good retention rate but not a lot of lacing.
Aroma: fruity citrus aroma with yeast, cloves and banana notes.
Taste: bittersweet. Citrus, wheat, yeast and malts.
Mouthfeel: smooth, medium to high carbonation, well-disguised high alcoholic strength and a medium body.
Finish: starts slightly bitter and quickly turns to a sweeter aftertaste.

Overall: interesting bittersweet combination. Quite refreshing despite the high alcoholic strength. Nice Hoegaarden.

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Photo of BenMaalouf
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hoegaarden Grand Cru from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 382 ratings