Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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Strong Ale - Belgian Pale
Ranked #372
Ranked #43,576
3.57 | pDev: 13.17%
Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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Sigmund from Norway

3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle, at RBESG 2007 in Glasgow, Grand Tasting. Golden colour, large head. Malty, oaky and vinous aroma. Malty sweet flavour, sugary, alcoholic. Could have been better.

Jul 20, 2021
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.91/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L- Quite pale amber, slightly hazy, pours with 3mm white head, over time recedes to lacing.
S- A sense (or scent) of... spicy timber.
T- Nice, spicy + timber continue but now with aromatic notes and a hoppy bright facet, and the ABV gently makes it's presence known with a light zing on the palate. Overall it's well balanced, quite pungent but 'bright' enough to bring balance.
F- Bright, and meaty as in a hefty body that is slightly on the richer+dryer side than anything sweet going on here at all.
O- I like it, all the above comes together with a lovely balance. I sense zero out of place/balance. This is a hefty beer with a brighter palate than say your typical same-ABV Tripel, meaning I'd be happy to drink year around whereas an 8.5% Tripel is a wintertime beer for me.
330ml bottle BB: 05/03/2021Bought from BeersOfEurope (UK)

Mar 25, 2020
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josanguapo from Spain

3.79/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

20 meses pasada de fecha. De belgiuminabox. En copa Teku. Viendo La Materia Oscura 1x01. Correcta pero sin llegar a destacar. Perfil tipicamente belga pero bastante suave, nada cabezona

Nov 06, 2019
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janubio from Spain

4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From my notes of some years ago:
Yellow-orange colour, with a big head that last all the while. Aroma is fruity and spice, notes of coriander. Medium to full body, good carbonation. Taste is spicy, oranges, tart notes.

Jun 10, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

3.49/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy gold poured into chalice, soft carbonation feeds silky head. Some sticky lacing remains on sides of glass. Strong fruity flavor with some alcohol burn. Aroma also belies the high alcohol content. Perfect for sipping on a Sunday afternoon.

Feb 05, 2016
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.19/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bruised peach, a sort of yellowish brown orange colour, so cloudy its hard to see the carbonation. A half finger of off white buttery head.

Fruity like peaches, caramel, a slightly smokey, woody component.

Fruity again like peaches, caramel, a sort of light almost flat or watery component in the middle. Very little bitterness.

Thick body, lots of carbonation.

Found in Vientiane, Laos, at Chokdee for a huge price. Really not awesome, but a fair brew. Was just glad to find a new one way out in the middle of nowhere. Drank in Chiang Mai, Aug 31st, 2015.

Aug 31, 2015
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eduardolinhalis from Switzerland

3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a Trapping glass.

A: Pours a dark yellow to orange color. A bit cloudy. Forms a medium bubbled white head with good retention and only few lacings left. A small and thin layer persists

S: Very fruity on the nose. Bananas, mainly. Toffee. Sweet malts and Belgian yeasts

T: Follows the nose. Sweet upfront with notes of banana, toffee, honey. Delicious Belgian yeasts and flowery hops. In overall, it's a sweet beer either a sweet malts backbone. Finish is made of soft hops bitterness

M: Medium to heavy bit molasses body. Medium carbonation. Aftertaste is mainly made of sweet malts

O: Good drinkability. Great beer. The proof that AMBEV can produce good beer (?)

Oct 07, 2012
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Wegomlegging from Virginia

3.54/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured peach yellow with respectable head, with yeast and floral scents and a background of what seems like stable straw (yes that's odd). The flavor was not bad, more yeast with pleasant notes of spice and flowers and a solid sweet and sour bitterness. Had some solid carbonation, and was pleasant to the palate. There's something holding this one back though, perhaps the sweetness mixed with the sour bitterness? Admittedly I'm not sure how easy it is to find this beer anymore, I only found it in a random drankenshop in Wallonia. Not a beer to crawl across broken glass for, but was fun to try.

Feb 26, 2011
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thierrynantes from France

3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 1999.

Appearance : apricot color, trouble (yeast), tight white foam, abundant and stable.
Smell : aromas of yeast very present, smell sweet and aromatic.
Taste and mouthfeel : spicy (coriander and orange peel), aromatic and well balanced.
Drinkability : good beer (but nothing more) in the style Belgian strong pale ale.

Review translated from french 5-29-2008.

Nov 10, 2007
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ernie from Russian Federation

3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dry and spicy strong brew, very different in character and style from the famous Original White Ale.

Nice amber color, medium carbonation, huge head, proper lace.

Smell seems familiar - orange, lemon, coriander... But here the similarity ends and the thrill begins. That's an ale in its own right, heavily spiced, malty-fruity in character, packed with pineapples, tangerines and malts. Sugar restrained by high alcohol level, and white spirit is well-hidden. Body medium, firm. Finish painfully bitter, the bitterness coming not only from hops but also from dry oreange peel. Aftertaste quite smooth, fruity.

Worth a try - probably more than once.

Jul 07, 2006
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stcules from Italy

2.41/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Orange-yellow color, opalescent, white foam, abundant and creamy.
At the smell yeast, breadcrust, and too many alcohol. Maybe camomile and orange.
The taste is less alcoholic, with more notes of flowery and cereals, with a spicy finish.
Average to low body.
In the aftertaste the spices rise up better, with pepper; but also the alcohol is too noticeable.

Mar 19, 2006
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ggaughan from Pennsylvania

3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bottle was part of a Hoegaarden box set I bought in Belgium last year and just cracked into on New Year's Eve. The drink by date on the bottle was 12/9/05.

The beer poured a nice bright amber color with a nice bubbly, almost champagne like head. The smell has some nice fruit aromas and a bit tart. The taste continues what the smell had, tart and fruity notes with a bit of hop bit to it.

Not overly impressive but worth the try. I would have it again but not rush out to get another bottle right away. I would rather try some other strong pale ales out there first.

Jan 01, 2006
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atigerlife from Hawaii

3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle, in the Julius glass.

Poured a big, fluggy head. Very long lasting. The beer is a beautiful golden orange color.
It was quite bubbly with a nice start but quite a bitter finish. Overall, I was not impressed. There are certainly better beers in this style.

Oct 02, 2005
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Bierschenker from Belgium

3.96/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Julius was served in it's own tulip glass. You get a nice large head that fades slowly.
Julius has a misty dark-orange colour.
The odour is very sour-fruity and I could also discover light malt and sweet-hop. The smell is very overwhelming and aggressive.
It has a bitter taste that reminds of orange peels. Not so very special as that is what the brewery uses to flavour the beer. And a fresh malt taste.
A dry-bitter aftertaste that lingers on for a long time.

Ut Vivat, Crescat, Floreat!

Jun 02, 2005
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cypressbob from Northern Ireland

4.12/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle

Pours with a cloudy tangerine body, some yeasties cloud up things, nice white foamy head

Smell, almonds, lots of them, some booze

Taste, crisp and clean, very strong flavours of vanilla, some nuttiness

A solid belgian pale ale...its pretty hard to find a bad belgian pale ale

Apr 16, 2005
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Toddv29424 from District of Columbia

3.87/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

NOTE: Be sure to spin the bottle around (like the instructions indicate) to release all the sediments on the bottom of the bottle.

This beer smells like the normal Hoegaarden with a fruity hint of grapes added in. Pours a hazy gold-yellow that is much darker than other beers of its kind. The initial taste is of wheat, but grapes are also apparent in the aftertaste. There is much more texture in this beer than many of the Hoegaarden varieties. Any fan of regular Hoegaarden who is looking for a new spin on an old fav will love this.

Mar 21, 2005
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Paddez from Belgium

3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy, golden brew with a large, airy head. Lots of lemon and malts. The taste is mild and yet again packed with citrus fruits and malts. There is also some banana near the end. Nothing overly intresting. Mouthfeel is medium with a pretty aggressive carbonation. Drinkablilty is good.

Not all that excited about this one. I wouldn't say it's bad but there are much better beers than this one in the style. Defnitely not the best brew from Hoegaarden.

Oct 10, 2004
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paterlodie from Belgium

3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Normally not a Hoegaarden lover I tried this beer after it had been for far over a year in my cellar.
After this ageing period I couldn't find a big depot so I gave it a try.
Pouring it out Julius gave a very nice head that lasted long but the beer itself wasn't clear, despite the fact that I handeld it with care. Wel after that the smell was Ok, a bit muffy but with lots of malt and even a little (old& new) hops. Drinking it I found out that little hops were a lot and with the maltarome I really enjoyed it.
After the first I decided to take another one to verify the taste so drinkability was ok too. Plesant beer but by far not a Duvel!

Sep 22, 2004
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frank4sail from New Jersey

3.87/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a mixed gift pack in the Brussles airport.

Huge fluffy airy white head on the pour. Malty corriander sweetish smell in the goblet. Hazy golden color in the glass. The head is just huge. Good lacing as well. Corriander and white pepper dominate the brew upfront. The finishing layer of flavor has slight hints of banana and bubble gum. Quite a smooth mouth with a tongue coating finish. A little too sharp on the tongue and that affects its drinkability. Nice beer though.

Jun 08, 2004
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TerryW from Canada (ON)

3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden orange colour with a big soft white head. Leaves behind lots of chunky lace. Bright, good looking beer.

Gentle nose, characteristic Belgian aromas, grain and fruit. Pleasant and enticing.

Lots of grain and fruit to taste, good dose of malt, hint of spice. This is also one of the hopiest Belgians I've ever had, more bite and less sweetness than most. Medium bodied, good mouthfeel. Alcohol is warming but well managed in this brew.

A decent beer, might be a good intro to Belgians for someone with a strictly North American palate.

Apr 25, 2004
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chilidog from Ohio

3.91/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Julius pours a nice partly cloudy orange. A nice two inch white head that maintained itself well with lots of lace left behind. A surprise a that due to the beers higher carbonation. The aroma thats given off is fruity citrus with hints of malt. The taste is also of citrus, grain-like dry malt, backed up by the warmth of raw alcohol. A very smooth easy drink. Most likely one at a time for this is a strong yeasty ale. The mouth is left silky smooth at first then a very dry feel lingers on awhile.This one was picked up in England by a friend, another good Hoegaarden!!

Oct 18, 2003
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Jason from Massachusetts

3.26/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 33 cl slender brown Euro bottle with a drink before date on the back label.

Appearance: Hazy amber orange colour with a thick white lace that does not seem to waver at all. A lively carbonation pushes hard to the top and holds the lace tight.

Smell: Graininess, pear fruitiness and phenols in the nose and not much else.

Taste: Big crisp and biting carbonation with the medium body creates a viscous mouth feel. Lots of grainy and yeasty flavour throughout. Nearly bone dry the malt flavours are grainy with hints of husk. Maltiness is a bit one dimensional with a vague fruitiness tagging along. Alcohol is deceivingly mellow with faded fruity esters. Hop bitterness jumps in with a quick bite as well as a yeast bite. That same yeast bite has a hard time fading into the after taste and lingers for a good while within the dryness.

Notes: Not bad but certainly too yeasty, the bottle conditioning seems to have taken its toll on this dry brew. Worth a try but not something I’d go back to anytime soon.

May 06, 2002
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Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 46 ratings