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Julius | Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by stcules on 02-17-2002

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Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of zknight
3.66/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 54V4G3
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of janubio
4/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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Photo of YvesB
2.05/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of stevoj
3.49/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.19/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of Fezzz
4.02/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mille_K
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of BJSmit
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of HardyGeneraL
2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

Photo of dcmchew
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

4/5  rDev +14.6%

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3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of desint
2.5/5  rDev -28.4%

Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
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 (?)

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Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of kobeer
2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of rekel
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of Wegomlegging
3.54/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of ernie
3.63/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of stcules
2.41/5  rDev -30.9%
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.

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Photo of ggaughan
3.72/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of atigerlife
3.18/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Julius from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
Beer rating: 3.49 out of 5 with 35 ratings
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