Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
Strong Ale - Belgian Pale
Ranked #197
Ranked #26,911
3.51 | pDev: 13.11%
Feb 21, 2022
Feb 17, 2002
Notes: None
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3.5 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Feb 21, 2022
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Photo of Sigmund
3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by Sigmund from Norway

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
3.25 by dubadw from Switzerland on Jul 31, 2020
3.93 by Daniel473 from Netherlands on Jul 16, 2020
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3.91/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by JonnoWillsteed from England

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
3.54 by Macamah from England on Jan 19, 2020
3.77 by dannycohen62 from Illinois on Nov 19, 2019
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3.79/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by josanguapo from Spain

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
3.53 by chuprynka from New Jersey on Mar 24, 2019
3 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands on Mar 05, 2019
3.52 by HopBelT from Belgium on Sep 29, 2018
3.95 by ManBearPat from Colorado on May 17, 2018
3.66 by zknight from Korea (South) on Aug 13, 2017
3.58 by 54V4G3 from Belgium on Feb 10, 2017
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4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by janubio from Spain

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
2.05 by YvesB from Belgium on Mar 03, 2016
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3.49/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by stevoj from Idaho

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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3.19/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
by patre_tim from Thailand

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
4.02 by Fezzz from Belgium on Jun 06, 2015
4 by mille_K from Czech Republic on Jun 26, 2014
3.75 by BJSmit from Netherlands on Jun 09, 2014
2.75 by HardyGeneraL from Netherlands on Dec 07, 2013
3.75 by dcmchew from Romania on Nov 05, 2013
4 by WOLFGANG from South Carolina on Jul 03, 2013
3 by GRUUMSH from Belgium on Jun 26, 2013
2.5 by desint from Belgium on May 24, 2013
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3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by eduardolinhalis from Switzerland

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
3 by GRG1313 from California on Sep 19, 2012
2.75 by kobeer from Texas on Jul 27, 2012
3.25 by bsuedekum from Missouri on Jun 30, 2012
4 by rekel from Netherlands on Dec 02, 2011
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3.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
by Wegomlegging from Virginia

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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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by thierrynantes from France

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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3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by ernie from Russian Federation

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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2.41/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
by stcules from Italy

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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3.72/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by ggaughan from Pennsylvania

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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3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by atigerlife from Hawaii

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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3.96/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Bierschenker from Belgium

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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4.12/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by cypressbob from Northern Ireland

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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3.87/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by Toddv29424 from District of Columbia

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
Julius from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 47 ratings