Julius | Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

35 Ratings

Brewed by:
Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by stcules on 02-17-2002

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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 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 desint
2.5/5  rDev -28.4%

Photo of kobeer
2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

Photo of HardyGeneraL
2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of GRUUMSH
3/5  rDev -14%

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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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 bsuedekum
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Jason
3.26/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of Paddez
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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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 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 rastaman
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

quite warming and strong. Still quite nice to drink, like all others from hoegaarden. Not bad a at all.

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

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 zknight
3.66/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TerryW
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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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 dcmchew
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of BJSmit
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of paterlodie
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
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!

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Photo of frank4sail
3.87/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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