Sunday, 10 July 2011

Hoegaarden Grand Cru

Hoegaarden Grand Cru

8.5% abv, i forget the size, small like 330mls or 355mls? And they instruct you to serve it at 5-6%, well i think they do, if my loose understanding of the foreign labeling is correct. 

Despite careful pouring i ended up with no small amount of white and dark yeast floating in the glass. See that beautiful orange colour, yum.

Its aroma was vanilla, banana, and a hint of sourness.
And that lovely orange liquid yielded more banana and vanilla, it was creamy but clean tasting, lemon came through as the 'clean element'.
Then theres a nice bitterness that leads onto a typical, lovely though, alcoholic warmth of a Belgian strong beer.
Its a shame it only came in such a small bottle.


  1. I always shy away from Hoegarden. I tried it when I was younger, and much less beer geeky, and didnt really like it. I think it might be time for a revisit, particularly this incarnation. Sounds very good.

  2. I've been having a few normal Hoegaardens recently, chilled on a hot day its quite refreshing, this bottle i got from a specialist shop though.
    Quite nice although there are alot of better Belgian beers out there obviously.