Hoegaarden White

I had a Hoegaarden once before during my first or second year in graduate school. I'm leaning towards the first, because I don't remember having tried so many beers prior to having a Hoegaarden. I remember liking it, probably because of its citrus flavor and crispness.


It's raining here in Brussels and I decide to eat in hopes that the rain stops by the time I'm done. I stop by a place called Belgian Frit'n Toast. I decided to have a Hoegaarden along with my meal.

I wrote: "Hoegaarden. Clear and distinct citrus (lemon) smell. It's light and has a tasty, sour taste. 3.10€ for Hoegaarden 25 cL."
I also wrote: "Final words on Hoegaarden. It's light and very very drinkable. It went great with the meal. It tastes as if it just cuts right through all the oils."

On the menu you'll find "Blanche de Hoegaerden [sic]" (French), "Witte van Hoegaerden [sic]" (Dutch).

Side note: The server had already thrown away the cap and bottle after pouring my drink. So I asked if I could just take a picture of a new bottle. He complied and handed me another bottle. That's why I have a filled glass of beer along with a full and capped bottle. Later, close to the end of my meal, some other customers had ordered some Hoegaardens and I was able to request for one of those bottle caps before they were all trashed.



Relevant Links:
Hoegaarden Original White Ale (BeerAdvocate.com)
Hoegaarden White (Hoegaarden Website)
Hoegaarden (RateBeer.com)
Hoegaarden Brewery (Wikipedia.org)

Website Information:
500 years of hard work went into making this beer that features the aroma of orange peel, coriander and herbs that the merry monks imported from sunny Curacao. Speaking of which: pouring Hoegaarden is just like letting the sun fall into your glass: light yellow and naturally murky. And the soft foam adds a cloudy finish. And then there’s the soft taste, light and slightly sweet and sour and with subtle citrus notes… ah, just go ahead and taste it instead of reading about it!

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