Hoegaarden Grand Cru is a Belgian white beer that's brewed in the De Kluis brewery in the town of Hoegaarden. De Kluis was founded in 1966 by Pierre Celis who is the guy accredited with reviving the tradition of Belgian white beers. In Belgium, Hoegaarden is perhaps the best known and most popular white beer, with several flavors being available and known to be just great to enjoy on a terrace in the sun.
Hoegaarden Grand Cru is just one of several flavors of Hoegaarden available. Apart from this one and the "normal" Hoegaarden there is also a Hoegaarden Speciale and a Rosée flavored white beer.
Hoegaarden Grand Cru is a light white beer (in flavour) and a strong Pale Ale. It's quite fruity and well hopped. The ingredients are malt, wheat and hops and like with all Hoegaarden beers, dried orange peels were used in the brewing process of Hoegaarden Grand Cru. Additionally some coriander was added to further flavour this beer. Hoegaarden Grand Cru is a top fermented beer.
This beer has an alcohol percentage of just over 8% ABV and pours a cloudy dark yellow / amber colour. Hoegaarden Grand Cru has a big white head and the taste is strong, hoppy and a little bitter. The fruity touches of citrus, vanilla and even banana can be quite strong here. The coriander that was added during the brewing process can also be tasted. Alcohol content is quite well hidden. All in all it's a very well balanced beer.
Tripel version of Hoegaarden, since 1991 and somewhat of a classic. Ochre blonde colour with fluffy, snow white head; sweet maltiness and fruitiness (of banana and peach) predominate, bit yeasty, spicy notes (coriander), soft mouthfeel, warming alcohol in the finish.