Hoegaarden Grand Cru

grandcru.pngOn Sun­day, I made my 3000 words by lunchtime, so earned a Hoe­gaar­den Grand Cru.

I’ve had it before and real­ly enjoyed it, but I did­n’t real­ly have a tast­ing hat on then. This time, I real­ly took my time over it.

There are many of the same flavours as Hoe­gaar­den Wit, though this isn’t a wheat beer, as far as I can tell. Here, though, the accent is on spice (corian­der, I guess) rather than cit­rus, although there are orange flavours). The thing that real­ly stood out for me was how well the spices, the spici­ness of the yeast and the alco­hol (8.5%) com­ple­ment­ed each oth­er. It’s more warm­ing than refresh­ing. It’s also a real­ly beau­ti­ful gold­en colour, rather than the pale yel­low of the Wit.

Both Boak and I are big fans of Hoe­gaar­den Wit (although it’s not as good as it used to be, owned by a big com­pa­ny, etc. etc.) but Grand Cru real­ly is some­thing spe­cial. It might even make it into my top ten.

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  1. Hiya,
    Hope you’ll be able to take a break from writing/revising to vis­it this, I’ll be giv­ing a sem­i­nar at some point TBC how­ev­er.

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