In a nutshell: A fruity and spicy Belgian classic from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden east of Brussels.
The lowdown: Grand Cru is made purely from barley malt and packs quite a punch at 8.7% ABV. With a thick creamy head and slightly cloudy colour it has a complex array of spice and citrus flavours mixing up sweet and bitter sensations all at once.
Style - Belgian Specialities ABV 8.5% - Very Strong
The small town of Hoegaarden east of Brussels is often thought of as where Belgian Wit Beers originated and at one time there were several breweries in the town. The modern incarnation of the brewery began in the mid 1960s under the ownership of local brewer Pierre Celis and he succeeded in creating quite a cult following for this style of beer. Since 2005 they've been under the ownership of the the giant InBev drinks corporation, but the brewery remains near its origins in the town of Hoegaarden.