Unfiltered Belgian White, flavored with coriander and orange peel, creating a sweet & sour taste.
The last brewery in Hoegaarden, Tomsin, closed shop in 1957.
Soon after, in 1965, the villagers decided to take action to preserve the
original recipe. Milkman Pierre Celis took the bull by the horns and started
brewing up a batch in his milk shed, using only a copper boiler.
He quickly expanded his operation and moved into a bigger
building – ‘De Kluis’ (The Vault) – a subtle nod to the monks. By 1985 the nod
was no longer subtle as he was making more than 75.000 hectolitres per year.
Just as he was about to start exporting to the United States, a rather large
fire flattened his dreams (and the beer). The brewery was destroyed.
After the fire in 1985, several brewers offered their help —
as is traditional in Belgium. One of these was the largest brewer in the
country, called Interbrew (after a merger with AmBev, renamed InBev). Interbrew
lent money for the purchase of other buildings to rebuild the brewery.
The original Belgian wheat beer could and would not be lost.
Today, 9 out of 10 wheat beers sold in Belgium are from Hoegaarden. Meanwhile,
the unique flavour is being appreciated and awarded throughout Europe, North
America, Australia, Singapore and China. How they pronounce the name in other
parts of the world is another story.