Friday, January 2, 2009

Hoegaarden Witbier-Biere Blanche

So a few days ago, I mentioned a New Year's Eve Party at a co-worker's house. I hope this isn't a public site, b/c I lifted one beer. I drank this new one and drank another called Schmucker Premium Beer (from Germany) at the party, but had to have a real non-drunk assessment. The Schmucker, RIP, as I remember nothing but enjoying it and all the others. The Hoegaarden Witbier, from Belgium, same thing. Except... that I have another one now.

I must be a sucker for Belgian or Belgian-style wheat beers. The flavor is tremendous, very light, citrus type flavor (I actually taste an orange flavor), refreshing, great. I remember one from Austin that I tried 15 years back, Belgian brewer moved to Texas, but I can't remember the name of it now. Same thing.

Hope to visit the brewery some day. The closest to Belgium I ever got was well, Belgium. However, it was a 45 minute stop on a train from Paris to Amsterdam. Not much beer drinking to do. I remember the stop vividly because of a bathroom break. Bear with me here.... I went to the bathroom, and to my surprise, a lady at the bathroom exit was asking me for money, I guess to pee. OK. Whatever. This is Europe, right? She was saying Dix Francs, which was like $1.40 at the time in French Francs. Jesus, and she didn't even hold it for me. I gave it to her, as I needed to return to my train to Potville. I heard someone calling a few seconds later, but it couldn't have been for me, right? Wrong. When I got back to the train, I deciphered what she was telling me--Dix Belgian Francs or Deux French Francs. I assumed French but we were in Belgium and I paid 4 or 5 times the pee rate there. Lesson learned--Hold it--they have pissers for free on the train.

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