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Brewed by Brouwerij Hoegaarden (InBev)
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Hoegaarden, Belgium

bottled
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common

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RATINGS: 803   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The Verboden Vrucht (Forbidden Fruit) is one of a kind. It is traditionally brewed with a mysterious blend of dark malts and flavored with spices. It underwent a slow second fermentation in the bottle so it matures into a delicious tasting beer with a complex flavor and a wonderful flavor balance between sweet and dry. Keep up this beer in a dark place and pour it at 5-6°C. Flavored with spices.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Davolina (19) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - MAR 17, 2005
What a pleasent surprise, I think this beer looks quite cheesy, and actually only bought it because i’ve tried everything else they had at the supermarket.. Nice, exciting flavour, that hides the alcohol quite well, very well balanced and aromatic, definetly a must try for a beer freak!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DJSR (2) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 9, 2005 does not count
The zesty and exciting flavour of this ale hides its 8.5% alcohol content well. The highlight of every Hoegaarden beer for me is always the first sip which really strikes the palate and such is the case here, however the forbidden fruit seems to carry itself a little better than say the white. This beer is a must try.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ToolHead (266) - København, DENMARK - MAR 5, 2005
(8.8 % abv version). 33 cl bottle. Served in Orval chalice. Unclear brownish/orange. Moderate, off-white head. Deliciously spicy; full and rounded, yet fresh. Well-balanced.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 5, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2005 A very fruity strong ale, very unique, The first sip was a very enjoyable spicy/malty/fruity explosion. Quite a bit of bite and some residual sweetness in the finish. Highly recommended.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 4, 2005
Nice malt and brandyish nose. with hints of dark fruit and spice and a nice orange zest and slight grass nose.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stew41 (1793) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - MAR 2, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2010 Ordered in error at La Gueuze. Sereved a touch cold and this took the edge off the flavours. Fairly standard Belgian strong ale that east up the ABV. Ok meaty malt character so typical of the style. Safe choice but won’t inspire.

March 2005 (3.2)
Dark, burnt orange tending to light tan in the glass. Fizzy, hazy look. Nice nose of medium weight; dark toffee notes, almost a little cloudy. Suprisingly elegant in the front and mid palate, more dark malty notes, a touch of chocolate. Finishes firm with a sugary bitterness (makes sense?) that gives the beer a slightly disjointed feel.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hendo (110) - Sint Anthonis, NETHERLANDS - FEB 26, 2005
A brilliant ’chewy’ beer. Very good for drinking in those cold winter nights.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
highlandlad (1434) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - FEB 8, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2006 Rerate 29/8/6: Spicy Belgian strong ale. Bottle-conditioned, poured a muddy auburn colour. Good lacing 2cm head. Big malty nose - some dark fruit, quince paste and spice. Full-bodied, sweet and warming, with rich mocha chocolate and long yeasty notes. A decent winter warmer. (330ml bottle)

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 7, 2005
Poured orangey brown with a medium fading to thin but longlasting tan head...smell is sweet with orange and yeast...taste is sweet up front turning to an unpleasant bitterness...finish mildly alcoholic and poorly bitter...

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ALLOVATE (2555) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 5, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2005 Didn’t know what to expect of this one, after Interbrew (InBev) had stuck it’s clammy hands all over it. Hoegaarden’s Wit is now a mere spectre of it’s original form, so I was hesitant at first!!! Took (a 1 year old) out of the fridge and allowed it to cool for a while, before twirling and pouring it into a Cognac chalice. Yeast clumps floated about an obscure mahogany-orange body. Fine carbonation did it’s job to hold up a magnificent two-layered head, that laced brilliantly down the glass. Aroma was sweet and very spicy, with citrus and stone fruit notes. Palate was pleasantly filled, with good length and good warmth. Flavours of vanilla, roasted grain and plenty of citric acidity, led through to a treacle, port like aftertaste. All made for a decent dessert-style Ale. Surprisingly nice drop, considering!!


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