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


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RATINGS: 797   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
highlandlad (1433) - 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)

   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...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ALLOVATE (2537) - 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!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AndrewGeoff (27) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 13, 2005
A murky beer of a burnt mid-brown colour, it has a large and mostly lasting beige head and a great deal of fine carbonation. The overwhelming aromas are malt and citrus carried into the flavour which is also spicy and slightly bitter. The beer is spoilt by its immediate aftertaste which is metallic and bitter but this does mellow while it lingers. Overall it is not one I’ll bother with again by choice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cphbeerking (154) - København K, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2005 A spicy, yeasty, direct brew with definite alcohol warmth on the tongue. Gorgeous it is too, resembling a bright red dawn when putting the glass directly in front of a source of light. I personally thrive on coriander, but that certain spiciness might be too much in yer face for some. Quite nice, but I prefer the Grand Cru to this most times. Today, though, I’m just in the mood for something forbidden...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 10, 2005
Sweet, malty, marzipan, cookie dough aroma is pleasant if simple. Some underlying meatiness. Opaque amber-brown with fine-bubbled, off-white/tan head that recedes to cover with no lacing. Fair bitterness and a pretty bland sweetness characterize the seemingly oxidized almost paper-like flavour. Quite still and unappealing. Bottle (Best Before 02/06) sampled with MartinT and Rastacouere.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rastacouere (6153) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 9, 2005
Deep orange-brown. Generous beige head. Unexpected substantial nose though I can’t say how pleasant it is. It presents an almost smoky component alike smoked ham all the while having this cherry fruitiness and woody coriander spicy profile. It all blends into an ineffective and plain palate where potentially fatiguing sweetness is poorly balanced by a dirty dry yeast that comes out almost cardboardish, highly bitter finish. Faint woodiness. Light body and high carbonation barely sever the growing astringency from sips to sips.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GonZoBeeR (2984) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 2, 2005
Aroma:Fruit and yeast Appearance:Red-gold with yeast Flavor:Fruit,malt,yeats spicy Good beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (22429) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 2, 2005
Reddish colour with off white head, that lasts. Sweet aroma with notes of yeast and spices. Spicy flavour with notes of yeast.

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