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


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RATINGS: 802   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   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 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 (4545) - 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 (6154) - 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 (2987) - 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 (22903) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rederic (3203) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 30, 2004
The beer has an amber claret orange color hue and a nice rocky head. the nose sweet fruitness spicy, in the aroma with orange, fig and spicy coriander, that follows through a round malty- spicied fruity acidic palate of orange acidity, sweet brown sugar and coriander with in a medium body. I love this beer!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TC2642 (265) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2004
Bottle. This beer states that it is the original forbidden fruit. Pours to a hazy dark appearance with a medium head which quickly disappears. Quite spritzy and some spicy notes but distinctly mediocre.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
bark (255) - Linköping, SWEDEN - DEC 6, 2004
Bottle. The colour is brown with a tint of red; the liquid is cloudy. The finger-thick head is quite compact and beige.

The smell is rather weak with some alcohol, yeast and that sour wheat-beer touch.

The carbonation is really strong with small bubbles that build lots of foam in the mouth.

The taste is fruity with a quite weak body, the bitterness is potent but there are also some funny metallic flavours. The aftertaste is sourish – bitter with a salt touch of broth.

To be frank, this beer was a disappointment to me; it turned out to be just an almost average Belgian dark strong ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2004
After all that buildup, and hearing it could not be found in the States, I finally tried it in Hackney, London. And my opinion? Meh. Not as fruity, nor as rich and complex as I’d hoped. Kind of a mediocre Belgian Ale, I’d say- kind of on par with a Maredsous.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ALyseen (42) - DENMARK - DEC 3, 2004
A hazy dark reddich colour with a average head. Sweet hops aroma. Spicey malt flavour

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