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

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RATINGS: 769   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
turbothy (1102) - Bonn, GERMANY - JUL 14, 2004
Decent witbier, but a bit bland - the normal Hoegaarden is a more balanced; this one is dominated by alcohol taste-wise.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lachesis (756) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - JUL 12, 2004
Dark brown beer with reddich accent and ivory colored head. It has rich aroma’s of fine roasted malts,candy sugar,Curaçao orangepeal fine spices and coriander.This beer has a intens flavor and a good round body.In the end there is a fine bitterness of the roaested malts that goes well with the richness of the dried fruit accent.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
damirvrkic (56) - Franklin ACT, AUSTRALIA - JUN 22, 2004
Great beer. Malty with a hint of fruity and candy like flavours + warming alcohol. Nice bitter balance, carbonated with a great head.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
haddon90 (1470) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 16, 2004
Foggy brown color with a thick frothy head. Almost went over the glass!! Spicy aroma. Malty. Some fruit as well. Nice smooth taste. Hint of fruit, spice, and malt. Alcohol is masked very well. And very well balanced. Jeremy (jgb9348) made me buy this and man was he right!! Thanks buddy!!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 6, 2004
nice dark brown color with big frothy head. Aroma is rich and malty with some spicy hints. Flavor is much the same, malty with some light spice and fruity hints.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 25, 2004
Served at room temperature. A tasty Belgian strong, that is full bodied for its relitavely modest alcohol contents. Slightly spicy.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sayravai (4674) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 7, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2006 (Bottled) Hazy, dark amber with a small head and some lace. Very plummy-raisiny-banana-fruity and quite wheaty-malty, slightly yeasty aroma - like a strong, sourish, German Dunkelweizen. Sweetish, slightly sour, grainy-malty flavor with wheat, dried fruit, berries (raspberry, strawberry), and a lemony twist. Some bitter hops in the finish. Warming, medium-bodied, sahti-rough, a bit foamy-carbonated palate. ABV is well hidden. Balanced, but quite straightforward. A basic Belgian strong without many faults. Actually better when cold (as suggested by the label).

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mds (2218) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 23, 2004
bottle. deep dark copper in appearance. fizzy, quick diminishing head. You can see a lot of yeast floating around in there too. aroma is of sweet berries and is very malty. Carbonated mouthfeel. yeasty. finishes with a warm alcohol taste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (7921) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 22, 2004
As DougShoemaker commented when I ordered this one, it should definitely not be forbidden. A nice dark reddish amber body with Sweet fruity malt present in both the aroma and flavour. Interesting finish and pleasant mouthfeel. I really enjoyed this one and may give it another go at some point as my palate my not have picked up all the complexities this far into the evening.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SimonLarsen (210) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 11, 2004
Nice, lacks some creaminess in palate. No bitterness in the aftertaste, only an alcohol warmth with the carbonation tingle. I've heard of people warming beers with a poker in winter, if I ever try that this might be the one, I suspect it is light enough to be quite warm without overpowering and has the sweetness to caramelise from the poker, If I had a fire I'd try it now in fact.


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