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

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RATINGS: 777   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (8238) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2003
Murky orange with a huge tan head. Musty aroma of wheat and coriander. Taste is a sour pear and wheat, with a somewhat off medicine flavor, but still a nice pear presence.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bluevegie (3059) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 23, 2003
Huge frothy light brown head on a murky orangey brown copper colour. Aroma of apples, banana and malt. Smooth texture of spice plenty of fruit and some butterscotch. Alcohol shows itself but you don't know it is 8.8%! Overall a good beer. Cheers!

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Trogdor (196) - Cairns, AUSTRALIA - DEC 14, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2003 The fruity bouquet is reason alone to try this fantastic belgian strong ale. Red/amber colouration, fairly complex flavours include spices, sweet maltiness and dry fruit. palate is smooth with a slightly creamy mouthfeel.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jgb9348 (4857) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2003
Cloudy copper colour with a thin off-white head. Aroma of bananas, yeast, ripe fruits, subtle spices and some malt. Medium-bodied; Spicey (nutmeg/cloves) initial flavour with yeast and banana at the back-end. Aftertaste shows sweetness and spiceyness but combines nicely. Overall, a nice treat, fairly good, but could use some more complexities. Bottle date (Best until) 09-October-2005. I was lucky enough to sample this 33 cL bottle from my sister's fiance, which he got from Belgium! I sampled this beer on 27-November-2003.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - DEC 1, 2003
Considering the high ABV it tasted rather light for an belgian strong ale. Couldn´t recognize neither the orange nor the coriander in the taste, just a a bit of fruitiness. Otherwise there was a sweet maltiness. Biter finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsniclas (5745) - Billdal, SWEDEN - NOV 13, 2003
Bottled. Dark amber with fine head and some yeast-particles. A weak aroma from dried fruit. A warm alcohol-feel and flavour from sweet,dried fruits.

3.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
SilkTork (5278) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2006 Oct, 2003. This was among the bottles I brought back from my first trip to Belgium - before I started to keep records. The label is unforgettable. The beer is less memorable, though very pleasant. The alcohol is present, but softly, adding depth, warmth and complexity to an otherwise decent, but not wholly remarkable brew. Like a thin bodied barley wine, but with nice tannic, bloody edges. The head forms attractive clumps. On a different day and a different mood I might score this higher - or lower. [3.7]
Nov, 2006. 8.5% abv Chocolate, licorice, coffee, cola, honey, sugar, heather, lavender, warm woody spice, apricot, ginger, slight astringency. Warming alcohol. A very pleasant beer. [3.3]

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 18, 2003
Color is a very deep, dark brownish gold color with a fluffy styrofoamed, light cream colored head that grew to about an inch high after a fairly slow pour. Impressive. Takes forever to settle down to a solid hazy creamed top always present with drippy ink blot lace. Smell is super spiced and fruity, lots of orange and lemon peels. Extremely wafting and strong. Spiced to the hilt with corriander and white pepper with a smokey musky yeast underlay and a alcohol reminscent of rubbing alcohol or cleaner. Hugely strong aroma! Oh yeah! Although the aroma mellows out as it warms. Taste is mild, mellow, and balanced well between dulled orange and lemon with a touch of banana and unripe mango mixing with spices of corriander, pepper, slight cinnamon, clove, yeast, herbal hops and a dry crisping finish grabbing a bit more lingering qualities with fruit peels and spice. Feel is smooth, lightly creamy, and quite full, finishing a bit milder and with a crispy lingering of slight hop bite and dull tangy orangey fruit. What a lovely beer, incredibly enjoyable, a soothing ale with just the right bite and character.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pilsnerrogge (2538) - Finspång, SWEDEN - OCT 17, 2003
Amber coluured with a lot of sediments. Rich head. Yeasty aroma with a little bit of citrus. The flavour is fruity and quite sweet with too much alcohol. If I had a cellar I would surely use it for year or two.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LarsHolmer (112) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 6, 2003
The complex nose and the flowery flavours are very good when it comes to hiding all the ABV! Thats why I aprove of this otherwise too strong beer in my opinion.


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