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


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RATINGS: 861   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mklein818 (172) - Etterbeek, Virginia, BELGIUM - APR 18, 2005
This beer is beautiful--from the artwork on the label to the copper color to the unexpectedly ’fruity’ undertones. A classic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 18, 2005
Bottle: Cloudy caramel, fairly dark, beige head, large and frothy, attractive lacing, lively carbonation.   Sweet musty aroma, slightly spicy on the citrus side.   Pale fruit, sweet, subtle citrus, mildly bready on the tongue.   Decent body, somewhat airy mouthfeel.   Apple/Pear skin at the finish, slightly dry artificial like sweetness lingers.   Not bad!   Thanks Lars!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
egajdzis (5892) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2005
Verboden Vrucht... Poured a cloudy red color with a thin, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of spicy cloves, vinous, and earthy yeast as well. Sweet, light mint, dried fruits, yeast, and a touch of alcohol in the taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hefevice (72) - Brisbane beer desert, AUSTRALIA - APR 3, 2005
From bottle. Pours cloudy (due to yeast) deep amber with a good white bubbly head which was not retained particularly well but left some lacing. Aroma is wonderful; complex, estery and sweet. However the taste is dominated by alcohol with a mildly bitter finish, and to my taste unbalanced. Not bad, but there are a lot better of this style around.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GarethYoung (1111) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - APR 2, 2005
fruity nose, orange, cloves, gentle spicing. a bit watery with too much carbonation, but overall not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Goldorak (438) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 22, 2005
Opaque and amber brown, with an enjoyable clingy, bubbly head. Very yeasty aroma, with spices that could range from cardamon to orange zest, with alcoholic overtones. The taste is pretty much spot on from the smell, with lively carbonation. Boozey, but I wouldn’t have given 9% to this one on a blind tasting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAR 21, 2005
Cloudy amber with some red and a small head. Aroma is dusty with some malt and fresh fruits. Taste was below expectations with some esters. Too sweet without enough fruit flavors. More like a soda water consistency instead. Too bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MoritzF (9151) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - MAR 20, 2005
(bottle) Hazy red coloured with cloudy big head. Fruity nose with a light smell of apricots. Light malty flavour with fruity aromas. The alcohol is well embedded and not disturbing. Nice beer.

   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!

   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.

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