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


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RATINGS: 874   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - APR 24, 2005
Tasted 30/03/2005. 330ml bottle at the Cellar Vate March tasting. Pours a reddish hued brown with a creamed coffee coloured head. The nose is like biscuit dough, sweet and tempting, a little malty sugar and butteriness. Some toastiness too. Flavour doesn’t suprise and continues on the bicuit theme, there is a strong spicey biscuit flavour with only the slightest bitterness that seems more malt induced than hop. As it warms some alcohol shows through on the nose and in the warming mouthfeel. Sweetish lasting palate. A nice after dinner beer beer that would help warm conversation. More interesting a label than almost anything else I’ve come across bar the Cantillon range.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
profane (40) - ITALY - APR 20, 2005
Cloudy particles and sparkling taste. Malt colour. Little salt aroma and an average duration.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gulf690 (21) - AUSTRALIA - APR 20, 2005
Bottle. Poured a browny black colour with a thick creamy head that stayed. Clean, crisp notes with a liittle burnt moccha at the back with some cloves. Palate was a little sweet, but some nice bitterness and a little spice balanced this. A good, full beer which (though a little carbonated) was a filling and enjoyable beer.

   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 (6067) - 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.

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