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


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RATINGS: 866   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 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 (9224) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ToolHead (266) - København, DENMARK - MAR 5, 2005
(8.8 % abv version). 33 cl bottle. Served in Orval chalice. Unclear brownish/orange. Moderate, off-white head. Deliciously spicy; full and rounded, yet fresh. Well-balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 5, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2005 A very fruity strong ale, very unique, The first sip was a very enjoyable spicy/malty/fruity explosion. Quite a bit of bite and some residual sweetness in the finish. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 4, 2005
Nice malt and brandyish nose. with hints of dark fruit and spice and a nice orange zest and slight grass nose.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stew41 (1904) - Phuket, THAILAND - MAR 2, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2010 Ordered in error at La Gueuze. Sereved a touch cold and this took the edge off the flavours. Fairly standard Belgian strong ale that east up the ABV. Ok meaty malt character so typical of the style. Safe choice but won’t inspire.

March 2005 (3.2)
Dark, burnt orange tending to light tan in the glass. Fizzy, hazy look. Nice nose of medium weight; dark toffee notes, almost a little cloudy. Suprisingly elegant in the front and mid palate, more dark malty notes, a touch of chocolate. Finishes firm with a sugary bitterness (makes sense?) that gives the beer a slightly disjointed feel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hendo (110) - Sint Anthonis, NETHERLANDS - FEB 26, 2005
A brilliant ’chewy’ beer. Very good for drinking in those cold winter nights.

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