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


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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sayravai (4677) - 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).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mds (2250) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (8334) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (12848) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 6, 2004
Dark amber, with a creamy offwhite head. Has a fruity and yeasty aroma. Has a rather complex flavor, but most of al lit is sweet, probably from the alcohol that comes through. Rather mild finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nate (3806) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2004
Estery, fruity. Wheat, yeast, medium malts. Light metallic bitterness. Dark copper red cloudy with tan foamy lacing head. Medium watery body with light carbonation. Sweet taste, wheaty & malty. Light alcohol & estery. Decent malty wheat beer taste. Light bitter finish, nutty sweet bitter after.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TorbenH (925) - Frederikshavn, DENMARK - FEB 19, 2004
Fruity aroma. A good beer, but nothing special. Taste is not as complex as other belgian beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - FEB 5, 2004
Coriander and orange peel dominate this beer. Tasty and sweet with a nice nose. Moderate feel on the palate. A nice beer for warm weather.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - FEB 4, 2004
Hoppy and fruity aroma. Chestnut color, almost looks like a light red wine, nice big head. Crisp and clean taste, some fruityness. Nothing special. Bottled

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fly (1429) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - FEB 3, 2004
things and stuff and things and I remember having such a hoopla in this state over nekkid boddies on the label. Heaven forbid - or the alscohol commission.

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