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


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RATINGS: 819   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pilsnerrogge (2643) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2003
Light brown head, red-brown colour. Malty and fruity aroma with notes of chocolate. Sweet, little syrupy and sticky mouthfeel. Little bitter-dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chronictonic (473) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2003
Dried cherry aroma is the first thing I noticed. That same bitter fruit flavor is in the tasting, but it's not as predominent as in the nose. Mild sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - SEP 24, 2003
Huge beige head! Hazy amber brown. Great retention. Aroma of dark fruit (raisins?) and sweet malt. Smooth medium mouthfeel. Initially quite sweet (candi sugar?) with dark fruit and alcohol in the finish. Slightly tart tingly aftertaste. Not as complex as others of style. Not bad though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christian (11806) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 19, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2007 Unclear amber colour with bubbly head. Strong yeast aroma of banana, the orange peel also very apparent. There is a pine tree aftertaste from the hops. I like it, but nothing makes it stand out.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rickgordon (3846) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 17, 2003
(Bottled) Hazy dark orange colour with yeast particles. Candy sweetish aroma. Flavour of yeast, banana and pleasantly sweetish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boystout (1000) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - SEP 2, 2003
Deep copper/red color and fluffy head with yeasty and fruity aroma. Lots of spices, fruits and yeast in the taste, but they ain't interplaying ideally.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - SEP 2, 2003
Bottled, at Bierodrome, London.
Mahogany colour with a lacy white head. Sweet fruity aroma. Strawberry aroma and tannins, mainly. The thin body and short palate hold back this beers score for me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2003
Orange citrus nose with yeast tones. Dark rusty hue with small floaters and a decent head. Orange, pear malt and yeast flavour with a powerful alcoholic kick.

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