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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 759   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (9057) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 1, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2008 A little on the sweet side, but a delicious Belgian ale nonetheless.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nesta13 (205) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 30, 2002
(Re-re-rate) I’ve been having this a bit lately and I’ve been of the opinion that i rated it a little high last time. (Re-rate) I am much more impressed this time around. Thought it was far too sweet last time. This time, the malty fruitness (apples?) was a great combination. Decent head retention too.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marteena99 (2) - ARGENTINA - JUL 24, 2002 does not count
One of my favourites! Complex, fruity and dry, with a well balanced alcohol taste despite it is an 8.8% beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SteC (135) - Oostende, BELGIUM - JUL 15, 2002
First very fruity, later on more bitter tasts, very comparable to Duchesse de Bourgogne

1.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
eczematic (1319) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - JUL 7, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2004 yuk. this beer should be forbidden. aroma of alcohol and brown sugar and decomposing fruit. taste is THIN THIN THIN, minimal nutty malt fizzles into sour, dull yeasty, alcoholic finish. Rough as guts. bleugh. can't believe i used to like these strong hoegaardens.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
MartinT (7779) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 6, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2005 Chalky clouds of vapidity on which almonds are sprinkled, playing saviour…Bitter yeast, chalky oranges and feeble green hoppiness reside in the full body...Alcohol is well-hidden but all is somewhat flavorless...

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boto (1844) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - JUL 2, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2005 33cl bottle: This one poured a fairly clear dark amber color. There was a fairly large off white head to it, that lingers a bit. A touch of lacing. The aroma is quite nice. There are yeasty notes, fruits some caramel malt, spices. Just a pleasant thing to smell. The taste is quite complex. Interesting fruity tastes, but they are all in the background. Medium body, with a bit of caramel and a hint of bitterness in the aftertaste. Very strong, but no real sensation of a strong alcohol taste. Another excellent Belgian. I would definitely try and find this again!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RAUCHFEST (122) - PROSPECT PARK, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 27, 2002
wonderful beer good example of the flavors and esters that the yeast impart to this beer.nice and malty

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - JUN 24, 2002
Nothing like a beer flown over straight from Belgium...thanks to a friend. Alcohol in the aroma, but the body is a nice balance of citrus flavors, slight bitterness, and no real hint of alcohol. Quite a good strong ale. SUcks that I don’t have any more now, though.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RichardGretton (4237) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 10, 2002
The big frothy head immediately raises expectations, and is immediately followed up by a fruity aroma. Fantastically drinkable with a caramel flavour that provides a sweet but yet mildly bitter taste.


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