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


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RATINGS: 769   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
skortila (4558) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - SEP 24, 2002
brown, cloudy beer, with a great head, nice appearance. Sweet aroma. Taste is a little spicy, a little sweet. Sweet dying aftertaste. Quite okay.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
diabel (1607) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - SEP 21, 2002
It seems as if this beer is some sort of sirop, in all kind of ways. This is not a beer that drinks very pleasantly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - SEP 15, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2003 Amber with a big head. Sweet slightly malty, liquorice, spicy, fruity aroma. Medecinal, spicy and liquorice taste. Medium bitterness. Spicy, orange, bitter, dry aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 9, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2003 Nose is quite Belgian. Yeasty, with some sweet malts,some spicy clove and citrus also noticed. At first its sweetish (malt, candy sugar), but then dries out towards the end with some peppery alcohol. It has flavour, but somehow, it just appears a little one dimensional to me. Not bad though, 8.8% is hidden quite well too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndersR (195) - Århus, DENMARK - SEP 7, 2002
Dark brown color, nice head. Aroma is overwhelming, but the taste doesnt live up to the promise. Sweet fruity taste. Soft lasting aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 25, 2002
great yeasty, spicy aroma. dried fruit and alcoholic taste. pretty nice strong ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mads Langtved (2245) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2002
Very yeasty smell. Very cloudy. Not very fruity. Harmonic and full-bodied. As my friend Anders would say: ’It’s a beer, that’s difficult to be pissed at. Enjoy it alone, without chips, without chocolate.’ overwhelming alcoholic, warm aftertaste. nice Hoegaarden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 18, 2002
Fruit and yeast aroma. Deep brown, small head. Robust, plums, and bread. Complex, with good tongue tingle. A fine Belgian Strong Ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brewsoc99 (29) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 12, 2002
Verboden Vrucht is simply a beautiful beer. It has various fruity elements to it and an aroma that is great yet hard to explain. Delicate enough for the ladies, that is if you are able to convince them to try a beer this dark!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
IslandHaole (1091) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - AUG 12, 2002
I admit it, I loved this beer! A cloudy brown with a tan rocky head. A carmel nose, sweet with oak and apple notes. The 8.8% is well hidden in the flavor but I sure feel it in the stomach with it’s nice warming finish. Has a tawny port flavor, not for the faint of heart.

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