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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: 753   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boto (1827) - 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 (4227) - 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.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 6, 2002
Hazy orange-honey-brown colour with light tan, medium size and medium lasting head. Faint floral, sticky fruit, spices (nutmeg?)and some over ripe fruit yeast aromas. Body starts out quite lively, filling mouth nicely but overall flavour is somewhat disappointing - there’s just not much there. The middle is faint sweet and yeasty and the end is medium-dry with a faint touch of alcohol. It’s interesting that apart from the DAS, I find it hard to rate the Hoegaardens as high as other seem to. Can’t quite put my finger on it as to why.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pivo (2545) - GERMANY - JUN 3, 2002
Yeasty malty nose with a hint of sour cherries. Carmel color that is in line with the really sweet taste. Slightly dry towards the end, but leaves with a sweet molasses-like taste on the lips and a light tinge of alcohol in the throught. Thick and fizzy. This is for grown ups only.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
YogiBeera (2448) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 2, 2002
Smells after cherry and malt. colour is light coffee brown. The Flavor is malty and sweet but not fruity. It fullfills the mouth. You feel the alcohol content like in Brandy because it burns in the throat.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Linc (737) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 21, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2005 Mild spiciness, caramel, toffee, alcoholic warmth. Very smooth palate, restrained bitterness. Nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CQC (224) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 17, 2002
We like this one. ’Smells alright’. ’Looks good’. ’Tastes sweet’. The immediate palette is watery with a thick and pungent afterglow on the back quartiles of the tongue alongside the oily residue - and the Tennents we had before is causing the belches to taste quite odd. It’s a kind of bubbly lager belch with undertones of freshly excreted honey from a bees ball-bags. Mix and match is the only way to go.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
William (202) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15, 2002
Nice looking redbrown ale. I liked the fruity taste but missed complexity.


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