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

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RATINGS: 898   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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3.7
Lilith (242) - Santiago, CHILE - APR 10, 2006
Bottle It starts with a sweet aroma of molasses and toasted grains together with some citrus and spicy hints. It pours a copper hazy color with medium to large particles all through the glass. Its head is off-white, huge and rocky; it lasts fully and leaves an excellent lacing. Its initial flavor is sweet though with some bitterness in it--and its more bitter as it gets warmer. The aftertaste is long and alcoholic well balanced with its full body, creamy texture and soft carbonation.

3.4
smcd (366) - USA - APR 9, 2006
(Bottle. 03/2006). Alas ... a bit disappointed! Was expecting more! Which isn’t to say there wasn’t a bunch here, but ... so much hype! Yeasty, fruity aromas -- but almost certainly from fermentation, not hops. Deep, dark amber ... nice head that lasts. Orange, and unfortunately, IMHO, a bit o’ banana in the palate. Some acetic sourness (approaching balsalmic tastes -- a nice aspect, actually), but just barely ... mostly tastes for dark malts. A relatively full, lasting, coated palate (oily? hmmmm .... ). Not bad, but again ... all the hype!

3.9
HenrikSoegaard (14166) - Randers, DENMARK - APR 7, 2006
Bottle. Creamy white good fully lasting head. Amber colour. Powerfull hoppy,malty and yeasty aroma. Hints of orange and banana in flavor. Very nice oily palate.

4
cheeta (1181) - Langå, DENMARK - APR 6, 2006
Heavy aroma. Creamy off-white head, excelent lacing. Mostly lasting longevity. Brown clody body. Very heavy initial flavor. Average duration.

3.4
Hunsell (403) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - APR 1, 2006
Bottle, exp.date 18.12.00 Clear reddish brown with a small offwhite head. Very sweet nose, sugar, red berries of raspberry, maybe even strawberry, faint notes of toffee. Sweet taste, fruity again on a woody-caramellike background. Very soft mouthfeel, mediumbodied at best. It doesn’t taste as old as I thought it would be, what did InBev put in this to keep it in this shape? However, after many years, this is a non-complex, sweet and pretty enjoyable beer.

3.4
sunevdj (4087) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - APR 1, 2006
Pours a clear (with a few floaties) pale cobber with a slightly tanned head. Sweet with aromas of caramel malts, dark fruits, yeast and alcohol. Portlike. Medium bodied. Dry finish with aromas of dark fruits, Also warming alcohol in the finish.

3.3
NoiZe (2323) - Zeist, NETHERLANDS - MAR 28, 2006
Aroma is nice, fruity. A bit cherry. Flavor lacks of complexity and balance, but is however enjoyable. A bit fruity, a bit spicy.

3.6
SHIG (4962) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - MAR 20, 2006
Poured a brown color with light brown creamy head. Smelled fruity with a caramel malt finish. A sweet flavored taste with malt finish, pleasant tingle to the taste buds.

3.5
gnoff (10336) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - MAR 15, 2006
Bottle from Swedish "Systembolaget" on November 29, 2005.
Darker color than the "Grand Cru" that I tried it alongside. Not as nice scent and taste as the earlier mentioned, but not bad either. I can however taste the alcohol in this one.

3.4
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 14, 2006
Brown colored, little light brown head. Spices, berries and toffee in aroma with mild licorice and alcohol. Medium bodied. Berries, sweetness and mild alcohol in flavor, some toffee and licorice come up too.


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