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


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RATINGS: 890   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   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 5-6C. Flavored with spices.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
imrichbeeeatch (16) - USA - DEC 22, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2006 Brought to the states by a friend of mine. 33cl bottle poured into Belgian style chalis. Huge malty Belgian aroma wafting from glass. Beautiful dark amber color, slight haze. Poured nice head, big bubbles. Wonderful flavor, malt, dark fruit, sweet caramel, no hops (as expected). Very nice beer. What a treat! Wish I could get it here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Belial (71) - BELGIUM - DEC 21, 2005
Light brown / red colour, moderate white head lasting a very long time. Very strong coriander aromas, orange, malt. But the flipside of the coin is a lack of complexity. Taste fades out pretty quickly, which is a little disappointment. Not bitter at all. Definitely a "Christmas beer", I drink it along strong meet (deer,...) or eventually goose.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stouby (4545) - Holbk, DENMARK - DEC 19, 2005
Bottle, at home. Redbrown with a large and long lasting head. Aroma heavy malty (brown sugar, fruit, coriander, orange) and light hoppy. Flavor heavy sweet. Body medium to full, creamy, soft carbonated. The alcohol is certainly felt (a bit vinous in the finish?).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 16, 2005
Poured a dark amber and rather hazy...big fluffy brown head. Sweet malt nose and the a nice spicy coriander edge. Taste was also very full of sweet malts with fruity notes like orange, peach, apricot...sweeter than I was used to but it was good. Finished on the dry side with a hint of spice. Thin on the mouthfeel. I liked it...it was the one that started my quest for better Belgian ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eructoblaster (4045) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 11, 2005
Bottle. Dark brown muddy body topped with a fair beige creamy head. Very special malty/hoppy aroma with fruity and sour notes. Taste perfectly hides the alcohol. It carries some fruity, yeasty, and spicy flavors, and ends with a decent warming bittersweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - DEC 5, 2005
30cl bottle. pours a nice red-tea color with a creamy off white head,, whichs last a while. the aroma is of dark fruit, with some malt and spice and reminds me alot of some trappists. The flavor is sweet and unlike the good beers, simple. The alcohol is present at the end, and it finishes dry with a strong hint of grape. Thin body and carbonation make it feel a bit like soda. Fruity to match its name, its a good beer, but considering all the great belgians out there, it falls short.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
blankboy (7461) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 2, 2005
Bottle at Bar Volo. Pours a cloudy bubbly dark reddish-brown with a small diminishing off-white head. Aroma of sour fruit, spices, malt and metal. Flavour of sweet malt and yeast is overly carbonated, the alcohol is too present and just doesnt taste very good. A piss-poor Belgian Ale in my opinion.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Habanero (4434) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK, DENMARK - NOV 30, 2005
Off-white head, medium size and medium lasting. Dark amber colour Sweet fruity aroma. Fruity, spicy and malty flavour with some alcohol. Medium bodiet and smooth palate. Nice malt/ alcohol finish. Very enjoyable!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
harrisoni (17654) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2005
Bottle. Muddy brown colour with thick beige lasting head. Yeasty and nutty aroma. Could do with some more complexity. Some choc/coffee/dark fruit mix. Some vinuousness. Bit thin. Hop on end with more choc/sweet dark fruit. OK

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Skinnyviking (9214) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 17, 2005
Bottle. White relatively long lasting head. Dark brown, distinct bitterness, actually nothing much else.

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