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

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RATINGS: 883   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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DerWeg (1695) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 30, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2006 330 at Volo. Damn nice. Fruity and a bit tart, really nice nose and balance. And structure. And finesse. And did I say fruit yet? Stands up to those über-belgian abbey strong ales & trappists with no apologies. Actually much better balanced than some Unibroue stuff. ’Drinkable complexity’, hmmh!

3.5
Veer (362) - Landskrona, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2005 330ml bottle in Hoegaarden glass. Brown w/ pale head. Smells and tastes a bit like Delirium Nocturnum, malty, pretty bitter for a belgian ale. Good sourishness. Rich and fizzy. Good but not fantastic.

3.6
Nightfall (1307) - Hamburg, GERMANY - SEP 19, 2005
Bottle 33 cl. Pours a red/brownish colur with medium brown head. Aromas of orange, peach, raisins. SPicy and fruity taste. A very nice beer that got better as time passed by.

3.6
HogTownHarry (7062) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 19, 2005
Bottle (330ml). At Pub Italia, Ottawa. Poured murky medium brown with a thin light brown head. Aroma of brown sugar, toffee, cloves, yeast, sour wine, some hops, oak resin, a bit of sour milk and chocolate on warming. Tastes of milk chocolate, spices (coriander), hop-bitterness, alcohol. Mouthfeel is thinnish creaminess. *Very* nice aroma, ultimately a littel disappointing after tasting.

4.1
Nekronos (4174) - Xalapa, MEXICO - AUG 30, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2006 Great flavor, good shape. The colour is interesting ang the foam in sweet. That orange ingredient is awesome. I like it.

4.2
Keeper (252) - Milano, ITALY - AUG 28, 2005
Dark Red color, rare and complex beer, orange, banana and peach and coriandolo in aroma.

3.2
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 18, 2005
Hazy red-brown with a giant, light tan, frothy head. Banana, peaches, cherries, plums and some subtle spices (coriander?). Moderately sweet, moderately acidic flavor. Moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter finish. Medium body, chalky texture, lively carbonation. Drying and astringent. Nothing standout in the flavor.

3.4
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - AUG 14, 2005
Pretty tough to find in America, so imagine my suprise when I saw a single bottle of this in the grocery case in a small supermarket in Montezuma, Costa Rica. Picked it up for 740 colones, or about $1.50 U.S. Pours a reddish brown, cloudy amber body. Head is honey-cream, thick, and long lasting. Smells of ripe red fruits, banana esters and belgian spices. Decent tasting beer, sweet/bitter burnt sugars come through, on top of fruits. Some doughiness/yeast in the finish. Spices dry a little too. Solid belgian

3.1
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2005
aromas of banana, pear juice, peach, some yellow cherries, whole grain bread. dry flavors, malty, chalky mouthfeel. bread and doughy with some light fruit, hints of carmel, nuts, and some ginger. flavor disappears quickly.

3.4
bmxutos (161) - Lisboa, PORTUGAL - AUG 13, 2005
Bottle, 33cl. Beautiful dark brown/red colour with a nice beige head. Aroma isn’t as strong as i expected. Notes of fruit and spices. Good flavour although a little bitter at the beggining. In my opinion, this beer is a lot better when it gets warmer. Good but not exceptional.


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