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


on tap

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RATINGS: 898   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 5-6°C. Flavored with spices.

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hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - JUN 12, 2005
Brown/redish colour. Thin white head. Woody, herbal nose. Malty, residual sugars flavour. Thick mouthfeel. Slight alcoholic.

Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 11, 2005
Bottle. Dark orange pour, good thick white head. Fruity aroma. Strong alcohol taste, dominates too much. Lots of malt sweetness as well. Kind of bland but ok overall.

jonsiii (165) - Fredericia, DENMARK - JUN 10, 2005
Bottle. Smells like a flower/fruit garden. Brown-reddish colour and a medium head. Medium thick texture and very good carbonation. Fruit + a bit yeasty taste. Very good beer!

bkurtz (1080) - MOROCCO - JUN 5, 2005
(bottle) Poured a cloudy, reddish brown with a wonderful, sour fruit aroma. The yeast comes through with fruity (apple. orange peel) tones. Sweet, but very appealing beer.

asheft (3062) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 3, 2005
[bottle in Hradec Kralove] Cloudy (from my pour) dark brown wtih a thick and moderately rocky head of off white foam and a darker ring. Aroma: Fruity!!: plum, strawberry, kiwi, plus a bit of yeastiness. Dry, fruity taste with some caramel and cereal grains. Also creamy notes and a touch of malt sweetness. Light body, lots of carbonation and maybe a tiny bit of metal.

MiP (15650) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUN 3, 2005
Bottle. Boring acidic aroma. Cloudy brown colour. Malty flavour, some bitterness. Maltiness is nice, but I would have liked more alcohol flavour and feel.

johndoughty (5403) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2005
Brown appearance with a strong presence of alcohol as you would expect.Fruit and bitterness dominate. Drinking this as quite a pleasant experience.

maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAY 28, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2009 Bottled. An amber brown coloured beer with plenty of sediment and no head. The aroma is sweet and alcoholic with brandy notes. The taste is sweet and fruity. Again the alcohol comes through. A nice beer but I felt it might have been a little old (Didn’t see the bottle so don’t know the BBE)Score 3.4
Subsequent rating scored 3.6. Average becomes 3.5

krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - MAY 24, 2005
j’ai goute´cette biere douce dans un tout petit village provencal, il ya quelques semaines-- en fin d’hiver. dans un endroit joli et calme, entoure´de vieux batiments du moyen age, les fontaines qui respirent avec la chanson delicate d’eau, la ciel bleu et brillant, j’ai bu avec plaisir ce fruit defendu. that doesn’t say anything about the beer-- but it speaks volumns about how poorly i speak french. finding myself in france, i was able to muster the linguistic elements necessary to get this beer into my hands. thankfully, the beer spoke MY language perfectly: it described it’s own amber, toasted almond color and it’s abundance of yeast colored foam. like a playboy bubble bath photo shoot, the foamy extravagance of suds would have covered even anna nicoles knockers for a good two minutes plus. although served a bit too cold (in the charming ’bar de sporting’ in fabulous barjols, france), the beer warmed in the blanketing warmth of my enthusiasm. woody aroma mingled with dried apricots, tobacco, and waffles with confiture framboises. full bodied and smooth, passionately sweet, there was a great deal of information there about apples, peaches and even the more metallic tones of raspberry. flavor continued without a pause to encompass petit pain de raisin, and it’s carmelly toasted sugar-- and then ruby grapefruit in a balancing measure. jazzy carbonation was as up-beat as dixieland, alcohol melded beautifully with the dulling yeast component. ah, oui, que j’en ai bu, mes amis, et les ennuis s’etais enleve´.

microakes (160) - CANADA - MAY 18, 2005
I can semll a hint of coriander, but little else in this oddly scentless beer. There’s and acidic fruityness to the flavour that makes for a lovely drink.

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