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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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4.8
rogerpf (1) - Barcelona, SPAIN - OCT 26, 2013 does not count
En botella. Muy buen aroma, color naranja oscuro, sabor intenso y con toques de caramelo, café, naranja...

4.8
yy0pp (1522) - - JUN 27, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2014 Bottle 33cl. Francis. Hazy brown amber with thin head. Perfect belgian strong ale.

4.6
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 18, 2003
Color is a very deep, dark brownish gold color with a fluffy styrofoamed, light cream colored head that grew to about an inch high after a fairly slow pour. Impressive. Takes forever to settle down to a solid hazy creamed top always present with drippy ink blot lace. Smell is super spiced and fruity, lots of orange and lemon peels. Extremely wafting and strong. Spiced to the hilt with corriander and white pepper with a smokey musky yeast underlay and a alcohol reminscent of rubbing alcohol or cleaner. Hugely strong aroma! Oh yeah! Although the aroma mellows out as it warms. Taste is mild, mellow, and balanced well between dulled orange and lemon with a touch of banana and unripe mango mixing with spices of corriander, pepper, slight cinnamon, clove, yeast, herbal hops and a dry crisping finish grabbing a bit more lingering qualities with fruit peels and spice. Feel is smooth, lightly creamy, and quite full, finishing a bit milder and with a crispy lingering of slight hop bite and dull tangy orangey fruit. What a lovely beer, incredibly enjoyable, a soothing ale with just the right bite and character.

4.6
ogivlado (7839) - Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 23, 2005
Bottled(330ml). –certainly the best Hoegaarden, aroma of yeast and fruit with spicy notes, very rich in flavor , great fresh spicy finish, this beer worth every cent I paid for it

4.6
mtdshn (173) - Moline, Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2006
Bottle. Poured a semi-opague mahogany with a very nice foamy head that lasted throughout the glass. Fairly good lacing. Scents of oranges, pineapple, raisins and sugar. Similar tastes occured with the surprise of passion fruit towards the end. Coffee and toffee flavors come forward as well as it warms up. Nice, filling, somewhat higher than average malitiness but still excellent. Superb!

4.6
no2Pencil (58) - ESTONIA - APR 7, 2012
33cl bottle. Tulip glass. Murky dark amber with big beige head that stays. Nice lacing. Aroma is fruity, spicey and sweet. Taste is the same as aroma. Really interesting and good beer.

4.6
miquelcrush (2053) - Granollers, SPAIN - APR 28, 2014
Bona cervesa, dolça, torrada i molt gustosa, un pel alcohòlica. Buena cerveza, dulce, tostada y muy sabrosa, un pelo alcohólica.

4.6
Zarrach76 (270) - Grenoble, FRANCE - JAN 20, 2017
Sublime à la versée, la Fruit Défendu est une classique ! Belle mousse ivoire, ambrée avec de beaux reflets de topaze et de citrine à peine troublée par une levure en suspension. Arômes de malts caramel tout juste torréfiés, cassonade, sucre candi, mûre, myrtille, fraise, clémentine, framboise, citron vert, pamplemousse, poivre, muscade, gingembre, cerise, poire, prune... Un superbe pot-pourri d’arômes divers et variés avec une bonne dose d’épices ! C’est propre, net, équilibré, gourmand, seyant et assemblée avec adresse. Rien n’est ostentatoire, même l’alcool, tout est bien dosé. Pas d’une complexité renversante mais il se dégage quelque chose de cette bière, une certaine noblesse je dirais. La carbonatation est bonne, juste comme il faut, la texture est ronde mais laisse parler le gaz carbonique, l’amertume est légère, impeccable dans le style, et l’alcool est très liquoreux avec des notes de poire williams et de kirsch. Un peu des saveurs de noix et d’arachides en bouche, toujours appréciables. Pas non plus les saveurs les plus hallucinantes mais tout comme le nez, c’est noble, bien charpenté, bien structuré, bien équilibré. Des houblons discrets mais efficaces, des épices bien dosés, un alcool au niveau, du fruit, du malt...que demander de mieux après tout ? Bouteille 33cl, V&B Grenoble.

4.5
kunoichi99 (4) - USA - AUG 11, 2001 does not count
mmm... beer! Definitely fruity, and a lot higher alcohol content than I’m used to!

4.5
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - MAR 18, 2003
Pours a cloudy, dark amber color with a medium sized lasting off-white head. Nice spicy aroma of yeasts and malts with touches of orange and coriander. Full body with good carbonation, the flavor is fruity and full of yeast, orange, and sweet malts. Impressive!


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