#231 Hoegaarden – Verboden Vrucht

 Hoegaarden - Verboden Vrucht, Forbidden FruitName: Verboden Vrucht (Forbidden Fruit)
Brewery: Hoegaarden
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
ABV: 8.5%
Source: The Beer Store

Verboden Vrucht (or Forbidden Fruit, if like me you’re no good at guttural hacking sounds), is certainly one of the more enticing beer names I’ve seen, but it also rings particularly true if you’re a resident of the U.S.A.

I remember Yeastie Boy Stu telling me way back ages ago about the Forbidden Fruit, and how it was banned in the US because Adam and Eve were depicted (close your eyes kids) butt nekked on the label.

Americans sure know how to brew good beer, but Goddamn they can be prudes sometimes.

Anyway, they’re missing out big time because this is, in my opinion, the most delicious of all the Hoegaarden beers.

If you’ve ever tried the Hoegaarden Grand Cru, this is basically it’s evil alter-ego. It’s dark and wickedly rich, tasting  fruits (berries, dates, apples), banana, toffee, brown sugar, spice, and all things nice. It’s quite heavy and sweet, but with a little bitterness at the finish  to round things out.

I’m not sure if this insane ban still exists in the U.S or not (they’re wearing leaves for christssake – practically beach attire!) but if so, I’d say it’s worth building an underground tunnel to Mexico in order to smuggle some in. No really.


Published in: on March 30, 2012 at 4:51 pm  Comments (4)  

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  1. Hi, saw you on Good Morning, which led me to your cool blog. Great to see the great coverage of New Zealand beers. Should be a good day at the Festival tomorrow. Have fun and keep up the great work with your blog. With so many great beers out there, you might have to change to the blog to 730 beers in 730 days. Cheers

    • Hi Dean, welcome and thanks for the encouragement. I’ve no doubt there’d be enough beers out there to keep this going for years… Not sure I have the stamina though! Cheers, Alice.

  2. I don’t remember telling you that… was i drunk? I may have made it up.

    • Pretty sure it was you, but then again I definitely was drunk. Anyway Michael Jackson said it too so it MUST be true.

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