A distinctly different beer than the other Hoegaarden styles.
Verboden Frucht/Fruit Defendu: 8.5%abv Suggested serving temperature 5-6C 41-43F.
Being a random grab at the grocery store I was unaware that it was a Hoegaarden label-meaning InBev. I also assumed it was a fruity type of beer-“assumption is the mother of all….” you know the rest. Having the availability of the proper glass was helpful in this instance. I was able to pour it as I felt necessary and release all the sediment-and I do mean all. This beer pours a very dark rusty color with an absolute opaqueness. Only a minute off-white head is noticed-that stays throughout consumption. Aromas of sweet yeast and heavy malts are dominant. Again, with the assumption of a fruity beer I was quite taken a back by my first sip. My palate was clean and my mind-set on sweetness-how wrong this initially was. A very spicy-carbonated, dense beer it is. There are tones of sweetness but it is not overly so. I was expecting cider type flavors upon first glance, but instead received more of date-type flavor, earthy. There are hints of spices and a slight bitter-tininess in the after taste. Far different from anything I expected-surprisingly, in a blind taste test, I would not have thought of it as your average InBev, uber-processed, beer look-alike. A decent product form an indecent company-go figure.