Verboten | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Zotten, but taken off the market in Feb 2010 in a copyright infringement agreement between Weyerbacher and Bierbrouwerij De Halve Maan.

Added by dborginis on 05-20-2010

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1/5  rDev -73.4%

Photo of Katahdin
1.46/5  rDev -61.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Wow this has to be one of the worst ideas in beer history. Trying to cross a pale ale with a Belgian and what you got is something that is a distant cousin to both. Instead of leveraging the style's strengths this beer doubles down on their worst attributes. An aroma that is pungent, a color taht is cloudy. A very hoppy tatse that fights like a strong ale. Not a fun beer and a true shame that it might discredit Weyerbacher's other great beers.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
2.03/5  rDev -46%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Had this one tonight as I wasn't in the mood for a Sea Monster Stout. Poured into a Shaker pint glass, I got a four finger head. Color was a nice deep yellow. Initially clear, when the head subsided and I poured the rest of the bottle into the glass, it became slightly hazy.

Aroma was of sweet malt, doughy, definitely prominent yeast, and a hint of spiciness.

Taste was off a bit. It started somewhat more bitter than the nose indicated. This was followed by sweet malt, then a little bit of spiciness. Finish was medicinal and somewhat solvent-like. But not ethyl alcohol.

Mouthfeel put me off. A little thin, but it left a coating on the inside of my mouth that was somewhat slimy. Not the worst feeling I've ever gotten from a beer, but I can only think of two beers that were worse.

Drinkability was really bad. This was damn near a drain pour. I was seriously tempted, I really was. But I hate to waste beer, even bad beer. Fortunately, I can down a pint in less than two seconds if I need to. With this one, I needed to.

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Photo of haazer
2.11/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured bottle into the appropriate weyerbacher tulip glass.

A- Forms a large frothy head vanilla bean in color. Leaves spotty amount of lacing on the glass. Decent head retention also. Beer started out well filtered, but the settled yeast pours into the beer and adds cloudiness to an apricot, brownish-orange brew. Decent carbonation is evident.

S- Has a spicy yeast smell up front. Strongest aroma is definitely bubble gum.

T- For some reason I can distinctly taste copper pennies. Sort of a stale yeast flavor. The bubble gum is there but it's the bubble gum you've chewed in your mouth for a really long time.

M- Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. Pretty smooth, but hard to get by the taste.

D- I am fairly dissapointed with this beer. It may be my own fault, last time I was at the brewery I tried some an didn't think it was that bad. Flavors harshness dies down after awhile but it's still bad. Since it's a summer release maybe it's gone bad already? Shouldn't have, but Weyerbacher has much better than this.


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Photo of cpetrone84
2.24/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A-pours a dark golden orange color, quite clear and attractive with tons of off white dense and creamy head leaving a nice lace on the side of the glass.

S-very soapy yeast aromas, fruity esters, grassy herbal notes, bubblegum, citursy hops in the back.

T-this is actually quite aweful. lots of soap up front, notes of bubblegum and fruity esters, metallic phenols behind and quite strong, notes of citrusy orange hops with a fair amount of bitterness in the finish.

M-grainy on the palate, medium body, lots of carbonation with a prickly crisp finish.

D-this beer is just off, plain and simple, extremely phenolic and soapy which i am not a fan of at all.

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Photo of fpreh1957
2.25/5  rDev -40.2%

Photo of Lukewarring
2.45/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Look - 2 Liquid has nice consistency, medium with a little less thickness. Small specs vissible floating around - looks gross
smell - 3.25 Nice spicey aroma, maybe good for a cooking. No/low Head.
taste - 2.25 - First sip is overwhelming with spice. Your tongue mellows out after that, but taste stays with you like a cigar.
feel - 2 Has nice consistency, but has bitters on the back of your tongue in the after taste which activates glands making mouth feel gross. Sipping beer to avoid aftertaste

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Photo of IdrinkGas
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

Photo of bubseymour
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

Photo of chrispoint
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

Photo of tmars13
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

Photo of mhaugo
2.52/5  rDev -33%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle decanted into an oversized snifter. 5.9% ABV.
Appearance: Weak, soda-like bubbles rising through a pool of murky amber. Zero head retention (2.25/5).
Aroma: Smells kind of dirty… funky, but not in the way you’d want it to be. A little citrus pith and toasted malt are cowering in the back corner, but that’s about it. I don’t know (2.75/5).
Taste: This doesn’t taste anything like I was hoping it would. I get some ruined malt followed by a bit of grassy hops on the back end. Maybe there was a decent Belgian Pale Ale in this bottle once, but if that was ever true it has since retired and died (2.5/5).
Mouthfeel: Thick and flat (2.25/5).
Overall: This poor bastard is yet another example of how poorly this style ages. I love that there are breweries out there making beers like this, but an “Enjoy By” date should be front and center. This embarrassment of a beer does not represent the style or the brewery with any class. It’s too bad (2.5/5).

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Photo of descobar
2.54/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

disclosure: bad experiment in ageing. but found it, decided to try it. - pours deep amber with a white thin head that quickly disappears. cloudy with visible yeast sediment. aroma is a combination of different elements of oxidation. green apples, estery/solventy and horse blanket. there's no hop presence left. so the remaining flavors are just malt sweetness and maybe some candy sugar. surprisingly the oxidation from the nose, does not carry heavily into the flavor. its almost all malts like a Scottish ale. body has thinned out, carbonation is also very light and there is an astringency that borders on harsh. despite all this, it finishes dry and only the above mentioned harshness lingers on. - way past its prime

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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of FickleBeast
2.8/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a cloudy dark orange/brown color with a finger of foam that fades very slowly. Aroma is very phenolic - the belgian yeast dominates the nose.

First sip is very spicy. Yeasty flavor is out of control. Finishes sharply bitter. I don't get much malt presence, as it is overwhelmed by the phenolic flavor and bitter bite. There is also a slightly metallic twang in the flavor.

I usually like the beers that Weyerbacher puts out, but unfortunately, this one is a total miss for me. I don't prefer the phenolic yeasty flavors in general, and this one dials it up a few notches.

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Photo of jrallen34
2.88/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle drank from a tulip...Pours a clear and gold, almost copper, very dark for the style. A light off white head rises with good retention and great lacing. Looks good, weird coloring though...TONS of yeast on the nose, nailed the Belgian yeast perfectly. Its strong, almost overpowering as its hard to pull anything else out. Light lemons...The taste is yeasty, but off, lots of alcohol comes through, medicinal, distracting. Not my favorite.

Below average Belgian pale ale.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
2.91/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle. Excited to give this a try. Pours into my glass a hazy yellow orange with a billowing bubbly white head on top. Lots of active carbonation. Aromas start out with sweet pale grain malts along with some banana and spice with a bold clove accent. Belgian yeast as well. Rather mellow.

First sip brings a crisp light grain malt upfront that carries with it some sweetness. Some banana and fruit accents follow along with a spiciness of clove and light pepper. Finishes with a touch of Belgian yeast and lingering sweetness. Overall it is just not cohesive and ends up being rather bland.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with an onslaught of fast moving carbonation. The excess carbonation gets in the way and knocks down my enjoyment of the brew. Overall, I'm really not digging this brew. It falls somewhat flat flavor wise and ends up being rather boring.
Thanks to afterexile for the opportunity to try it.

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Photo of harrymel
2.92/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Unknown bottle date.
Poured to NB globe.

A: Pours a hazy amber ale with a persistent, peanut colored, three finger head. The residue sticks to the glass - tacky. Good looker.

S: Yeasty nose. Grain, simple earthy hops. Hints of tea. Maybe a hint of banana. Very simple and straitforward.

T: Very metallic. Bitter with charred grain flavors.

M: Medium body with very high carbonation. Leaves little reminiscence of its presence.

D: Forgettable. Worth a try. Nice as an extra.

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Photo of aquatonex
2.97/5  rDev -21%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured orange in color, but was not cloudy or hazy at all pretty clear. Nose is light coriander and clove notes, but not much else going on. Taste is syrupy and bitter, not hoppy or very spicy. Spices are trying to come out but they don't really make it. Syrupy bitterness lingers on in the mouth, not very refreshing. This may have been an old bottle.

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Photo of tugg407
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of Ryanm1
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is slightly darken golden brew. The appearance was great. You can't clearly see through it so its not a typical Belgian wheat. It is slightly fruity with some bitterness to it. I poured this brew from a bottle to a glass and there was not much foam associated to it. Even though it was fruity there was not much sweetness and there was a dry after taste.

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Photo of Grooveman53
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of mikefuski17
3/5  rDev -20.2%

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