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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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Ratings: 740 |  Reviews: 319
Photo of Kranders
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer tries so hard to be straight out of the trappist books, and I'll have to say that it does a really good job. It just doesn't come full on as you'd hope. It lacks a little of the bready-yeasty flavor that really makes the trappist beers unique, but it's a great shot from something on this side of the Atlantic.

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Photo of unknownlamer
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Med
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Firkin at The Drafting Room in Spring House.

A - Opaque but not too light. A tan color with very little head or lacing.

S - Here is where the Belgian yeast starts to show itself. Bubble gum and some citrus with a definite hop presence.

T - To me this beer doesn't quite know it's place in the world. It's got some of the "wheatiness" of a wit as well as some of the "bubble gum" noted in the smell, but an American hop profile. Pleasant, but not something I'd go out of my way for.

M - Medium bodied with low carbonation. The fact that this comes from a firkin has a lot to do with this.

D - Pleasant. Not bad at all, not great, but pleasant.

Certainly an interesting interpretation of a style underrepresented in this area.

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Photo of adkirkish
4.29/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Citrus, fruity, belgian yeast esthers, pale and sweet malts, slight bitter hop aroma.

Appearance: Poured amber orange, w/ a thin creamy white head that quickly dissipated.

Flavor: Sweet citrus upfront, malt character is more pale and makes up the majority of the body, but is quickly followed by bittering hops that leave a long bitter finish. Good balance between the belgian aroma and the pale malt / bittering hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation, feels bubbly on the tongue. No alcohol warmth here at 6% abv. I didn't get any astringency which is admirable considering the bitter aftertaste. No perceived creaminess.

Overall: I found that this beer is for once a belgian mixed style that is actually what it is described to be, such as: Belgian IPA / Belgian IIPA, Belgian (insert some style here). This beer lives up to be a belgian pale ale. You've got a great belgian nose but the hops and malt to back up the pale moniker. No recommendations other than to try and have the head on this beer last a bit longer (Minor appearance defect). Great Job on this beer.

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Photo of krisbee
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Audi4awrangler
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of mcouillard
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of jburlew
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of Tconroy
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Phenwayphrank74
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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 ScottyDuzntNo
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of EliotTruelove
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Gravesnyper
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of ZorroZ
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of jar66su
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of Roose13
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into pint glass

A: Orange, cloudy. Huge head that lasted a long time.

S: Yeast, bread, citrus.

T: Very bready, a bit citrusy, grassy

M: Very carbonated. Taste lingers.

Overall: A damn good BPA. Very imaginative. Love the citrus and yeast. Really left a lasting impression on me. I will have this again for sure.

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Photo of trplx81
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of KyleDubya
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of TeamAlphaDoG
1/5  rDev -73.4%

Photo of powellmg
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served @ 50F in a pint glass.

Poured with a thick, off-white, rocky head. Cloudy, amber color. Aroma of spice, toasted malt. Rich taste of ripe banana, clove, ginger, black pepper, similar to a weissbier. Lingering toasted flavor and a bitter finish. Okay balance. Low-medium carbonation.

Overall, not a very smooth beer but good flavor.

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of HopsYeast
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

had this at a weyerbacher pairing dinner. they paired it up with mussels in a thai coconut broth. the broth had overpowering amounts of acid in it but the beer helped that alot by counterbalancing it.

a-dark bronze slightly cloudy. had little to no head but it was poured as part of a mass pouring so everyone at the dinner got theirs at once. so i have no idea if the beer sat or not and for how long after it was poured.
s-smells almost like you expect an ipa to but with a much less pungent hops smell. has a more mellow floralness to it.
t-it starts off with a quick burst of hops that very quickly gives way to semi sweet yeast flavors. the beer completely washes off your palate after every sip so it was great to drink with that overpowering broth the mussels were in.
m-smoooth. very small amount of carbonation. velvety and easy to drink.
o-very drinkable. and at 5.6% it is something to keep in stock. it is bottle and keg conditioned so aging this would be a fun experiment.

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Photo of johng90
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of D0mDelm0nt
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Verboten from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 740 ratings
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