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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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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5/5  rDev +31.9%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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5/5  rDev +31.9%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into tulip.
Amber/gold color. Thick foam gone after the first sip.
Smells of dark cherries, caramel, and maybe a hint of chocolate?
Taste of a darker brew..maybe a quad. Tastes malty, sweet, a bit of hops. Lots of flavor. Its a very good brew. A nice "session" beer by Weyerbacher, who normally makes some high ABV brews. So it nice to be able to drink a few.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a fluted pint glass: color is a nice translucent copper with good carbonation, my beer had warmed so the head was about 3 inches thick on the pour, but nice off white to light tan color.

Smell is mild sweet caramel malt mixed with yeasty, breadiness. not overwhelming but very pleasing.

Taste is somewhat clean from the bottle than I remember when I had on draft, either way notes of caramel and yeasty/bready notes.

Mouthfeel is nicely balanced for this style solid lingering sweetness and light bitterness to clean up.

Overall, I really like this brew, solid belgian style pale ale and one I'll look for again on draft.

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Photo of rudzud
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review taken from notes, thanks to jlindros to sharing this.

A - Poured into a tulip a hazy copper with a minute white fizzy head that faded super quick to barely leave a halo.

S - Very nice aromas here, good belgian yeasts and soft fruits with some sweet malts in the background.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, fair amount of sweeter malts and good yeast esters along with subtle fruits. There is a slight bitterness on the back end.

M - Nice mouthfeel, slightly dry with a decent enough amount of carbonation to keep things a little lively.

O - Overal, this beer wasnt that bad. Wish there had been a nice head to it or something but still, not bad.

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Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cask at d.b.a., Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is hazy copper in color and poured with a thin ring of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of fruity yeast in the nose along with some hints of pale malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the flavors of pale malts are a bit stronger and there are only notes of fruity yeast and some hints of sweetness. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has little if any carbonation.
O: The beer is relatively easy to drink and a good representation of the style.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Cigar City snifter. Apparently, Weyerbacher's not into putting any sort of freshness date on their bottles for whatever reason.

A- Pours a medium amber with a one finger head that decays to an 1/8 inch head that has OK lacing and a nice sheet of small bubbles.

S- Yum. I can smell the Belgian yeast oozing from the aroma with bubble gum sweetness a note of coriander. Slightly perfumey.

T- Man that's good. I usually favor belgian-style beers, but this one is seriously no joke. Yeasty with flavors of banana, more coriander and some orange. Huh. It tastes a bit more metallic than I remember it being on first try but it doesn't get in the way. Hops are only really detected in the aftertaste but, since it's a straight-up pale ale (and a Belgian one at that), that's to be expected. A nice showing of malts though, adding some grainy depth. Did I say yum?

M- Lively carbonation that lingers for a bit.

O- A perfect example of a solid BPA that's not too in-your-face. It's beginning to seem like these guys don't make bad beer or even subpar beer.

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Photo of Kranders
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
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 GarrettMD
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy dark amber colored beer with 2 fingers of yellow-tinged white head. Lots of rising carbonation, just a constant upward cascade of bubbles. Head recedes leaving a thin lacing on the glass.

S - Very sweet and fruity. No discernible fruit aromas, just overall very fruity smelling. Hints of light malts as well as some yeast and a bit of citrus hops as well. The more the head recedes, the more of a caramel malt smell you get coming off the beer.

T - Much different than the aroma. The first thing you get is a bit of yeast spice, followed by a dominant flavor of caramel malts mixed with some slight bittering hops. The fruits are almost completely gone from the taste. The yeast spice is the most dominant flavor by far. Slight peppercorn taste, but for the most part just bready and spicy.

M - Medium body, full carbonation, finish is sticky sweet with that spice complimenting the sweet malts until the flavor completely leaves your mouth.

O - This is actually the Zotten rather than the Verboten, which I randomly picked up at my local shop. I'm guessing this is aged about 2 years by now since it was recalled sometime early 2010. Not sure what flavors would fade in that time, but it's still very good. Simple, yet balanced, and varying between aroma and taste.

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Photo of FickleBeast
2.8/5  rDev -26.1%
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 poppollutesminds
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured delicious amber color with little head.

Smell: Fruit, especially citrus notes. Hoppiness can be detected afterwards.

Taste Citrus start with hoppy finish. Well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and delicious. Low carbonation allows for optimal flavor, but without have a completely flat beer.

Overall: A good autumn to early winter beer. Well balanced flavors and mouthfeel provide an excellent sipping beer.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Monk's, Philly, PA

Poured an amber color with a slight haze, and a moderately-lacing white head. Bready, yeasty aroma, with fragrant fruit notes, slightly phenolic, but tolerable at that. Similar taste: bready, spicy Belgian yeast, pears, apple skins, with a drying hop sensation following. Medium body, a bit chewy, and nicely drinkable. Not something I'd go out of my way for though.

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Photo of Ziro
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Saw a beer from Weyerbacher and had to grab it. Poured this from a 12oz into a snifter.

Pours nicely into a murky amber color with a one finger white head that dissipates quickly. Slight amount of carbonation can be seen.

Fruity mostly citrus with some malty aromas. Sweet smelling as well with a bit of yeast. Also has an earthy hop to it. Mostly sweet with everything else coming in after.

Tastes of honey and fruits. Again mostly citrus followed by some hop bitterness at the end. The hop finish is a great surprise from what you expect from the smell. The alcohol isn't easily detected which is a plus or minus depending on the drinker. As it warms the other ingredients come out of hiding.

Smooth and malty with a nice dry hop finish. Not a strong finish just enough to change it up. About medium bodied and carbonation isn't too much just the right amount.

I can't really complain after trying this brew. The aroma had some complexity to it and then you take a sip and have a nice surprise from the unexpected finish. My only real nitpick if I must(and I must) is the appearance. The head just disappeared on me(which may be my own fault). Regardless, I can easily see myself getting another 6-pack or recommending this to friends.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This may be a tad old, we will see if it makes a significant difference.
Bottle poured into chalice.
Still with sweet spirtzy fruity slightly phenolic and overall enjoyable aroma. Also contains pale malt and nice spiciness.
Smallish slightly dense head caps amber mostly clear and very active body.
While the aroma held no indication of age the flavor does, but only a little (slight cardboard). There are still worthwhile and enjoyable flavors remaining. Long extended drying on the finish. Pretty complex flavors and many are quick in action and leaving. The fruit is a little flatter, but there, and the spice is a little tame. Hop flavors still show (so I do wonder about the age - maybe it's fresher than I think). There is a tartness, that at times moves to a sourness.
Full carbonation that's quite soft and fluffy and lighter body. Immediate warming inside (but I'm on a relatively empty stomach).
This is an enjoyable drink. Holds Belgian qualities in a lighter body and easier drinking drink. The rest of the bottles will be easy to consume.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Delicious and fruity, this classy American brewed Belgian-style ale has a simplistic overtone has a sweeter and more estery fruit flavor mix compared to Belgian exports.

Starting with a very froathy light amber color, the beer carries a mild yeasty haze, a blanket of ivory-white foam that lasts well into the session while lacing all the while. A very creamy looking ale with perhaps more visual weight than preferred.

Honey and banana notes give first impressions in aroma. The malt character of light grain, honey, bready, wheat, and light biscuit give a rich and sweeter aroma while the esters of citrus and tropical fruits give a roundness to the sweeter nose. Lightly spicy with tea-like herbs, white pepper, and bitter orange peel, the beer seems to balance toward the sweetness.

The delicious sweetness of honey, powdered sugar, and soft sweet breads set the tone in taste while complementary fruity esters of oranges, banana, appricot, lemon drops, and white grapes help to reinforce the sweetness and offer roundness and support. Mild herbal hop notes seem like sweet tea, lemongrass, and marmelade before turning lightly bitter in finish. With a spicy yeasty flavor of white pepper, corriander, and mild detergents, the phenolic balance is unsettled and could use more development to balance the beer.

Quite creamy from start to finish, the sweeter and richer tone is unexpected, prefering a drier, zestier, and more spritzy carbonation and prickle instead. But the beer struggles toward dryness late as the alcohol and hop resins can only take it so far, leading to a semi-dry finish.

The aftertaste of honeysuckle, spices, and wheaty grains has a whisp of evaproative taste that extends into the next sip. All culminates in a sweeter and less complex Belgian ale than what's offered from authentic Belgian breweries, but this beer compares well with others brewed in the U.S. like Ommegang BPA or even Belgian brewed Leffe Blonde.

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Photo of jmerloni
4.55/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a - very nice, hazy amber yellow coloration, with moderate white head. Laces nicely.

s - aroma is extremely refreshing. Yeasty hops with a light citrus aroma.

t - follows the nose. great earthy taste. dirt and grass and a little bit of spice on top of yeasty, citrusy hops.

m - excellent mouthfeel. very, very balanced all the way through. could not be hopped or carbonated any more appropriately.

d - very drinkable. refreshing, clean, high quality. very solid beer.

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Photo of steve8robin
3.21/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this bottle on a whim. First time I've seen this one. 12oz bottle...

A: A nice murky golden color with a small 1 inch white head that fades at a quick pace to a small lace atop the brew. Very light bubbles. Good.

S: A mild earthy bitterness with a mild clove and banana quickly followed. A very faint bubble gum scent on the back. Ok.

T: A clove / nutmeg mix upfront quickly followed by some banana with a dry bubble gum on the back. Ok.

M: Medium body with a good carbonation. A fruity dry finish. Decent.

O: All in all, this is an ok brew. Not much special about this one. I've never been a Belgian style fan. I think it's the fruity / bubble gum / clove flavor that really puts me off. Not my style, I guess. If you like these flavors, you will enjoy this one.

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Photo of Stunner97
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- golden yellow with some haziness white head quickly fades away and tiny small bubbles can be seen slowly streaming up,

Smell- very nice spice, banana, clove notes from a very lively yeast, nice nose

Taste- the taste is nice up front as you get some the flavors that you get from the smell, but the hop presence is very strong on the end as they are really going for a drying hop bitterness on the finish keeping things really dry, winds up much hoppier and drier then expect on nose

Mouthfeel- very crisp and refreshing with good amount of carbonation

Drinkability/overall- overall this beer would make a nice session beer to enjoy largely due to large amount of hoppiness that stops alot of the sweetness many belgians can have, I think though it creates good drinkability the only downside of this beer to me can be the hops are so dominate it probably takes away some the complexities lurking in there from the belgian yeast, and overall decent ale that would please a hop lover looking for slight belgian twist,

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Verboten from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
3.79 out of 5 based on 740 ratings.
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