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Verboden Vrucht / Fruit Defendu (Forbidden Fruit) - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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BA SCORE
86
very good

222 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 222
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 14
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-22-2002

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4.85/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very nice collar and a fabulous taste. It's a typical Belgian ale with no doubt. Perfect in all items. It's a beer that everybody should drink at least one time in life.

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3.22/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Svingjo
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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2.25/5  rDev -41.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.9/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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5/5  rDev +29.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4.04/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.4/5  rDev -11.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Slatetank
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I enjoyed this bottle chilled in a tulip

The color is dark ruby with copper hue and thick 2 finger pale tan head with very fine bead and visibly carbonated with lace that sticks well. The smell is sticky dried fruit like with mild grainy aroma dna yeast accented by light mineral and spice wiht mellow date/nut odor. The feel is a bit sweet yet nice yeast presence with good body and medium high carbonation with slihgt tangy sugary feel mid palate with a sweetish finish.

The taste is pretty good at first with apricot and nutmeg with subtle yeast tanginess and light sweet dark candy element with a miild toasted grain and nutty grainy quality in the background with subtle carbonic acid adding a subtle edge with sweet and dry but not quite chalky finish. Overall this is pretty decent but not overly complex -the yeast and malt flavors are fresh and abv is well hidden

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3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally, after being tempted by a woman who was tempted by a serpent, I've got my hands on a new Hoegaarden beer, which ironically is named Verboden Vrucht or "Forbidden Fruit". Well naming a beer Verboden Vrucht is one way of giving your brew big shoes to fill. Time and time again brewers have been writing cheques with grandiose names that their brews can't cash with flavour... well only one other beer springs to mind at this time: Mad Brewers Garden De Paradisi. Anyway I hope this won't be another cautionary tale for me, I'm so sick of those guys.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A: Cloudy copper body with yeast chunks of various sizes floating around having sex and stuff (I'm sure that's how yeast works) with a creamy beige foam hanging around, doing its thing.

S: Heady raisin, overripe pear and plum on the nose. This is followed by some buttery diacetyl, a toffee malt base and honey... it's a sugar bomb then, oh well, may as well tuck in.

T: Surprisingly it's not a sugar bomb but a well-crafted Belgian Strong Dark Ale, with already above noted flavours (raisin, overripe pear/plum, big diacetyl, toffee and honey) and some added hints of Saison tartness, a long dry and slight medicinal bitter herb finish. Everything is in check and there is some good complexity going on, I'm won over now.

M: Medium bodied with a creamy carbonation.

D: Overall this is a decent drop... unfortunately it is a Belgian Strong Dark Ale which means it is stacked up against the likes of: Chimay Blue/Gulden Draak/Gouden Carolus Classic - all of which are better brews. It's a tough country to compete in then and for this reason I feel sympathy for any brewer that decides to pitch up their tent pegs there, however for the average beer lover like myself it is a paradise of tongue-awe inspiring Ales, à votre santé!

Food match: As I drained the glass that diacetyl really came to the fore, as such with a brew as buttery as this would complement creamy dishes and cheeses, continental chicken, duck or lobster thermidor are your best bets.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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Verboden Vrucht / Fruit Defendu (Forbidden Fruit) from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
86 out of 100 based on 222 ratings.