Verboden Vrucht / Fruit Defendu (Forbidden Fruit) - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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4.5/5 rDev +16.6%
From a brown bottle with a artistic painting of mostly naked people.
In a word, wow. Pours a somewhat unatractive poopy brown, the only negative. But head is dark white and consistant the whole way down. Taste is awesome! Deep and bold, hoppy and sweet, flavors evolve and roll over as you enjoy. Would go really well with a heavy, meaty meal. And the 8.8% alcohol content ensures it gives you a good kick in the pants! Highly recomended.
11-07-2003 20:13:29 | More by RocketWidget
4.47/5 rDev +15.8%
Nice label on the bottle.
'Beer from dark malts, flavoured with herbs', bottle conditioned.
Copper to brown colour, cloudy, with a huge head, nice lacing.
Smell + taste is, next to the malt, of clove, koriander. Very fresh, hardly any bitterness, but no fruity sweetness either. it's clean and slightly dry in the aftertaste. The alcohol is well masked. The mouthfeel is full and chewy.
Very interesting beer. It's warming.
03-06-2010 15:36:56 | More by RuudJH
4.47/5 rDev +15.8%
I thought I'd reviewed this already, but apparently I haven't, so here we go -- this is from a bottle brought back from a recent trip to Belgium.
Dark brown: stained wood or light cola in color. And the head just won't die. Exotic, epicurean nose: fresh cut figs, dark brown sugar, candied orange peel, alcohol, and yeast. Following nicely, a slow, easy sipping combination of estery flavors -- sweet, ripe fruit to the "nth" degree -- form a sugary swirl of rich flavors with raisin and mild cinnamon/nutmeg. Finish lingers with the sensation of the bitter part of a package of mixed greens. I think the yeast gives this some body where the alcohol would have you dismiss it as a slightly thin booze-bomb. Great big beer.
10-03-2004 14:07:40 | More by marburg
4.45/5 rDev +15.3%
33cl bottle: This one poured a fairly clear dark amber color. There was a fairly large off white head to it, that lingers a bit. A touch of lacing. The aroma is quite nice. There are yeasty notes, fruits some caramel malt, spices. Just a pleasant thing to smell. The taste is quite complex. Interesting fruity tastes, but they are all in the background. Medium body, with a bit of caramel and a hint of bitterness in the aftertaste. Very strong, but no real sensation of a strong alcohol taste. Another excellent Belgian. I would definitely try and find this again!
07-14-2005 23:53:08 | More by Boto
4.44/5 rDev +15%
A: amber / brown & foggy. Tan head, nice lacing.
S: Sweet, Toffee, dark fruits, dough, belgian yeast and spices.
T: Very smooth and surprisingly fresh followed by the flavors the nose suggests.
M: Creamy, smooth with a medium dry and slightly spicy finish. Medium carbonation.
O: A very well balanced beer. Lovely and complex flavors without making it heavy at all, quite an accomplishment. Great beer!
02-12-2013 21:51:41 | More by Arno
4.4/5 rDev +14%
Again, one of those most elusive beers that I thought I'd never get to try. Nevertheless, here I am -- here it is... I'm going to drink it!
Pours a surprisingly dark beer (always thought is was blonde -- who knew?), that has a medium brown opaque-ness along with a muddy, murky dull-ness that picks up highlights of orange, rust, and copper. Medium head formation that reduced to a dainty sheet of froath and held firm. Aromas are very spicy and fruity (more of what I originally expected) but with a toasty, amber maltiness that was a surprise. Flavors of orange zest, peaches, pears, appricots, and lemons leaped out in front of any toasty German Dunkel-like maltiness. The dichademy of it all never resonated with me, leaving me wanting better balance and more medled-ness. The texture was as silky-smooth as the Witbier, but with a bit more abrasive carbonation (which remained quite high from the on-set). Finishes with a slightly-dirty, toasty, citrus flavor that cleaned up in a hurry and ultimately became quite crisp and refreshing. Certainly a good beer, it was just all over the place. Again, thanks to Clvand0.
01-23-2008 19:48:18 | More by BEERchitect
4.38/5 rDev +13.5%
Deep deep red going on cloudy brown. Fat head that just keeps on keeping on.
Wow! Complex nose. Mint, cloves, dark fruit, peel and even a hint of chocolate.
On this most complex of palates; Toffee, burnt caramel, slight butter, dried fruit (elderberries, currants), pepper, tart peel, anise and what appears to be some slight oakiness (bizarre!). Long aftertaste of strong tasty coffee. Hard alcohol hit at the end reminds you exactly what you are drinking. After about a minute, the after taste feels just like that of a smooth deep red wine. This stuff is really out there.
Complex is an understatement. Enjoy!
10-30-2003 10:59:31 | More by koolk
4.38/5 rDev +13.5%
Brought to the states by a friend of mine. 33cl bottle poured into Belgian style chalis. Huge malty Belgian aroma wafting from glass. Beautiful dark amber color, slight haze. Poured nice head, big bubbles, like egg whites when you whip them to stiff peaks. Wonderful flavor, malt, dark fruit, sweet caramel, no hops (as expected). Very nice beer. What a treat! Wish I could get it here.
01-09-2006 01:18:40 | More by imrichbeeeatch
New Zealand (Aotearoa)
4.33/5 rDev +12.2%
This is one of my favourite beers.
Appearance is a delightful amber brown, and there is some *texture* to it. It fairly sparkles in the daylight!
Smell is good. You can notice the fruit esters and aromatics wafting from the beer - but they are balanced. Not overpowering or overdone. The scent has character. It smells like beer, but good beer.
Taste is what beer is all about, and this one doesn't disappoint. A complex mix of yeasts, malt, fruits, caramels and a solid jolt of ethanol. I think the alcohol is a solid contributor to this beers taste - as it provides a nice base for all of the other flavours to perfuse through. You can spend a lot of time getting lost in these flavours. And a lot of time working your way through them all.
There is a bit too much bitterness in the aftertaste - but the main event compensates for this.
Mouthfeel is good, silky and satisfying.
Finally, the serving of this beer is always a bit of an event. The bottle has naked people on it. The special glass it is regularly served in has naked people on it. The coaster has naked people on it.
I can take a hint. Drink this with someone you love. Or want to...
Buy this beer.
08-25-2006 09:27:27 | More by btmo
4.3/5 rDev +11.4%
The beer arrived on the table very lightly hazy and deep amber with an off-white frothy head which lasted long and laced the glass.
The aroma was fruity with a storng dark caramel character and a very light bit of DMS. The fruity presence contained a light banana.
The flavor was that of dark fruits with deep caramelization. The flavor was fruity and estery with a spicy presence. The dark fruits were raisins and prunes and were coupled to a light spice that stayed long in the flavor.
The finish was dry with a dark fruity character lasting long with a bit of spice into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a moderate carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. A very nicely done Belgian Strong Dark.
Bottle served in proper glassware at Cafe Vlissinghe in Brugge on 9/13/06.
09-20-2006 21:57:17 | More by GCBrewingCo
4.28/5 rDev +10.9%
Brought to you by the makers of Hoegaarden,a Benlgian beer with more life and character than I have ever experienced in a Hoegaarden. De Verboden Vrucht translates to the forbidden fruit, as it is well depicted on the beers label. I ran into this beer accidentally yesterday when out for lunch with friend. The beer menu listed many delicious brews, but this was shown to be one of the last few bottles that they had, and I also hadn't heard of the beer before.
Its description in the menu as a Spicy Belgian Brown ale at 8.5% abv was enough to coerce me into trying it, plus I thought it would go well with my braised beef shank lunch.
The bottle also has a best before date listed on the back as March 2008; as a bottle conditioned beer, I expect this was a bottle at least older than 2007, perhaps even back to 2005. Just my luck!
You should have seen the sediment dancing in this beer. Wow. It was poured for me appropriately in a wide chalice, and before it was even handed to me I could see the specks of sediment plastered throughout the entire beer! I know some may think its gross, but to me it just shows more rich and deep flavor complexity.
The beer itself was a deep hazy brown. It had shades of burnt amber touching the edges, but it most closely resembled and old brown brick. There was nothing modern about this beer; it was muddy and completely opaque - it was old world, just the way I wanted it. A nice frothy one inch head build atop the beer an a medium dense tan to cream colored foam with streaks of dust (sediment) lined everywhere throughout it.
The nose was quite delectable - mellow sweet touches of caramel malt, hints of earth, yeast and soft dark fruit. It showed traces of mulled spices, dried fruit, lightly roasted malt, and a warm funk which I can only describe as age. There really was a lot of character pouring out from this beer. It did not tell me that it was brewed in a state of the art facility and pasteurized to remain clean. It shouted "I was crafted by some old man's hands and remain in this bottle the way I came out of the fermenter". Awesome.
Thankfully it was served to me at the proper temperature at cellar around 12C (54F). Cold would have muted to many flavors. This beer was ready to be enjoyed! I opened my palate to it, and it poured over me gently and wrapped its grip around my entire mouth. Soft earthy malts, caramel and biscuit, faint traces of yeast an funk, mashed bananas, and mulled spices gently - and I mean very gently - washed over my tongue and caressed my cheeks. It was so elegant right away completely taking me by surprise. I was expecting something sharper, but this beer has minimal carbonation by now, is soft and delicate, and glides so effortlessly on the palate.
As I focused, cherries and figs begin to arise, so does notes of red grapes without the peel, more earth, hay field, soft malts, creamy toffee and almost vanilla. It was soft and soothing with sweet and savory characteristics. The mouthfeel was perfect for this beer. It felt authentic. I really did feel like an old man who had been brewing since the '60s made this in a field in his back yard.
The finish was softly dry, a touch quenching and very appetizing. Hope were only lightly noticeable with a soft and delicate herbal and slightly floral waft hidden under the malt. A touch of bitter came in towards the end, but was very mild. It was an excellent match for the umami sweet and savory flavors of the beef. Really overall a fantastic example of old world brewing at its best. Fully complex with no regard for modern tastes, just pure and unadulterated flavor boating from real malts, real hops, and real yeast. I will be hunting for more of these bottles.
08-22-2010 18:37:50 | More by StephenRich
4.28/5 rDev +10.9%
A: Very hazy red-brown color with a few fingers of light brown head. Great lacing and retention. The label gives this beer a bonus in my book!
S: The aroma is distinctively Belgian, like a dubbel, but with some notes of sweet, light fruit--apples I would assume. Spicy and sweet. The alcohol is masked well.
T: The taste doesn't bring about any surprises, but it is quite nice. Much more apple I would say, but with a rich, dark fruit underbelly. The spices are toned down, but the fruits are very refreshing.
MF: A nice twinge of carbonation rests on the palate. The body is light. This is really drinkable, nicely balanced, and without a note of alcohol. Crisp and refreshing.
O: This was exactly what I wanted it to be. Fruity, Belgian, and a perfect compliment to m dinner. I would get it again.
07-15-2012 02:20:25 | More by russwbeck
4.28/5 rDev +10.9%
33cl bottle served in the matching stemware at Herberg Vlissinghe, the oldest bar in Bruges. Verboden Vrucht is a murky chestnut with a small, off-white head leaving nice lace.
Smell is nice, strong dark candi syrup, raisins and brown sugar.
Taste is malty bruin, a bit of astringent roastiness, clean and smooth, with a nice lingering sweetness as it opens up. Nothing monumental, but a very nice strong bruin.
Mouthfeel is dry and crisp, but very creamy when swished, with a medium-light body.
Drinkability is good, a tasty, digestible beer. Nothing really special, but I'm glad I got to try it. I liked the logo on the glass, my wife prodded me to buy one at Bier Temple the next day, but for some reason I passed...
10-22-2009 03:52:22 | More by ccrida
4.25/5 rDev +10.1%
The label alone bumps up the appearance rating on this one. I'm not sure that is the rule but beer should be fun, so :p. Opaque caramel color with a dense white head and tiny Don Ho-like bubbles running up the sides. It smells like raspberries, wood and leather. Sort of a rural barn smell without the manure. The taste is dry and has that leather thing going on. Really nice. There is something vaguely biscuit as well. The mouthfeel is soft and tingly. Like a fresh stripper. Overall a really nice beer. It is dominated by its dryness and is subtle but refreshing.
07-18-2013 09:06:31 | More by roblowther
4.25/5 rDev +10.1%
330ml bottle served in a snifter glass.
A: Pours a deep amber to brown color with many brown particles floating around. Forms a big bubble tan head when poured. Good retention and many lacings formed and left. A thin layer lasts for long on the top
S: Great nose. Sweet, bready and quite spicy. Notes of toffee, caramel malts, dark fruits like plums and raisins. Brown bread, Belgian yeasts, cloves, wheat
T: Follows the nose. Sweet caramel malts upfront followed by a quite fruity and spicy taste. Notes of plums and raisins. Earthy and bready yeasts. Notes of wheat and cloves. Extremely Belgian Ale. Final is slightly bitter
M: Heavy creamy and a bit molasses body. Medium carbonation. Sweet, bready and slightly bitter aftertaste
O: Excellent Dark Ale. I've had it many times in the past and I hope that I will have it many time in the future too :)
11-25-2012 11:07:29 | More by eduardolinhalis
4.22/5 rDev +9.3%
Poured into a snifter...burgundy red, with a fair dose of sediment. Nice 2 finger head, with good head retention.
This was an overall enjoyable ale...aroma was inviting - fruity, some plum & a little spice.
The taste lived up to the aroma, sweet malts, nice spices (cloves, coriander) & a little peppery. Not much bitterness detected.
Creamy, & easy, but I did get an warm alcohol kick from it...could definately detect the 9%ABV.
Mouthfeel for such a heavy drop was very good, not too sweet, not too spicey (but very alcoholy)...I definately wanted more...bewdiful drop.
09-29-2008 08:57:34 | More by WHROO
4.22/5 rDev +9.3%
Pours murky dark brown with large almost white head and sticky and generous lacing. Aroma is sweet caramel malt with dried fruit, spice and a touch of alcohol.
Taste is rich and complex - gentle malt, caramel, mild spices, fruity alcohol and yeast - quite subtle and nothing in excess. Mouthfeel is soft creamy with pleasant warming feeling, slightly prickly carbonation.
The perfect brew for snowy, cold and dark winter evening to be sitting inside and enjoying nice flavours of Verboden Vrucht.
12-19-2010 16:21:56 | More by atis
4.22/5 rDev +9.3%
330 ml bottle poured into a snifter.
A: Pours a dark brown with big fluffy off-white head. Leaves big patches of lacing down the glass.
S: Nose is lots of big ripe fruit. Followed by some yeast sourness.
T: Wow. Very complex brew. Lots of sweetness from the malt yeast sourness towards the back. Some earthy notes underneath as well as some coriander.
M: Smooth full mouthfeel. Medium body with light carbonation and a slick finish.
D: I dunno. You would think a strong complex beer like this would be a sipper, but this one is not. I bought four for a pretty good price. May go back to get some more.
06-04-2009 05:04:12 | More by lamarr04
Verboden Vrucht / Fruit Defendu (Forbidden Fruit) from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
87 out of 100 based on 204 ratings.