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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

205 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 205
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 13
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij van Hoegaarden visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-22-2002)
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Lawleit150percent


3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

07-22-2014 10:58:35 | More by Lawleit150percent
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lelepat

Hong Kong

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

07-22-2014 10:43:32 | More by lelepat
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

03-17-2012 07:35:43 | More by ygtbsm94
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byronic

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

12-10-2013 18:57:04 | More by byronic
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PeterVesti

China

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

09-20-2013 05:46:14 | More by PeterVesti
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ObsidianWhite

Netherlands

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

11-17-2013 12:02:43 | More by ObsidianWhite
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seanyfo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.28/5  rDev -15%

A - Dark brown with floaters, looks quite dense, not much light coming thru. , 2 finger tan head

S - Cloves, yeast, very apparent alcohol kick.

T - Not really sure about this one, starts off rather sweet, sugary even, but very abruptly i feel like i am assaulted by the alcohol. Not very smooth or understated. Couldnt find any malt notes either.

M - Medium carbonation, a nice consistency to the mouthfeel, not too thin, feels smooth going down.

D - Imbalance of the alcohol puts me off slightly, must admit i took a while to drink this and didnt seem to improve too much as it warmed through. I feel there are better strong dark belgians out there.

10-06-2006 10:12:52 | More by seanyfo
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.33/5  rDev -13.7%

This is the beer my wife and I always have when we visit 'The Cirio' in Brussel's, with a cheese platter normally. This review however is from home.

Brown 33cl bottle, best before Oct 2008, drank March 2007.

Poured into the correct 'Forbidden Fruit' chalice, with the sediment getting fully into the glass. The beer was therefore cloudy and darker than if I had allowed just the beer to leave the bottle. This also effects the head, which doesn't stay so long with the 'bits' in the glass.

Dark mahogany wood colour, lace head because of the sediment, it's hazy, also because of my pour.

Typical malty, yeasty, Belgian dark ale type of aroma, the coolness doesn't help the aroma to be overly heavy, but this is as average as you are going to get.

Fairly sweet, caramel and some toffee flavours, but with sour apples thrown in too, add alcohol esters, coffee and grapes into the mix and you are half correct, a very complexed taste indeed.

The mouthfeel and aftertaste introduce hops, which must have been hidden by the alcohol and other flavours earlier. having said that, the mouthfeel is not great for such a strong beer.

My wife loves this beer and as I said earlier, it is now a tradition when we go to Brussel's, to drink it. Try it also, I know who owns the beer etc, but it is good, honest.

03-15-2007 22:55:32 | More by BlackHaddock
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Pintofbrown

Iowa

3.36/5  rDev -13%

This bottle is a vintage from the late '80's.

The beer actually still had some carb when I popped the cap! Cool! It pours REAL flat though. And there is no chance this thing is going to produce any kind of head. The body is a dark caramel, that has chunks of dark sediment settling at the bottom of the glass, smaller swirling of sediment throughout the beer.

The nose on this is pretty fantastic. There are dark fruits every where: figs, dates. Man, this is incredibly sweet and syrupy, lots of honey here too.

And... this is where the beer finally takes a turn. This really does not have much of anything to offer on the palate as far as flavors go. Mid-palate I detect just a little of the honey sweetness suggested by the nose, and then that band-aid flavor sets in a little. The finish also has a bunch mineral water bitterness.

The beer is flat, so really watery, just a little dry.

My final take on this: do not take a bottle of this and set it aside for near on twenty five years. I promise you this beer is passed its prime by this point.

11-25-2013 09:31:52 | More by Pintofbrown
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JohnfromDublin

Ireland

3.38/5  rDev -12.4%

Tasted this 330ml bottle on 19.03.06 Best by 03/10/07 ABV: 8.5% costing €2.95 in Molloys off-licence chain, Dublin.
Great name for a beer, suggesting great things to come.

Poured into a Chimay chalice a nice cloudy ruby-coloured brew with a reasonable white head. Not much aroma to report.
Taste was a little disappointing; quite sweet with not much disguising the alcohol. No complexity.
Mouthfeel was nice with a little fizz.
I always felt that this beer was somewhat over-rated. Quite a nice beer, but I would not be rushing back for a second one.

It suggests a serving temp of 5-6oC on the bottle, but I think that a temp of 10-12 brings out more flavour.

03-20-2006 09:41:17 | More by JohnfromDublin
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belgbeerdrinker

Colorado

3.4/5  rDev -11.9%

a: dark amber color, thick foamy head settles to good layer
s: sweet malts and fruits, spices
t: sweet malts hit right away, hints of yeast, fruits like banana, slight tartness, and almost medicinal spices
m: medium carbonation, pretty good balance, medium body
d: didn't knock my socks off, but actually a pretty good beer from the big guys, certainly one of their better. worth a try

12-16-2007 05:09:55 | More by belgbeerdrinker
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MarvinLeung


3.4/5  rDev -11.9%

08-17-2014 13:48:17 | More by MarvinLeung
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ThaCreep

Belgium

3.43/5  rDev -11.1%

Brownish red tints. The nut and caramel are present on the nose but feels like slightly acid and trace amounts of candied fruit. The mouth is full of spice to the way the range Hoegaarden. It is coupled with a good spicy bitterness and assertive in the finish. A stout strong in attack but then more soothing but that spotlights spices.

05-05-2010 18:24:19 | More by ThaCreep
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Gamsy

Germany

3.44/5  rDev -10.9%

Decent beer. It has a brown-orange color, with a thin white head. Very smooth to drink, with a light carbonation. It has a fruity taste, but very lightly. Unique, have never drunk anything like this. Was a bit worried when i saw the color, but overall this is definitely an Ok beer.

02-17-2014 14:47:53 | More by Gamsy
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descartes

Oregon

3.45/5  rDev -10.6%

Poured from 33 cl bottle.

Appearance: Light brown with a finger of tan head.
Smell: Malty smell with whiffs of cherry and coco.
Taste: Hops in the middle and some chocolate, nuts on the back with a caramel aftertaste. Lots of flavors I couldn't identify, many were too strong and got in each others way.
Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, one of the nicer aspects of this beer.

01-06-2006 14:13:08 | More by descartes
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Ciocanelu

Romania

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

05-16-2013 21:02:16 | More by Ciocanelu
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HiPpYcHoP

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

11-01-2012 23:14:20 | More by HiPpYcHoP
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pin

Australia

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

09-08-2012 06:36:48 | More by pin
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Redteketed

Netherlands

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

The beer, red-brown coloured and reasonable head, smells rich; I smell caramelised malt, some spicy, cinnamon odour, apple and a little alcohol.
Full body, taste sweet/bitter with some cinnamon and roasted nuts. It should have more depth in it.The taste is disappointing compared to its rich smell.
A dry, sticky mouthfeel, some alcohol, the aftertaste has some hoppines, spice and again roasted nuts. Sparkling carbonation.
Overall conclusion: not a bad beer, but I had better beers in this style.

03-12-2006 13:55:06 | More by Redteketed
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bamberger603

Germany

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

12-31-2013 15:55:03 | More by bamberger603
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kobeer

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

07-27-2012 17:30:48 | More by kobeer
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Archemedies

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

05-05-2013 13:31:43 | More by Archemedies
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mrjez

Japan

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

07-21-2014 08:49:01 | More by mrjez
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Saind

Netherlands

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

03-29-2014 17:49:20 | More by Saind
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dansmcd

Australia

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

12-02-2013 08:01:24 | More by dansmcd
Verboden Vrucht / Fruit Defendu (Forbidden Fruit) from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
87 out of 100 based on 205 ratings.