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

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86
very good

218 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 218
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 14
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of rec
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sediment and lacing are evident are the copper-brown pour, with a decent head that seems to be lacing well.

Clove, light fruits and candy come through in scent. It's definately an appealing aroma!

A sweet caramel malt hits you up front with the light fruits following and finally; a spicey finish.

Fruit Defendu sports a smooth mouthfeel thanks to fitting carbonation, and is easy to drink considering its high ABV which is barely noticable.

I actually really like it. I tried it almost two years ago out of the bottle and wasn't impressed, but upon this purchase and pour, I must say my mind has changed. Something I'll definately buy again!

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

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: a pretty good beer , certainly one of their better. worth a try

Photo of bostonryan
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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

It pours a dark brown color, very nice growing head, it settles after a few minutes though. The bottle contains lots of yeast sediments which I don't really like, so I let it stand for a few days then poured it easily so I didn't get it all. I don't know if that's very unorthodox...if so tell me. ;)

Smell is a bit of alcohol, fruity estery smells with a touch of raisin. Pleasant smell overall. It taste is also very fruity (hence the name I guess) and spicy, there is a little hint of alcohol but not as much as one would think this abv would give.

Overall it's a really good brew! I liked it! :)

Photo of safaricook
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured in a chalice.

Dark amber lots of carb, clear, one finger offwhite head, good retention and lacing
Smell of yeast, tart and sweet, caramel malts with sour banana
Some sweet bready malts, Ends very dry and only slightly bitter, more like peppery, aftertaste is a minor turnoff
Highly carbonated and accordingly a fluffy to tickling feel, after some time all harshness is gone and it is just fluffy and gorgous, warming alcohol, medium body
Highly enjoyable beer in the tradition of belgian strong dark ales like a St. Bernardus Prior or a Rochefort 8. Lacks a bit of complexity to be rated at the same level, though.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy brown color with an off white head. In the aroma, sweet dark fruit an a small note of alcohol. In the taste, dry dark fruit, especially ripe raisin, and a small alcohol burn. A small bite andmedium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry dark fruit in the aftertaste. Nice dark fruit and alcohol, makes me thing different of Hoegaarden.

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

Pours a deep red color with a thick light tan head that leaves almost solid lacing around the glass.
Smell is very fruity. Hints of plumbs and berries. Smells very sweet.
Taste is sweet and fruity with bites of alcohol. Lots of flavors in this beer and very hard to depict. It's very complex with a medium body to it. The finish is a bit sweet.

A very good and complex beer, a must drink. Don't drink to cold.

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

Ordered this one at Cirio in Brussels. 33cl, 8.5% ABV. The label has a picture of what I assume to be Adam and Eve.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber. Very cloudy with some floaties. A small tan head forms, but there is no laving.

Smell: Very fruity. Rich sweet malt with a lot of dark fruits.

Taste: initial bitterness lasts until the finish. Highly carbonated and lively. Its thick and malty, light phenols give way to more dark fruits and finishes lightly dry.

Notes: It was good. Nothing really special about this beer, because nothing really stands out.

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

Appearance: Orange/Chestnut; cloudy with sediment; medium beige head with good lacing

Aroma: Malty; coriander; spiced pear; smells a lot like a Bavarian wheat

Taste: Malty and creamy on start; warming alcohol and dried fruit; a lot like a heavy wheat bock; very smooth, but stout

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Photo of jonb5
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of therica
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought in Leuven Belgium, hand-carried to the USA and consumed 8 months later after diligent care and consistent temperature.

Poured an interesting earthy medium-brown, with a huge foamy head that stayed for what seemed forever. I had to wait for the foam to settle before I could pour the final 1/3 of the bottle.

Smell-- fruity, mid yeast, cinnamon, pear.

Taste-- not quite what I'd hoped for after its high recommendations by Leuven residents, but very worth the try. Some complexities in fruits, hints of anise, coffee, melon, maybe molasses.

Mouthfeel-- moderate bitterness but not overwhelming, more apparent in the aftertaste than in the drinking. Slight pleasant fruity sweetness.

Very drinkable in small quantities.

Photo of acjones
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of CaptainPiret
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 33cl into a Verboden Vrucht glass I picked up at the Hoegaarden brewery (I recommend taking the self-guided tour if you're out there ... it's cheap and finishes with a glass and beer of your choice).

Cloudy, dark maroon color, but didn't seem to be very aromatic (though I have a slight cold). Tastes of fig with a slight fruity sweetness that gives way to bitter finish -- the alcohol is noticeable here.

Really, really like this beer. I wish it was as readily available in the states as Hoegaarden is.

Photo of Thehuntmaster
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of NightINgale
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of brugsbeertje
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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

i am trying the less popular hoegaarden verboden vrucht before the hoegaarden original witbier for no particular reason other than the higher abv for equal price. both beers are available to me at the local grocery store, along with chimay and a few more foreign beers. i have a very limited selection to choose from, think guinness, heineken and bud, that's about it. but this one proves to be well worth the 400 yen, or about $3.50.

poured from a 33cl bottle into a chimay chalice, this looks good, can't wait to smell it. nice dark mahogany with a beautiful off-white head. i have to compare this to the only other belgian strong dark i am familiar with, chimay blue. this appears to be a hint of a shade lighter in color. and much sweeter in the nose.

much more fruity. all kinds of fruits. this is an amazing beer to quaff, but i do not have the beer experience or vocabulary to describe what i smell. it's pretty intense, but i can say this seems to be less yeasty, or bready than chimay blue. sipping confirms this. maybe not as smooth, but the alcohol is well hidden, certainly easy going down for a 9%.

overall i would have to say this has more flavor than a chimay blue, a little more intense. but that doesn't necessarily mean i like it better. when it comes to international beerdom i am still a total newb, but every belgian style beer i've tried has rocked my world, and this one did not disappoint.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of rekel
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Verboden Vrucht / Fruit Defendu (Forbidden Fruit) from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
86 out of 100 based on 218 ratings.