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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

216 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 216
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 14
Gots: 16 | 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 Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good dark ale, fruity and full mouthfeel. Held up in taste. Dark, yeasty and fresh from Belgiium at Volo's. Bit of wheat with yeast, popular with mates at end of hot day. Was good both below and at room temperature. Quite drinakable. Pepper, strong carbonation.

Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy reddish brown in color. It poured with a finger high off white head that has good retention properties and hardly died down.
S: Aromas of light fruits - apples seem to stand out in particular - along with some notes of spices.
T: The taste is similar to the smell with additional flavors of yeast, dark fruits and subtle bits of initial sweetness. The spices seem a little stronger compared to the smell.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. Slight hints of dryness are perceptible.
O: This beer is rather complex and isn't too difficult to drink because the alcohol is well masked from the taste. It doesn't taste like a pure Belgian Strong Dark Ale and also tastes a little bit like a Belgian Strong Pale Ale.

Photo of olradetbalder
2.25/5  rDev -41.6%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy brown beer with a medium head. Spicy nose with a lot of character. Hide the alcohol very well. I was expecting a very industrial beer but it seems this may be an exception. Very suprised and pleased by this beer. Adding "fruit" in the name might be misleading since this is more of a belgin strong ale than a fruit beer à la leifman...

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of Jason
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 33 cl slender brown Euro style bottle with a “Best Before End” date on the back label. States that it is bottle conditioned. Front label depicts the tempting of Eve with the forbidden fruit.

Appearance: Deep and hazy plum reddish hue with a rich and creamy looking off white lace that is quite remarkable for the rings that it leaves.

Smell: Ripe fruit with suggestions of granny smith apples, golden raisins and slight pineapple. Bit of grain and a very noticeable ester content in the nose.

Taste: Very intricate mouth feel from the bottle conditioning, incredibly smooth without holding back on the crispness either. Creamy and almost slick medium body. With the wave of crispness comes a fruity ester alcohol flavour that grabs hold of the taste buds and does not seem to want to let go. Fruity yet on the dry side with some dry malt caramel flavours. Bit of hops that are over taken buy the earthy yeast with a slant of grain in there also. Finishes nearly dry but still has a drop of sweetness in the back end of it all.

Notes: Sometimes beer can be too complex, this is one of them. Flavours are big yet flailing around. A big Belgian to reckon with and to also respect with its high alcohol content. A beer to pair with a rich meal rather than to drink alone.

Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clouded dark browb with a nice creme head. Flavor is fairly hearty with darker sweet tones. Mature fruit tones. Hearty yes, though not severely complex. I dig it though. Feel is smooth on liquid. Carbonation is fairly vibrant. Man. Who needs the regular Hoegaarden when you've got this and the Grand Cru. The Speciale is waiting in my fridge and I am looking forward to trying that one too.

Photo of Slatetank
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
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

Photo of smcolw
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at 55º. Here's another overly sweet smelling beer. There's also some barn-like aromas. My notes say that this beer tasted both sweet and dry. It starts sugary but quickly gives way to a bitter aftertaste from the hop--the finish has little sweetness to it. Like many Belgians, this beer has a thick, rich body with a low level of carbonation.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
Deep opaque maroony strawberry-jam colour, topped by a majestic ochre crown of foam.

Nose:
Rich mellow caramelised fruits, with a wonderful lashing of that sweet Belgian yeast.
As it warms there are hints of toffee, molasses and milk chocolate. Also a little organic mustiness like dried lucerne. Very complex and rich

Taste:
The basis of the flavour is strongly pinned on the alcohol, but it stays just as a background canvas to the other flavours. Bittersweet fruits provide the main interest, underripe plums, red grapes and feijoa.
This is a very rich and complex beer. It's almost verging on being too complex, in that there's too much to take in, resulting in an overwhelmed palate.

It's good, and certainly challenging. But not a beer for every day.
From what I read, this beer has gone severely downhill since they changed the recipe. It must have been truly magnificent in the past.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle shared at a BA tasting at the Brick Store Pub. Perhaps supplied by OskarBamaBlues? In any case, I was happy to try it and had been interested in this beer for a long while, so I took my sample off tto a corrner and contemplated it. Poured a dark amber with a very lively head that stuck around. The aroma conisited chiefly of a light, brigght, fruitiness- perhaps passion fruit? The taste had a hay-like flavor like the smell of good clean straw might taste and more of that tantalizing bright fruit. Very floral and delicate and not laser-like like one of the New Glarus fruit brews, noree sour like a real lambic, nor sweet and popsicle-like like one of the pretend lambics. Very smooth in the mouth, and quitee intteresting. Thanks so much for the opportunity!

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

This 'Forbidden Fruit' looks like it was freshly pulled out of the ground - it's tone is muddy, its complexion dirty and its colour an earthy brown. It looks more like a potato than any fruit I can think of (mostly this is because of all the yeasty specs). Its head pops out the glass like a giant cranium, its domed shape and lined pattern just like the human brain.

The aroma harmonizes sweet, caramelly malts and fragrant, over-ripened fruit. This smells like it could be the ultimate holiday log cake: it has a heroic amount of dark toffee, rum raisin, holiday spices and dried dark fruits. In fact, I may never have had a holiday log cake that tasted as good as this smells. My nose rolls around in this like a pig in mud.

Much of what we taste actually comes from our sense of smell, it stands to reason that this beer tastes very much the same as it smells. The dark, spiced fruit and dark toffee malts are both flavours I like and they taste even better concurrently than they do consecutively. The alcohol is neutralized by all this malty flavour.

The brewer called on his malts (rather than the yeast) to derive the bulk of this beer's flavour, a decision that suits me just fine. Some Belgian ales can be a little over-reliant on their yeast and it can make for thin or slightly superficial flavour. This beer has a deep and profound flavour that, so it turns out, has been able to stand up to the test of time.

Forbidden Fruit, Verboden Vrucht, Fruit Defendu - call it whatever you want - this is pretty good (or goed or bon) beer - and I'm not just saying that because the importers in this province have seemingly forbid me from obtaining more of it. Belgium is a beer drinker's Garden of Eden and this may not be its sweetest fruit but it's still quite an indulgence.

Photo of Viggo
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle at the Biermarkt.

Pours a cloudy dark brown, some orange highlights, medium sized off white head forms, quickly settles down to a thin ring around the glass, a few lace spots stick, some chunky proteins floating around.

Smell is neat, very fruity, some caramel, lightly funky, wheat, yeast, iron, raisin, slightly oxidized, alcohol, more fruit, cherries, pretty decent.

Taste is similar, very sweet and fruity up front, caramel, some bready malt, raisin, oxidation, lightly earthy, a bit of sour fruit funkiness.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium to high carbonation, alcohol is well hidden. Maybe a little oxidized but I remember when they brought these in. Assuming its the same batch they got it has aged pretty well.

Photo of Derek
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at Chaucer's Pub/Marienbad Restaruant in London Ontario. Served with its own glass! (Bottle good 'til Oct 19, 2006).

A: Redish-brown, pours with a nice off-white head, good retention & lace.

S: Similar to a mulled cider, seemingly appropriate for the 'forbidden fruit'.

T: The spices really come through in the flavour as well (nobel continental hops and certainly some Belgian yeast products as well). A little earthy with fruity esters; some mild, dark fruit flavours from the malt as well.

M: Extremely well attenuated for such a strong, all-malt brew, surprisingly light. Finish is dry and crisp. Very nice.

D: I nice, digestable Belgian.

Photo of harpus
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a 330ml bottle at a department store in Utsunomiya, Japan. It's unbelievable what you can find in the most unlikely locations in Japan, especially as this beer is difficult to find in my part of the USA.

Overall this beer was exceptionally good. Maybe one of the best beers from a "macro" producer I've had so far. But then Hoegaarden Grand Cru is pretty good too, both beers are a credit to the brewery.

The beer is copper colored, thin frothy tan wet foam, lots of yeasties floating around. The aroma surprised me in that the malt overpowered the smell, kind of similar to a maibock or doppelbock but with a more fruity ester thing going on. The taste was really complex, there were a lot of flavors with sweet malt being dominant (but you could taste the Belgian style yeast quality). The aftertaste is a little cough-mediciny which knocks the rating a little for me (only 0.5 point).

If you haven't tried this, I recommend you do. I'll grab it without hesitation again.

Photo of bark
2.65/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The colour is brown with a tint of red; the liquid is cloudy. The finger-thick head is quite compact and beige.

The smell is rather weak with some alcohol, yeast and that sour wheat-beer touch.

The carbonation is really strong with small bubbles that build lots of foam in the mouth.

The taste is fruity with a quite weak body, the bitterness is potent but there are also some funny metallic flavours. The aftertaste is sourish – bitter with a salt touch of broth.

To be frank, this beer was a disappointment to me; it turned out to be an almost average Belgian dark strong ale.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours murky deep copper with a medium-large off-white head, that sinks slowly into really nice lacings.

S: Molasses and lots of dark dried fruits. Lots of sweet dark malts. Some spices.

T: Bready sweet malt. Lots of dark dried fruits. Some spices, and faint coffee.

M: Long aftertaste, syrupy sweet. Body is full and carbonation mild. The berverage is very smooth.

O: This is very nice. Well balanced.

Photo of ccrida
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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...

Drinkability is

Photo of kscaldef
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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

Rich, sweet malty aroma with notes of raisin, fig and christmas spice. A touch of alcohol. Quite nice.

Mostly clear with a few yeast particles. Orangey-red colour with a big, light tan head. It looks good.

Big fruity flavour with some spritzy citrus notes, lots of alcohol and some dried fruit. A touch of licorice too. It's interesting. A play on the classic witbier flavours whilst playing at the idea of a stronger darker ale. The alcohol is a bit of a let down.

Medium-full body with lots and lots of carbonation. The carbonation is a little high for my liking but the whole isn't too bad.

On the whole, a nicely flavoured strong Belgian ale with some interesting notes thanks to the wheat and the yeast.

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Verboden Vrucht / Fruit Defendu (Forbidden Fruit) from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
87 out of 100 based on 216 ratings.