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

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Verboden Vrucht  / Fruit Defendu (Forbidden Fruit)Verboden Vrucht  / Fruit Defendu (Forbidden Fruit)

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BA SCORE
87
very good

213 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 213
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.36%
Wants: 14
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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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 +3.6%
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!

rec, Feb 10, 2007
Photo of Finite
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P - Brown 330ml Bottle. Gold label of what seems to be adam presenting a tempting beer to Eve

A - Very cloudy dark amber. Some yeast visible even after decanting. big thick 3 inch head. Reduces to a thick creamy white foam leaving moderate lacing on the glass. Very small bubbles visible rising up the side of the glass.

S - Red wine / red grapes aroma. Rasberry. Alcohol. High ester.

T - Sweet berry flavour. cloves. Bready with moderate to high malt sweetness, a little caramel. A little bitterness and flavour of roasted malt. Femented berries. Dry and spicy hop flavours present at the back of the palate along with alcohol Warming as the beer goes down. Earthen yeasty flavours. Alcohol becomes very much more detectable as the beer warms. Aftertaste is of grassy hops and more earthen yeast flavours. Dry on the back of the palate and a little sweet at the front.

M - Soft and fluffy, reasonably thin in the mouth and a little sticky. Sharp atthe back of the palate from the alcohol.


D - Quite a complex beer. Good in small ammounts. Type of beer you would have only 2-3 of a week.

Finite, Nov 30, 2006
Photo of seanyfo
3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

seanyfo, Oct 06, 2006
Photo of Globetrotter
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I found this little gem at the UN Commissary in Vienna. Brown 33cl bottle with an elongated neck and a gold and white label featuring a renaissance-style painting of Adam and Eve enjoying chalices of beer in the Garden of Eden. No specific ingredient info. Best before 11/07/08, I opened it on 10/3/06.

Pours a cloudy reddish brown cola hue under a thick beige one finger head that lasts forever and leaves sheets of lace. The nose is strong and full of fruit and spice: apples, plums, coriander and tea. The mouth is extremely prickly and fairly light, yet somehow sticky. The taste is fairly sweet and quite fruity. Very complex, actually, with spices blending nicely to form a symphony for the tongue. There is a touch of bitter lurking throughout, becoming more pronounced as the other flavors fade, but never actually getting strong. A pleasant experience.

Globetrotter, Oct 04, 2006
Photo of vancurly
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy red/brown amber, lots of yeasty chunks, off-white dense head, and a lot of bubbling.

Aromas of complex malts & candy sugar, subtle hops. There is a briney note there also, which would allow this beer to go well with Moules et Frittes.

A bit light on in flavour, for what I was expecting. I think the carbonation deadens the mouth a bit as it fizzes away... I'll give it a swirl to kick up more head, and maybe lose some of the CO2.

With some swirling & warmth, I get a perfumy candy flavour, mostly musk. Maybe I'm getting a bit jaded, but it's seems a bit cliche.... all esters & phenols, backed up by alcoholic warmth, not much beyond that...

There is an aftertaste of subtle hoppiness. The bitterness is medium.

Very effervescent, like its stablemates. Maybe too much so, as it tends to detract from the front-palate flavours.

vancurly, Sep 21, 2006
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

GCBrewingCo, Sep 20, 2006
Photo of therica
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

therica, Sep 05, 2006
Photo of Kulrak
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown color with some chunks of sediment in it and a creamy layer of head. Smell malty, fruity and a little yeasty. Very pleasant. The taste is very sweet with enough bitterness just to finish clean. Caramel notes and a little raisiny as well. There's a little alcohol burn and vapor, but not too much. Also has a little bit of carbonation that dries it out some. It's very thick and creamy though. All in all it's very drinkable, but it won't be long before you get too drunk to drink any more at 9% abv.

Kulrak, Aug 27, 2006
Photo of btmo
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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...

Overall?

Buy this beer.

btmo, Aug 25, 2006
Photo of haz77
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very deep cloudy amber with a few floaties. Two inches of fluffy light tan head slowly drop to a rocky finger.

S - Yeast, clove, banana, phenols, fruity esters, cinnamon, candy sugar. Really nice.

T - A little disappointing after the smell. Sweet caramel malt to start off, with ripe banana coming through. Alcohol warmth builds from the middle and is joined by clove and fruit in the finish, and some spice in the aftertaste. Feels too unbalanced.

M - Smooth, creamy and slick body. Low carbonation.

D - Drinkability is pretty good for the ABV. Fairly impressive in every aspect apart from taste and interesting enough to warrant trying.

haz77, Aug 15, 2006
Photo of Absumaster
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is amber brown colored and has little carbonation and a small head.
Smell was caramellic and yeasty with some sharp foeselalcohols and candy sugar.
Taste was alcoholic and warming. The caramellic and candy base is solid. On top is a slight bitter and the Belgian flavors. There is really not much more I can say about this beer, as the beer is not overly complex. A decent beer though and a good "newbie"beer.

Absumaster, Jul 10, 2006
Photo of ernie
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brown color with a shade of orange, medium carbonation, fantastic cappuccino head and solid lace.

Smell fruity (berries, plums, ripe pommegranate), malty and a bit candyish.

Taste complex, fruity with no extra sweetness, malts well balanced by hops and spices. Body big, mouthfeel heavy, even sticky, reminiscent of strong Scotch Ales. Finish bitter with some acidity, good fruity aftertaste.

Not my favourite but there's no reason to reject it when available. Never had more than two 0.33 l bottles at one occasion.

ernie, Jul 07, 2006
Photo of Derek
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Derek, Jun 24, 2006
Photo of DaveFL1976
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a turbid, cloudy light brown, topped with a thick tan head. Are those things supposed to be floating in my beer? There's thousands of them! It's kind of scary!
At least it smells good. Light, citrusy smell, with maybe some mango or passionfruit thrown in. Smells pretty tasty, actually!
Taste is thinner than I expected, with a bit of fruityness in place of where I would normally expect malt. It almost tastes like a cross between beer and wine. certainly not a bad taste, but I'm not sure my palate is too crazy about it. A bit of alcohol is noticable at the end of the swallow. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth, with good carbonation and good drinkability.

DaveFL1976, Jun 14, 2006
Photo of hunteraw
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark honey, moderate white head, some lacing but not much, and lots of dark floaties.

Smell: lots of yeasty fruitiness, a hint of spice, sweet

Taste: not quite up to my expectations (granted, they were a little too high). Acidic, fruity, yeasty, a hint of caramel. The alcohol is detectable, but well-hidden considering this is a 9% ABV brew.

Mouthfeel: medium body, highly carbonated, very smooth and silky. The acidity contributes to a very nice crisp finish.

Drinkability: revisiting a previous review, quite satisfying and balanced. Not exceedingly memorable but solid

hunteraw, Jun 13, 2006
Photo of moderndrunkard
3.05/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a big, airy, tan-colored head. Hangs out for a while. Foggy, opaque body with a light brown color. Looks very dense.

Yeasty, slightly alcoholic smell. Nothing I can point out very specifically, just sweet with a hint of malts.

Opens with a creamy head taste and a nice, high carbonation level. Sweet body with a bitter aftertaste. It seems to me to be lacking the spiciness of the regular hoegaarden. But, on the other hand, it lacks the heaviness of the Grand Cru. Which is a plus in my book. I think I notice a slight phenolic taste, but I'm still not quite sure what exactly that is yet. It's not as fruity as I expected, so it loses some points there.

Overall, too plasticy and bitter for this style.

moderndrunkard, May 07, 2006
Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

JohnfromDublin, Mar 20, 2006
Photo of Redteketed
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Redteketed, Mar 12, 2006
Photo of davidchollar
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

davidchollar, Jan 28, 2006
Photo of JohnW
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with rich head to start, though did not last too long. Medium dark colour with a little cloudiness if you empty the bottle all at one go, though you can leave the sediment in the bottle. Rich sweet heavy aroma, fruity, caramel and malt, with a hint of spice and nuttiness. Flavour is very rich and sweet, but not a great deal of character, no depth of flavours other than the sweetness, any subtle flavours overtaken by the sweetness. I did enjoy this, but would not want more than one bottle, there are other Belgium beers with similar sweetness but more depth of flavour and character. Recommended to try if you enjoy this style of sweet rich beers, but don't expect too much, the name implies something greater than it is !

John W
Bham UK Jan 2006

JohnW, Jan 18, 2006
Photo of imrichbeeeatch
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

imrichbeeeatch, Jan 09, 2006
Photo of descartes
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

descartes, Jan 06, 2006
Photo of mdagnew
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml Bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast...

Poured a dark red / amber colour... Big, slightly off white, head faded to nice layer....

Aroma - Quite sweet, fruity, (cherries, blackcurrents, strawberries), spicy, slight salty notes, some nuttiness...

Taste – Quite sweet, malty, yeasty notes, fruitiness (banana ?), some sourness, slight liquorice...

Feel - Quite sharp - med carbonation.. medium body....

Overall - A pretty good beer.... recommended...

mdagnew, Dec 22, 2005
Photo of revdrjbob
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this brew from BA peorgarmpe as a thanks.
Poured into a Leffe goblet, hazy orange/ruby brown with a tight off white head. Slightly hazy from the yeast and possibly from the temp. A tad cold. Lots of lacing that lasted till the end of the glass.
Aromas of dark fruits, plums, brandy, rum, jam. Scent of corriander, spices and yeast, no hops to speak of. Rich. Phenolics.
Tasted great. Rich alcohol warmth from the 8.5% abv filled my mouth, rolling with malt, yeast, spices. Has that great Belgian funkiness to it, as expected. Very full in mouthfeel, hints of raisins and caramel, finishes dry and long lasting...

An awesome brew. It's hard to believe that I used to down 2 of these on the train on the way back from work. Awesome.

revdrjbob, Sep 16, 2005
Photo of Weizenmensch
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Brown bottle, best before 9/7/05 - consumed only a few weeks before that date.

App: Very impressive. I poured it, had a long dinner, and the head is still there. A really really good head retainer for this strength. The head itself is 'graded' - large bubbles on the bottom, finer ones on top (may be a side effect of the above point). Quite fizzy, very sticky lacing, not a huge amounth though. Colour is dark red-brown. Very warm in colour, mildly cloudy.

Smell: Potent - Alcohol mostly. Orange peel, pepper, coriander. Nice but not overpowering.

Taste: Orange, pure malty alcohol on sides of tongue, fiery like a good single malt. Peppery, not very hoppy. In fact there are hops, but I find them hard to identify. Maybe plum, barley grain. Natural-tasting®. Candied sugar. Bubblegum, banana, ash, coffee, grape and possibly the texture of turnip. Nice and complicated.

MF: Smooth, just slips down. Alcohol makes it a bit numbing.

Drinkability: Hmmm... strong, peppery, a little cloying. Not so great to drink all night.

Weizenmensch, Sep 03, 2005
Verboden Vrucht / Fruit Defendu (Forbidden Fruit) from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
87 out of 100 based on 213 ratings.