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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
86
very good

226 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 226
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 14
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-22-2002

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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 DaveFL1976
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of hunteraw
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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

Photo of moderndrunkard
3.08/5  rDev -20%
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.

Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.36/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Photo of Redteketed
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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.

Photo of JohnW
3.62/5  rDev -6%
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

Photo of imrichbeeeatch
4.37/5  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.

Photo of descartes
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Photo of mdagnew
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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...

Photo of revdrjbob
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of Weizenmensch
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of horndecker
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've been wanting to try this beer for two years - ever since I picked up a Verboden Vrucht goblet.

I of course poured into said goblet, and it's deep orange brown, almost walnut, with a finely beaded off-white head. Lots of lace, cloudy and clumpish. Nice.

It has a tart citric nose, earthy, a bit of toffee. Mild fruit aromas mixed with yeast.

The taste starts with a strong sweet fruit hit. Buried in the fruit is a bitterness, a ghost of chocolate, which intensifies as it warms and the flavors develop a bit. Lots of different hints of fruit and funk gather at the dryish end. Then raspberries and dark full flavors lead to a pleasing bitter cocoa aftertaste.

A mild alcohol burn hits the back of your throat, but not harsh. It's creamy and smooth, very drinkable, but potent. I really enjoyed this brew, but it's a once in a while affair.

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 Boto
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

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 tomthumbsblues
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On our first day in Brussels everyfeste and I sat down at Le Roi D'Espagne and sampled this gem.

The beer produced a big head which went down slowly over the opaque brownish orange beer. Aromas of fruit and spice were noted. The taste was refreshing and again was reflective of the fruit and spice character detected in the aroma. A smooth, tingly beer in the mouth. Definitely a wonderful beer, but one I'd not forbid myself to have again.

Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A gift from Joj upon the moveout. I think this was purchased during his trip to Belgium, December 2003 (so aged since then).

Dark, rosy-brown in color with a large, pillowy white head and suspended sediment throughout (and a large, large amount of yeast fluff on the bottom).

Nose of dark fruit esters and alcohol, with big, bready yeast. Smooth flavor across the tongue, with more dark fruits and biscuits. Very, very drinkable--even dangerously so--with a nice finishing warmth.

Excellent, even after all this time.

Photo of hefevice
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From bottle. Pours cloudy (due to yeast) deep amber with a good white bubbly head which was not retained particularly well but left some lacing. Aroma is wonderful; complex, estery and sweet. However the taste is dominated by alcohol with a mildly bitter finish, and to my taste unbalanced. Not bad, but there are a lot better of this style around.

Photo of BeerNutta
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not bad beer, however a little pricey.

Poured a dark amber. With an inch of foam that lingers.
Tasted fruity but had a bitter alcohol finish that didnt sit well with me. Was a little over carbonated, which accenuated the alcohol i felt. Because of its pricey nature, I found that it was a ok beer, but not one that I would be going back to in a hurry.

Photo of foamer
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark rusty orange into the glass (the proper one no less). Lots of yeasty bits floating around, making it partially opaque. Bubbly head diminishes to ring of bubbles along the glass rather quickly. A lot of fruit in the nose, but hard to discern. I get plums and maybe some figs. Alcohol comes through in the nose as well. The taste is the same mix-bag of fruits with some yeasty notes. It's quite complex but you sort of get lost in it. Good though. The fruit and malt jumble leads to a mild hop bitterness and alcohol warmth in the end. Mouthfeel is good. This is a decent beer, but not amazing. I would come back to it, but I just feel that if the flavours were balanced a little better and were more subtle, it would be an improvement. The alcohol brings down the drinkability.

Photo of Goldorak
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Opaque and amber brown, with an enjoyable clingy, bubbly head.

Smell: Very yeasty, with spices that could range from cardamon to orange zest, with alcoholic overtones.

Taste: Pretty much spot on from the smell with lively carbonation. Boozey, but I wouldn't have given 9% to this one on a blind tasting.

Thanks to Beersignal for sharing this with me. It matched up well with the strong hard Italian cheeze he brought along with it.

Photo of cypressbob
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle

Pours with a cloudy burgandy body with some hints of brown. Off white head, almost verging on mauve, slightly creamy with fair retention

Smell, sweet malt and alcohol, raisins steeped in brandy, the scent from a glass of rochefort 10 thats been sitting for a few hours after being consumed leaving a slight residue

Taste, big alcoholic warmth. Tasty yeasty almost wheaty body, raisins coming through again, along with other dried fruit, some slight bitterness

A slightly different take on a dark ale, almost like someone combined their grand cru and abbaye des rocs or similar and came up with this

Different, but very tasty, i'll probably buy this again

Photo of Toddv29424
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

NOTE: Be sure to spin the bottle around (like the instructions indicate) to release all the sediments on the bottom of the bottle.

This is the darkest of all the Hoegaarden varieties I have tried. Pours an orange-brown tint with a generous head depending on how the bottle is poured. Smells of faint fruit with much wheat added. For a beer called "forbidden fruit" I would expect much more of a fruit flavor to it... perhaps there is too much to discern them from the normal taste of the beer.

Verboden Vrucht / Fruit Defendu (Forbidden Fruit) from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
86 out of 100 based on 226 ratings.