Verboden Vrucht / Fruit Defendu (Forbidden Fruit) - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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3.15/5 rDev -18.4%
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.
03-26-2005 10:59:26 | More by BeerNutta
3.78/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
03-24-2005 19:27:41 | More by foamer
3.53/5 rDev -8.5%
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.
03-23-2005 01:39:09 | More by Goldorak
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
4.13/5 rDev +7%
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
03-22-2005 01:00:01 | More by cypressbob
District of Columbia
3.93/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
03-21-2005 15:00:51 | More by Toddv29424
4.08/5 rDev +5.7%
Deep opaque maroony strawberry-jam colour, topped by a majestic ochre crown of foam.
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
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.
02-19-2005 00:10:48 | More by lacqueredmouse
2.65/5 rDev -31.3%
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.
12-06-2004 16:56:20 | More by bark
3.98/5 rDev +3.1%
listed as 8.5%abv.
attractive cloudy amber color with stable 1cm off white head.
nice sweet stone fruit aroma hiding alcohol undertones. wish it was a bit stronger on the nose.
strong malt flavor aided by what i can only guess is some yeasty influece. alcohol dryness in the finish. good, but somewhat lacking in complexity (or perhaps too comlex for me to figure out. good nonetheless).
decent carbonation with plenty of tiny bubbles giving it a tingly mouthfeel. this somewhat detracts from the smoothness.
overall a heck of a beer and a good bargain as well (less than $5/bottle). actually i wasnt expecting it to be as good as it is.
11-04-2004 08:37:19 | More by joecast
4.47/5 rDev +15.8%
I thought I'd reviewed this already, but apparently I haven't, so here we go -- this is from a bottle brought back from a recent trip to Belgium.
Dark brown: stained wood or light cola in color. And the head just won't die. Exotic, epicurean nose: fresh cut figs, dark brown sugar, candied orange peel, alcohol, and yeast. Following nicely, a slow, easy sipping combination of estery flavors -- sweet, ripe fruit to the "nth" degree -- form a sugary swirl of rich flavors with raisin and mild cinnamon/nutmeg. Finish lingers with the sensation of the bitter part of a package of mixed greens. I think the yeast gives this some body where the alcohol would have you dismiss it as a slightly thin booze-bomb. Great big beer.
10-03-2004 14:07:40 | More by marburg
3.75/5 rDev -2.8%
(33 cl bottle, bought in Denmark). Cloudy brown with floaties, enormous thick creamy head. Lovely complex aroma of cherries, figs, prunes, spices, oak and sandalwood. Flavour is not quite as complex - malty, some fruit and spices, rather alcoholic, bitter finish. I wish the aftertaste had been as good as the aroma. A beer well above average, but not as good as I expected.
08-27-2004 21:34:13 | More by Sigmund
4.5/5 rDev +16.6%
Presentation: Well bless my little cotton socks. Quite literally. After having supped a fresh Hoegaarden Forbidden Fruit in Belgium during my recent 2004 Easter tour, I was reminded just how much I used to love this spicy malty dark beer, and especially its cheeky glass. One of the first Belgium Darks that I ever tried - and I loved it then as I love it now. So I bought one from the back-street dive Bar I was in. Having explained my love for this beer, the owner of the rather average bar asked me if I fancied some aged examples of the beer before it had changed, his words not mine. I duly obliged. One of the bottles was stuffed in a thick walking sock and it made its way Stateside. I wanted to save it longer but I gave in to my carnal desires tonight. Like the BA database picture but with a foil covered crown cap. Smudged Best Before Date that most certainly looks like 99, but could well be 98 or even 96!!
Appearance: Poured exceptionally clear from the bottle that had lived in my fridge upright for 6 weeks. Dark amber, rich Alder and Cherry wood body with a ruby searchlight pan when back lit. The head is cream in color and creamy in texture. Not bad for a beer that is at least 5 years old. Served in a Westvleteren goblet oooh, I have sinned I am sure!! Super fine bubble carbonation, excellent conditioning, a few streamers and a marvelous head retention all help to establish a seriously fucking impressive presentation from this mature Belgium mainstay. The last 'top-up' pour dislodged some yeasty sediment, whispy in nature as most of the solids stayed firmly glued to the base of the bottle it seems - still the sediment that was raised from the dead was ghost like in the glass.
Nose: My oh my!! Superb fruity tangy odors, acidic orange and lemon zest with some sharp grapefruit. Toasted malts, coriander, lots of coriander, spices, peppers, more coriander, herbs and some thick yeast. Slight vinegar hints in the back end. Is the beer turning? Maybe!? Maybe Not!? It could well be a part of the aged character of this offering for I am not sure that I ever had a Forbidden Fruit this old, so who knows? This smells bloody good. Holy Fucking Shite - this aroma should be available for Glade Plug-Ins!!!!
Taste: The odors are a taste of things to come. The tastes are a mélange of complex interactions betweens the toasted malts, aged hops, dark fruits, herbs, peppery spices, zesty citric rinds and yeasts all mixed into an emulsion that is backed with a high alcohol common denominator. The aged character of this imparts a mature balanced ecosystem of flavors that is really prevalent when compared to the more mixed up fresh version that I drank in Belgium. Mildy warming when swallowed, but highly satisfying.
Mouthfeel: The super-fine carbonation is a Jacuzzi delight; it softens the malts, edges the aged hops and accentuates the fruity and acidic citric zestiness of this majestic Belgium Strong Dark Ale.
Drinkability: I thoroughly enjoyed this one, can you tell?, I am not sure if I will ever get to drink an aged example of this one again, and even if I do, I am not sure if the "modern version" can withstand such aging. That said, this example was a damn fine brew indeed.
Overall: Along with Hoegaarden Speciale and Grand Cru, this is (was?) one of those Belgium beers that is always a staple fall-back for me when presented with the usual boring Interbrew beer list. It appears in the most unlikely of situations, bars and Cafés all over Belgium and will rescue you when presented with macro IB drabness. From a macro stable, yet, when called upon to provide some flavor and excitement amidst a Sea of generic blandness, it seems that it never fails in its duties. Technically, it can be deemed a macro, it is. But I will say this, fresh, it is always a solid beer that never disappoints but aged, Holy Shite! thats when this *really* gets chance to reveal its Forbidden Fruits to you.
I am not sure if it is my age, rose-tinted beer glasses or altering tastes, but I have to say that sadly this great beer may well be getting dumbed down, for it seems to me like the Spicy Ooomph that it had when I first tasted it some 10 years ago, seems to have disappeared from recent fresh versions that I have imbibed. Still, it is most definitely still present in older (or aged) versions [like this one] and should be sought out.
Superb! Oooh, I fancy playing "Hide the Leaf" with Eve now
06-06-2004 05:09:01 | More by TheLongBeachBum
3.63/5 rDev -6%
Sweet tangerine nose.. quite sweet and floral. lasting white head on the hazy brownish look in the glass. Rich herbal medicinal taste. Medium it thich mouth. Crusty rusty metalic finish. interesting... this beer is very different tasting. The rustic rich nature of the beer would make it a good night cap.
05-28-2004 02:16:09 | More by frank4sail
4.18/5 rDev +8.3%
Deep cherry-wood hue and faded tan head. Cloudy and and full of somewhat scary particles. Curly, boisterous bubbles, which create dirty, swampy lacing. Fades as slow as molassas!! Bubbles are soft and creamy on the lips.
The smell is apple cider and wet pears.
The beer is heavy and full of flavor. Initial tastes of belgian wit are followed by a wide, spicy, orange syrup flavor. Mouthfeel is excellent: Aggressive in the mouth, with a creamy, soft finish. Clean finish--taste is bubbled away into nothingness.
This beer has a wallop to it - alcohol is utterly hidden, unlike the Hoe Grand Cru. Produces a warm feeling in the stomach and a gentle swelling of the temples.
04-03-2004 08:52:13 | More by donnebaby
3.73/5 rDev -3.4%
Served in a New Belgium snifter/goblet glass. Overall this is a good brew but I do not know if I would classify it as a "strong dark ale". It is just way too fruity for that. Smell and initial taste remind me of Gatorade Fruit Punch. Aftertaste is frighteningly similar as well. Lots of fruity esters in here. Brew is quite sweet and easy drinking. Good even carbonation. I just don't know how many I could have in a single sitting.
03-12-2004 17:38:53 | More by ChrisBowers
3.78/5 rDev -2.1%
I wasn't as amazed as I expected by this hoegaarden product-given there are nicer ones.
The pour is deeply dark with only a mild translucidness. the head is creamy but fizzy (ergo fades) while leaving nice amounts of lacing and promoting a rustic aroma of yeast and malt.
The taste, considerably dry for the style is dominated by this yeast and wheat feel rather than the malt, fruity but a bit too bitter (considering its not as sweet at first) nice dense body though.
02-08-2004 13:33:21 | More by Andreji
4.05/5 rDev +4.9%
When offered the chance to try this one, I jumped. This was brought over directly from Belgium for a friend, who was nice enough to share. Call me Mr. Lucky.
Bottle was poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Pours a deep, murky reddish brown, with a generous rocky head that settled to a 1/4 inch cap of fine bubbles. Some nice Belgian lace as well.
Aroma: Fruity esters right up front. Raisins, plums, apples, pears? Caramel malt comes through a little. Lots to smell and ponder here.
Taste: Very nice. Sweet up front. Malt is present momentarily, replaced by the fruits and a slight hop bitterness. Dry finish with a noticeable warming alocohol bite at the back of the throat.
Mouthfeel was creamy and smooth. This, coupled with the dry finish, makes for a drinkable beer despite the high alcohol.
Overall, a very nice beer that I wish I had a cellar full of.
02-06-2004 17:09:57 | More by resirob
4.08/5 rDev +5.7%
A long awaited Goal beer for myself that was brought back from England by a friend, many thanks! Poured into a Belgium bought Adam & Eve glass, the brew was a dark burnt orange/copper color with a nice maintaining slight off-white head. Lace was abound, ringed and sticky. The aroma was fruity, mostly dark fruit. The taste of mostly darker fruits as well such as prune, plum and raisin. A slight hop/malt balance is well done and lingers in the aftertaste. The alcohol is high, but soft and soothing. Mouthfeel is silky soft aided from the carbonation, while not heavy but produced the head that blankets the top. Drinkable yes, as a dessert brew if sweet is not what your looking for because this taste is more raw, off the vine, not candy coated. A goal met well for sure!
01-19-2004 21:26:51 | More by chilidog
3.98/5 rDev +3.1%
33 cL bottle served chilled in a tulip glass. Artwork on the label features a classical painting depicting Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, pre-apple eating judging by the lack of clothing.
Appearance: Murky caramel brown topped by a smallish offwhite head. Not much in the way of head retention or lacing. This could either be due to over chilling or soap residue left on the glass.
Smell: Nicely fruity aromas of apples, pears, and light citrus. Caramel malt and candi sugar backing.
Taste: Sweet caramel malt with a healthy smattering of the aforementioned fruity esters. Hints of prunes and raisins, but in small amounts.
Mouthfeel: Smooth medium body with excellent alcohol masking.
Drinkability: A lighter interpretation of this style, not chock full of dark flavors like prunes, raisins, and roasted malts (like, say, Trois Pistoles). Still, I could see the loss of innocence for humanity resulting from this beer. Our Biblical forbears could've held out for better, though, like Terrible or Westy 12.
01-05-2004 18:07:00 | More by ManekiNeko
New Zealand (Aotearoa)
3.8/5 rDev -1.6%
I am afraid that I had drank a third of this before I started writing this review and hence the 8.8% has already started afflicting my brain cells.
I had carried my bottle across the city so it got quite a shake-up and it was a reddish brown cloudy hue. The taste itself is a complex mix which changes as you progress through the glass (i guess as it warms up too). It is spicy and perhaps more than a little tart yet the taste of the alcohol is hidden in the way that it seems only belgians seem to know how to do.
12-12-2003 05:27:27 | More by jahsausage
3.95/5 rDev +2.3%
I gave this beer those numbers in consideration of the vast array of beers out there, which wouldn't be as good as this. If it were a rating against other beers in this style, it would be a little lower. i should also mention that this is one of my favorite styles.
appearance: not quite brown. brown with a little copper. the last drops poured dark brown/black and stayed visible in the head.
smell: just what you would expect from a belgian strong dark. i haven't had many in the last few weeks, so the smell was quite nice.
taste: it started off somewhat spicy, and to be honest, somewhat disappointing when considering this style. i don't want to slam this beer (which was in fact from a bottle) but the first 1/3 was almost even glassy/metalic tasting. the beer was purchased about a week and a half ago in the netherlands and traveled with me on a flight back to texas, so it's not too old, but is well traveled. about half way through the flavor came around. the array of flavors that i've comed to love from the dark belgians really showed up, and durring the the last 1/3 it tasted great.
this is a quality beer. i've been drinking alot of really good trapists and belgians over the last 4 months, so my palate is somewhat spoiled in this style. still a good beer and one worth trying.
12-09-2003 06:31:53 | More by trappist
4.5/5 rDev +16.6%
From a brown bottle with a artistic painting of mostly naked people.
In a word, wow. Pours a somewhat unatractive poopy brown, the only negative. But head is dark white and consistant the whole way down. Taste is awesome! Deep and bold, hoppy and sweet, flavors evolve and roll over as you enjoy. Would go really well with a heavy, meaty meal. And the 8.8% alcohol content ensures it gives you a good kick in the pants! Highly recomended.
11-07-2003 20:13:29 | More by RocketWidget
4.38/5 rDev +13.5%
Deep deep red going on cloudy brown. Fat head that just keeps on keeping on.
Wow! Complex nose. Mint, cloves, dark fruit, peel and even a hint of chocolate.
On this most complex of palates; Toffee, burnt caramel, slight butter, dried fruit (elderberries, currants), pepper, tart peel, anise and what appears to be some slight oakiness (bizarre!). Long aftertaste of strong tasty coffee. Hard alcohol hit at the end reminds you exactly what you are drinking. After about a minute, the after taste feels just like that of a smooth deep red wine. This stuff is really out there.
Complex is an understatement. Enjoy!
10-30-2003 10:59:31 | More by koolk
4.6/5 rDev +19.2%
Color is a very deep, dark brownish gold color with a fluffy styrofoamed, light cream colored head that grew to about an inch high after a fairly slow pour. Impressive. Takes forever to settle down to a solid hazy creamed top always present with drippy ink blot lace.
Smell is super spiced and fruity, lots of orange and lemon peels. Extremely wafting and strong. Spiced to the hilt with corriander and white pepper with a smokey musky yeast underlay and a alcohol reminscent of rubbing alcohol or cleaner. Hugely strong aroma! Oh yeah! Although the aroma mellows out as it warms.
Taste is mild, mellow, and balanced well between dulled orange and lemon with a touch of banana and unripe mango mixing with spices of corriander, pepper, slight cinnamon, clove, yeast, herbal hops and a dry crisping finish grabbing a bit more lingering qualities with fruit peels and spice. Feel is smooth, lightly creamy, and quite full, finishing a bit milder and with a crispy lingering of slight hop bite and dull tangy orangey fruit.
What a lovely beer, incredibly enjoyable, a soothing ale with just the right bite and character.
Oh thank you sooo much Mr. jeffboo!!
10-17-2003 00:49:40 | More by tavernjef
3.9/5 rDev +1%
this to me is a stock standard strong ale, but shows without doubt how solid the belgians are at churning out this kind of beer. there are plenty better, but its still a joyous experience to drink one.
has the classic deep orange color, and unlike a lot of other belgian ales, has a very restrained head, but still rocky and impressive nevertheless. the nose says apple and cinnamon with aspects of clove and some citrus and the usual pastry like taste of a great belgian ale. its very like an apple slice from a great bakery. being a double malt beer, you cant expect anything else. what i truly enjoy about this beer is the lovely dry hoppiness to finish it off. all belgian ales are rich in general, but can sometimes finish a little on the sweet side. the level of bitterness here is a perfect compliment to the sensations you get prior to it finishing the journey down the hatch. not only that, but i find a surprising level of bubble action to add just that little bit of extra bite.
not the best belgian ale by a long shot, but considering its also a darn sight cheaper in price compared to the top line, all in all its an absolute winner when everything is taken into consideration. at the price you wont find any better.
10-16-2003 17:11:39 | More by diablo14
3.68/5 rDev -4.7%
Bottle best-by date: 9/7/05
Appearance: a ruddy reddish brown/copper color, quite cloudy, HUGE layer of sudsy light tan head that sits like egg-white on the glass, lace, retention is impressive
Aroma: wheat bread, clove, touch of banana, yeast, alcohol, hint of cinnamon
Flavor: fruity and malty sweetness surrounded by clovey phenolics, light spices (perhaps the standard dried orange and coriander), yeast, and a bit of grain; a touch of iron in the aftertaste; slightly sweet finish
Mouthfeel: medium body, sparkling carbonation, some alcohol warmth but no burn
Overall Impression: Definitely the better of the Hoegaarden line that I have tried so far, Grand Cru coming second (though I have yet to try the Speciale). Amazingly easy to drink, despite its 8.5% abv.
09-12-2003 19:00:33 | More by GreenCard
Verboden Vrucht / Fruit Defendu (Forbidden Fruit) from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
87 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.