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
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-22-2002)
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Photo of imrichbeeeatch
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
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
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
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
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
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
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
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
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
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
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
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
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
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
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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 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 joecast
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of marburg
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Sigmund
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(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.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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! that’s 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……

Photo of frank4sail
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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.

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