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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

196 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 196
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.08%
Wants: 13
Gots: 8 | 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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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
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……

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2004 05:09:01 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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frank4sail

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2004 02:16:09 | More by frank4sail
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donnebaby

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2004 08:52:13 | More by donnebaby
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ChrisBowers

Virginia

3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2004 17:38:53 | More by ChrisBowers
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Andreji

Colombia

3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2004 13:33:21 | More by Andreji
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resirob

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2004 17:09:57 | More by resirob
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chilidog

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2004 21:26:51 | More by chilidog
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ManekiNeko

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2004 18:07:00 | More by ManekiNeko
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jahsausage

New Zealand (Aotearoa)

3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2003 05:27:27 | More by jahsausage
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trappist

Texas

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2003 06:31:53 | More by trappist
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RocketWidget

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2003 20:13:29 | More by RocketWidget
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koolk

Australia

4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2003 10:59:31 | More by koolk
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!!

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2003 00:49:40 | More by tavernjef
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diablo14

Australia

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2003 17:11:39 | More by diablo14
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GreenCard

Oregon

3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2003 19:00:33 | More by GreenCard
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -1%
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...

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2003 06:45:54 | More by Phyl21ca
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Rocko

Sweden

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a dark brown color, very nice growing head, it settles after a few minutes though. The bottle contains lots of yeast sediments which I don't really like, so I let it stand for a few days then poured it easily so I didn't get it all. I don't know if that's very unorthodox...if so tell me. ;)

Smell is a bit of alcohol, fruity estery smells with a touch of raisin. Pleasant smell overall. It taste is also very fruity (hence the name I guess) and spicy, there is a little hint of alcohol but not as much as one would think this abv would give.

Overall it's a really good brew! I liked it! :)

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2003 12:41:12 | More by Rocko
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Naerhu

Japan

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ingredients: malt, hop, yeast
Funky cool design no the bottle.
Slightly off white head that leaves attractive lacing. The darkest red body, malty, fruity nose, sweetness on a light bodied and light bitterness. The flavor is an attractive over-ripe fruit, like a when a pear is past its prime, a little too mushy, yet still really good.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2003 06:32:05 | More by Naerhu
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Popsinc

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The first time i tried this beer it didn't really leave much of an impression. After having it a second time, i enjoyed it a little more.

Dark, cloudy brown in clolour. Very bubbly, acidic mouthfeel. Taste was highlighted by mostly earthy notes with a dry, alcohol finish.

As a sidenote, this beer is not available in Ontario in any liquor or beer stores. For those of you who have beer the the Esplanade Bier Market though, have a look at the large painting on the back wall of the Bier Market. It's the exact same picture that is used as the label of Verboden Vrucht.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2003 05:59:08 | More by Popsinc
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Its a pretty good drop, but perhaps a bit sticky and the alcohol is evident. Still interesting and strong, a nice winter warmer.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2002 02:53:58 | More by rastaman
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2002 23:40:33 | More by Jason
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Verboden Vrucht / Fruit Defendu (Forbidden Fruit) from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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