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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

213 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 213
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.36%
Wants: 14
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 jahsausage
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

jahsausage, Dec 12, 2003
Photo of trappist
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

trappist, Dec 09, 2003
Photo of RocketWidget
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

RocketWidget, Nov 07, 2003
Photo of koolk
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
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!

koolk, Oct 30, 2003
Photo of tavernjef
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
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!!

tavernjef, Oct 17, 2003
Photo of diablo14
3.9/5  rDev +1%
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.

diablo14, Oct 16, 2003
Photo of GreenCard
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

GreenCard, Sep 12, 2003
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
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...

Phyl21ca, Jul 15, 2003
Photo of Rocko
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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! :)

Rocko, Feb 14, 2003
Photo of Naerhu
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Naerhu, Feb 03, 2003
Photo of Popsinc
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Popsinc, Jan 08, 2003
Photo of rastaman
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

rastaman, Feb 25, 2002
Photo of Jason
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Jason, Feb 22, 2002
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Verboden Vrucht / Fruit Defendu (Forbidden Fruit) from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
87 out of 100 based on 213 ratings.