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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
87
very good

207 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 207
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.36%
Wants: 14
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij van Hoegaarden visit their website
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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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Hayley_86, Jan 14, 2014
Photo of bamberger603
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

bamberger603, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of byronic
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

byronic, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of dansmcd
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

dansmcd, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of acjones
4/5  rDev +3.6%

acjones, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of Pintofbrown
3.36/5  rDev -13%

This bottle is a vintage from the late '80's.

The beer actually still had some carb when I popped the cap! Cool! It pours REAL flat though. And there is no chance this thing is going to produce any kind of head. The body is a dark caramel, that has chunks of dark sediment settling at the bottom of the glass, smaller swirling of sediment throughout the beer.

The nose on this is pretty fantastic. There are dark fruits every where: figs, dates. Man, this is incredibly sweet and syrupy, lots of honey here too.

And... this is where the beer finally takes a turn. This really does not have much of anything to offer on the palate as far as flavors go. Mid-palate I detect just a little of the honey sweetness suggested by the nose, and then that band-aid flavor sets in a little. The finish also has a bunch mineral water bitterness.

The beer is flat, so really watery, just a little dry.

My final take on this: do not take a bottle of this and set it aside for near on twenty five years. I promise you this beer is passed its prime by this point.

Pintofbrown, Nov 25, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

ObsidianWhite, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of dcmchew
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

dcmchew, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of PeterVesti
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

PeterVesti, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of harpus
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

harpus, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of DaPan
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

DaPan, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of StJamesGate
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%

At the Pilsner Club, Amsterdam.

Murky oxblood with tan film.
Big sour rye loaf and cherry nose.
Ginger bread cake, cream soda, plum, brown sugar, a clove hit, raspberry scone and earthy, spicy hops.
Creme brulee end and clove linger.
Fizzy, medium, chewy.

Going in blind (and I didn't order an InBev product knowingly!) I guessed this was a dubbel. Good fruit, fizzy enough to clear itself, and enough chew. "Finish like a 747 landing," said the man.

Solid.

StJamesGate, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of roblowther
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

The label alone bumps up the appearance rating on this one. I'm not sure that is the rule but beer should be fun, so :p. Opaque caramel color with a dense white head and tiny Don Ho-like bubbles running up the sides. It smells like raspberries, wood and leather. Sort of a rural barn smell without the manure. The taste is dry and has that leather thing going on. Really nice. There is something vaguely biscuit as well. The mouthfeel is soft and tingly. Like a fresh stripper. Overall a really nice beer. It is dominated by its dryness and is subtle but refreshing.

roblowther, Jul 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Sturmthis, Jul 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

seyton, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of WOLFGANG
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

WOLFGANG, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of safaricook
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Poured in a chalice.

Dark amber lots of carb, clear, one finger offwhite head, good retention and lacing
Smell of yeast, tart and sweet, caramel malts with sour banana
Some sweet bready malts, Ends very dry and only slightly bitter, more like peppery, aftertaste is a minor turnoff
Highly carbonated and accordingly a fluffy to tickling feel, after some time all harshness is gone and it is just fluffy and gorgous, warming alcohol, medium body
Highly enjoyable beer in the tradition of belgian strong dark ales like a St. Bernardus Prior or a Rochefort 8. Lacks a bit of complexity to be rated at the same level, though.

safaricook, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of patre_tim
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%

A: Half way between dark brown and golden, as though sprite and coke were mixed. Cloudy, no apparent carbonation. 2 fingers of off white head, almost white with a dirty touch of brown watercolour lightly washed in. Great lacing.

S: Smokey, dark fruits, Belgian yeasts much like North American versions of Belgian style yeasts. I am reminded of Unibroue, especially the dark Belgians like La Terrible and 17. Acidic fruit. Pheonols. Some alcohol.

T: Totally follows the nose, but smooth and complex moreso than I expected. Smokey, La Terrible is totally coming to mind, Belgian yeasts like the ones used in North American stains, a hit of fruitiness, then it rounds off. Alcohol present, at 8.5% its well hidden. Pheonols there, especially come in at the end and linger.

M: Medium to heavy, leaning into heavy body but complex, medium amount of foamy bubbles in carbonation.

O: Great Belgian beer, well reminded of Unibroue here in China so I am happy. Complex and unique for what’s available to me, so I would like to try it again. Great by itself.

patre_tim, Jun 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Appearance: Orange/Chestnut; cloudy with sediment; medium beige head with good lacing

Aroma: Malty; coriander; spiced pear; smells a lot like a Bavarian wheat

Taste: Malty and creamy on start; warming alcohol and dried fruit; a lot like a heavy wheat bock; very smooth, but stout

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

IchLiebeBier, Jun 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

magpieken, May 25, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

desint, May 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Ciocanelu, May 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Archemedies, May 05, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%

A: The beer is hazy reddish brown in color. It poured with a finger high off white head that has good retention properties and hardly died down.
S: Aromas of light fruits - apples seem to stand out in particular - along with some notes of spices.
T: The taste is similar to the smell with additional flavors of yeast, dark fruits and subtle bits of initial sweetness. The spices seem a little stronger compared to the smell.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. Slight hints of dryness are perceptible.
O: This beer is rather complex and isn't too difficult to drink because the alcohol is well masked from the taste. It doesn't taste like a pure Belgian Strong Dark Ale and also tastes a little bit like a Belgian Strong Pale Ale.

metter98, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of newton99
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%

A - Hazy orange brown colored with a big lingering fluffy whitish head. Very little lacing.

S - Light spices, apples, pears. Light banana aroma. Much more complex than the traditional Hoegaarden.

F/M - Pleasant bready, sweet pilsner malts. Lots of estery flavors: apples, pears, banana, light cloves. Hints of alcohol. Dry, clean finish. Medium light mouthfeel with moderately high carbonation. Lingering fruity flavor.

O - Tasty, crisp and refreshing, this would be an excellent "imperial" summer beer. Perfect for finishing up yardwork at dusk during the summer.

newton99, Apr 04, 2013
Verboden Vrucht / Fruit Defendu (Forbidden Fruit) from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
87 out of 100 based on 207 ratings.