Verboden Vrucht / Fruit Defendu (Forbidden Fruit) - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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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.
11-25-2013 09:31:52 | More by Pintofbrown
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.
08-03-2013 21:01:13 | More by StJamesGate
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.
07-18-2013 09:06:31 | More by roblowther
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.
07-02-2013 20:21:10 | More by safaricook
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.
06-18-2013 14:38:55 | More by patre_tim
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
06-15-2013 23:09:38 | More by IchLiebeBier
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.
04-20-2013 15:26:25 | More by metter98
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.
04-04-2013 09:59:14 | More by newton99
4.44/5 rDev +15%
A: amber / brown & foggy. Tan head, nice lacing.
S: Sweet, Toffee, dark fruits, dough, belgian yeast and spices.
T: Very smooth and surprisingly fresh followed by the flavors the nose suggests.
M: Creamy, smooth with a medium dry and slightly spicy finish. Medium carbonation.
O: A very well balanced beer. Lovely and complex flavors without making it heavy at all, quite an accomplishment. Great beer!
02-12-2013 21:51:41 | More by Arno
Verboden Vrucht / Fruit Defendu (Forbidden Fruit) from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
87 out of 100 based on 204 ratings.