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

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195 Ratings
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Ratings: 195
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.08%
Wants: 13
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a dark chestnut brown with no rising carbonation, and just a half finger of head. bits of sediment floating about. Very full, pleasantly sweet, dark fruit smell + apricot. A bit of Alcohol tang, a hair tart, but underneath that there's a well built, solid not so sweet dark fruit flavor. Mouth feel is a tart and drying. Overall a nice one.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 02:37:21 | More by sfprint
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

07-27-2012 17:30:48 | More by kobeer
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4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very hazy red-brown color with a few fingers of light brown head. Great lacing and retention. The label gives this beer a bonus in my book!

S: The aroma is distinctively Belgian, like a dubbel, but with some notes of sweet, light fruit--apples I would assume. Spicy and sweet. The alcohol is masked well.

T: The taste doesn't bring about any surprises, but it is quite nice. Much more apple I would say, but with a rich, dark fruit underbelly. The spices are toned down, but the fruits are very refreshing.

MF: A nice twinge of carbonation rests on the palate. The body is light. This is really drinkable, nicely balanced, and without a note of alcohol. Crisp and refreshing.

O: This was exactly what I wanted it to be. Fruity, Belgian, and a perfect compliment to m dinner. I would get it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 02:20:25 | More by russwbeck
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

06-06-2012 14:07:31 | More by ant1
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

05-08-2012 18:25:35 | More by schwee
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

05-01-2012 18:07:17 | More by stevoj
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

04-21-2012 11:48:32 | More by MercerTraieste
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

04-16-2012 15:52:02 | More by banwift
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

04-11-2012 19:41:50 | More by brinch
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

04-02-2012 04:25:14 | More by Keegan
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

03-25-2012 20:02:00 | More by Morningstorm
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

03-17-2012 07:35:43 | More by ygtbsm94
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

02-06-2012 20:43:16 | More by samEBC
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

01-15-2012 21:07:53 | More by nickfl
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

01-14-2012 22:00:54 | More by Stoutsman
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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark amber color, thick foamy head settles to good layer

S: sweet malts and fruits, spices

T: sweet malts hit right away, hints of yeast, fruits like banana, slight tartness, and almost medicinal spices

M: medium carbonation, pretty good balance, medium body

D: a pretty good beer , certainly one of their better. worth a try

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 09:56:37 | More by beerpirates
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4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Gulden Draak Tulip. Always nice to revisit old favorites.

A - Pours a red/ruby Brown colour with a two fingered off White head that retains well and laces.

S - Spicy dark fruits and cherries

T - Nice dark fruit notes, with some spice. A little sour mid palate. The end has plenty of fig raisins etc with a decent helping of yeast. A touch boozy on the finish.

M - Medium body and fullish carbonation.

O - I used to drink a lot of this stuff but hadn't had one for around 6 years. I wasn't disappointed. This is a rich brew that offers plenty.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 15:33:23 | More by eric5bellies
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-30-2011 16:57:17 | More by rekel
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South Africa

4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-15-2011 11:00:46 | More by Thehuntmaster
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United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-14-2011 15:16:14 | More by jonb5
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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy brown color with an off white head. In the aroma, sweet dark fruit an a small note of alcohol. In the taste, dry dark fruit, especially ripe raisin, and a small alcohol burn. A small bite andmedium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry dark fruit in the aftertaste. Nice dark fruit and alcohol, makes me thing different of Hoegaarden.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 00:54:01 | More by OWSLEY069
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4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours murky deep copper with a medium-large off-white head, that sinks slowly into really nice lacings.

S: Molasses and lots of dark dried fruits. Lots of sweet dark malts. Some spices.

T: Bready sweet malt. Lots of dark dried fruits. Some spices, and faint coffee.

M: Long aftertaste, syrupy sweet. Body is full and carbonation mild. The berverage is very smooth.

O: This is very nice. Well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 18:15:39 | More by Evil_Pidde
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4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: The beer pours a dark brown color with a nice head
Smell: Malts, barley, caramel, fruits (orange peel and fresh apple), vanila and spicy coriander
Taste: Sweet malts, earthy, vanila, caramel, some hints of chocolate, apricots and alomds. Nice spicy aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, Medium bodied
Overall: Nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 15:06:20 | More by rvdoorn
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3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 05:36:15 | More by domtronzero
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Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single bottle from the Bier Markt in downtown Toronto.

Poured into a Unibroue snifter, which I found very appropriate, considering the bottle label reminds me of something Unibroue or Dieu du Ciel would do themselves (or perhaps its the other way round?) A dark, ruddy amber brew, the colour of which reminded me a great deal of black cherries. A fluffy, off-white head sat on top like a generous dollop of ice cream. Good retention on this, lovely lacing as well.

The nose is absolutely invigorating. Plum brandy, black currant, raisins, grape, sugar, only a mild yeastiness. While hardly wallowing in complexity, it certainly is mouthwatering.

The tastes are quite similar as are found in the nose. In addition to black currant and raisin, I'm also picking up sherry, a bit of chocolate and malt. Very tasty indeed. Except for the sweet wine/sherry flavors, the alcohol is marvelously difficult to detect.

Forbidden Fruit is undoubtedly sweet, almost cloyingly so, but it works tremendously well as a dessert beer. More than a bottle at a time would be far too much, but a nice snifter enjoyed with cheese or cake would be excellent. In my case, since it possessed so many similarities to a sweet port or a sherry, some Stilton cheese and crackers cut through the sweetness brilliantly, making for a great food pairing.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 06:50:46 | More by JohnnyBarman
Verboden Vrucht / Fruit Defendu (Forbidden Fruit) from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
87 out of 100 based on 195 ratings.