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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

191 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 191
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.34%


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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eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a snifter glass.

A: Pours a deep amber to brown color with many brown particles floating around. Forms a big bubble tan head when poured. Good retention and many lacings formed and left. A thin layer lasts for long on the top

S: Great nose. Sweet, bready and quite spicy. Notes of toffee, caramel malts, dark fruits like plums and raisins. Brown bread, Belgian yeasts, cloves, wheat

T: Follows the nose. Sweet caramel malts upfront followed by a quite fruity and spicy taste. Notes of plums and raisins. Earthy and bready yeasts. Notes of wheat and cloves. Extremely Belgian Ale. Final is slightly bitter

M: Heavy creamy and a bit molasses body. Medium carbonation. Sweet, bready and slightly bitter aftertaste

O: Excellent Dark Ale. I've had it many times in the past and I hope that I will have it many time in the future too :)

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 11:07:29 | More by eduardolinhalis
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Hoppsbabo

United Kingdom (England)

4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark reddish with lots of sediment. Slightly off-white bubbly head.

S: Sulphur.

T: Immediately reminds me of Schneider Weisse's Tap 5&6 wiezenbocks. Wheaty. Caramel and marzipan. Some phenols. Hint of banana. Also reminds me of Leffe Brun but it's better. Alcohol to sugar balance spot on.

M: A light and creamy emulsion.

O: Underwhelming at first but got much better. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 08:06:33 | More by Hoppsbabo
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sfprint

Germany

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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russwbeck

Virginia

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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beerpirates

Belgium

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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eric5bellies

Australia

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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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

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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Sunnanek

Sweden

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 Sunnanek
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rvdoorn

Netherlands

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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domtronzero

California

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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JohnnyBarman

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
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beerdrifter

Germany

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

Picked this up at my favorite Belgian super market. Cloudy rusty brown pour with big two finger head, nice lacing and decent retention. Spicy dark fruits and sweet malts dominate the nose with a hint of metal and cherries. The taste starts off as a pretty typical Belgian bruin, but gets more complex with a nice slightly sour fruitiness. Also getting some caramel, prunes, rasins, bread, and a touch of metal. You definitely have to let this open up a bit. It was a bit fizzy at first, but really smoothed out as it warmed. The alcohol is fairly well hidden, but it's still a little bit boozey. I'm usually not a fan of sweet beers, but this one pulls it off nicely without crushing the drinkability. Very unique and tasty!

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 16:07:17 | More by beerdrifter
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atis

Finland

4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours murky dark brown with large almost white head and sticky and generous lacing. Aroma is sweet caramel malt with dried fruit, spice and a touch of alcohol.

Taste is rich and complex - gentle malt, caramel, mild spices, fruity alcohol and yeast - quite subtle and nothing in excess. Mouthfeel is soft creamy with pleasant warming feeling, slightly prickly carbonation.

The perfect brew for snowy, cold and dark winter evening to be sitting inside and enjoying nice flavours of Verboden Vrucht.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 16:21:56 | More by atis
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StephenRich

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brought to you by the makers of Hoegaarden,a Benlgian beer with more life and character than I have ever experienced in a Hoegaarden. De Verboden Vrucht translates to the forbidden fruit, as it is well depicted on the beers label. I ran into this beer accidentally yesterday when out for lunch with friend. The beer menu listed many delicious brews, but this was shown to be one of the last few bottles that they had, and I also hadn't heard of the beer before.

Its description in the menu as a Spicy Belgian Brown ale at 8.5% abv was enough to coerce me into trying it, plus I thought it would go well with my braised beef shank lunch.

The bottle also has a best before date listed on the back as March 2008; as a bottle conditioned beer, I expect this was a bottle at least older than 2007, perhaps even back to 2005. Just my luck!

You should have seen the sediment dancing in this beer. Wow. It was poured for me appropriately in a wide chalice, and before it was even handed to me I could see the specks of sediment plastered throughout the entire beer! I know some may think its gross, but to me it just shows more rich and deep flavor complexity.

The beer itself was a deep hazy brown. It had shades of burnt amber touching the edges, but it most closely resembled and old brown brick. There was nothing modern about this beer; it was muddy and completely opaque - it was old world, just the way I wanted it. A nice frothy one inch head build atop the beer an a medium dense tan to cream colored foam with streaks of dust (sediment) lined everywhere throughout it.

The nose was quite delectable - mellow sweet touches of caramel malt, hints of earth, yeast and soft dark fruit. It showed traces of mulled spices, dried fruit, lightly roasted malt, and a warm funk which I can only describe as age. There really was a lot of character pouring out from this beer. It did not tell me that it was brewed in a state of the art facility and pasteurized to remain clean. It shouted "I was crafted by some old man's hands and remain in this bottle the way I came out of the fermenter". Awesome.

Thankfully it was served to me at the proper temperature at cellar around 12C (54F). Cold would have muted to many flavors. This beer was ready to be enjoyed! I opened my palate to it, and it poured over me gently and wrapped its grip around my entire mouth. Soft earthy malts, caramel and biscuit, faint traces of yeast an funk, mashed bananas, and mulled spices gently - and I mean very gently - washed over my tongue and caressed my cheeks. It was so elegant right away completely taking me by surprise. I was expecting something sharper, but this beer has minimal carbonation by now, is soft and delicate, and glides so effortlessly on the palate.

As I focused, cherries and figs begin to arise, so does notes of red grapes without the peel, more earth, hay field, soft malts, creamy toffee and almost vanilla. It was soft and soothing with sweet and savory characteristics. The mouthfeel was perfect for this beer. It felt authentic. I really did feel like an old man who had been brewing since the '60s made this in a field in his back yard.

The finish was softly dry, a touch quenching and very appetizing. Hope were only lightly noticeable with a soft and delicate herbal and slightly floral waft hidden under the malt. A touch of bitter came in towards the end, but was very mild. It was an excellent match for the umami sweet and savory flavors of the beef. Really overall a fantastic example of old world brewing at its best. Fully complex with no regard for modern tastes, just pure and unadulterated flavor boating from real malts, real hops, and real yeast. I will be hunting for more of these bottles.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2010 18:37:50 | More by StephenRich
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Chambic

California

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This review is on a 10-year-old bottle. Preceding the "Best by" date of 03.07.00 is the Flemish phrase, "Tenminste houdbaar tot ende," along with its French counterpart, "À consommer de préférence avant."

A: deep, dark ruby

S: dark, ripe fruit and toffee

T: the fruit seems more pronounced, probably from the age, but not in a bad way

M: airy and fluffy, it floats over the tongue like heaven

D: pretty good after some serious aging

Notes from 02.14.10 at Akkurat in Stockholm

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2010 22:56:37 | More by Chambic
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benfons

Belgium

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle ABV 8,5

A: Orange-brown with a medium that head that sacks pretty fast, but leaves a decent amount.

S: Fruits: mainly cherries, but also berries and apple. Some spices.

T: The fruits and spices return, but there's also a slight coffee flavour.

M/D: A bit soapy, alcohol level is correct and carbonation is ok. Obviuosly it's a heavy beer but it's really drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2010 21:48:05 | More by benfons
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akenethon

Germany

3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: looks like dunkelweizen, but not so much foam
S: smell of hops and a little bit alcohol, hint of milk chocholate
T: somewhat nutty and aromatic taste, slightly sweet. light bitter aftertaste
M: light mouthfeel, not so full and creamy.
D: drinkable, but not exceptional

In general, this is a good beer but the taste is somewhat deviod of character. Similar to leffe blonde in that it reminds me of that "beer for masses" taste belgian style. For this style and at this price level and availability I would rather go for leffe brown, but this is not an average beer either.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2010 19:33:33 | More by akenethon
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EPICAC

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a cloudy, reddish brown, and is topped by a fluffy, beige head that had small flecks in it, and left decent lace. The aroma is quite varied. There are notes of cherry, dark fruit, caramel, and slight notes of medicinal phenols.

This beer is well attenuated upfront, but quickly moves into a sweet center with notes of cherry and dark fruit. The finish was slightly medicinal. This beer is medium-bodied, well carbonated, and slightly dry in the finish.

Overall this beer was decent, a bit sweet overall.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2010 02:09:42 | More by EPICAC
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CaptainPiret

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 33cl into a Verboden Vrucht glass I picked up at the Hoegaarden brewery (I recommend taking the self-guided tour if you're out there ... it's cheap and finishes with a glass and beer of your choice).

Cloudy, dark maroon color, but didn't seem to be very aromatic (though I have a slight cold). Tastes of fig with a slight fruity sweetness that gives way to bitter finish -- the alcohol is noticeable here.

Really, really like this beer. I wish it was as readily available in the states as Hoegaarden is.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2010 15:58:45 | More by CaptainPiret
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ThaCreep

Belgium

3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Brownish red tints. The nut and caramel are present on the nose but feels like slightly acid and trace amounts of candied fruit. The mouth is full of spice to the way the range Hoegaarden. It is coupled with a good spicy bitterness and assertive in the finish. A stout strong in attack but then more soothing but that spotlights spices.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2010 18:24:19 | More by ThaCreep
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This 'Forbidden Fruit' looks like it was freshly pulled out of the ground - it's tone is muddy, its complexion dirty and its colour an earthy brown. It looks more like a potato than any fruit I can think of (mostly this is because of all the yeasty specs). Its head pops out the glass like a giant cranium, its domed shape and lined pattern just like the human brain.

The aroma harmonizes sweet, caramelly malts and fragrant, over-ripened fruit. This smells like it could be the ultimate holiday log cake: it has a heroic amount of dark toffee, rum raisin, holiday spices and dried dark fruits. In fact, I may never have had a holiday log cake that tasted as good as this smells. My nose rolls around in this like a pig in mud.

Much of what we taste actually comes from our sense of smell, it stands to reason that this beer tastes very much the same as it smells. The dark, spiced fruit and dark toffee malts are both flavours I like and they taste even better concurrently than they do consecutively. The alcohol is neutralized by all this malty flavour.

The brewer called on his malts (rather than the yeast) to derive the bulk of this beer's flavour, a decision that suits me just fine. Some Belgian ales can be a little over-reliant on their yeast and it can make for thin or slightly superficial flavour. This beer has a deep and profound flavour that, so it turns out, has been able to stand up to the test of time.

Forbidden Fruit, Verboden Vrucht, Fruit Defendu - call it whatever you want - this is pretty good (or goed or bon) beer - and I'm not just saying that because the importers in this province have seemingly forbid me from obtaining more of it. Belgium is a beer drinker's Garden of Eden and this may not be its sweetest fruit but it's still quite an indulgence.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2010 22:49:00 | More by biegaman
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dgilks

Australia

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rich, sweet malty aroma with notes of raisin, fig and christmas spice. A touch of alcohol. Quite nice.

Mostly clear with a few yeast particles. Orangey-red colour with a big, light tan head. It looks good.

Big fruity flavour with some spritzy citrus notes, lots of alcohol and some dried fruit. A touch of licorice too. It's interesting. A play on the classic witbier flavours whilst playing at the idea of a stronger darker ale. The alcohol is a bit of a let down.

Medium-full body with lots and lots of carbonation. The carbonation is a little high for my liking but the whole isn't too bad.

On the whole, a nicely flavoured strong Belgian ale with some interesting notes thanks to the wheat and the yeast.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2010 06:03:21 | More by dgilks
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RuudJH

Netherlands

4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice label on the bottle.
'Beer from dark malts, flavoured with herbs', bottle conditioned.

Copper to brown colour, cloudy, with a huge head, nice lacing.

Smell + taste is, next to the malt, of clove, koriander. Very fresh, hardly any bitterness, but no fruity sweetness either. it's clean and slightly dry in the aftertaste. The alcohol is well masked. The mouthfeel is full and chewy.

Very interesting beer. It's warming.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2010 15:36:56 | More by RuudJH
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mulder1010

Australia

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a SA perfect pint. Either Fosters is no longer distributing it here (What I have heard) or Hoegaarden is no longer making. 18/9/09 expiration date on it.

A-- A dark rust color with a lot of floaties in the pour. Got a off white 2 finger head that kept its retention and had a sticky lacing to the glass. Does not seem to have a lot of carbonation to this.

S-- Dark fruits seem to dominate this, with some fig as well. Fairly malty and a bit of spice to this. Some alcohol smell to this, bigger as it gets warmer and the fruit character drops more.

T-- Cherries, fig, a little bit of bread, do get a alcohol taste as well.

M-- Do get a tart taste in my mouth. A lot of cherries. Longer it sits the bigger the alcohol taste becomes. Also the beer does take a lot more of a sweat bread quality. Kind of like raisin bread, or that the raisin taste becomes more apparent. Has a dry finish and leaves a decent tannin like quality on my teeth. Chewy like from the alcohol. More it warms the alcohol is apparent and pretty forward.

D-- Not bad. Like how it goes from cherries to fig, raisin, and bread. Not overpowering on the ABV but I think better a little colder as the ABV is kept down and the cherries taste is more apparent. Shame is that both the Grand Cru and this beer are not being sent here any more and we are stuck the the regular version of Hoegaarden. Good drinkable beer and has a good character to it.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2009 13:14:54 | More by mulder1010
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juju7

Australia

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

Seeing as they're not making this anymore I grabbed a bunch when I saw them the other day. Always liked the ol Fruit. Ths one poured a dream, you shoulda seen it, looked like a photo from a beer book. Billowy head sticking out of the glass all proud and boastful, very cool. Lacing coated the glass all the way to the end. An attractive fig, dried fruits, cinnamon, spicy fruit nose. Follows through with similar flavours on the palate with a little hint of the alcohol but not much. Nice and chewy with an extended finish. A good beer and one that will be missed.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 12:40:04 | More by juju7
Verboden Vrucht / Fruit Defendu (Forbidden Fruit) from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
87 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.