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

Verboden Vrucht  / Fruit Defendu (Forbidden Fruit)Verboden Vrucht  / Fruit Defendu (Forbidden Fruit)

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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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Boto

Connecticut

4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle: This one poured a fairly clear dark amber color. There was a fairly large off white head to it, that lingers a bit. A touch of lacing. The aroma is quite nice. There are yeasty notes, fruits some caramel malt, spices. Just a pleasant thing to smell. The taste is quite complex. Interesting fruity tastes, but they are all in the background. Medium body, with a bit of caramel and a hint of bitterness in the aftertaste. Very strong, but no real sensation of a strong alcohol taste. Another excellent Belgian. I would definitely try and find this again!

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2005 23:53:08 | More by Boto
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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

Good dark ale, fruity and full mouthfeel. Held up in taste. Dark, yeasty and fresh from Belgiium at Volo's. Bit of wheat with yeast, popular with mates at end of hot day. Was good both below and at room temperature. Quite drinakable. Pepper, strong carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2005 02:45:48 | More by Sammy
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tomthumbsblues

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On our first day in Brussels everyfeste and I sat down at Le Roi D'Espagne and sampled this gem.

The beer produced a big head which went down slowly over the opaque brownish orange beer. Aromas of fruit and spice were noted. The taste was refreshing and again was reflective of the fruit and spice character detected in the aroma. A smooth, tingly beer in the mouth. Definitely a wonderful beer, but one I'd not forbid myself to have again.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2005 01:08:09 | More by tomthumbsblues
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RockyTopHeel

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A gift from Joj upon the moveout. I think this was purchased during his trip to Belgium, December 2003 (so aged since then).

Dark, rosy-brown in color with a large, pillowy white head and suspended sediment throughout (and a large, large amount of yeast fluff on the bottom).

Nose of dark fruit esters and alcohol, with big, bready yeast. Smooth flavor across the tongue, with more dark fruits and biscuits. Very, very drinkable--even dangerously so--with a nice finishing warmth.

Excellent, even after all this time.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2005 22:53:07 | More by RockyTopHeel
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hefevice

Australia

3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From bottle. Pours cloudy (due to yeast) deep amber with a good white bubbly head which was not retained particularly well but left some lacing. Aroma is wonderful; complex, estery and sweet. However the taste is dominated by alcohol with a mildly bitter finish, and to my taste unbalanced. Not bad, but there are a lot better of this style around.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2005 09:13:16 | More by hefevice
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BeerNutta

Australia

3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not bad beer, however a little pricey.

Poured a dark amber. With an inch of foam that lingers.
Tasted fruity but had a bitter alcohol finish that didnt sit well with me. Was a little over carbonated, which accenuated the alcohol i felt. Because of its pricey nature, I found that it was a ok beer, but not one that I would be going back to in a hurry.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2005 10:59:26 | More by BeerNutta
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foamer

Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark rusty orange into the glass (the proper one no less). Lots of yeasty bits floating around, making it partially opaque. Bubbly head diminishes to ring of bubbles along the glass rather quickly. A lot of fruit in the nose, but hard to discern. I get plums and maybe some figs. Alcohol comes through in the nose as well. The taste is the same mix-bag of fruits with some yeasty notes. It's quite complex but you sort of get lost in it. Good though. The fruit and malt jumble leads to a mild hop bitterness and alcohol warmth in the end. Mouthfeel is good. This is a decent beer, but not amazing. I would come back to it, but I just feel that if the flavours were balanced a little better and were more subtle, it would be an improvement. The alcohol brings down the drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2005 19:27:41 | More by foamer
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Goldorak

Quebec (Canada)

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

Appearance: Opaque and amber brown, with an enjoyable clingy, bubbly head.

Smell: Very yeasty, with spices that could range from cardamon to orange zest, with alcoholic overtones.

Taste: Pretty much spot on from the smell with lively carbonation. Boozey, but I wouldn't have given 9% to this one on a blind tasting.

Thanks to Beersignal for sharing this with me. It matched up well with the strong hard Italian cheeze he brought along with it.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2005 01:39:09 | More by Goldorak
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cypressbob

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle

Pours with a cloudy burgandy body with some hints of brown. Off white head, almost verging on mauve, slightly creamy with fair retention

Smell, sweet malt and alcohol, raisins steeped in brandy, the scent from a glass of rochefort 10 thats been sitting for a few hours after being consumed leaving a slight residue

Taste, big alcoholic warmth. Tasty yeasty almost wheaty body, raisins coming through again, along with other dried fruit, some slight bitterness

A slightly different take on a dark ale, almost like someone combined their grand cru and abbaye des rocs or similar and came up with this

Different, but very tasty, i'll probably buy this again

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2005 01:00:01 | More by cypressbob
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Toddv29424

District of Columbia

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

NOTE: Be sure to spin the bottle around (like the instructions indicate) to release all the sediments on the bottom of the bottle.

This is the darkest of all the Hoegaarden varieties I have tried. Pours an orange-brown tint with a generous head depending on how the bottle is poured. Smells of faint fruit with much wheat added. For a beer called "forbidden fruit" I would expect much more of a fruit flavor to it... perhaps there is too much to discern them from the normal taste of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2005 15:00:51 | More by Toddv29424
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
Deep opaque maroony strawberry-jam colour, topped by a majestic ochre crown of foam.

Nose:
Rich mellow caramelised fruits, with a wonderful lashing of that sweet Belgian yeast.
As it warms there are hints of toffee, molasses and milk chocolate. Also a little organic mustiness like dried lucerne. Very complex and rich

Taste:
The basis of the flavour is strongly pinned on the alcohol, but it stays just as a background canvas to the other flavours. Bittersweet fruits provide the main interest, underripe plums, red grapes and feijoa.
This is a very rich and complex beer. It's almost verging on being too complex, in that there's too much to take in, resulting in an overwhelmed palate.

It's good, and certainly challenging. But not a beer for every day.
From what I read, this beer has gone severely downhill since they changed the recipe. It must have been truly magnificent in the past.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2005 00:10:48 | More by lacqueredmouse
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bark

Sweden

2.65/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The colour is brown with a tint of red; the liquid is cloudy. The finger-thick head is quite compact and beige.

The smell is rather weak with some alcohol, yeast and that sour wheat-beer touch.

The carbonation is really strong with small bubbles that build lots of foam in the mouth.

The taste is fruity with a quite weak body, the bitterness is potent but there are also some funny metallic flavours. The aftertaste is sourish – bitter with a salt touch of broth.

To be frank, this beer was a disappointment to me; it turned out to be an almost average Belgian dark strong ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2004 16:56:20 | More by bark
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joecast

Australia

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

listed as 8.5%abv.
attractive cloudy amber color with stable 1cm off white head.
nice sweet stone fruit aroma hiding alcohol undertones. wish it was a bit stronger on the nose.
strong malt flavor aided by what i can only guess is some yeasty influece. alcohol dryness in the finish. good, but somewhat lacking in complexity (or perhaps too comlex for me to figure out. good nonetheless).
decent carbonation with plenty of tiny bubbles giving it a tingly mouthfeel. this somewhat detracts from the smoothness.
overall a heck of a beer and a good bargain as well (less than $5/bottle). actually i wasnt expecting it to be as good as it is.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2004 08:37:19 | More by joecast
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marburg

Michigan

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

I thought I'd reviewed this already, but apparently I haven't, so here we go -- this is from a bottle brought back from a recent trip to Belgium.

Dark brown: stained wood or light cola in color. And the head just won't die. Exotic, epicurean nose: fresh cut figs, dark brown sugar, candied orange peel, alcohol, and yeast. Following nicely, a slow, easy sipping combination of estery flavors -- sweet, ripe fruit to the "nth" degree -- form a sugary swirl of rich flavors with raisin and mild cinnamon/nutmeg. Finish lingers with the sensation of the bitter part of a package of mixed greens. I think the yeast gives this some body where the alcohol would have you dismiss it as a slightly thin booze-bomb. Great big beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2004 14:07:40 | More by marburg
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Sigmund

Norway

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

(33 cl bottle, bought in Denmark). Cloudy brown with floaties, enormous thick creamy head. Lovely complex aroma of cherries, figs, prunes, spices, oak and sandalwood. Flavour is not quite as complex - malty, some fruit and spices, rather alcoholic, bitter finish. I wish the aftertaste had been as good as the aroma. A beer well above average, but not as good as I expected.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2004 21:34:13 | More by Sigmund
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: “Well bless my little cotton socks”. Quite literally. After having supped a fresh Hoegaarden ‘Forbidden Fruit’ in Belgium during my recent 2004 Easter tour, I was reminded just how much I used to love this spicy malty dark beer, and especially its cheeky glass. One of the first Belgium Darks that I ever tried - and I loved it then as I love it now. So I bought one from the back-street dive Bar I was in. Having explained my love for this beer, the owner of the rather average bar asked me if I fancied some “aged” examples of the beer “before it had changed”, his words not mine. I duly obliged. One of the bottles was stuffed in a thick walking sock and it made its way Stateside. I wanted to save it longer but I gave in to my carnal desires tonight. Like the BA database picture but with a foil covered crown cap. Smudged Best Before Date that most certainly looks like 99, but could well be 98 or even 96!!

Appearance: Poured exceptionally clear from the bottle that had lived in my fridge upright for 6 weeks. Dark amber, rich Alder and Cherry wood body with a ruby searchlight pan when back lit. The head is cream in color and creamy in texture. Not bad for a beer that is at least 5 years old. Served in a Westvleteren goblet – oooh, I have sinned I am sure!! Super fine bubble carbonation, excellent conditioning, a few streamers and a marvelous head retention all help to establish a seriously fucking impressive presentation from this mature Belgium mainstay. The last 'top-up' pour dislodged some yeasty sediment, whispy in nature as most of the solids stayed firmly glued to the base of the bottle it seems - still the sediment that was raised from the dead was ghost like in the glass.

Nose: My oh my!! Superb fruity tangy odors, acidic orange and lemon zest with some sharp grapefruit. Toasted malts, coriander, lots of coriander, spices, peppers, more coriander, herbs and some thick yeast. Slight vinegar hints in the back end. Is the beer turning? Maybe!? Maybe Not!? It could well be a part of the aged character of this offering for I am not sure that I ever had a Forbidden Fruit this old, so who knows? This smells bloody good. Holy Fucking Shite - this aroma should be available for Glade Plug-Ins!!!!

Taste: The odors are a taste of things to come. The tastes are a mélange of complex interactions betweens the toasted malts, aged hops, dark fruits, herbs, peppery spices, zesty citric rinds and yeasts – all mixed into an emulsion that is backed with a high alcohol common denominator. The aged character of this imparts a mature balanced ecosystem of flavors that is really prevalent when compared to the more mixed up fresh version that I drank in Belgium. Mildy warming when swallowed, but highly satisfying.

Mouthfeel: The super-fine carbonation is a Jacuzzi delight; it softens the malts, edges the aged hops and accentuates the fruity and acidic citric zestiness of this majestic Belgium Strong Dark Ale.

Drinkability: I thoroughly enjoyed this one, can you tell?, I am not sure if I will ever get to drink an aged example of this one again, and even if I do, I am not sure if the "modern version" can withstand such aging. That said, this example was a damn fine brew indeed.

Overall: Along with Hoegaarden Speciale and Grand Cru, this is (was?) one of those Belgium beers that is always a staple fall-back for me when presented with the usual “boring” Interbrew beer list. It appears in the most unlikely of situations, bars and Cafés all over Belgium and will rescue you when presented with macro IB drabness. From a macro stable, yet, when called upon to provide some flavor and excitement amidst a Sea of generic blandness, it seems that it never fails in its duties. Technically, it can be deemed a “macro”, it is. But I will say this, fresh, it is always a solid beer that never disappoints – but aged, Holy Shite! that’s when this *really* gets chance to reveal its “Forbidden Fruits” to you.

I am not sure if it is my age, rose-tinted beer glasses or altering tastes, but I have to say that sadly this great beer may well be getting dumbed down, for it seems to me like the “Spicy Ooomph” that it had when I first tasted it some 10 years ago, seems to have disappeared from recent fresh versions that I have imbibed. Still, it is most definitely still present in older (or aged) versions [like this one] and should be sought out.

Superb! Oooh, I fancy playing "Hide the Leaf" with Eve now……

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2004 05:09:01 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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frank4sail

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sweet tangerine nose.. quite sweet and floral. lasting white head on the hazy brownish look in the glass. Rich herbal medicinal taste. Medium it thich mouth. Crusty rusty metalic finish. interesting... this beer is very different tasting. The rustic rich nature of the beer would make it a good night cap.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2004 02:16:09 | More by frank4sail
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donnebaby

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep cherry-wood hue and faded tan head. Cloudy and and full of somewhat scary particles. Curly, boisterous bubbles, which create dirty, swampy lacing. Fades as slow as molassas!! Bubbles are soft and creamy on the lips.

The smell is apple cider and wet pears.

The beer is heavy and full of flavor. Initial tastes of belgian wit are followed by a wide, spicy, orange syrup flavor. Mouthfeel is excellent: Aggressive in the mouth, with a creamy, soft finish. Clean finish--taste is bubbled away into nothingness.

This beer has a wallop to it - alcohol is utterly hidden, unlike the Hoe Grand Cru. Produces a warm feeling in the stomach and a gentle swelling of the temples.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2004 08:52:13 | More by donnebaby
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ChrisBowers

Virginia

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

Served in a New Belgium snifter/goblet glass. Overall this is a good brew but I do not know if I would classify it as a "strong dark ale". It is just way too fruity for that. Smell and initial taste remind me of Gatorade Fruit Punch. Aftertaste is frighteningly similar as well. Lots of fruity esters in here. Brew is quite sweet and easy drinking. Good even carbonation. I just don't know how many I could have in a single sitting.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2004 17:38:53 | More by ChrisBowers
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Andreji

Colombia

3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wasn't as amazed as I expected by this hoegaarden product-given there are nicer ones.

The pour is deeply dark with only a mild translucidness. the head is creamy but fizzy (ergo fades) while leaving nice amounts of lacing and promoting a rustic aroma of yeast and malt.

The taste, considerably dry for the style is dominated by this yeast and wheat feel rather than the malt, fruity but a bit too bitter (considering its not as sweet at first) nice dense body though.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2004 13:33:21 | More by Andreji
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resirob

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

When offered the chance to try this one, I jumped. This was brought over directly from Belgium for a friend, who was nice enough to share. Call me Mr. Lucky.

Bottle was poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Pours a deep, murky reddish brown, with a generous rocky head that settled to a 1/4 inch cap of fine bubbles. Some nice Belgian lace as well.

Aroma: Fruity esters right up front. Raisins, plums, apples, pears? Caramel malt comes through a little. Lots to smell and ponder here.

Taste: Very nice. Sweet up front. Malt is present momentarily, replaced by the fruits and a slight hop bitterness. Dry finish with a noticeable warming alocohol bite at the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel was creamy and smooth. This, coupled with the dry finish, makes for a drinkable beer despite the high alcohol.

Overall, a very nice beer that I wish I had a cellar full of.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2004 17:09:57 | More by resirob
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chilidog

Ohio

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

A long awaited Goal beer for myself that was brought back from England by a friend, many thanks! Poured into a Belgium bought Adam & Eve glass, the brew was a dark burnt orange/copper color with a nice maintaining slight off-white head. Lace was abound, ringed and sticky. The aroma was fruity, mostly dark fruit. The taste of mostly darker fruits as well such as prune, plum and raisin. A slight hop/malt balance is well done and lingers in the aftertaste. The alcohol is high, but soft and soothing. Mouthfeel is silky soft aided from the carbonation, while not heavy but produced the head that blankets the top. Drinkable yes, as a dessert brew if sweet is not what your looking for because this taste is more raw, off the vine, not candy coated. A goal met well for sure!

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2004 21:26:51 | More by chilidog
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ManekiNeko

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cL bottle served chilled in a tulip glass. Artwork on the label features a classical painting depicting Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, pre-apple eating judging by the lack of clothing.

Appearance: Murky caramel brown topped by a smallish offwhite head. Not much in the way of head retention or lacing. This could either be due to over chilling or soap residue left on the glass.

Smell: Nicely fruity aromas of apples, pears, and light citrus. Caramel malt and candi sugar backing.

Taste: Sweet caramel malt with a healthy smattering of the aforementioned fruity esters. Hints of prunes and raisins, but in small amounts.

Mouthfeel: Smooth medium body with excellent alcohol masking.

Drinkability: A lighter interpretation of this style, not chock full of dark flavors like prunes, raisins, and roasted malts (like, say, Trois Pistoles). Still, I could see the loss of innocence for humanity resulting from this beer. Our Biblical forbears could've held out for better, though, like Terrible or Westy 12.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2004 18:07:00 | More by ManekiNeko
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jahsausage

New Zealand (Aotearoa)

3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2003 05:27:27 | More by jahsausage
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trappist

Texas

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2003 06:31:53 | More by trappist
Verboden Vrucht / Fruit Defendu (Forbidden Fruit) from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
87 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.