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

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218 Ratings
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Ratings: 218
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 14
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-22-2002)
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Photo of mulder1010
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of juju7
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of ccrida
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33cl bottle served in the matching stemware at Herberg Vlissinghe, the oldest bar in Bruges. Verboden Vrucht is a murky chestnut with a small, off-white head leaving nice lace.

Smell is nice, strong dark candi syrup, raisins and brown sugar.

Taste is malty bruin, a bit of astringent roastiness, clean and smooth, with a nice lingering sweetness as it opens up. Nothing monumental, but a very nice strong bruin.

Mouthfeel is dry and crisp, but very creamy when swished, with a medium-light body.

Drinkability is good, a tasty, digestible beer. Nothing really special, but I'm glad I got to try it. I liked the logo on the glass, my wife prodded me to buy one at Bier Temple the next day, but for some reason I passed...

Drinkability is

Photo of Viggo
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle at the Biermarkt.

Pours a cloudy dark brown, some orange highlights, medium sized off white head forms, quickly settles down to a thin ring around the glass, a few lace spots stick, some chunky proteins floating around.

Smell is neat, very fruity, some caramel, lightly funky, wheat, yeast, iron, raisin, slightly oxidized, alcohol, more fruit, cherries, pretty decent.

Taste is similar, very sweet and fruity up front, caramel, some bready malt, raisin, oxidation, lightly earthy, a bit of sour fruit funkiness.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium to high carbonation, alcohol is well hidden. Maybe a little oxidized but I remember when they brought these in. Assuming its the same batch they got it has aged pretty well.

Photo of bobsy
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank at Cirio in Brussels.

Awesome glass and a great appearance - a mahogany as rich as fine panelling, with a voluminous head that lasts and laces well. Sweet, fruity aroma, with a strong back end of alcohol. It smells for all the world like a brute of a beer. Pleasant fruit flavour is somewhat steamrollered by a fusel element and brutish alcohol. Decent berry notes at the start, mixed in with raisin and spice. The alcohol really begins to assert itself in a lightly drying, but heavily warming, finish. Full mouthfeel, with restrained carbonation, though it never becomes cloying. Its a decent stab at the strong dark style, but its just a touch too boozy. If you have a bottle I recommend aging it to see if it mellows out.

Photo of weissbierdrinker
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep red color with a thick light tan head that leaves almost solid lacing around the glass.
Smell is very fruity. Hints of plumbs and berries. Smells very sweet.
Taste is sweet and fruity with bites of alcohol. Lots of flavors in this beer and very hard to depict. It's very complex with a medium body to it. The finish is a bit sweet.

A very good and complex beer, a must drink. Don't drink to cold.

Photo of DV8HARD
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I served it into a Pilsener glass from the bottle. I actually wasn't going try this beer, I asked a friend who was going to the liquor store to get me another beer but, she mistakenly brought this one. Nevertheless, I'm glad she did.

Again, like other high content Belgian beers this one started bursting in bubbles after I opened it. The head has a very nice light brown color. The beer it self is also brown but, dark and hazy. It didn't stick as much as I thought it would.

Taste wise, it is very fruity and complex. I got a hint of prune which seemed unusual. I don't like how the alcohol masks the taste of the beer in these strong Ales.

I would recommend this beer.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a burnished orange colour with a lot of haze and floaties in the glass. Beige, sticky head with a few large bubbles, clings to the glass beautifully. Lacing is just as nice, maybe a bit less sticky. Powerful good.

Nose is insanely fruity with very, very sweet strawberry and blackcurrant aromas, a tangy tartness as well, almost like sherbet. A very light woodiness and a hint of grain, but it's dominated almost entirely by that fruit. Pleasant indeed, but maybe a bit too sweet. I would love my fruit bowl to smell like this instead of like rotting carbon matter and fly shit, but beer is something I like a bit more grounded.

Taste is a lot more musty, with a distinct bitterness coming through on the mid. Front is still dominated by that pleasant berry fruit, but the mid ventures into phenolic and oak resin territory, with a fair boozey character as well and a light carbolic tart edge. Lots of character throughout the palate though, with tart socialising with dank, and slightly roasted breaking bread with syrupy sweet. Overall it's a bit of a hodge-podge with no distinct profile, but it's definitely a swinger's party for flavours and I love what's nude hot-tubbing in my mouth.

Feel is slick but syrupy with a lot of texture from the yeast and a really delightful pang of alcohol just at the back. This is quite a tasty gang-bang, and I look forward to seeing the video going viral on my favourite beer-porn channel.

Photo of TubaManJack
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An interesting 330ml bottle with some classical Renaissance artwork. Poured into a sniffer. A best by date of Sept 2009.

Appearance- Quite a gusher. Once the top was propped the hiss of carbonation turned into a tan bubbling monster. Apparently I had upset the beer gods despite not shaking/dropping/offending the bottle. A quick pour limited the amount of beer split on the table. After the initial furry stopped I slowly poured the rest of the beer. The deep amber brown body was topped with a tan head of large bubbles and a fair amount of carbonation was present in the body.
Smell- A full nose of malt, yeast/traditional bottle conditioning, and dried sweet fruit. Yes Marmite, a tasty yeast spread. A fair dose of dates, raisins, and prunes. Although there are not strong aromas they are present to the same extent as the lime/lemon in Sprite.
Taste- A fair bit of sweetness mixed with a strong bitter malt base. A calamity of tastes. The taste is similar to the nose with a fair bit of dried fruit and dark roasted malts
Mouthfeel-A full medium body. A very smooth body. Proper carbonation
Drinkability- Pretty good, although not really my cup of tea. Its a good brew but it just didn't work for me. Pick up a bottle when it goes on sale.

Photo of TheSarge
4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this one into a Chimay chalice. This is quite a bubbly bottle conditioned brew, with lots of yeast left on the bottom of the bottle. Lots of carbonation with a beautiful 2 finger thick head. The body is very hazy with hints of golden amber on the edges of the glass.

Aroma is very fruity and wine like, including lots of ester fragrances of cherries and a mild malty backbone.

The taste is quite unique. The cherry qualities are there, but a faint vanilla follow-up occurs towards the end.

A full bodied brew, but quite refreshing. There is a slight boozy warmness; however, this doesn't keep the brew from leaving the palate wet.

This is one complex brew, and quite enjoyable. My wife even liked it and I'd buy this again anytime.

Photo of lamarr04
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a dark brown with big fluffy off-white head. Leaves big patches of lacing down the glass.

S: Nose is lots of big ripe fruit. Followed by some yeast sourness.

T: Wow. Very complex brew. Lots of sweetness from the malt yeast sourness towards the back. Some earthy notes underneath as well as some coriander.

M: Smooth full mouthfeel. Medium body with light carbonation and a slick finish.

D: I dunno. You would think a strong complex beer like this would be a sipper, but this one is not. I bought four for a pretty good price. May go back to get some more.

Photo of SleepyMonk
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled 33cl bottle poured into a tulip glass

Pours very dark with sediment sinking to the bottom of the glass. Holds a reasonable amount of head and sticky lacing.

Aroma is thick with dark fruits however it is a little subtle compared to similar beers.

It is the taste where this beer makes its mark. A complex palate soaked with those "fruits of the forest" or "Black Forest Cake" like characteristics. Creamy chocolate an malt hide below the surface of all that dark fruit and a mild degree of herbal spice with an emphasis on coriander sits comfortable amongst the dominant flavors.

The massive introduction of fruit eventually gives way to a sticky aftertaste and a very warm finish.

Photo of endovelico
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass. Taken from notes. Best before date of 2010.

Appearance: Thick white pillowy head. Muddy reddish brown brick color. Good lacing. Unperceived effervescence.

Aroma: Black currant / strawberry upfront. Medium high intensity. Slight clove. No hop aroma, unless there's some bullion on there ;) Grapy. Slight "sour" smell. strong alcohol smell. Nutty. Alcohol / Fusels.

Taste: Malty. Fuselly, caramel. Strawberry and currant. sight tartness. Cinnamon spiciness. Slightly nutty and toasty character. Yeast earthiness.

Palate: Medium high body. Finishes sweet. low carbonation (could be due to higher temperature though). low bitterness. slight burnt astringency.

Drinkability: sweet but not cloying. Digestible but not thin. good representation of the style. More of a ripe fruit variation rather than the typical full bodied grapy/plummy/candy sugar variation.

Photo of Macca
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This looked amazing coming out of the bottle. So thick.

A murky browny/red colour. Thick head.

Very dominant grain aroma some dark fruits as well and esters.

A bit murky on the flavour front. Some caramel in there along with those dark fruits still. A little alcohol warmth.

Creamy mouthfeel.

Not overwhelmed.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clouded dark browb with a nice creme head. Flavor is fairly hearty with darker sweet tones. Mature fruit tones. Hearty yes, though not severely complex. I dig it though. Feel is smooth on liquid. Carbonation is fairly vibrant. Man. Who needs the regular Hoegaarden when you've got this and the Grand Cru. The Speciale is waiting in my fridge and I am looking forward to trying that one too.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Earthy brown hazy pour with medium cream head, which lasts right to the finish.
Sweet, musty aroma, with subtle alcohol kick in the background. Hints of straw, and possibly brown sugar.
Definate alcohol taste, with a very delicate bittersweet finish. Doughy flavour, slight cream and banana notes. Heat from high alcohol present. Rich creamy body with mild carbonation.
Lovely combination of flavours and aromas, although the alcohol does become slightly overpowering.

Photo of goblet
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured this into a goblet from a bottle.

A, an amber orange brown it looks cloudy with yeast bits and low carbonation ,lite foam ,leaves little to no lacing.

S, fruity apple and pears,yeast and malt maybe some fresh plums .

T,mild and fruity with yeast smooth hops and malt it seems true to it`s name truly fabulous forbidden fruits .

M,smooth rich yeast , nothing over whelming on the sweet side although the fruityness is evident and covered alcohol.

D,this is very drinkable like a fruity malty juice and yeast . i like this i can have this regularly.

Photo of madvoice
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a rich reddy brown in colour with a thick foamy head that lasted quite a while and left lacing down the glass. Smelled of ripe pears.

Tasted subtly sweet with malty notes and a gentle bite.

Full bodied mouthfeel which finishes smooth.

Very very drinkable.

Photo of coldmeat23
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Goblet
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
BEST BEFORE: 19/09/09

Nice, dark-ish copper color with a ruby tint. One-finger head of creamy white foam that leaves a nice layer of cream floating atop the liquid. Lacing is okay.

Smells like booze infused dark fruits. Cherries, mostly, with some plums and peaches thrown in. Some nice caramel malt notes. Butterey brown sugar. Hints of light spiciness.

Dark fruits that have been lightly dipped in a butterey-sugar glaze. Plums are the dominant ones, here. Nice hints of toasted malts, way in the background.
This is actually a very well-balanced beer. I expected it to be more fruity, honestly. I am pleasantly surprised.

Medium body. Nice and creamy, which benefits the style. Smooth.

Very drinkable. Give me a six-pack of these and I'll show you. It's just tasty.

Photo of smcolw
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at 55º. Here's another overly sweet smelling beer. There's also some barn-like aromas. My notes say that this beer tasted both sweet and dry. It starts sugary but quickly gives way to a bitter aftertaste from the hop--the finish has little sweetness to it. Like many Belgians, this beer has a thick, rich body with a low level of carbonation.

Photo of Clubchat
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Trèfle Irlandais de Trois-Rivières

A - Dark amber color, fabulous foamy head, nice carbonation
S - Sweet malts, fruits (cherry, peach), spices
T - Taste like it smells, sweet malts, yeast, red fruits and vineous, spices
M - Well equilibrated, medium body
D - Pretty good beer, the Hoegaarden Grand Cru was a little bit better than that one for me, worth a try

Photo of WHROO
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter...burgundy red, with a fair dose of sediment. Nice 2 finger head, with good head retention.
This was an overall enjoyable ale...aroma was inviting - fruity, some plum & a little spice.
The taste lived up to the aroma, sweet malts, nice spices (cloves, coriander) & a little peppery. Not much bitterness detected.
Creamy, & easy, but I did get an warm alcohol kick from it...could definately detect the 9%ABV.
Mouthfeel for such a heavy drop was very good, not too sweet, not too spicey (but very alcoholy)...I definately wanted more...bewdiful drop.

Photo of philipquarles
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark amber brown with a frothy off-white head. Pretty decent retention and lots of lacing.

Smells of caramelized sugar, prunes, and malt. Continues on the pallet. The malt comes out more and the roasty character becomes more evident. Lots of sugar still present.

Pretty good, thick body that coats the mouth. Pretty drinkable overall, but a bit too sweet for my taste.

Photo of Brianmerrilyn
4.68/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this in the middle of the shelves at a supermarket in La Cruz near the border of Costa Rica and Nicuragua. 7oz bottle if I recollect correctly, as I was more than happy to have a real Belgian after knockin' down local lagers.

A: Poured dark red and brown creamy head into mini pint glass provided by the villa. big tough head breaking into big circles and impressive lacing with long strands sinking down vertically.

S: Nose is full of dark fruit(cherry/berry) and yeast

T: Sweet and suculent. Bitterness blunted by the sweetmalts and hops and balancing out perfectly with each finish.

M: Rather thick at first then moving to smooth medium and the carbonation fading away after five minutes or so.

D: One of the best beers I've had and made me smile wide and high. Very fruity and interesting take on the style, Hoegaarden has done well ont his one.

Photo of garcia2a
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this tasty with ggaughan in downtwon Strassen.

This beer poured a dark ruby color, nicely cloudy with a nice lacing head and low carbonation.

The nose has pleasant sweet malt and a weird peaty hint. This translated nicely to the taste as there was a nice maly bite, powdery yeast and a orange/lemon/apricot cirtus back taste that lingered for a few seconds post sip.

The body is slightly lighter than the appearance and nose would let on. This is easy on the palate, non-filling after the first and just a nice drinking experience.

Verboden Vrucht / Fruit Defendu (Forbidden Fruit) from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
86 out of 100 based on 218 ratings.