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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

196 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 196
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.08%
Wants: 13
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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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ObsidianWhite

Netherlands

3.25/5  rDev -16%

11-17-2013 12:02:43 | More by ObsidianWhite
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dcmchew

Romania

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

11-01-2013 18:47:56 | More by dcmchew
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PeterVesti

China

3.25/5  rDev -16%

09-20-2013 05:46:14 | More by PeterVesti
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harpus

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

09-12-2013 14:53:09 | More by harpus
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DaPan

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

08-06-2013 10:15:24 | More by DaPan
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StJamesGate

New York

3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Solid.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 21:01:13 | More by StJamesGate
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roblowther

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 09:06:31 | More by roblowther
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Sturmthis

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

07-12-2013 13:28:44 | More by Sturmthis
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seyton

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

07-06-2013 21:06:30 | More by seyton
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

07-03-2013 22:17:08 | More by WOLFGANG
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safaricook

Netherlands

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 20:21:10 | More by safaricook
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patre_tim

China

4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 14:38:55 | More by patre_tim
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IchLiebeBier

Virginia

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

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

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 23:09:38 | More by IchLiebeBier
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magpieken

Australia

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

05-25-2013 14:43:46 | More by magpieken
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desint

Belgium

2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

05-24-2013 12:09:52 | More by desint
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Ciocanelu

Romania

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

05-16-2013 21:02:16 | More by Ciocanelu
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Archemedies

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

05-05-2013 13:31:43 | More by Archemedies
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metter98

New York

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 15:26:25 | More by metter98
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newton99

Belgium

3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

04-04-2013 09:59:14 | More by newton99
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WastedYouth

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

03-13-2013 19:24:07 | More by WastedYouth
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Chrily

Norway

4/5  rDev +3.4%

02-21-2013 11:57:32 | More by Chrily
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Arno


4.44/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2013 21:51:41 | More by Arno
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LBIsurf

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.4%

01-30-2013 01:22:40 | More by LBIsurf
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pelicon

Slovenia

4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

01-09-2013 15:20:48 | More by pelicon
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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
Verboden Vrucht / Fruit Defendu (Forbidden Fruit) from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
87 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.