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

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196 Ratings
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Ratings: 196
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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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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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
Verboden Vrucht / Fruit Defendu (Forbidden Fruit) from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
87 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.