Verboden Vrucht / Fruit Defendu (Forbidden Fruit) - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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3.58/5 rDev -7.3%
Appearance: very dark amber colour. Nearly opaque with a lot of floating sediments. Medium-sized, foamy tan head. Fair retention but not much lacing.
Aroma: alcoholic vinous, sweet malts and ripe fruits.
Taste: confirms the aroma plus caramel and spices.
Mouthfeel: mouth coating and creamy, low carbonation, high alcoholic strength (my bottle stated 8.5% instead of 9%) and a full body.
Finish: warming and sweet aftertaste.
Overall: too sweet (almost cloying) for my taste. The alcoholic strength is very apparent. Nevertheless a very complex and interesting beer. Definitely worthy a try.
03-09-2008 12:26:22 | More by AlexLMS
4.9/5 rDev +26.9%
This is the second time I am trying the Forbidden Fruit, this time a full bottle; the last time
I shared a bottle with Keith. The Forbidden Fruit is my entry into my favourite Belgian style,
the Belgian Strong Dark Ales. After quite a while venturing into the world of Belgian Strong
Dark Ales, I would probably drop the rating for Hoegaarden Forbidden Fruit down to 9.5. After
tasting many of the great Belgian Dark Ales, I guess my taste buds have matured quite a bit!
Anyway this fruity ale pours out a dark red brown with a mild creamy head with pretty good
retention. It smells strongly of cherries, berries and some dark fruit and a subtle nice yeasty
smell. It was heavy on the fruits in terms of taste as well; pretty unique compared to a number
of the dark ales. Cherries and berries as usual with a few other dark fruits like plums was
in the taste. Nice aroma from the smell to the taste; really good. The finish was very slightly
bitter but not at all disturbing. Also well masqueraded is the alcohol and there was not a hint
of alcoholic taste in this beer though the strength along with the nicely balanced subtle bitter
finish gives is great character for such an ale. Very fruity yet full of unique character due
to a masterfully crafted balance. The body was between medium to full body but I felt it could
have been better off with a thicker body. Almost no carbonation and very smooth mouth feel and
it also smoothly runs down my throat. A full score for drinkability for certain! The after taste
was again Cherries and berries (and perhaps plums) and I could really appreciate this
fruitiness. One of the most drinkable strong Belgian dark ales which is fruity tasty, sweet and
well-balanced; a Hoegaarden masterpiece and one of my favourite beers.
07-02-2007 18:00:47 | More by basica
3.8/5 rDev -1.6%
I've been wanting to try this beer for two years - ever since I picked up a Verboden Vrucht goblet.
I of course poured into said goblet, and it's deep orange brown, almost walnut, with a finely beaded off-white head. Lots of lace, cloudy and clumpish. Nice.
It has a tart citric nose, earthy, a bit of toffee. Mild fruit aromas mixed with yeast.
The taste starts with a strong sweet fruit hit. Buried in the fruit is a bitterness, a ghost of chocolate, which intensifies as it warms and the flavors develop a bit. Lots of different hints of fruit and funk gather at the dryish end. Then raspberries and dark full flavors lead to a pleasing bitter cocoa aftertaste.
A mild alcohol burn hits the back of your throat, but not harsh. It's creamy and smooth, very drinkable, but potent. I really enjoyed this brew, but it's a once in a while affair.
08-23-2005 02:40:24 | More by horndecker
3.15/5 rDev -18.4%
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.
03-26-2005 10:59:26 | More by BeerNutta
United Kingdom (England)
4.08/5 rDev +5.7%
A: Dark reddish with lots of sediment. Slightly off-white bubbly head.
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.
08-11-2012 08:06:33 | More by Hoppsbabo
4.5/5 rDev +16.6%
From a brown bottle with a artistic painting of mostly naked people.
In a word, wow. Pours a somewhat unatractive poopy brown, the only negative. But head is dark white and consistant the whole way down. Taste is awesome! Deep and bold, hoppy and sweet, flavors evolve and roll over as you enjoy. Would go really well with a heavy, meaty meal. And the 8.8% alcohol content ensures it gives you a good kick in the pants! Highly recomended.
11-07-2003 20:13:29 | More by RocketWidget
3.73/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
03-12-2004 17:38:53 | More by ChrisBowers
3.88/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
06-10-2008 17:22:11 | More by garcia2a
4/5 rDev +3.6%
Ordered this one at Cirio in Brussels. 33cl, 8.5% ABV. The label has a picture of what I assume to be Adam and Eve.
Appearance: Pours a deep amber. Very cloudy with some floaties. A small tan head forms, but there is no laving.
Smell: Very fruity. Rich sweet malt with a lot of dark fruits.
Taste: initial bitterness lasts until the finish. Highly carbonated and lively. Its thick and malty, light phenols give way to more dark fruits and finishes lightly dry.
Notes: It was good. Nothing really special about this beer, because nothing really stands out.
07-21-2005 10:36:54 | More by dauss
4/5 rDev +3.6%
i am trying the less popular hoegaarden verboden vrucht before the hoegaarden original witbier for no particular reason other than the higher abv for equal price. both beers are available to me at the local grocery store, along with chimay and a few more foreign beers. i have a very limited selection to choose from, think guinness, heineken and bud, that's about it. but this one proves to be well worth the 400 yen, or about $3.50.
poured from a 33cl bottle into a chimay chalice, this looks good, can't wait to smell it. nice dark mahogany with a beautiful off-white head. i have to compare this to the only other belgian strong dark i am familiar with, chimay blue. this appears to be a hint of a shade lighter in color. and much sweeter in the nose.
much more fruity. all kinds of fruits. this is an amazing beer to quaff, but i do not have the beer experience or vocabulary to describe what i smell. it's pretty intense, but i can say this seems to be less yeasty, or bready than chimay blue. sipping confirms this. maybe not as smooth, but the alcohol is well hidden, certainly easy going down for a 9%.
overall i would have to say this has more flavor than a chimay blue, a little more intense. but that doesn't necessarily mean i like it better. when it comes to international beerdom i am still a total newb, but every belgian style beer i've tried has rocked my world, and this one did not disappoint.
01-28-2006 14:53:17 | More by davidchollar
3.63/5 rDev -6%
P - Brown 330ml Bottle. Gold label of what seems to be adam presenting a tempting beer to Eve
A - Very cloudy dark amber. Some yeast visible even after decanting. big thick 3 inch head. Reduces to a thick creamy white foam leaving moderate lacing on the glass. Very small bubbles visible rising up the side of the glass.
S - Red wine / red grapes aroma. Rasberry. Alcohol. High ester.
T - Sweet berry flavour. cloves. Bready with moderate to high malt sweetness, a little caramel. A little bitterness and flavour of roasted malt. Femented berries. Dry and spicy hop flavours present at the back of the palate along with alcohol Warming as the beer goes down. Earthen yeasty flavours. Alcohol becomes very much more detectable as the beer warms. Aftertaste is of grassy hops and more earthen yeast flavours. Dry on the back of the palate and a little sweet at the front.
M - Soft and fluffy, reasonably thin in the mouth and a little sticky. Sharp atthe back of the palate from the alcohol.
D - Quite a complex beer. Good in small ammounts. Type of beer you would have only 2-3 of a week.
11-30-2006 10:36:36 | More by Finite
4/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
08-23-2009 15:51:04 | More by weissbierdrinker
3.93/5 rDev +1.8%
Brown bottle, best before 9/7/05 - consumed only a few weeks before that date.
App: Very impressive. I poured it, had a long dinner, and the head is still there. A really really good head retainer for this strength. The head itself is 'graded' - large bubbles on the bottom, finer ones on top (may be a side effect of the above point). Quite fizzy, very sticky lacing, not a huge amounth though. Colour is dark red-brown. Very warm in colour, mildly cloudy.
Smell: Potent - Alcohol mostly. Orange peel, pepper, coriander. Nice but not overpowering.
Taste: Orange, pure malty alcohol on sides of tongue, fiery like a good single malt. Peppery, not very hoppy. In fact there are hops, but I find them hard to identify. Maybe plum, barley grain. Natural-tasting®. Candied sugar. Bubblegum, banana, ash, coffee, grape and possibly the texture of turnip. Nice and complicated.
MF: Smooth, just slips down. Alcohol makes it a bit numbing.
Drinkability: Hmmm... strong, peppery, a little cloying. Not so great to drink all night.
09-03-2005 03:15:23 | More by Weizenmensch
United Kingdom (England)
3.6/5 rDev -6.7%
Pours with rich head to start, though did not last too long. Medium dark colour with a little cloudiness if you empty the bottle all at one go, though you can leave the sediment in the bottle. Rich sweet heavy aroma, fruity, caramel and malt, with a hint of spice and nuttiness. Flavour is very rich and sweet, but not a great deal of character, no depth of flavours other than the sweetness, any subtle flavours overtaken by the sweetness. I did enjoy this, but would not want more than one bottle, there are other Belgium beers with similar sweetness but more depth of flavour and character. Recommended to try if you enjoy this style of sweet rich beers, but don't expect too much, the name implies something greater than it is !
Bham UK Jan 2006
01-18-2006 22:32:32 | More by JohnW
4.28/5 rDev +10.9%
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.
08-22-2010 18:37:50 | More by StephenRich
3.95/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
05-29-2009 23:36:57 | More by endovelico
4.22/5 rDev +9.3%
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.
09-29-2008 08:57:34 | More by WHROO
Verboden Vrucht / Fruit Defendu (Forbidden Fruit) from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
87 out of 100 based on 204 ratings.