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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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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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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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vancurly

Australia

3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy red/brown amber, lots of yeasty chunks, off-white dense head, and a lot of bubbling.

Aromas of complex malts & candy sugar, subtle hops. There is a briney note there also, which would allow this beer to go well with Moules et Frittes.

A bit light on in flavour, for what I was expecting. I think the carbonation deadens the mouth a bit as it fizzes away... I'll give it a swirl to kick up more head, and maybe lose some of the CO2.

With some swirling & warmth, I get a perfumy candy flavour, mostly musk. Maybe I'm getting a bit jaded, but it's seems a bit cliche.... all esters & phenols, backed up by alcoholic warmth, not much beyond that...

There is an aftertaste of subtle hoppiness. The bitterness is medium.

Very effervescent, like its stablemates. Maybe too much so, as it tends to detract from the front-palate flavours.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2006 07:41:19 | More by vancurly
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seanyfo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brown with floaters, looks quite dense, not much light coming thru. , 2 finger tan head

S - Cloves, yeast, very apparent alcohol kick.

T - Not really sure about this one, starts off rather sweet, sugary even, but very abruptly i feel like i am assaulted by the alcohol. Not very smooth or understated. Couldnt find any malt notes either.

M - Medium carbonation, a nice consistency to the mouthfeel, not too thin, feels smooth going down.

D - Imbalance of the alcohol puts me off slightly, must admit i took a while to drink this and didnt seem to improve too much as it warmed through. I feel there are better strong dark belgians out there.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2006 10:12:52 | More by seanyfo
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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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beerdrifter

Germany

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

Picked this up at my favorite Belgian super market. Cloudy rusty brown pour with big two finger head, nice lacing and decent retention. Spicy dark fruits and sweet malts dominate the nose with a hint of metal and cherries. The taste starts off as a pretty typical Belgian bruin, but gets more complex with a nice slightly sour fruitiness. Also getting some caramel, prunes, rasins, bread, and a touch of metal. You definitely have to let this open up a bit. It was a bit fizzy at first, but really smoothed out as it warmed. The alcohol is fairly well hidden, but it's still a little bit boozey. I'm usually not a fan of sweet beers, but this one pulls it off nicely without crushing the drinkability. Very unique and tasty!

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 16:07:17 | More by beerdrifter
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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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LittleCreature

Australia

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 4.0
Poured two fingers of bubbly white head, which quickly reduced to a thin layer. The colour is a rich ruby-brown and slightly transparent.

Smell - 4.0
Very nice, increasing in strength as the beer warmed up. Fruity smells include strawberries, sultanas, pineapple and sweet malt.

Taste - 4.0
Strong, but the alcohol is reasonably well hidden. Roasted malt and grain tasted are most prevalent, and there is a definite although moderate hoppiness in the finish. There is some of the fruit in the smell, although much reduced. The aftertaste is quite strongly alcohol, not the best.

Mouthfeel - 4.5
Very smooth, with moderate carbonation and weight in the mouth. Almost creamy at times. Somewhat unusual how bubbly it is while still maintaining the smoothness.

Drinkability - 3.5
The overly alcoholic aftertaste would usually stop me from wanting a second, but there was no difficulty in finishing the one. Alcohol content is reasonably high, so you won't be wanting too many anyway.

OVERALL - 4
An interesting Belgian strong dark ale. Considering the name, I am somewhat disappointed it was not fruitier. The aftertaste is something of a disappointment, but the smell, mouthfeel and upfront taste are very good. The price is relatively high, but then so it the quality, so I wouldn't call it bad value. I may try this again if I find it at a good price. Went well with a strong cheddar cheese and multigrain crackers.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2007 12:57:25 | More by LittleCreature
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rvdoorn

Netherlands

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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EPICAC

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a cloudy, reddish brown, and is topped by a fluffy, beige head that had small flecks in it, and left decent lace. The aroma is quite varied. There are notes of cherry, dark fruit, caramel, and slight notes of medicinal phenols.

This beer is well attenuated upfront, but quickly moves into a sweet center with notes of cherry and dark fruit. The finish was slightly medicinal. This beer is medium-bodied, well carbonated, and slightly dry in the finish.

Overall this beer was decent, a bit sweet overall.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2010 02:09:42 | More by EPICAC
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Pintofbrown

Iowa

3.36/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This bottle is a vintage from the late '80's.

The beer actually still had some carb when I popped the cap! Cool! It pours REAL flat though. And there is no chance this thing is going to produce any kind of head. The body is a dark caramel, that has chunks of dark sediment settling at the bottom of the glass, smaller swirling of sediment throughout the beer.

The nose on this is pretty fantastic. There are dark fruits every where: figs, dates. Man, this is incredibly sweet and syrupy, lots of honey here too.

And... this is where the beer finally takes a turn. This really does not have much of anything to offer on the palate as far as flavors go. Mid-palate I detect just a little of the honey sweetness suggested by the nose, and then that band-aid flavor sets in a little. The finish also has a bunch mineral water bitterness.

The beer is flat, so really watery, just a little dry.

My final take on this: do not take a bottle of this and set it aside for near on twenty five years. I promise you this beer is passed its prime by this point.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 09:31:52 | More by Pintofbrown
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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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ggaughan

Pennsylvania

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

Beer poured a deep amber color with a thick tan head that lasts for awhile and gave way to a nice ring around the edges and impressive lacing. The nose had scotchy and sweet notes, pleasing. The taste was pleasantly scotchy, malty sweet. There were also noticable citrus tones and a hot feeling from the alcohol levels. The beer was rounded out by a nice bitterness on the tongue. A well rounded beer and probably the best from Hoegaarden.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2008 11:57:34 | More by ggaughan
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philipquarles

Connecticut

3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2008 19:27:35 | More by philipquarles
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hunteraw

China

3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark honey, moderate white head, some lacing but not much, and lots of dark floaties.

Smell: lots of yeasty fruitiness, a hint of spice, sweet

Taste: not quite up to my expectations (granted, they were a little too high). Acidic, fruity, yeasty, a hint of caramel. The alcohol is detectable, but well-hidden considering this is a 9% ABV brew.

Mouthfeel: medium body, highly carbonated, very smooth and silky. The acidity contributes to a very nice crisp finish.

Drinkability: revisiting a previous review, quite satisfying and balanced. Not exceedingly memorable but solid

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2006 02:16:18 | More by hunteraw
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sfprint

Germany

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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mooseisloose

Florida

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Smell is malty and chicory-like. Pours to a golden light rootbeer color with a huge head. First taste is very malty and thick like a milkshake. Head really stays. Following malt is a slight herbal spiciness. Carbonation is good. The high AC is hardly evident and is really masked by the thickness of this brew. A delicious brew with drinkability only limited by the high AC content that can sneak up on you. As a note the AC was listed on the bottle as 8.5%.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2008 01:39:11 | More by mooseisloose
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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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RuudJH

Netherlands

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

Nice label on the bottle.
'Beer from dark malts, flavoured with herbs', bottle conditioned.

Copper to brown colour, cloudy, with a huge head, nice lacing.

Smell + taste is, next to the malt, of clove, koriander. Very fresh, hardly any bitterness, but no fruity sweetness either. it's clean and slightly dry in the aftertaste. The alcohol is well masked. The mouthfeel is full and chewy.

Very interesting beer. It's warming.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2010 15:36:56 | More by RuudJH
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ThaCreep

Belgium

3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Brownish red tints. The nut and caramel are present on the nose but feels like slightly acid and trace amounts of candied fruit. The mouth is full of spice to the way the range Hoegaarden. It is coupled with a good spicy bitterness and assertive in the finish. A stout strong in attack but then more soothing but that spotlights spices.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2010 18:24:19 | More by ThaCreep
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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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Macca

Australia

3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 08:27:16 | More by Macca
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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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baggio

Sweden

3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bought in Holland with a best before date of 23/12/07.

A Brownish color with a thin, creamy, lace on top. Bottlefermented so lots of crap floating around in the beer :)

S: Ripe fruit, portwine, grain, yeast.

T: Cherries, apple, sugarcandy, yeast.

M: Low carbonation. Liquid is very smooth and warming. You can feel the beer warming you up as you go.

A well put togheter beer with many interesting complexities.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2007 19:19:29 | More by baggio
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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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DaveFL1976

Florida

3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a turbid, cloudy light brown, topped with a thick tan head. Are those things supposed to be floating in my beer? There's thousands of them! It's kind of scary!
At least it smells good. Light, citrusy smell, with maybe some mango or passionfruit thrown in. Smells pretty tasty, actually!
Taste is thinner than I expected, with a bit of fruityness in place of where I would normally expect malt. It almost tastes like a cross between beer and wine. certainly not a bad taste, but I'm not sure my palate is too crazy about it. A bit of alcohol is noticable at the end of the swallow. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth, with good carbonation and good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2006 03:10:22 | More by DaveFL1976
Verboden Vrucht / Fruit Defendu (Forbidden Fruit) from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
87 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.