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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

199 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 199
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.36%
Wants: 13
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single bottle from the Bier Markt in downtown Toronto.

Poured into a Unibroue snifter, which I found very appropriate, considering the bottle label reminds me of something Unibroue or Dieu du Ciel would do themselves (or perhaps its the other way round?) A dark, ruddy amber brew, the colour of which reminded me a great deal of black cherries. A fluffy, off-white head sat on top like a generous dollop of ice cream. Good retention on this, lovely lacing as well.

The nose is absolutely invigorating. Plum brandy, black currant, raisins, grape, sugar, only a mild yeastiness. While hardly wallowing in complexity, it certainly is mouthwatering.

The tastes are quite similar as are found in the nose. In addition to black currant and raisin, I'm also picking up sherry, a bit of chocolate and malt. Very tasty indeed. Except for the sweet wine/sherry flavors, the alcohol is marvelously difficult to detect.

Forbidden Fruit is undoubtedly sweet, almost cloyingly so, but it works tremendously well as a dessert beer. More than a bottle at a time would be far too much, but a nice snifter enjoyed with cheese or cake would be excellent. In my case, since it possessed so many similarities to a sweet port or a sherry, some Stilton cheese and crackers cut through the sweetness brilliantly, making for a great food pairing.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 06:50:46 | More by JohnnyBarman
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patre_tim

China

4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
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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Naerhu

Japan

4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ingredients: malt, hop, yeast
Funky cool design no the bottle.
Slightly off white head that leaves attractive lacing. The darkest red body, malty, fruity nose, sweetness on a light bodied and light bitterness. The flavor is an attractive over-ripe fruit, like a when a pear is past its prime, a little too mushy, yet still really good.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2003 06:32:05 | More by Naerhu
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paulish

New York

4/5  rDev +3.6%

04-13-2014 00:15:31 | More by paulish
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eric5bellies

Australia

4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
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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dansmcd

Australia

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

12-02-2013 08:01:24 | More by dansmcd
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GreenCard

Oregon

3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle best-by date: 9/7/05

Appearance: a ruddy reddish brown/copper color, quite cloudy, HUGE layer of sudsy light tan head that sits like egg-white on the glass, lace, retention is impressive

Aroma: wheat bread, clove, touch of banana, yeast, alcohol, hint of cinnamon

Flavor: fruity and malty sweetness surrounded by clovey phenolics, light spices (perhaps the standard dried orange and coriander), yeast, and a bit of grain; a touch of iron in the aftertaste; slightly sweet finish

Mouthfeel: medium body, sparkling carbonation, some alcohol warmth but no burn

Overall Impression: Definitely the better of the Hoegaarden line that I have tried so far, Grand Cru coming second (though I have yet to try the Speciale). Amazingly easy to drink, despite its 8.5% abv.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2003 19:00:33 | More by GreenCard
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ATPete

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33cl bottle purchased at a bodega in Brussels, Belgium.

*the label reads 8.5% alcohol, BA has it listed at 9...

A- Hazy orange amber, some floaties, not much of a head.

S- Enormous nose to this one, tons of fruit; cherries, peaches, raisons, and lots of spice, nutmeg, all spice and other belgian spices.

T- Dominately malts, no solid hop character, more fruit notes like that mentioned in the nose, slightly tart, some cinnamon and more spice pokes through, nice after taste, the high alcohol works wonders with the general taste of this brew from Hoegaarden.

M- Medium to heavy mouthfeel, some tannin and pretty warming due to the 8.5%

D- the overall complexity is amazing! this is something i would grab a bunch of for maturing purposes...

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2008 13:16:34 | More by ATPete
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Archemedies

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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

Norway

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(33 cl bottle, bought in Denmark). Cloudy brown with floaties, enormous thick creamy head. Lovely complex aroma of cherries, figs, prunes, spices, oak and sandalwood. Flavour is not quite as complex - malty, some fruit and spices, rather alcoholic, bitter finish. I wish the aftertaste had been as good as the aroma. A beer well above average, but not as good as I expected.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2004 21:34:13 | More by Sigmund
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marburg

Michigan

4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I thought I'd reviewed this already, but apparently I haven't, so here we go -- this is from a bottle brought back from a recent trip to Belgium.

Dark brown: stained wood or light cola in color. And the head just won't die. Exotic, epicurean nose: fresh cut figs, dark brown sugar, candied orange peel, alcohol, and yeast. Following nicely, a slow, easy sipping combination of estery flavors -- sweet, ripe fruit to the "nth" degree -- form a sugary swirl of rich flavors with raisin and mild cinnamon/nutmeg. Finish lingers with the sensation of the bitter part of a package of mixed greens. I think the yeast gives this some body where the alcohol would have you dismiss it as a slightly thin booze-bomb. Great big beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2004 14:07:40 | More by marburg
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NightINgale

Russian Federation

4/5  rDev +3.6%

05-04-2014 19:41:49 | More by NightINgale
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therica

Maryland

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought in Leuven Belgium, hand-carried to the USA and consumed 8 months later after diligent care and consistent temperature.

Poured an interesting earthy medium-brown, with a huge foamy head that stayed for what seemed forever. I had to wait for the foam to settle before I could pour the final 1/3 of the bottle.

Smell-- fruity, mid yeast, cinnamon, pear.

Taste-- not quite what I'd hoped for after its high recommendations by Leuven residents, but very worth the try. Some complexities in fruits, hints of anise, coffee, melon, maybe molasses.

Mouthfeel-- moderate bitterness but not overwhelming, more apparent in the aftertaste than in the drinking. Slight pleasant fruity sweetness.

Very drinkable in small quantities.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2006 00:32:26 | More by therica
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joecast

Australia

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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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mulder1010

Australia

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2009 13:14:54 | More by mulder1010
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cypressbob

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle

Pours with a cloudy burgandy body with some hints of brown. Off white head, almost verging on mauve, slightly creamy with fair retention

Smell, sweet malt and alcohol, raisins steeped in brandy, the scent from a glass of rochefort 10 thats been sitting for a few hours after being consumed leaving a slight residue

Taste, big alcoholic warmth. Tasty yeasty almost wheaty body, raisins coming through again, along with other dried fruit, some slight bitterness

A slightly different take on a dark ale, almost like someone combined their grand cru and abbaye des rocs or similar and came up with this

Different, but very tasty, i'll probably buy this again

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2005 01:00:01 | More by cypressbob
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stevoj

Germany

4/5  rDev +3.6%

05-01-2012 18:07:17 | More by stevoj
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atis

Finland

4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours murky dark brown with large almost white head and sticky and generous lacing. Aroma is sweet caramel malt with dried fruit, spice and a touch of alcohol.

Taste is rich and complex - gentle malt, caramel, mild spices, fruity alcohol and yeast - quite subtle and nothing in excess. Mouthfeel is soft creamy with pleasant warming feeling, slightly prickly carbonation.

The perfect brew for snowy, cold and dark winter evening to be sitting inside and enjoying nice flavours of Verboden Vrucht.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 16:21:56 | More by atis
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chilidog

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A long awaited Goal beer for myself that was brought back from England by a friend, many thanks! Poured into a Belgium bought Adam & Eve glass, the brew was a dark burnt orange/copper color with a nice maintaining slight off-white head. Lace was abound, ringed and sticky. The aroma was fruity, mostly dark fruit. The taste of mostly darker fruits as well such as prune, plum and raisin. A slight hop/malt balance is well done and lingers in the aftertaste. The alcohol is high, but soft and soothing. Mouthfeel is silky soft aided from the carbonation, while not heavy but produced the head that blankets the top. Drinkable yes, as a dessert brew if sweet is not what your looking for because this taste is more raw, off the vine, not candy coated. A goal met well for sure!

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2004 21:26:51 | More by chilidog
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rekel

Netherlands

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-30-2011 16:57:17 | More by rekel
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vancurly

Australia

3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
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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beerdrifter

Germany

3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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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seanyfo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.28/5  rDev -15%
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 +8.3%
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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rvdoorn

Netherlands

4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
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
Verboden Vrucht / Fruit Defendu (Forbidden Fruit) from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
87 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.