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Forbidden Fruit - The Vermont Pub & Brewery

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61 Ratings

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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 13.52%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Vermont Pub & Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A light, refreshing fruit beer fremented with over 500 pounds of real raspberries! At 6.2% ABV it is in the early reaches of the strong biére category! This ruby red, sour mashed and oak aged weiss beer is for everyone. Maybe some oak, cherry and vanilla come through? Try mixing it with our currently offered stout, on tap. It is real, it is right and it works. The freshest framboise on tap in town, no question.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-10-2002)
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Reviews by mletten:
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

03-17-2014 02:34:25 | More by mletten
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3.65/5  rDev +2.8%

Here's an unusual beer. 500lbs of raspberries were used to produce this fruit lambic-like beer. Has a murky light strawberry colour to it with a thin pink lace -- like a wine cooler. Clean nose, soft-raspberry aroma and a touch of fruity candy. Strong wheat flavour, crisp, tart and puckering with huge raspberry flavours and a limey / salty citrus bite.

A bit one-dimensional (a fruit overload on the senses), but extremely interesting. Kudos to the brewer for making something so outrageous.

02-10-2002 20:30:48 | More by Todd
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -15.5%

Vermont Pub- Forbidden Fruit

Appearance- Reddish orange with no head.
Smell- Candy raspberries.
Taste- Light malt with a nice touch of raspberries and powdered sugar. Raspberries aren't overpowering which makes this a nice sipping beer.
Mouthfeel- candy sweet at first but settling into a nice mild sipper.

Overall- Much better than I was expecting. Couldn't drink more than 1 or 2 but definitely worth a pint!

01-02-2007 17:54:25 | More by NJpadreFan
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

01-26-2013 15:33:55 | More by prdstmnky
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3.68/5  rDev +3.7%

Pours a cloudy orange red with a smallish head. The smell has a rasberry scent to it,but it's not as strong as I thought it would be. The taste,however, is all rasberry. The fruit totally dominates the flavor of this beer. The m/f is light and well balanced. This is like a rasberry soda,but it is pretty refreshing and I'm not a fan of fruit beer.

03-17-2006 03:27:47 | More by jmz62565
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

12-29-2011 19:49:06 | More by jh1982
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

08-10-2014 02:40:21 | More by Onequarter
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Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

06-29-2013 03:00:08 | More by Mattgruv
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3.85/5  rDev +8.5%

Appears a glowing nuclear red with a liggle bit of carbonation and a small white head that fades.
Smell is of tart raspberries that pretty much drown out any other aroma within the glass's vicinity.
Taste is of huge raspberries with a decently rounded tartness.
Mouthfeel is tart towards the sides of the tongue with a low amount of carbonation.
Drinkability is ok. One and done for me.

07-19-2005 18:10:16 | More by weeare138
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Quebec (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +7%

On tap directly at the brewpub into a mug.

Pours a raspberry-like red body, slight tart aroma that is quite pleasant. A nice acidic raspberry flavor with a relative clean finish. I`d call this a middle of the road ale. Not intense but authentic nonetheless.

12-22-2013 19:14:24 | More by papat444
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

07-01-2012 21:35:15 | More by LCannon4
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New York

5/5  rDev +40.8%

11-16-2011 23:06:18 | More by tammy829
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2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

12-08-2012 23:31:17 | More by JohannesRaatz
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

05-04-2014 19:34:21 | More by patrick802
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

01-02-2013 19:07:35 | More by nafredet1
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3.38/5  rDev -4.8%

Tap at the brew pub.

Light fizzy head, bright raspberry hazy beer.

Nose sweet raspberry candy and ice cream, some fresh raspberry, hint of soured malts.

Taste light fruit, no real tart or sour, raspberry fruit, almost creamy and mostly dry, acidic and a weird bitterness, tannic like berry stem and light juicy fruit. Light bready malts. Finishes dry, very dry, flemmy and raspberry fruit but more syrup extract than fresh.

Mouth is lighter bodied, a bit thin and watery, decent carb, flemmy and sticky.

Overall not very good, not sour or tart at all!!! just a sweet fruity beer, not quite a mess but just not good.

11-14-2011 03:59:56 | More by jlindros
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Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +2.8%

64oz growler from the brewery, filled 5-31-10 and sampled june 5/2010.

pours hazy dark pink, not quite red, with a small dense light pink head. the head drops fast and leaves only a few spots of lace.

aroma is nice. raspberry and fruity ale character. whole wheat bread and biscuit. touch of cracker. light alcohol. touch of herbal and light floral character.

taste is nice. lightly tart raspberry. white bread and biscuit. touch of cracker. bit of nutty character from the raspberry seeds. hint of alcohol. light herbal character.

mouthfeel is good. nice light body with a good dry finish. light carbonation level, which seems a bit lower than it was when sampled on tap. i think i liked it with the carbonation it had on tap.

drinkability is good. nicely balanced, hiding almost all its alcohol. not overly tart or acidic either. great raspberry presence that still leaves a nice beery presence beneath.

06-06-2010 00:11:34 | More by grub
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2.83/5  rDev -20.3%

First had: on tap at their brewpub

While labeled as a framboise, I don't think this is an actual lambic, but more of a general fruit/raspberry beer. Poured slightly hazy with a pinkish/purplish hue, and a foamy head of delicate white-pink bubbles. Clean aroma, smelling of light grains and berry candy. Tart and bitter taste, lots of raspberries of course, dry and somewhat metallic. Light bodied and kind of watery. Didn't really care for this one, but I give it points overall since a beer like this is a bit atypical for a small outfit like VTP&B.

09-01-2011 17:23:22 | More by Rifugium
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New York

3/5  rDev -15.5%

11-17-2011 03:44:26 | More by shufon
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

11-04-2013 22:51:21 | More by JRod1969
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

05-16-2014 21:52:39 | More by Viperman1316
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North Carolina

3.21/5  rDev -9.6%

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a pale, ruby coloring with no head. Strong, tart, sweet raspberry nose, with not much else interfering. The beer smells amazing. Tart and tangy raspberry on the forward tongue, with a toasty, grainy backbone that remains subtle, only there to provide some balance. The aftertaste is all tart raspberry sweetness, with a cloying finish on a light, crisp body. The fruit is completely spotlighted on this brew, but it has trouble living up to the aromas.

08-09-2013 04:40:05 | More by GarthDanielson
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New Hampshire

3.28/5  rDev -7.6%

On tap at the source.
golden with a pink tinge to it and a thin off white head that sticks for a bit. Smells of raspberries mostly. Hints of sour and tart underneath, but this one is mostly raspberries. Taste is lightly tart with again lots of berries and a bit of sweet bready malt underneath. Medium body with a spirited level of carbonation and a sweet yet tart mouthfeel. I only got 3 oz of this and that was plenty. Nice if you like a little beer in your raspberry spritzer.

02-26-2012 23:10:35 | More by johnnnniee
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3.6/5  rDev +1.4%

Deep red raspberry color with a big fluffy pink head, excellent retention and sticky lacing. Looks promising. The aroma is redolent of tart raspberries as you’d expect. The flavor, however, comes up a little short. There’s plenty of fresh raspberries in there but I would actually have preferred some more sweetness, as there’s very little (less than you’d find in a piece of the ripe fruit). The sour aspect of the beer was a little lacking as well. A bit of wheat flavor underneath the berries. Overall a little mystifying I’d say.

Decent mouthfeel seemed just a little shy on the carbonation. Drying finish with a hint of raspberry lingering in the aftertaste.

10-26-2011 17:26:10 | More by tobelerone
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3.8/5  rDev +7%

A-Bright raspberry red with a small white head that faded into a ring.

S-Tart raspberries and a bit of sugary sweetness.

T-Raspberries and then wait...more raspberries. A bit of tartness to make you pucker.

M-A bit thin...lacked any kind of supporting malt body what so ever.

D-Pretty nice, I equated this one to be similar to a weak version of Founder's Blushing Monk...save the fact the BM has a supporting body.

07-04-2008 07:06:38 | More by Deuane
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Forbidden Fruit from The Vermont Pub & Brewery
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