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Forbidden Fruit - The Vermont Pub & Brewery

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62 Ratings
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Ratings: 62
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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Photo of tammy829
5/5  rDev +40.8%

tammy829, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Borussia
4.85/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a find this beer was. I did not care much for the description, as it made little mention of the type of malt used in this beer. Even when it arrived, I was sceptical, primarily because of its somewhat excessive red colour. But the first smell put all fears to rest. A big wall of fruit. What I liked particularly about this beer was that it was not too sour - instead, you could really appreciate the mellow, fruity flavour of the berries. My guess is that they have managed to add just the right amount of malt sweetness to tone down the acidity without turning this beer into a syrup. The lack of acidity was also well complimented by subtle hop flavours, just enough to create a dry finish that fits this style very well.

Borussia, Apr 02, 2005
Photo of Weischej
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Weischej, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of CaptYellow
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was to me remarkably like a tea. I did, however, have the absinthe first. I like it though. It's quite unusual. My friend and I both thought it was like Starbuck's Tazo Passion Tea. Perhaps like a carbonated version. Because of that, beer drinkers may not like it. They do offer a version of this, half Forbidden Fruit and half stout.

CaptYellow, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of lgmol
4/5  rDev +12.7%

lgmol, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of EricPecuch
4/5  rDev +12.7%

EricPecuch, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of beernut7
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The unusual pink color of this brew is the first thing to catch the senses. There is a light hop and fruity aroma with a refreshing estery fruit flavor to the beer. Not a bad summer slinger.

beernut7, Jul 20, 2002
Photo of rudzud
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this at the Taste of Marlborough , multiple times.

A - Pours a nice bright almost ruby red raspberry hue, slightly hazy, with a thin fizzy head atop it.

S - Nose pops with lots of bright, sweet candied raspberries. Not fake/artificial, there are some light sour mash and faint oak.

T - Slightly sour and bitter with nice fresh raspberry notes. Like a fresher framboise as this does not have that artificial syrup note to it. Still, the raspberry is rather light.

M - Mouthfeel is very enjoyable here. Light and slightly flemmy.

O - Overall, this was a solid fruit beer. And at a festival with mostly adjunct lagers this really hit the spot.

rudzud, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of ElGallo
4/5  rDev +12.7%

ElGallo, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of sailorastro
4/5  rDev +12.7%

sailorastro, Jul 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

HoppyKilaMonster, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of scarletfire79
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

you can tell this is a fruit beer by sight. it's a very natural red in color. just like raspberry juice. the nose is full of the berry aroma, but the taste isn't extremely sweet. too often these fruit beers are super sweet, but i find this one to be very enjoyable. maybe it's the oak aging that mellows the sweetness slightly.

scarletfire79, Sep 07, 2007
Photo of mhatters
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a 12oz tulip glass at the brewery

Pours a bright raspberry color all the way through, with a small white head on top

The nose is powerful with the fruit, and an acidicsour note that balances the sweetness of the raspberry.

Sour and delightful, the raspberry flavor is very strong, but cut with a sour crispness. Some wheat in the flavor as well.

Light, well carbonated, overall a bit thin but not disappointing

A good change of pace on a hot day, I do not want a lot of these, but really enjoy a few

mhatters, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of weeare138
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

weeare138, Jul 19, 2005
Photo of papat444
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

papat444, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of Deuane
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Deuane, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of Mattgruv
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Mattgruv, Jun 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

JRod1969, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of millerbuffoon
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

millerbuffoon, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of Chincino
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer on tap at the Vermont Pub and Brewery in Burlington, VT. It poured a hazy pink color. It had little carbonation and was a very light beer with good drinkability. The aroma was of fruit-berries and wheat. It wasn't my favorite beer on tap at the pub, but it was a decent light summer fruit beer.

Chincino, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of ShemRahBoo
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

ShemRahBoo, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of thekevlarkid
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Off tap this award-wining beer was a ruby/garnet color with a thin collar of frothy, cranberry-colored head. The retention was fair and the lacing in streaks. The aroma was of strawberry, raspberry, a touch of wheat and alcohol. The flavors were of tart cranberries, sour cherries, alcohol and some raspberry. Nicely balanced between the sweet and sour elements. Fresh, clean and highly acidic -so much so that I couldn't imagine going through multiples and it would be difficult to pair with food. The mouthfeel was average, the body medium and the carbonation perfectly light.

thekevlarkid, Jul 07, 2009
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3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

jmz62565, Mar 17, 2006
Photo of Todd
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Todd, Feb 10, 2002
Photo of grub
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

grub, Jun 06, 2010
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Forbidden Fruit from The Vermont Pub & Brewery
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