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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.

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Photo of JohannesRaatz
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

JohannesRaatz, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

djrn2, Oct 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

sailorastro, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of LCannon4
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

LCannon4, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of Weischej
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Weischej, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of claytong
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

claytong, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of muskiesman
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

muskiesman, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of johnnnniee
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

johnnnniee, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of EricPecuch
4/5  rDev +12.7%

EricPecuch, Jan 24, 2012
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2/5  rDev -43.7%

ejw127, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of jh1982
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

jh1982, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of ElGallo
4/5  rDev +12.7%

ElGallo, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of shufon
3/5  rDev -15.5%

shufon, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of tammy829
5/5  rDev +40.8%

tammy829, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of jlindros
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

jlindros, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of tobelerone
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

tobelerone, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
2.83/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Rifugium, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of Brad007
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mild red color with a one finger head into my glass. Appropriate color for such a beer.

Aroma is lush with the essence of rapsberry. It's surprisingly not overpowering.

Raspberry greets the taste buds in a lukewarm manner. Not cloying and not bland either. It's just, well, there.

Mouthfeel has a bit of sourness and lingering rapsberry. Nothing out of the ordinary.

I believe my taste buds have changed. It was mind blowing years ago. Still a good beer.

Brad007, Dec 04, 2010
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 Viggo
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

64 oz growler grub grabbed at the brewpub. Also had a glass of this on tap.

Pours a hazy reddish pink, almost some purple, a pretty neat colour, was super hazy on tap, thin white head forms and settles down to a thin ring before disappearing, a few spots stick.

Smell is neat, nice fresh berry aroma, neat maltiness, bread and toast, some crackery wheat, strawberry, a bit of alcohol, nice stuff.

Taste is similar, tart raspberry fruitiness, assorted berries, toast, crackers, wheat, alcohol, a bit watery in the finish, but nice stuff.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, with low carbonation. Slightly better on tap I thought, but still a nice fruit beer. Thanks Russ!

Viggo, Jun 07, 2010
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
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 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
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 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
Forbidden Fruit from The Vermont Pub & Brewery
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