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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Style:
Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
Ranked #152
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
87
Ranked #20,498
Avg:
3.87 | pDev: 10.34%
Reviews:
156
Ratings:
272
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Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
 
Belgium
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Year-round
Wants
  22
Gots
  43
SCORE
87
Very Good
Verboden Vrucht  / Fruit Defendu (Forbidden Fruit)Verboden Vrucht  / Fruit Defendu (Forbidden Fruit)
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JonnoWillsteed from England

4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L- It's evening here, and under lamp-light this is a paler shade of chestnut. It has a tiny amount of haze, and it seems there's some sludge left on the bottom of the empty bottle. Poured carefully yields a 1Cm ultra pale tan head.
S- Ok, woah! Quite a lot going on, on the first sniff I get woody, hints of leather, a touch of smoke.
T- Boof, it's pungent! ... ... Man it's making me sneeze too! It has a liquor-ish note that goes well with it's quite deep and pungent flavour.
F- For me it's 'classic winter warmer', one to slow sip, it's too full-on for me to hurry it at all. It's pretty deep, pungent and complex.
O- I like it, there was zero out of place or balance here for me. I'd happily drink +/or buy this fine thing again.
330ml bottle Bought from BeersOfEurope (UK) BB: 07/08/2021

Mar 27, 2020
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elnachooo from Spain

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

De color ámbar, con una buena cabeza espumosa de buena retención. De cuerpo medio y alta carbonatación. Aroma intensos a plátano, levadura y cilantro. En boca es muy rica, con un excelente equilibrio entre dulzor y amargor.

Jan 25, 2020
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Martin194 from Iowa

4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Dark, cloudy brown with a white head.

Smell: Sweet dark fruits, brown sugar

Taste: Reminded me of red wine; fruity and sweet with a robust aftertaste that had notes of tobacco.

Feel: Normal carbonation, left a sticky mouthfeel

Overall: Very tasty beer!

Aug 19, 2019
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edhardy22 from England

4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a creamy head.
Has a very fruity aroma loaded with figs, prunes, raspberries as well as a strong yeast smell.
Taste has raisin and apple notes as well as mild bitterness from the alcohol. The malt also provides lots of sweet caramel undertones.
Lovely mouth fell and carbonation
Very good beer definitely worth a try, has very powerful fruity notes making it unique.

May 11, 2019
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FLima from Brazil

3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy dark copper reddish color with a thick three fingers beige head with descent retention.
Sweet aroma with notes of candi sugar, white bread, cherries, prunes, cloves and apple puree.
Flavor with notes of red fruits, herbal hops, wheat, orange peel, cloves, Belgian yeast, pears, candi sugar, figs, bubblegum and apple puree. Dry aftertaste with a medium bitterness.
Medium deceitfully full body with slightly effervescent carbonation. Alcohol of 8.5% is mildly felt and it is complimentary to its taste.
I was expecting a low complexity Belgian Strong Ale, which is not the case, but at the same time it is not at par with the heavy Belgian top names for the style. I found this a bit too sweet, although it is not unbalanced given hops and high alcohol.

Aug 06, 2017
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Dzu from Russian Federation

4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: turbid dark brown with a weak white foam head.
S: Apples, wine.
T: apples, wine notes.
F: medium body and carbonation.
O: after all its very nice beer. Worth a try.

May 19, 2017
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The_Bujon from Ireland

4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Really finding it difficult to fault this one!

One of the best looking beers I have seen, a real coppery red hazy body, with a superb creamy head, which sticks all the way to the last mouthful.

Forbidden Fruit by name, and the aroma is loaded with figs and raisins, a real joy and one you'll want to quaff.

Taste is pretty good also, nice and malty, and carries those figs through to the end, and hides its healthy 8.5% very well indeed.

If I could have one criticism, it would be the artificial aftertaste, almost like sweeteners which does drop it a point, but still not enough reason to vote this anything other than a superb brew.

Make sure you have this dished up at the right temperature and in a chaliced glass.......and then Boof it all the way to Timbukboof!

Apr 29, 2017
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MoohMooh from France

3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Brown/ruby red, very cloudy, dense one finger head. Quite a looker!

Smells very belgian, with bubblegum yeast and banana. It smells very similar to a wit, actually. Some raisin and caramel as well.

Not only does it smell like a wit, it kinda tastes like one too. Huh. There's raisin, dried plum, banana, bubblegum and not much else except a sweet, syrupy character. Slight alcohol in the aftertaste.

Very smooth, mild carbonation.

Surprising to say the least. I'm getting nothing of what I'd expect from a dark ale, which really throws me off. On top of that, it's really in-your-face, without having anything interesting to offer, which means it just ends up being kinda boring. Hey, at least it's not too sweet, I guess?

Jan 09, 2017
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josanguapo from Spain

4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

From elcervecero. In Teku glass. Playing South Park The Stick of Truth. Paired with Valdevegon Cheese & vread crumbs. Pleasant dark fruits taste. not as much as in the best implementations of the style but more quickly drinkable. Dark fruits less noticeable in aroma

Apr 05, 2016
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jonmikel from Spain

3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 33 cl bottle bought at Carrefour in Brussels.
-Very dark color. It's opaque. A nice head of foam.
-The smell is present but it isn't huge.
-The feel is nice but not something extraordinary.
-Strange and interesting feel. At some point you can even taste hints of wood.
There are better beers but I think is worth a try. I liked it.

Jan 09, 2016
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Andrewharemza from Australia

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 330ml bottle. Dark amber copper color with off white head. Aroma is fruity, dark fruits, berries, citrus fruits, malty caramel, spicy yeasty. Taste like aroma. Medium Body with soft carbonation. Nice.

Sep 07, 2015
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captaincoffee from Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up somewhat randomly with a lot of other bottles while in Brussels this week. Dry, fruity, malty caramel notes. Reminds me of Leffe brown, but a little more complex. A good beer, but it can't really hold up to the really top-notch competition here in Belgium. I was a bit surprised to find out it was actually brewed by Hoegaarden, but on re-tasting I pick up some similarities in the esters (although this is a very different beer than the wit of course).

Apr 02, 2015
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gcpxavier from Brazil

4.85/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very nice collar and a fabulous taste. It's a typical Belgian ale with no doubt. Perfect in all items. It's a beer that everybody should drink at least one time in life.

Jan 20, 2015
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I enjoyed this bottle chilled in a tulip

The color is dark ruby with copper hue and thick 2 finger pale tan head with very fine bead and visibly carbonated with lace that sticks well. The smell is sticky dried fruit like with mild grainy aroma dna yeast accented by light mineral and spice wiht mellow date/nut odor. The feel is a bit sweet yet nice yeast presence with good body and medium high carbonation with slihgt tangy sugary feel mid palate with a sweetish finish.

The taste is pretty good at first with apricot and nutmeg with subtle yeast tanginess and light sweet dark candy element with a miild toasted grain and nutty grainy quality in the background with subtle carbonic acid adding a subtle edge with sweet and dry but not quite chalky finish. Overall this is pretty decent but not overly complex -the yeast and malt flavors are fresh and abv is well hidden

Aug 07, 2014
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doktorhops from Australia

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally, after being tempted by a woman who was tempted by a serpent, I've got my hands on a new Hoegaarden beer, which ironically is named Verboden Vrucht or "Forbidden Fruit". Well naming a beer Verboden Vrucht is one way of giving your brew big shoes to fill. Time and time again brewers have been writing cheques with grandiose names that their brews can't cash with flavour... well only one other beer springs to mind at this time: Mad Brewers Garden De Paradisi. Anyway I hope this won't be another cautionary tale for me, I'm so sick of those guys.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A: Cloudy copper body with yeast chunks of various sizes floating around having sex and stuff (I'm sure that's how yeast works) with a creamy beige foam hanging around, doing its thing.

S: Heady raisin, overripe pear and plum on the nose. This is followed by some buttery diacetyl, a toffee malt base and honey... it's a sugar bomb then, oh well, may as well tuck in.

T: Surprisingly it's not a sugar bomb but a well-crafted Belgian Strong Dark Ale, with already above noted flavours (raisin, overripe pear/plum, big diacetyl, toffee and honey) and some added hints of Saison tartness, a long dry and slight medicinal bitter herb finish. Everything is in check and there is some good complexity going on, I'm won over now.

M: Medium bodied with a creamy carbonation.

D: Overall this is a decent drop... unfortunately it is a Belgian Strong Dark Ale which means it is stacked up against the likes of: Chimay Blue/Gulden Draak/Gouden Carolus Classic - all of which are better brews. It's a tough country to compete in then and for this reason I feel sympathy for any brewer that decides to pitch up their tent pegs there, however for the average beer lover like myself it is a paradise of tongue-awe inspiring Ales, à votre santé!

Food match: As I drained the glass that diacetyl really came to the fore, as such with a brew as buttery as this would complement creamy dishes and cheeses, continental chicken, duck or lobster thermidor are your best bets.

Aug 02, 2014
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Gamsy from Germany

3.44/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Decent beer. It has a brown-orange color, with a thin white head. Very smooth to drink, with a light carbonation. It has a fruity taste, but very lightly. Unique, have never drunk anything like this. Was a bit worried when i saw the color, but overall this is definitely an Ok beer.

Feb 17, 2014
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Pintofbrown from Texas

3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Nov 25, 2013
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StJamesGate from New York

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

At the Pilsner Club, Amsterdam.

Murky oxblood with tan film.
Big sour rye loaf and cherry nose.
Ginger bread cake, cream soda, plum, brown sugar, a clove hit, raspberry scone and earthy, spicy hops.
Creme brulee end and clove linger.
Fizzy, medium, chewy.

Going in blind (and I didn't order an InBev product knowingly!) I guessed this was a dubbel. Good fruit, fizzy enough to clear itself, and enough chew. "Finish like a 747 landing," said the man.

Solid.

Aug 03, 2013
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roblowther from Texas

4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Jul 18, 2013
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safaricook from Netherlands

4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured in a chalice.

Dark amber lots of carb, clear, one finger offwhite head, good retention and lacing
Smell of yeast, tart and sweet, caramel malts with sour banana
Some sweet bready malts, Ends very dry and only slightly bitter, more like peppery, aftertaste is a minor turnoff
Highly carbonated and accordingly a fluffy to tickling feel, after some time all harshness is gone and it is just fluffy and gorgous, warming alcohol, medium body
Highly enjoyable beer in the tradition of belgian strong dark ales like a St. Bernardus Prior or a Rochefort 8. Lacks a bit of complexity to be rated at the same level, though.

Jul 02, 2013
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patre_tim from Thailand

4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Jun 18, 2013
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IchLiebeBier from 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

Jun 16, 2013
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metter98 from New York

3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy reddish brown in color. It poured with a finger high off white head that has good retention properties and hardly died down.
S: Aromas of light fruits - apples seem to stand out in particular - along with some notes of spices.
T: The taste is similar to the smell with additional flavors of yeast, dark fruits and subtle bits of initial sweetness. The spices seem a little stronger compared to the smell.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. Slight hints of dryness are perceptible.
O: This beer is rather complex and isn't too difficult to drink because the alcohol is well masked from the taste. It doesn't taste like a pure Belgian Strong Dark Ale and also tastes a little bit like a Belgian Strong Pale Ale.

Apr 20, 2013
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newton99 from Belgium

3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Hazy orange brown colored with a big lingering fluffy whitish head. Very little lacing.

S - Light spices, apples, pears. Light banana aroma. Much more complex than the traditional Hoegaarden.

F/M - Pleasant bready, sweet pilsner malts. Lots of estery flavors: apples, pears, banana, light cloves. Hints of alcohol. Dry, clean finish. Medium light mouthfeel with moderately high carbonation. Lingering fruity flavor.

O - Tasty, crisp and refreshing, this would be an excellent "imperial" summer beer. Perfect for finishing up yardwork at dusk during the summer.

Apr 04, 2013
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Arno

4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: amber / brown & foggy. Tan head, nice lacing.
S: Sweet, Toffee, dark fruits, dough, belgian yeast and spices.
T: Very smooth and surprisingly fresh followed by the flavors the nose suggests.
M: Creamy, smooth with a medium dry and slightly spicy finish. Medium carbonation.

O: A very well balanced beer. Lovely and complex flavors without making it heavy at all, quite an accomplishment. Great beer!

Feb 12, 2013
Verboden Vrucht / Fruit Defendu (Forbidden Fruit) from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 272 ratings