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

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255 Ratings
Verboden Vrucht  / Fruit Defendu (Forbidden Fruit)Verboden Vrucht  / Fruit Defendu (Forbidden Fruit)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
Belgium
hoegaarden.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-22-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
255
Reviews:
151
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
10.57%
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
38
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 255 |  Reviews: 151
Photo of moderndrunkard
3.08/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a big, airy, tan-colored head. Hangs out for a while. Foggy, opaque body with a light brown color. Looks very dense.

Yeasty, slightly alcoholic smell. Nothing I can point out very specifically, just sweet with a hint of malts.

Opens with a creamy head taste and a nice, high carbonation level. Sweet body with a bitter aftertaste. It seems to me to be lacking the spiciness of the regular hoegaarden. But, on the other hand, it lacks the heaviness of the Grand Cru. Which is a plus in my book. I think I notice a slight phenolic taste, but I'm still not quite sure what exactly that is yet. It's not as fruity as I expected, so it loses some points there.

Overall, too plasticy and bitter for this style.

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Photo of BeerNutta
3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not bad beer, however a little pricey.

Poured a dark amber. With an inch of foam that lingers.
Tasted fruity but had a bitter alcohol finish that didnt sit well with me. Was a little over carbonated, which accenuated the alcohol i felt. Because of its pricey nature, I found that it was a ok beer, but not one that I would be going back to in a hurry.

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Photo of vancurly
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

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Photo of hogfish3
3.22/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MoohMooh
3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
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?

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Photo of Lawleit150percent
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of lelepat
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of byronic
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of SVD
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of PeterVesti
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of ObsidianWhite
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of nelsonsaigon
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Saigon (bottle)

I am neutral on this beer.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is the beer my wife and I always have when we visit 'The Cirio' in Brussel's, with a cheese platter normally. This review however is from home.

Brown 33cl bottle, best before Oct 2008, drank March 2007.

Poured into the correct 'Forbidden Fruit' chalice, with the sediment getting fully into the glass. The beer was therefore cloudy and darker than if I had allowed just the beer to leave the bottle. This also effects the head, which doesn't stay so long with the 'bits' in the glass.

Dark mahogany wood colour, lace head because of the sediment, it's hazy, also because of my pour.

Typical malty, yeasty, Belgian dark ale type of aroma, the coolness doesn't help the aroma to be overly heavy, but this is as average as you are going to get.

Fairly sweet, caramel and some toffee flavours, but with sour apples thrown in too, add alcohol esters, coffee and grapes into the mix and you are half correct, a very complexed taste indeed.

The mouthfeel and aftertaste introduce hops, which must have been hidden by the alcohol and other flavours earlier. having said that, the mouthfeel is not great for such a strong beer.

My wife loves this beer and as I said earlier, it is now a tradition when we go to Brussel's, to drink it. Try it also, I know who owns the beer etc, but it is good, honest.

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Photo of seanyfo
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

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Photo of windowside
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.36/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tasted this 330ml bottle on 19.03.06 Best by 03/10/07 ABV: 8.5% costing €2.95 in Molloys off-licence chain, Dublin.
Great name for a beer, suggesting great things to come.

Poured into a Chimay chalice a nice cloudy ruby-coloured brew with a reasonable white head. Not much aroma to report.
Taste was a little disappointing; quite sweet with not much disguising the alcohol. No complexity.
Mouthfeel was nice with a little fizz.
I always felt that this beer was somewhat over-rated. Quite a nice beer, but I would not be rushing back for a second one.

It suggests a serving temp of 5-6oC on the bottle, but I think that a temp of 10-12 brings out more flavour.

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: dark amber color, thick foamy head settles to good layer
s: sweet malts and fruits, spices
t: sweet malts hit right away, hints of yeast, fruits like banana, slight tartness, and almost medicinal spices
m: medium carbonation, pretty good balance, medium body
d: didn't knock my socks off, but actually a pretty good beer from the big guys, certainly one of their better. worth a try

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Photo of MarvinLeung
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of ThaCreep
3.42/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Brownish red tints. The nut and caramel are present on the nose but feels like slightly acid and trace amounts of candied fruit. The mouth is full of spice to the way the range Hoegaarden. It is coupled with a good spicy bitterness and assertive in the finish. A stout strong in attack but then more soothing but that spotlights spices.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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Photo of Gamsy
3.44/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of descartes
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 33 cl bottle.

Appearance: Light brown with a finger of tan head.
Smell: Malty smell with whiffs of cherry and coco.
Taste: Hops in the middle and some chocolate, nuts on the back with a caramel aftertaste. Lots of flavors I couldn't identify, many were too strong and got in each others way.
Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, one of the nicer aspects of this beer.

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Photo of rork
3.46/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rivoire
3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Verboden Vrucht / Fruit Defendu (Forbidden Fruit) from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
3.88 out of 5 based on 255 ratings.
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