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3.86/5
259 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
Ranking:
#10,236
Reviews:
152
Ratings:
259
pDev:
10.62%
Bros Score:
3.85
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
39
Trade:
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Photo of Giannis
3.9/5  rDev +1%

Photo of diablo14
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this to me is a stock standard strong ale, but shows without doubt how solid the belgians are at churning out this kind of beer. there are plenty better, but its still a joyous experience to drink one.

has the classic deep orange color, and unlike a lot of other belgian ales, has a very restrained head, but still rocky and impressive nevertheless. the nose says apple and cinnamon with aspects of clove and some citrus and the usual pastry like taste of a great belgian ale. its very like an apple slice from a great bakery. being a double malt beer, you cant expect anything else. what i truly enjoy about this beer is the lovely dry hoppiness to finish it off. all belgian ales are rich in general, but can sometimes finish a little on the sweet side. the level of bitterness here is a perfect compliment to the sensations you get prior to it finishing the journey down the hatch. not only that, but i find a surprising level of bubble action to add just that little bit of extra bite.

not the best belgian ale by a long shot, but considering its also a darn sight cheaper in price compared to the top line, all in all its an absolute winner when everything is taken into consideration. at the price you wont find any better.

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Photo of Weizenmensch
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Brown bottle, best before 9/7/05 - consumed only a few weeks before that date.

App: Very impressive. I poured it, had a long dinner, and the head is still there. A really really good head retainer for this strength. The head itself is 'graded' - large bubbles on the bottom, finer ones on top (may be a side effect of the above point). Quite fizzy, very sticky lacing, not a huge amounth though. Colour is dark red-brown. Very warm in colour, mildly cloudy.

Smell: Potent - Alcohol mostly. Orange peel, pepper, coriander. Nice but not overpowering.

Taste: Orange, pure malty alcohol on sides of tongue, fiery like a good single malt. Peppery, not very hoppy. In fact there are hops, but I find them hard to identify. Maybe plum, barley grain. Natural-tasting®. Candied sugar. Bubblegum, banana, ash, coffee, grape and possibly the texture of turnip. Nice and complicated.

MF: Smooth, just slips down. Alcohol makes it a bit numbing.

Drinkability: Hmmm... strong, peppery, a little cloying. Not so great to drink all night.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a burnished orange colour with a lot of haze and floaties in the glass. Beige, sticky head with a few large bubbles, clings to the glass beautifully. Lacing is just as nice, maybe a bit less sticky. Powerful good.

Nose is insanely fruity with very, very sweet strawberry and blackcurrant aromas, a tangy tartness as well, almost like sherbet. A very light woodiness and a hint of grain, but it's dominated almost entirely by that fruit. Pleasant indeed, but maybe a bit too sweet. I would love my fruit bowl to smell like this instead of like rotting carbon matter and fly shit, but beer is something I like a bit more grounded.

Taste is a lot more musty, with a distinct bitterness coming through on the mid. Front is still dominated by that pleasant berry fruit, but the mid ventures into phenolic and oak resin territory, with a fair boozey character as well and a light carbolic tart edge. Lots of character throughout the palate though, with tart socialising with dank, and slightly roasted breaking bread with syrupy sweet. Overall it's a bit of a hodge-podge with no distinct profile, but it's definitely a swinger's party for flavours and I love what's nude hot-tubbing in my mouth.

Feel is slick but syrupy with a lot of texture from the yeast and a really delightful pang of alcohol just at the back. This is quite a tasty gang-bang, and I look forward to seeing the video going viral on my favourite beer-porn channel.

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Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of Chambic
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This review is on a 10-year-old bottle. Preceding the "Best by" date of 03.07.00 is the Flemish phrase, "Tenminste houdbaar tot ende," along with its French counterpart, "À consommer de préférence avant."

A: deep, dark ruby

S: dark, ripe fruit and toffee

T: the fruit seems more pronounced, probably from the age, but not in a bad way

M: airy and fluffy, it floats over the tongue like heaven

D: pretty good after some serious aging

Notes from 02.14.10 at Akkurat in Stockholm

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Photo of Toddv29424
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

NOTE: Be sure to spin the bottle around (like the instructions indicate) to release all the sediments on the bottom of the bottle.

This is the darkest of all the Hoegaarden varieties I have tried. Pours an orange-brown tint with a generous head depending on how the bottle is poured. Smells of faint fruit with much wheat added. For a beer called "forbidden fruit" I would expect much more of a fruit flavor to it... perhaps there is too much to discern them from the normal taste of the beer.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Earthy brown hazy pour with medium cream head, which lasts right to the finish.
Sweet, musty aroma, with subtle alcohol kick in the background. Hints of straw, and possibly brown sugar.
Definate alcohol taste, with a very delicate bittersweet finish. Doughy flavour, slight cream and banana notes. Heat from high alcohol present. Rich creamy body with mild carbonation.
Lovely combination of flavours and aromas, although the alcohol does become slightly overpowering.

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Photo of BenBreeg
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Songminx2
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of trappist
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I gave this beer those numbers in consideration of the vast array of beers out there, which wouldn't be as good as this. If it were a rating against other beers in this style, it would be a little lower. i should also mention that this is one of my favorite styles.

appearance: not quite brown. brown with a little copper. the last drops poured dark brown/black and stayed visible in the head.

smell: just what you would expect from a belgian strong dark. i haven't had many in the last few weeks, so the smell was quite nice.

taste: it started off somewhat spicy, and to be honest, somewhat disappointing when considering this style. i don't want to slam this beer (which was in fact from a bottle) but the first 1/3 was almost even glassy/metalic tasting. the beer was purchased about a week and a half ago in the netherlands and traveled with me on a flight back to texas, so it's not too old, but is well traveled. about half way through the flavor came around. the array of flavors that i've comed to love from the dark belgians really showed up, and durring the the last 1/3 it tasted great.

this is a quality beer. i've been drinking alot of really good trapists and belgians over the last 4 months, so my palate is somewhat spoiled in this style. still a good beer and one worth trying.

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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good dark ale, fruity and full mouthfeel. Held up in taste. Dark, yeasty and fresh from Belgiium at Volo's. Bit of wheat with yeast, popular with mates at end of hot day. Was good both below and at room temperature. Quite drinakable. Pepper, strong carbonation.

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Photo of beerdrifter
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at my favorite Belgian super market. Cloudy rusty brown pour with big two finger head, nice lacing and decent retention. Spicy dark fruits and sweet malts dominate the nose with a hint of metal and cherries. The taste starts off as a pretty typical Belgian bruin, but gets more complex with a nice slightly sour fruitiness. Also getting some caramel, prunes, rasins, bread, and a touch of metal. You definitely have to let this open up a bit. It was a bit fizzy at first, but really smoothed out as it warmed. The alcohol is fairly well hidden, but it's still a little bit boozey. I'm usually not a fan of sweet beers, but this one pulls it off nicely without crushing the drinkability. Very unique and tasty!

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Smell is malty and chicory-like. Pours to a golden light rootbeer color with a huge head. First taste is very malty and thick like a milkshake. Head really stays. Following malt is a slight herbal spiciness. Carbonation is good. The high AC is hardly evident and is really masked by the thickness of this brew. A delicious brew with drinkability only limited by the high AC content that can sneak up on you. As a note the AC was listed on the bottle as 8.5%.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml Bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast...

Poured a dark red / amber colour... Big, slightly off white, head faded to nice layer....

Aroma - Quite sweet, fruity, (cherries, blackcurrents, strawberries), spicy, slight salty notes, some nuttiness...

Taste – Quite sweet, malty, yeasty notes, fruitiness (banana ?), some sourness, slight liquorice...

Feel - Quite sharp - med carbonation.. medium body....

Overall - A pretty good beer.... recommended...

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Photo of CaptainPiret
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 33cl into a Verboden Vrucht glass I picked up at the Hoegaarden brewery (I recommend taking the self-guided tour if you're out there ... it's cheap and finishes with a glass and beer of your choice).

Cloudy, dark maroon color, but didn't seem to be very aromatic (though I have a slight cold). Tastes of fig with a slight fruity sweetness that gives way to bitter finish -- the alcohol is noticeable here.

Really, really like this beer. I wish it was as readily available in the states as Hoegaarden is.

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Photo of endovelico
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass. Taken from notes. Best before date of 2010.

Appearance: Thick white pillowy head. Muddy reddish brown brick color. Good lacing. Unperceived effervescence.

Aroma: Black currant / strawberry upfront. Medium high intensity. Slight clove. No hop aroma, unless there's some bullion on there ;) Grapy. Slight "sour" smell. strong alcohol smell. Nutty. Alcohol / Fusels.

Taste: Malty. Fuselly, caramel. Strawberry and currant. sight tartness. Cinnamon spiciness. Slightly nutty and toasty character. Yeast earthiness.

Palate: Medium high body. Finishes sweet. low carbonation (could be due to higher temperature though). low bitterness. slight burnt astringency.

Drinkability: sweet but not cloying. Digestible but not thin. good representation of the style. More of a ripe fruit variation rather than the typical full bodied grapy/plummy/candy sugar variation.

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Photo of Mitchellrhen
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of wagenvolks
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Awesome label: Adam cheers-ing Eve in the Garden.
Gorgeous pour: gold at the edges transitions to an amber-orange, translucent body. A 1" thick velvety, khaki head recedes slowly, leaving spackles of lacing. A very Belgium aroma: fruity, yeasty notes with hints of pepper, barley, and other spices.

Taste is of spicy hop notes alongside fruit yeast esters of apple and pear. Some alcohol warms through as well. Let this beer warm up and lose some of its carbonation. Big difference after 10 minutes. Once calm, it gives way to a smooth, medium body with a hint of a boozy bite. Goes great with Gouda cheese. Overall, it's not a bad Belgium ale...not bad at all, in fact. Give it a try.

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Photo of LittleCreature
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 4.0
Poured two fingers of bubbly white head, which quickly reduced to a thin layer. The colour is a rich ruby-brown and slightly transparent.

Smell - 4.0
Very nice, increasing in strength as the beer warmed up. Fruity smells include strawberries, sultanas, pineapple and sweet malt.

Taste - 4.0
Strong, but the alcohol is reasonably well hidden. Roasted malt and grain tasted are most prevalent, and there is a definite although moderate hoppiness in the finish. There is some of the fruit in the smell, although much reduced. The aftertaste is quite strongly alcohol, not the best.

Mouthfeel - 4.5
Very smooth, with moderate carbonation and weight in the mouth. Almost creamy at times. Somewhat unusual how bubbly it is while still maintaining the smoothness.

Drinkability - 3.5
The overly alcoholic aftertaste would usually stop me from wanting a second, but there was no difficulty in finishing the one. Alcohol content is reasonably high, so you won't be wanting too many anyway.

OVERALL - 4
An interesting Belgian strong dark ale. Considering the name, I am somewhat disappointed it was not fruitier. The aftertaste is something of a disappointment, but the smell, mouthfeel and upfront taste are very good. The price is relatively high, but then so it the quality, so I wouldn't call it bad value. I may try this again if I find it at a good price. Went well with a strong cheddar cheese and multigrain crackers.

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Photo of Kulrak
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown color with some chunks of sediment in it and a creamy layer of head. Smell malty, fruity and a little yeasty. Very pleasant. The taste is very sweet with enough bitterness just to finish clean. Caramel notes and a little raisiny as well. There's a little alcohol burn and vapor, but not too much. Also has a little bit of carbonation that dries it out some. It's very thick and creamy though. All in all it's very drinkable, but it won't be long before you get too drunk to drink any more at 9% abv.

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Photo of ManekiNeko
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cL bottle served chilled in a tulip glass. Artwork on the label features a classical painting depicting Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, pre-apple eating judging by the lack of clothing.

Appearance: Murky caramel brown topped by a smallish offwhite head. Not much in the way of head retention or lacing. This could either be due to over chilling or soap residue left on the glass.

Smell: Nicely fruity aromas of apples, pears, and light citrus. Caramel malt and candi sugar backing.

Taste: Sweet caramel malt with a healthy smattering of the aforementioned fruity esters. Hints of prunes and raisins, but in small amounts.

Mouthfeel: Smooth medium body with excellent alcohol masking.

Drinkability: A lighter interpretation of this style, not chock full of dark flavors like prunes, raisins, and roasted malts (like, say, Trois Pistoles). Still, I could see the loss of innocence for humanity resulting from this beer. Our Biblical forbears could've held out for better, though, like Terrible or Westy 12.

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Photo of janubio
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown cloudy colour, with a very big head that holds for a while. Bready aroma primarily, that developes into fruits, berries, dates,figs, caramel and some coriander.
Fruity taste, spices, candy, hard to discern everything, aromas are more mixed in the mouth. Alcohol is noticeable, creamy palate and sweet fruity astertaste.

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Photo of haz77
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very deep cloudy amber with a few floaties. Two inches of fluffy light tan head slowly drop to a rocky finger.

S - Yeast, clove, banana, phenols, fruity esters, cinnamon, candy sugar. Really nice.

T - A little disappointing after the smell. Sweet caramel malt to start off, with ripe banana coming through. Alcohol warmth builds from the middle and is joined by clove and fruit in the finish, and some spice in the aftertaste. Feels too unbalanced.

M - Smooth, creamy and slick body. Low carbonation.

D - Drinkability is pretty good for the ABV. Fairly impressive in every aspect apart from taste and interesting enough to warrant trying.

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Verboden Vrucht / Fruit Defendu (Forbidden Fruit) from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 259 ratings
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