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

Verboden Vrucht  / Fruit Defendu (Forbidden Fruit)Verboden Vrucht  / Fruit Defendu (Forbidden Fruit)
BA SCORE
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:
#10,231
Reviews:
152
Ratings:
259
pDev:
10.62%
Bros Score:
3.85
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
39
Trade:
0
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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 SVD
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of TubaManJack
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An interesting 330ml bottle with some classical Renaissance artwork. Poured into a sniffer. A best by date of Sept 2009.

Appearance- Quite a gusher. Once the top was propped the hiss of carbonation turned into a tan bubbling monster. Apparently I had upset the beer gods despite not shaking/dropping/offending the bottle. A quick pour limited the amount of beer split on the table. After the initial furry stopped I slowly poured the rest of the beer. The deep amber brown body was topped with a tan head of large bubbles and a fair amount of carbonation was present in the body.
Smell- A full nose of malt, yeast/traditional bottle conditioning, and dried sweet fruit. Yes Marmite, a tasty yeast spread. A fair dose of dates, raisins, and prunes. Although there are not strong aromas they are present to the same extent as the lime/lemon in Sprite.
Taste- A fair bit of sweetness mixed with a strong bitter malt base. A calamity of tastes. The taste is similar to the nose with a fair bit of dried fruit and dark roasted malts
Mouthfeel-A full medium body. A very smooth body. Proper carbonation
Drinkability- Pretty good, although not really my cup of tea. Its a good brew but it just didn't work for me. Pick up a bottle when it goes on sale.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark reddish with lots of sediment. Slightly off-white bubbly head.

S: Sulphur.

T: Immediately reminds me of Schneider Weisse's Tap 5&6 wiezenbocks. Wheaty. Caramel and marzipan. Some phenols. Hint of banana. Also reminds me of Leffe Brun but it's better. Alcohol to sugar balance spot on.

M: A light and creamy emulsion.

O: Underwhelming at first but got much better. Very nice.

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Photo of kobeer
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of roblowther
4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of yaron73
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bottle from a Supermarket in Brussels.

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Photo of baggio
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bought in Holland with a best before date of 23/12/07.

A Brownish color with a thin, creamy, lace on top. Bottlefermented so lots of crap floating around in the beer :)

S: Ripe fruit, portwine, grain, yeast.

T: Cherries, apple, sugarcandy, yeast.

M: Low carbonation. Liquid is very smooth and warming. You can feel the beer warming you up as you go.

A well put togheter beer with many interesting complexities.

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Photo of Walbert_Neto
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

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.

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Photo of JaimeLondon
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of windowside
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DaveFL1976
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a turbid, cloudy light brown, topped with a thick tan head. Are those things supposed to be floating in my beer? There's thousands of them! It's kind of scary!
At least it smells good. Light, citrusy smell, with maybe some mango or passionfruit thrown in. Smells pretty tasty, actually!
Taste is thinner than I expected, with a bit of fruityness in place of where I would normally expect malt. It almost tastes like a cross between beer and wine. certainly not a bad taste, but I'm not sure my palate is too crazy about it. A bit of alcohol is noticable at the end of the swallow. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth, with good carbonation and good drinkability.

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Photo of frontalot
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of bird_soul
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of emincems
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle good for another two years.

a: nice frothy head sits on beautiful murky red/brown beer

s: yeast strong is most prevalent followed by nice blemd of fruits: pears, apples, and some citrus; slight amount of bitterness in back of nose

t: a little bit alcohol/winy flavor hits the toungue first (not surprising for an 8.5% beer); followed by yeastyness with nice overtones of cider/pear

m: nicely carbonated with medium body

d: some very enjoyable flavors but a little wineyness cuts down on the overall drinkability

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Photo of juju7
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seeing as they're not making this anymore I grabbed a bunch when I saw them the other day. Always liked the ol Fruit. Ths one poured a dream, you shoulda seen it, looked like a photo from a beer book. Billowy head sticking out of the glass all proud and boastful, very cool. Lacing coated the glass all the way to the end. An attractive fig, dried fruits, cinnamon, spicy fruit nose. Follows through with similar flavours on the palate with a little hint of the alcohol but not much. Nice and chewy with an extended finish. A good beer and one that will be missed.

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Photo of Popsinc
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The first time i tried this beer it didn't really leave much of an impression. After having it a second time, i enjoyed it a little more.

Dark, cloudy brown in clolour. Very bubbly, acidic mouthfeel. Taste was highlighted by mostly earthy notes with a dry, alcohol finish.

As a sidenote, this beer is not available in Ontario in any liquor or beer stores. For those of you who have beer the the Esplanade Bier Market though, have a look at the large painting on the back wall of the Bier Market. It's the exact same picture that is used as the label of Verboden Vrucht.

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Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A gift from Joj upon the moveout. I think this was purchased during his trip to Belgium, December 2003 (so aged since then).

Dark, rosy-brown in color with a large, pillowy white head and suspended sediment throughout (and a large, large amount of yeast fluff on the bottom).

Nose of dark fruit esters and alcohol, with big, bready yeast. Smooth flavor across the tongue, with more dark fruits and biscuits. Very, very drinkable--even dangerously so--with a nice finishing warmth.

Excellent, even after all this time.

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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 dandy14
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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 biernack
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of HopSavant
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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