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Forbidden Fruit | The Vermont Pub & Brewery

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28 Reviews
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Vermont Pub & Brewery
Vermont, United States
vermontbrewery.com

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-10-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
79
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
21.23%
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
7
For Trade:
0
User Reviews
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Reviews: 28 | Ratings: 79
Reviews by rudzud:
Photo of rudzud
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this at the Taste of Marlborough , multiple times.

A - Pours a nice bright almost ruby red raspberry hue, slightly hazy, with a thin fizzy head atop it.

S - Nose pops with lots of bright, sweet candied raspberries. Not fake/artificial, there are some light sour mash and faint oak.

T - Slightly sour and bitter with nice fresh raspberry notes. Like a fresher framboise as this does not have that artificial syrup note to it. Still, the raspberry is rather light.

M - Mouthfeel is very enjoyable here. Light and slightly flemmy.

O - Overall, this was a solid fruit beer. And at a festival with mostly adjunct lagers this really hit the spot.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Todd
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Here's an unusual beer. 500lbs of raspberries were used to produce this fruit lambic-like beer. Has a murky light strawberry colour to it with a thin pink lace -- like a wine cooler. Clean nose, soft-raspberry aroma and a touch of fruity candy. Strong wheat flavour, crisp, tart and puckering with huge raspberry flavours and a limey / salty citrus bite.

A bit one-dimensional (a fruit overload on the senses), but extremely interesting. Kudos to the brewer for making something so outrageous.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had at Vermont Pub & Brewery into a snifter glass, comes out a dark ruby color, clear, with a fizzy head that drops out completely.

Sweet fruit upfront in the aroma, backnote of some grains. Flavorwise is dominated by the raspberry flavor, some tart notes combine with the sweetness, you can detect some graininess every now and then, but it's pretty much raspberry on display.

Still a light body, finishes wet and lingering in the mouth. Very tasty for a fruit beer!

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Photo of LXIXME
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NJpadreFan
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Vermont Pub- Forbidden Fruit

Appearance- Reddish orange with no head.
Smell- Candy raspberries.
Taste- Light malt with a nice touch of raspberries and powdered sugar. Raspberries aren't overpowering which makes this a nice sipping beer.
Mouthfeel- candy sweet at first but settling into a nice mild sipper.

Overall- Much better than I was expecting. Couldn't drink more than 1 or 2 but definitely worth a pint!

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Photo of prdstmnky
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Dewey0603
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange red with a smallish head. The smell has a rasberry scent to it,but it's not as strong as I thought it would be. The taste,however, is all rasberry. The fruit totally dominates the flavor of this beer. The m/f is light and well balanced. This is like a rasberry soda,but it is pretty refreshing and I'm not a fan of fruit beer.

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Photo of jh1982
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Onequarter
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of Mattgruv
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of rjp217
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of weeare138
3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears a glowing nuclear red with a liggle bit of carbonation and a small white head that fades.
Smell is of tart raspberries that pretty much drown out any other aroma within the glass's vicinity.
Taste is of huge raspberries with a decently rounded tartness.
Mouthfeel is tart towards the sides of the tongue with a low amount of carbonation.
Drinkability is ok. One and done for me.

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Photo of papat444
3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap directly at the brewpub into a mug.

Pours a raspberry-like red body, slight tart aroma that is quite pleasant. A nice acidic raspberry flavor with a relative clean finish. I`d call this a middle of the road ale. Not intense but authentic nonetheless.

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Photo of LCannon4
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of JMUbrewz
3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tammy829
5/5  rDev +39.7%

Photo of JohannesRaatz
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of patrick802
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of JamieDuncan
2.99/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of nafredet1
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of founddrama
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mildly sour, prominent raspberry notes. A pretty decent fruit beer.

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Photo of jlindros
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of grub
3.65/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.85/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

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Photo of shufon
3/5  rDev -16.2%

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