Forbidden Fruit | The Vermont Pub & Brewery

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Brewed by:
The Vermont Pub & Brewery
Vermont, United States

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.

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Reviews: 28 | Ratings: 79
Photo of Borussia
4.82/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a find this beer was. I did not care much for the description, as it made little mention of the type of malt used in this beer. Even when it arrived, I was sceptical, primarily because of its somewhat excessive red colour. But the first smell put all fears to rest. A big wall of fruit. What I liked particularly about this beer was that it was not too sour - instead, you could really appreciate the mellow, fruity flavour of the berries. My guess is that they have managed to add just the right amount of malt sweetness to tone down the acidity without turning this beer into a syrup. The lack of acidity was also well complimented by subtle hop flavours, just enough to create a dry finish that fits this style very well.

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Photo of CaptYellow
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was to me remarkably like a tea. I did, however, have the absinthe first. I like it though. It's quite unusual. My friend and I both thought it was like Starbuck's Tazo Passion Tea. Perhaps like a carbonated version. Because of that, beer drinkers may not like it. They do offer a version of this, half Forbidden Fruit and half stout.

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Photo of beernut7
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The unusual pink color of this brew is the first thing to catch the senses. There is a light hop and fruity aroma with a refreshing estery fruit flavor to the beer. Not a bad summer slinger.

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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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Photo of mhatters
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a 12oz tulip glass at the brewery

Pours a bright raspberry color all the way through, with a small white head on top

The nose is powerful with the fruit, and an acidicsour note that balances the sweetness of the raspberry.

Sour and delightful, the raspberry flavor is very strong, but cut with a sour crispness. Some wheat in the flavor as well.

Light, well carbonated, overall a bit thin but not disappointing

A good change of pace on a hot day, I do not want a lot of these, but really enjoy a few

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Photo of scarletfire79
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

you can tell this is a fruit beer by sight. it's a very natural red in color. just like raspberry juice. the nose is full of the berry aroma, but the taste isn't extremely sweet. too often these fruit beers are super sweet, but i find this one to be very enjoyable. maybe it's the oak aging that mellows the sweetness slightly.

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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 Deuane
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Bright raspberry red with a small white head that faded into a ring.

S-Tart raspberries and a bit of sugary sweetness.

T-Raspberries and then wait...more raspberries. A bit of tartness to make you pucker.

M-A bit thin...lacked any kind of supporting malt body what so ever.

D-Pretty nice, I equated this one to be similar to a weak version of Founder's Blushing the fact the BM has a supporting body.

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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 Chincino
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer on tap at the Vermont Pub and Brewery in Burlington, VT. It poured a hazy pink color. It had little carbonation and was a very light beer with good drinkability. The aroma was of fruit-berries and wheat. It wasn't my favorite beer on tap at the pub, but it was a decent light summer fruit beer.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Off tap this award-wining beer was a ruby/garnet color with a thin collar of frothy, cranberry-colored head. The retention was fair and the lacing in streaks. The aroma was of strawberry, raspberry, a touch of wheat and alcohol. The flavors were of tart cranberries, sour cherries, alcohol and some raspberry. Nicely balanced between the sweet and sour elements. Fresh, clean and highly acidic -so much so that I couldn't imagine going through multiples and it would be difficult to pair with food. The mouthfeel was average, the body medium and the carbonation perfectly light.

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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 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 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 tubbnik
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Granted, I'm not generally a fruit beer drinker, but since I drank one on my Vermont Brewery Trip, I'll review it.

I liked it. Most fruit beers, especially raspberry, are too sweet for my palatte. This however was wonderfully bitter, really captured the raspberry flavor. Kudos. Very refreshing on a hot day and very drinkable. My girlfriend, who enjoys fruit beers and had two or three glasses of this, puts this in her overall Top 5, and I put in the Top 3 of fruit beers or lambics.

Definatly worth a try, not just a 3 oz, reccomened for a 12 oz draft.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep red raspberry color with a big fluffy pink head, excellent retention and sticky lacing. Looks promising. The aroma is redolent of tart raspberries as you’d expect. The flavor, however, comes up a little short. There’s plenty of fresh raspberries in there but I would actually have preferred some more sweetness, as there’s very little (less than you’d find in a piece of the ripe fruit). The sour aspect of the beer was a little lacking as well. A bit of wheat flavor underneath the berries. Overall a little mystifying I’d say.

Decent mouthfeel seemed just a little shy on the carbonation. Drying finish with a hint of raspberry lingering in the aftertaste.

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Photo of Viggo
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

64 oz growler grub grabbed at the brewpub. Also had a glass of this on tap.

Pours a hazy reddish pink, almost some purple, a pretty neat colour, was super hazy on tap, thin white head forms and settles down to a thin ring before disappearing, a few spots stick.

Smell is neat, nice fresh berry aroma, neat maltiness, bread and toast, some crackery wheat, strawberry, a bit of alcohol, nice stuff.

Taste is similar, tart raspberry fruitiness, assorted berries, toast, crackers, wheat, alcohol, a bit watery in the finish, but nice stuff.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, with low carbonation. Slightly better on tap I thought, but still a nice fruit beer. Thanks Russ!

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Photo of Stimack
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I am not sure why I got this brew, I guess it intrigued me as I saw people from another table trying it. The brew is presented with a strawberry color and no head what so ever. At this point I am wondering what the heck did I get my self. The aroma from this brew is … fruity, raspberries and candy. The taste seems to be a wheat brew that was either infused or just brewed with a lot of raspberries, which leads to a somewhat tart flavor. Over all it was better than I had thought it would be, probably a nice brew on a warm summer day I suppose.

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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 bigone4
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well this is the fruitiest beer I have ever had. It really has a different taste and feel than a normal brew. The 500lbs of raspberrys that make this beer really make it what it is fruity. It seemed alot like a carbonated drink like a wine cooler or something. I can tell you one thing it beats a momosa in the mornig hands down. The chicks dig this pink concoction. It has a rather potent ABV and it is really smooth to drink. No real head that I could tell. No pints of this brew only served in 12 or 8 oz glasses. Or was it a 10 oz glass what ever. It is different and worth giving a try. I think I would enjoy drinking this beer if the color was different. Not to man like to prance around with a glass full of a pink liquid. Oh well it has its benifits if your girlfriend hates brew pubs she will follow you to the VPB once she tastes this. Or on the other hand this may not be a benifit. I like it though and would consider this my favorite breakfast beer.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the source.
golden with a pink tinge to it and a thin off white head that sticks for a bit. Smells of raspberries mostly. Hints of sour and tart underneath, but this one is mostly raspberries. Taste is lightly tart with again lots of berries and a bit of sweet bready malt underneath. Medium body with a spirited level of carbonation and a sweet yet tart mouthfeel. I only got 3 oz of this and that was plenty. Nice if you like a little beer in your raspberry spritzer.

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Photo of Brad007
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mild red color with a one finger head into my glass. Appropriate color for such a beer.

Aroma is lush with the essence of rapsberry. It's surprisingly not overpowering.

Raspberry greets the taste buds in a lukewarm manner. Not cloying and not bland either. It's just, well, there.

Mouthfeel has a bit of sourness and lingering rapsberry. Nothing out of the ordinary.

I believe my taste buds have changed. It was mind blowing years ago. Still a good beer.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.26/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a pale, ruby coloring with no head. Strong, tart, sweet raspberry nose, with not much else interfering. The beer smells amazing. Tart and tangy raspberry on the forward tongue, with a toasty, grainy backbone that remains subtle, only there to provide some balance. The aftertaste is all tart raspberry sweetness, with a cloying finish on a light, crisp body. The fruit is completely spotlighted on this brew, but it has trouble living up to the aromas.

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Photo of scottum
3.08/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Served a redish color with a strong pink fluffy head. Mouthfeel is thin and overly carbed... Almost feels (and tastes) like drinking soda. The berry flavors are strong. This doesn't taste enough like beer at all! Drinkable, but where is the beer love? Try it, but beware that this is not very beer like overall.

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