Forbidden Fruit | The Vermont Pub & Brewery

BA SCORE
82
good
80 Ratings
THE BROS
83
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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
Ratings:
80
Reviews:
29
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
12.57%
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
7
For Trade:
0
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Photo of tammy829
5/5  rDev +39.7%

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 Weischej
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

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 TheBeerdedCharmer
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gatch
4.09/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lgmol
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of EricPecuch
4/5  rDev +11.7%

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 ElGallo
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of sailorastro
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of HoppyKilaMonster
4/5  rDev +11.7%

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 Texasfan549
3.96/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 tbone1384
3.86/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CharlesK
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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 Jlabs
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 Monk...save the fact the BM has a supporting body.

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Photo of parris
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

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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Forbidden Fruit from The Vermont Pub & Brewery
3.58 out of 5 based on 80 ratings.
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