Forbidden Fruit | The Vermont Pub & Brewery

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3.58 w/ 80 ratings

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-10-2002

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2/5  rDev -44.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

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2.84/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Another novelty beer from the 2003 Vermont Brewers Festival.

And this *is* a novel beer. First of all, it's raspberry colored, almost pink, with a pink head. The nose was pure unadulterated raspberry with a very pleasant fruity aroma. Flavor was also rather good, with some nice tart raspberry flavors backed up with a bit of malt, but the finish was rather tannic, bordering on unpleasant. It's not all that drinkable---a small sample was nice, but didn't really leave you wanting more. Fun, and interesting, but not really a beer I'd recommend

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

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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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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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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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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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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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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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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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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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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3.48/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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Forbidden Fruit from The Vermont Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 38.8% out of 100 with 80 ratings
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