1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Van Diest Früli Strawberry Beer - Brouwerij Huyghe

Not Rated.
Van Diest Früli Strawberry BeerVan Diest Früli Strawberry Beer

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
78
okay

362 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 362
Reviews: 178
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 19.24%
Wants: 10
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Huyghe visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rastaman on 09-17-2003)
View: Beers (67) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 362 | Reviews: 178 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by BobbyBeerman:
Photo of BobbyBeerman
BobbyBeerman

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I like strawberries. I like beer (otherwise I wouldn't be here). But the two together had me hopeful and worried (Wild Blue). This was the beer for the salad course at the beer dinner on 4/4/09 at Kindling.

A: This pours red with a creamy pink head. With the actual beer part of this being a Belgian wheat beer I wasn't surprised that it was cloudy with the typical sediment in the bottom of the bottle.

S: When we started pouring this one I could smell it across the room. There might be other, more subtle, aromas in there but the strawberry covers them.

T: Eventually you can taste some of the other beer elements but they come more on the mid to trailing edge. Up front (no surprise here) it's strawberry. With this having 30% fruit juice it's hard to avoid the strawberry. On the trailing edge you get some of the wheat beer spiciness. Pairing this up with the salad course I think helped cut the sweetness.

M: Light, bubbly yet not over carbonated.

D: On its own, I know I would not want more than one at a session. I would want something to cut the sweetness (like at the dinner). It was a little sweet for me but I feel it is worth the experience.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2009 12:36:44 | More by BobbyBeerman
More User Reviews:
Photo of Erin2834
Erin2834


5/5  rDev +45.8%

08-02-2014 01:49:41 | More by Erin2834
Photo of GlendonTT
GlendonTT


3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

07-30-2014 00:05:03 | More by GlendonTT
Photo of woodychandler
woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

This HAD to have come to me in either a trade or as a gift! I am not down on Fruit Beers, but unless they come in a CAN, they are among the last that I will reach for when given a choice. As you might imagine, this was not high on my list of bottled beers to drink and like so many, it got shunted to the side to become part of my bottle backlog. I am fully engaged in the Bottle Purge of the Summer of 2014 and it is time for this one to see the light of day.

From the bottle: "Belgian White Ale brewed with spices (coriander & orange peel) with natural and artificial flavors added."; "Produced with a centuries old brewing process, Fruli is a premium white Belgian ale brewed with fruit juice."

Hmmm. Is it a Fruit Beer or a Belgian Wit with fruit juice as an adjunct? No wonder Los Hermanos Alstrom want to re-categorize these hybrid styles. I'm just playing Devil's Advocate on BeerAdvocate right now.

I thought that I could see some lees at the bottom of the bottle, so I employed a very gentle pour. The carbonation in this was fantastic, producing a brief finger of fizzy, pink head that simply fizzled out, becoming wisps. Color was a hazy pinkish-amber (SRM = N/A) and I found myself giggling at it. Nose was like strawberry preserves! I have been thinking of my grandmothers a lot recently and they were the ones who initially taught me to do home canning. My paternal grandmother was really into jellies and preserves, which are tougher than simply putting up vegetables for the winter. This reminded me of her kitchen on some days. Mouthfeel was thin and fizzy, like soda pop or seltzer water. The taste was very much strawberry, coming in very sweet and then becoming tart, like those SweetTart candies I remember as a kid. Finish was more tart than sweet, but it still struck me as awfully sugary. I have a feeling that I may not be its intended audience. I would probably serve it with dessert if I had to drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2014 12:07:08 | More by woodychandler
Photo of cford382
cford382


4/5  rDev +16.6%

07-29-2014 04:53:13 | More by cford382
Photo of G_Est
G_Est

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +23.9%

07-26-2014 23:13:14 | More by G_Est
Photo of Samuelindo01
Samuelindo01


3.5/5  rDev +2%

07-16-2014 23:31:46 | More by Samuelindo01
Photo of SonOfKyuss
SonOfKyuss

Virginia

3/5  rDev -12.5%

07-16-2014 20:25:10 | More by SonOfKyuss
Photo of Socialiste
Socialiste

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

07-13-2014 03:37:37 | More by Socialiste
Photo of KevinL
KevinL

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

07-11-2014 17:53:33 | More by KevinL
Photo of kjkinsey
kjkinsey

Texas

3/5  rDev -12.5%

07-10-2014 18:05:01 | More by kjkinsey
Photo of endless1408
endless1408

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev +2%

07-03-2014 14:17:52 | More by endless1408
Photo of xFL
xFL

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +16.6%

06-28-2014 00:53:14 | More by xFL
Photo of JamieDuncan
JamieDuncan

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +31.2%

06-26-2014 16:08:14 | More by JamieDuncan
Photo of steverx8
steverx8

United Kingdom (England)

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

06-26-2014 13:41:43 | More by steverx8
Photo of hopley
hopley

Massachusetts

4.93/5  rDev +43.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Had this beer on tap at the Conwy Castle Hotel in Wales, UK last week. It was listed as a "dessert beer" on the their menu along with the chocolate mousse, raspberry tart, etc. While I am not a fan of fruit / vegetable beers (and can understand why others have rated this beer so poorly), this beer quite simply blew me away. It was awesome! Even the two wine drinkers at the table loved it, one of whom is 79 years old! For me, the taste was what did it for me - like drinking a strawberry shortcake - it is just a perfect example of what this brewery must have intended. Reminded me of a New Glarus raspberry beer I tried about a year ago, only better. I will seek this out if I can find it in the States and drink it on special occasions for dessert.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2014 16:19:17 | More by hopley
Photo of ONovoMexicano
ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

1.5/5  rDev -56.3%

06-16-2014 03:43:02 | More by ONovoMexicano
Photo of drbenderdo
drbenderdo

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

06-08-2014 01:56:58 | More by drbenderdo
Photo of liamt07
liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

05-27-2014 02:45:15 | More by liamt07
Photo of FadetoBock
FadetoBock

Alberta (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

05-22-2014 02:10:28 | More by FadetoBock
Photo of Domvan
Domvan

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

05-17-2014 23:55:44 | More by Domvan
Photo of Alby402
Alby402

Nebraska

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

05-12-2014 22:23:24 | More by Alby402
Photo of bumchilly25
bumchilly25

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +2%

05-10-2014 01:19:20 | More by bumchilly25
Photo of bcsbeer
bcsbeer

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +2%

05-09-2014 04:30:44 | More by bcsbeer
Photo of StevenH
StevenH

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +23.9%

05-08-2014 02:23:13 | More by StevenH
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Van Diest Früli Strawberry Beer from Brouwerij Huyghe
78 out of 100 based on 362 ratings.