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Van Diest Früli Strawberry Beer - Brouwerij Huyghe

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Van Diest Früli Strawberry BeerVan Diest Früli Strawberry Beer

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BA SCORE
78
okay

370 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 370
Reviews: 180
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 19.53%
Wants: 10
Gots: 17 | 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)
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Reviews by kristenspaintings:
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kristenspaintings

California

4.63/5  rDev +35%

The beer presents very little resemblance to what people would traditionally consider a “beer”, but that should not be held in consideration as it is unique. Just opening the bottle, you get a tremendous fruit smell. Upon drinking you honesty can easily taste the berries and citrus, something I thought would be faint or impossible. This beer is light, refreshing and goes great with cheeses. It might be a little more difficult to pair with foods than a traditional ale or pils, but a bit of creativity can let this beer really shine. I did not think I would like it, but boy was I ever wrong.

My thoughts on pairing: Don't drink this with salad as the sidebar says. Whose suggestion was that?

Because this is a strawberry-flavored beer I wouldn't drink it with anything fruit or vegetable related, especially strawberries. You should try cheese & crackers or maybe something savory on the less- spicy side. If course Belgian food but also Northern European/ Scandinavian food comes to mind. Just having the one bottle on its own (and loving it) more research in this area is definitely warranted.

Would someone please update the pairing suggestion for this beer? What you eat with it could wildly influence your opinion of it.

04-23-2013 14:40:48 | More by kristenspaintings
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beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -12.5%

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Alberta (Canada)

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Oklahoma

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Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

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merlin48

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev +2%

Bottle pours a hazy ruby body with a small light pink head. Some spotty lace is on the goblet.

Aroma of strawberry jam and strawberry jolly ranchers.

Light medium body, medium carbonation and a prevailing natural and artificial strawberry sweetness.

Taste is strawberry jolly ranchers with some strawberry jam. I'm not picking up any yeast, pepper, or coriander notes, maybe a hint of mustiness. Finishes with a strawberry note and leaves a strawberry jam aftertaste.

How many times can you type "strawberry" in a beer review? If you like strawberry jam or jolly ranchers, you might want to try this one, but its more artificial than natural and a bit cloying.

09-05-2010 21:09:39 | More by merlin48
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tigg924

Massachusetts

2.9/5  rDev -15.5%

Had on tap at Rose Alley, New Bedford

Appearance: moderate carbonation, 1/2 inch head, fluorescent pinkish-purple in color, cloudy

Smell: strawberry cocktail

Taste: strawberries, passionfruit, some wheat. Kinda like a strawberry cocktail.

Mouthfeel: sweet but not as sweet as I expected, medium carbonation throughout, light body

Drinkability: I dunno, I guess this may be a beer. It tastes more like a strawberry cocktail that I would expect to get on a cruise ship. As an overall beverage, it is not bad. But if you are looking for a strawberry beer, go with Covington’s or Sam Smiths

07-19-2011 17:13:38 | More by tigg924
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +2.9%

Been meaning to try this one for ages, finally found it at the LCBO.

It pours an opaque rose colour, leaving just a little bit of head. It looks like a thin strawberry smoothie.

The smell is terrific, like strawberry pulp. Not too much else.

The taste is very sweet, certainly all strawberry, until the finish, which is just a little bit sour like a traditional wit. Mouthfeel is a bit thick, like the end of a milkshake. Carbonation is not very strong.

Despite its merits, I doubt I could drink too many of these. As a dessert beer, definitely. It's just...it's not beer, but it's a well-made fruit beverage to be sure. Worth trying.

11-08-2009 00:45:20 | More by JohnnyBarman
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innominat

Ireland

3.5/5  rDev +2%

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Swedes21

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Poured in a chilled pint glass...

Appearance - What an interesting pouring beer! Always odd to see a strawberry colour beer and a head that has the sane hue to it. Beers pours with a good amount of head 1.5 inch + and lingers for a bit. Colour is exactly as mentioned, nice strawberry colour. The aroma was noticeable as well.

Smell - Exactly as you would think with this type of beer, very strong strawberry smell. Slight barley smell, but dominated by the origins of the beer.

Taste - This is NOT a beer based tasting, i would consider it more like a daiquiri or fruity taste. Has a solid taste and delivers what it was made for, a strawberry punch.

Mouthfeel - not a lot happens in the mouthfeel. The taste is dominant again, not a lot of carbonation activated.

Drinkability - Given the context of this beer and what it is met for, i would drink it again. This is a good after dinner beer, but not something u can sit around and drink for hours on end.

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New York

4/5  rDev +16.6%

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Ireland

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United Kingdom (England)

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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.63/5  rDev +5.8%

A 250ml bottle with a BB of Oct 2012.

Poured into a Stella chalice. A very hazy pink colour with a pale reddish head of foam. No light passes through the glass and it is impossible to gauge carbonation. Some lumps of yeast collect at the bottom, and considerable residue remains in the bottle after emptying. An intense aroma of strawberries hits you immediately - sweet and fruity with an acidic undertone.

The taste is also intensely fruity - a powerful strawberry flavour with considerable sweetness. Any malt or beer notes are virtually masked, although there is a yeasty tartness that underpins the fruit. Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly astringent upon swallowing. Faint strawberry aftertaste.

This slips down easily - too easily. It's very sweet, though balanced by a reasonable acidic character. Would probably be rather cloying after more than one. I enjoy it and find it highly drinkable, but it's probably not for everyone. Would be best as refreshment on a hot day...

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briandaube

Delaware

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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Ireland

3.5/5  rDev +2%

08-15-2013 16:42:35 | More by KarlMcGowan
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Illinois

1/5  rDev -70.8%

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Nova Scotia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +16.6%

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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

1.73/5  rDev -49.6%

Hmmmm, strawberry frozen yoghurt, strawberry Starburst, really sweet and candy-ish, way too sweet to be taken seriously, but not a total loss, some tartness, but its too sweet, like Belle-vues sweetened fruit beers. Too much of a candied cheery flavour, too sweet.

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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +16.6%

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New Jersey

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Manitoba (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

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ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

1.5/5  rDev -56.3%

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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev +3.5%

250ml bottle. Lunch on a patio, on a hot, sunny day. Internal fruity beer switch firmly locked in the 'on' position.

This beer pours a hazy pink and orangish brown colour, and kind of looks like fresh pressed apple cider, with a single finger of pink-tinged soapy white head, which leaves a bit of low-lying storm cloud lace as it swiftly disappears.

It smells of sweet strawberry juice, faint pale grain, and berry sugar. The taste is slightly tart strawberry juice, candy sugar, mild grainy, wheaty malt, and some faint citrus notes. Simply fruity, this one is.

The carbonation is moderate, and active enough to pull this a bit farther away from straight-up fruit juice, the body a sticky, fruit-juice-like medium-light weight, and a tad cloying. It finishes sweet, sugary, and fruity.

A decent enough, soft white ale, soaked to the nuts with real strawberry juice. Fine by me, for when you want beer, but at the same time a fruit smoothie. One's my limit, though I've seen others putting these back like water at various establishments around town.

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mintjellie

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +27.7%

Poured into a pokal.

The body is pink and hazy. Like the colour of berry punch. There's a solid two fingers of cotton candy head floating over top of it. The head is moderately well retained, and the walls of my glass are covered in sticky lace left behind as it recedes.

It smells like strawberries and sugar. Candy. It smells slightly tart. The strawberry smell is very natural.

Intense sweet strawberry flavour. It's both sweet and mildly sour at the same time. Very mild wheat twang in the finish. No hop presence whatsoever. As with the scent, the strawberry flavour is very natural tasting.

It tastes and smells exactly how I'd expect a sugar-sweetened witbier and strawberry juice to taste, and its delicious.

Without the yeast poured in, its a little thin. Swirl and pour the yeast to give it a little bit of substance. Even so, you really feel the blend of 30 percent fruit juice in this beer. It's on the light side with medium carbonation, but still feels sticky. This works really well as a light, intensely flavoured, and extremely satisfying dessert. Especially in the summertime.

08-04-2009 22:14:55 | More by mintjellie
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Van Diest Früli Strawberry Beer from Brouwerij Huyghe
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