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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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Reviews: 186
Hads: 428
Avg: 3.46
pDev: 28.61%
Wants: 15
Gots: 53 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: rastaman on 09-17-2003

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Photo of hopley
4.92/5  rDev +42.2%
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.

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Photo of PorterPro125
4.66/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: 330 mL Bottle

A- Pours a light pink that's topped by a 1 1/2 finger white head that quickly dissipates. Beautiful colour!

S- Sweet strawberry jam with a nice tart finish. Not able to seek out the coriander mentioned in the brewers description.

T- Same as the aroma. Beautiful taste that could take the place of a quality desert anytime.

M- Light Body and Medium carbonation.

O- If there ever was a perfect desert beer, I would have to say that this is it. Delicious Strawberry Jam flavour and aroma and a light, crisp, refreshing body.

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Photo of kristenspaintings
4.65/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Antikythera
4.57/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is great stuff. The small bottle and low alcohol content give it the air of something made for just-legal drinkers to try first. Girly? Maybe. But as a female fan of sweet fruity things, I love Fruli.

It smells and tastes like real strawberry, not fake Strawberry Shortcake / wine cooler smell, and it's not quite as sweet as you might expect. It comes across as strawberry juice with a bit of carbonation and a faint hoppy aftertaste. The colour is a golden strawberry red with a fine foamy head. If you don't even like beer you might like this, because it's more about the strawberry than the beer.

It's like bottled summer, so drink it in the winter if you forget what warm weather is like.

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Photo of tzieser
4.55/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- it looked pink as I poured it, like cotton candy. as it filled it turned a dark amber color, yet still a pink hint.
S- seriously smells like.. strawberries. and.. cream
T- tates like STRAWBERRIES! like a shirley temple.
M- very carbonated. close your eyes, champagne?? So light.
D- I could drink a six pack. maybe more. low alcohol though right..

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.55/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- very nice hazy vermilion with peach highlights and a frothy baby-pink tinted head. foam settles down to a hefty film with thick curtains of creamy lace all around the glass. there are dark red, uniform little specks at the bottom, whether they are actual bits of strawberry or just yeast, i can't say.

S- if you've ever made strawberry shortcake by sprinkling sliced strawberries with sugar and putting them in the fridge overnight, that's what this beer smells like. that and also raspberry syrup. akin to strawberry jam, strawberry gummies or those hard candies with the strawberry wrapper and gel in the middle. some faint whiffs of coriander are detectable, but i wouldn't have noticed if i didn't know it was an ingredient.

T- not as tart as real strawberries, as good or better than any strawberry candy i've ever tasted. nearly identical to the aroma except for the faint bitterness of the tannins in strawberry seeds, but i'll assume it's due to a light hopping. some white bread smeared with strawberry jelly. it's sweet, but not overly sweet, and as the finish dried out ever so slightly, it comes closer to the taste of real strawberry and raspberry. i can't taste the spices, but i can feel a bit of the coriander 'vapor', or the spicy pungency of the seed, in the aftertaste. the spices probably compliment the taste of the berries more than anything.

MF- consistency of a light juice, medium carbonation, leaves a feeling of fructose on my cheeks, but not in a bad way. pretty much like strawberry jam.

D- leave it to the belgians to make such a damn good fruit beer. the bright color lights the fuse to a big strawberry bomb. i prefer something like this over one that tastes like beer with a *hint* of fruit because the two don't mesh well with me. entirely drinkable and refreshing, i wish i had more than just this single.

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Photo of Westsidebuddha
4.47/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Belgian Beer Fest Lucky Baldwin's, Pasadena Calif.

Poured a light red color into glass. Had the look of Framboise as I glazed into the glass. The smell was very fruity. Kool-Aid like smell. The taste was very fruity. Like fruit juice with beer taste. Nice mellow mouthfeel. The drinkability was very good. This was a beer you could drink all night and not feel to buzz off. Overall, this beer took me by surprise. Didn't expect it would be this good. First sip was like wow! This is what I would drink after having a quadruple beer. Very nice!

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Photo of John_M
4.45/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours an amber peach color with really pretty damn good head retention and lacing. This beer really looks pretty impressive. The nose on this beer is likewise impressive, with a huge nose of sweet strawberry and honey. If you like strawberries, the aroma on this beer is nothing short of amazing. On the palate, this beer is likewise amazing. Yes, it's pretty sweet, but the amount of strawberry flavor the brewer managed to get in this beer is incredible. The beer has sort of a honey, strawberry, strawberry tea flavor. It's fairly sweet, but the sweetness plays well with the flavor profile IMHO. Moutfeel is fairly light, but that's what I would expect with a beer having this abv. Drinkability is exceptional. Granted, it's hard to think of this as a beer, but whatever you want to call it, it's delicious.

I don't know. I really don't understand the low scores with this beer. I guess it's a bit sweet and fruity, but there is so much flavor and the strawberry flavor is so pure. Granted, I wouldn't want it all the time, but I'd order it from time to time. This beer is flat out delicious.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.41/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 1/17/15. Comes in a 330ml (11.2 ounce) bottle. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a 10 ounce pilsner glass.

Pours a hazy reddish-burnt orange in color with really no cap to speak of. As for lacing, just some very spotty places seen on the sides of the glass but not a lot. The aroma is full of fresh strawberries and that is about it. Great aroma actually! Even more so than a Redd's Strawberry Ale. The taste is well...full of strawberries with some grains. Tasted like fresh strawberries and not artificial. Finishes just slightly tart and not super sweet like you might think. Considered a beer, but whatever it is, it is tasty with a little 'kick'. Overall, really surprised how good this one is and is really refreshing also. Good anytime of the year and will buy it again. Lighter+ to medium bodied with perfect carbonation.

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Photo of rudzud
4.39/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saw this at Austin Liquors and figured I would give it a try. Pleasantly surprised at this one. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice cloudy rosey pink that looks like a glass of well, strawberry juice. Very little head on the pour with a super faint white halo around the brew.

S - Wow, this smells like well, strawberry jam. Not artificial at all very real smelling. Nice jam sweetness.

T - Not really sure how a strawberry beer can get better. I mean, if you're buying this you are looking for strawberry flavour and thats what this beer is full of. Tastes like a glass of melted strawberry jam. Its sweet, but not cloyingly so.

M - Would like a little more carbonation with this. Its somewhat low and is just a hair above syrupy.

D - Wow. This stuff is great. You get EXACTLY what you pay for. Oh? You want a strawberry beer? Okay, here you go, liquid strawberries at 4.1%. Wish more beers lived up their promises like this one.

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Photo of mintjellie
4.36/5  rDev +26%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of funkengruven
4.29/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured to a slightly pink champagne like look in the glass. Smell is sweet and delicious, like very fresh strawberries. Taste is wonderful, Strawberries and Witbier, quite a nice tasty combination. Mouthfeel is pretty well equal to other witbiers with it's slightly fizzy but slightly weighted feel, that is very very easy to drink. Girlfriend really liked this one, and so did i. Quite a nice change from the ordinary.

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Photo of Tyler_V2
4.27/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Extremely flavourful beer with a strong strawberry taste. A great beer for those who generally don't like beer, but it can still be thoroughly enjoyed by beer drinkers everywhere

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Photo of superdedooperboy
4.22/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

250-ml brown glass bottle poured into a Kriek Boon chalice/tulip. Served at around 40 degrees F.

Pours extremely hazy to the point of opacity, showing off an orange-tinged pinkish hue with a pale blush foamy head that settles fairly quickly to a thick, rocky cap that leaves behind some long splotches of lace on the walls of the glass.

Aroma is patently strawberry -- dried strawberries or strawberry preserves, to be precise. As much as I try to pick up anything else, nothing comes through. The great thing about it is that the aroma is in no way artificial, rather very genuine. It's quite appetizing, to be honest.

Light in body but with a bit of wheaty protein providing a bit of fullness to the mouthfeel; quite effervescent, with powerful, bracing bubbles barraging the palate. More ripe strawberries engulf the palate, balanced by a rather tart acidity that keeps things from becoming cloying. Sweet jammy preserves show up again in the finish, lingering for quite some time afterward.

Perhaps not the most complex beer out there, but as far as fruit beers go, this one certainly stands out. With the fruit taking the center stage throughout, it's nice to see that the characteristics are genuine and not overly cloying, as is the case with many beers of this fashion. Though I can't say how cloying a few could become, as it stands, this is one hell of a drinkable beer, and it would undoubtedly be a prime choice in the hot summer months. I almost feel that I should be pouring it into a blender with some ice, or using it as a mixer for a fruity mixed drink. Something else.

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Photo of halfhorsefilms
4.19/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I could smell this one as soon as I popped the cap. Tropical fruits, mango, kiwi and, of course, intense strawberry. A very high sense of citric acid, since the smell itself is like sticking an orange up your nose. Very champagne-like.

Nearly no head except for a slight pink ring and central transparent island.

I was expecting a more "off" strawberry flavor, likening to strawberries about to spoil due to a hint of that smell, but the taste is extremely pure and refreshing. Doesn't drink like a beer at all, but as said before, champagne. Extremely crisp with nearly no noticeable hops or malt flavor. Very surprising.

Definitely a dessert beer or, (at the very least) something to spark your girlfriend's interest and keep her from buying Boone's farm.

I really don't know how to rate this, but a part of me says to rate it well because if they can make a beer that doesn't taste like beer . . . they must know what they're doing.

Overall, give it a whirl and when you really want to impress someone, this is the perfect conversation piece.

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Photo of Tford
4.17/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: It pours a red-orange colour with a small pink head.

S: It smells like strawberries, a lot like strawberries.

T: It tastes like strawberries; they are more prominent at the start as you can taste wheat and malts towards the end. It is also a little sweet, but it is not overdone.

M: This has a medium body with high carbonation.

O: This is an excellent beer, I will definitely buy it again. It is a nice change from the norm, I have not tastes another beer like it; it’s almost like half beer half cooler, but in a good way. It would be good to drink before driving, a tiny 250 mL bottle at 4.1% abv wouldn’t blow a 0.01.

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Photo of becktone
4.12/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes 1-3-10

Done horizontally with Samuel Smith's Organic Strawberry

Eye: Hazy golden-tangerine with ruby pinkish-reddish highlights. Head on this is pretty small and is off white in color, not much more than a blanket over the beer really. Still looks good on the whole.

Nose: Huge strawberry aroma fills the room when poured. This beer smells like strawberry juice, much like a Strawberry Juicy Juice or perhaps white cranberry-strawberry juice, or even like strawberry icecream. No real beer aroma here whatsoever. Rich. Very sweet smelling and very much a fruit beer...strawberry aroma isn't fake as many American fruit beers tend to be. I don't think that extract flavoring was used here. Brighter and livlier aroma than Sam Smith's

Tongue: Big strawberry flavor here, again, its akin to a strawberry Juicy Juice (which is strawberry juice blended with apple juice) or white cranberry juice. Not really any bitterness whatsoever, it doesn't really need it to balance it out...besides it'd be out of place in a fruit beer like this. Sweet and juicy and soda like, but not cloyinly sweet. This could easily replace juice in the fridge, moreso than lambics, way moreso than lambics...it replaces soda too.

edit: Fruli is sweeter than Sam Smith's and thicker and less beer like and more juice like

Feel and Drinkability: Light in body and highly carbonated with fine carbonation but not fine enough or high enough to be champagne like or tongue scrubbing. Nor is it obnoxious enough to be soda-like where its so high and coarse that it burns and makes your eyes water. Easy to drink, this is one that I really enjoy, I just wish it wasn't as expensive.

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Photo of cooch69
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on tap while at a food show in a casino. It poured a pastel reddish with a one finger head that lasted for a while and then faded into oblivion.
This beer smelled so much like strawberies it was rediculious.
The taste was even more so. I could barely tell that I was drinking beer. It was so fruity that I barely picked up anything else exept for a bready maltiness in the aftertaste. There was no hops within ten miles of this beer.
It was however very refreshing. This beer would be a great substitute for orange juice at 9 A.M.
Mouthfeel was light to medium with a pretty vibrant carbonation.

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Photo of cyrenaica
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at Toronto's Beer Bistro on June 21, 2007. The beer was poured by the waiter. It had a strong unmistakably strawberry aroma that captured me right away. It was a dark red in the glass. The mouthfeel was very champagne like. The taste was very good. A truly enjoyable beer.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.08/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Veiled amber color with absolutely no head. Delicious smell and flavor of fresh fruity strawberry. A little light with a pleasant fruity finish.

Super flavorful beer to try at least once. Sure you almost only taste strawberry, but this is what it's supposed to deliver. Perfect for those who doesn't like typical beer.

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Photo of ecoastman
4.07/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Interesting stuff that I may try again when it's on sale. Like many fruitier beers, this one is a little high on the medicinal character scale but it's not overpowering. Some reviewer ratings are low but I think you need to take this beer for what it is - a fruit bier. It's different but it's also quite interesting and tasty.

There's no questioning the style as soon as you open a bottle of Fruli Strawberry Beer. It smells like sweet ripe strawberries with wit-like bubblegum and also some medicinal phenolics. The added orange peel and coriander aren't obvious but they provide an overall aroma that reminds me of some or my wife's potpourri blends.

It pours a hazy strawberry red (surprise) with fine carbonation making a dense and fizzy but short-lived head with no lacing. It looks more like a wine cooler than a beer but the colour is attractive.

It hits the palate syrupy smooth & sweet and the strawberry flavour is intense - a direct impact from the 30% strawberry juice. The phenolics are mild and there is very low bitterness in the finish. The aftertaste is the same and lingers nicely. The carbonation is fine but low and doesn't make the beer course.

Good stuff.

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Photo of crossovert
4.06/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 8.4 oz mini bottle with unique striped foiling.

Pours a murky brownish red with a small mildly pink head that quickly dissipates. Not the strongest lookign brew.

Smell is amazing, pure strawberry with a little yogurt scent. Smells soooo delicious, not really like beer though.

Taste is well of strawberries what else? A little bit of yogurtyness and some smokey malt flavor. Not too bad. Mouthfeel is silky smooth, this is a delectable dessert beer.

Overall, yes it is a fruity beer, but still worthy.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

8.4 fl oz. bottle, with label on back saying best before 03/2014. An intriguing looking bottle & design. My second beer from Brouwerij Huyghe, the other one being Delirium Tremens. Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a quarter inch of white fizzy head which quickly disappears into nothing. Body color is a hazy dark salmon pink / light red color. Bubbles floating to the top, and some light sediment twirling around. Nice thick lacing on the way down.

S - Immediately after uncapping this, the smell of genuine strawberry hit me. I search for it, yet I don't get any coriander or orange peel, though.

T - Luscious tart sugary strawberries. Has some other natural berry attributes to it, also. Tastes almost like a fruit-roll-up. A nice, refreshing, sweet beer. Searching for some yeast or malt, but again I find nothing. Moderate carbonation.

M - Feel is sweet and sticky, with no real lingering flavors of any kind.

Overall, refreshing, delicious, and very natural tasting. Highly drinkable at 4.10% abv, yet I do wish this was packaged in normal 12 oz. bottles instead of such a smaller serving. Probably a bit too sweet of a beer to session, but I could drink a ton of these. A try again beer, for sure.

Van Diest Früli Strawberry Beer ---4/5.

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Photo of vandemonian
4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Früli Strawberry Beer has orange/pink colour and a 3 mm head that fades to good lacing. The smell is very strawberries and cream. The flavour is sweet with a strawberry aftertaste. There is some yeastiness. This beer is foamy in the mouth. Delicious.

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Photo of mithrascruor
4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8.4 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark hazy reddish color, like strawberry juice. Foamy light head with good retention.

Smell: Aroma of strawberries, slightly sweet with some earthy/green notes.

Taste: Really just like the smell.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with some light tingly carbonation.

Drinkability: Low ABV, easy to drink.

A nice strawberry beer, definitely the best of these that I've tried. Still not a big fan of this style, but this is a good one.

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Van Diest Früli Strawberry Beer from Brouwerij Huyghe
79 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.