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Van Diest Früli Strawberry Beer - Brouwerij Huyghe

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Ratings: 401
Reviews: 185
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 19.08%
Wants: 14
Gots: 33 | FT: 1
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Belgium

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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Ratings: 401 | Reviews: 185
Photo of Erin2834
5/5  rDev +44.5%

Photo of OregonGrown7
5/5  rDev +44.5%

Photo of jillo
5/5  rDev +44.5%

It doesn't taste like beer, it tastes like strawberry heaven.

Photo of Phil_Cousins
5/5  rDev +44.5%

Photo of uptownOT
5/5  rDev +44.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Love the taste of this beer. It is very unique.

Photo of BeerMeCJS
5/5  rDev +44.5%

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.

Photo of Rognvaldr
4.75/5  rDev +37.3%

Photo of Stevie_Janowski
4.75/5  rDev +37.3%

Photo of Glorisel
4.68/5  rDev +35.3%

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.

Photo of Tyler_V2
4.58/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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.

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..

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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4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

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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Van Diest Früli Strawberry Beer from Brouwerij Huyghe
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