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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: 424
Avg: 3.47
pDev: 28.24%
Wants: 16
Gots: 50 | 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 Crosling
1.53/5  rDev -55.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pinkish, grapefruit colored ale with a bubbly, quickly diminishing white foam. Awful aroma reminds me of a protein smoothie, with notes of strawberry and tangerine. Way too sweet, one dimensional. No real reason for this beer to exist. Hardly any alcohol. Expensive. A better alternative is a cocktail of some kind, or a vitamin water. Huyghe sucks.

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Photo of rastaman
1.76/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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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Photo of DaveHS
1.93/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Another one of those witbiers blended with fruit that seem to be popping up everywhere. The label says it is made "with natural and artificial flavors added." An immediate turn off. Keep your artificial flavors out of my beer!

A-Pours the color of Hawaiian punch with a thin pink head.

S-Like sweet, fake strawberry juice. No hint of wheat beer in here.

T-Pretty awful. Tastes exactly like what you'd get if you mixed one of those mass produced, from concentrate fruit juices with a low quality,adjunct riddled macro wit like Blue Moon. It's not often that I get pissed off while drinking a beer.

M-Thin and syrupy, with very little carbonation.

D-This beer is a joke. Avoid like the plague.

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Photo of nickthetick
1.98/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: This is not an aesthetically pleasing as far as beer goes, but it would make a pretty candle. It pours a cloudy, opaque pink-red with a thin layer of pinkish bubbles that dissipate quickly and leave no semblance of lacing. The least I can say is that it is interesting.

S: strawberry, they hit hard and they hit fast and leave no room for other smells to mingle in. It’s a nice smell, but not appetizing for a beer; even a fruit beer.

T: Once again there is an overpowering strawberry flavor that is actually cloying and a bit too much. And once again, this is just too fruity for a fruit beer; I detect no hops, malt, or anything beer like about this.

MF: no surprises here: syrupy, little carbonation, diabetes inducing and chewy. I expect a fruit beer to be more light and enjoyable on a hot day, but this is just too filling.

O: This seems like it should be classified as a strawberry cider. It would be ok as strawberry cider; but as far as this goes for being a “fruit beer,” no way. To sweet and heavy and I would most likely turn this down even if offered it for free. I will say that if I can get my girlfriend (who adamantly hates beer) to Johansson’s to try this and she liked it I would get a bottle on some special occasions just for her.

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Photo of rarbring
2/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The beer is hazy strawberry red, the head is pink, recedes quickly and leaves some lacing.

The smell is fruity, clearly strawberries and some green apples, some yeast and a bit perfume.

The taste is very sweet and fruity, a bit like jelly beans. Definitely strawberries, but also some lime juice. A short bitterness, lemon peel.

The carbonation is rather high, a light body. A bit sticky sweetness gives you a soda feeling.

Well, if you're into fruit beers there is plenty of fruit in this one. For me a bit too much, it is not a beer in my brain.

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Photo of gmfessen
2/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from the mini 8.4 oz bottle into a pint glass, beer is a dark orange/red/pink color with a thin, effervescent head. The smell is all strawberries, somewhat artificial - reminds me of a strawberry soda. The taste is the same, all strawberries. If I didn't know this was beer, I would think it was pop. Overly sweet and artificial tasting, no balance. The mouthfeel is thin and has a carbonation that again, reminds me of soda pop. Drinkability would depend on how much you wanted to drink beer or "beer". I was looking for an actual beer that had hints of strawberries... I got a strawberry drink that doesn't even resemble beer.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.03/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had this one on-tap at RattlenHum served out of a Delerium Tremens snifter.

A: Served with a quarter finger white, wispy, fine head. Brew is light, semi-cloudy pinkish red. Lacing is lightly stringy with no stick.

S: Ever have Minute-Maid strawberry kiwi juice? EXACTLY like that.

T: Starts off with strawberry and perhaps some other unidentified ripe red fruit. Extremely sweet and this flavor kind of just fades, getting less and less sweet as the experience continues. I keep hoping I get something else but that's it. Plain ole' strawberry.

M: Light bodied and rather carbonated. Extremely wet in the mouth and finishes like water. Near no aftertaste.

D: Thanks but no thanks on this one. I want a beer not carbonated minute-maid juice, which is what this is. In fact... in retrospect, I'd probably rather have the juice instead.

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Photo of heygeebee
2.21/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

First of style.

Ok - I dunno how to score a deep red beer.... it looks kind of OK but plain wrong! Head dies - lace is great. Strawberry jam colour.

Aromas of tinned strawberries and strawberry jam.

Taste is like fizzy strawberry juice straight out of the tin. Hops? yeah right.... The cloying overbearing sweetness just becomes too much by the end - and it's only a 250ml bottle.

Mouthfeel is fizzy like soda. Tastes sickly sweet and watery at the same time.

Nope - not for me. Novelty value only. And $$$ xxx-y for small bottle.

Last of style?

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Photo of JanM
2.25/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Technically, it's a beer but in practice it's pretty much like a strawberry softdrink. Cloudy, blood orange juice look. Smelling like strawberry jello, quickly disappearing foam. A sticky smell of artificial strawberry flavor. Sweet taste similar to jello, tastes watery after a while. The beer is perhaps hinted by a touch of bitterness and bread in the aftertaste? There are a lot of better fruit beers around...

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.38/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

8.4 ounce bottle - $3.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Slips out a clouded, dulled, pinkish-red body with a scant, bubbly head.

Smell: Notably sweet-scented with the strawberry additive and in no way evocative of a beer. Candy, syrup, soda, gum, maybe.

Taste: Sugary sweet strawberry-flavored candy given a small twinge of acidity. Wait, you're telling me there's a witbier under all this sugar? Get oughta here! No, I mean it, leave immediately.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Lightly carbonated.

Overall: Man, that was one pricey alcopop!

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Photo of WastingFreetime
2.42/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Since my encounter with strawberry smell in a beer with Old Horizontal Barleywine, I decided on a whim to actively seek out and acquire the most 'Strawberriffic' beer in existence, and this is rumored to be it.
Pours a strange pinkish red color. Head is somewhat foamy but quickly recedes, with some lovely lacing patterns. There is a sickly aroma of those individually wrapped strawberry candies that absolutely assaults and overwhelms your senses. Very much like jam, preserves, or that artificial filling in the middle of your jelly donuts.
Can't smell or taste any malts at all. The only indication of a "beer" here is merely a very faint yeasty twinge underneath the massive explosion of sugary noxious cloying donut filling. And it coats your mouth like donut filling, as well, ruining the mouthfeel.
This in my mind fits more into the category of an alcopop than a beer. Or maybe one of those sickly sweet wine coolers that your casual drinker friend likes. But for my money, I might as well measure out a teeny tiny splash of vodka into strawberry Kool-Aid, it would taste just as terrible in the end for much less cash.

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Photo of KenGage
2.45/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours bright pink with a light head.

S - "Bright" strawberry flavor....not really artificial strawberry...not really real strawberry.

T - A smoother (and more expensive) Boones Farm Strawberry Hill

M - Carbonation was lively :-)

D - Caught it on sale for $2 a bottle so I picked up a couple for the wife. If you want to drink with your girl and she doesn't like beer -> then pick this up for her...because it's not really like beer.

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Photo of Cresant
2.48/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured this 8.4 oz brown bottle into a Lindemans flute. No date. The pink head had some sustain and the body was orange/pink and lightly cloudy.

Smell was yummy strawberry jam, not much else.

Taste was primarily sweet, with some tartness. The label states "artificial flavors" which, had I spotted before I purchased it, would have kept me from buying it. Strawberry soda really.

Mouthfeel was medium in body. Adequate carbonation. The body thins out toward the end. I would not buy this one again.

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Photo of brentk56
2.51/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a very pretty salmon pink color with a pinkish head; the retention is decent though it doesn't leave much evidence behind

Smell: A cross between strawberry jam and cough drops

Taste: Tastes like a cross between strawberry jam and cough drops, but leans more to the cough drop side

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I thought this was supposed to be a strawberry-infused wit, but I cannot detect any wit elements

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.56/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a red colored beer with almost no head or even carbonation. Taste is overpowered by strawberry and sugar. Taste is also taken over by the strawberry and the sugar, or maybe I should say the strawberry juice since I have hard time believing real strawberry were added to this mix. No malt or hops are noticeable in this mixture. Overall, I guess if you don’t expect to drink what is usually known as beer, you can enjoy this somewhat refreshing drink on a very hot summer day.

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Photo of srandycarter
2.56/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pretty champagne pink, near white thin head. Some fine bubbled cling lace.

S - Sour strawberries. Something a little medicinal to it as well.

T - Yuch. First sip wasn't so bad, but the third is hard to manage. Taste like a wine cooler that has gone bad.

M - Obviously, clingy artificial cloying doesn't make for a great beer.

D - Interesting, but I don't think I will finish it.

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Photo of niklas0770
2.6/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The liquid is a hazy red color with a thin head.

The smell is very powerfull. It quickly fills the room with a smell of strawberrys and citrus, probably lemon. There's also some yeast, maybe lime aswell.

The taste is very thin. The strawberrys are dominant. It's kind of a sour-sweet taste with some lime peel and therefor a bit dry aftertaste.

This beer feels quite flat and with no personality. It's a strawberry beer so it tastes of strawberry, but thats it.

I guess this wasn't my kind of beer. Too sweet and sticky.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.65/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Brown 250ml bottle poured into a 'Mort Subite' flute. The weather is warm and sunny, the tasting is with fresh strawberries.

The look is a murky pink, dull body, a huge foaming light pink coloured head sits on top.

The smell is 'over the top sweet' strawberry, like strawberry pop.

The taste is also very sweet and (suprise) strawberry flavoured. The label doesn't hide the fact they use strawberry juice in the beer. I would like a little less usage, but it isn't aimed at blokes like me is it? My real strawberries calmed down the experience, but it is far too sweet to be taken seriously, a proper sweet toothed 'ladies fruit beer'.

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Photo of nusch
2.67/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The Fruli is an extremely saccharine fruit beer. When paired with a drier mouthfeel and a hot, stuffy room, it gives me a headache. Disturbingly sweet, disturbingly pink, disturbingly carbonated. I am not a fan. I can see the appeal for fans of soda pop. It is easy to drink several Frulis without noticing the alcohol content (though there is certainly a taste of alcohol in the beverage). Far more on the side of a cooler, based on the astronomical sugar content of this beer.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
2.69/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Pours dark pinky red with a quickly fading head.
Nose shows ripe strawberries, confectionery and also a toothpaste note.
Sweet flavours, too sweet. Lots of strawberry, but it seems a little artificial. A little tang redeems things and makes it refreshing.
Needs more carbonation.
Gets a bit sickly sweet.

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Photo of Zorro
2.7/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy reddish violet colored beer with basically no head formation.

Smell is tart strawberry sherbert. No real hops, little bit of caramel and vanilla.

Starts out sweet with a musty strawberry flavor. Sweet with some balancing tartness. That's all there is sweetness and strawberry.

Mouthfeel is strawberry soda.

Overall this is practically strawberry soda. You might could make a float out of it with vanilla ice cream but as a beer it has nothing to recommend it.

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Photo of bark
2.7/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The colour is orange-red-brown. The two finger compact head is beige-pink; it sinks slowly. No lacing occurs.

The smell is sweet-tart with distinct notes of strawberry jam. Like somebody said, "It smells like cheap pancake jam (a Swedish low-budget speciality including various red berries)".

The taste is semi-sweet with lots of strawberry juice flavours. Hints of wheat sourness in the background, as a touch of minerals. The aftertaste is less sweet with some spiced witbier flavours, hidden beneath the strawberries. No alcohol at all. The finish got a mild medical flavour.

The carbonation is mild; the small bubbles soft. The liquid is sweet and sticky.

A beer designed to "attract new customer". I think it is way too simple and plain.

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Photo of zoso1967
2.71/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish orange with a slightly pink head. Not much lacing to speak of. The aroma is dominated by sweet strawberry. Not really a fresh strawberry aroma, more like Bubble Yum or some gummy candy. Maybe a slight hint of wheat malt, but I may just be imagining it. Taste is dominated by artificial strawberry candy flavors. Sugary sweet with not much depth, but some malt does poke through. Almost tastes like Smucker's strawberry preserves. The mouthfeel is fairly light, but not watery. It would probably be smooth if not for all the carbonation. Finish is a bit on the sticky side for such a light beer. There is some acidic dryness but not enough to balance out all the sugar. I am glad this came in a small bottle as I do not care for it, but I suppose it is fairly drinkable of you like sugary stuff. I bought it for my wife who loves Framboise and even she gave it the thumbs down.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
2.72/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer comes in a brown 25 cl long-necked bottle. The label is white with red writing and a red strawberry. Looks kind of "fruity".

A: The pour is hazy pink/red with a quickly dissipating light pink head. Looks like a thin homemade strawberry slushie.

S: Lots of strawberries, some sweet malt, some wheat. Some orange sezt. Smells like candy.

T: A lot like the smell but even sweeter. Not my cup of tea.

M: Light body and richly carbonated. Aftertaste is rather short and almost only sweet.

D: This must be a perfect beer for those which don't like beer, due to bitterness and hoppyness. Another reviewer stated that this is like a beer-sangira - I wish I had made that up...

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Photo of trevorwideman
2.73/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer poured a murky brownish-red colour with a sticky head that left little lace. Tough to find a hint of beer in the aroma, mostly the strawberry jam that appears to be mixed with this beer. Taste is not far off from a punch that might be served at a picnic with a very small hint of the Witbeer that is well-hidden under all the fruit juice. Soft feel in the mouth, smooth. Alcohol is hard to find as well, but I guess this is only 4.1% anyways. You could drink a lot of these on a summer day, just don't try to convince me that I'm drinking beer. My girlfriend loved it, and she dosen't like beer, so that says something.

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