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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
79
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376 Ratings
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Ratings: 376
Reviews: 180
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 19.48%
Wants: 10
Gots: 20 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pink milkshake colour with lots of foam. Very strawberry aroma, enough real strawberry with the actual fruit bits, that the beer is disguised. Satisfying, well carbonated. Good fruity dessert aftertaste.I am not running after fruit beers, but this was the most natural of the many presented this summer in Ontario.
Over 6 years later when i had it again, and clearly extract. Not as good.

Sammy, Aug 25, 2005
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before 3/2013.

Pours a murky muddled strawberry jam color with an extremely small off-white head that fades to nothing. Thin streaks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of strawberry jelly/jam right off the bat with some citrus and spice aromas as well. Taste is of strawberry jelly/jam, strawberry juice, and some spice flavors on the finish. There is a bit of a medicinal aftertaste with this one. This beer has a crisp level of carbonation with a bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good fruit beer but the sweetness is a bit cloying and the strawberry flavor seems a bit like medicine on the finish.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of djrn2
2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

djrn2, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

zestar, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

acurtis, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy pinkish red in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that consistently covered the surface.
S: There are strong aromas of strawberry shortcake topping in the aroma.
T: The taste has sweet aromas of strawberries, although the sweetness is not cloying.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and is packed with aromas and flavors of strawberries. It’s quite interesting because there are not many strawberry beers available.

metter98, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of brentk56
2.45/5  rDev -28.8%
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

brentk56, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smoked salmon with pale orange edges. The attractive crown of foam is pale pink, which is a pretty common hue for a cherry, raspberry or strawberry fruit beer. One wide swatch of lace has appeared on the opposite side of the glass.

The aroma is more than just strawberry because Fruli is more than just a simple fruit beer. It's actually a witbier to which strawberry juice has been added. The result is several more layers of aroma (and, hopefully, flavor) that kick the score up a notch.

This little beauty is at least as good as Floris Framboise and Florisgaarden Apple, the only other Brouwerij Huyghe fruit beers that I've reviewed to date. As expected, the additional ingredients of orange peel and coriander add the complexity that is often lacking in beer of this sort.

The amount of sweetness is just about right, especially since the bottle is only 8.4 ounces small. Sugared strawberry puree dominates right out of the gate, coriander enters down the backstretch, and a twist of orange zest sneaks in at the finish. This is good stuff that the chicks should dig. The dudes too.

Mouthfeel matches flavor. In other words, it isn't thick and syrupy (just like the beer isn't cloyingly sweet), although there is a good bit of viscosity goin' on. The carbonation does just enough to be noticed.

More breweries should use witbiers as the base for their fruit beer. The added complexity makes them more interesting and more delicious. Thanks to BKIII for this generous, out-of-the-blue gift.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 03, 2009
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.55/5  rDev -25.9%
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.

Phyl21ca, Aug 03, 2004
Photo of BEERchitect
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

There's a certain sinful, guilty, and adolescent part of me that actually likes this beer despite the obvious sweet, fruity, and soda-pop overtones.

The beer pours a rather unappealing rusty ruby color with a muddled haze. Light foam forms on the beer and lasts reasonably well. The beer has an overall weighted and dull apprearance.

The aromas however are fully strawberries. Strawberries, strawberries, and strawberries. The underlying twangy Belgian yeast character helps to give an acidic balance to the aroma but the beer is all about the strawberries.

Flavors certainly favor the strawberries but are not as dominant as the nose suggests. A lambic quality gives just enough tartness and souring to make the fruits believable and keeps the beer portion of the beverage alive. Lightly acidic, musty, and vinous, these characteristics are just enough to give a quality flavor to the sweetness and fruitiness.

Because of the lighter carbonation, the beer feels heavier and more full than it should. Also the dull liflessness is subsidized by the acitic bite and tart fruits. Still, the sugars bring the beer down somewhat.

Definately a good beer for the fruit beer or fruited lambic lovers. But the die hard beer fundamentalists will despise it.

BEERchitect, May 30, 2010
Photo of kjkinsey
3/5  rDev -12.8%

kjkinsey, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

jaydoc, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.38/5  rDev -30.8%
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!

ChainGangGuy, May 26, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

biboergosum, Jul 23, 2009
Photo of nickfl
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

nickfl, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of russpowell
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a bottle for my wife & thought what the heck? So I got a bottle for me; here goes:

Pours an effervescent caramel/orange with a pinky of cream colored head. Average head retention & very good lacing

S: Strawberry jam & kiwi

T: Strawberry jam, a hint of watermelon & a touch of acidity up front. More of the same as it warms, plus a touch of dryness. Finishes with jolly rancher-like sweetness, plus a touch of dryness

MF: Light bodied & pleasant carbonation levels

Pretty refreshing, reminds me of a strawberry nehi beer shandy. Nothing I'd session on, but would happily use this a dessert course beer or just a whistle wetter, not bad, some tartness would've helped IMO. Ocer priced at $4 for 8.8 ozes

russpowell, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of Slatetank
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Slatetank, May 30, 2013
Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

I'd seen this beer on tap for so long at Capone's, and I figured it was one of those beers that no one likes, therefore it sits in the lines forever. But soon after it was taken off, it came back on again. Then I started seeing it pop up elsewhere, so I figured I'd give it a try. Well, actually the wife ordered it. She probably subliminally knew I wanted to try it but also wanted to retain my macho exterior in the process.

Served in a snifter, a orange-salmon color, slightly cloudy, with a small pink-white head that actually retained rather well for the style. Aroma was pretty much straight up strawberry candy. Flavor of strawberry (obviously) and watermelon Jolly Ranchers, slight bready malt sensation. No surprises here; delivered what it promised. Light-medium body, and pretty easily drinkable...unless you don't like fruit beers, in which case, meh, it's probably still worth a try.

Rifugium, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of mendvicdog
3/5  rDev -12.8%

mendvicdog, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of jwc215
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy dark pink with a light pink head that slowly descends to a thin, lasting cover. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of strawberry shortcake with slight oranges (and peaches?).

The taste is sweet - so sweet I picture whipped cream on the strawberry shortcake that it reminds me of. The sweetness does have some balance with slight breadiness and a touch of coriander in the finish. Still, it remains sweet. Some orange peel is noticeable as it progresses.

The feel is spritzy - almost champagne-like. Light bodied. The flavor doesn't hang on too long.

Again, it reminds me of strawberry shortcake overall. It uses fruit juice, yet doesn't have that "artificial" taste. I wouldn't say this is one of the best of Belgium by any means, but it's a nice dessert brew.

jwc215, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of BlackHaddock
2.63/5  rDev -23.5%
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'.

BlackHaddock, Jun 24, 2010
Photo of beernads
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

beernads, May 08, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on draught in the Porterhouse by Grafton street. Reviewed from notes.

A: A one finger lovely cream head. Poor retention. Hazy weissbier strawberry grapefruit red. Lovely.

Sm: Remarkable berry. Very strong scent of strawberry ester. Wonderful.

T: Lovely strawberry build but too strong on the finish. I'd like it to start strong and deteriorate by the finish.

Mf: Far too fizzy. Very chewy. The wetness suits the style, but should dry up just a bit by the finish.

Dr: You may not want to be seen drinking it by the lads, but for what it is, it's delightful. Too syrupy. Too expensive in Dublin.

kojevergas, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

oriolesfan4, Feb 27, 2014
Photo of woodychandler
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

woodychandler, Jul 29, 2014
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Van Diest Früli Strawberry Beer from Brouwerij Huyghe
79 out of 100 based on 376 ratings.