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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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186 Reviews
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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 Sammy
3.77/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.75/5  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.

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Photo of brentk56
2.51/5  rDev -27.5%
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 BEERchitect
3.64/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.56/5  rDev -26%
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 biboergosum
3.57/5  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.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a smallish 8.4 fluid ounce (250 ml) bottle a hazy, orangish pink with floating bits of fruit which are lifted up by the robust carbonation only to fall again. Initial 1/4" white head fades quickly to the rim leaving globs of sheet lace.

N: Obligatory strawberries up front with some wheaty grains, slight must, sweetness and corriander spice. The strawberries lend a faint plastic/cheesy character.

T: Like a sweet strawberry soda, but balanced by the wheat with some orange zest. Initially the sweetness comes with the first sip and then is muted.

M: Light body and semi-full carbonation. Fruity and zesty wheat throughout from start to finish.

O: Balanced fruit and wheat with orange and faint corriander was surprisingly pleasant. Easy drinking at 4.1 %. Perhaps a tad too much sweetness.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.38/5  rDev -31.2%
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 kojevergas
3.52/5  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.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.62/5  rDev +4.6%
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

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Photo of chinchill
3.64/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle with a BB March 2017 date stamp.
Looks like watered down strawberry puree with a thin, partial white head. Actually, not bad looking despite that description.
Nice mix of tart and sweet components with plenty of strawberry and strawberry jam flavor.

O: refreshing, fruity and not to sweet but best used as a dessert beverage.

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Photo of jwc215
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy ruby red with a quarter finger bubbly pinkish white head. The beer has little head retention and just mild amounts of lacing.

S: Strong aromas of strawberries - like you are in a field of them or surrounded by people having strawberry shortcake. Very pleasant and just slightly sweet, almost like a perfume.

T: Sweet but not overly so, enjoyable flavors of strawberry. In some ways it reminds me a lot of strawberry shortcake - with the biscuits (malts) and the strawberry sweetness.

M: Light bodied with low amounts of carbonation.

O: Extremely refreshing - for more enjoyable that I expected (I was kind of expecting cloying sweetness). Very easy to drink and could be quite sessionable. Would be the perfect alternative to dessert at a summer cookout in the heat.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Capone's in Philadelphia.

The beer looks like strawberry juice - fresh squeezed. Pink grapefruit juice with little head. The aroma brings sweet strawberry juice...and...well...that's about it (Cartman impression). The flavor is one dimensional, but honestly, it's well done and I have no issues. A strawberry spritzer beer. Really delicious and easy to drink. Low alcohol and refreshing on a hot day. I'm a fan.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

8oz bottle poured into a wine glass for a quick fix.

Fruli looks nice coming out the glass, A red mixed with pink highlights and a substainable red colored head, how nice. The crown gains an inch and sticks leaving cluttered lace.

First whiffs I get a lot of strawberry which is not all that real. It reminds me of tropical fruit starbursts. I happen to like those so I'll give this a pass although it's artifical. Fruit juice with a faint sweet malt.

This ain't all that bad, there's a time and place for everything. Not the most artificial fruit flavor I've had in a beer, it's quite quenching. Small hints of vanilla and strawberry's combined. A big malt backing. Starbursts meltesd in the summer.

The feel is smooth and sweet, no interference from any hops. Medium bodied and a lot of carb giving off a lash to the tounge. This is brewed by Huyghe so there is some quality to this, although it's nowhere near the best fruit offering.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.9/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

So I've shyed away from Früli until now, mostly because I thought it was a straightforward super sweet fruit beer. FInally reading the back of the label revealed that it's a white ale with spices and strawberry juice. Sounds like an alright choice for aSunday afternoon. On to the beer:

All 250 ml of the bottle fits inside the Hoegaarden glass. It looks more like a fruit beverage that a beer with its pinkish, beet red flesh. The foam on top is low and creamy in texture, slowly dropping off the edge of the glass. The smell of sweet strawberries are met. While pleasant, it smells more like a juice with added sugar than sweet and tart strawberries. I'll learn more whe I taste it.

My nose was correct. Tasting it, it is a very sweet strawberry flavor. On it's own, it could be okay. With a white ale backdrop, the fusion doesn't get along great. Spiced coriandor interupts the strawberry juice and becomes unappealingly spicy and bland. The low yet bubbly carbonation doesn't help much in this case either. While it is somewhat drinkable, it's not wildy appealing.

I've had worse fruit beers than Früli, though I'd expect better from the makers of those pink elephant beers. Not balanced well enough.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.65/5  rDev -23.4%
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 Stinkypuss
2.89/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured ontap, a hazy dull red in appearance with some pink colored foam.

The beer smells quite fruity, strawberries fill the nostrils.

Taste is more akin to a strawberry soda than a true beer. Dull lambic qualities and over the top fruit and sweetness dominate the palate. It succeeds fairly well with the strawberry taste, the only downfall being the lack of beer qualities. Malt body is faint. If strawberry soda is a favorite of yours, you must try this beer.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lingering sweetness.

Drinkability: A sweet strawberry beer sure to please the ladies and non-beer drinking friends.

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Photo of Zorro
2.7/5  rDev -22%
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 biegaman
3.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Usually any beer of high value colour will score big points with me - how often is it you see a bright red or pink beer? - but this one, I hate to play fashionista, is just plain ugly. It's like an out-of-tune magenta clashing with undertones of orange-red. Its head, the few places where it actually exists, is of styrofoam-like substance and is tinted a soft rosé.

I have no choice but to score the aroma highly: I like strawberries and this, rightfully, does smell like strawberries. It's as simple as that. And I'd have to argue with anyone who says the aroma comes across as artificial; if the label is to be trusted, this contains 30% real strawberry juice but no added sugar or sweetener. It smells real enough to me.

And although the orange peel and coriander weren't substantial parts of the bouquet, they could certainly be noted. And rest assured, they play a much bigger role in the flavour. Little firecrackers of sassy coriander and a great zest of orange citrus vividly ignite on the palate. The taste they impart is zestful, surprisingly sensual but too brief.

I'm slightly bewildered that the brewery could paint such a vivid portrait of the berries; this most certainly resembles a strawberry cheesecake or some type of exquisite French strawberry pastry (indeed, I'd be curious to know how chocolate pairs with this...)

This passes my two tests when it comes to fruit beers: it doesn't come across as too artificial and it isn't gum-numbingly sweet. In place of the common saccharine syrup is that dynamic zest of the coriander and orange peel that tickles the throat like sharp blades of grass. The only problem is that it's so damn trim it's nearly thinned itself out of existence.

Put a little more meat on these bones and, baby, you got yourself a fruit beer! As far as berries go, strawberries make notoriously weak flavouring agents; rather than resorting to sugars or syrups, I like that Früli enhanced the flavour instead by throwing in some orange peel and coriander. This is something I wish I could grow in my garden.

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