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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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79
okay

385 Ratings
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Ratings: 385
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 19.19%
Wants: 11
Gots: 23 | 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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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

nickfl, Mar 06, 2013
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ihmurria, Mar 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

DerekMorgan, Feb 28, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

Tex-Mex08, Feb 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

andrewfjohnson, Feb 23, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

djrn2, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into wheat beer glass.

A - pours a reddish orange pink colour, almost full finger of foam.
S - strawberries, yumm.
T - ripening strawberries, bit of sourness, bit of sweet. Probably closer to a lambic taste than wheat beer.
M - very light, bit of carbonation.
O - I tend to like sweet and sour tasting beers, and fruli is a good example of both. I think it deserves more credit than it gets, the swing in your mouth from sour to sweet back to sour is so much fun. Might have too much of that for sessioning though.

Ivanhoes_Backpack, Feb 16, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

Ispeakforthetrees, Feb 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

TheNakedStiletto, Jan 31, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

Kelp, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of nusch
2.65/5  rDev -23%
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.

nusch, Jan 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Yoozeo, Jan 03, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

cheribom, Jan 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

Circleo12, Dec 29, 2012
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

chardisty, Dec 23, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

dog-ear, Dec 21, 2012
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

Garenburg, Dec 12, 2012
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

Pelicanrocks, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of mick303
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

250 mL bottle, this pours a cloudy, deep ruby link colour, with a large head of soft, strawberry milkshake head. The initial surprise of the pink-hued beer coming out of the bottle is a bit of a shock, beer looks interesting and shows pretty good head retention and lacing is really nice.

Smell is strongly candy-like. Strawberry sweets, with an artificial flavour feel. Maybe can detect a bit of malt but this is so overpoweringly sweet its hard to tell.

Taste is initially a wheaty, strawberry freshness, with a lot of candy sugar sweetness, quite jammy. It doesn't show a lot of the wit character, this is background and overshadowed by the strong fruitiness. Has some of the wheat characteristics but this is needing more balance and less sweetness.

Mouthfeel is very light, carbonation is too, not much crispness, slight dryness on the finish but way too sweet to be considered refreshing.

Hard to imagine getting this again or drinking it on a regular basis. A very candy-like beer, glad it came in such a small bottle because it would be hard to drink much more of it. Interesting idea, and not altogether bad, it is beer, but I was disappointed with this.

mick303, Nov 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

RedAleMan, Oct 26, 2012
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3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I found this to be an unexpectedly characterful and satisfying beer.

Deep pink, faintly brownish hint, it had a medium white head with faint pink hue slowly shrinking to foamy top.

Aroma is bright strawberry fruit leather, hint of yeasty dough.

Taste is light, bright strawberry sweetness, light yeastiness, hint of coriander, spice. It is crisp, light, and refreshing, but nevertheless characterful.

Offa, Oct 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

crobinso, Oct 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

theCoder, Oct 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

hotsudge, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of DoubleJ
2.85/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

DoubleJ, Sep 24, 2012
Van Diest Früli Strawberry Beer from Brouwerij Huyghe
79 out of 100 based on 385 ratings.