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Van Diest Früli Strawberry Beer - Brouwerij Huyghe

Van Diest Früli Strawberry BeerVan Diest Früli Strawberry Beer

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BA SCORE
78
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334 Ratings
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Ratings: 334
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 19.35%


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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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 13:33:34 | More by dbrauneis
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metter98

New York

3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 01:04:53 | More by metter98
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heygeebee

Australia

2.17/5  rDev -36.4%
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?

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 10:00:18 | More by heygeebee
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.58/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 02:48:32 | More by UCLABrewN84
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

250ml Bottle

Appearance – Hazy red/pink colour with an average size fizzy pink coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head stuck around for only a minute or two.

Smell - Grains/wheat, lemons, coriander, strawberries

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and I can taste wheat mixed with coriander/clove and lemons. Of course it also has a lot of sweet strawberry flavour - but it isn't too cloying. It ends with a strawberry aftertaste with a light amount of citrus sourness.

Overall – I've seen this at the store so many times and I finally decided to cave and give it a try. Fruit beers are probably my least favourite style but this one actually wasn't too bad. The strawberry flavour doesn't taste too artificial, which is nice. The smaller size bottle was the perfect amount.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 17:57:00 | More by spinrsx
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olfolxholme

California

3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

23

8.4 oz bottle into lindemanns flute glass

A - bottle has a surprising amount of info about the beer. It's brewed with coriander and spice - and it's a witbier blended with fruit juice. But, I think it fares better under the fruit beer category. Anyway, I'll just say that the tone of the bottle art etc is not as whimsical or fun as a beer like this might want. But, it's fine.

The beer pours with a nice little half finger of white foam that picks up just a bit of the very pink color of this beer. Some lacing, surprisingly, but not much more than a thin ring of head retention.

S - strong smell of sugary strawberry jam, especially when your first pour it. I like it but can see why others wouldn't.

T - strawberry soda. Very tasty. Not what a lot of people think of when they think of beer, but if you have a sweet tooth and an open mind this is quite enjoyable. As with the aroma, I could see someone not liking this but I do.

M - refreshing, nice amount of soda like carbonation. A little astringent, but sometimes in a tart, refreshing way.

O - if you are wondering if you should try this the answer is yes. If you think this beer sounds like disgusting sugar beer, then you probably will not enjoy it. There are a lot of other fruit beers that get it wrong, with overly sweet fruit juice flavors - I think this one is just about right for me. Recommended to kindred spirits.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 05:53:43 | More by olfolxholme
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: It has a nice cloudy orange/red/copper color to it. It has a nice thick light pink head that dies down moderately and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of strawberries, bubble gum and sugar.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a sweet strawberry/bubble gum taste to it with hints of wheat.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a very sweet balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with bland flavors and aromas. Mostly just strawberries.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 22:23:12 | More by SebD
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Pours a hazy pink orange color with a little light pink head that sink immediately.

S - Strawberries, wheat, sugar.

T - Follows the nose with strawberry candy, sugar fruit compote, Sweet but dry on the aftertaste. Wheat adds a nice touch.

M - Very smooth medium body. Finishes dry and tart.

Drinks very good with a smooth feel and a nice finish. Reminds me of a strawberry rhubarb sauce that goes great on biscuits.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 03:52:06 | More by StaveHooks
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matjack85

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This small 8.2oz brown bottle comes with a freshness date notched into the back label. This bottle is notched for the 4th week of March 2012, so it's still plenty fresh.

The beer poured a pale pink and slightly hazed strawberry color with a 1½-finger white head that dissipated rather quickly. Lacing was actually quite nice.

The smell is all fresh strawberries. Even though the label doesn't claim to use fresh strawberries, but rather fruit juice, orange peel, and coriander - all I get is fresh strawberries.

Strawberry-orange flavor, but lacking the traditional Belgian yeast tartness. No trace of the coriander spice they claim to use, just a sweet, juicy, strawberry flavor.

Light and refreshing. Sweet without being cloying. Medium carbonation level.

This one won't win any awards, but it's a tasty sweet treat that I enjoyed for what it is.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 09:42:31 | More by matjack85
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Stocean1

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured a three finger fluffy head - that dissipated to half a finger - good lacing - deep red stawberry colour - cloudy

S - huge strawberry scent with some wheat balancing it out

T - sweet strawberries with a witbier like backbone - cloves - some bitter orange peel in the finish

M - really enjoyed this aspect - sweet yet tart and dry - very creamy and smooth despite the sweetness

O - why have I avoided this!!! Really enjoyable and I will now grab this from time to time when I have a sweet tooth.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 09:31:32 | More by Stocean1
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cosmo4u

New York

3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at lazyboy saloon white plains ny 8/17/11

a cranberry body with a white head. Sweet sugar and strawberries are the essence of this brew. Delicious aroma but how does it hold up. Chewy and sweet with a soft strawberry flavor. Well if this is what was set out to be done its a hell of a sugar sweet brew with a lingering sweetness. its honestly delicious, it tastes like a sweetened fruit juice, but with alcohol. im not sure i could really drink more than one of these, as far as beer goes it hardly seems as such but whatever it tastes dam good.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2011 04:47:33 | More by cosmo4u
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into my Bell's tulip.

A: Cloudy orange red hue. Huge two fingers of light pink head. Good retention. Sticky lace.

S: Wow full on strawberry. Reminds me a lot of frankenberry cereal. There isn't much else going on here except pure unadulterated strawberry power.

T: Now the bottle claims orange peel and coriander. None here in this bottle. Loads of strawberry and definite pale malt finish. It actually works. It's starts out all berry and finishes like a euro lager. So weird but not bad.

M: Light bubbly body.

O: Strange and over the top but surprisingly refreshing and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 23:38:46 | More by beerwolf77
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ZenAgnostic

Texas

3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am re-reviewing this beer while leaving the original review in place. I've never done that before, so it'll be fun I guess. The saved rating will be from the 2nd review, though I'll put the original scores next to the original review in parenthesis.

Review 1 - Small bottle poured into a plastic cup. Oh well
Review 2 - Bottle poured into a small wine glass.

Appearance 1 - Cloudy pink-red body. Small white head with no retention. (3)
Appearance 2 - Opaque dark red body with 1/2 finger pink head and decent retention. (4.5)

Smell 1 - Hi-C juice box sweetness. Slight bitterness at the end of the nose. (4)
Smell 2 - Strongly smells like Smuckers strawberry jam. Unmistakably. (4)

Taste 1 - Tart. Grapefruit. Sweet. Strawberry. (4)
Taste 2 - Slightly tart strawberry. Very sweet. (4)

Mouthfeel 1 - Light and effervescent. Clean with slight bitterness in the finish. (4)
Mouthfeel 2 - Low effervescence. Medium body. Slight sprite. (3.5)

Overall Drinkability 1 - Pretty decent beer. Nothing complex or challenging, just refreshing and great at that. (4)
Overall Drinkability 2 - Pretty decent. (3.5)

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 08:20:20 | More by ZenAgnostic
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BurpingtonDC

Maryland

3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A - I don't know. If you like your "beer" reddish pink this one would deliver. Fizzy white head like soda or wine cooler, foam disappears rapidly.

S -Smell is incredibly, but not surprisingly an intense strawberry. No hint of malt in there.

T - Well I can't think of it as a beer or ale, but it's intense strawberry sweetness was pleasant for approximately 8.4 ounces. Maybe I could even drink two, but it's mostly a novelty to me.

M - Foamy and fizzy strawberry pop!

O - Not really beer, but fun to drink on occasion. Very strawberry

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 00:52:04 | More by BurpingtonDC
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2011 23:05:16 | More by Huhzubendah
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SFC21

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

8.4oz bottle poured into a Lindemans flute.

A - Murky, opaque, raspberry color with a fizzy head that quickly dissapates.

S - Smells like a strawberry daquiri made with fresh strawberries.

T - Strawberry daquiri with a nice tart bite on the end. Not as sweet as I expected, which was a nice surprise.

M - Light and bubbly.

O - Nothing mind blowing but a nice little beer, something a little different. The wife loved it and it went well with dessert. Definitely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 02:49:12 | More by SFC21
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tigg924

Massachusetts

2.9/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap at Rose Alley, New Bedford

Appearance: moderate carbonation, 1/2 inch head, fluorescent pinkish-purple in color, cloudy

Smell: strawberry cocktail

Taste: strawberries, passionfruit, some wheat. Kinda like a strawberry cocktail.

Mouthfeel: sweet but not as sweet as I expected, medium carbonation throughout, light body

Drinkability: I dunno, I guess this may be a beer. It tastes more like a strawberry cocktail that I would expect to get on a cruise ship. As an overall beverage, it is not bad. But if you are looking for a strawberry beer, go with Covington’s or Sam Smiths

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 17:13:38 | More by tigg924
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nickthetick

Maryland

2/5  rDev -41.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2011 14:58:21 | More by nickthetick
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

2.42/5  rDev -29%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 17:06:11 | More by WastingFreetime
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DCon

Missouri

3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 8.4 oz bottle of this from Payless Liquors in Fischer, IN for $3.99. Poured from the White/Red Foil Wrapped bottle into my Samuel Adam's Pint Glass and had this for my girlfriend, but now going to review for my own notes.

Aroma- Starts with an artificial Strawberry flavor and a sweet cherry candy. Extremely malty and has an absent hop aroma. Decent but nothing special.

Appearance- Pours a 2 finger bubbly head that dies very quickly. A clear, light brown/dark apple juice colored body and has huge carbonation bubbles. The lace was nice and coated almost have of the glass. (NOTE: Once the drink was almost finished, there are what appears to be strawberry seeds in the bottom of the glass. Wild!)

Flavor- Sweet Strawberries from the start but in malt beverage form... Not quite what I thought this time trying from when I had it in Indiana. Definitely has a wine cooler taste and no hops or bitterness. Tons of sugar must have been added to enhance this beer. Will give an average rating because it is very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, HUGE carbonation, and leaves strawberries on the palate.

Overall Impression- To drink a beer or not drink a beer? This is a tough question. Extreme malts and sugars used, so I can't give it a fair rating. Is very enjoyable and is perfect for the palates of many women who like fruit beers. Have never seen this in St. Louis, so I'm glad I picked it up!

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 03:52:32 | More by DCon
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Tford

Rhode Island

4.2/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: It pours a red-orange colour with a small pink head.

S: It smells like strawberries, a lot like strawberries.

T: It tastes like strawberries; they are more prominent at the start as you can taste wheat and malts towards the end. It is also a little sweet, but it is not overdone.

M: This has a medium body with high carbonation.

O: This is an excellent beer, I will definitely buy it again. It is a nice change from the norm, I have not tastes another beer like it; it’s almost like half beer half cooler, but in a good way. It would be good to drink before driving, a tiny 250 mL bottle at 4.1% abv wouldn’t blow a 0.01.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 05:03:03 | More by Tford
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brentk56

North Carolina

2.45/5  rDev -28.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 01:22:06 | More by brentk56
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washburnkid

New York

3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It is what it is. I'm reviewing this to its style.

Hazy ruby with a light pink head, which is actually quite gorgeous. Aromas and flavors are just dominated by super, super sweet strawberry preserves (ie strawberries and sugar, and more sugar). Thick coating of strawberries left on the palate. I'd go for this one again as an appetizer or dessert beer, but having this alone will give me an unwanted sugar high and having it with a meal will completely drown out the flavors of the food.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 22:29:21 | More by washburnkid
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.38/5  rDev -30.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 13:49:50 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Digimaika2

Ontario (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Appearance of red fruit punch with a bit of head that quickly vanishes to leave a ring of bubbles that cling to the glass.

S: Strawberry jam with that syrupy sugar aroma. Also picking up some orchard fruits like apples and pears. Yeast faintly through the dominant berry smell, and some sparkling mineral water aroma present too.

T: Very sweet and syrupy strawberry upfront with hints of crisp apple and ripe banana. Tart and dry in the middle but quickly disappears to finish oddly bland and empty.

M: Light mouthfeel with below average carbonation I'd say for this style.

D: Not sure I would seek this out again, but glad I finally got around to trying this. Not a big fan of this style done with the syrupy sweet, almost artificial-like, taste.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 01:55:19 | More by Digimaika2
Van Diest Früli Strawberry Beer from Brouwerij Huyghe
78 out of 100 based on 334 ratings.