Van Diest Früli Strawberry Beer - Brouwerij Huyghe
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3.8/5 rDev +10.8%
A: A ruddy, muddy, tan/red color with larger sized bubbles and a thick pink head that quickly dissipates to no head. Looks like if one were to mix coke and hawaiian punch.
S: A sweet, strawberry soda smell with just a hint of yeastiness. Smells good, but doesn't really smell natural, kind of like scented markers.
T: Cloyingly sweet (but that was a given based on the flavor) natural and artificial strawberry flavors going on. Cider-like taste with fruit punch. Heavier yeast flavor, no bitterness, and a little bit of grape juice taste, for some reason. Very juicy and sweet and a little tangy.
M: Like a fruit flavored soda, but slightly drying to the mouth. Well balanced carbonation and slightly viscous and sticky.
D: A little too sweet to keep going on this one, but low in alcohol. Very tasty for those who like sweeter beers, but after just one, I can feel the sugar rush coming on, shortly followed by a headache...
07-19-2010 21:58:30 | More by Jemonster
3.73/5 rDev +8.7%
On tap. Served in a Fruli stang style glass. A hazy dark rose with minimal head. Lots of lacing to the end. Smells strongly of strawberries.
Tastes of strawberries. Notable lack of beer flavours. Fairly sweet, but not overly so. Medium light body. Medium carbonation. Drinkability is good. Refreshing. Only the sweetness might impair a long session.
07-11-2010 17:54:11 | More by scott451
4.03/5 rDev +17.5%
8.4 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.
Appearance: Pours a dark hazy reddish color, like strawberry juice. Foamy light head with good retention.
Smell: Aroma of strawberries, slightly sweet with some earthy/green notes.
Taste: Really just like the smell.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with some light tingly carbonation.
Drinkability: Low ABV, easy to drink.
A nice strawberry beer, definitely the best of these that I've tried. Still not a big fan of this style, but this is a good one.
07-10-2010 00:32:41 | More by mithrascruor
3.03/5 rDev -11.7%
A- Pours a very pink color. Points added for a decent head with good retention on it. Most fruit beers screw that up.
S- Smell is of strawberries, sweet, with just a hint of coriander and orange, as advertised. They promised strawberries and delivered. There is just a little beat of yeasty twang as well. But largely strawberrry.
T- The taste is more sour whereas the nose suggested sweet. Coriander, orange, and wheat are vaguely present. As it warmed the yeastyness became more apparent to me.
M- Light with low carbonation, which is good, as overcarbed fruit beers tend to seem like soda.
D- It's not bad, for a fruit beer, but in the end, it's still something of a novelty beer and not something i seek to sessionize.
06-29-2010 05:57:32 | More by jsprain1
United Kingdom (England)
2.63/5 rDev -23.3%
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'.
06-24-2010 14:16:10 | More by BlackHaddock
3.28/5 rDev -4.4%
pours a reddish pink murky ale in the glass. Puffy off white cap. Nice lacing,
Ample aromas of real strawberry and wet mustiness.
Flavor is like a strawberry soda that had a wet horse blankets soaking in it. Nice balance of real fruit and lambic...
... but again it is the adjunct sugar that frigs up the drink.
06-11-2010 00:11:58 | More by pootz
2.83/5 rDev -17.5%
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.
06-02-2010 00:22:39 | More by Stinkypuss
2.68/5 rDev -21.9%
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.
05-30-2010 19:40:36 | More by bark
3.63/5 rDev +5.8%
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.
05-30-2010 06:50:07 | More by BEERchitect
3.6/5 rDev +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.
05-23-2010 21:52:28 | More by biegaman
2.48/5 rDev -27.7%
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.
04-15-2010 14:10:41 | More by Cresant
2.28/5 rDev -33.5%
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...
04-05-2010 16:11:54 | More by JanM
1.95/5 rDev -43.1%
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.
04-02-2010 15:11:25 | More by rarbring
2.53/5 rDev -26.2%
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.
03-27-2010 15:06:01 | More by niklas0770
2.7/5 rDev -21.3%
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...
03-26-2010 18:09:11 | More by Evil_Pidde
4.05/5 rDev +18.1%
Interesting stuff that I may try again when it's on sale. Like many fruitier beers, this one is a little high on the medicinal character scale but it's not overpowering. Some reviewer ratings are low but I think you need to take this beer for what it is - a fruit bier. It's different but it's also quite interesting and tasty.
There's no questioning the style as soon as you open a bottle of Fruli Strawberry Beer. It smells like sweet ripe strawberries with wit-like bubblegum and also some medicinal phenolics. The added orange peel and coriander aren't obvious but they provide an overall aroma that reminds me of some or my wife's potpourri blends.
It pours a hazy strawberry red (surprise) with fine carbonation making a dense and fizzy but short-lived head with no lacing. It looks more like a wine cooler than a beer but the colour is attractive.
It hits the palate syrupy smooth & sweet and the strawberry flavour is intense - a direct impact from the 30% strawberry juice. The phenolics are mild and there is very low bitterness in the finish. The aftertaste is the same and lingers nicely. The carbonation is fine but low and doesn't make the beer course.
03-22-2010 01:53:01 | More by ecoastman
3.38/5 rDev -1.5%
Pours a cloudy strawberry red color (how appropriate) with a 1/2 inch tan fluffy head which dissipates quickly; a lot of sediment floating around in the bottom of the glass. Leaves decent spotty lacing.
Smells of strawberry, sweet malt, yeast or grains, cotton candy, sugar, orange peel and artificial sweeteners...very, very sweet nose, like a kid's fruit juice.
Tastes like it smells, with the flavor of strawberry, cotton candy, sugar, candy like Skittles, Starburst or taffy, sweet malt, yeast, caramel, orange peel and a ton of artificial sweeteners or candy sugar. This is by far the sweetest beer that I've ever had, but it seems to go down easy and not be too offensive with the over the top sweetness.
Mouthfeel is light and creamy, with a medium body that feels heavier than it is because of the juice-like sweetness; very light to no carbonation, this is almost too watery as this beer went down very easy. I had to force myself to sip it, otherwise I would have chugged it like a glass of juice.
Overall it was enjoyable, but it was too sweet for my liking to have this on a regular basis. It was a nice experimental beer and I'm glad I tried it because I'd never seen a strawberry beer prior to this one. This is a beer that female non beer drinkers would like and is a good desert beer, but only one at a time. Not my type of session beer, but it's worth trying for its uniqueness.
03-22-2010 00:58:17 | More by CHickman
3.8/5 rDev +10.8%
Had this beer on tap while out to dinner with my wife at Season's restaurant, in Tunkhannock, Pa.
Was skeptical about ordering such an obviously fruity beer. Bartender gave us a sample, and my wife fell in love.
Served ON THE ROCKS!!!. First time having a beer on the rocks for me.
Pink, and bubbly with a nice white head. Quite carbonated.
Smelled like fresh strawberries, and tasted the same, with virtually no hop bitterness.
Reminded me of a beer-sangria. I was surprised that the alcohol content was over 4%, as I would have guessed this to be more in line with a "Shandy" at 2%.
A nice surprise, for what it is. For the style... delightful (a word I have never used to describe a beer).
03-07-2010 17:20:42 | More by rawhydes1
3.73/5 rDev +8.7%
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.
03-02-2010 05:38:14 | More by BARFLYB
4/5 rDev +16.6%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a wine tulip. Pours a light pink'ish color and results in a ruby color with 1 to 2 finger white fizzy head. Head dissapates relatively quickly to a very small ring and leaves light fizzy lacing. Appearance is hazy.
Aroma is very sweet of course, like pink lemonade. My wife is correcting me now, and saying..."no, it smells like strawberries!" Regardless, it's one of those 2 and overall light smell, but sweet.
Not bad. Not my style, but I'm reviewing with an open mind. Not as thick and sweet as the popular Lindamans Framboise Lambic. Light, crisp, carbonated/fizzy...and a nice amount of strawberry flavor. No alcohol resemblance at all. Taste like a sugar-free strawberry soda.
02-25-2010 01:51:02 | More by ShadesOfGray
2.68/5 rDev -21.9%
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.
02-21-2010 20:05:29 | More by zoso1967
4.47/5 rDev +30.3%
Belgian Beer Fest Lucky Baldwin's, Pasadena Calif.
Poured a light red color into glass. Had the look of Framboise as I glazed into the glass. The smell was very fruity. Kool-Aid like smell. The taste was very fruity. Like fruit juice with beer taste. Nice mellow mouthfeel. The drinkability was very good. This was a beer you could drink all night and not feel to buzz off. Overall, this beer took me by surprise. Didn't expect it would be this good. First sip was like wow! This is what I would drink after having a quadruple beer. Very nice!
02-21-2010 11:57:08 | More by Westsidebuddha
4.1/5 rDev +19.5%
From notes 1-3-10
Done horizontally with Samuel Smith's Organic Strawberry
Eye: Hazy golden-tangerine with ruby pinkish-reddish highlights. Head on this is pretty small and is off white in color, not much more than a blanket over the beer really. Still looks good on the whole.
Nose: Huge strawberry aroma fills the room when poured. This beer smells like strawberry juice, much like a Strawberry Juicy Juice or perhaps white cranberry-strawberry juice, or even like strawberry icecream. No real beer aroma here whatsoever. Rich. Very sweet smelling and very much a fruit beer...strawberry aroma isn't fake as many American fruit beers tend to be. I don't think that extract flavoring was used here. Brighter and livlier aroma than Sam Smith's
Tongue: Big strawberry flavor here, again, its akin to a strawberry Juicy Juice (which is strawberry juice blended with apple juice) or white cranberry juice. Not really any bitterness whatsoever, it doesn't really need it to balance it out...besides it'd be out of place in a fruit beer like this. Sweet and juicy and soda like, but not cloyinly sweet. This could easily replace juice in the fridge, moreso than lambics, way moreso than lambics...it replaces soda too.
edit: Fruli is sweeter than Sam Smith's and thicker and less beer like and more juice like
Feel and Drinkability: Light in body and highly carbonated with fine carbonation but not fine enough or high enough to be champagne like or tongue scrubbing. Nor is it obnoxious enough to be soda-like where its so high and coarse that it burns and makes your eyes water. Easy to drink, this is one that I really enjoy, I just wish it wasn't as expensive.
01-24-2010 21:54:27 | More by becktone
2.03/5 rDev -40.8%
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.
11-28-2009 04:11:27 | More by SpeedwayJim
4/5 rDev +16.6%
On tap at The Abbey in Baltimore.
Appearance: As you can imagine, a Strawberry color. Some nice haze and not entirely clear.
Smell: Strawberry and malty fruit flavors. Seems legit and without extract, but who knows.
Taste: A nice balance between sweetness and tartness with the strawberries and malty flavors. Lingering fruity finish.
Mouthfeel: Champagne-like and sparkling carbonation that works really well.
Drinkability: A solid fruit beer, and certainly one I'd drink again. This was my first strawberry beer too I think.
11-22-2009 18:58:36 | More by asabreed
Van Diest Früli Strawberry Beer from Brouwerij Huyghe
78 out of 100 based on 368 ratings.