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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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Ratings: 399
Reviews: 184
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 19.42%
Wants: 14
Gots: 32 | 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 Swedes21
3.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a chilled pint glass...

Appearance - What an interesting pouring beer! Always odd to see a strawberry colour beer and a head that has the sane hue to it. Beers pours with a good amount of head 1.5 inch + and lingers for a bit. Colour is exactly as mentioned, nice strawberry colour. The aroma was noticeable as well.

Smell - Exactly as you would think with this type of beer, very strong strawberry smell. Slight barley smell, but dominated by the origins of the beer.

Taste - This is NOT a beer based tasting, i would consider it more like a daiquiri or fruity taste. Has a solid taste and delivers what it was made for, a strawberry punch.

Mouthfeel - not a lot happens in the mouthfeel. The taste is dominant again, not a lot of carbonation activated.

Drinkability - Given the context of this beer and what it is met for, i would drink it again. This is a good after dinner beer, but not something u can sit around and drink for hours on end.

Photo of cooch69
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on tap while at a food show in a casino. It poured a pastel reddish with a one finger head that lasted for a while and then faded into oblivion.
This beer smelled so much like strawberies it was rediculious.
The taste was even more so. I could barely tell that I was drinking beer. It was so fruity that I barely picked up anything else exept for a bready maltiness in the aftertaste. There was no hops within ten miles of this beer.
It was however very refreshing. This beer would be a great substitute for orange juice at 9 A.M.
Mouthfeel was light to medium with a pretty vibrant carbonation.

Photo of obireidkenobi
3.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It's funny when I to rate this as good drinkability, especially because it seems like an alcoholic milkshake.

If you are looking for a sweet treat, or a beer for someone who loves strawberries, look no further.

It pours is a reddish, pinkish hue. Nice white head.

Smells of strawberry, some instances sugar, some real fruit.

Drinks as it smells. Sugar and sweetness. Expected. It's almost like some flavors are sugar some are real fruit.

Fun, drinkable, good with vanilla ice cream. Watch your blood sugar levels.

Photo of merlin48
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pours a hazy ruby body with a small light pink head. Some spotty lace is on the goblet.

Aroma of strawberry jam and strawberry jolly ranchers.

Light medium body, medium carbonation and a prevailing natural and artificial strawberry sweetness.

Taste is strawberry jolly ranchers with some strawberry jam. I'm not picking up any yeast, pepper, or coriander notes, maybe a hint of mustiness. Finishes with a strawberry note and leaves a strawberry jam aftertaste.

How many times can you type "strawberry" in a beer review? If you like strawberry jam or jolly ranchers, you might want to try this one, but its more artificial than natural and a bit cloying.

Photo of DaveHS
1.93/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Another one of those witbiers blended with fruit that seem to be popping up everywhere. The label says it is made "with natural and artificial flavors added." An immediate turn off. Keep your artificial flavors out of my beer!

A-Pours the color of Hawaiian punch with a thin pink head.

S-Like sweet, fake strawberry juice. No hint of wheat beer in here.

T-Pretty awful. Tastes exactly like what you'd get if you mixed one of those mass produced, from concentrate fruit juices with a low quality,adjunct riddled macro wit like Blue Moon. It's not often that I get pissed off while drinking a beer.

M-Thin and syrupy, with very little carbonation.

D-This beer is a joke. Avoid like the plague.

Photo of PEIBeerGuy
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a cloudy, amber-ish red, with a bit of pink head (perhaps more like pop fizz) that disappears almost right away with little lacing.

No real "beer" smell here. Just strawberries.

I was intrigued by this beer, but a bit hesitant. The fruit-flavoured beers I've had in the past were NOT my cup of tea (except for St. Ambroise's apricot ale and Unibroue's apple Ephemere). This one has abandoned nearly all beer flavour behind and comes across as a fruit-flavoured punch. It's alright! Just a nice, light strawberry taste.

In the mouth, it's just like a punch or a Boone's "girly wine" as we call them. A big hit of fizz up front, with a bit of a dry finish (a little too dry).

This was much more drinkable than I thought it would be. Die to its sweetness, though, I don't think it would be great to sit down and have a few of them.

Photo of Jemonster
3.79/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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...

Photo of scott451
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of mithrascruor
4.03/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of jsprain1
3.05/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.65/5  rDev -23.2%
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'.

Photo of pootz
3.32/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

250ml bottle.

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.

Photo of Stinkypuss
2.89/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Photo of bark
2.7/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.64/5  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.

Photo of biegaman
3.61/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of Cresant
2.48/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of JanM
2.25/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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...

Photo of rarbring
2/5  rDev -42%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of niklas0770
2.6/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
2.72/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 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...

Photo of ecoastman
4.07/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Good stuff.

Photo of CHickman
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of rawhydes1
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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).

Photo of BARFLYB
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Van Diest Früli Strawberry Beer from Brouwerij Huyghe
79 out of 100 based on 399 ratings.