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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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383 Ratings
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Ratings: 383
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 19.19%
Wants: 11
Gots: 22 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Huyghe visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: rastaman on 09-17-2003)
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Photo of Cresant
2.48/5  rDev -27.9%
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.

Cresant, Apr 15, 2010
Photo of JanM
2.28/5  rDev -33.7%
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...

JanM, Apr 05, 2010
Photo of rarbring
1.95/5  rDev -43.3%
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.

rarbring, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of niklas0770
2.53/5  rDev -26.5%
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.

niklas0770, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of Evil_Pidde
2.7/5  rDev -21.5%
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...

Evil_Pidde, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of ecoastman
4.05/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

ecoastman, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of CHickman
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

CHickman, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of rawhydes1
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
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).

rawhydes1, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of BARFLYB
3.73/5  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.

BARFLYB, Mar 02, 2010
Photo of ShadesOfGray
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

ShadesOfGray, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of zoso1967
2.68/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

zoso1967, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of Westsidebuddha
4.47/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Westsidebuddha, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of becktone
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

becktone, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.03/5  rDev -41%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

SpeedwayJim, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of asabreed
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

asabreed, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of cfrancis
3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

When it comes to fruit beer, this one is pretty top of the list. Aroma is awash with strawberries. Pours a ruby red with minimal head. Flavour is obvious fruit, soft alcohol aftertones. The only fault is it is very thin on the taste and light on the mouthfeel. But for a summer afternoon on the patio, this would be ideal sipping beer.

cfrancis, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of Seanstoppable
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've tried this in the past and recall liking it. Having been bombarded with great stuff over the summer, I thought I would give this a try again and see how it measures up.

Pours a cloudy reddish color, pretty much exactly like strawberry juice, with one finger of head. Head quickly evaporates. No real lacing.

Smell is a sweet, creamy strawberry scent that reminds me of candy.

Taste follows from the scent. Sweet, creamy strawberry like candy. A bit too sweet for my tastes, like an overly sugary jam almost. Bit of a dry finish. Strawberry flavor also doesn't linger very long.

This is more of a desert beer than a regular sessional beer to me. Accompanied with the proper pairings, such as other fruits, and I am sure this would be quite fantastic. By itself, I would probably pass it over in favor of other stuff.

Seanstoppable, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Been meaning to try this one for ages, finally found it at the LCBO.

It pours an opaque rose colour, leaving just a little bit of head. It looks like a thin strawberry smoothie.

The smell is terrific, like strawberry pulp. Not too much else.

The taste is very sweet, certainly all strawberry, until the finish, which is just a little bit sour like a traditional wit. Mouthfeel is a bit thick, like the end of a milkshake. Carbonation is not very strong.

Despite its merits, I doubt I could drink too many of these. As a dessert beer, definitely. It's just...it's not beer, but it's a well-made fruit beverage to be sure. Worth trying.

JohnnyBarman, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear red color with little head.

Smells like sweet strawberries.

The taste is exactly what the nose said it would be. Very sweet, but not unpleasant.

It feels a bit soda-like in a good way. Lost of carbonation and a bit light.

Drinks like a strawberry smoothie. Not bad at all.

RomaniIteDomum, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 03, 2009
Photo of tzieser
4.58/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- it looked pink as I poured it, like cotton candy. as it filled it turned a dark amber color, yet still a pink hint.
S- seriously smells like.. strawberries. and.. cream
T- tates like STRAWBERRIES! like a shirley temple.
M- very carbonated. close your eyes, champagne?? So light.
D- I could drink a six pack. maybe more. low alcohol though right..

tzieser, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of remichoppers
2.85/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I didn't like the beer at all. I loved the look of the bottle and that's pretty much it.

I tried this beer in a wheat beer glass. The color is nice with it's pink color and the smell is just pure strawberry, wich smell really good.

But I just found that it taste more like a strawberry cooler than beer. I reviewed it on 3 separate occasion with different kinds of glasses and directly from the bottle but I still didn't like it. Althought I found it better tasting directly from the bottle.

remichoppers, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours a rather lovely strawberry color with a splash of faded red that picks up a dirty brown. The head is a fat collar of tiny white bubbles.

Smells... too good to be true. At first, a lucious ripe strawberry comes through, but at the tail end, it just screams "artificial." Almost! That's about all there is to this one.

I get a similar impression from the flavor. It starts with a distant thin sweetness, but it then takes on a slight astringent dryness. This then fades to a nice but fake strawberry with a touch of coriander, but the fakeness of the flavor reminds me of hookah bar strawberry tobacco or strawberry hard candy. Ah, I just found it! It reminds me of some strawberry incense matches I found in high school. Not so hot...

Feels light and thin but then explodes into a quick wash of raspy bubbles that disappear as soon as they rise.

This beer is just all right with me. The fake strawberry is pretty obviously fake.

DarkerTheBetter, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of crossovert
4.05/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 8.4 oz mini bottle with unique striped foiling.

Pours a murky brownish red with a small mildly pink head that quickly dissipates. Not the strongest lookign brew.

Smell is amazing, pure strawberry with a little yogurt scent. Smells soooo delicious, not really like beer though.

Taste is well of strawberries what else? A little bit of yogurtyness and some smokey malt flavor. Not too bad. Mouthfeel is silky smooth, this is a delectable dessert beer.

Overall, yes it is a fruity beer, but still worthy.

crossovert, Aug 05, 2009
Photo of mintjellie
4.38/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pokal.

The body is pink and hazy. Like the colour of berry punch. There's a solid two fingers of cotton candy head floating over top of it. The head is moderately well retained, and the walls of my glass are covered in sticky lace left behind as it recedes.

It smells like strawberries and sugar. Candy. It smells slightly tart. The strawberry smell is very natural.

Intense sweet strawberry flavour. It's both sweet and mildly sour at the same time. Very mild wheat twang in the finish. No hop presence whatsoever. As with the scent, the strawberry flavour is very natural tasting.

It tastes and smells exactly how I'd expect a sugar-sweetened witbier and strawberry juice to taste, and its delicious.

Without the yeast poured in, its a little thin. Swirl and pour the yeast to give it a little bit of substance. Even so, you really feel the blend of 30 percent fruit juice in this beer. It's on the light side with medium carbonation, but still feels sticky. This works really well as a light, intensely flavoured, and extremely satisfying dessert. Especially in the summertime.

mintjellie, Aug 04, 2009
Van Diest Früli Strawberry Beer from Brouwerij Huyghe
79 out of 100 based on 383 ratings.