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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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381 Ratings
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Ratings: 381
Reviews: 180
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 19.48%
Wants: 11
Gots: 21 | 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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Photo of russpowell
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a bottle for my wife & thought what the heck? So I got a bottle for me; here goes:

Pours an effervescent caramel/orange with a pinky of cream colored head. Average head retention & very good lacing

S: Strawberry jam & kiwi

T: Strawberry jam, a hint of watermelon & a touch of acidity up front. More of the same as it warms, plus a touch of dryness. Finishes with jolly rancher-like sweetness, plus a touch of dryness

MF: Light bodied & pleasant carbonation levels

Pretty refreshing, reminds me of a strawberry nehi beer shandy. Nothing I'd session on, but would happily use this a dessert course beer or just a whistle wetter, not bad, some tartness would've helped IMO. Ocer priced at $4 for 8.8 ozes

russpowell, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of cvfish
3.05/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - This beer poured a copper-red color that produced a small head with a slight pinkish hue, which left no lacing and had minimal retention

S - The amomas of this beer were overtaken by the strawberries

T - The beer components were knocked out by the strawberry juice component, not a lot to work with here

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a light, crisp body, with a moderate amount of carbonation

D - Being a mix of fruit juice and beer, this wasn't very appeasing to me

cvfish, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of atsprings
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a flute glass a pinkish red with a thin diminishing head that leaves slight lacing. Aroma is strawberries, that is all. The taste is loads of strawberries with a slight amount of witbier flavor poking through. The beer is quite light and crisp, but the sweetness dominates. This one seems like nothing more than a gimmick beer.

atsprings, Jun 26, 2009
Photo of yesyouam
3.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Früli Strawberry Beer is a hazy, reddish light brown beer with a small film of an off-white head that has decent lacing. It has a powerful strawberry aroma, like strawberry candy. It's light bodied, papery and crisp with very fine carbonation. It's sweet with flavors of strawberry candy, bread, maybe apples and some bitter coriander. It's very unique but pretty artificial tasting.

yesyouam, May 31, 2009
Photo of wilofevil
3.05/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a strawberry beverage. I would hesitate to call it beer.

Serve this to anyone who doesn't like beer and they will love it, mostly because it tastes like a cooler.

As for me, I found it to actually be quite enjoyable. Once I got over the fact that it tasted nothing like beer, I started to like it.

This "beer" tastes only like strawberries, but hey, I like strawberries, so it was appreciated.

It was perhaps a little too sweet, a little cloying at times.

wilofevil, May 28, 2009
Photo of BirdFlu
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another fruit beer which you could probably convince me was some sort of soda if I didn't know what was being served.. It is quite tasty, however, and delivers the strawberry flavor in a way superior to other strawberry beers.. It smalles like strawberry shortcake and fruity champagne, tastes like strawberry champagne (rather, strawberry carbonated wine).. Mouth is light and easy, crisp carbonation. Easy to drink at first but the sweetness could really become a bit much.. Like many fruit beers, it tastes more fruit than beer, but maybe thats a good thing. A lot of fruity beers (that use sweeter fruits, at least) that showcase the beer aspect often are too enjoybale.

BirdFlu, May 25, 2009
Photo of DmanGTR
3.05/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Review from notes on May 22, 2009. Poured from an undated 8.4 oz cute little bottle.

A - Slightly hazy, reddish orange with an off-white and rose-tinted 2" head in a tulip. Yielded some lacing. Pretty cool color.

S - Tart berries with a hint of strawberries. Slightly bitter aroma as well, perhaps of orange peels? Somewhat funky, reminiscent of a saison with strawberry syrup.

T - Very sweet, like a strawberry orange soda. Some coriander maybe? Not much else though. A touch of bitterness in the finish reminds me that this is still a beer and not a soda.

M - Refreshing and light bodied with high carbonation. Sticky and syrupy finish.

D - Quite drinkable, although if I want a beer, I would rather have something less sweet and soda-like. This is why I must detract 0.5 from the score.

Overall - Swirled and added the residual yeast into the glass when there were about 3 oz left. The yeast added a bit more fullness to the body, a bit of texture, and takes some of the cloying sweetness away. I paid about $3 for this and I'm going to go ahead and say that it's worth the novelty factor but I probably won't be getting this again. All in all, not a horrible beer though, just quite different from what I'm used to in terms of fruit beer.

DmanGTR, May 24, 2009
Photo of BierFan
3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from an 8.4 ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

Had a small light pink head that vanished rather quickly. The smell is all strawberries. Kind of like a strawberry daiquiri, or a strawberry wine cooler. More strawberries in the taste, of course. More watery and tart than I would have liked it to be.

It's an okay beer, but not worth the $3.69 I paid for a single bottle. I don't even think it would be worth $2.

BierFan, May 15, 2009
Photo of laintringulis
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Served lightly chilled in a flute glass.

Pours a pretty rose amber color with a moderate amount of tiny bubbles escalating up the glass throughout drinking. Thin off white foamy head dissipates into a thin ring quickly.

Smells primarily of ripe strawberries with a light scent of orange and woodiness.

Taste of fresh strawberries. Sweet tasting, but not overly sweet. There is a light hint of orange and coriander and a slight bitterness on the back taste. It was much better than I expected. The strawberry flavor is natural.

Light bodied, champagne-like, with the right amount of carbonation. The downfall is that it is too sticky. It leaves your mouth and lips sticky; but it doesn't taste sticky. The flavor is very short lived; the taste is long gone and the stickiness remains.

The mouthfeel makes this beer much less drinkable. The taste and smell are commendable.

laintringulis, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of jsg2220
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured light pink to red with a tiny head that disappeared quickly and small slowly rising bubbles. Wide lacing was left on the glass as it was consumed.

S - Smeels distinctly of strawberry.

T - Sweet. The strawberry seems to hide the "white" flavor but, you can taste a little in the finish.

M - Syrupy. A burst of bubbles when you swallow. Left a sugary feeling in the mouth.

D - A dessert beer. Maybe with or literally in strawberry shortcake. Could possibly be paired with a salad. I found the white finish to be slightly unbalanced with the sweetness, but that is probably just a personal tick. I don't think it would bother many people and I would definitely get another one.

Served - 8.4oz bottle into tapered flute

jsg2220, Apr 20, 2009
Photo of tmoneyba
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Party Source.

Poured reddish/amber color with a moderate off-white head that lasted and produced good lacing. Average sweet strawberry aroma. Medium body with a smooth thick texture and soft carbonation. Medium sweet fruity flavor with a sweet finish of moderate duration.

Fruit brew, not my style.

tmoneyba, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of AdmiralDiaz
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle

A: Pours a semi-opaque light red body with a small off-white almost pink head with low retention and no lacing.

S: YUM. Strong strawberries with hints of orange wheat and traces of some spiciness.

T: Strong strawberries hit upfront turning into hints of "beer" the ending still has strong wheat with hints of strawberries and other fruits.

M: Well carbonated with little bubbles dancing across the tongue.

Overall: I enjoyed this, not the best of the style, but for the price it's amazing.

AdmiralDiaz, Apr 15, 2009
Photo of John_M
4.45/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours an amber peach color with really pretty damn good head retention and lacing. This beer really looks pretty impressive. The nose on this beer is likewise impressive, with a huge nose of sweet strawberry and honey. If you like strawberries, the aroma on this beer is nothing short of amazing. On the palate, this beer is likewise amazing. Yes, it's pretty sweet, but the amount of strawberry flavor the brewer managed to get in this beer is incredible. The beer has sort of a honey, strawberry, strawberry tea flavor. It's fairly sweet, but the sweetness plays well with the flavor profile IMHO. Moutfeel is fairly light, but that's what I would expect with a beer having this abv. Drinkability is exceptional. Granted, it's hard to think of this as a beer, but whatever you want to call it, it's delicious.

I don't know. I really don't understand the low scores with this beer. I guess it's a bit sweet and fruity, but there is so much flavor and the strawberry flavor is so pure. Granted, I wouldn't want it all the time, but I'd order it from time to time. This beer is flat out delicious.

John_M, Apr 12, 2009
Photo of allengarvin
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Despite a vigorous pour, all I get is an unusually red beer with no hint of any head at all. The nose is pleasantly sweet and strawberry-like. Tastes genuinely like strawberries, but it's too sweet for me. Needs tartness. Rather thin-bodied.

Huyghe makes some of the best and worst beers in Belgium... a huge difference in quality in their lineup. This isn't the worst, but it's pretty low on the scale.

allengarvin, Apr 09, 2009
Photo of BobbyBeerman
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I like strawberries. I like beer (otherwise I wouldn't be here). But the two together had me hopeful and worried (Wild Blue). This was the beer for the salad course at the beer dinner on 4/4/09 at Kindling.

A: This pours red with a creamy pink head. With the actual beer part of this being a Belgian wheat beer I wasn't surprised that it was cloudy with the typical sediment in the bottom of the bottle.

S: When we started pouring this one I could smell it across the room. There might be other, more subtle, aromas in there but the strawberry covers them.

T: Eventually you can taste some of the other beer elements but they come more on the mid to trailing edge. Up front (no surprise here) it's strawberry. With this having 30% fruit juice it's hard to avoid the strawberry. On the trailing edge you get some of the wheat beer spiciness. Pairing this up with the salad course I think helped cut the sweetness.

M: Light, bubbly yet not over carbonated.

D: On its own, I know I would not want more than one at a session. I would want something to cut the sweetness (like at the dinner). It was a little sweet for me but I feel it is worth the experience.

BobbyBeerman, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of Domingo
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I wanted to like this as I do enjoy fruit beers, but this one didn't do it for me.
Pours a really fizzy pink color. Looks like a rose champagne.
Smells like strawberry syrup, but there's a little bit of yeast going on.
The taste is just too sweet. I think the idea of strawberry juice could've worked, but it's clearly sweetened juice. There's a tiny bit of beer flavor in there, but it's hiding beneath what reminds me of a wine cooler.
Mouthfeel is fizzy, which actually does work for what they're shooting for. No complaints.
This was only a 10oz bottle, and that was enough.
Better than a wine cooler or alcopop, but if you want something fruity, the Lindemans lambics cost the same, give you more, and definitely have more of a beer presence.
Not horrendous, but at $5 I won't revisit it.
I'm a little surprised I didn't enjoy this more, but I just wasn't into it.

Domingo, Apr 06, 2009
Photo of perfectkaos
3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

If you ever wanted to drink a beer that tastes like strawberry milk, Fruli is the beer for you

pours a pinkish red color with a creamy head that is a few shades lighter than the beer.

the beer tastes like strawberries. extreme strawberries, and not just super sweetness like you find in most fruit beers. its a smooth drinker.

this is an excellent desert beer. i dont know if i could have more than one, simply because its more strawberry than beer.

perfectkaos, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of MusicaleMike
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I reviewed this beer tonight while listening to Panda Bear's album "Person Pitch." There is no freshness date on the bottle. I poured it into my Ommegang chalice, after letting it warm up just slightly from the fridge temperature.

A: A blossoming three fingers of light pink head rose up quickly. The body of this beer is a murky rose pink, with peach highlights. It seems almost brownish. The head retention is good. However, despite the quality head on top, this beer looks dull and murky. Also, be on the look out for the sludge at the bottom of the glass. It isn't pretty, and it doesn't taste good.

S: The smell is a force to be reckoned with. The scent of strawberries practically billows out of the glass. The sweet scent of ripened strawberries overpowers any other aroma. In my opinion, even though it smells like genuine fruit, it is just a bit overdone.

T: Up front, it tastes very much like strawberry juice. It is almost puree-like. The tip of the tongue picks up a lot of sweetness; then, as the liquid migrates towards the back of the mouth, a welcome tartness causes the tongue to salivate. It is a welcome balance to that almost cloying sweetness. It is surprisingly dry at the swallow, exhibiting the refreshing characteristic of witbier. The aftertaste is mostly strawberry with (finally) some back-up from the Belgian spices. A soft orange peel...grains of paradise maybe? I think the flavor is very well crafted, remaining balanced for a fruit beer. Good idea combining fruit beer with Belgian white.

M: The carbonation is light and spritzy, lifting the beer right off the tongue. It's medium body is full of residual sugars. Some could think this beer to be overly sweet. There is a lot of sugar left behind in the mouth after the swallow. Yet, the carbonation is just right, making this beer much, much more palatable.

D: I don't think I would ever want to consume more than one of these 11 oz. bottles in a night, or even in a week. It should rate higher, since it is a fruit beer and has low alcohol. This should be a tasty summer treat, yet I find it too heavy for that role. It is a good beer, and an excellent concept, but it falls short here.

MusicaleMike, Mar 24, 2009
Photo of mjw06
3.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

wow. amazed at how red this beer actually was. looks like a slightly cloudy shirley temple. really. with a small white head on top.

smells like strawberry syrup. really. with maybe just a hint of hop somewhere if you look for it.

taste like strawberry pop, straight up. you can slightly still tell that its a beer.

if this had a tad bit more carbonation, it would be strawberry pop. but the mouthfeel is fine, a nice medium body. left a sweet stickiness on the lips, thats how sweet it is.

heres where this beer fails, i simply didnt find it drinkable. had it at a pub in dublin our of curiousity. had a great taste, but the novelty soon wore off, and by the time i got midway through, i was ready to get rid of it. way too sweet to drink a whole pint of this. and nothing that anybody would order another of, im certain.

mjw06, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of hustlesworth
4.55/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- very nice hazy vermilion with peach highlights and a frothy baby-pink tinted head. foam settles down to a hefty film with thick curtains of creamy lace all around the glass. there are dark red, uniform little specks at the bottom, whether they are actual bits of strawberry or just yeast, i can't say.

S- if you've ever made strawberry shortcake by sprinkling sliced strawberries with sugar and putting them in the fridge overnight, that's what this beer smells like. that and also raspberry syrup. akin to strawberry jam, strawberry gummies or those hard candies with the strawberry wrapper and gel in the middle. some faint whiffs of coriander are detectable, but i wouldn't have noticed if i didn't know it was an ingredient.

T- not as tart as real strawberries, as good or better than any strawberry candy i've ever tasted. nearly identical to the aroma except for the faint bitterness of the tannins in strawberry seeds, but i'll assume it's due to a light hopping. some white bread smeared with strawberry jelly. it's sweet, but not overly sweet, and as the finish dried out ever so slightly, it comes closer to the taste of real strawberry and raspberry. i can't taste the spices, but i can feel a bit of the coriander 'vapor', or the spicy pungency of the seed, in the aftertaste. the spices probably compliment the taste of the berries more than anything.

MF- consistency of a light juice, medium carbonation, leaves a feeling of fructose on my cheeks, but not in a bad way. pretty much like strawberry jam.

D- leave it to the belgians to make such a damn good fruit beer. the bright color lights the fuse to a big strawberry bomb. i prefer something like this over one that tastes like beer with a *hint* of fruit because the two don't mesh well with me. entirely drinkable and refreshing, i wish i had more than just this single.

hustlesworth, Mar 05, 2009
Photo of aeminter
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy reddish-plum color reminiscent of strawberry preserves with about one finger's worth of pale pink head and ok lacing.

Smells very sweet with citrus and berry notes and a slight pungency.

Taste follows suit with a jam-like flavor...there are some spice flavors in the background.

Mouthfeel is slightly viscous, very carbonated and a bit sticky.

Note: All the ladies I work with absolutely love this beer. For me it's a little too sweet, and that's saying something. I think if one were to mix this with a stout it would be great, but on its own I don't really care for it.

aeminter, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of TheHammer
2.9/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Comes in a nice bottle with a red foil top which is a bit tacky. Grapefruit juice like color as expected with a nice inch of pinkish foam that laces fairly well with a retaining head. The beer itself has a cloudy, which makes me question it some, but I'm honestly not sure if that's normal for a fruit beer.

Smell - A nice smell of strawberries and sugar with an almost sparkling wine scent to it. I think I might be catching a little bit of barley and orange in the background but it's overpowered by the sweetness.

Taste - Well, it's not a bad taste that this beer has, it's that it honestly tastes more like I'm drinking sparkling, strawberry icewine with less of a kick. It honestly tastes like strawberries with a light syrupy taste with a touch of coriander in the background. There is practically no wheat, grain, malt, hop or any beer like qualities to this drink.

Mouthfeel - You don't really see it in the beer, but there is a bit too much carbonation. If the beer tasted more like a beer, this would be ok, but because it tastes so fruity it comes off with the taste you'd expect from spoiled juice. Aftertaste is nice though and a bit dry and certainly doesn't linger.

Drinkability - This beer is quite light, and not that hard to put down, but honestly, as a beer, this stuff is not drinkable. I know I have a sweet tooth but not an entire pint worth of it. Honestly, if you served it in sniffers or even tall shot glasses I could see it being a decent oddball desert drink.

Final Thoughts - Upon reflection, I see why they made the fancy bottle for this beer. This is probably made to appeal more to the sweet wine drinkers crowd. Really, I would have re-branded it a strawberry malt liqueur because it is a beer in name only. The only way I would buy it again would be if I was told to bring something weird to a party.

TheHammer, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of Crosling
1.53/5  rDev -55.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pinkish, grapefruit colored ale with a bubbly, quickly diminishing white foam. Awful aroma reminds me of a protein smoothie, with notes of strawberry and tangerine. Way too sweet, one dimensional. No real reason for this beer to exist. Hardly any alcohol. Expensive. A better alternative is a cocktail of some kind, or a vitamin water. Huyghe sucks.

Crosling, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of HopDerek
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear pinkish red color with 2 fingers of foamy pinkish white head. Good retention and some spotty lacing. Smells mostly of strawberries with a touch of honey and sweet grain. Taste mostly is the same, lots of strawberry jam with a touch of bread. Medium light in body, good carbonation. Sweet and fruity, but not much else going on. Easy to drink if you like liquid dessert, but it doesn't feel very beer-like at all.

HopDerek, Feb 19, 2009
Photo of dewalt
2.98/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours hazy red, not much carbonation or head. The aroma of this beer is really something -- it's powerfully strawberry, like sticking your nose into a jar of jam. Very appealing, assuming you're really into the idea of strawberry beer. But i was disappointed with the taste -- it's less strawberry lambic than just strawberry juice, a powerfully sweet, syrupy brew with no real malt or hop presence. I can imagine someone who loves sweet strawberry confections being into this, but it's not something I'd ever pick up again.

dewalt, Feb 12, 2009
Van Diest Früli Strawberry Beer from Brouwerij Huyghe
79 out of 100 based on 381 ratings.