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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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394 Ratings
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Ratings: 394
Reviews: 182
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 19.42%
Wants: 13
Gots: 27 | FT: 1
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Brouwerij Huyghe visit their website
Belgium

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 asabreed
4/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

Photo of cfrancis
3.94/5  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.

Photo of Seanstoppable
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

Photo of tzieser
4.55/5  rDev +31.9%
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..

Photo of remichoppers
2.9/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.19/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of crossovert
4.06/5  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.

Photo of mintjellie
4.36/5  rDev +26.4%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.57/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

250ml bottle. Lunch on a patio, on a hot, sunny day. Internal fruity beer switch firmly locked in the 'on' position.

This beer pours a hazy pink and orangish brown colour, and kind of looks like fresh pressed apple cider, with a single finger of pink-tinged soapy white head, which leaves a bit of low-lying storm cloud lace as it swiftly disappears.

It smells of sweet strawberry juice, faint pale grain, and berry sugar. The taste is slightly tart strawberry juice, candy sugar, mild grainy, wheaty malt, and some faint citrus notes. Simply fruity, this one is.

The carbonation is moderate, and active enough to pull this a bit farther away from straight-up fruit juice, the body a sticky, fruit-juice-like medium-light weight, and a tad cloying. It finishes sweet, sugary, and fruity.

A decent enough, soft white ale, soaked to the nuts with real strawberry juice. Fine by me, for when you want beer, but at the same time a fruit smoothie. One's my limit, though I've seen others putting these back like water at various establishments around town.

Photo of halfhorsefilms
4.19/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I could smell this one as soon as I popped the cap. Tropical fruits, mango, kiwi and, of course, intense strawberry. A very high sense of citric acid, since the smell itself is like sticking an orange up your nose. Very champagne-like.

Nearly no head except for a slight pink ring and central transparent island.

I was expecting a more "off" strawberry flavor, likening to strawberries about to spoil due to a hint of that smell, but the taste is extremely pure and refreshing. Doesn't drink like a beer at all, but as said before, champagne. Extremely crisp with nearly no noticeable hops or malt flavor. Very surprising.

Definitely a dessert beer or, (at the very least) something to spark your girlfriend's interest and keep her from buying Boone's farm.

I really don't know how to rate this, but a part of me says to rate it well because if they can make a beer that doesn't taste like beer . . . they must know what they're doing.

Overall, give it a whirl and when you really want to impress someone, this is the perfect conversation piece.

Photo of russpowell
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
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

Photo of cvfish
3.05/5  rDev -11.6%
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

Photo of atsprings
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of yesyouam
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Photo of wilofevil
3.04/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Photo of BirdFlu
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of DmanGTR
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Photo of BierFan
3.17/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Photo of laintringulis
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of jsg2220
3.27/5  rDev -5.2%
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

Photo of tmoneyba
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of AdmiralDiaz
4.01/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

Van Diest Früli Strawberry Beer from Brouwerij Huyghe
79 out of 100 based on 394 ratings.