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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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BA SCORE
78
okay

368 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 368
Reviews: 178
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 19.24%
Wants: 10
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
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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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allengarvin

Texas

3.18/5  rDev -7.3%

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.

04-09-2009 02:03:43 | More by allengarvin
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BobbyBeerman

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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.

04-08-2009 12:36:44 | More by BobbyBeerman
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Domingo

Colorado

3.23/5  rDev -5.8%

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.

04-06-2009 15:06:03 | More by Domingo
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perfectkaos

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +13.7%

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.

03-26-2009 15:45:33 | More by perfectkaos
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MusicaleMike

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

03-24-2009 01:27:57 | More by MusicaleMike
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mjw06

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -8.7%

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.

03-21-2009 00:41:54 | More by mjw06
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hustlesworth

Ohio

4.55/5  rDev +32.7%

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.

03-05-2009 17:09:20 | More by hustlesworth
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aeminter

Texas

3.53/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

03-03-2009 08:35:00 | More by aeminter
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TheHammer

Ontario (Canada)

2.9/5  rDev -15.5%

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.

02-22-2009 05:23:31 | More by TheHammer
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Crosling

Colorado

1.53/5  rDev -55.4%

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.

02-20-2009 16:15:16 | More by Crosling
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HopDerek

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

02-19-2009 23:22:26 | More by HopDerek
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dewalt

New York

2.98/5  rDev -13.1%

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.

02-12-2009 01:23:40 | More by dewalt
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +13.1%

Pours a ruby and amber red with a quick and spritzy head. Strawberry jam and super sweet candi sagr make up the aroma. Simple yet fun tasting fruit beer. Lots of sugary and sweet strawberries. Crisp finish with a carbonation you can feel but can't see. Makes me think of a well refined strawberry candy.

02-09-2009 05:30:30 | More by scruffwhor
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peabody

Kentucky

2.98/5  rDev -13.1%

Pours out a red clear with very little bubbles.
Smell is strawberry. Very Very Straw Berry. Jelly Jam/ Grandma's preserves. It is sugar and strawberry.
Taste is too sweet for my palate.
Mouthfeel is sugary sticky and doesn't leave the mouth.
Drinkability is not much here. Way too sweet.

11-22-2008 00:26:33 | More by peabody
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gmfessen

Michigan

2/5  rDev -41.7%

Poured from the mini 8.4 oz bottle into a pint glass, beer is a dark orange/red/pink color with a thin, effervescent head. The smell is all strawberries, somewhat artificial - reminds me of a strawberry soda. The taste is the same, all strawberries. If I didn't know this was beer, I would think it was pop. Overly sweet and artificial tasting, no balance. The mouthfeel is thin and has a carbonation that again, reminds me of soda pop. Drinkability would depend on how much you wanted to drink beer or "beer". I was looking for an actual beer that had hints of strawberries... I got a strawberry drink that doesn't even resemble beer.

10-21-2008 22:04:41 | More by gmfessen
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Voonder

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Pours red-ish brown-ish colour with light pink head. As normal fruit beer this one smells like fruits - strawberries in this case. Taste is the same - strawberries, very sweet, nothing but strawberries. Very carbonated, sparkly and crisp. I quess it's drinkable if you like strawberries. It's pretty good beer, but I think strawberry flavor is a bit overhelming.

10-16-2008 07:27:10 | More by Voonder
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mike24

Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

A: hazy red with a little wispy head

S: strawberries, tons of sugar.

T: same as the smell basically, super sweet and barely anything else going on.

M: syrupy and heavy.

D: well, i don't think i'd want another anyways. nothing special here, there are much better fruit beers out there.

08-15-2008 09:46:05 | More by mike24
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.58/5  rDev +4.4%

250ml bottle bought from Tesco...

Poured a murky and hazy amber red colour. Light pink head poured quite frothy then faded quickly to wispy covering. Light carbonation and very little lacing...

Aroma - Strong sweet strawberries - like jam being made... vanilla, biscuity malts, some light nutty notes, faint wheatiness, black pepper traces, some rhubarb...

Taste - Thankfully not as sweet as the aroma... lots of creamy strawberry notes, strawberry cookies, nice grassy hop bitterness cuts the sweetness, some citrus notes, decent sourness, peppery, light marzipan traces...

Feel - Quite sharp and dry. Light bodied. A pretty refreshing and drinkable brew (when chilled slightly) on a hot summer evening - which for once it was !!

Overall - A pretty decent fruit beer and better than i was expecting... worth a go..

07-29-2008 13:54:04 | More by mdagnew
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sstackho

Ontario (Canada)

2.85/5  rDev -16.9%

250mL bottle from the LCBO in Toronto. Pours a nice, cloudy dark brown. Smells like children's cough syrup - ugh. The taste is, not surprisingly, of strawberries. Better than children's cough syrup anyway. This is like strawberry juice. (Well, I suppose it IS strawberry juice.) Which isn't so bad, I suppose - unless you were hoping for something resembling a beer.

02-22-2008 04:03:01 | More by sstackho
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ThatWineGuy

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +10.8%

There is a distinctive strawberry pulp hue here - murky and cloudy. The head is feint and wispy and the overall appearance is akin to a sparkling rose wine that hasn't been filtered. Smell is strawberry (surprize!) with a hint of rhubarb or watermelon. The taste is a fruity, delicious blend of sweetness and acidity that is nicely balanced. Mouthfeel is a bit swishy and frothy and the carbonation sticks around to make this as interesting as it is refreshing. With warming, the hops are more pronounced. The finish is pleasant and inviting, just enough bitterness to distinguish it from a berry punch relative. A bit gassy, similar in that respect again to a sparkling wine or rose.

Overall, I found this beer is what it says it is and does a pretty good job of it. Although I'm limited in my experience with this style of beer, this offering strikes me as a good middle of the road fruit beer that serves as a good introduction to the style.

09-25-2007 03:26:06 | More by ThatWineGuy
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Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +5%

beleive it or not...a bar in the heart of redneck Alberta has this on tap. Just had to..nuff said

Partly because serving a beer with head is a sacrilidge..there wasn't much head to observed. Unfiltered, looked a lot like a very hazy, very heavy on the clam clam-eye that is so popular in these parts. Gobs upon gobs of lacing.

Smells surprisingly of tart strawberries. I like them so hence the score.

Tasted of tart strawberry, but with a hint of malt and hop to make it more than fruit juice with fizz.

Smoother than I expected, with a med-to-full bodied mouthfeel that bordered on slick.

I'll have another.

09-22-2007 00:30:53 | More by Shadman
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jspruit

Denmark

3.13/5  rDev -8.7%

Drank on a Saturday night at the Porterhouse Temple Bar location -it was on tap as part of their Belgian Beer Festival.

Poured a hazy light copper-nice for a wheat beer with a small head that lasted about a minute or so.

Smelled strongly of strawberries-but I guess that was the idea in the first place.

The strawberries hit your tongue and mouth right away and the carbonation is light and bubbly-almost like an apple juice or something. There isnt much wheat beer taste really as the berry taste is strong almost artificial.

This is a light going down beer and there isnt too much to it so I could see how some people could drink plenty of these-but it isnt really for me. Overall it is an interesting take on a fruit beer, but I think that I will try something different next time.

07-30-2007 21:28:30 | More by jspruit
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cyrenaica

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +19%

Had this at Toronto's Beer Bistro on June 21, 2007. The beer was poured by the waiter. It had a strong unmistakably strawberry aroma that captured me right away. It was a dark red in the glass. The mouthfeel was very champagne like. The taste was very good. A truly enjoyable beer.

06-25-2007 01:36:35 | More by cyrenaica
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

2.93/5  rDev -14.6%

Best before January 2007.

A: Hazy, orange-brown, white head, very little retention, but it leaves some lace. Not bad for it's weight, but not impressive for a Wit.

S: Strawberry with an assertive, funky, tartness.

T: Sweet/tart balance tends to tip to the tart side. Fruity strawberries (somewhat fake flavour), slightly bready. It's something different to try, but not very engaging.

M: Light body is acidic & fairly dry. Moderate carbonation.

D: Could be refreshing on a hot summer day, but it tastes a little fake.

11-08-2006 23:13:18 | More by Derek
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allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

2.88/5  rDev -16%

Smells like a whole lot of strawberries. Looks like unfiltered apple juice. Taste is quite sweet and strawberry-y, but a touch artificial. Slight bitterness doesn't go well with the fruitiness of the berries. Supposedly this has coriander and orange peel in it as well, but I don't really taste it. I guess this is what one would expect from a strawberry beer, but really, it's just a novelty. Not really a good idea...

05-26-2006 00:50:47 | More by allergictomacros
Van Diest Früli Strawberry Beer from Brouwerij Huyghe
78 out of 100 based on 368 ratings.