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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
79
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388 Ratings
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Ratings: 388
Reviews: 180
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 19.48%
Wants: 12
Gots: 23 | 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of peabody
2.98/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of gmfessen
2/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of Voonder
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mike24
2.75/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of mdagnew
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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..

Photo of sstackho
2.85/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Shadman
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of jspruit
3.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of cyrenaica
4.08/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Derek
2.93/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of allergictomacros
2.88/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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...

Photo of Orrshow
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a peach color that somewhat reminds of of apple juice. ..just a touch darker.It leaves an average amount of white frothy head on top. Not a bad looking beer.

Smell - This smell is so strong. I could catch whiffs from a few feet away after pouring this beer. Its all sweet strawberries. The aroma is very nice.

Taste - The taste is all strawberries as predicted. Almost reminds me of some type of fruit cola as it is so sweet. Can tell there are small hints of wheat there but not much. This beer tastes nice but is too sweet.

Mouthfeel - Syrupy. The sugar causes your mouth to feel sticky after this one. Carbonation was slightly high as well.

Drinkalbility - Not bad...there is just too much sweetness in this beer for me. This does make it hard to go down.

Fruili is definitely worth a try or two. Not quite my thing but still a worthwhile venture.

Photo of Mandrake
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy orange-brownish pink which reminded me of what you'd get if you mixed orange and cranberry juices in roughly equal proportions, with the exception of the fairly small light pink head. Honestly, I could barely bring myself to taste it. Smell is, unsurprisingly, dominated by strawberry, but was very sweet, and had yeasty undertones. Not bad, but not beery. Taste is sweet strawberry, like yogurt, but with a slightly tart yeast in the finish. Mouthfeel is flat, rather like the aforementioned juice combo, and drinkability is okay, but I'm put off by how utterly disgusting it looks.

Photo of Brewfan
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

250 ml. bottle topped with red foil.
Poured into my Pioneer Brewing Co. Dopplebock tulip.

Rich frothy pinkish resiliant head. Pink lace stays throughout the beer.
Cloudy pinkish/orange color. Medium carbonation.
Has the aroma of strawberry yogurt starburst smoothie with some over-ripe bitterness. Very sweet, no discernable hops or malt.
Has the taste of very ripe strawberries. I'm surprised I'm not finding any little black seeds in my teeth after drinking this. Less a beer and more a fruit smoothie.
Slight bitterness towards the end of the beer, and finishes a bit dry. Cloying, but not overly. Still no hops that I can tell. Much lace still present.
Sweeter than any fruit beer I've had to date. Very tasty. Would have been nice with some chocolate covered strawberries.

My wife said that this tasted like what rotten fruit smells like. What does she know.

Photo of funkengruven
4.3/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured to a slightly pink champagne like look in the glass. Smell is sweet and delicious, like very fresh strawberries. Taste is wonderful, Strawberries and Witbier, quite a nice tasty combination. Mouthfeel is pretty well equal to other witbiers with it's slightly fizzy but slightly weighted feel, that is very very easy to drink. Girlfriend really liked this one, and so did i. Quite a nice change from the ordinary.

Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pink milkshake colour with lots of foam. Very strawberry aroma, enough real strawberry with the actual fruit bits, that the beer is disguised. Satisfying, well carbonated. Good fruity dessert aftertaste.I am not running after fruit beers, but this was the most natural of the many presented this summer in Ontario.
Over 6 years later when i had it again, and clearly extract. Not as good.

Van Diest Früli Strawberry Beer from Brouwerij Huyghe
79 out of 100 based on 388 ratings.