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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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398 Ratings
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Ratings: 398
Reviews: 183
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 19.13%
Wants: 14
Gots: 31 | FT: 1
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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 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.

Photo of John_M
4.45/5  rDev +29%
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.

Photo of allengarvin
3.17/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Photo of BobbyBeerman
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of Domingo
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of perfectkaos
3.9/5  rDev +13%
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.

Photo of MusicaleMike
3.52/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of mjw06
3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
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 +31.9%
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
3.54/5  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
2.91/5  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 -55.7%
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
3.72/5  rDev +7.8%
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
3.06/5  rDev -11.3%
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
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
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 -13.6%
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 -42%
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
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
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 -20.3%
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
3.57/5  rDev +3.5%
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
2.91/5  rDev -15.7%
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
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Van Diest Früli Strawberry Beer from Brouwerij Huyghe
79 out of 100 based on 398 ratings.