Van Diest Früli Strawberry Beer - Brouwerij Huyghe
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British Columbia (Canada)
3.69/5 rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
250 ml bottle.
A: Red/pink and cloudy. About the colour you'd expect for strawberry. Big fluffy head.
S: Fruity, definitely strawberry.
T: Very sweet, but it's only 250 ml, which seems like an appropriate serving size for something this sweet.
Definitely enjoyed this, but I can't see it being more than a once in a while thing.
Serving type: bottle
10-09-2013 05:19:28 | More by souvenirs
3.21/5 rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
250 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before 06/15. I've ignored this beer for years now, but it's showing up in more and more places locally, and when you also consider the fact that I've never tried a strawberry beer before, that it's hotter than shit out tonight, and run-on sentences are completely awesome, that it may mean perhaps tonight is a good occasion to sample this fruit beer of noble stock? Served slightly chilled.
Pours a hazy, pinkish orange colour, generating a meagre half inch of considerably less pinkish head that soon fizzles into the ether. Strands of lacing cling to the glass after a few sips, but as for the head, only a narrow collar remains. Not much to look at, but if you're a strawberry fan then all I can say is that the aroma delivers - it pretty much smells like strawberry pastries, with perhaps a dose of daiquiri thrown in for good measure. I can see it being cloying if you don't like the fruit, but then why would you even buy this in the first place?
Not offensive or even particularly off-putting in terms of flavour, but it's just too god damn sweet. Strawberry candy is prominent throughout - sure, there is a token biscuity malt presence to half-heartedly corroborate the reasonable claim that this is a beer and not the dreaded 'flavoured malt beverage' - but it's much too saccharine to be something I want more than a few sips of. The finish has vibes of strawberry jam, with a pleasant tartness; perhaps the only thing that prevents this from being below-average in the category. Thin-bodied, but at the same time it has a syrupy quality that causes it to cling to the mouth and throat. Normally I'd scoff at a 250 mL bottle of beer as being inadequate, but in this instance it's entirely appropriate.
Final Grade: 3.21, a C+. The label on Früli Strawberry Beer mentions things about being a Belgian white fruit beer, but in my opinion it's all fruit, no white, and hardly beer in the first place. I'll finish this glass easily, and as far as fruit beers go I can't realistically say this is particularly bad - but I can't see myself opting for this again. Worth a try if you have a friend who 'doesn't like beer' and you want to keep something in the fridge for him (or, um, her). In all seriousness... I'd drink this again, but if I'm in the mood for a fruit beer I'd rather have something refreshing, as opposed to cloying.
Serving type: bottle
09-10-2013 03:04:44 | More by thehyperduck
3.24/5 rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
on tao 12 oz serving
A- pours a clear pink color with a light head no lacing
S- strawberry cake with light wheat
T= strawberry spritzer with some cake and bread tastes
M-crisp and light with medium carbonation a little dry sweet sugar
O-more like a strawberry soda than a beer
Serving type: on-tap
09-04-2013 22:55:02 | More by gatornation
Van Diest Früli Strawberry Beer from Brouwerij Huyghe
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