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Van Diest Früli Strawberry Beer | Brouwerij Huyghe

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Van Diest Früli Strawberry BeerVan Diest Früli Strawberry Beer
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Huyghe
Belgium | website

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of cosmo4u
3.97/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at lazyboy saloon white plains ny 8/17/11

a cranberry body with a white head. Sweet sugar and strawberries are the essence of this brew. Delicious aroma but how does it hold up. Chewy and sweet with a soft strawberry flavor. Well if this is what was set out to be done its a hell of a sugar sweet brew with a lingering sweetness. its honestly delicious, it tastes like a sweetened fruit juice, but with alcohol. im not sure i could really drink more than one of these, as far as beer goes it hardly seems as such but whatever it tastes dam good.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into my Bell's tulip.

A: Cloudy orange red hue. Huge two fingers of light pink head. Good retention. Sticky lace.

S: Wow full on strawberry. Reminds me a lot of frankenberry cereal. There isn't much else going on here except pure unadulterated strawberry power.

T: Now the bottle claims orange peel and coriander. None here in this bottle. Loads of strawberry and definite pale malt finish. It actually works. It's starts out all berry and finishes like a euro lager. So weird but not bad.

M: Light bubbly body.

O: Strange and over the top but surprisingly refreshing and drinkable.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am re-reviewing this beer while leaving the original review in place. I've never done that before, so it'll be fun I guess. The saved rating will be from the 2nd review, though I'll put the original scores next to the original review in parenthesis.

Review 1 - Small bottle poured into a plastic cup. Oh well
Review 2 - Bottle poured into a small wine glass.

Appearance 1 - Cloudy pink-red body. Small white head with no retention. (3)
Appearance 2 - Opaque dark red body with 1/2 finger pink head and decent retention. (4.5)

Smell 1 - Hi-C juice box sweetness. Slight bitterness at the end of the nose. (4)
Smell 2 - Strongly smells like Smuckers strawberry jam. Unmistakably. (4)

Taste 1 - Tart. Grapefruit. Sweet. Strawberry. (4)
Taste 2 - Slightly tart strawberry. Very sweet. (4)

Mouthfeel 1 - Light and effervescent. Clean with slight bitterness in the finish. (4)
Mouthfeel 2 - Low effervescence. Medium body. Slight sprite. (3.5)

Overall Drinkability 1 - Pretty decent beer. Nothing complex or challenging, just refreshing and great at that. (4)
Overall Drinkability 2 - Pretty decent. (3.5)

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Photo of BurpingtonDC
3.27/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A - I don't know. If you like your "beer" reddish pink this one would deliver. Fizzy white head like soda or wine cooler, foam disappears rapidly.

S -Smell is incredibly, but not surprisingly an intense strawberry. No hint of malt in there.

T - Well I can't think of it as a beer or ale, but it's intense strawberry sweetness was pleasant for approximately 8.4 ounces. Maybe I could even drink two, but it's mostly a novelty to me.

M - Foamy and fizzy strawberry pop!

O - Not really beer, but fun to drink on occasion. Very strawberry

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Capone's in Philadelphia.

The beer looks like strawberry juice - fresh squeezed. Pink grapefruit juice with little head. The aroma brings sweet strawberry juice...and...well...that's about it (Cartman impression). The flavor is one dimensional, but honestly, it's well done and I have no issues. A strawberry spritzer beer. Really delicious and easy to drink. Low alcohol and refreshing on a hot day. I'm a fan.

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Photo of SFC21
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

8.4oz bottle poured into a Lindemans flute.

A - Murky, opaque, raspberry color with a fizzy head that quickly dissapates.

S - Smells like a strawberry daquiri made with fresh strawberries.

T - Strawberry daquiri with a nice tart bite on the end. Not as sweet as I expected, which was a nice surprise.

M - Light and bubbly.

O - Nothing mind blowing but a nice little beer, something a little different. The wife loved it and it went well with dessert. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of tigg924
2.9/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap at Rose Alley, New Bedford

Appearance: moderate carbonation, 1/2 inch head, fluorescent pinkish-purple in color, cloudy

Smell: strawberry cocktail

Taste: strawberries, passionfruit, some wheat. Kinda like a strawberry cocktail.

Mouthfeel: sweet but not as sweet as I expected, medium carbonation throughout, light body

Drinkability: I dunno, I guess this may be a beer. It tastes more like a strawberry cocktail that I would expect to get on a cruise ship. As an overall beverage, it is not bad. But if you are looking for a strawberry beer, go with Covington’s or Sam Smiths

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Photo of nickthetick
1.98/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: This is not an aesthetically pleasing as far as beer goes, but it would make a pretty candle. It pours a cloudy, opaque pink-red with a thin layer of pinkish bubbles that dissipate quickly and leave no semblance of lacing. The least I can say is that it is interesting.

S: strawberry, they hit hard and they hit fast and leave no room for other smells to mingle in. It’s a nice smell, but not appetizing for a beer; even a fruit beer.

T: Once again there is an overpowering strawberry flavor that is actually cloying and a bit too much. And once again, this is just too fruity for a fruit beer; I detect no hops, malt, or anything beer like about this.

MF: no surprises here: syrupy, little carbonation, diabetes inducing and chewy. I expect a fruit beer to be more light and enjoyable on a hot day, but this is just too filling.

O: This seems like it should be classified as a strawberry cider. It would be ok as strawberry cider; but as far as this goes for being a “fruit beer,” no way. To sweet and heavy and I would most likely turn this down even if offered it for free. I will say that if I can get my girlfriend (who adamantly hates beer) to Johansson’s to try this and she liked it I would get a bottle on some special occasions just for her.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
2.42/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Since my encounter with strawberry smell in a beer with Old Horizontal Barleywine, I decided on a whim to actively seek out and acquire the most 'Strawberriffic' beer in existence, and this is rumored to be it.
Pours a strange pinkish red color. Head is somewhat foamy but quickly recedes, with some lovely lacing patterns. There is a sickly aroma of those individually wrapped strawberry candies that absolutely assaults and overwhelms your senses. Very much like jam, preserves, or that artificial filling in the middle of your jelly donuts.
Can't smell or taste any malts at all. The only indication of a "beer" here is merely a very faint yeasty twinge underneath the massive explosion of sugary noxious cloying donut filling. And it coats your mouth like donut filling, as well, ruining the mouthfeel.
This in my mind fits more into the category of an alcopop than a beer. Or maybe one of those sickly sweet wine coolers that your casual drinker friend likes. But for my money, I might as well measure out a teeny tiny splash of vodka into strawberry Kool-Aid, it would taste just as terrible in the end for much less cash.

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Photo of DCon
3.24/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 8.4 oz bottle of this from Payless Liquors in Fischer, IN for $3.99. Poured from the White/Red Foil Wrapped bottle into my Samuel Adam's Pint Glass and had this for my girlfriend, but now going to review for my own notes.

Aroma- Starts with an artificial Strawberry flavor and a sweet cherry candy. Extremely malty and has an absent hop aroma. Decent but nothing special.

Appearance- Pours a 2 finger bubbly head that dies very quickly. A clear, light brown/dark apple juice colored body and has huge carbonation bubbles. The lace was nice and coated almost have of the glass. (NOTE: Once the drink was almost finished, there are what appears to be strawberry seeds in the bottom of the glass. Wild!)

Flavor- Sweet Strawberries from the start but in malt beverage form... Not quite what I thought this time trying from when I had it in Indiana. Definitely has a wine cooler taste and no hops or bitterness. Tons of sugar must have been added to enhance this beer. Will give an average rating because it is very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, HUGE carbonation, and leaves strawberries on the palate.

Overall Impression- To drink a beer or not drink a beer? This is a tough question. Extreme malts and sugars used, so I can't give it a fair rating. Is very enjoyable and is perfect for the palates of many women who like fruit beers. Have never seen this in St. Louis, so I'm glad I picked it up!

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Photo of Tford
4.17/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: It pours a red-orange colour with a small pink head.

S: It smells like strawberries, a lot like strawberries.

T: It tastes like strawberries; they are more prominent at the start as you can taste wheat and malts towards the end. It is also a little sweet, but it is not overdone.

M: This has a medium body with high carbonation.

O: This is an excellent beer, I will definitely buy it again. It is a nice change from the norm, I have not tastes another beer like it; it’s almost like half beer half cooler, but in a good way. It would be good to drink before driving, a tiny 250 mL bottle at 4.1% abv wouldn’t blow a 0.01.

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Photo of brentk56
2.51/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a very pretty salmon pink color with a pinkish head; the retention is decent though it doesn't leave much evidence behind

Smell: A cross between strawberry jam and cough drops

Taste: Tastes like a cross between strawberry jam and cough drops, but leans more to the cough drop side

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I thought this was supposed to be a strawberry-infused wit, but I cannot detect any wit elements

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Photo of washburnkid
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It is what it is. I'm reviewing this to its style.

Hazy ruby with a light pink head, which is actually quite gorgeous. Aromas and flavors are just dominated by super, super sweet strawberry preserves (ie strawberries and sugar, and more sugar). Thick coating of strawberries left on the palate. I'd go for this one again as an appetizer or dessert beer, but having this alone will give me an unwanted sugar high and having it with a meal will completely drown out the flavors of the food.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.38/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

8.4 ounce bottle - $3.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Slips out a clouded, dulled, pinkish-red body with a scant, bubbly head.

Smell: Notably sweet-scented with the strawberry additive and in no way evocative of a beer. Candy, syrup, soda, gum, maybe.

Taste: Sugary sweet strawberry-flavored candy given a small twinge of acidity. Wait, you're telling me there's a witbier under all this sugar? Get oughta here! No, I mean it, leave immediately.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Lightly carbonated.

Overall: Man, that was one pricey alcopop!

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Photo of Digimaika2
3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Appearance of red fruit punch with a bit of head that quickly vanishes to leave a ring of bubbles that cling to the glass.

S: Strawberry jam with that syrupy sugar aroma. Also picking up some orchard fruits like apples and pears. Yeast faintly through the dominant berry smell, and some sparkling mineral water aroma present too.

T: Very sweet and syrupy strawberry upfront with hints of crisp apple and ripe banana. Tart and dry in the middle but quickly disappears to finish oddly bland and empty.

M: Light mouthfeel with below average carbonation I'd say for this style.

D: Not sure I would seek this out again, but glad I finally got around to trying this. Not a big fan of this style done with the syrupy sweet, almost artificial-like, taste.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.26/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 250 ml bottle into a small chalice. Pours a hazy mauve-pink color, with a 1/4" white head that quickly reduces to a mere swirl of head.

Has a fresh strawberry aroma, like strawberry jam, with undertones of sweet orange peel. Very unsubtle; this is a one-note wonder.

Tastes of concentrated strawberry, intense and sweet. Has a tartness midway through the sip, ending with hint of caramelized sugar.

Mouthfeel is light and fizzy,very easy drinking.

A decent strawberry beer for people who like strawberries and wine coolers. It is no Samuel Smith strawberry beer, which is the gold standard of strawberry beers.

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Photo of srandycarter
2.56/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pretty champagne pink, near white thin head. Some fine bubbled cling lace.

S - Sour strawberries. Something a little medicinal to it as well.

T - Yuch. First sip wasn't so bad, but the third is hard to manage. Taste like a wine cooler that has gone bad.

M - Obviously, clingy artificial cloying doesn't make for a great beer.

D - Interesting, but I don't think I will finish it.

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Photo of nlmartin
3.77/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was served in a pint glass.

A- The body of the beer is a bright bubbly pink coloration. The head was 2 fingers high a lightly pink tinge noted to a fluffy white head. Nice head retention. The beer leaves thick rings of lacing on my glass.

S- The aroma of this beer reminds me of my grandmothers strawberry preserves. Citrus and peppery coriander tickle my nose providing a supreme resting spot for strawberries.

T- The flavor of strawberry puree leads the charge. A bit of subdued peppery coriander and the zest of an orange finish up the flavor. Yeah this one is sweet. The beer never enters into the cloying sweet realm.

M- The beer has a viscous feel. The carbonation is active but I think it needs a bit more carbonation.

O- This beer is definitely a sweet treat. I am glad it came in an 8 oz bottle because more than that would be too much. This beer would pair wonderfully with dessert. This beer is definitely a guilty pleasure. Your man card is sure to take a beating if you get caught drinking this by your buddies.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.82/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - Red Kool-Aid and ice tea. Bright white head with very low lace.

S - Fresh strawberry puree.

T - 90% Strawberry soda. Soft wheat backdrop. Cream.

M - Incredibly refreshing. Light body with great carbonation. If I was in the mood for something sweet on a hot summer day I'd drink this over lemonade.

O - Definitely a beer to have on a 90+ degree day. Outside of that niche though it's way too sweet to be a regular session beer.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.52/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on draught in the Porterhouse by Grafton street. Reviewed from notes.

A: A one finger lovely cream head. Poor retention. Hazy weissbier strawberry grapefruit red. Lovely.

Sm: Remarkable berry. Very strong scent of strawberry ester. Wonderful.

T: Lovely strawberry build but too strong on the finish. I'd like it to start strong and deteriorate by the finish.

Mf: Far too fizzy. Very chewy. The wetness suits the style, but should dry up just a bit by the finish.

Dr: You may not want to be seen drinking it by the lads, but for what it is, it's delightful. Too syrupy. Too expensive in Dublin.

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Photo of Rutager
3.82/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Pours a murky, red-orange with a fluffy, bubbly white head.

Smell. You guessed it, strawberries!! Reminds me of Strawberry marshmallow candies. Sweet and yummy.

Taste. Sweet, strawberry candy. Just a hint of tartness and alcohol. Maybe a little funky belgian yeast in there too. Different and yummy.

Mouthfeel. Full bodied with medium-light carbonation. A little syrupy.

Overall. Nice for dessert but wouldn't want to drink a bunch. Will try again if I'm in the mood for something sweet.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.02/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Strawberry pink as expected & not transparent. slightly bubbly though. There was no head at all, only the thinnest of lacing left around the top of the glass. I added an extra point here simply because it was different to me, otherwise it would have rated slightly lower.

A very strong smell of strawberry from the second the bottle is open. Smells very much like strawberry flavoured hard candy. A very a nice aroma but nothing like your usual beer smell.

A nice, strong strawberry flavour to begin with that is very similar to a Bacardi breezer or a sparkling rosy wine. The beer like after taste is not to good though & has a kind of musty feel to it that lingers in your mouth. Starts very well but this doesn't last & in the end I was sick of drinking it after a few mouthfuls.

This one was light bodied with plenty of carbonation and a lot of fizz in the beer, almost like drinking a fizzy soft drink and totally unlike a beer. Quite an easy going mouthfeel.

A nice, pleasant beer to start with that goes downhill after a couple of drinks and starts to make you wish you stuck to a 'normal' beer. Good as a one of change but I was glad it came in a 250ml bottle as you would have probably given up on it after that much.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
4.22/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

250-ml brown glass bottle poured into a Kriek Boon chalice/tulip. Served at around 40 degrees F.

Pours extremely hazy to the point of opacity, showing off an orange-tinged pinkish hue with a pale blush foamy head that settles fairly quickly to a thick, rocky cap that leaves behind some long splotches of lace on the walls of the glass.

Aroma is patently strawberry -- dried strawberries or strawberry preserves, to be precise. As much as I try to pick up anything else, nothing comes through. The great thing about it is that the aroma is in no way artificial, rather very genuine. It's quite appetizing, to be honest.

Light in body but with a bit of wheaty protein providing a bit of fullness to the mouthfeel; quite effervescent, with powerful, bracing bubbles barraging the palate. More ripe strawberries engulf the palate, balanced by a rather tart acidity that keeps things from becoming cloying. Sweet jammy preserves show up again in the finish, lingering for quite some time afterward.

Perhaps not the most complex beer out there, but as far as fruit beers go, this one certainly stands out. With the fruit taking the center stage throughout, it's nice to see that the characteristics are genuine and not overly cloying, as is the case with many beers of this fashion. Though I can't say how cloying a few could become, as it stands, this is one hell of a drinkable beer, and it would undoubtedly be a prime choice in the hot summer months. I almost feel that I should be pouring it into a blender with some ice, or using it as a mixer for a fruity mixed drink. Something else.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a cloudy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. OK lacing.

S: A very strong, potent smell of strawberries. Couldn't detect much of anything else, but it was pleasant.

T: Tasted of strawberries, strawberries, and more strawberries. There's a slight (very slight) maltiness, but this is overwhelmed by the tart, vibrancy of the fruit.

S: A highly carbonated beer with a surprisingly dry and smooth finish. Light-bodied.

D: I guess your attitude toward this beer depends on how much you like strawberries. I found it to be drinkable.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 250ml bottle with a BB of Oct 2012.

Poured into a Stella chalice. A very hazy pink colour with a pale reddish head of foam. No light passes through the glass and it is impossible to gauge carbonation. Some lumps of yeast collect at the bottom, and considerable residue remains in the bottle after emptying. An intense aroma of strawberries hits you immediately - sweet and fruity with an acidic undertone.

The taste is also intensely fruity - a powerful strawberry flavour with considerable sweetness. Any malt or beer notes are virtually masked, although there is a yeasty tartness that underpins the fruit. Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly astringent upon swallowing. Faint strawberry aftertaste.

This slips down easily - too easily. It's very sweet, though balanced by a reasonable acidic character. Would probably be rather cloying after more than one. I enjoy it and find it highly drinkable, but it's probably not for everyone. Would be best as refreshment on a hot day...

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Van Diest Früli Strawberry Beer from Brouwerij Huyghe
79 out of 100 based on 190 ratings.