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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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78
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354 Ratings
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Ratings: 354
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 19.3%
Wants: 10
Gots: 10 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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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MusicaleMike

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Alberta (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

250ml bottle. Lunch on a patio, on a hot, sunny day. Internal fruity beer switch firmly locked in the 'on' position.

This beer pours a hazy pink and orangish brown colour, and kind of looks like fresh pressed apple cider, with a single finger of pink-tinged soapy white head, which leaves a bit of low-lying storm cloud lace as it swiftly disappears.

It smells of sweet strawberry juice, faint pale grain, and berry sugar. The taste is slightly tart strawberry juice, candy sugar, mild grainy, wheaty malt, and some faint citrus notes. Simply fruity, this one is.

The carbonation is moderate, and active enough to pull this a bit farther away from straight-up fruit juice, the body a sticky, fruit-juice-like medium-light weight, and a tad cloying. It finishes sweet, sugary, and fruity.

A decent enough, soft white ale, soaked to the nuts with real strawberry juice. Fine by me, for when you want beer, but at the same time a fruit smoothie. One's my limit, though I've seen others putting these back like water at various establishments around town.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2009 21:01:53 | More by biboergosum
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ToAzwethinkweizm

Maryland

3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Date: 4 February 2011
Glass: Standard 10oz snifter
Type: 8.4fl oz bottle

Poured this for my girlfriend, but only drinking enough to review it, otherwise she may bite my hand off. Poured gently, 1-finger head, reduces to thin film, less-than-average lacing, color is cloudy red with orange streaks. Aroma is of strawberry jam, and nothing else. Taste is the same, but not as fruity as I'd expect, yet still great. Not much residual sweetness left on the palate between tastes. This would be a fine beer to drink one after another, but I'd rather drink some more mysterious brews.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 01:00:25 | More by ToAzwethinkweizm
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Been meaning to try this one for ages, finally found it at the LCBO.

It pours an opaque rose colour, leaving just a little bit of head. It looks like a thin strawberry smoothie.

The smell is terrific, like strawberry pulp. Not too much else.

The taste is very sweet, certainly all strawberry, until the finish, which is just a little bit sour like a traditional wit. Mouthfeel is a bit thick, like the end of a milkshake. Carbonation is not very strong.

Despite its merits, I doubt I could drink too many of these. As a dessert beer, definitely. It's just...it's not beer, but it's a well-made fruit beverage to be sure. Worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2009 00:45:20 | More by JohnnyBarman
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BirdFlu

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another fruit beer which you could probably convince me was some sort of soda if I didn't know what was being served.. It is quite tasty, however, and delivers the strawberry flavor in a way superior to other strawberry beers.. It smalles like strawberry shortcake and fruity champagne, tastes like strawberry champagne (rather, strawberry carbonated wine).. Mouth is light and easy, crisp carbonation. Easy to drink at first but the sweetness could really become a bit much.. Like many fruit beers, it tastes more fruit than beer, but maybe thats a good thing. A lot of fruity beers (that use sweeter fruits, at least) that showcase the beer aspect often are too enjoybale.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2009 16:26:03 | More by BirdFlu
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aeminter

Texas

3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2009 08:35:00 | More by aeminter
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pours a hazy ruby body with a small light pink head. Some spotty lace is on the goblet.

Aroma of strawberry jam and strawberry jolly ranchers.

Light medium body, medium carbonation and a prevailing natural and artificial strawberry sweetness.

Taste is strawberry jolly ranchers with some strawberry jam. I'm not picking up any yeast, pepper, or coriander notes, maybe a hint of mustiness. Finishes with a strawberry note and leaves a strawberry jam aftertaste.

How many times can you type "strawberry" in a beer review? If you like strawberry jam or jolly ranchers, you might want to try this one, but its more artificial than natural and a bit cloying.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 21:09:39 | More by merlin48
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innominat

Ireland

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

08-11-2013 17:29:30 | More by innominat
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KarlMcGowan

Ireland

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

08-15-2013 16:42:35 | More by KarlMcGowan
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

01-08-2012 01:39:06 | More by acurtis
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fiedler84

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

06-20-2012 01:03:34 | More by fiedler84
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zonker17

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

08-23-2012 23:26:41 | More by zonker17
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

12-02-2013 04:05:10 | More by jaydoc
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Chugs13

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

11-26-2013 01:22:02 | More by Chugs13
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the42ndtourist

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I suppose if you go into a beer with low expectations, you can be surprised. Strawberry seemed to me to be too weak a flavour to make a proper beer. I was expecting this to fall into the Chapeau style of fruit beer. Not quite.

First surprise at the pour: this is cloudy, with a thick colour that seems too real to be the product of artificial colours or syrups. It's a middling pink, pulpy, the colour of crushed strawberries! It's looking up.

the taste: it's respectable. Sweet,yes. Certainly so, but there's a tartness there, and a bit of roughness that's the base wheat beer showing through. Finishes well. It's not too cloying at all. An enjoyable and pleasant enough beer for those hot muggy afternoons.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2004 14:47:09 | More by the42ndtourist
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

250ml Bottle

Appearance – Hazy red/pink colour with an average size fizzy pink coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head stuck around for only a minute or two.

Smell - Grains/wheat, lemons, coriander, strawberries

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and I can taste wheat mixed with coriander/clove and lemons. Of course it also has a lot of sweet strawberry flavour - but it isn't too cloying. It ends with a strawberry aftertaste with a light amount of citrus sourness.

Overall – I've seen this at the store so many times and I finally decided to cave and give it a try. Fruit beers are probably my least favourite style but this one actually wasn't too bad. The strawberry flavour doesn't taste too artificial, which is nice. The smaller size bottle was the perfect amount.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 17:57:00 | More by spinrsx
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RedAleMan

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

10-26-2012 03:25:04 | More by RedAleMan
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Vandelayindustri

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

11-23-2011 06:39:01 | More by Vandelayindustri
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Yoozeo

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

01-03-2013 20:39:04 | More by Yoozeo
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crobinso

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

10-13-2012 11:27:35 | More by crobinso
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AnitaBrewski

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

04-08-2014 14:47:22 | More by AnitaBrewski
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

I'd seen this beer on tap for so long at Capone's, and I figured it was one of those beers that no one likes, therefore it sits in the lines forever. But soon after it was taken off, it came back on again. Then I started seeing it pop up elsewhere, so I figured I'd give it a try. Well, actually the wife ordered it. She probably subliminally knew I wanted to try it but also wanted to retain my macho exterior in the process.

Served in a snifter, a orange-salmon color, slightly cloudy, with a small pink-white head that actually retained rather well for the style. Aroma was pretty much straight up strawberry candy. Flavor of strawberry (obviously) and watermelon Jolly Ranchers, slight bready malt sensation. No surprises here; delivered what it promised. Light-medium body, and pretty easily drinkable...unless you don't like fruit beers, in which case, meh, it's probably still worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2012 00:30:51 | More by Rifugium
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bumchilly25

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

05-10-2014 01:19:20 | More by bumchilly25
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Beer_Slayer

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

07-16-2013 01:24:11 | More by Beer_Slayer
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endless1408

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

07-03-2014 14:17:52 | More by endless1408
Van Diest Früli Strawberry Beer from Brouwerij Huyghe
78 out of 100 based on 354 ratings.