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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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375 Ratings
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Ratings: 375
Reviews: 180
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 19.48%
Wants: 10
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of asabreed
4/5  rDev +16.3%

On tap at The Abbey in Baltimore.

Appearance: As you can imagine, a Strawberry color. Some nice haze and not entirely clear.

Smell: Strawberry and malty fruit flavors. Seems legit and without extract, but who knows.

Taste: A nice balance between sweetness and tartness with the strawberries and malty flavors. Lingering fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Champagne-like and sparkling carbonation that works really well.

Drinkability: A solid fruit beer, and certainly one I'd drink again. This was my first strawberry beer too I think.

asabreed, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of pjkelley82
4/5  rDev +16.3%

pjkelley82, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of Stocean1
4/5  rDev +16.3%

A - poured a three finger fluffy head - that dissipated to half a finger - good lacing - deep red stawberry colour - cloudy

S - huge strawberry scent with some wheat balancing it out

T - sweet strawberries with a witbier like backbone - cloves - some bitter orange peel in the finish

M - really enjoyed this aspect - sweet yet tart and dry - very creamy and smooth despite the sweetness

O - why have I avoided this!!! Really enjoyable and I will now grab this from time to time when I have a sweet tooth.

Stocean1, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of Goldndomer
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Goldndomer, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of RepMichigan
4/5  rDev +16.3%

RepMichigan, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of Astarzz316
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Astarzz316, May 03, 2014
Photo of theCoder
4/5  rDev +16.3%

theCoder, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of Drk93TT
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Drk93TT, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of Felicia
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Felicia, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of Luiz0930
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Luiz0930, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +16.3%

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.

avalon07, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of felixljr
4/5  rDev +16.3%

felixljr, Dec 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

cford382, Jul 29, 2014
Photo of codynevels
4/5  rDev +16.3%

codynevels, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of BeerMe42
4/5  rDev +16.3%

BeerMe42, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of mitchellaneous
4/5  rDev +16.3%

mitchellaneous, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of Sarah515
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Sarah515, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of tonyf55
4/5  rDev +16.3%

tonyf55, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of djre4orm
4/5  rDev +16.3%

djre4orm, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of ShadesOfGray
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a wine tulip. Pours a light pink'ish color and results in a ruby color with 1 to 2 finger white fizzy head. Head dissapates relatively quickly to a very small ring and leaves light fizzy lacing. Appearance is hazy.

Aroma is very sweet of course, like pink lemonade. My wife is correcting me now, and saying..."no, it smells like strawberries!" Regardless, it's one of those 2 and overall light smell, but sweet.

Not bad. Not my style, but I'm reviewing with an open mind. Not as thick and sweet as the popular Lindamans Framboise Lambic. Light, crisp, carbonated/fizzy...and a nice amount of strawberry flavor. No alcohol resemblance at all. Taste like a sugar-free strawberry soda.

ShadesOfGray, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of andrewfjohnson
4/5  rDev +16.3%

andrewfjohnson, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of ryko
4/5  rDev +16.3%

ryko, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of hotsudge
4/5  rDev +16.3%

hotsudge, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Smoked salmon with pale orange edges. The attractive crown of foam is pale pink, which is a pretty common hue for a cherry, raspberry or strawberry fruit beer. One wide swatch of lace has appeared on the opposite side of the glass.

The aroma is more than just strawberry because Fruli is more than just a simple fruit beer. It's actually a witbier to which strawberry juice has been added. The result is several more layers of aroma (and, hopefully, flavor) that kick the score up a notch.

This little beauty is at least as good as Floris Framboise and Florisgaarden Apple, the only other Brouwerij Huyghe fruit beers that I've reviewed to date. As expected, the additional ingredients of orange peel and coriander add the complexity that is often lacking in beer of this sort.

The amount of sweetness is just about right, especially since the bottle is only 8.4 ounces small. Sugared strawberry puree dominates right out of the gate, coriander enters down the backstretch, and a twist of orange zest sneaks in at the finish. This is good stuff that the chicks should dig. The dudes too.

Mouthfeel matches flavor. In other words, it isn't thick and syrupy (just like the beer isn't cloyingly sweet), although there is a good bit of viscosity goin' on. The carbonation does just enough to be noticed.

More breweries should use witbiers as the base for their fruit beer. The added complexity makes them more interesting and more delicious. Thanks to BKIII for this generous, out-of-the-blue gift.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 03, 2009
Van Diest Früli Strawberry Beer from Brouwerij Huyghe
79 out of 100 based on 375 ratings.