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Van Diest Früli Strawberry Beer - Brouwerij Huyghe

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Reviews: 185
Hads: 421
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 17
Gots: 46 | 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 cosmo4u
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
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. (553 characters)

Photo of StaveHooks
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Pours a hazy pink orange color with a little light pink head that sink immediately.

S - Strawberries, wheat, sugar.

T - Follows the nose with strawberry candy, sugar fruit compote, Sweet but dry on the aftertaste. Wheat adds a nice touch.

M - Very smooth medium body. Finishes dry and tart.

Drinks very good with a smooth feel and a nice finish. Reminds me of a strawberry rhubarb sauce that goes great on biscuits. (421 characters)

Photo of scratch69
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Cloudy, dark pink color with a fingers worth of fizzy pinkish-white head. Fair amount of sticky lacing.

Smell- Strong smell of strawberry candy.

Taste- Sweet strawberry flavor and nothing else. Reminds me of a strong flavored strawberry soda pop.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied, smooth, and sticky. Very well carbonated.

Overall- The flavor doesn't really say "beer", but still enjoyable if you like the style. My wife wants to have these again. (492 characters)

Photo of kwjd
3.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I just had a craving for fruit juice, but I didn't have any in my place. Then I remembered I had a bottle of Fuli that I bought a bit ago. I haven't actually had one of these other than sip or 2 from friends' drinks before and I remember it tasting almost like fruit juice. I'll see now.

Pours a hazy orange colour with hints of pink. Head is settles down a half inch. Colour of the head is pretty much white, but just tinted pink. Some lacing on the glass. Smells of sugary strawberries, almost like strawberry jam. Very sweet flavour. Fairly high carbonation, but it works well for this style. I really expected to have a bad review of this from what I remember, but this hits the spot as a fruit beer. I wouldn't regularly drink this, but if you feel like a carbonated fruit beverage, it is nice. (800 characters)

Photo of asabreed
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (536 characters)

Photo of Stocean1
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (509 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +15.6%
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. (637 characters)

Photo of ShadesOfGray
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (716 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,499 characters)

Photo of AdmiralDiaz
4.01/5  rDev +15.9%
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. (521 characters)

Photo of vandemonian
4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Früli Strawberry Beer has orange/pink colour and a 3 mm head that fades to good lacing. The smell is very strawberries and cream. The flavour is sweet with a strawberry aftertaste. There is some yeastiness. This beer is foamy in the mouth. Delicious. (251 characters)

Photo of mithrascruor
4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8.4 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark hazy reddish color, like strawberry juice. Foamy light head with good retention.

Smell: Aroma of strawberries, slightly sweet with some earthy/green notes.

Taste: Really just like the smell.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with some light tingly carbonation.

Drinkability: Low ABV, easy to drink.

A nice strawberry beer, definitely the best of these that I've tried. Still not a big fan of this style, but this is a good one. (491 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

8.4 fl oz. bottle, with label on back saying best before 03/2014. An intriguing looking bottle & design. My second beer from Brouwerij Huyghe, the other one being Delirium Tremens. Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a quarter inch of white fizzy head which quickly disappears into nothing. Body color is a hazy dark salmon pink / light red color. Bubbles floating to the top, and some light sediment twirling around. Nice thick lacing on the way down.

S - Immediately after uncapping this, the smell of genuine strawberry hit me. I search for it, yet I don't get any coriander or orange peel, though.

T - Luscious tart sugary strawberries. Has some other natural berry attributes to it, also. Tastes almost like a fruit-roll-up. A nice, refreshing, sweet beer. Searching for some yeast or malt, but again I find nothing. Moderate carbonation.

M - Feel is sweet and sticky, with no real lingering flavors of any kind.

Overall, refreshing, delicious, and very natural tasting. Highly drinkable at 4.10% abv, yet I do wish this was packaged in normal 12 oz. bottles instead of such a smaller serving. Probably a bit too sweet of a beer to session, but I could drink a ton of these. A try again beer, for sure.

Van Diest Früli Strawberry Beer ---4/5. (1,271 characters)

Photo of crossovert
4.06/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 8.4 oz mini bottle with unique striped foiling.

Pours a murky brownish red with a small mildly pink head that quickly dissipates. Not the strongest lookign brew.

Smell is amazing, pure strawberry with a little yogurt scent. Smells soooo delicious, not really like beer though.

Taste is well of strawberries what else? A little bit of yogurtyness and some smokey malt flavor. Not too bad. Mouthfeel is silky smooth, this is a delectable dessert beer.

Overall, yes it is a fruity beer, but still worthy. (520 characters)

Photo of ecoastman
4.07/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Interesting stuff that I may try again when it's on sale. Like many fruitier beers, this one is a little high on the medicinal character scale but it's not overpowering. Some reviewer ratings are low but I think you need to take this beer for what it is - a fruit bier. It's different but it's also quite interesting and tasty.

There's no questioning the style as soon as you open a bottle of Fruli Strawberry Beer. It smells like sweet ripe strawberries with wit-like bubblegum and also some medicinal phenolics. The added orange peel and coriander aren't obvious but they provide an overall aroma that reminds me of some or my wife's potpourri blends.

It pours a hazy strawberry red (surprise) with fine carbonation making a dense and fizzy but short-lived head with no lacing. It looks more like a wine cooler than a beer but the colour is attractive.

It hits the palate syrupy smooth & sweet and the strawberry flavour is intense - a direct impact from the 30% strawberry juice. The phenolics are mild and there is very low bitterness in the finish. The aftertaste is the same and lingers nicely. The carbonation is fine but low and doesn't make the beer course.

Good stuff. (1,182 characters)

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.08/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Veiled amber color with absolutely no head. Delicious smell and flavor of fresh fruity strawberry. A little light with a pleasant fruity finish.

Super flavorful beer to try at least once. Sure you almost only taste strawberry, but this is what it's supposed to deliver. Perfect for those who doesn't like typical beer. (319 characters)

Photo of cooch69
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on tap while at a food show in a casino. It poured a pastel reddish with a one finger head that lasted for a while and then faded into oblivion.
This beer smelled so much like strawberies it was rediculious.
The taste was even more so. I could barely tell that I was drinking beer. It was so fruity that I barely picked up anything else exept for a bready maltiness in the aftertaste. There was no hops within ten miles of this beer.
It was however very refreshing. This beer would be a great substitute for orange juice at 9 A.M.
Mouthfeel was light to medium with a pretty vibrant carbonation. (614 characters)

Photo of cyrenaica
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at Toronto's Beer Bistro on June 21, 2007. The beer was poured by the waiter. It had a strong unmistakably strawberry aroma that captured me right away. It was a dark red in the glass. The mouthfeel was very champagne like. The taste was very good. A truly enjoyable beer. (281 characters)

Photo of becktone
4.12/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes 1-3-10

Done horizontally with Samuel Smith's Organic Strawberry

Eye: Hazy golden-tangerine with ruby pinkish-reddish highlights. Head on this is pretty small and is off white in color, not much more than a blanket over the beer really. Still looks good on the whole.

Nose: Huge strawberry aroma fills the room when poured. This beer smells like strawberry juice, much like a Strawberry Juicy Juice or perhaps white cranberry-strawberry juice, or even like strawberry icecream. No real beer aroma here whatsoever. Rich. Very sweet smelling and very much a fruit beer...strawberry aroma isn't fake as many American fruit beers tend to be. I don't think that extract flavoring was used here. Brighter and livlier aroma than Sam Smith's

Tongue: Big strawberry flavor here, again, its akin to a strawberry Juicy Juice (which is strawberry juice blended with apple juice) or white cranberry juice. Not really any bitterness whatsoever, it doesn't really need it to balance it out...besides it'd be out of place in a fruit beer like this. Sweet and juicy and soda like, but not cloyinly sweet. This could easily replace juice in the fridge, moreso than lambics, way moreso than lambics...it replaces soda too.

edit: Fruli is sweeter than Sam Smith's and thicker and less beer like and more juice like

Feel and Drinkability: Light in body and highly carbonated with fine carbonation but not fine enough or high enough to be champagne like or tongue scrubbing. Nor is it obnoxious enough to be soda-like where its so high and coarse that it burns and makes your eyes water. Easy to drink, this is one that I really enjoy, I just wish it wasn't as expensive. (1,668 characters)

Photo of Tford
4.17/5  rDev +20.5%
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. (633 characters)

Photo of halfhorsefilms
4.19/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I could smell this one as soon as I popped the cap. Tropical fruits, mango, kiwi and, of course, intense strawberry. A very high sense of citric acid, since the smell itself is like sticking an orange up your nose. Very champagne-like.

Nearly no head except for a slight pink ring and central transparent island.

I was expecting a more "off" strawberry flavor, likening to strawberries about to spoil due to a hint of that smell, but the taste is extremely pure and refreshing. Doesn't drink like a beer at all, but as said before, champagne. Extremely crisp with nearly no noticeable hops or malt flavor. Very surprising.

Definitely a dessert beer or, (at the very least) something to spark your girlfriend's interest and keep her from buying Boone's farm.

I really don't know how to rate this, but a part of me says to rate it well because if they can make a beer that doesn't taste like beer . . . they must know what they're doing.

Overall, give it a whirl and when you really want to impress someone, this is the perfect conversation piece. (1,053 characters)

Photo of superdedooperboy
4.22/5  rDev +22%
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. (1,590 characters)

Photo of Tyler_V2
4.27/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Extremely flavourful beer with a strong strawberry taste. A great beer for those who generally don't like beer, but it can still be thoroughly enjoyed by beer drinkers everywhere (178 characters)

Photo of funkengruven
4.29/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured to a slightly pink champagne like look in the glass. Smell is sweet and delicious, like very fresh strawberries. Taste is wonderful, Strawberries and Witbier, quite a nice tasty combination. Mouthfeel is pretty well equal to other witbiers with it's slightly fizzy but slightly weighted feel, that is very very easy to drink. Girlfriend really liked this one, and so did i. Quite a nice change from the ordinary. (424 characters)

Photo of mintjellie
4.36/5  rDev +26%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pokal.

The body is pink and hazy. Like the colour of berry punch. There's a solid two fingers of cotton candy head floating over top of it. The head is moderately well retained, and the walls of my glass are covered in sticky lace left behind as it recedes.

It smells like strawberries and sugar. Candy. It smells slightly tart. The strawberry smell is very natural.

Intense sweet strawberry flavour. It's both sweet and mildly sour at the same time. Very mild wheat twang in the finish. No hop presence whatsoever. As with the scent, the strawberry flavour is very natural tasting.

It tastes and smells exactly how I'd expect a sugar-sweetened witbier and strawberry juice to taste, and its delicious.

Without the yeast poured in, its a little thin. Swirl and pour the yeast to give it a little bit of substance. Even so, you really feel the blend of 30 percent fruit juice in this beer. It's on the light side with medium carbonation, but still feels sticky. This works really well as a light, intensely flavoured, and extremely satisfying dessert. Especially in the summertime. (1,099 characters)

Van Diest Früli Strawberry Beer from Brouwerij Huyghe
79 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.