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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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BA SCORE
78
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368 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 368
Reviews: 178
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 19.24%
Wants: 10
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Huyghe visit their website
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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depechemode1983

Texas

3.33/5  rDev -2.9%

A - Pour cloudy pink color with a light pink head. The head on this beer has moderate retention and there is noticeable lacing.

S - Like strawberry jam. Thats about it

T - Like a light strawberry soda. Nothing but strawberries in the taste. Taste kind of artificial.

M - Light bodied. Good carbonation. Probably the best part of the beer.

D - Wouldnt be to hard to enjoy a few of these. I dont think i would seek it out again though. 2.49 for a tiny bottle is kinda steep. maybe if it was a 12oz or a pint bottle i would buy it again.

12-26-2010 21:14:11 | More by depechemode1983
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CHickman

New York

3.38/5  rDev -1.5%

Pours a cloudy strawberry red color (how appropriate) with a 1/2 inch tan fluffy head which dissipates quickly; a lot of sediment floating around in the bottom of the glass. Leaves decent spotty lacing.

Smells of strawberry, sweet malt, yeast or grains, cotton candy, sugar, orange peel and artificial sweeteners...very, very sweet nose, like a kid's fruit juice.

Tastes like it smells, with the flavor of strawberry, cotton candy, sugar, candy like Skittles, Starburst or taffy, sweet malt, yeast, caramel, orange peel and a ton of artificial sweeteners or candy sugar. This is by far the sweetest beer that I've ever had, but it seems to go down easy and not be too offensive with the over the top sweetness.

Mouthfeel is light and creamy, with a medium body that feels heavier than it is because of the juice-like sweetness; very light to no carbonation, this is almost too watery as this beer went down very easy. I had to force myself to sip it, otherwise I would have chugged it like a glass of juice.

Overall it was enjoyable, but it was too sweet for my liking to have this on a regular basis. It was a nice experimental beer and I'm glad I tried it because I'd never seen a strawberry beer prior to this one. This is a beer that female non beer drinkers would like and is a good desert beer, but only one at a time. Not my type of session beer, but it's worth trying for its uniqueness.

03-22-2010 00:58:17 | More by CHickman
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Shiloh

Ontario (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -1.5%

Now this is a very interesting brew, in that I am pleased that I tried it and happy that I bought just one.
The appearance is very nice with the colour mixture of strawberry and orange.
The crown was short but ended with a nice glass ring.
The body is full.
The carbonation is undetermined due to the cloudiness of the brew.
Aroma is strongly of the strawberry.
The taste starts very sweet but is quicky offset by the orange peel.
Initially strawberry and finishes to the orange peel.

09-07-2004 18:52:58 | More by Shiloh
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JordanEllwanger

Michigan

3.38/5  rDev -1.5%

Pours a dark salmon color with a white pink candy head. A very thick layer of sediment on the bottom of the bottle. One of the thickest I have yet seen, and it takes a lot to shake it up. Pouring in the sediment changes the color to a warmer brown. Smells like chalky strawberry candies. Taste is chalky as well. Very fruity and artificial. Taste is a lot like pink runts. Pretty light and sort of coating like medicine. A definite easy drink, but I don't think I could drink more than two in a row, the chalky sensation would take too much away from the enjoyment if I were to session with this.
Cheers.

11-08-2010 04:59:05 | More by JordanEllwanger
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -0.9%

Comes in a 250 ml brown bottle, red foil around the neck and cap. Pours out a dense cloudy light red, nearly pink, with a large pinkish head with good retention, plus some lacing. At first the nose is a big hit of strawberry Hubba Bubba, but some weak notes of wheat can be picked up underneath. The flavour is also predominantly strawberry, with lighter notes of wheat and coriander becoming apparent near the finish. The mouthfeel is sparkling and refreshing. Very sweet as a whole though. A nice little bevvy for those into this kind of thing, I don't tend to mind them in small doses. But lets put it this way, if you don't like fruit beers then stay away, as you'll despise this.

09-26-2004 23:59:13 | More by IronDjinn
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Brewfan

Connecticut

3.43/5  rDev 0%

250 ml. bottle topped with red foil.
Poured into my Pioneer Brewing Co. Dopplebock tulip.

Rich frothy pinkish resiliant head. Pink lace stays throughout the beer.
Cloudy pinkish/orange color. Medium carbonation.
Has the aroma of strawberry yogurt starburst smoothie with some over-ripe bitterness. Very sweet, no discernable hops or malt.
Has the taste of very ripe strawberries. I'm surprised I'm not finding any little black seeds in my teeth after drinking this. Less a beer and more a fruit smoothie.
Slight bitterness towards the end of the beer, and finishes a bit dry. Cloying, but not overly. Still no hops that I can tell. Much lace still present.
Sweeter than any fruit beer I've had to date. Very tasty. Would have been nice with some chocolate covered strawberries.

My wife said that this tasted like what rotten fruit smells like. What does she know.

01-03-2006 22:27:33 | More by Brewfan
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.43/5  rDev 0%

Pours a two finger faint pink head that fades quickly, leaving some lace. Cloudy pink/amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Strawberry nose. Flavor is wicked sweet liquid strawberries. This is a summer beer. $3.85 for a 250ml bottle from Bert's Better Beers Hooksett, NH.

11-26-2010 23:23:34 | More by jdhilt
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TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev +0.6%

Well, what's to say? It's a beer spritzer. Good cold sittin' on the patio, but not a serious drinkin' beer.

Hazy red-pink colour, no head or lace to speak of. Lots of strawberries on the nose and on the palette, just enough in the background to remind you that it's built on a beer base. Everything works together well enough.

I like strawberries and this was tasty enough that I'd do it again. Frankly, I'd rather drink one of these before tipping up a Belle Vue Kriek. It is what is is – a tasty summer novelty beer. Have some fun with it, but don't expect anything serious to develop.

06-08-2004 23:16:06 | More by TerryW
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wethorseblanket

California

3.48/5  rDev +1.5%

A: Poured from a smallish 8.4 fluid ounce (250 ml) bottle a hazy, orangish pink with floating bits of fruit which are lifted up by the robust carbonation only to fall again. Initial 1/4" white head fades quickly to the rim leaving globs of sheet lace.

N: Obligatory strawberries up front with some wheaty grains, slight must, sweetness and corriander spice. The strawberries lend a faint plastic/cheesy character.

T: Like a sweet strawberry soda, but balanced by the wheat with some orange zest. Initially the sweetness comes with the first sip and then is muted.

M: Light body and semi-full carbonation. Fruity and zesty wheat throughout from start to finish.

O: Balanced fruit and wheat with orange and faint corriander was surprisingly pleasant. Easy drinking at 4.1 %. Perhaps a tad too much sweetness.

03-13-2013 20:39:38 | More by wethorseblanket
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Everydayoff

Thailand

3.48/5  rDev +1.5%

330ml bottle poured into a chalice by freshness date.

It shines by a cloudy pinkish red body with small pinkish white head. Load of fruity, juicy, tart and sweet of strawberry in both aroma and flavor also with a tinge of some spice and syrup, malt is there with a bready touch to make it to feel like strawberry soft cake.

Mouthfeel is rather smooth with light-bodied and crisp carbonation, dry finish. This is quite spirited and refreshing by an appropriate mixture of wheat and strawberry.

09-12-2012 04:46:38 | More by Everydayoff
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Converge

Alberta (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev +1.5%

250ml bottle poured into a 13.5oz tulip.

A - Pours a glowing, vibrant cherry red, with a small fizzy head of pinkish-white bubbles. Very cloudy. Decent head retention and some nice lacing for what it is.

S - Beer ingredients are minimal. Very little malt here, and no hops at all. Big fruity character, but rather artificial feeling. Strawberries are there, but this smells more like candy than fruit. Really just smells like a fruit-roll-up, honestly...

T - Artificial strawberry flavor and a surprising malt backbone; quite bready. Subtle notes of vanilla and citrus come through. Still has a distinct fruit-roll-up quality to it. Simple and refreshing, but not really my thing.

M - High carbonation with a light body. Pretty much what one would expect with a brew like this.

D - Probably not something I would buy again, as this really strikes me as a beer for the non-beer-drinker. And between this and the like-minded Liefmans Fruitesse, I'll opt for the latter in the future.

07-08-2012 19:27:02 | More by Converge
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev +2%

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.

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

Ireland

3.5/5  rDev +2%

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

Ireland

3.5/5  rDev +2%

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

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +2%

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

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +2%

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

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +2%

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

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev +2%

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

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +2%

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +2%

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.

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +2%

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.

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +2%

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

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +2%

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +2%

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

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev +2%

10-13-2012 11:27:35 | More by crobinso
Van Diest Früli Strawberry Beer from Brouwerij Huyghe
78 out of 100 based on 368 ratings.