Liefmans Fruitesse (Fruitbier) - Brouwerij Liefmans

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Ratings: 264
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 18.1%
Wants: 2
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Nickls on 02-24-2010

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Poured from 8.5 oz. bottle into a chalice glass

Appearance –The beer pours a deep ruby red color with a one finger head of red tinted foam. The head has a good level of retention, fading to leave a good level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is big and fruity of red beery fruits with tons of raspberry and strawberry, but also contain good hints of cranberry and current. A little bit of a blueberry and some lighter plum are there as well giving it a very sweet fruity smell overall.

Taste – The taste begins a little less sweet then would have been anticipated from the nose, but still overall it was rather sweet. A big red berry fruit flavor of strawberry, raspberry and cranberry greet the tongue along with some blueberry flavors. These flavors create a base for the brew and last till the end. Along with the berry fruits comes some light doughy sweet malt and some cherry which end up leaving a very sweet, and how many people have aptly described it, Kool-Aid (but I must say adult/gourmet Kool-Aid) flavor, that I must say is not super overly sweet for the style, to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is quite light with a carbonation level that is rather average to slightly higher. Both the light body and higher carbonation are fantastic for the fruit flavors of the brew and create a very crisp and easy drinking brew overall.

Overall – Well I paid $5 for a 4 pack of 8.5 oz. bottles that had an expiration date of 10/14. I would say I won big time on that buy. While not the greatest fruit style brew out there, for $1.25 a bottle this was a fantastic buy overall and makes for a good fruit beer when looking for something light and fruity.

Photo of PorterLambic
3.72/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, dark, garnet color with a short-lived, pink head that dissipates to a faint film. No lacing left behind in this Belgian.
Smell is, of course, raspberries, sweet, slightly artificial or enhanced, with a hint of malt behind. Decent balance for the style.
Taste is raspberry, slight sourness with a sweeter finish, malt and a mere hint of yeast. Well balanced, exactly what I expected and wanted.
Somewhat astringent, a good thing in a dessert beer, imo, without getting to the point of pucker. Light-medium body, tingly effervescence on the tip of the tongue but light elsewhere. A light warming aspect develops after a few swallows/sips, way in the back of the throat, just to remind you there's alcohol here. I like it.

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a reddish-pink color with a white head. The aroma is very fruity and syrupy smelling. While it is very fruity smelling, no one fruit really stands out.

The flavor is heavy on the strawberries and cherries with some other fruits added. I have no idea what billberrys or elderberries taste like, so they may be what I am tasting.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of ehammond1
2.33/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Clear, dark ruby. Moderate pink head. Slightly oily and sticky.

Incredibly sweet aroma. Smells like cherry and rapsberry Kool Aid. Not a lot of complexity or yeast character to it. This is pretty much fruit and simple syrup.

A sticky and sweet Cherry/Raspberry/Cranberry Kool-Aid with alcohol. Sticky and syrupy. Flavors taste artificial, even the fruit. Nothing comes together well here.

Medium to thick in body with minimal carbonation. Syrup-like.

I couldn't drink more than a few sips of this overly-sweet concoction.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 250ml bottle with a BB of April 2012. The label states that it contains 15% fruit (cherry, raspberry, bilberry, elderberry and strawberry) along with sugar and sweetener.

Poured into a Stella chalice. A clear bright red colour with good carbonation. Hard pour creates a thick head of light pink foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a surface layer. A powerful fruity aroma - primarily raspberry and cherry. Smells sweet and slightly tart; reminiscent of fruit yoghurt.

The taste is very sweet and syrupy, with lots of fruit. Cherry and raspberrry dominate. Some acidity, but none of the complex yeasty tartness that comes from a quality kriek. The fruit flavour has an artificial feel to it - more like juice than whole fruit. Mouthfeel is crisp and tingly with mild astringency. Leaves a sweet fruity aftertaste.

Drinkable, and refreshing on a hot day like today, but doesn't touch the better examples of the style (including Liefmans kriek). The acidity is quite nice, but it's more like fizzy fruit juice than beer. I can understand why the brewers have created this, but other belgian fruit beers are much more rewarding.

Photo of Soonami
2.57/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Liefmans has a pretty solid reputation, which is why I bought this beer on a whim without first doing some research (should've checked reviews on BA on my phone before I bought this). This beer was disappointing. It started good with a beautiful dark cherry color and cute pink foam with great lacing. The the beer smelled like cherry candy and plastic-y phenols. The beer is very fruity, black cherries, raspberrys and especially strawberries are easily identified but it is unfortunately also artificially sweeted that leaves a metallic aftertaste. There is a weird bitterness that I'm not sure if it's from the sweeteners or the fermentation. I would not buy this beer again. It wasn't too bad at $9/bottle, but there are much better fruit beers for the price including others made by the same brewery.

Photo of chinchill
3.42/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

snifter filled from large bottle (original) -- revised in May 2015 with a 250 ml bottle [BB 2-2016].

Pours a nice clear light red with a medium but sudsy pink cap. Head has good retention.

Sweet fruity smell, with too much suggestion of medicine or artificially flavored candy. A bit too much sweetness. Tart-sweet flavor with strawberry and cherry leaves the aftertaste of a fruity dessert.

This did not compare favorably with the Lindemann's Framboise I had just before trying the Liefmans. The former had a markedly more powerful aroma and flavor and a better mouthfeel. Still, this has no major flaws and is a serviceable substitute for a better lambic, particularly as a dessert brew.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.16/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a clear red body that is slightly dense and a pink hued sticky foam head that last a good bit. There are some small bubbles gliding to the surface.

S- The aroma is 100% red jello, which I have not had since childhood, with notes of artificial cherry and raspberry syrup qualities that becomes a bit medicinal in the finish with hints of lindeman's cough drops.

T- The red jello flavor is full and bright with a blend of artificial cherries and raspberry syrup and a sweet finish that has a hint of bitterness to it.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a tight fizz prick that helps to crisp up the finish a bit.

O- This is red jello in a glass. The fruit flavors are strong and artificial becoming more medicinal as the beer opens up. There is a full sweetness but it never becomes cloying. One glass is enough for me.

Photo of Brenden
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tried this at an event along with Goudenband and Cuvee Brut. Notes are recent and thorough.

This clear, deep dark red colored beer forms a pink head a finger in height that stays around for longer than I expect, never quite dropping off and leaving some more than decent spotting on the glass.
This is one fruity beer, and a nice mix of lightly sour, tart, and candy sweet, especially on the tongue. The aroma offers a little more as far as grains, but not too much. There's a bit of must in the nose but, again, not too much. Once on the tongue, the best descriptor I can think of for the inital flavor is fruit snacks (and I love fruits snacks). Yes, definitely a bag of mixed flavor fruit snacks before going gently sour, the sweetness diminishing but never fading away. As for being a technically good beer, there may be some debate. Delicious, though, yes; sort of another guilty pleaure for me. I can't technically give it as high a score as far as quality of brewing, but I like it regardless.

Photo of azorie
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

ITs a fruit lambic, so its really not fair of me to review it. Other than to say its sweet raspberry, and cherries. the wife Loves it.

Photo of biboergosum
3.06/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

250ml bottle, made with myriad dark fruits, and apparently aged over cherries.

This beer pours a crystal clear, bright rusty red colour, with one finger of foamy, creamy, and bubbly pale pink head, which leaves some decent peaked lace around the glass as it quickly melts away.

It smells strongly of mildly musty fruit juice - sweet cherry, raspberry, and strawberry, mostly - candy sugar, a bit of non-boozy alcohol presence, and a nearly imperceptible pale and wheaty graininess. The taste is sweet barley grain, sugary, and moderately acidic blended fruit juice - mostly the dominant cherry and strawberry from the 'fruit bill' on the label's ingredient list. Very much like sparkling wine well soaked in the aforementioned fruit, this is.

The carbonation is rather soft, just a minor, lulling frothiness, the body a tepid medium weight, and of course in the sugary fruit sense, but not at all cloying, the natural acidic crispness seeming to aid in this regard, rendering perhaps the suggestion of a benign smoothness. It finishes sweet, natch, with some fruit pith and weak grainy malt off-set.

Another fruit beer, where the 'fruit' part is taken to its logical end. If the fruit is added during the brewing process, the character is retained, fermenting out the inherent physical nuances in the resultant beverage. Added after, and you get this - a beer-ish fruit drink. Easy enough to put back, yeah, just like Jolly Ranchers are easy enough to mindlessly enjoy.

Photo of TheSupremeAJ
2.61/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into 2 Lindeman's flutes. My wife likes sweet lambic like Lindeman's so we thought we would give this a shot.

A- Dark rose color. Fluffy white head with nominal lacing.

S- Like sweet cherry kool-aid. The "sweetener" is apparent.

T- An interesting blend of different fruits... however it still taste like kool-aid. It does not have the traditional sour characteristics of good lambic and does not have any noticeable hop presence.

M- Average to kind of thin. Bubbles are average.

D- Really smooth, however it has an aftertaste. Alcohol is not very noticeable.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Liefmans Fruitesse
750 ml., corked & caged.
No apparent freshness date
$9.99 @ Wine Legend, Cherry Hill, NJ

It pours a clear, ruby colored body beneath a short-lived head of white that falls readily to a thin collar. Surprisingly, some nice thick splashes of lace are left behind.

In the aroma and in the flavor I get sweet cherries (think Maraschino), "Sweet Tart" candies, and a bit of chalkiness - that's it. It's sweet, but not overbearingly sweet as there is some tart dryness to it; and it somehow finishes with a low enough level of sweetness that it doesn't become cloying. The tartness rounds it out.

In the mouth it's medium bodied with a dextrinous edge and a bristling carbonation.

Overall, a very nice fruit beer that's a little bit more than one sided. It doesn't have the complexity of a geueze, but it's a nice introduction to the style.

Photo of zaphodchak
3.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thinnish pink head, pink-red body, clearish.

Nose is mostly cherry, slightly tart, and a bit of red currant. Or kinda like a slurpee.

Taste is also mostly cherry, but there's also sugary strawberry. It's almost overpoweringly, syrupy sweet.

Barely enough carbonation to keep it from being syrup.

It's intense-- total dessert beer.

Photo of spacecake9
4.35/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I see this beer is not well liked on BA. Well, I loved it. Had it on tap and it was cold and refreshing. Not sour. Looks great and tastes like raspberry candy in a glass. A real treat.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.9/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

2010 vintage. Foiled, corked, and caged bottle poured into a Brew York City pint glass. Shared by schen9303.

Pours a 1 finger foamy pink head with poor retention. Beer is a clear bright red. No lacing. Average for the style.

The descriptions says this beer is a blend of red fruits (strawberry, raspberry, and cherry). Nose is just a red jolly rancher. Very robust but singular.

Opens sweet. Strawberry and cherry. Raspberry isn't really detectable. A touch of tartness towards the middle. And very fruity and sweet the whole way through. Finish and aftertaste are just like the rest of the experience.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Prickly and bubbly in the mouth and goes down soft and a touch grainy. Finish is slightly messy with a lingering sticky aftertaste. Again, average.

A pretty standard fruit beer that is just a touch too sweet for my taste. Still not bad by any means and worth a try if you're a fan of the style.

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.89/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

8.5 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Bright red pink body. Pale pink head. A pretty beer.

Smell - Super artificial cherry aroma. Some strawberry. Smells sweet.

Taste - Cough syrup cherry. Sugary. Decent finish though.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation. Feels heavy and sweet.

Overall - Bad cherry flavor. Sweet. Not what I'm looking for.

Photo of sammytag
4.37/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer needs some lovin'!

This is definitely a very sweet, very light beer. But the fruit flavours are robust, natural, and fruit concentration is obviously very high.

Looks good.

On the nose is fleshy strawberries and cherries with an obvious syrupy sweetness.

The taste has a crispness to it, but the sweetness rides through. Again, strawberries, raspberries and cherries are present in very natural, but highly concentrated forms.

Mouthfeel is nice, carbonation is great for this style of beer.

I love drinking this beer. It's sweet, and the small serving size keeps you from being overwhelmed by the sweetness. Much better, and less expensive than Fruili. Not sure why everyone is hating on this special little Belgian cherry bomb from a great brewery.

Photo of DonDirkA
2.43/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had I read the label fully I probably would not have purchased this. The Liefman’s Goudenband was delicious so I just grabbed this without checking it out. I hate the fact that there are “natural” flavors and sweetener added.

The nose smells like real cherries but it also smells like red Otter Pops. It smells artificial. That is something that I noticed before I even saw that flavoring was added. Cherries, grapes, plums, grape juice and artificial fruit punch all come through.

It tastes a lot like a sparkling grape juice that you give to kids on champagne holidays like Christmas and New Years’ Eve. Or like a grape cocktail juice. Grapes, cherries, berries, and sugar.

It isn’t a horrible beverage, but it is definitely not a very good beer. It is too sweet and too artificial. The sweetness could be defended (it is a fruit beer) but its so fake. I mean it basically comes down to tasting like that “100% Juice” you can buy in the supermarket. Not really recommended.

Photo of osusullins
1.49/5  rDev -55.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Sampled on draft into Liefmans Fruitesse glass.

Not good in my opinion. I really don't think it tastes like beer at all. It is Kool-Aid. Plain and simple. It tastes exactly like Kool-Aid.

Pours a cherry red color with pink head.

Smells sweet. Candy sugar and cherries.

Tastes like Kool-Aid. All candy sugar and cherry. No hops or malt present on the palate. Doesn't taste like beer at all.

Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured ruby red with a one finger slight pink head that subsided to a half finger very slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, strawberry, raspberry, sugar, and Kool-Aid. The flavor was of sweet malt, strawberry, raspberry, and sugar. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. This one really had a huge sweetness aspect going on that I was not ready for. I should have known when I smelled it and it smelled like Kool-Aid, but I was being optimistic. The sweetness on this one really dominated it without a doubt. I could see this being a good intro beer for some, but for the experienced sour/tart drinker it doesn’t quite deliver.

Photo of KTCamm
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Champagne bottle poured into Duvel glasses.

Pours light pink with pinkish white foam, light something out of a pre-K girl's book. Full glass color is reddish, but still modestly see through.

Sweet tart smell - all tart fruit, cherry, strawberry, raspberry. Sweet fruity taste, some tartness as well, though not enough. Sticky sweetness lingers. Some very mild bitter at the finish. Pretty good.

Photo of ChrisCage
2.45/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- Gave this a hard pour and was met with a fizzy, one inch thick head that was pink. The color of the beer is a crystal clear and reminds me 100% of raspberry juice. Some carbonation is noticeable. Lacing is weak and it appears to be watery.

S- The aroma is quite sweet and syrupy...reminds me somewhat of Dimetapp cough syrup....sweet and slightly medicinal. It is quite difficult to get by the sweet smell but I tried very hard and can detect the berries used....primarily the cherries and raspberries.

T- This really does taste like a carbonated sweetened fruit juice....mainly that of raspberry juice. There are no hops detectable and doesn't have much of a profile here unfortunately...it doesn't have a bad flavor, just doesn't resemble a beer at all.

M- This is a light-medium bodied beer, due to the syrup and sugar used to thicken it up. The carbonation isn't over done, but in general this reminds me of a punch that was created for a party.

D- As stated above, this isn't a gross beer, but isn't my style....I wouldn't have another after I finish my first bottle. It would be suitable for the young crowd I suppose and is somewhat refreshing, so would due in hot weather. I'm sure I won't be getting this one again.

Photo of emerge077
2.52/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Liefmans Fruitesse "2010" on the cork, and "08-2012" on the cap of the cage. Label states Acesulfame-K (artificial sweetner) as an ingredient. Website has mixed drink recipes and recommends drinking "on the rocks" which I tried, and it doesn't improve anything.

Blood red, crystalline scarlet, bright and vivid with high clarity. Creamy cap of pinkish foam that laces on the sides, ok retention. Zero sediment in the bottle, most likely filtered.

Aroma is sweet, raspberry/cherry cough drops and cotton candy. Artificial mixed berry jello comes to mind.

Some minor tartness in the taste, and even a seedy raspberry tannic element, suggesting some real fruit in there somewhere. Fairly effervescent and sweet. Odd nutrasweet-like aftertaste that must be the Acesulfame-K at work. Slightly sticky on the lips like hard candy. Pretty much a standard-issue panty dropper, though the slight tartness is quenching, ultimately the beer is too cloying. Something to drink instead of kool-aid in the summertime.

As this is a fruit beer and not attempting to be a lambic, it's approaching decent if you have a sweet tooth. More tartness than Lindemans, but nothing as traditional as Liefmans Kriekbier & Frambozenbier used to be.

Edit: Blended the last half of the bottle with some JP Calabaza Blanca, and it was pretty good. Would recommend over vanilla ice cream too.

Photo of Rutager
3.02/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance. Pours red with a thin pink head.

Smell. Smells like raspberry cool aid to me. Is there such a thing? Sweet, sour, sugary raspberries.

Taste. Tastes like raspberry cool aid too! Maybe not quite as sweet as cool aid would be, and a little more sour. Not too bad, actually.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium+ carbonation.

Overall. Tastes okay if you like cherry cool aid. Not amazing as far as a beer goes. Better give this glass back to my wife...

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Liefmans Fruitesse (Fruitbier) from Brouwerij Liefmans
77 out of 100 based on 264 ratings.