Liefmans Fruitesse (Fruitbier) - Brouwerij Liefmans
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Reviews by falloutsnow:
3.13/5 rDev -5.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5
From: Tenuta's, Kenosha, WI
Date: Cork has "2010" printed on it, cage has "08-2012 LFF 13 01782"
Liefmans' Fruitesse is something of a fake-candied fruit beer, a bit too light in scent and flavor, for my liking, when compared to others of the style. When aged at over two years, there's a discernible bit of tartness in this beer, which imparts a pleasant contrasting flavor with the fruit juices, but for the price and potential length of time to achieve this effect, I'd prefer to have a different fruit beer, particularly one that didn't use artificial sweeteners.
Pours a small, 0.5cm light-pink head that rapidly fades in a soda-like fashion to a virtual nothingness atop the body. Lacing is minimal to nonexistent, a small streak here or there. The body is a transparent, dark ruby red color with visible and vigorous carbonation (the question arises: where is the foam?). Light brings out lighter red hues around the perimeter of the body. To me, the soda-like retention and lack of lacing decrease the aesthetic appeal of this beer significantly; the body itself resembles any other red fruit-based beer.
Aroma is candy-like raspberry and cherry with a hint of tartness, which perhaps emerges from the two-plus years of aging this bottle has undergone. When I compare this to the fruit beers produced by New Glarus and other Liefmans beers, the scent is a bit light and thin, perhaps due to a lesser load of fruit and presence of artificial sweetener.
Overall flavors would be of light cherry, strawberry, and raspberry juice mixed with artificial sweetener and a modest hint of tartness that likely emerges with the two-plus years of age this bottle has. Opens with light fruit juice sweetness and a trace of artificial sweetener flavor, leading to a fairly decent mid-palate of blended strawberry-cherry-raspberry juices (heavier on cherry and raspberry) with a hint of tartness and lesser artificial sweetener. Closes with similar fruit juice flavors (cherry and raspberry juice, primarily) and a continued, faint tartness and fake sweetness. This wasn't as lacking in flavors as in aromas, and the tartness I find makes it better than an overly sweet, basic fruit beer, though Fruitesse still reminds me of a pale version of many bolder fruit beers.
The beer is medium to medium-light in body, with a carbonated fizziness reminiscent of soda that makes this a bit too prickly across the palate for my liking. Once this wears off, though, the beer is pleasant enough and fairly foamy across the palate. Closes with a slight astringency that either is from the fruit acids or the artificial sweetener; either way, it works fairly well with a sweet beer that drinks quickly like soda.
Serving type: bottle
01-06-2013 04:28:07 | More by falloutsnow
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4.13/5 rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Liefmans Fruitesse, a belgian ale aged on cherries, flavored with cherry, raspberry, bilberry, elderberry, strawberry, sugar, and sweetener. 4.2% ABV. A good solid pop!
A: Almost a finger of light pink head. Orangish-red with, what looks to be, fruit bits floating throughout. Some lacing and some slight tearing, but no real legs forming.
S: Instantly, there is a tart berry smell coming from the bottle. A good amount of berry aroma. Tarter and lighter than raspberry
T/MF: Good, drier mixed berry flavor, more leaning on the strawberry, bilberry, and cherry. Nice tartness. Nice, light sweetness.
Not bad at all. I expect it would go well with a rich and creamy dessert, like cheese cake.
Poured from a 750mL bottle, into a Petrus chalice.
Serving type: bottle
01-03-2014 04:46:45 | More by TruePerception
3.61/5 rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
750ml bottle with no freshness date poured into a tulip glass, and consumed on October 19, 2013. I believe this cost about $8 at the Brewery Ommegang.
A- Big, cotton candy pink colored head, highly carbonated transparent, dark ruby colored body, and the many carbonation bubbles are small and lively. The whole look is reminiscent of a ruby red champagne.
S- Sweet cherry and raspberry in the nose. Smells like the cherry cough drops I remember from childhood, and the Chambord I remember from adulthood.
T- Berries, cherries that start sweet and end with a soft, tart kick. Again reminiscent of Chambord and slightly medicinal. Tastes more like a champagne and punch drink than beer, but there is still something in the aftertaste the let's you know you are drinking something brewed with malted grains. It is subtle but there.
M- Mid bodied and a bit syrupy, but very crisp and refreshing. Lots of tingly carbonation finishes with a mild semi-sweet bite.
O- I drank this with my sister who doesn't like beer, but she liked this and said, “It's drinkable”. So, that should give you some idea of what you are getting yourself into. However, I do like beer and also enjoyed it as a change of pace brew. Something to wake up some of the lesser used parts of my palate. When I go back to Ommegang, I will pass on it in favor of other options, but it is far from a bad beverage and wholly appropriate in some situations. Namely the situations where you are trying to please someone who goes for sweet, fruity drinks over beer, or after you and your European girlfriend just rode your Vespa to a harborside bistro on the Mediterranean coast.
Serving type: bottle
12-27-2013 04:16:39 | More by ElijahRivera
Liefmans Fruitesse (Fruitbier) from Brouwerij Liefmans
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