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Liefmans Fruitesse (Fruitbier) - Brouwerij Liefmans

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Ratings: 251
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 18.21%
Wants: 1
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
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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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4.75/5  rDev +41.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +34.3%

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4.37/5  rDev +30.4%
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.

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4.32/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer brightens up the room with it's aroma. Immediately after popping the cork the surrounding air filled with strawberries, raspberries, and cherries (like the label shows). Truly smells like a fruit bowl.

Fruitesse pours out as a slightly opaque rose-esque looking beer with a nice crisp slightly-pink (possibly from the color of the beer) head. Thin lacing is a disappointment, but overall not bad.

Oh how wonderfully tart! This tastes like a combination of every kind of Jolly Rancher combined.. I get strawberry, raspberry, cherry, lime, and even papaya! The beer has a sweet balance to it, and I can't really taste any form of hops, as I'm sure they were only used for slight bittering.

This has a medium body and moderately low carbonation. It drinks super smoothly and easily too. Overall I really enjoyed this killer beer.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.29/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

super fruity low alcohol beers are not usually my jam, but this thing is just sensational. on tap at brewery ommegang, it pours intensely red, blood color or brighter, with a huge red stained head. they were serving this over ice, but I opted for not. the nose is more cherry than ive ever seen, so fresh, so fruity, so bright, not like syrup or extract, fresh cherries, really genius stuff. the taste is just like the nose. this is the most fruit flavor ever packed into a beer, and the most flavorful low alcohol beer ive ever had. I don't need a lot of it, but to taste the cherries like this is just sensational. I blended some into a glass of the ommegang summer beer, and into some Hennepin saison with very favorable results, and I think this beer works good in those contexts. on its own, its a cherry bomb, a force to be reckoned with. carbonated like champagne, there is a lot of joy this this glass. I defy someone to show me a higher quality and more intense fruit beer than this one.

edit: was fortunate enough to try a japanese edition of this, and notices a lot more dark fruits, blackberry or blueberry, than i did previously. not sure if a different recipe is used or what, but it was equally sweet, intense, and enjoyable.

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4.25/5  rDev +26.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +26.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +26.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of finstadp
4.15/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I recently had the Fruitesse by Liefmans. This beer had a red appearance with some floating particles in it. The aroma was pleasant and fruity. This was a very light beer in accordance to mouthfeel. The taste was very sweet like candy. It had an almost black cherry flavor and was very enjoyable. This would be a great summer drink.

Photo of TruePerception
4.14/5  rDev +23.6%
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.

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4.12/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Different. Tart. More winelike to soda pop.

Photo of Immortale25
4.08/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Top of the cage says 12 2012 which could either mean best by December 2012 or that it was just bottled in 2012.

A- Pours a strawberry red color with a 1/4 inch pinkish white head that retains decently before settling at a thick ring around the edge of the glass and fluffy surface foam. Full webs of lacing. After the full bottle is poured, there are visible fruit flakes.

S- Smells like straight-up raspberry seltzer.

T- Big rush of sugary fruit that doesn't let up. Slightly tart, but mostly sweet. Alcohol is near nonexistent, which brings about the classic question of "am i drinking beer or soda?" Notes of strawberry, raspberry, cherry and cranberry. Trace amounts of astringency.

M- Medium-high carbonation and a light body. Has a sticky, syrupy feel.

O- As a lambic fan, this is good, but I've had better.

Photo of lmaduells
4.03/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Good beer berries although these are not preferred

Photo of champ103
4.02/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 2010 bottle.

A: Pours a slightly hazy cherry red color. A one finger light pink head forms, but recedes to a ring in a second. A small cap sticks around with some light lace.
S: Fresh strawberries and cherries right up front. A light tartness that is sweet. Finishes with a musky funky.
T: Follows the nose big fruity flavors of real strawberries and cherries. Fairly sweet as well. Baked bread, toasted malts, and finishes with a musky yeast flavor. I like it.
M/D: A medium body with crisp carbonation. Very effervescent, clean, and refreshing. Easy to drink. The sweetness is not over barring. The bottle is gone in no time.

I really enjoy this. A very nice fruit beer, with real fruit. There is the right amount of balance between the fruit and sweetness to make this work. Something many other beers of this kind fail to do. Not a style I typically reach for, but when I do this is on top of the list. Something I would recommend.

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4.01/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Red amber color with a thin pink head with low retention.
Nice and clear aroma of sweet strawberries, cherries and raspberries. Amazing how you can even individually capture those. Hints of acid and sour.
Delicious flavor with a pleasant sourness that counterbalances any fruit sweetness. Taste of the same fruits felt in the nose, first Strawberry hits you which mutates into cherries, and raspberries and blueberries appear randomly. Hints of cough syrup, likely the sweetener.
Light body with a good carbonation with very small bubbles and an effervescent sensation.
Very balanced beer for the style, not overly sweet with a nice sourness. Far from my favorite style, but I did like this one. The only defect is the sweetener addition, which barely affects the taste. I found this much better than Floris from Huyghe, which carries too much sweet juice (twice as much).

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Liefmans Fruitesse (Fruitbier) from Brouwerij Liefmans
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