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Liefmans Fruitesse (Fruitbier) - Brouwerij Liefmans

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Ratings: 219
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 18.62%
Wants: 1
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Nickls on 02-24-2010)
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Photo of thehyperduck
3.65/5  rDev +9.6%

250 mL bottle from the singles bin at my local LCBO; best before Oct. 2015. Listed at 3.8%, and served well-chilled, though not 'on the rocks' as suggested.

This fruit beer pours a beautiful, deep reddish-garnet colour, topped with about one finger of bubbly pink froth. It recedes slowly, leaving behind a modest, creamy cap and collar at the surface. The aroma is quite enticing, and basically about what I'd expect from a beer that looks like this - very fruity and tart, with raspberry and strawberry figuring in most prominently, as well as lighter notes of cherry and wheaty malt sweetness. All good so far.

Delivers as advertised - very fruity and very refreshing, without going overboard. Tart raspberry and sour cherry dominate initially, with a sweeter strawberry/cherry flavour coming through toward the finish. I certainly can't claim that this isn't a yummy beer, although it's still a little too sweet for my tastes (although, to be fair, this is supposed to be served on ice, which would definitely cut the sweetness). On the lighter side of medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a slick mouthfeel that manages to avoid feeling too syrupy. Definitely a hot weather beer.

Final Grade: 3.65, a respectable B grade. I've passed up Liefmans Fruitbier on the shelves for the better part of a decade, which is a shame because as far as these novelty Belgian fruit beers go, this is a fairly good one. Tart and refreshing, with a (relatively speaking) tempered sweetness that I can appreciate. Not being a frequent consumer of this style, I don't see myself buying it regularly in the future, but I'd happily recommend it to others and certainly wouldn't turn one down. It's drinkable on its own, but I'd take the label's advice and just pour it over some ice cubes.

thehyperduck, Tuesday at 12:12 AM
Photo of byronic
1/5  rDev -70%

Pours cranberry red with pink foam and quite a lot of it. Fruity aroma, quite pungent. Mostly cherries and strawberry. It tastes in line with a diet cherry soft drink. Sure there are other flavours at play but the fruity sweetness is a bit overwhelming. Any redeeming qualities are overpowered by the artificial sweetener which really lingers in the finish. Light mouth feel with generous carbonation.

If I can help it I would never have this again.

byronic, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of LutherBrau
3.4/5  rDev +2.1%

LutherBrau, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of TerryW
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Tasty, but this essentially a beer soda pop. Lots of fruit, sweet, but drinkable. Works well over ice, so suitable as a summer patio drink. Proper use of fruit without the horrible perfumey character of an ill-made fruit beer. Drink it for what it is and enjoy.

TerryW, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of titvs
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Review according to BJCP 2008 guidelines (style 20) - Leifmans Fruitesse. Aroma: sweet aroma of cherry and other red fruits with an aftertaste of raspberry. sweetness maybe due to the use of fruit concentrates. No malt of hop aromas present. Appearance: clear ruby red with some orange tint and pink head with fair retention. Taste: sweet flavour of cherries dominates. Palate: smooth medium-low body with medium carbonation levels. Body not so thin maybe because of the use of adjuncts. Overall: a very enjoyable fruit beer but the extra sweetness may give the impression of an artificial product.

titvs, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of tjtjd
3/5  rDev -9.9%

tjtjd, Sep 02, 2014
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3.45/5  rDev +3.6%

mattfancett, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of Nm4452
3.64/5  rDev +9.3%

Nm4452, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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.

Darkmagus82, Aug 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

azorie, Aug 19, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev +12.9%

Sam-VW, Aug 17, 2014
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

bird_soul, Aug 16, 2014
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

ChrisKayler, Aug 13, 2014
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5/5  rDev +50.2%

snh208, Aug 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

YamagamiTravis, Aug 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

squack, Aug 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +20.1%

Kampfar, Aug 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +20.1%

Asrugan, Aug 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

leitmotif, Jul 31, 2014
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

Mesa512, Jul 30, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +42.6%

haggadah, Jul 29, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

Latarnik, Jul 28, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

ygtbsm94, Jul 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Simon-Zakaria, Jul 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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Liefmans Fruitesse (Fruitbier) from Brouwerij Liefmans
77 out of 100 based on 219 ratings.