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Liefmans Fruitesse (Fruitbier) - Brouwerij Liefmans

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219 Ratings
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Ratings: 219
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 18.62%
Wants: 1
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Liefmans visit their website
Belgium

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 Sammy
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Sammy, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Lucky Baldwin’s in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a clear dark red with a foamy reddish-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of lots of berry aromas and a distinct cherry Icee aroma. Taste is much the same with an artificial sweetener flavor and a somewhat medicinal aftertaste. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is drinkable but definitely has its issues with the artificial sweetener and berry qualities.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -9.9%

djrn2, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

acurtis, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear red in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a small patch of bubbles on the surface and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of strawberries and cherries in the nose.
T: The taste has lots of flavors of strawberries and cherries along with some hints of sweetness.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a low amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn’t that difficult to drink because it isn’t very sweet or cloying but it could use more fruity flavors.

metter98, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
3.63/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Juicy and succulent this berry-forward beer foregoes balance for pronounced fruit character that's both satisfying and refreshing.

An alluring clean and clear ruby beer shows sparkling clarity and full carbonation. Building a froathy white head with also a touch of fizzy champaigne character. Mild lacing and solid retention caps what turns out to be a terrific looking beer.

Aromas are all about the fruit. An even mix of raspberries, strawberries, and cherries carry a ripe and juicy vibrance that smells like the most succulent juices in concentrated form. Lightly musty and with the most modest of malt scent offers a slight base that anchors the decoration of fruit.

The fresh, vibrant, and robust fruit flavor becomes an extention from the scent. Expecting a sugary shock of taste, the beer surprisingly and pleasantly delivers a medium sweetness that give rise to the raspberry, strawberry, and cherry flavor. Light on malt, hops, and yeast character, the beer surpresses much of the more beery flavor, in favor of pronounced berry taste. At times, a wine cooler taste abounds from the beer, but the fair moderacy of sweetness keeps it much more legitamite as a fruit-forward beer.

Medium weight seems lighter from the tart acidity of the beverage, but is replaced with the light creaminess of carbonation. Not as sweet as many more popular framboise, the beer retains a moderate level of sweetness and tang that lingers well into finish before the tartness prevails and sharpens the finish just a touch. More dryness is definately preferred.

A good fruit-forward beer. But as the balance is tilted so heavily away from the base Belgian-style ale and toward the berry dominance. A better representation of the base beer, more dryness in finish could really bring this beer arround.

BEERchitect, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

kjkinsey, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of womencantsail
3.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The pour is a clear ruby color with a masive pink head and a surprising amount of lacing.

S: Definitely a lot of fruits going on here, certainly raspberries and some cherry syrup. Although it's not in here, there seems to be cranberry. A bit of a jello note to it, too. Maybe a little cough syrup. Overall, it smells like a fruit soda.

T: Tastes like a fruit soda, too. Lots of raspberry and a pretty substantial amount of cherry. A very slight tartness on the back end and maybe a bit of oak. Some more of that jello flavor going on here.

M: The body is medium with a moderate to high level of carbonation.

D: Not exactly what I was expecting, but this was a little too sweet and soda-like for my tastes.

womencantsail, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

ygtbsm94, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -9.9%

jaydoc, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this to be pretty enjoyable. This brew poured out as a nice deep translucent red color with a light pink head on top. The lacing was minimal along with the retention. The smell of this beer reminded me of other non-traditional lambics I've had in the passed. The smell was sweet and fruity, like a wine cool in most ways. There was just a touch of funk on the nose but it was mostly drowned out by all the sweet fruits. The taste of this beer was sweet but yet when I'm in the mood for it I find these to be quite good. Lots of fruits and sugars here in this one. Not much in the way of funk or tartness. Mouthfeel was light bodied and in my opinion drinkable. Overall it's not a bad brew, I think that it's good in small amounts.

Knapp85, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.93/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Apparently I've started on some sort of Belgian fruit-beer kick. Right on, I guess... This stuff pours a clear fuchsia topped by a finger of short-lived off-pink foam. The nose comprises cherry, strawberry, blueberry, raspberry (both red and blue, I think), and vanilla. Everything comes across as decidedly sweet, almost artificially so, but not quite. Quite pleasant, if you ask me. The taste brings in more of the same, though things seem a touch more tart, more pithy, especially when the newcoming pomegranate makes itself known. Reminds me of certain red dessert wines I've had before. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slick feel. Overall, a pretty enjoyable brew, one that verges on too sweet without actually reaching that point somehow. Right on.

TMoney2591, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of emerge077
2.53/5  rDev -24%
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.

emerge077, Jan 15, 2011
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3.05/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

biboergosum, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +20.1%

JAHMUR, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

NeroFiddled, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

SocalKicks, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Since 1679, Liefmans Fruitesse... well, not that one, that's pretty new. "Malt beverage with natural flavors and contains Acefulsame-K" (Hm, what's that?)Cherry, raspberry, bilberry (?), elderberry, strawberry, matured on cherries. 4.2%abv, ...now, let's drink it.

Clear, rosy red appearance, strawberry kool-aid, slim pinkish head.

Aroma: berry, berry sweet. Ha! I made a funny! There's all those berries, up in a bundle, a fruity bouquet, super fruity. Super duper sweet, almost saccharine. No, it is. The kool-aid comparison comes up .... can't keep it down.

Now to drink. Bracing bitterness, great big grab of tartness, then it fades back, and sweetness slyly slips it's way in...In many many ways, it feels like a real lambic, or a flemish red, except for the incessant sweetness. Incessant, but well tempered by the tart, and the bitter.

Light bodied, slightly watery.

I like it sometimes, and then the Kool-Aid feeling comes over it again. Tasty blend of fruit, nice effervescence, great sour snap, but something doesn't quite hit the mark.

I like Liefmans, and they make good beers, but this feels like a concession, although not a terrible one. Would be excellent as dessert, or accompanying fruit and cheese.

feloniousmonk, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.28/5  rDev +28.5%
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.

StonedTrippin, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of mactrail
3.15/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mixed fruit jello with champagne. Gorgeous color of golden ale with cherry juice-- pure pink. Nice creamy foam which subsides after a brief appearance.

More of the Hawaiian punch than any kind of complex beer. Seems like the yeast quit work early. Most of the sugar is still in the beer. Flavor of red currants with just a slight tanginess. I wish some US brewers would take up the challenge of what to do with this, and give it the right balance. I'd have to call it a beer-like novelty.

On tap at Pizza Port in Ocean Beach.

mactrail, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice reddish/pink color with a thick frothy pink head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a nice tart fruit scent that dry and refreshing with a bit of sweetness as well. The taste is decent. It has a pretty good strawberry/cherry flavor that sweet up front with a tart finish. It's not as sour as a traditional fruit lambic. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good drinking fruit beer. Again, it's not as good as a traditional lambic, but it's a fine transitional beer for beginners.

WesWes, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Mora2000, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of jwc215
3.63/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted a month ago - reviewed from notes:

750 ml cage-corked bottle - 08-2012 freshness date on the bottle-cap:

Pours reddish-pink with a pink head that doesn't last very long (as expected for the style) but leaves some lacing.

The smell is fruity - cherry and berries with a tart/sour undertone.

The taste is of upfront fruitiness - raspberry, cherry, strawberry, etc. It is sweet, but has a semi-tart finish.

It is on the spritzy side - nearly champagne-like. It has a refreshing finish.

This is a nice beer if you are looking for something very fruity. It is sweet and candy-like, but not sticky.

jwc215, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of kojevergas
3.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Reviewed twice: once on 02/24/2011 (when I lived in Ireland), and again on 02/17/2014. I needed to revisit this because my initial review wasn't up to my quality standards. The posted rating reflects the second review only.
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02/24/11:

Poured from a bottle into a Guinness pint glass.

A: Five finger head of lovely cream and thickness. Hazy dark amber-red.

Sm: Lovely strong fruit scent. A hint of clean barley. Mainly strawberry-rasberry notes. Quite a delight.

T: Very fruit build with a delightful finish. The open is a bit watery. Very well balanced. Built like a fruit beer needs to be, but I've had better Belgian fruit beers (lambics).

Mf: Wonderfully coarse and wet (fruit beers ought to be wet).

Dr: I could pound this repeatedly, and I would if it didn't cost a bank. The ABV is a bit low, however.

3.68 (post rating adjustments)
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02/17/14:

750ml green glass (ugh...) bottle with black foil-ed over red hood-and-wire cap over a branded cork acquired at my local H-E-B grocery earlier tonight and served into a Biere de Saint Louis teku in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given my first review.

"Best before: 15/11/14." "Lot: 44832." 4.2% ABV.

Served cold - straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a two finger wide head of pink-white colour. Nice fluffy consistency, light cream, and thickness. Head retention is good - about 8+ minutes - though the low ABV makes this feat less impressive. Little lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a murky dull purple-brown which - while unique - isn't real appealing. Nontransparent and nontranslucent. Fine floating yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it's a unique appearance but not a very good one. I'm optimistic. Mostly because of the...

...Aroma: Ample fruity character, including some tartness. Cherry dominates. There's also raspberry and strawberry. It's pretty sweet, but to me the fruitiness always seems genuine and never comes off artificial or extract-redolent. Like a fruity glaze or sugar-coated fruit. I find it very appealing. It's very clean and fragrant.

No malt character, hop character, or alcohol is detectable.

Some sourness as well as more tartness would be wonderful, but it's already very appealing. A pleasant approachable aroma of Moderate strength.

T: Plenty of fruit character comes through, though unfortunately it's nowhere near as genuine and evocative as it was in the aroma. I get some artificial fruit/sweetener/extract and loads of added sugars. My dentist would cringe. Fortunately, it stops short of being cloyingly sweet, but does feel a bit syrupy. The slightly tart cherry is the highlight for me.

No hop profile, yeast character, malt character, or alcohol is detectable. It's just fruit and sugars through and through.

The result is an admittedly simple build with little subtlety or intricacy. I could see how some would be turned off by the vague aspartame-esque flavouring, but I don't think it's that distracting. This beer definitely isn't as balanced as I remember it. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. I do like it for what it is.

Mf: Syrupy, sticky, lightly coarse, and wet. It's too sweet to be refreshing. The thickness is spot-on. Has a perfect body for a fruit beer. The texture complements the taste well, but this isn't an ideal marriage of mouthfeel to flavour.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, or rough.

Dr: A good introductory fruit beer that won't impress the discerning drinker, but might be a good way to ease newcomers into craft. The price point is unreasonable (~$8.00 in the U.S.), and I see no need to buy it again, but it's a very drinkable brew and a couple years in a cellar might do it some good. I'll happily quaff the rest of this bottle, but I wouldn't recommend going out of your way to pick this up. Certainly, breweries like New Glarus are brewing far better fruit beers at a more reasonable price (relative to quality). This is far from the best Belgium has to offer in the category, though its availability does set it apart.

C+

kojevergas, Feb 24, 2011
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

beernads, May 08, 2013
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Liefmans Fruitesse (Fruitbier) from Brouwerij Liefmans
77 out of 100 based on 219 ratings.