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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
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Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Nickls on 02-24-2010)
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

WynnO, Jul 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

srgj88, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of wordemupg
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%

250ml bottle poured into matching Liefmans glass, its my wife's I swear 10/7/13

A clear maroon liquid with plenty of big bubbles feeding a thumbs width of pink foam that has great retention much to my surprise and leaves a couple rings and some random lace on the way down, still a thumbs width of foam at the bottom

S smells like a halls cherry center crossed with a strawberry fruit roll up, smells sweet and a little fake but it works

T more of the same really with some sweet over ripe raspberries and some cranberry popping up here and there, a little sweet and tastes like half fruit juice and half fruit beer

M a little body but fairly light and it creams up and then flattens out, just a little stick on the lips but I thought they'd stick together after smelling it, fruity finish lingers for a while

O better then I thought it would be and went down quickly, its not going to move mountains but its something I'd drink again under a hot sun

tastes a little to fruity to be real but every now and then I don't mind a syrupy fruit beer that tastes like candy, 250ml bottle is a good size for a quick taste

wordemupg, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of endovelico
3.64/5  rDev +9.3%

Of cherry color and thin but stubborn pink head, Liefmans' Fruitesse exudes a strong but unremarkable Raspberry candy character both at the tongue and nose.

It's very fruit forward, even if in a fruit syrup kind of way. It feels soapy and flat but not overly sweet as you'd expect. In essence It's just a respectable compromise between the niche sour bombs and the commercial fruit syrup quaffers.

endovelico, Jun 28, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

mrfrancis, Jun 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

archero, Jun 18, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +42.6%

DbbC, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of FLima
4.01/5  rDev +20.4%

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).

FLima, Jun 06, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

InspectorBob, May 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Ciocanelu, May 21, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

RobertColianni, May 15, 2013
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

beernads, May 08, 2013
Photo of finstadp
4.15/5  rDev +24.6%

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.

finstadp, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of UstickM
3/5  rDev -9.9%

This beer has a nice red tint with little to no head. The smell is fruity and sweet with hints of cough syrup due to the combination of all the fruits: cherry, blueberry, elderberry, strawberry and raspberry. The taste is very sweet and might be better paired as an after dinner drink or dessert.

UstickM, Apr 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

lpayette, Apr 20, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

souvenirs, Apr 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Boilerfood, Apr 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

ihmurria, Mar 04, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

jessicapreuss, Feb 14, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Gagnonsux, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of Bashao
3.38/5  rDev +1.5%

Appearance: Pours red color from the bottle. Almost no foam head.

Smell: Smells of sweet fruty flavours. Mostly cherry and strawberry.

Taste: Starts sweet but tastes like artificial sweetner and ends acidic sour. Mildly carbonated.

Mouthfeel: Very lite body.

Overall: Nice fruit beer. Not more.

Bashao, Jan 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

bismarksays, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of falloutsnow
3.13/5  rDev -6%

From: Tenuta's, Kenosha, WI
Date: Cork has "2010" printed on it, cage has "08-2012 LFF 13 01782"
Glass: Tulip

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.

falloutsnow, Jan 06, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Takeahnase, Jan 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

acurtis, Jan 04, 2013
Liefmans Fruitesse (Fruitbier) from Brouwerij Liefmans
77 out of 100 based on 219 ratings.