Liefmans Fruitesse (Fruitbier) - Brouwerij Liefmans

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Reviews: 99
Hads: 276
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 19.27%
Wants: 3
Gots: 39 | 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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Photo of FLima
4.01/5  rDev +22.6%
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). (872 characters)

Photo of finstadp
4.15/5  rDev +26.9%
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. (332 characters)

Photo of UstickM
3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (296 characters)

Photo of Bashao
3.43/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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. (298 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
3.09/5  rDev -5.5%
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"
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. (2,711 characters)

Photo of Rutager
3.02/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance. Pours red with a thin pink head.

Smell. Smells like raspberry cool aid to me. Is there such a thing? Sweet, sour, sugary raspberries.

Taste. Tastes like raspberry cool aid too! Maybe not quite as sweet as cool aid would be, and a little more sour. Not too bad, actually.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium+ carbonation.

Overall. Tastes okay if you like cherry cool aid. Not amazing as far as a beer goes. Better give this glass back to my wife... (458 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured ruby red with a one finger slight pink head that subsided to a half finger very slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, strawberry, raspberry, sugar, and Kool-Aid. The flavor was of sweet malt, strawberry, raspberry, and sugar. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. This one really had a huge sweetness aspect going on that I was not ready for. I should have known when I smelled it and it smelled like Kool-Aid, but I was being optimistic. The sweetness on this one really dominated it without a doubt. I could see this being a good intro beer for some, but for the experienced sour/tart drinker it doesn’t quite deliver. (776 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%
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. (568 characters)

Photo of VncentLIFE
3.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 bottle.

Deep reddish color. clear body with a soda pop fizz that leaves no head.

Candy sweet fruits. Definitely strawberry and loads of raspberry. i pick up a bit of sour raspberry from Kool-Aid. Slight hint of funk, but overly sweet. Im guessing back-sweetened.

Candy and cough syrup sweetness really dominate the taste. Cherry cough drops come to mind instantly. Honestly reminds me of a cherry sucker. Theyve got the fruit flavors down pat, but they need some funk to set it over the top. Without it, its just a Lindemans blend.

Carbonation is prickly, which cuts back on what would be a syrpuy feeling. (615 characters)

Photo of confer
4/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep red/brown with a small off-white head.
Smell is all sour cherries.
Very sweet cherry taste and that is it. Light as refreshing finish.
Overall a very good fruit beer. Picked this 25 oz bottle up at Ommegang. Not a beer I'd got to regularly but a really good change of pace. (286 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.08/5  rDev +24.8%
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. (847 characters)

Photo of tlazaroff
4.32/5  rDev +32.1%
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. (839 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
3.07/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Tap East, served int a Liefmans tumbler.

A: Clear raspberry-colored body; frothy pink head disappears entirely. Looks like juice. Meh.

S: Holy fruit snacks, Batman! Gushers! Sticky-sweet, entirely artificial fruit aroma. Strawberry Gushers all the way back to the middle-school cafeteria. I like it for nostalgic reasons, but it's BS as a beer.

T: Sweet strawberry, raspberry, cherry, and generic artificial fruitiness up front, with a rather acrid saccharine aftertaste. It's somehow both delightful and disgusting. The more I drink the more I settle on the latter, but I'm sure it's precisely what the brewers were going for.

M: Soft, creamy, lightly sticky medium body. Pretty good.

O: I could see this being enjoyable for people who simply don't like beer (much like Lindemans sweet fruit lambics), or maybe poured over vanilla ice cream, but it's really nothing worthwhile.

Cheers! (902 characters)

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.53/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Red and bold looks like a good chianti with a wispy head.

More of a fruit drink tasting than a fruit beer not any hops on aroma or taste.

Sweet tasting and really fruity across the board on the nose and on the tongue.

Not in anyway heavy going and quite refreshing.

I'm not a big fruitbeer fan but this isn't too bad apart from a bit of an artificial taste coming through from somewhere. (391 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.53/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tried this at an event along with Goudenband and Cuvee Brut. Notes are recent and thorough.

This clear, deep dark red colored beer forms a pink head a finger in height that stays around for longer than I expect, never quite dropping off and leaving some more than decent spotting on the glass.
This is one fruity beer, and a nice mix of lightly sour, tart, and candy sweet, especially on the tongue. The aroma offers a little more as far as grains, but not too much. There's a bit of must in the nose but, again, not too much. Once on the tongue, the best descriptor I can think of for the inital flavor is fruit snacks (and I love fruits snacks). Yes, definitely a bag of mixed flavor fruit snacks before going gently sour, the sweetness diminishing but never fading away. As for being a technically good beer, there may be some debate. Delicious, though, yes; sort of another guilty pleaure for me. I can't technically give it as high a score as far as quality of brewing, but I like it regardless. (1,003 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.57/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (550 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Rattle N Hum in New York, NY

A: Pours a clear ruby/garnet to cranberry red in color with a very small patch of bubbles in the center and ring a of bubbles at the edges - not even a full head across the top of the beer. Head completely dissipates leaving no traces. No lacing is observed.

S: Smell is a very sweet berry, slightly artificial smelling like a kool-aid or jello. Hints of multiple different types of fruit are present - cherry, strawberry, raspberry, and cranberry.

T: Like the smell, sweet with a lot of fruit present and a hint of artificial flavors. Again you can detect the cherry, strawberrt, raspberry, and something akin to sweet cranberry. Very sugary and sweet like jello.

M: Medium bodied with light amounts of carbonation.

O: Very easy to drink but just slightly too sweet for my tastes. You can definitely detect the different fruits present but there is something a little artificial that bothers me. (947 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.16/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (527 characters)

Photo of zaphodchak
3.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thinnish pink head, pink-red body, clearish.

Nose is mostly cherry, slightly tart, and a bit of red currant. Or kinda like a slurpee.

Taste is also mostly cherry, but there's also sugary strawberry. It's almost overpoweringly, syrupy sweet.

Barely enough carbonation to keep it from being syrup.

It's intense-- total dessert beer. (334 characters)

Photo of Douberd
3.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle, 250 m. Strong, transparent ruby colour without any head. Smell is of cherries mostly and a bit of straberries. Very artificial nevertheless.
The taste follows the smell, strong cherry flavour, heavily carbonated. Average if you ask me but great if you're looking something for your 7-year-old son to drink while you're having a proper beer. (348 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +17.7%
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. (858 characters)

Photo of chocosushi
3.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

750ml split between a few white wine glasses.
A~ Pure red with an all white head. Looks like Strawberry fanta.

S~ Berries & Cane sugar. Smells like a nice compote.

T~ Berry compote following through with cherry jello powder as well. When warms it becomes sweeter.

M~ Very sweet with an off-dry finish. Becomes very cloying after awhile.

D~ pretty good. Lost drinkability after 5 minutes of warming. The kind of beer that would be good to bring to a family party
With non-beer drinkers, but you better split it between 6+ people. (532 characters)

Photo of spdyfire83
3.03/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

84th Review
Bottle to Lindemans Pecheresse 25cl flute
Best by: 04-2012

Enjoyed at Palais des Bières while visiting Geneva, Switzerland.

A: Deep cranberry/raspberry. 0.75 (bubbly pale white) fingernail head on medium pour.

S: Smells of sweet raspberry and elderberry with a hint of tart cherry. All I'm getting here is sweetness.

T: Over-powering sweetness start to middle with a dry cherry finish. Sweet raspberry, seeded strawberry, and lingonberry.

M: Medium body with prickly carbonation.

O: Reminds me of raspberry juice with a hint of tartness. Too sweet for my liking, but that's how it goes. (605 characters)

Photo of BeerSingh
2.46/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I have been meaning to try this ever since it has hit the shelves in India. I ordered this last night as someone else was picking the tab (thank god). It was a 25cl bottle I think, surprisingly came with the correct glassware - a Liefman's flute. Poured it right down the middle to create a 1 cm pink coloured, fizzy head that disappeared within no time. The body was deep red, with fainter peripherals. To the unknown, it could have passed as cranberry juice. Smelt of a tart fruit compote - no yeast, no hops and no malt. Smelt of some sugary drink mixed with lime juice. Even the taste was not far behind - this beer not only looked like cranberry juice, it tasted akin as well. Just too sweet for my liking. I have made up my mind - its a sheer waste of calories to be attempting to drink these fruit beers. No hint of any beer like qualities like malt, alcohol, hops or yeast. Just a tart, sugary hodge podge. Nothing much more to write about, except that it may just about be a decent replacement for cranberry juice. (1,023 characters)

Photo of Keffa
3.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle shared with my fiancée. She seems to like these kinds of beers.

Live review.

A: Pours a murky purplish red with a 1 finger pink tinged head. Leaves some faint lacing, and holds a full cap. Nice clear beer with ruby highlights when held to light.

S: Mixed red fruits and a slight oakiness, along with some weak base malt graininess. Sweet aroma as well.

T: Strawberry, raspberry, cherry, slight oak, and a very light malt graininess. Borderline cloying sweetness. Lightly tart. Not much else here. No trace of alcohol.

M: A little bit thin, creamy carbonation, and slick on the palate.

O: Overly sweet, not enough to make it a worthwhile beer, but if someone says they don't like beer but they like fruit, give them this one. The people calling this beer Kool Aid are being a bit harsh, but not too far from the truth being as sweet as it is.

If this beer had more tartness and complexity, it would be a damn good beer. It just doesn't offer much. (968 characters)

Liefmans Fruitesse (Fruitbier) from Brouwerij Liefmans
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