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Liefmans Fruitesse (Fruitbier) - Brouwerij Liefmans

Liefmans Fruitesse (Fruitbier)Liefmans Fruitesse (Fruitbier)

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BA SCORE
76
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162 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 162
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 19.09%


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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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.63/5  rDev +10%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 03:07:53 | More by BEERchitect
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KajII

North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Flute glass]

Poured a medium cranberry in color with a large pink frothy head that lasted throughout and produced excellent lacing. The aroma was overwhelming with a mixture of berry scents (cherry, raspberry, strawberry ect...) to the extent is smelled a bit like berry Kool-aid. It tasted moderately sweet and a little acidic with a strong berry flavor that engulfed the taste buds from beginning to end with a nice mild sourness at the finish. Mouthfeel was light in body and watery yet very mildly dry in texture with a fizzy carbonation. Overall very fruity and refreshing almost candy like. I particularly liked the sour bite at the end.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 21:30:39 | More by KajII
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WesWes

New York

3.53/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 01:12:41 | More by WesWes
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CrazyMike

Alberta (Canada)

2.7/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Clear red apperance with small head that slowly disappears but leaves decent retention. Looks like fruit juice. Smells like cherries and raspberries with a hint of grain.

Taste is like the smell, cherries and raspberries, almost syrupy. Has a hint of roasted malts and bread. Medium bodied with high carbonation. Aftertaste reminds me of cranberry juice, lingering cherry taste though.

Overall, not a bad fruit beer, it's sometimes hard to distinguish as a beer and not a wine cooler. Worth try if your into fruit beers, but when it comes to actual beer, you will be disappointed.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2011 01:14:47 | More by CrazyMike
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notchucknorris

California

3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cranberry juice cocktail red color with a light pink head that fades pretty fast. Interesting.

S: Lots of cranberry in the smell. Someone mentioned jello in their review and I think that's a pretty good description. Very sweet smelling.

T: Tastes like cranberry juice as well. A hint of yeast on the finish reminds you it's a beer, but other than that, it's like a cranberry soda. The carbonation seemed a little flat to me, which sucked because I think it would have helped to break up the sweetness a bit. I don't know that I'd have this again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2011 14:13:20 | More by notchucknorris
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.15/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a clear red body that is slightly dense and a pink hued sticky foam head that last a good bit. There are some small bubbles gliding to the surface.

S- The aroma is 100% red jello, which I have not had since childhood, with notes of artificial cherry and raspberry syrup qualities that becomes a bit medicinal in the finish with hints of lindeman's cough drops.

T- The red jello flavor is full and bright with a blend of artificial cherries and raspberry syrup and a sweet finish that has a hint of bitterness to it.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a tight fizz prick that helps to crisp up the finish a bit.

O- This is red jello in a glass. The fruit flavors are strong and artificial becoming more medicinal as the beer opens up. There is a full sweetness but it never becomes cloying. One glass is enough for me.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2011 19:34:48 | More by rhoadsrage
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RuudJH

Netherlands

3.13/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sweetened fruitbeer, 25 cl bottle.
'Contains barley malts' it says on the bottle.

Dark red colour with pink head. Fluffy.
Smell is of cotton candy, strawberry and cherries.
Taste tart and sweet, maybe a bit artificial, of sour berries and cherries.
Very carbonated, making it very much like a soda.

Not too bad, I have to say. It's very simple, and the sweetener is a bit unasked for.
It's a bit like fruitjuice with a hint of alcohol.
Not really a beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 17:09:32 | More by RuudJH
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Beer4Baltimore

Maryland

2.38/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

- from the notes and from a bomber bottle poured into a glass.
- recommended by a store worker as comparable to Lindemans.
A - red liquid with a reddish frothy head.
S - smells very sweet but does indeed smell fruity.
T - diet soda with artificial flavors.
M - light and carbonated but with a stickiness I'm not liking.
D - it will be dumped.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 22:37:30 | More by Beer4Baltimore
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champ103

Texas

4.03/5  rDev +22.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 19:19:19 | More by champ103
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Soonami

Pennsylvania

2.53/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Liefmans has a pretty solid reputation, which is why I bought this beer on a whim without first doing some research (should've checked reviews on BA on my phone before I bought this). This beer was disappointing. It started good with a beautiful dark cherry color and cute pink foam with great lacing. The the beer smelled like cherry candy and plastic-y phenols. The beer is very fruity, black cherries, raspberrys and especially strawberries are easily identified but it is unfortunately also artificially sweeted that leaves a metallic aftertaste. There is a weird bitterness that I'm not sure if it's from the sweeteners or the fermentation. I would not buy this beer again. It wasn't too bad at $9/bottle, but there are much better fruit beers for the price including others made by the same brewery.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 03:41:34 | More by Soonami
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

3.08/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Liefmans Fruitesse has a reddish body that has large carbonation bubbles that cling to the side of the glass instead of rising up to make a head. The head is pinkish and small; it doesn't manage to leave any lacing.

The aroma has little to no tartness to it, but lots of berry and cherry aroma. Smells a lot like some kind of fruit soda.

Lots of berries in the flavor, but not much else. Well, there is actually a kiss of wide a very understated tartness, but those are buried underneath loads of raspberry, cherry, strawberry, and probably and array of other fruit that I cannot distinguish.

Light body, surprisingly lively mouthfeel.

It looks a little bit like soda, It smells like fruit soda, and it tastes a bit like fruit soda. Why does it cost as much as a good Belgian beer when it has at least as much in common with cheap fruit soda? I could probably answer that question, but instead I will solve the problem at the root of it and just not order this again.

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2011 20:43:28 | More by Hojaminbag
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

snifter filled from large bottle

Pours a nice clear light red with a medium but sudsy white cap. Head has very good retention.

Sweet fruity smell, about as expected, but an underwhelming vague fruit flavor, a bit too much sweetness, and an unremarkable mouthfeel. Leaves the aftertaste of a fruity dessert.

This did not compare favorably with the Lindemann's Framboise I had just before trying the Liefmans. The former had a markedly more powerful aroma and flavor and a better mouthfeel. Still, this has no major flaws and is a serviceable substitute for a better lambic, particularly as a dessert brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 20:31:28 | More by chinchill
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.18/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 250ml bottle with a BB of April 2012. The label states that it contains 15% fruit (cherry, raspberry, bilberry, elderberry and strawberry) along with sugar and sweetener.

Poured into a Stella chalice. A clear bright red colour with good carbonation. Hard pour creates a thick head of light pink foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a surface layer. A powerful fruity aroma - primarily raspberry and cherry. Smells sweet and slightly tart; reminiscent of fruit yoghurt.

The taste is very sweet and syrupy, with lots of fruit. Cherry and raspberrry dominate. Some acidity, but none of the complex yeasty tartness that comes from a quality kriek. The fruit flavour has an artificial feel to it - more like juice than whole fruit. Mouthfeel is crisp and tingly with mild astringency. Leaves a sweet fruity aftertaste.

Drinkable, and refreshing on a hot day like today, but doesn't touch the better examples of the style (including Liefmans kriek). The acidity is quite nice, but it's more like fizzy fruit juice than beer. I can understand why the brewers have created this, but other belgian fruit beers are much more rewarding.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 17:25:17 | More by jazzyjeff13
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kojevergas

Texas

3.23/5  rDev -2.1%
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+

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 18:57:24 | More by kojevergas
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kbutler1

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours into a NB tulip glass a clear red color with a 1 finger pink foamy head. Sweet tart aroma with just a huge mix of fruit; cheery and strawberry I smell the most along with some raspberry. Light mouthfeel with carbonation. This is a seriously sweet beer...seriously. Some syrup like quality as well. Lots of fruit flavors and that's about it. Ends with a lingering sweetness. Some lace left on the glass. The sweetness is overpowering and not to my complete liking but I will say that this beer to me isn't as bad as the ratings suggest.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 13:44:27 | More by kbutler1
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TheSupremeAJ

Pennsylvania

2.63/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into 2 Lindeman's flutes. My wife likes sweet lambic like Lindeman's so we thought we would give this a shot.

A- Dark rose color. Fluffy white head with nominal lacing.

S- Like sweet cherry kool-aid. The "sweetener" is apparent.

T- An interesting blend of different fruits... however it still taste like kool-aid. It does not have the traditional sour characteristics of good lambic and does not have any noticeable hop presence.

M- Average to kind of thin. Bubbles are average.

D- Really smooth, however it has an aftertaste. Alcohol is not very noticeable.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 03:11:29 | More by TheSupremeAJ
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benfons

Belgium

2.73/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: colour somewhere between pink red and orange nice head.

S: basically the fruits that are in the beer, but sweetened

T: basically tastes like a sweetened berry yoghurt with a very small hint of hops at the end

M/D Carbonation is fine, light body but for this style that's fine, too sweet to drink a lot

I actually liked the idea of using multiple berries, but it just becomes this bland overly sweet beer, to be honest i really think that without adding sugar, this would still be a fairly sweet beer. Really a beer made for the Belgian 16 year old girls.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 21:43:17 | More by benfons
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emerge077

Illinois

2.53/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 21:54:33 | More by emerge077
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womencantsail

California

3.43/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 06:47:26 | More by womencantsail
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.08/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2010 02:22:43 | More by feloniousmonk
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 23:53:21 | More by biboergosum
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

2.45/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Nice ruby color with a pink head. Smells nicely fruity, but with a bit of spice in the finish. Unfortunately, the taste is quite artificial, more like red dye #3 than fruit. Bitter, acrid, and what fruit there is is exceptionally sweet- like a Jolly Rancher. Fairly unpleasant after the first few sips.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 22:10:55 | More by Georgiabeer
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scott451

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 250ml bottle into a glass beaker. A clear dark ruby red with a one finger bubbly pink head. The head soon diminishes to a ring with spotty bubbly lace.

First draught is an overwhelming fruit burst, dominated by cherry and raspberry. Some phenols. As expected a big cherry dominated fruit burst up front. Sweet syrup in the middle with a dry finish. A nice lingering tart bite in the aftertaste. Very pleasant, although not beer-like at all.

A clean, refreshing taste with good carbonation. It does a good job of balancing the sweet ness, but one is enough for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 04:00:55 | More by scott451
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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

3.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

250ml bottle 4,2% abv

This is the first Belgian fruit beer I've seen on sale in South Africa, so I couldn't resist grabbing a bottle. Let's see if it was worth it.

Appearance: The beer pours a beautiful crystal clear shade of ruby red. A fairly rough pour yields 2 fingers of creamy pink foam that has poor retention but leaves a little lace on the upper reaches of the glass.

Smell: If you love berries, as I do you will love this smell. Fresh strawberries seem to dominate, with raspberry not far behind. The cherries and elderberry (I don't know what a bilberry is) are present in small amounts.
The nose is fairly sweet, with only a trace amount of tartness from the cherries.

Taste: I am really starting to wonder where all the terrible reviews for this beer are coming from as the flavour is also really good, Again fresh strawberry dominates, but this time cherries, that impart a little bit of tartness to the flavour come in second.
Yes this beer is sweet, but far from the cloying sweetness that would place it in the "fruit juice" category.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light in body, with light but very well balanced carbonation.

Drinkability: If you buy this beer expecting a Lambic style fruit beer, you will be very disappointed, but as a fruit beer (which to my understanding should be fairly sweet) it does pretty well and would make a great dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 14:36:03 | More by Thehuntmaster
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Mora2000

Texas

3.68/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 01:35:44 | More by Mora2000
Liefmans Fruitesse (Fruitbier) from Brouwerij Liefmans
76 out of 100 based on 162 ratings.