Van Diest Früli Strawberry Beer
Brouwerij Huyghe

Van Diest Früli Strawberry BeerVan Diest Früli Strawberry Beer
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Style:
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #580
ABV:
4.1%
Score:
80
Ranked #43,842
Avg:
3.53 | pDev: 18.13%
Reviews:
202
Ratings:
497
From:
Brouwerij Huyghe
 
Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
80
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Photo of Korbynlehr
3.92/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

As the name suggest, strawberry is the majority of this beer. Disappointed the Abv isn’t higher. I had a little bit of a tobacco bite on the back of tastebuds, but so slight not positive.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky vomit color.

Minimal off-white head; also minimal lace.

Smells of a strawberry cola.

Thin mouthfeel.

Effervescent, refreshing strawberry cola taste.

Hard to believe there's any alcohol in this. A delight.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.74/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled and co reviewed by my life partner Julie
Pours a cloudy red body with barely decent white head.
Me: Aroma is strawberry fruit chews.
Julie: Aroma is strawberry, toffee and cherry.
Bevis: Flavour is first of all strawberry cordial then at the lowest point a better taste than any other strawberry lager
Julie: Flavour tastes like toffee apple.
great body that is neither thin nor heavy complimenting a nice level of sweetness.

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Photo of superspak
4.4/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into pint glass, best before 11/26/2015. Pours slightly hazy reddish/pinkish orange/amber color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky light pink head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of huge strawberry jam/jelly, cherry, lemon zest, orange peel, coriander, pear, apple, wheat, cracker, white bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with great balance of strawberries, spices, fruity yeast, and moderate pale malt notes; with big strength. Taste of huge strawberry jam/jelly, cherry, lemon zest, orange peel, coriander, pear, apple, wheat, cracker, white bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal bitterness, yeast spiciness, and fruit tang/tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of strawberry jam/jelly, cherry, lemon zest, orange peel, coriander, pear, apple, wheat, cracker, white bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible robustness and balance of strawberries, spices, fruity yeast, and moderate pale malt flavors; with a nice malt/bitter/tartness balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Minimal dryness from bitter/tartness. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready, and lightly slick/syrupy balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.1%. Overall this is an insane fruit beer! All around incredible robustness and balance of strawberries, spices, fruity yeast, and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth and refreshing to drink with the mildly tart/bitter finish. Extremely flavorful for the low ABV. Most of the actual witbier character is lost in the strawberries, but there is a pleasant yeast/spice presence. The level of fruit flavor is just unreal, and insanely jammy. A highly amazing offering, one of the best fruit beer's I've ever had. Very authentic tasting fruit flavor.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.07/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brouwerij Huyghe "Früli"
11.2 fl. oz. brown glass bottle
$2 @ Weis, Conshohocken, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: It pours a hazy pinkish-amber beneath a creamy head of pinkish white. The aroma is candyish, and definitely strawberry-like. Whether it's real or not I don't know for sure, but the label reads "natural flavor" so I'm assuming it's not. The flavor is intensely sweet, like liquid candy, or a medium-full bodied semi-flat soda. I'm not detecting any bitterness. Is there some vanilla flavoring in here as well? The mouthfeel is nice though, viscous with dextrins and creamy smooth but with a gentle zest on the tongue. Oh, and I just noticed that it's leaving thick rings of creamy lace with each sip - very nice. I should've waited to share this with my wife. I've had it before but I didn't remember just how sweet is was. Or I'm confusing it with something else. Anyway, there's some minor spicing to it as well, I got some in the burp, but it can't fight it's way through all of that sugar whilst still in your mouth. I guess it helps to balance though, however slightly. So what to say about this? It's another one of those unique beers that kind of stands in its own. It's labeled as a "Belgian white beer" but it's really anything but once you addd in all of that strawberry syrup. Still, it's good. It would make a great dessert on it's own, or I'm sure you could find plenty of dishes to pair it with, it's that sweet.

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Photo of EMV
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Cloudy peach/pink pour. Thin white head leaves a scant ring of lacing.

S: Strawberry and fruit. Sweet and again... ripe strawberries.

T/F: Strawberry juice and light beer.... mostly fruit juice. Some wheat character. Sweet but not syrupy... crisp and refreshing. Medium to light in body. Well carbonated. Finish is strawberry juice and fruit.

O: This is what it's advertised to be... a refreshing strawberry forward beer. Pleasing... simple... tasty... not one I'll drink regularly but quite delicious for all that.

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Photo of The_Bujon
3.52/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well I gave it my best shot and consumed this one on a scorching hot summery evening, and just can't get past the Alcopoppiness of it I'm afraid.

It looks nice and refreshing in a camp strawberry cocktail sort of way, but it really does just taste like a lightly carbonated juice drink.

Not a lot more to be said really, fairly low on the Bujon's boof ratings, the Cherry Kreik is a better option.

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Photo of Urk1127
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Beer #750

Magenta in color. Pink head
Sweet candy strawberry. Sugar
Same as smell. Tastes like those strawberry candies with the syrup inside them that appear around Christmas time. Feel is syrupy but carbonated enough to get through it is made a black and tan of this and the left hand wake up dead. Made it better.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into pint glass

Clear Reddish brown liquid with small off white foam cap

Taste of sweet, fresh strawberries over malt . Like a strawberry malt liquor

Good, very sweet

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Photo of MattChiasson
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Out of the bottle poured a cloudy ruby with a pink frothy head. I got intense aromas of strawberry yogurt candy (campino), along with hints of cherry and orange peel. Belgian wit backbone was harder to pick up with the fruit juice playing a dominant role in the palate. Light and refreshing like a shandy/radler-style beer. Won't be everyones taste but I suspect this would work well with a chocolate-based dessert, or mixed green salad.

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Photo of colts9016
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a reddish color no clarity, with a pinkish head.

N: yeast, biscuits, strawberries, and sugar.

Taste: yeast, biscuits, strawberries, sugar, and fruity.

Mouthfeel is coating, slightly carbonated, and medium body.

It reminds me of a Lindemans, It is too sweet for me to finish, gave it to my roommate.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle, it pours a clear reddish pinkr with a small head. Fruit, mostly strawberry, possibly with some cherry, in the nose. Sweet fruit, some strawberries, in the mouth.

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Photo of BrokenEdge
4.08/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is hardly even beer but damn if it isn't tasty. Definitely recommended for anyone who enjoys fruity beer, it captures a more authentic strawberry flavor than most other beers I've had. Body is a deep pink, nearly red, with a thin, pale pink head. Smells like strawberry jam, sweet and heavy on the ripe stawberry scents. Taste is similarly delicious, like strawberry puree. Very sweet but slighly tart also. There's not much typical beer flavor here. If I really dissect it, I get a little hint of Belgian yeast and grain flavors, but it's almost just liquefied strawberry. Feel is medium, somewhat low carbonation, bordering on syrupy. I think I would prefer if it was a little lighter and fizzier, it seems it would complement the flavor better. A really delicious, super fruity beer that I would suggest anyone who likes strawberries try out.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.97/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful watermelon blush red with a creamy, cool 3 finger head that stays awhile. 95% opacity.

Smells like freshly diced strawberries and a dash of Splenda. There's a certain alcopop or wine cooler vibe to it here, but most of that gets washed out with some genuine strawberry.

Very nice strawberry sweetness up front with remnants of witbier characteristics - some grainy malts, a tiny bit of clashing coriander, and a dash of lime salt. It ends on bitter strawberry tops.

Feel clings and sticks to the palate like batter and dries politely while buzzing with carbonation and leaving a wet finish.

I'd gladly have this again. Borders on alcopop , but sometimes that's fun too.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.84/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Brew & Meatball Company on 04/28/16.

Pours a cloudy pink with a thin white head. Bubbly and effervescent. Distinct strawberry aroma with faint grain. Flavor is dominated by sweet strawberry. Reminiscent of champagne with ripe strawberries added. A very sweet dessert beer.

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Photo of Myotus
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle (best by date March 2017) into a pint glass.
LOOK: Pours with a finger's worth of very light pink foam that dissipates to a quarter's worth after 25 seconds. Dull red in color with an extreme amount of cloudiness. Rising bubbles are small and nearly non-existent.Lacing is high, but thin.
SMELL: Strong strawberry jam aromas deliciously entangle with mild aromas of coriander and hints of wheat and orange peel.
TASTE: Very strong strawberry jam flavors enter initial and are immidieately followed by subtle orange peel flavors. Orange peel flavors grow slightly stronger as subtle coriander and hints of wheat enter afterwards. Strawberry jam flavors persist in strength throughout the taste experience. There is a mild and strange aftertaste that is similar to pale malts. It's not disgusting by any means, but does knock down the overall taste from a 4 to a 3.75.
FEEL: Medium-bodied and highly carbonated. Goes down somewhat rough. Finishes crisp.
NOTE: Such a good beer. Would be even better if that strange aftertaste wasn't there. I also don't understand how people are saying this is too sweet. It's a fruit beer for goodness sakes. Enough with the "cloying." Then again, besides the hints of wheat, I wouldn't have been able to tell that this was even a beer. Definitely not for beer lovers who love that "beer" taste.

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Photo of PorterPro125
4.66/5  rDev +32%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: 330 mL Bottle

A- Pours a light pink that's topped by a 1 1/2 finger white head that quickly dissipates. Beautiful colour!

S- Sweet strawberry jam with a nice tart finish. Not able to seek out the coriander mentioned in the brewers description.

T- Same as the aroma. Beautiful taste that could take the place of a quality desert anytime.

M- Light Body and Medium carbonation.

O- If there ever was a perfect desert beer, I would have to say that this is it. Delicious Strawberry Jam flavour and aroma and a light, crisp, refreshing body.

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Photo of chinchill
3.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle with a BB March 2017 date stamp.
Looks like watered down strawberry puree with a thin, partial white head. Actually, not bad looking despite that description.
Nice mix of tart and sweet components with plenty of strawberry and strawberry jam flavor.

O: refreshing, fruity and not to sweet but best used as a dessert beverage.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 3/15/2015 at Battleship Brewhouse, in Fall River, MA served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep pink color, with a short pinkish white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains strong strawberries, light caramelized malts and some Belgian yeast.

T: The taste likewise starts out with a strong fruity strawberry flavors along with some creaminess that you don’t normally find in this type of beer. Then some breadiness comes in from a hearty but not too heavy malt character and Belgian yeast to create a decent balance. The after-taste is sweet as you would expect.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, very mild kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the strawberry flavor.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.81/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy reddish pinkish colour with over a 1 finger head of off white foam.

Truth in advertising is what I get in the smell. Strawberries! Not a totally sweet, sickly sweet aroma going on.

I get a bit of coriander just before the strawberry moves in and takes control. Semi sweet tasting but not exactly tart. I'd imagine the orange peel mentioned on the label would provide some hints of bitterness but I don't get any.

Fairly light bodied with the same for the carbonation. Nice mouthfeel.

Very good fruit beer and I'm not even a big fancier of strawberries.

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Photo of Tyler_V2
4.27/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Extremely flavourful beer with a strong strawberry taste. A great beer for those who generally don't like beer, but it can still be thoroughly enjoyed by beer drinkers everywhere

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.08/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Veiled amber color with absolutely no head. Delicious smell and flavor of fresh fruity strawberry. A little light with a pleasant fruity finish.

Super flavorful beer to try at least once. Sure you almost only taste strawberry, but this is what it's supposed to deliver. Perfect for those who doesn't like typical beer.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.41/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 1/17/15. Comes in a 330ml (11.2 ounce) bottle. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a 10 ounce pilsner glass.

Pours a hazy reddish-burnt orange in color with really no cap to speak of. As for lacing, just some very spotty places seen on the sides of the glass but not a lot. The aroma is full of fresh strawberries and that is about it. Great aroma actually! Even more so than a Redd's Strawberry Ale. The taste is well...full of strawberries with some grains. Tasted like fresh strawberries and not artificial. Finishes just slightly tart and not super sweet like you might think. Considered a beer, but whatever it is, it is tasty with a little 'kick'. Overall, really surprised how good this one is and is really refreshing also. Good anytime of the year and will buy it again. Lighter+ to medium bodied with perfect carbonation.

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Photo of interzen
3.87/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle into a Troubadour tulip glass

Look: Fairly dark red with a pinkish head. Not much in the way of retention or lacing.

Smell: Strawberries. That's about your lot - strawberries, with little or no malt, hops or yeast coming through. However, it succeeds where a lot of strawberry beers fail by not smelling disgustingly chemical or artificial, so plus points for that.

Taste: Again, strawberries and very little else - there's sweetness up front and a fairly tart finish and it manages not to taste excessively artificial in the process. Furthermore, it really doesn't taste like a beer at all. Fizzy fruit juice? Perhaps. Beer? Nope.

Feel: Actually surprisingly good - it has a nice, rounded fruitiness and enough carbonation to keep things interesting.

Overall: I'm not sure whether this is 'beer with fruit juice added' or 'beer with fruit added at the fermentation stage' but either way, it works. It shouldn't, but it does. I've had this on tap in the past and a pint of it is pretty heavy going, even for someone with a sweet tooth, but the 330ml bottle seems 'just right'.

There's no way I'd spend an entire session drinking this, it's just too sweet, but as an 'every now and again' thing it has a lot to recommend it.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

This HAD to have come to me in either a trade or as a gift! I am not down on Fruit Beers, but unless they come in a CAN, they are among the last that I will reach for when given a choice. As you might imagine, this was not high on my list of bottled beers to drink and like so many, it got shunted to the side to become part of my bottle backlog. I am fully engaged in the Bottle Purge of the Summer of 2014 and it is time for this one to see the light of day.

From the bottle: "Belgian White Ale brewed with spices (coriander & orange peel) with natural and artificial flavors added."; "Produced with a centuries old brewing process, Fruli is a premium white Belgian ale brewed with fruit juice."

Hmmm. Is it a Fruit Beer or a Belgian Wit with fruit juice as an adjunct? No wonder Los Hermanos Alstrom want to re-categorize these hybrid styles. I'm just playing Devil's Advocate on BeerAdvocate right now.

I thought that I could see some lees at the bottom of the bottle, so I employed a very gentle pour. The carbonation in this was fantastic, producing a brief finger of fizzy, pink head that simply fizzled out, becoming wisps. Color was a hazy pinkish-amber (SRM = N/A) and I found myself giggling at it. Nose was like strawberry preserves! I have been thinking of my grandmothers a lot recently and they were the ones who initially taught me to do home canning. My paternal grandmother was really into jellies and preserves, which are tougher than simply putting up vegetables for the winter. This reminded me of her kitchen on some days. Mouthfeel was thin and fizzy, like soda pop or seltzer water. The taste was very much strawberry, coming in very sweet and then becoming tart, like those SweetTart candies I remember as a kid. Finish was more tart than sweet, but it still struck me as awfully sugary. I have a feeling that I may not be its intended audience. I would probably serve it with dessert if I had to drink it again.

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Van Diest Früli Strawberry Beer from Brouwerij Huyghe
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 497 ratings