Van Diest Früli Strawberry Beer
Brouwerij Huyghe

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Style:
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #603
ABV:
4.1%
Score:
80
Ranked #46,608
Avg:
3.54 | pDev: 18.08%
Reviews:
205
Ratings:
506
From:
Brouwerij Huyghe
 
Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  23
Gots
  90
SCORE
80
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James94 from England

4.15/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L: Red, almost rose wine like appearance, slightly hazy, little head, modest amount of lacing
S: Stewed strawberries, strawberry cordial, strawberry yoghurt, hint of alcohol
T: Strong strawberry cordial, hints of citrus
F: Probably not sessionable, but quite pleasant

O: 4.25

Feb 15, 2021
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.91/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've now reviewed all eight of Huyghe's with Chicagoland distribution. Fruli is not my favorite Huyghe, but it could be among my Top Five fruities.

By Looks, Fruli is barely above average. Like a lot of fruities, Fruhli has a pretty color... particularly in the sunlight; but the foam/yeast action could be bubblier. (Even considering that this bottle seems to be two years past its printed Best By date.)
Smells are strawberry and some citrus. Tastes never get saccharine sweet and I'm not sure why or how. And that sets Fruli apart from the field. It sits softly in my mouth (must be that wit allusion.) A nice drying sensation, possibly from the wit-like spices.

Huyghe is on my BBBL (Belgian Brewer Bucket List), primarily for its Delirium line-up; but is probably on the B team (that is, if the tour goes past 10 days.) Their BSPA yeasts and recipes are among the best and I'm curious about that gets working into those brews that don't get distributed here.

Jun 07, 2020
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SDR1

4.14/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice beer. Good pour. Moderate head that laces down nicely as it quells.

Color is the off-red that you expect from a natural strawberry product (red trending to brown).

Flavor is fruit-forward, light in body, really enjoyable and easy to drink a few without much of a pause in action!

Dec 26, 2019
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.79/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Lindemans stange. Pours a medium pinkish red with a thin, light khaki head that dissipates to patches with good lacing. Aroma of strawberry jam with hints of mixed fruit and pale malt. Flavor is neutral malt, sweet / tart strawberries, light lemon and cherry and hints of Belgian yeast. Medium bodied with light creaminess and sharp carbonation. Everything is pretty much as I expected; very strawberry fruit forward, somewhat sweet with a pleasant tartness. Expected a little more malt presence, but there is enough to prevent this from tasting like fruit juice. The strawberry flavor is authentic and fresh tasting. Not really a style I gravitate towards, but if I was in the mood for strawberries, I'd get this again, it's pleasant and refreshing.

Dec 14, 2019
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Korbynlehr from Kentucky

3.92/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

May 16, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev +13%
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.

Mar 25, 2019
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EmperorBevis from England

3.74/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Oct 30, 2018
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superspak from Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +24.3%
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.

Sep 16, 2017
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.07/5  rDev +15%
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.

Aug 24, 2017
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Jul 30, 2017
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The_Bujon from Ireland

3.52/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

May 25, 2017
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Urk1127 from New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Mar 02, 2017
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
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

Oct 08, 2016
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MattChiasson from Canada (ON)

3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Aug 16, 2016
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colts9016 from Idaho

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Jul 31, 2016
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Jul 24, 2016
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BrokenEdge from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

May 30, 2016
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.97/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

May 17, 2016
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Furlinator from California

3.84/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Apr 29, 2016
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Myotus from Texas

3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Sep 24, 2015
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PorterPro125 from Canada (NB)

4.66/5  rDev +31.6%
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.

Jun 17, 2015
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.64/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Apr 19, 2015
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Mar 16, 2015
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

3.81/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Mar 07, 2015
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Tyler_V2 from Canada (ON)

4.27/5  rDev +20.6%
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

Mar 05, 2015
Van Diest Früli Strawberry Beer from Brouwerij Huyghe
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 506 ratings