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Van Diest Früli Strawberry Beer | Brouwerij Huyghe

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Van Diest Früli Strawberry BeerVan Diest Früli Strawberry Beer
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Huyghe
Belgium
delirium.be

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by rastaman on 09-17-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#41,543
Reviews:
199
Ratings:
483
pDev:
18.39%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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17
Gots:
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Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pink milkshake colour with lots of foam. Very strawberry aroma, enough real strawberry with the actual fruit bits, that the beer is disguised. Satisfying, well carbonated. Good fruity dessert aftertaste.I am not running after fruit beers, but this was the most natural of the many presented this summer in Ontario.
Over 6 years later when i had it again, and clearly extract. Not as good.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of Texasfan549
2.75/5  rDev -21%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before 3/2013.

Pours a murky muddled strawberry jam color with an extremely small off-white head that fades to nothing. Thin streaks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of strawberry jelly/jam right off the bat with some citrus and spice aromas as well. Taste is of strawberry jelly/jam, strawberry juice, and some spice flavors on the finish. There is a bit of a medicinal aftertaste with this one. This beer has a crisp level of carbonation with a bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good fruit beer but the sweetness is a bit cloying and the strawberry flavor seems a bit like medicine on the finish.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of djrn2
2.75/5  rDev -21%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy pinkish red in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that consistently covered the surface.
S: There are strong aromas of strawberry shortcake topping in the aroma.
T: The taste has sweet aromas of strawberries, although the sweetness is not cloying.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and is packed with aromas and flavors of strawberries. It’s quite interesting because there are not many strawberry beers available.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.64/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

There's a certain sinful, guilty, and adolescent part of me that actually likes this beer despite the obvious sweet, fruity, and soda-pop overtones.

The beer pours a rather unappealing rusty ruby color with a muddled haze. Light foam forms on the beer and lasts reasonably well. The beer has an overall weighted and dull apprearance.

The aromas however are fully strawberries. Strawberries, strawberries, and strawberries. The underlying twangy Belgian yeast character helps to give an acidic balance to the aroma but the beer is all about the strawberries.

Flavors certainly favor the strawberries but are not as dominant as the nose suggests. A lambic quality gives just enough tartness and souring to make the fruits believable and keeps the beer portion of the beverage alive. Lightly acidic, musty, and vinous, these characteristics are just enough to give a quality flavor to the sweetness and fruitiness.

Because of the lighter carbonation, the beer feels heavier and more full than it should. Also the dull liflessness is subsidized by the acitic bite and tart fruits. Still, the sugars bring the beer down somewhat.

Definately a good beer for the fruit beer or fruited lambic lovers. But the die hard beer fundamentalists will despise it.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.57/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

250ml bottle. Lunch on a patio, on a hot, sunny day. Internal fruity beer switch firmly locked in the 'on' position.

This beer pours a hazy pink and orangish brown colour, and kind of looks like fresh pressed apple cider, with a single finger of pink-tinged soapy white head, which leaves a bit of low-lying storm cloud lace as it swiftly disappears.

It smells of sweet strawberry juice, faint pale grain, and berry sugar. The taste is slightly tart strawberry juice, candy sugar, mild grainy, wheaty malt, and some faint citrus notes. Simply fruity, this one is.

The carbonation is moderate, and active enough to pull this a bit farther away from straight-up fruit juice, the body a sticky, fruit-juice-like medium-light weight, and a tad cloying. It finishes sweet, sugary, and fruity.

A decent enough, soft white ale, soaked to the nuts with real strawberry juice. Fine by me, for when you want beer, but at the same time a fruit smoothie. One's my limit, though I've seen others putting these back like water at various establishments around town.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on draught in the Porterhouse by Grafton street. Reviewed from notes.

A: A one finger lovely cream head. Poor retention. Hazy weissbier strawberry grapefruit red. Lovely.

Sm: Remarkable berry. Very strong scent of strawberry ester. Wonderful.

T: Lovely strawberry build but too strong on the finish. I'd like it to start strong and deteriorate by the finish.

Mf: Far too fizzy. Very chewy. The wetness suits the style, but should dry up just a bit by the finish.

Dr: You may not want to be seen drinking it by the lads, but for what it is, it's delightful. Too syrupy. Too expensive in Dublin.

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of brentk56
2.51/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a very pretty salmon pink color with a pinkish head; the retention is decent though it doesn't leave much evidence behind

Smell: A cross between strawberry jam and cough drops

Taste: Tastes like a cross between strawberry jam and cough drops, but leans more to the cough drop side

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I thought this was supposed to be a strawberry-infused wit, but I cannot detect any wit elements

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.56/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a red colored beer with almost no head or even carbonation. Taste is overpowered by strawberry and sugar. Taste is also taken over by the strawberry and the sugar, or maybe I should say the strawberry juice since I have hard time believing real strawberry were added to this mix. No malt or hops are noticeable in this mixture. Overall, I guess if you don’t expect to drink what is usually known as beer, you can enjoy this somewhat refreshing drink on a very hot summer day.

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of superspak
4.4/5  rDev +26.4%
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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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.07/5  rDev +17%
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 dbrauneis
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy ruby red with a quarter finger bubbly pinkish white head. The beer has little head retention and just mild amounts of lacing.

S: Strong aromas of strawberries - like you are in a field of them or surrounded by people having strawberry shortcake. Very pleasant and just slightly sweet, almost like a perfume.

T: Sweet but not overly so, enjoyable flavors of strawberry. In some ways it reminds me a lot of strawberry shortcake - with the biscuits (malts) and the strawberry sweetness.

M: Light bodied with low amounts of carbonation.

O: Extremely refreshing - for more enjoyable that I expected (I was kind of expecting cloying sweetness). Very easy to drink and could be quite sessionable. Would be the perfect alternative to dessert at a summer cookout in the heat.

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Photo of chinchill
3.64/5  rDev +4.6%
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 +7.8%
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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1.75/5  rDev -49.7%

Photo of nickfl
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of vfgccp
3.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - Red Kool-Aid and ice tea. Bright white head with very low lace.

S - Fresh strawberry puree.

T - 90% Strawberry soda. Soft wheat backdrop. Cream.

M - Incredibly refreshing. Light body with great carbonation. If I was in the mood for something sweet on a hot summer day I'd drink this over lemonade.

O - Definitely a beer to have on a 90+ degree day. Outside of that niche though it's way too sweet to be a regular session beer.

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