Van Diest Früli Strawberry Beer | Brouwerij Huyghe

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Van Diest Früli Strawberry BeerVan Diest Früli Strawberry Beer

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Huyghe

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

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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2/5  rDev -42.5%

Photo of Converge
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

250ml bottle poured into a 13.5oz tulip.

A - Pours a glowing, vibrant cherry red, with a small fizzy head of pinkish-white bubbles. Very cloudy. Decent head retention and some nice lacing for what it is.

S - Beer ingredients are minimal. Very little malt here, and no hops at all. Big fruity character, but rather artificial feeling. Strawberries are there, but this smells more like candy than fruit. Really just smells like a fruit-roll-up, honestly...

T - Artificial strawberry flavor and a surprising malt backbone; quite bready. Subtle notes of vanilla and citrus come through. Still has a distinct fruit-roll-up quality to it. Simple and refreshing, but not really my thing.

M - High carbonation with a light body. Pretty much what one would expect with a brew like this.

D - Probably not something I would buy again, as this really strikes me as a beer for the non-beer-drinker. And between this and the like-minded Liefmans Fruitesse, I'll opt for the latter in the future.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.62/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Nice little 250mL brown bottle, unfortunate that the label is a bit tacky.

Appearance: a brilliant and hazy light red, with a good finger of strawberry-pink head. Settles gradually to a patchy film with limited lacing.

Aroma: a combination of sweet flavours - definite strawberry as expected, but also a touch of honey and vanilla. I would imagine fairly true to style.

Taste: fair whack of strawberry, but that honey travels along for the ride. Different, almost umami flavour also. Definitely a subtle undertone to balance out the sickly-sweet strawberry.

Aftertaste: undertone dissipates fairly rapidly, leaving the strong sweetness of the pure strawberry juice.

Mouth feel: light in body with moderate carbonation. Would make for an easy drinking beer. For me, it was a first of this kind, and I can assure you it is just as good as a sipper.

Overall: a fun little number, certainly very different. This seems to be a good quality, well-made version of Fruli. It took me a good while to drink this due to the sweetness of the pure strawberry juice - but that is pretty much the point, and hence the small bottle. not to get you pissed, simply to be enjoyed with friends over a period of time.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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2/5  rDev -42.5%

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of andrenaline
3.2/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A random single from the LCBO...

A - Pours a bright hazy red, finger of head with little retention and no lacing.

S - Bold strawberry notes, almost synthetic, hints of honey, fresh baked cake, hints of vanilla and bready malt lingers.

T - Much like the nose, the strawberry flavours are a tad synthetic and sweet, but a unique honey cake malt note lingers on the palette.

M - Lighter bodied ale that goes down smooth and finishes wet.

O - Reasonably refreshing, though the strawberry is a tad strong and synthetic and comes across more like a cider, but the bready malts that linger on the palette remind you that it's beer. Unlikely that I'd go out and grab another bottle.

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2/5  rDev -42.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -21%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -21%

Photo of Zorro
2.7/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy reddish violet colored beer with basically no head formation.

Smell is tart strawberry sherbert. No real hops, little bit of caramel and vanilla.

Starts out sweet with a musty strawberry flavor. Sweet with some balancing tartness. That's all there is sweetness and strawberry.

Mouthfeel is strawberry soda.

Overall this is practically strawberry soda. You might could make a float out of it with vanilla ice cream but as a beer it has nothing to recommend it.

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of monique
3.94/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Max's Taphouse in Baltimore.

The looks like your average beer until you smell it. Smells like a spring strawberry field!

Tastes like a strawberry soda with a kick.

The favor lingers.

If I closed my eyes & turned off the noise in the bar, I wold swear I was in a meadow, drinking a strawberry soda plus (a bow to a line in Escape from the Planet of the Apes).

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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5/5  rDev +43.7%

Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

I'd seen this beer on tap for so long at Capone's, and I figured it was one of those beers that no one likes, therefore it sits in the lines forever. But soon after it was taken off, it came back on again. Then I started seeing it pop up elsewhere, so I figured I'd give it a try. Well, actually the wife ordered it. She probably subliminally knew I wanted to try it but also wanted to retain my macho exterior in the process.

Served in a snifter, a orange-salmon color, slightly cloudy, with a small pink-white head that actually retained rather well for the style. Aroma was pretty much straight up strawberry candy. Flavor of strawberry (obviously) and watermelon Jolly Ranchers, slight bready malt sensation. No surprises here; delivered what it promised. Light-medium body, and pretty easily drinkable...unless you don't like fruit beers, in which case, meh, it's probably still worth a try.

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4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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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Van Diest Früli Strawberry Beer from Brouwerij Huyghe
3.48 out of 5 based on 472 ratings.
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