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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
Ratings:
471
Reviews:
196
Avg:
3.48
pDev:
18.39%
 
 
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18
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81
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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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Photo of Rutager
3.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Pours a murky, red-orange with a fluffy, bubbly white head.

Smell. You guessed it, strawberries!! Reminds me of Strawberry marshmallow candies. Sweet and yummy.

Taste. Sweet, strawberry candy. Just a hint of tartness and alcohol. Maybe a little funky belgian yeast in there too. Different and yummy.

Mouthfeel. Full bodied with medium-light carbonation. A little syrupy.

Overall. Nice for dessert but wouldn't want to drink a bunch. Will try again if I'm in the mood for something sweet.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.02/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Strawberry pink as expected & not transparent. slightly bubbly though. There was no head at all, only the thinnest of lacing left around the top of the glass. I added an extra point here simply because it was different to me, otherwise it would have rated slightly lower.

A very strong smell of strawberry from the second the bottle is open. Smells very much like strawberry flavoured hard candy. A very a nice aroma but nothing like your usual beer smell.

A nice, strong strawberry flavour to begin with that is very similar to a Bacardi breezer or a sparkling rosy wine. The beer like after taste is not to good though & has a kind of musty feel to it that lingers in your mouth. Starts very well but this doesn't last & in the end I was sick of drinking it after a few mouthfuls.

This one was light bodied with plenty of carbonation and a lot of fizz in the beer, almost like drinking a fizzy soft drink and totally unlike a beer. Quite an easy going mouthfeel.

A nice, pleasant beer to start with that goes downhill after a couple of drinks and starts to make you wish you stuck to a 'normal' beer. Good as a one of change but I was glad it came in a 250ml bottle as you would have probably given up on it after that much.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
4.22/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

250-ml brown glass bottle poured into a Kriek Boon chalice/tulip. Served at around 40 degrees F.

Pours extremely hazy to the point of opacity, showing off an orange-tinged pinkish hue with a pale blush foamy head that settles fairly quickly to a thick, rocky cap that leaves behind some long splotches of lace on the walls of the glass.

Aroma is patently strawberry -- dried strawberries or strawberry preserves, to be precise. As much as I try to pick up anything else, nothing comes through. The great thing about it is that the aroma is in no way artificial, rather very genuine. It's quite appetizing, to be honest.

Light in body but with a bit of wheaty protein providing a bit of fullness to the mouthfeel; quite effervescent, with powerful, bracing bubbles barraging the palate. More ripe strawberries engulf the palate, balanced by a rather tart acidity that keeps things from becoming cloying. Sweet jammy preserves show up again in the finish, lingering for quite some time afterward.

Perhaps not the most complex beer out there, but as far as fruit beers go, this one certainly stands out. With the fruit taking the center stage throughout, it's nice to see that the characteristics are genuine and not overly cloying, as is the case with many beers of this fashion. Though I can't say how cloying a few could become, as it stands, this is one hell of a drinkable beer, and it would undoubtedly be a prime choice in the hot summer months. I almost feel that I should be pouring it into a blender with some ice, or using it as a mixer for a fruity mixed drink. Something else.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a cloudy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. OK lacing.

S: A very strong, potent smell of strawberries. Couldn't detect much of anything else, but it was pleasant.

T: Tasted of strawberries, strawberries, and more strawberries. There's a slight (very slight) maltiness, but this is overwhelmed by the tart, vibrancy of the fruit.

S: A highly carbonated beer with a surprisingly dry and smooth finish. Light-bodied.

D: I guess your attitude toward this beer depends on how much you like strawberries. I found it to be drinkable.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 250ml bottle with a BB of Oct 2012.

Poured into a Stella chalice. A very hazy pink colour with a pale reddish head of foam. No light passes through the glass and it is impossible to gauge carbonation. Some lumps of yeast collect at the bottom, and considerable residue remains in the bottle after emptying. An intense aroma of strawberries hits you immediately - sweet and fruity with an acidic undertone.

The taste is also intensely fruity - a powerful strawberry flavour with considerable sweetness. Any malt or beer notes are virtually masked, although there is a yeasty tartness that underpins the fruit. Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly astringent upon swallowing. Faint strawberry aftertaste.

This slips down easily - too easily. It's very sweet, though balanced by a reasonable acidic character. Would probably be rather cloying after more than one. I enjoy it and find it highly drinkable, but it's probably not for everyone. Would be best as refreshment on a hot day...

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Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Date: 4 February 2011
Glass: Standard 10oz snifter
Type: 8.4fl oz bottle

Poured this for my girlfriend, but only drinking enough to review it, otherwise she may bite my hand off. Poured gently, 1-finger head, reduces to thin film, less-than-average lacing, color is cloudy red with orange streaks. Aroma is of strawberry jam, and nothing else. Taste is the same, but not as fruity as I'd expect, yet still great. Not much residual sweetness left on the palate between tastes. This would be a fine beer to drink one after another, but I'd rather drink some more mysterious brews.

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Photo of rudzud
4.39/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saw this at Austin Liquors and figured I would give it a try. Pleasantly surprised at this one. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice cloudy rosey pink that looks like a glass of well, strawberry juice. Very little head on the pour with a super faint white halo around the brew.

S - Wow, this smells like well, strawberry jam. Not artificial at all very real smelling. Nice jam sweetness.

T - Not really sure how a strawberry beer can get better. I mean, if you're buying this you are looking for strawberry flavour and thats what this beer is full of. Tastes like a glass of melted strawberry jam. Its sweet, but not cloyingly so.

M - Would like a little more carbonation with this. Its somewhat low and is just a hair above syrupy.

D - Wow. This stuff is great. You get EXACTLY what you pay for. Oh? You want a strawberry beer? Okay, here you go, liquid strawberries at 4.1%. Wish more beers lived up their promises like this one.

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Photo of tubacharlie
3.74/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A modest off-white head settles on this beer, with a modicum of lacing and moderate retention. It covers a muddled, reddish amber brew with a strawberry cast.

The strong aroma of fresh strawberries is uncanny, and overpowers any other scents. A big sip reveals the strawberry flavor infused with the beer as well, with a sweetness akin to a fruity soft drink. Decent carbonation gives a good mouth feel, but again, it reminds one of red pop. Just a hint of orange peel or citrus in the finish, with a hint of bittering hops to balance.

Definitely a dessert beer for special occasions that would pair nicely with chocolates or fruit tortes.

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Photo of Antikythera
4.57/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is great stuff. The small bottle and low alcohol content give it the air of something made for just-legal drinkers to try first. Girly? Maybe. But as a female fan of sweet fruity things, I love Fruli.

It smells and tastes like real strawberry, not fake Strawberry Shortcake / wine cooler smell, and it's not quite as sweet as you might expect. It comes across as strawberry juice with a bit of carbonation and a faint hoppy aftertaste. The colour is a golden strawberry red with a fine foamy head. If you don't even like beer you might like this, because it's more about the strawberry than the beer.

It's like bottled summer, so drink it in the winter if you forget what warm weather is like.

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Photo of vandemonian
4.03/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Früli Strawberry Beer has orange/pink colour and a 3 mm head that fades to good lacing. The smell is very strawberries and cream. The flavour is sweet with a strawberry aftertaste. There is some yeastiness. This beer is foamy in the mouth. Delicious.

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Photo of kwjd
3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I just had a craving for fruit juice, but I didn't have any in my place. Then I remembered I had a bottle of Fuli that I bought a bit ago. I haven't actually had one of these other than sip or 2 from friends' drinks before and I remember it tasting almost like fruit juice. I'll see now.

Pours a hazy orange colour with hints of pink. Head is settles down a half inch. Colour of the head is pretty much white, but just tinted pink. Some lacing on the glass. Smells of sugary strawberries, almost like strawberry jam. Very sweet flavour. Fairly high carbonation, but it works well for this style. I really expected to have a bad review of this from what I remember, but this hits the spot as a fruit beer. I wouldn't regularly drink this, but if you feel like a carbonated fruit beverage, it is nice.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a sampler tumbler. Poured a massively hazy orange with a slight pink hue with a minimal off-white head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, pastry, strawberry, and cream. The flavor was of sweet malt, strawberry, cream, and reminded me of strawberry shortcake. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a very nice dessert brew. If you enjoy dessert beers or strawberry shortcake, you will feel right at home with this one. Unfortunately for this brew, I wasn't in the mood for either. It was good for what they were shooting for, but just not my style.

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Photo of baseballrock
3.59/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - The beer pours a chestnut color with a good head that leaves plenty of lace down the sides of my glass. I would not guess this was a fruit beer based on apearance.

s - Strawberries

t - A smooth blend of strawberry liquid with a hint of orange.

m - Light bodied beer that is high in carbonation.

d - I am impressed with this beer. It 4.1%, means i can feel the effects of the alcohol unlike some other fruit beer that might have a lower abv.

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Photo of KenGage
2.45/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours bright pink with a light head.

S - "Bright" strawberry flavor....not really artificial strawberry...not really real strawberry.

T - A smoother (and more expensive) Boones Farm Strawberry Hill

M - Carbonation was lively :-)

D - Caught it on sale for $2 a bottle so I picked up a couple for the wife. If you want to drink with your girl and she doesn't like beer -> then pick this up for her...because it's not really like beer.

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Photo of CrazyMike
3.92/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a cloudy dark red with a small amount of head. Smell is basically strawberry, maybe sweeter.

Taste is, well, strawberry. Picked up some spices but nothing really to identify it as beer. Thin bodied with medium carbonation. Aftertaste, strawberry, although picked up some bitterness.

This is basically like strawberry fruit juice, it's good and goes down quickly. I would recommend it, a good introduction to Fruit Beers.

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

250ml bottle poured into pint glass dec29 2010

A cloudy dark pink with a fast falling finger of pinkish head that leaves only a single patch of lace

S lots of strawberry and some honey

T what I smell but with some faint spice I can't place to save my life, not bad but the strawberry seems too good to be true

M thin but well carbonated, slightly syrupy and sticky

D went down pretty quick and I could sink a few of these under a hot sun

a gateway beer for my lady so that has to be worth something, If you like strawberries give it a go

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Photo of depechemode1983
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pour cloudy pink color with a light pink head. The head on this beer has moderate retention and there is noticeable lacing.

S - Like strawberry jam. Thats about it

T - Like a light strawberry soda. Nothing but strawberries in the taste. Taste kind of artificial.

M - Light bodied. Good carbonation. Probably the best part of the beer.

D - Wouldnt be to hard to enjoy a few of these. I dont think i would seek it out again though. 2.49 for a tiny bottle is kinda steep. maybe if it was a 12oz or a pint bottle i would buy it again.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a strawberry pinkish red with a thick white head and a good amount of lacing. Smells of strawberries, wheat, and some acidity. Tastes of a full on strawberry blitz, sweet malts, and a good wheat body that is accented by a good medium body and a lively carbonation that makes the beer easy to consume.

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Photo of marty21
3.74/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a cloudy pinkish/red. When held to light it's orange around the edges. Has a small white head that leaves a ring around the glass. Leaves a little bit of lacing.

S: Great aroma of strawberries.

T: Doesn't really have any beer taste characteristics. It's all about the strawberries in the taste.

M: Light body with medium carbonation. The carbonation is perfect for this beer.

D: I forget that this is a beer with how it tastes. I tried a few fruit beers at a beer festival in Winnipeg and nothing comes close the being as good as this one. It would be a great dessert beer. But it's pretty expensive for such a little bottle.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.42/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger faint pink head that fades quickly, leaving some lace. Cloudy pink/amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Strawberry nose. Flavor is wicked sweet liquid strawberries. This is a summer beer. $3.85 for a 250ml bottle from Bert's Better Beers Hooksett, NH.

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Photo of JordanEllwanger
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark salmon color with a white pink candy head. A very thick layer of sediment on the bottom of the bottle. One of the thickest I have yet seen, and it takes a lot to shake it up. Pouring in the sediment changes the color to a warmer brown. Smells like chalky strawberry candies. Taste is chalky as well. Very fruity and artificial. Taste is a lot like pink runts. Pretty light and sort of coating like medicine. A definite easy drink, but I don't think I could drink more than two in a row, the chalky sensation would take too much away from the enjoyment if I were to session with this.
Cheers.

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Photo of Swedes21
3.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a chilled pint glass...

Appearance - What an interesting pouring beer! Always odd to see a strawberry colour beer and a head that has the sane hue to it. Beers pours with a good amount of head 1.5 inch + and lingers for a bit. Colour is exactly as mentioned, nice strawberry colour. The aroma was noticeable as well.

Smell - Exactly as you would think with this type of beer, very strong strawberry smell. Slight barley smell, but dominated by the origins of the beer.

Taste - This is NOT a beer based tasting, i would consider it more like a daiquiri or fruity taste. Has a solid taste and delivers what it was made for, a strawberry punch.

Mouthfeel - not a lot happens in the mouthfeel. The taste is dominant again, not a lot of carbonation activated.

Drinkability - Given the context of this beer and what it is met for, i would drink it again. This is a good after dinner beer, but not something u can sit around and drink for hours on end.

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Photo of cooch69
4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on tap while at a food show in a casino. It poured a pastel reddish with a one finger head that lasted for a while and then faded into oblivion.
This beer smelled so much like strawberies it was rediculious.
The taste was even more so. I could barely tell that I was drinking beer. It was so fruity that I barely picked up anything else exept for a bready maltiness in the aftertaste. There was no hops within ten miles of this beer.
It was however very refreshing. This beer would be a great substitute for orange juice at 9 A.M.
Mouthfeel was light to medium with a pretty vibrant carbonation.

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Photo of obireidkenobi
3.67/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It's funny when I to rate this as good drinkability, especially because it seems like an alcoholic milkshake.

If you are looking for a sweet treat, or a beer for someone who loves strawberries, look no further.

It pours is a reddish, pinkish hue. Nice white head.

Smells of strawberry, some instances sugar, some real fruit.

Drinks as it smells. Sugar and sweetness. Expected. It's almost like some flavors are sugar some are real fruit.

Fun, drinkable, good with vanilla ice cream. Watch your blood sugar levels.

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Van Diest Früli Strawberry Beer from Brouwerij Huyghe
3.48 out of 5 based on 471 ratings.
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