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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
Reviews:
193
Ratings:
459
Avg:
3.47
pDev:
28.82%
 
 
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Photo of Kerrie
3.07/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hmm, I was expecting more out of this.

A- Looks good- a light copper color with carbonation bubbles, though no head and almost no lacing.

S- The best part. It smells delightfully like strawberries, but that's its biggest strength and falls flat everywhere else.

T- Tastes horribly bland and watery. It really tastes just like strawberry flavored water. I can get a big bottle of that for about fifty cents (and that actually tastes better due to more carbonation), whereas this was $3.50 and not even 12 oz and tastes more bland. It's not *bad*, mind you, just bland as all hell.

M- A little thin and watery, but that's what I'd expect from a fruit beer anyway.

Overall, horribly disappointed for the price, and I normally love fruit beers. I'll be sticking to Delirium Tremens.

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Photo of dewalt
3.06/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours hazy red, not much carbonation or head. The aroma of this beer is really something -- it's powerfully strawberry, like sticking your nose into a jar of jam. Very appealing, assuming you're really into the idea of strawberry beer. But i was disappointed with the taste -- it's less strawberry lambic than just strawberry juice, a powerfully sweet, syrupy brew with no real malt or hop presence. I can imagine someone who loves sweet strawberry confections being into this, but it's not something I'd ever pick up again.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.05/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A- Pours a very pink color. Points added for a decent head with good retention on it. Most fruit beers screw that up.
S- Smell is of strawberries, sweet, with just a hint of coriander and orange, as advertised. They promised strawberries and delivered. There is just a little beat of yeasty twang as well. But largely strawberrry.
T- The taste is more sour whereas the nose suggested sweet. Coriander, orange, and wheat are vaguely present. As it warmed the yeastyness became more apparent to me.
M- Light with low carbonation, which is good, as overcarbed fruit beers tend to seem like soda.
D- It's not bad, for a fruit beer, but in the end, it's still something of a novelty beer and not something i seek to sessionize.

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Photo of cvfish
3.05/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - This beer poured a copper-red color that produced a small head with a slight pinkish hue, which left no lacing and had minimal retention

S - The amomas of this beer were overtaken by the strawberries

T - The beer components were knocked out by the strawberry juice component, not a lot to work with here

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a light, crisp body, with a moderate amount of carbonation

D - Being a mix of fruit juice and beer, this wasn't very appeasing to me

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Photo of wilofevil
3.04/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a strawberry beverage. I would hesitate to call it beer.

Serve this to anyone who doesn't like beer and they will love it, mostly because it tastes like a cooler.

As for me, I found it to actually be quite enjoyable. Once I got over the fact that it tasted nothing like beer, I started to like it.

This "beer" tastes only like strawberries, but hey, I like strawberries, so it was appreciated.

It was perhaps a little too sweet, a little cloying at times.

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Photo of Cwrw
3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The red-foiled 250 ml bottle opened with a puff of strawberry smell...surprise. Poured, the beer is a definite orange colour; carrot juice colouration. Extremely unclear, with a tomato juice look. The lees are a sludgy near-purple. 1 cm of cream-head, bone white, which evaporates quickly to a thin layer. For me, the best part of this beer is the unique appearance. The aroma is basic and painfully uncomplex: all I sensed, besides the most ephemeral sniff of malt wheat, was strawberries; strawberry jam. Sweet to the extreme, and the aroma really is that simple. The taste is much of the same. Extreme strawberry extract. There IS a little yeast and some faint wheat. Perfumy in the middle, along with some tangy citrus. Soapy licorice, and sour candy. The finish is tart, with hints of the coriander under the cloying strawberry. The taste, like the aroma, is unbalanced with very limited drinkability, unless you love strawberries, and nothing else in a beer. Medium carbonation. As a strawberry drink, this might rate highly; but it is deficient in what it purports to be: a beer. I am a sweet-beer lover in the extreme, but this needs to have SOME complexity and balance.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.02/5  rDev -13%
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 peabody
2.98/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a red clear with very little bubbles.
Smell is strawberry. Very Very Straw Berry. Jelly Jam/ Grandma's preserves. It is sugar and strawberry.
Taste is too sweet for my palate.
Mouthfeel is sugary sticky and doesn't leave the mouth.
Drinkability is not much here. Way too sweet.

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Photo of Mandrake
2.96/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy orange-brownish pink which reminded me of what you'd get if you mixed orange and cranberry juices in roughly equal proportions, with the exception of the fairly small light pink head. Honestly, I could barely bring myself to taste it. Smell is, unsurprisingly, dominated by strawberry, but was very sweet, and had yeasty undertones. Not bad, but not beery. Taste is sweet strawberry, like yogurt, but with a slightly tart yeast in the finish. Mouthfeel is flat, rather like the aforementioned juice combo, and drinkability is okay, but I'm put off by how utterly disgusting it looks.

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Photo of allergictomacros
2.94/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Smells like a whole lot of strawberries. Looks like unfiltered apple juice. Taste is quite sweet and strawberry-y, but a touch artificial. Slight bitterness doesn't go well with the fruitiness of the berries. Supposedly this has coriander and orange peel in it as well, but I don't really taste it. I guess this is what one would expect from a strawberry beer, but really, it's just a novelty. Not really a good idea...

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Photo of Derek
2.93/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Best before January 2007.

A: Hazy, orange-brown, white head, very little retention, but it leaves some lace. Not bad for it's weight, but not impressive for a Wit.

S: Strawberry with an assertive, funky, tartness.

T: Sweet/tart balance tends to tip to the tart side. Fruity strawberries (somewhat fake flavour), slightly bready. It's something different to try, but not very engaging.

M: Light body is acidic & fairly dry. Moderate carbonation.

D: Could be refreshing on a hot summer day, but it tastes a little fake.

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Photo of TheHammer
2.91/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Comes in a nice bottle with a red foil top which is a bit tacky. Grapefruit juice like color as expected with a nice inch of pinkish foam that laces fairly well with a retaining head. The beer itself has a cloudy, which makes me question it some, but I'm honestly not sure if that's normal for a fruit beer.

Smell - A nice smell of strawberries and sugar with an almost sparkling wine scent to it. I think I might be catching a little bit of barley and orange in the background but it's overpowered by the sweetness.

Taste - Well, it's not a bad taste that this beer has, it's that it honestly tastes more like I'm drinking sparkling, strawberry icewine with less of a kick. It honestly tastes like strawberries with a light syrupy taste with a touch of coriander in the background. There is practically no wheat, grain, malt, hop or any beer like qualities to this drink.

Mouthfeel - You don't really see it in the beer, but there is a bit too much carbonation. If the beer tasted more like a beer, this would be ok, but because it tastes so fruity it comes off with the taste you'd expect from spoiled juice. Aftertaste is nice though and a bit dry and certainly doesn't linger.

Drinkability - This beer is quite light, and not that hard to put down, but honestly, as a beer, this stuff is not drinkable. I know I have a sweet tooth but not an entire pint worth of it. Honestly, if you served it in sniffers or even tall shot glasses I could see it being a decent oddball desert drink.

Final Thoughts - Upon reflection, I see why they made the fancy bottle for this beer. This is probably made to appeal more to the sweet wine drinkers crowd. Really, I would have re-branded it a strawberry malt liqueur because it is a beer in name only. The only way I would buy it again would be if I was told to bring something weird to a party.

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Photo of sstackho
2.91/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

250mL bottle from the LCBO in Toronto. Pours a nice, cloudy dark brown. Smells like children's cough syrup - ugh. The taste is, not surprisingly, of strawberries. Better than children's cough syrup anyway. This is like strawberry juice. (Well, I suppose it IS strawberry juice.) Which isn't so bad, I suppose - unless you were hoping for something resembling a beer.

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Photo of tigg924
2.9/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap at Rose Alley, New Bedford

Appearance: moderate carbonation, 1/2 inch head, fluorescent pinkish-purple in color, cloudy

Smell: strawberry cocktail

Taste: strawberries, passionfruit, some wheat. Kinda like a strawberry cocktail.

Mouthfeel: sweet but not as sweet as I expected, medium carbonation throughout, light body

Drinkability: I dunno, I guess this may be a beer. It tastes more like a strawberry cocktail that I would expect to get on a cruise ship. As an overall beverage, it is not bad. But if you are looking for a strawberry beer, go with Covington’s or Sam Smiths

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Photo of remichoppers
2.9/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I didn't like the beer at all. I loved the look of the bottle and that's pretty much it.

I tried this beer in a wheat beer glass. The color is nice with it's pink color and the smell is just pure strawberry, wich smell really good.

But I just found that it taste more like a strawberry cooler than beer. I reviewed it on 3 separate occasion with different kinds of glasses and directly from the bottle but I still didn't like it. Althought I found it better tasting directly from the bottle.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.9/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

So I've shyed away from Früli until now, mostly because I thought it was a straightforward super sweet fruit beer. FInally reading the back of the label revealed that it's a white ale with spices and strawberry juice. Sounds like an alright choice for aSunday afternoon. On to the beer:

All 250 ml of the bottle fits inside the Hoegaarden glass. It looks more like a fruit beverage that a beer with its pinkish, beet red flesh. The foam on top is low and creamy in texture, slowly dropping off the edge of the glass. The smell of sweet strawberries are met. While pleasant, it smells more like a juice with added sugar than sweet and tart strawberries. I'll learn more whe I taste it.

My nose was correct. Tasting it, it is a very sweet strawberry flavor. On it's own, it could be okay. With a white ale backdrop, the fusion doesn't get along great. Spiced coriandor interupts the strawberry juice and becomes unappealingly spicy and bland. The low yet bubbly carbonation doesn't help much in this case either. While it is somewhat drinkable, it's not wildy appealing.

I've had worse fruit beers than Früli, though I'd expect better from the makers of those pink elephant beers. Not balanced well enough.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.89/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured ontap, a hazy dull red in appearance with some pink colored foam.

The beer smells quite fruity, strawberries fill the nostrils.

Taste is more akin to a strawberry soda than a true beer. Dull lambic qualities and over the top fruit and sweetness dominate the palate. It succeeds fairly well with the strawberry taste, the only downfall being the lack of beer qualities. Malt body is faint. If strawberry soda is a favorite of yours, you must try this beer.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lingering sweetness.

Drinkability: A sweet strawberry beer sure to please the ladies and non-beer drinking friends.

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Photo of mike24
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: hazy red with a little wispy head

S: strawberries, tons of sugar.

T: same as the smell basically, super sweet and barely anything else going on.

M: syrupy and heavy.

D: well, i don't think i'd want another anyways. nothing special here, there are much better fruit beers out there.

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Photo of trevorwideman
2.73/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer poured a murky brownish-red colour with a sticky head that left little lace. Tough to find a hint of beer in the aroma, mostly the strawberry jam that appears to be mixed with this beer. Taste is not far off from a punch that might be served at a picnic with a very small hint of the Witbeer that is well-hidden under all the fruit juice. Soft feel in the mouth, smooth. Alcohol is hard to find as well, but I guess this is only 4.1% anyways. You could drink a lot of these on a summer day, just don't try to convince me that I'm drinking beer. My girlfriend loved it, and she dosen't like beer, so that says something.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
2.72/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer comes in a brown 25 cl long-necked bottle. The label is white with red writing and a red strawberry. Looks kind of "fruity".

A: The pour is hazy pink/red with a quickly dissipating light pink head. Looks like a thin homemade strawberry slushie.

S: Lots of strawberries, some sweet malt, some wheat. Some orange sezt. Smells like candy.

T: A lot like the smell but even sweeter. Not my cup of tea.

M: Light body and richly carbonated. Aftertaste is rather short and almost only sweet.

D: This must be a perfect beer for those which don't like beer, due to bitterness and hoppyness. Another reviewer stated that this is like a beer-sangira - I wish I had made that up...

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Photo of zoso1967
2.71/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish orange with a slightly pink head. Not much lacing to speak of. The aroma is dominated by sweet strawberry. Not really a fresh strawberry aroma, more like Bubble Yum or some gummy candy. Maybe a slight hint of wheat malt, but I may just be imagining it. Taste is dominated by artificial strawberry candy flavors. Sugary sweet with not much depth, but some malt does poke through. Almost tastes like Smucker's strawberry preserves. The mouthfeel is fairly light, but not watery. It would probably be smooth if not for all the carbonation. Finish is a bit on the sticky side for such a light beer. There is some acidic dryness but not enough to balance out all the sugar. I am glad this came in a small bottle as I do not care for it, but I suppose it is fairly drinkable of you like sugary stuff. I bought it for my wife who loves Framboise and even she gave it the thumbs down.

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Photo of Zorro
2.7/5  rDev -22.2%
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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Photo of bark
2.7/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The colour is orange-red-brown. The two finger compact head is beige-pink; it sinks slowly. No lacing occurs.

The smell is sweet-tart with distinct notes of strawberry jam. Like somebody said, "It smells like cheap pancake jam (a Swedish low-budget speciality including various red berries)".

The taste is semi-sweet with lots of strawberry juice flavours. Hints of wheat sourness in the background, as a touch of minerals. The aftertaste is less sweet with some spiced witbier flavours, hidden beneath the strawberries. No alcohol at all. The finish got a mild medical flavour.

The carbonation is mild; the small bubbles soft. The liquid is sweet and sticky.

A beer designed to "attract new customer". I think it is way too simple and plain.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
2.69/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Pours dark pinky red with a quickly fading head.
Nose shows ripe strawberries, confectionery and also a toothpaste note.
Sweet flavours, too sweet. Lots of strawberry, but it seems a little artificial. A little tang redeems things and makes it refreshing.
Needs more carbonation.
Gets a bit sickly sweet.

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Photo of nusch
2.67/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The Fruli is an extremely saccharine fruit beer. When paired with a drier mouthfeel and a hot, stuffy room, it gives me a headache. Disturbingly sweet, disturbingly pink, disturbingly carbonated. I am not a fan. I can see the appeal for fans of soda pop. It is easy to drink several Frulis without noticing the alcohol content (though there is certainly a taste of alcohol in the beverage). Far more on the side of a cooler, based on the astronomical sugar content of this beer.

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