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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
Reviews:
194
Ratings:
462
Avg:
3.48
pDev:
28.45%
 
 
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Photo of Smurf2055
3.92/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into Delirium Tulip.

Light red/pink with little head.

Smell is major strawberry, very fruity, super sugary.

Taste is super super sweet, it’s like drinking soda. Very big strawberry and orange taste.

Honestly nothing like beer, more like putting juice in a Strawberry Fanta. Not good for a beer drinker, but personally, I love it.

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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 rypkr
3.94/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a cloudy apricot amber, nearly no head at all with a moderate, becoming aggressive pour.

Smell - as expected, strawberries. It's mild and pleasant. Very little else comes through however.

Taste - not much traditional beer taste whatsoever. No presence of hops or barley that I can detect. As a beverage this is delicious, but I have a hard time viewing it as a beer. It's a tasty wine cooler that somehow skirted the technical classifications to cheat itself into a category to be labeled a "beer". I'm not mad at this beverage and am not detracting it in any category other than overall for the mere reason that it's enjoyable, but simply somewhat imposing on what it calls itself.

Mouthfeel - is tremendous. It possesses extremely crisp, prickly and refreshing carbonation with a perfectly dry aftertaste that allows its fruit flavor to linger for a second or so after.

Overall - a good drink but a questionable "beer"

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Photo of cfrancis
3.94/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

When it comes to fruit beer, this one is pretty top of the list. Aroma is awash with strawberries. Pours a ruby red with minimal head. Flavour is obvious fruit, soft alcohol aftertones. The only fault is it is very thin on the taste and light on the mouthfeel. But for a summer afternoon on the patio, this would be ideal sipping beer.

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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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Photo of jwc215
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy dark pink with a light pink head that slowly descends to a thin, lasting cover. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of strawberry shortcake with slight oranges (and peaches?).

The taste is sweet - so sweet I picture whipped cream on the strawberry shortcake that it reminds me of. The sweetness does have some balance with slight breadiness and a touch of coriander in the finish. Still, it remains sweet. Some orange peel is noticeable as it progresses.

The feel is spritzy - almost champagne-like. Light bodied. The flavor doesn't hang on too long.

Again, it reminds me of strawberry shortcake overall. It uses fruit juice, yet doesn't have that "artificial" taste. I wouldn't say this is one of the best of Belgium by any means, but it's a nice dessert brew.

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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 The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.97/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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Photo of cosmo4u
3.97/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at lazyboy saloon white plains ny 8/17/11

a cranberry body with a white head. Sweet sugar and strawberries are the essence of this brew. Delicious aroma but how does it hold up. Chewy and sweet with a soft strawberry flavor. Well if this is what was set out to be done its a hell of a sugar sweet brew with a lingering sweetness. its honestly delicious, it tastes like a sweetened fruit juice, but with alcohol. im not sure i could really drink more than one of these, as far as beer goes it hardly seems as such but whatever it tastes dam good.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.97/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Pours a hazy pink orange color with a little light pink head that sink immediately.

S - Strawberries, wheat, sugar.

T - Follows the nose with strawberry candy, sugar fruit compote, Sweet but dry on the aftertaste. Wheat adds a nice touch.

M - Very smooth medium body. Finishes dry and tart.

Drinks very good with a smooth feel and a nice finish. Reminds me of a strawberry rhubarb sauce that goes great on biscuits.

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Photo of scratch69
3.97/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Cloudy, dark pink color with a fingers worth of fizzy pinkish-white head. Fair amount of sticky lacing.

Smell- Strong smell of strawberry candy.

Taste- Sweet strawberry flavor and nothing else. Reminds me of a strong flavored strawberry soda pop.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied, smooth, and sticky. Very well carbonated.

Overall- The flavor doesn't really say "beer", but still enjoyable if you like the style. My wife wants to have these again.

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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 asabreed
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Abbey in Baltimore.

Appearance: As you can imagine, a Strawberry color. Some nice haze and not entirely clear.

Smell: Strawberry and malty fruit flavors. Seems legit and without extract, but who knows.

Taste: A nice balance between sweetness and tartness with the strawberries and malty flavors. Lingering fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Champagne-like and sparkling carbonation that works really well.

Drinkability: A solid fruit beer, and certainly one I'd drink again. This was my first strawberry beer too I think.

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Photo of Stocean1
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured a three finger fluffy head - that dissipated to half a finger - good lacing - deep red stawberry colour - cloudy

S - huge strawberry scent with some wheat balancing it out

T - sweet strawberries with a witbier like backbone - cloves - some bitter orange peel in the finish

M - really enjoyed this aspect - sweet yet tart and dry - very creamy and smooth despite the sweetness

O - why have I avoided this!!! Really enjoyable and I will now grab this from time to time when I have a sweet tooth.

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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 ShadesOfGray
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a wine tulip. Pours a light pink'ish color and results in a ruby color with 1 to 2 finger white fizzy head. Head dissapates relatively quickly to a very small ring and leaves light fizzy lacing. Appearance is hazy.

Aroma is very sweet of course, like pink lemonade. My wife is correcting me now, and saying..."no, it smells like strawberries!" Regardless, it's one of those 2 and overall light smell, but sweet.

Not bad. Not my style, but I'm reviewing with an open mind. Not as thick and sweet as the popular Lindamans Framboise Lambic. Light, crisp, carbonated/fizzy...and a nice amount of strawberry flavor. No alcohol resemblance at all. Taste like a sugar-free strawberry soda.

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

Smoked salmon with pale orange edges. The attractive crown of foam is pale pink, which is a pretty common hue for a cherry, raspberry or strawberry fruit beer. One wide swatch of lace has appeared on the opposite side of the glass.

The aroma is more than just strawberry because Fruli is more than just a simple fruit beer. It's actually a witbier to which strawberry juice has been added. The result is several more layers of aroma (and, hopefully, flavor) that kick the score up a notch.

This little beauty is at least as good as Floris Framboise and Florisgaarden Apple, the only other Brouwerij Huyghe fruit beers that I've reviewed to date. As expected, the additional ingredients of orange peel and coriander add the complexity that is often lacking in beer of this sort.

The amount of sweetness is just about right, especially since the bottle is only 8.4 ounces small. Sugared strawberry puree dominates right out of the gate, coriander enters down the backstretch, and a twist of orange zest sneaks in at the finish. This is good stuff that the chicks should dig. The dudes too.

Mouthfeel matches flavor. In other words, it isn't thick and syrupy (just like the beer isn't cloyingly sweet), although there is a good bit of viscosity goin' on. The carbonation does just enough to be noticed.

More breweries should use witbiers as the base for their fruit beer. The added complexity makes them more interesting and more delicious. Thanks to BKIII for this generous, out-of-the-blue gift.

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Photo of AdmiralDiaz
4.01/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle

A: Pours a semi-opaque light red body with a small off-white almost pink head with low retention and no lacing.

S: YUM. Strong strawberries with hints of orange wheat and traces of some spiciness.

T: Strong strawberries hit upfront turning into hints of "beer" the ending still has strong wheat with hints of strawberries and other fruits.

M: Well carbonated with little bubbles dancing across the tongue.

Overall: I enjoyed this, not the best of the style, but for the price it's amazing.

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

8.4 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark hazy reddish color, like strawberry juice. Foamy light head with good retention.

Smell: Aroma of strawberries, slightly sweet with some earthy/green notes.

Taste: Really just like the smell.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with some light tingly carbonation.

Drinkability: Low ABV, easy to drink.

A nice strawberry beer, definitely the best of these that I've tried. Still not a big fan of this style, but this is a good one.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.05/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

8.4 fl oz. bottle, with label on back saying best before 03/2014. An intriguing looking bottle & design. My second beer from Brouwerij Huyghe, the other one being Delirium Tremens. Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a quarter inch of white fizzy head which quickly disappears into nothing. Body color is a hazy dark salmon pink / light red color. Bubbles floating to the top, and some light sediment twirling around. Nice thick lacing on the way down.

S - Immediately after uncapping this, the smell of genuine strawberry hit me. I search for it, yet I don't get any coriander or orange peel, though.

T - Luscious tart sugary strawberries. Has some other natural berry attributes to it, also. Tastes almost like a fruit-roll-up. A nice, refreshing, sweet beer. Searching for some yeast or malt, but again I find nothing. Moderate carbonation.

M - Feel is sweet and sticky, with no real lingering flavors of any kind.

Overall, refreshing, delicious, and very natural tasting. Highly drinkable at 4.10% abv, yet I do wish this was packaged in normal 12 oz. bottles instead of such a smaller serving. Probably a bit too sweet of a beer to session, but I could drink a ton of these. A try again beer, for sure.

Van Diest Früli Strawberry Beer ---4/5.

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Photo of crossovert
4.06/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 8.4 oz mini bottle with unique striped foiling.

Pours a murky brownish red with a small mildly pink head that quickly dissipates. Not the strongest lookign brew.

Smell is amazing, pure strawberry with a little yogurt scent. Smells soooo delicious, not really like beer though.

Taste is well of strawberries what else? A little bit of yogurtyness and some smokey malt flavor. Not too bad. Mouthfeel is silky smooth, this is a delectable dessert beer.

Overall, yes it is a fruity beer, but still worthy.

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Photo of ecoastman
4.07/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Interesting stuff that I may try again when it's on sale. Like many fruitier beers, this one is a little high on the medicinal character scale but it's not overpowering. Some reviewer ratings are low but I think you need to take this beer for what it is - a fruit bier. It's different but it's also quite interesting and tasty.

There's no questioning the style as soon as you open a bottle of Fruli Strawberry Beer. It smells like sweet ripe strawberries with wit-like bubblegum and also some medicinal phenolics. The added orange peel and coriander aren't obvious but they provide an overall aroma that reminds me of some or my wife's potpourri blends.

It pours a hazy strawberry red (surprise) with fine carbonation making a dense and fizzy but short-lived head with no lacing. It looks more like a wine cooler than a beer but the colour is attractive.

It hits the palate syrupy smooth & sweet and the strawberry flavour is intense - a direct impact from the 30% strawberry juice. The phenolics are mild and there is very low bitterness in the finish. The aftertaste is the same and lingers nicely. The carbonation is fine but low and doesn't make the beer course.

Good stuff.

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Photo of BrokenEdge
4.08/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.08/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Veiled amber color with absolutely no head. Delicious smell and flavor of fresh fruity strawberry. A little light with a pleasant fruity finish.

Super flavorful beer to try at least once. Sure you almost only taste strawberry, but this is what it's supposed to deliver. Perfect for those who doesn't like typical beer.

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Van Diest Früli Strawberry Beer from Brouwerij Huyghe
3.48 out of 5 based on 462 ratings.
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