Van Diest Früli Strawberry Beer | Brouwerij Huyghe

Van Diest Früli Strawberry BeerVan Diest Früli Strawberry Beer
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3.48/5
482 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by rastaman on 09-17-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#40,835
Reviews:
199
Ratings:
482
pDev:
18.39%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
81
Trade:
1
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Photo of AugustusRex
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of andrewkgray91
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of WOLFGANG
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of colts9016
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a reddish color no clarity, with a pinkish head.

N: yeast, biscuits, strawberries, and sugar.

Taste: yeast, biscuits, strawberries, sugar, and fruity.

Mouthfeel is coating, slightly carbonated, and medium body.

It reminds me of a Lindemans, It is too sweet for me to finish, gave it to my roommate.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of tmoneyba
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Party Source.

Poured reddish/amber color with a moderate off-white head that lasted and produced good lacing. Average sweet strawberry aroma. Medium body with a smooth thick texture and soft carbonation. Medium sweet fruity flavor with a sweet finish of moderate duration.

Fruit brew, not my style.

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Photo of Minnesota_beer_guy
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of schopenhauerale
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of TheHoppiest
3.26/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 250 ml bottle into a small chalice. Pours a hazy mauve-pink color, with a 1/4" white head that quickly reduces to a mere swirl of head.

Has a fresh strawberry aroma, like strawberry jam, with undertones of sweet orange peel. Very unsubtle; this is a one-note wonder.

Tastes of concentrated strawberry, intense and sweet. Has a tartness midway through the sip, ending with hint of caramelized sugar.

Mouthfeel is light and fizzy,very easy drinking.

A decent strawberry beer for people who like strawberries and wine coolers. It is no Samuel Smith strawberry beer, which is the gold standard of strawberry beers.

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Photo of mick303
3.26/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

250 mL bottle, this pours a cloudy, deep ruby link colour, with a large head of soft, strawberry milkshake head. The initial surprise of the pink-hued beer coming out of the bottle is a bit of a shock, beer looks interesting and shows pretty good head retention and lacing is really nice.

Smell is strongly candy-like. Strawberry sweets, with an artificial flavour feel. Maybe can detect a bit of malt but this is so overpoweringly sweet its hard to tell.

Taste is initially a wheaty, strawberry freshness, with a lot of candy sugar sweetness, quite jammy. It doesn't show a lot of the wit character, this is background and overshadowed by the strong fruitiness. Has some of the wheat characteristics but this is needing more balance and less sweetness.

Mouthfeel is very light, carbonation is too, not much crispness, slight dryness on the finish but way too sweet to be considered refreshing.

Hard to imagine getting this again or drinking it on a regular basis. A very candy-like beer, glad it came in such a small bottle because it would be hard to drink much more of it. Interesting idea, and not altogether bad, it is beer, but I was disappointed with this.

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Photo of BurpingtonDC
3.27/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A - I don't know. If you like your "beer" reddish pink this one would deliver. Fizzy white head like soda or wine cooler, foam disappears rapidly.

S -Smell is incredibly, but not surprisingly an intense strawberry. No hint of malt in there.

T - Well I can't think of it as a beer or ale, but it's intense strawberry sweetness was pleasant for approximately 8.4 ounces. Maybe I could even drink two, but it's mostly a novelty to me.

M - Foamy and fizzy strawberry pop!

O - Not really beer, but fun to drink on occasion. Very strawberry

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Photo of jsg2220
3.27/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured light pink to red with a tiny head that disappeared quickly and small slowly rising bubbles. Wide lacing was left on the glass as it was consumed.

S - Smeels distinctly of strawberry.

T - Sweet. The strawberry seems to hide the "white" flavor but, you can taste a little in the finish.

M - Syrupy. A burst of bubbles when you swallow. Left a sugary feeling in the mouth.

D - A dessert beer. Maybe with or literally in strawberry shortcake. Could possibly be paired with a salad. I found the white finish to be slightly unbalanced with the sweetness, but that is probably just a personal tick. I don't think it would bother many people and I would definitely get another one.

Served - 8.4oz bottle into tapered flute

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Photo of baiser
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the biermarkt. Review is based on drinking some of my gf's drink. Poured a cloudy pink, with almost no head but good amounts of lacing clinging to the glass. Nose was primarily super sweet strawberries and sugar. There must've been some sorta fruit juice added.

Taste is strawberries, sweet and tart finish. Points were knocked off all around because this just wasn't much of a 'beer' at all. Tasted more like a strawberry wine/cider. Not a beer, but delicious nonetheless.

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Photo of gatornation
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

on tao 12 oz serving

A- pours a clear pink color with a light head no lacing
S- strawberry cake with light wheat
T= strawberry spritzer with some cake and bread tastes
M-crisp and light with medium carbonation a little dry sweet sugar
O-more like a strawberry soda than a beer

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Photo of BobbyBeerman
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I like strawberries. I like beer (otherwise I wouldn't be here). But the two together had me hopeful and worried (Wild Blue). This was the beer for the salad course at the beer dinner on 4/4/09 at Kindling.

A: This pours red with a creamy pink head. With the actual beer part of this being a Belgian wheat beer I wasn't surprised that it was cloudy with the typical sediment in the bottom of the bottle.

S: When we started pouring this one I could smell it across the room. There might be other, more subtle, aromas in there but the strawberry covers them.

T: Eventually you can taste some of the other beer elements but they come more on the mid to trailing edge. Up front (no surprise here) it's strawberry. With this having 30% fruit juice it's hard to avoid the strawberry. On the trailing edge you get some of the wheat beer spiciness. Pairing this up with the salad course I think helped cut the sweetness.

M: Light, bubbly yet not over carbonated.

D: On its own, I know I would not want more than one at a session. I would want something to cut the sweetness (like at the dinner). It was a little sweet for me but I feel it is worth the experience.

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Photo of atsprings
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a flute glass a pinkish red with a thin diminishing head that leaves slight lacing. Aroma is strawberries, that is all. The taste is loads of strawberries with a slight amount of witbier flavor poking through. The beer is quite light and crisp, but the sweetness dominates. This one seems like nothing more than a gimmick beer.

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Photo of Mousel
3.29/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bnes09
3.29/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Sweet and syrupy. Authentic strawberry flavor

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Photo of Seanstoppable
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've tried this in the past and recall liking it. Having been bombarded with great stuff over the summer, I thought I would give this a try again and see how it measures up.

Pours a cloudy reddish color, pretty much exactly like strawberry juice, with one finger of head. Head quickly evaporates. No real lacing.

Smell is a sweet, creamy strawberry scent that reminds me of candy.

Taste follows from the scent. Sweet, creamy strawberry like candy. A bit too sweet for my tastes, like an overly sugary jam almost. Bit of a dry finish. Strawberry flavor also doesn't linger very long.

This is more of a desert beer than a regular sessional beer to me. Accompanied with the proper pairings, such as other fruits, and I am sure this would be quite fantastic. By itself, I would probably pass it over in favor of other stuff.

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Photo of pootz
3.32/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

250ml bottle.

pours a reddish pink murky ale in the glass. Puffy off white cap. Nice lacing,

Ample aromas of real strawberry and wet mustiness.

Flavor is like a strawberry soda that had a wet horse blankets soaking in it. Nice balance of real fruit and lambic...

... but again it is the adjunct sugar that frigs up the drink.

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Photo of SassaDog
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of laintringulis
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Served lightly chilled in a flute glass.

Pours a pretty rose amber color with a moderate amount of tiny bubbles escalating up the glass throughout drinking. Thin off white foamy head dissipates into a thin ring quickly.

Smells primarily of ripe strawberries with a light scent of orange and woodiness.

Taste of fresh strawberries. Sweet tasting, but not overly sweet. There is a light hint of orange and coriander and a slight bitterness on the back taste. It was much better than I expected. The strawberry flavor is natural.

Light bodied, champagne-like, with the right amount of carbonation. The downfall is that it is too sticky. It leaves your mouth and lips sticky; but it doesn't taste sticky. The flavor is very short lived; the taste is long gone and the stickiness remains.

The mouthfeel makes this beer much less drinkable. The taste and smell are commendable.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.34/5  rDev -4%

250 ml bottle served cold into glassware. Cost was about $2.60 CDN.

Appearance - Pink in color, capped by just under a finger of white head with a pink tinge to it. Quite a few active bubbles and the head presents some lasting power. Quite hazy.

Smell - A plethora of ripened strawberries covered in sugar.

Taste - Again a bunch of fresh strawberries, a little oversweet, but not excessively so like other fruit beers. Not a lot else.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and refreshing with a light body and slightly above average carbonation.

Overall - A tasty albeit expensive fruit beer that is pretty good as strawberries go. However, unless I'm offered this again I won't be picking it up since the taste and enjoy-ability just don't match the price.

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

Pours a cloudy strawberry red color (how appropriate) with a 1/2 inch tan fluffy head which dissipates quickly; a lot of sediment floating around in the bottom of the glass. Leaves decent spotty lacing.

Smells of strawberry, sweet malt, yeast or grains, cotton candy, sugar, orange peel and artificial sweeteners...very, very sweet nose, like a kid's fruit juice.

Tastes like it smells, with the flavor of strawberry, cotton candy, sugar, candy like Skittles, Starburst or taffy, sweet malt, yeast, caramel, orange peel and a ton of artificial sweeteners or candy sugar. This is by far the sweetest beer that I've ever had, but it seems to go down easy and not be too offensive with the over the top sweetness.

Mouthfeel is light and creamy, with a medium body that feels heavier than it is because of the juice-like sweetness; very light to no carbonation, this is almost too watery as this beer went down very easy. I had to force myself to sip it, otherwise I would have chugged it like a glass of juice.

Overall it was enjoyable, but it was too sweet for my liking to have this on a regular basis. It was a nice experimental beer and I'm glad I tried it because I'd never seen a strawberry beer prior to this one. This is a beer that female non beer drinkers would like and is a good desert beer, but only one at a time. Not my type of session beer, but it's worth trying for its uniqueness.

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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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Van Diest Früli Strawberry Beer from Brouwerij Huyghe
Beer rating: 3.48 out of 5 with 482 ratings
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