Frubee Banana | Brouwerij Huyghe

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Frubee BananaFrubee Banana

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Huyghe

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by rhoadsrage on 09-11-2005

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Reviews by capra12:
Photo of capra12
3.77/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed solo today 8/10/09 at dinner served out of a snifter glass.

Appearance: Tan in color with 1 finger of head.

Smell: Strong Banana esters and a subtle wheat undertones.

Taste: Opens much like a cider, sweet banana and over ripened apple. These flavors pretty much carryover through the middle to the end, leaving a sweet and sour taste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, dry and rather coarse.

Drinkability: For fruit beers, this didn't leave me puckering like most do and I'd only have another to share with a female friend.

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Photo of Billolick
2.49/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

8.4 ounce tiny bottle. This beer pours very pale, and clear, with off white lacing and a minor snow white fine bubble head. The nose is very sweet and also of solvents. yeesh this is too sweet! Notes of artificial banana flavoring, lots of sweetness and very few redeaming other qualities. There are other much better dessert beers out there, stay away.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.55/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer pours a bright straw yellow with a crystal clear body. It has a thin pale white head that forms a thin skin on the beer.

S- Bold ripe banana aroma almost like Laffy Taffy candy with some bubble gum notes and a faint sour note. The banana is bold but not over the top for banana.

T- Sweet bubblegum and banana flavors with a light sour and tart finish. There is a fain hop bitterness at the finish that is a bit dry.

M- Light mouthfeel with no astringency or alcohol warmth.

D- This beer is a bit sweet and candy flavored but it does have some depth to it. The Banana is strong but I didn't feel that it was overpowering or to chemical tasting. Very interesting.

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Photo of Gmann
2.53/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a murky pale orange color with a rather lifeless head that quickly settles into a light ring. Plenty of yeast floaters floating about. The aroma is big on the banana, sweetened banana flavor that you would find in candy, perhaps banana bread. A banana jelly belly aroma. Too artifical and too strong. Wow, this is really sweet. Very sweet apple juice and banana flavoring. There is a light green apple tartness towards the end. This is just too sugary sweet to be good. Light feel with tingly carbonation and very sweet on the finish; cloyingly sweet and slick. A very odd beer and not in a good way. The aroma is artificial and the taste is very sweet and not very pleasant. I was able to finish the 8.4oz bottle though.

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Photo of plaid75
2.08/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Poured a hazy straw hue with a 1/4 inch foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing. Multitude of floating sendiment as well.

The smell featured a candy-like banana aroma. Some decent wild yeast elements as well.

The taste was upfront super sweet. Good banana flavor, but the candy flavors dominated. Excessively sweet.

The mouthfeel was cloying sweetness. Syrupy even.

Overall a good banana experience but very hard to drink.

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Photo of weeare138
3.12/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appears a light gold with a small white head and scattered lacing.
Smell is of banana chips and melon with a sugary candy aroma.
Taste is of the same smells with a bit of a cloyingly sweet sugaryness that seems like a jazzed up malt liquor.
Mouthfeel is overly sweet with banana juice flowing.

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Photo of auntfloyd
2.16/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I picked this up from a local grocery store (a Key Foods in Brooklyn), mostly because it was a beer I'd never tried, sold by the bottle. It was served from a 8.4 oz bottle, which promised both natural and artificial flavors, into a tulip glass. The freshness date was March 2007. Trying this beer has inspired me to write my first review.

The beer poured a pale yellow, with no cloudiness and very little head. While the appearance is not out of the ordinary, the nose, a blend of sweet apple juice and artificial banana flavoring (the Laffy Taffy comparison made in a previous review was spot on) announced itself loudly. Although by no means terribly pleasant, it is an accurate foretaste of the flavor to come. The very first thing you will note about the taste of this beer is the intense sweetness, which overwhelms all else, although the (artificial?) banana flavor is certainly noticeable. The feel of the Frubee Banana is, like the appearance, not much to take notice of; a bit fizzy, but overall lacking substance.

There is not much to recommend this beer - the sweetness almost makes it less a beer than an alcopop. For those with sweet tooths only.

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Photo of Suds
3.84/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

We had dinner guests the other night, and my friend brought this brew. In the interest of disclosure, I’m not a lover of most fruit beers, but this one was so interesting and enjoyable that I liked it in spite of myself. The beer pours a very pale and clear straw color with a brilliant but thin white head. The carbonation is modest. What an aroma…as soon as you draw the glass anywhere near your face, you’re instantly hit with an intense ripe banana smell. There’s a sweet and yeasty smell as well, but they’re pushed into the distant background by the banana. The banana aroma is a bit artificial at times, but not in a distracting and unappealing way. It’s actually pretty well done. The flavor is similar. Banana stand out, with more a bit more sweetness than necessary. The brew becomes a little tart by the mid-taste, and finishes with a crisp and snappy sourness. Not much in the way of bitterness. The mouthfeel is pretty creamy for the style of beer. This one is worth it just for the unique flavors.

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Photo of cbl2
2.53/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

9/7/2006 $1.79 8.4 oz. N/A Best by 3/07.


Pours an extremely pale yellow with an inch or so of tight white head that settles slowly, leaving a nice lace. The color is a little disturbing, but everything else looks good.


"Beer with spices natural & artificial flavors added" according to the label, and this one scream artificial banana. Just like pentyl ethanoate, the ester responsible for artifical banana.


Smooth mouthfeel, but it's hard to get past the cloyingly sweet, on the verge of rotting, banana flavor. So very very strange, this for me is a novelty beer, that should never have happened.


"Frubee is a fruit flavoured whte beer imported from Belgium. The use of fruit flavouring for white beer is a centuries-old tradition and Frubee is a revival of this classic style." I for one am ok with style dying a quick painful death! No more Frubee for me.

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Photo of drseamus
2.1/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This beer sounded so weird I just needed to try it even though I thought it would be terrible. They also had a Frubee Raspberry but I didn't try that.

The beer poured in a weird pale yellow color. It wasn't clear but slightly more cloudy; almost more like a Hefeweisen. There were also flecks of something floating in the beer that didn't look like yeast but almost more like pieces of banana.

The aroma was VERY potent and smelled like bananas, but not real bananas but more like fake bananas. I could smell it before I even got my nose close to the glass. It was also incredibly sweet smelling. It kind of reminded me of banana chips and sugar.

The initial thought I had when I drank the beer was how bad it was. After that however, it wasn't actually that bad. There was a very strong banana flavor, but like the aroma, it was more like a fake banana flavor. The aftertaste wasn't terribly good either. In the middle of the sip though, it approaches something tasty.

The beer was very carbonated, almost too much so. It wasn't thin, but wasn't heavy either. I think the taste is so bold that I couldn't get past it.

I would say the drinkability of this beer is quite low. I didn't really like it and would advise most people only to drink it if they want to be able to say that they had a banana beer. I guess it also lets you appreciate other beers more also.

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Frubee Banana from Brouwerij Huyghe
2.82 out of 5 based on 10 ratings.
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