Florisgaarden Ninkeberry | Brouwerij Huyghe

Florisgaarden NinkeberryFlorisgaarden Ninkeberry
22 Ratings
Florisgaarden NinkeberryFlorisgaarden Ninkeberry

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Huyghe

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 07-03-2002

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Reviews by IronDjinn:
Photo of IronDjinn
4.37/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Who needs ciders and malternatives when there is beer like this around? Wow, if you like fruit, then get ready to be slapped across the tongue with it. Poured from a 330 ml brown bottle with freshness date marked on back (this one is only 3%), gold foil around neck and cap. Intense hazy apricot coloured beer with intense carbonation and a pretty impressive head. Recedes to a thin film and leaves some great lacing. Smells of passionfruit, peaches, apricots and strawberries in no particular order. Tastes of passionfruit, peaches, apricots, strawberries, green grapes and melon in no particular order. I'll wager there's a heck of a lot more fruit in there that I'm not picking up. Smooth mouthfeel, very light, this is highly drinkable if you like the sweet stuff. My god, it's like being socked upside the face by that Hawaiian Punch guy.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Popsinc
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Much better than the Floris Passion. Pale orange, mostly clear pour. Again, the nose was fruity and sweet. Plenty of bubbles like a can of gingerale. This beer however, compared to the Passion, was much less sweet, sticky & sugary. Mango & light aprocit flavours stood out. A zing of tanginess on the finish similar to a halloween lolipop. Not too bad, and better than the Floris Passion.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle. Attending an all-day b-day party, starting at 3 p.m., so I thought I'd take it easy at first, and I was thirsty and craving some fruit, so, um, there.

The beer pours a very slightly hazy pale golden yellow colour, with one finger of foamy, bubbly and generally soapy dirty white head, which leaves some dramatic vistas of seaspray lace around the glass as it gently subsides.

It smells quite strongly of a sweet apricot and peach fruitiness, with some lesser mango juice and underripe pineapple, and a softly grainy wheaty maltiness. The taste is sassy fruit - lychee, peach, mango, and passionfruit - a bit of candied sugar, and understated pastry-esque malt notes. Yeah, quelle surprise, the faint wheat grain base is pretty much overmatched by all of this tropical fruitiness.

The carbonation is quite on the low side, and maybe a tad frothy, the body an adequate fruit-kindled medium weight, and kind of sticky in its plebeian smoothness. It finishes veritably sweet in its sugary fruitiness, and weirdly clean.

Fairly refreshing, I'd say, and more like juice than beer, as the low ABV doesn't really seem capable of proffering any alcohol warming. A tasty example of the fringe of what can be considered beer, once acceptable adjuncts are employed.

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Photo of Orrshow
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance – Pours a light golden color with a centimeter of white head. Head wastes away into a small cap. Very little lacing left on my glass afterwards.

Smell – This beer smells very sweet and fruity. An almost acidic smell is mixed in as well. Reminds me almost of a wine cooler.

Taste – Very fruity indeed. Peaches, white grapes, pomegranate, and apricots all some to mind when sipping this beer. There is a tart flavor as well with a slightly dry finish. Very nice.

Mouthfeel – The body is somewhat syrupy. Little high in carbonation but overall feel is pleasant.

Drinkability – I don’t think I could have more than one of these. It’s a little sweet for my taste but if I was in the mood for something of that sort, this would be where I would turn.

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Photo of elricorico
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale yellow, very hazy, with a thin white head. Smell is interesting, white wine, tart fruit smell and candy sugar. Having read the label again I see that mango is an ingredient and I am able to pick out its smell. It is an aroma that makes me want to see how this beer tastes.

The taste! wow, not what I expected. It's like a fruit salad, though I guess that makes sense considering the ingredients. Peach and mango stand out for me, with apricot showing up a fair bit as well. It is tart, yet sweet at the same time. The finish is a mango and apricot mix, that is a touch sour.

This is a medium bodied drink with a bit of syrup feel to it. It is well carbonated, almost like a sparkling grapefruit juice.

I like this beer, but... it certainly isn't very beerlike for one, and secondly, I don't want to have another. The flavours lend to a one at a time type drink. I could see giving these out before dinner at a barbeque or a party(maybe half a bottle to each guest), but I wouldn't want much more than that.

Interesting, tasty and well made, but it is a niche filler.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.22/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a yellowish beer with a nice bubbly head that disappeared a bit too quickly. Aroma is quite stranger with some sweetness from fruit coming out but also some kind of malts. Taste is very sweet with all the fruit coming out at first and then that very weird malt taste hitting you and left me bewildered. Overall, I feel this is not as bad as some of the previous review but again not a world class fruit beer.

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Photo of BigBry
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml brown bottle with gold foil covering the cap. Different label than in picture, 'Floris Ninkeberry', best before date clipped into back label. Has a small taste at Beerfest 2006, so now grabbed a couple bottles from CNS. Very sweet and fruity beer (closer to a cooler). Slightly hazy peach/orange coloured beer with good carbonation and a nice short white head. Foam slowly recedes to a thin film, leaves some great lacing. Smells of passionfruit, peaches, apricots. Similar fruity tastes of passionfruit, peaches, apricots, and mango. Light mouthfeel, not sweet or sticky. If you don't like fruit beers, probably wouldn't like this one.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.59/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast...

Poured a pale golden yellow colour... Huge, slightly off white head poured very, very big and foamy and stayed big until very near the end... quite a bit of patchy lacing...

Aroma - Strong mixed tropical fruits (mango, passion fruit, banana, papaya), sugary sweetness, spicy, very light caramal malts, floral honey notes, no hops that i could make out...

Taste - Quite spicy fruits (definite mango and passion fruits), sweet - but not as sweet as expected, honey, slight maltiness, very very faint hops...

Feel - Quite sharp and spritzy. Light body. Quite drinkable....

Overall - An ok beer.... i wasn't expecting much from this but it wasn't too bad.... worth a try maybe once....

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Photo of dauss
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There was a whole bunch of Florisgaarden flavors that I didn't even know existed. I picked ninkeberry, but wasn't sure what a ninkeberry is. I guess its a fruit punch of beer. Nose is very fruity and peachy. The taste is very sweet, and with a very faint tartness. It finishes a little dry, but this is like a fruit soda, not really a beer. I liked it as a desert drink, but if someone just poured me a glass and didn't tell me what it was, beer definitely would not come to mind. Still very tasty though.

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Photo of funkengruven
4.19/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this stuff up not knowing what a ninkeberry was. But I figured I'd give it a try anyway.

This poured a yellow-amber with a slight head that subsided to a ring around the glass. The smell reminds me of a fruit they grow back home, Passionfruit. Among one of my favorites. This similarity in smell is reflected in the flavor. A flavor reminiscent of Passion fruit with a sweet and clean finish. Refreshing, smooth and easy to drink. This is quite a nice example of how beer can be merged with fruit.

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Photo of canadianbarman
3.54/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

--Poured an almost cloudy, apple juice kind of color.
--I got no head on my pour at all. I tried but it wasn't much.
--Smelled very fruity, which is what I expected.
This beer tasted pretty good. This is not a style of beer that I usually drink as it is too sweet for me, but I have tried others and this one compared nicely. It had an almost 'champagne' taste to it. Would I drink it again...probably not. But only because I don't usally drink this style. Would I recommend it to someone...Yup!

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Photo of paterlodie
1.81/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Best before end of aug. 05. Pours in easy and gives quiet a good white head and beercolor is orange with a fine haze.
Nose is strange, cherry/blackcurrant arome with other fruits but al together not a smell that I want to have in my beer. Taste is extremely sweet, fruity, sour and nothing to notice of the normal beer ingredients like malt or hops.
Couldn't drink more then just a sip.

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Photo of andyj
4.07/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This variety of fruit beers are a bit hard to categorize since they are wit beers with fruit. Being a fan of wit beers in general I had to see what this line of brews was like. It poured a wonderful lacey and slightly foamy head. My expectations were that the ninke would be tart, but it is very sweet both to the taste and the aroma. Appearance is cloudy, which is true to the wit bier style. Many american fruit beers are too tart and mediciny tasting. You don't get that all with this. The fruity sweetness is hard to pindown, but it is delicious, my wife loves (she is not a beer drinker). Jackson says it is a combination of mango, apricot and one other fruit, peach? In short this beer has changed my opinions of fruit beers, such that I may try brewing one once I pin down a wit recipe I am content with.

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Photo of putnam
3.06/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not so much beer as it is peach nectar. Good peach nectar though : sweet, pure, fizzy and yellow. There is no nuance of fermentation that survives the crushing weight of the fruit adjunct. Grain and toast are not a factor in the aromas or flavor either. The label is kind of cute though.

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Photo of pootz
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottled: brew appears to be a Belgian alternative for ladies and youngster’s palates...label lists apricot, Mango, peach and strawberry as main ingredients. Pour reveals a pale cloudy beer reminiscent of a wit..active carbonation with tiny bubbles head reduced quickly because of fruit acid in the brew. Aroma is nice..fruity, floral, sweet. Mouth feel is prickly flavor departure is that of carbonated fruit juice with hints of malt and no detectable hop presence.... sweet fruity and unbeer-like....a kid’s drink for the ladies. Well put together with real ingredients but definately not my taste.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden straw color. The head is fine beaded and lasts a long time. Sticky trails of lace are plentiful. Sweet and tart fruit explode in the aroma. There's peach, pineapple, pear and others. Theres no beer like characteristics in the nose but its natural and not overly sweet. The taste is packed with more sweet juicy fruits. Peach yogurt dominates with lots of green melon, pear and pineapple. A tangy wheat base is detectable as well as some barley grain. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy with soft carbonation. The finish is very fruity with a whisper of hop bitterness.

I liked this fruit beer. It is overloaded with fruit sweetness like a lot of fruit beers, but its not cloying and there are no synthetic off flavors like a lot of fruit beers. Its modestly complex and very drinkable.

It could use more tartness and 'beer' flavors.

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Photo of donnebaby
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Creamy, tight plastic top, studded with oily fish egg bubbles. Light liquid foam lacing. Somewhat clear body and a frozen gold appearance. Very still in the glass. Sweet, artificial strawberries and oranges. Creamy. A little over the top.

The taste is very sweet, sweet apple or strawberry juice. A touch of dryness at the end. Light carbonation, creamy texture.

Too sweet to think about having another.

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Photo of marburg
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer mai-tai. Tropical fruits and alcohol. Hawaii meets Belgium. Yellowish color with a small-ish head that lingers as a film. Aroma is of no concern as this beer has an abundance of it. This beer is an exercise in extreme adjunct flavor. I haven't a problem in the world with that, and it's a great product. Big fruity nose that puts you in a lounge chair. Very zesty, zippy mouthfeel with a sorbet-like flavor. Not quite assertive or pretty enough to be on par with some other intensely-fruitish fruit beers but nonetheless a great stride toward the brewer's goal.

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Photo of purplehops
2.93/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Ninkeberry pours a cloudy yellow amber with a vigorous white head that leaves a nice pattern on the sides of the glass. The aroma is bubble gum and tropical fruit salad. It looks malty but it sure don't smell malty. The taste is fruity champagne. It taste like you mixed a brut champagne with white juicy juice. The finish is dry and sweet with mango and passion fruit flavors lingering. The aftertaste is crisp and dry with a hint of alcohol trying to make itself known. The mouthfeel is effervescent and refreshing with a slight sugar heaviness in the finish.
If you want to try something different then this might be your beer. By far this is not a great beer but it is another interesting flavored beer from Brewery Huyghe. Some of their others are chocolate, passion fruit, and honey. I like the fact that the Belgians will try anything once. Who else would make tropical fruit salad witbier. Not for everyone. Not for everyday.

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Photo of TerryW
3.19/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden yellow with a respectable white head and lots of good looking lace as you go. An attractive looking beer.

Sweet heavy smell like syrup cut with beer. Taste is also sweet, but quite interesting in its own fruity way. Fruit flavours linger on the palate. Decent as an after dinner beer or as a summer-time patio drink. Mouthfeel is just a wee touch too syrupy and heavy.

I was a bit worried about this one after not at all enjoying Florisgaarden Passion, but this is much more drinkable.

Pretty good as a one-off, not something to drink a whole bunch of. Put on a pair of shorts and stretch out on a lawn chair in the sun to drink this one.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy peach colour with a loose, thin head. Lacing is notbad, all things considered.

S - Smells like the fruitopia - the red passionfruity one.

T - Sweet, tart and fruity with a slight twinge of bitterness in the finish. Not at all beer-like. Definitely very fruitopia-like. Very refreshing.

M - Light and highly carbonated. Very pop-like.

D - Easy drinking. Not a beery beer by any means. This one's all about the fruit. A dessert beer perhaps.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I couldn't pick out a "ninkeberry" to save my very life, but here we go, into the fray, anyway...appearance: a hazy, sullen, sordid shade of apricot, with a slim white head, quickly evaporating...Aroma matches the apricot color perfectly, nothing but that beautiful fruit, sweet and mellow, well-balanced...nice.
Taste: some small tartness, then it's all sweet and juicy, dripping with apricot nectar, all the way from the edge of the mouth down the jowl, drying off right quick, too, very tidily and tastily. it occurs like this again with each additional sip, it's tart, it's sweet, it's dry, and then, lather, risnse, repeat....a cute little fruity dessert brew, not so shabby, but needs more of a lot more to be closer to a real beer.
At least I know what "ninkebery" means now,

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Florisgaarden Ninkeberry from Brouwerij Huyghe
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 22 ratings
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