Liefmans Fruitesse On The Rocks
Brouwerij Liefmans

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Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #747
Ranked #48,023
3.45 | pDev: 18.26%
Brouwerij Liefmans
Liefmans Fruitesse On The RocksLiefmans Fruitesse On The Rocks
Notes: Formerly Fruitesse.

This sparkling appetiser beer, with its pale red colour, is at its very best in the stylish, playful Liefmans glass. Enjoy the fresh, intense flavour of strawberries, raspberries, black cherries, elderberries and blueberries.

Bubbling, sparkling and brim-full of fruity flavours, what more could you want for the final touch to a night out? And for a refreshing change, why not try it served on the rocks…
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4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 250ml bottle. It has a raspberry red body, and a small pink head with some lacing.

The aroma has cherries, strawberries, raspberries and caramel to it, with a slight unpleasant cattiness to it.

The taste is mildly sour and sweet, with cherries, strawberries and raspberries, but with a slight artificial tone. Good amount of carbonation.

Light, sweet and enjoyable.

Oct 29, 2019
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elnachooo from Spain

2.88/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Cerveza rojiza, de cuerpo medio y de carbonatación media. Aroma a jarabe de cereza y frambuesa. En boca no es tan dulce como imaginaba sino un poco mas agria pero de todos modos es fácil de beber.

Feb 14, 2019
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mynie from Maryland

4.52/5  rDev +31%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The label said I should pour it over ice, so I did.

It's a very pretty pale pink, a fizzy as soda pop, with a wonderfully retentive rose-colored head.

The aroma is gentle and variegated. Just--this might not make sense, but it smells like pinkness: fruity softness, the sweetness of cherries and strawberries only without the sharper, sour bite that usually accompanies such fruits. It's wonderful.

It doesn't taste quite as good as it smells, but it's still a lovely beer. Pink fruit up front, some sour funk in the middle, and a chewy, yeasty finish.

A bit weak by today's standards, sure, but overall an exquisitely brewed beer.

Jan 25, 2019
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safaricook from Netherlands

3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured it over ice. Looks great pink with huge fine head. This not much of a beer, but at the same time very drinkable and fruity. Ideal on a hot day in the early afternoon.

May 27, 2018
WOLFGANG from South Carolina

4.19/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2017 Draught Thirsty Monk AVL Bright strawberry and cherry. Not as sweet as expected. Finish lingers aided by medium carbonation. Much better on draught. 4.2% ABV

Apr 25, 2018
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.89/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer is so much better than the average BA ratings that I don't want to speak openly and start a fight. So, I will have it side-by-side with one of my favorites, like New Glarus' Raspberry Tart and review Fruitesse then. In the meantime, it went great with my dessert and I suggest that folks start having it that way.

Jan 05, 2018
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322wingedfoot from Pennsylvania

2.08/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

From a 250ml bottle with a 10/2018 date. Not sure I would call this a beer. It's more of a raspberry/cherry soda with some alcohol. Very sweet. One could say it was thirst quenching on a hot day, but I'd rather either have a Coke or a cocktail.

Jul 28, 2017
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dcotom from Iowa

3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured ice cold from 8.5-ounce bottle into a fluted glass. I did not pour this over ice, as recommended on the label. Very pretty garnet-colored body, with a substantial light pink head that left scads of sticky lacing as it faded into a thin ring. Big aromas and flavors of tart cherry, followed by strawberry and raspberry. Pleasantly but not overly tart. Light bodied, not at all syrupy despite the fruit-juicy sweetness. There is a little bit of sticky sweetness that lingers on the finish. For what this is, it hits all the right notes.

Jul 17, 2017
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Roguer from Connecticut

3.79/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a lovely bright strawberry red, crystal clear. Head is fizzy and extremely small.

Extremely sweet berry aroma: cherries, raspberries, and blueberries. Smells a touch like cough syrup in weaker moments.

Sparkling, light, sweet (but not too much), and very fruity: apples, cherries, strawberries, and raspberries. Not unlike a wine spritzer. Eminently quaffable.

This is a pretty tasty brew, although I certainly wouldn't go out of my way for it. My wife loves it; I would love more funk and tartness.

Jul 13, 2017
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vinicole from England

2.66/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Bottle. Garnet in colour. Dense light pink head.
Sweet berry and other fruits aroma.
Sickly saccharine. Some tartness at the finish. Cherry discerned.
Cloying. Strong carbonation.
Alco pop with a craft beer label.

May 28, 2017
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Treyliff from West Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

8.5oz bottle, poured into a lowball glass
Only beer I've ever had that told me to pour over ice

A- pours a deep ruby purple color with a fizzy two-finger head that reduces to a thin layer

S- smells of red pop-rocks candy, with undertones of strawberry, cherry & raspberry, as advertised

T- fruity berries up front with flavors of strawberry and cherry in particular, slight tartness at the mid-palate. Sugary, candy-like sweetness on the finish with more berries on the linger

M- light body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a bit of a flat finish

O- a nice change of pace from the super malt or super hoppy, I'd buy this again, especially in the summer

Dec 10, 2016
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JoLight from Georgia

4.9/5  rDev +42%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deep red in color, and clear, but with lots of particles floating around. A thin head with a pink hue that leaves some lacing. (When poured more aggressively, the beer has a much bolder head that retains longer.)

The aroma is candy-sweet; it smells of strawberry Twizzlers and hard cherry candy.

The flavor consists of raspberries, dark cherries, strawberry Twizzlers, and some other indistinct berry flavors. No real malt presence. Greatly tart and sugary-sweet overall.

The mouthfeel is highly carbonated and on the heavy side of light.

This beer has a semidry, somewhat crisp, and surely refreshing finish.

This is one of the best fruit beers out there on the market today.

Aug 22, 2016
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On draft. Poured a clear, reddish color with a small, pink head of bubbly foam. It left minimal lacing. It smelled mixed berries and a touch of caramel. Sweet strawberry and raspberry flavors were present and other berries that I couldn't identify. Almost no bitterness.

Jun 19, 2016
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.39/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A bright, slick and glistening red body glides easily down the throat with clean, expressive flavors of red berries. Blend this with your favorite peanut butter beer and thank me later.

Dec 25, 2015
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle, it pours a hazy reddish color with a quickly dissipating head. Fruity smell assaults the nose and also attacks the mouth. Not overly sweet - enjoyable and refreshing!

Nov 18, 2015
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BigBry from Canada (AB)

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Small 250 ml bottle.
The beer is clear reddish pink color, head rises up but then quickly shrinks back down. Spider webs of lacing.
There are strong smell of fruit, strawberries and cherries.
The taste has lots of fruity flavors, same strawberries, raspberries and cherries, sweet but not overly so.
Light body and mouth feel, crisp and refreshing.
This beer is easy to drink, not too sweet or cloying.
A good intro beer for the cider loving crowd.

Nov 10, 2015
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Jacobier10 from New Jersey

2.89/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

8.5 oz bottle;

There are certain beers that you put on your “wants” list and will go to great lengths to seek out. Maybe you envision happy thoughts about traveling to distant lands to try them at their source, or daydream about walking into your local bottle shop and seeing that rare, hard to find bottle finally sitting there on the shelf staring back at you, after years of pining for it.

Then there are the beers that your wife’s cousin’s husband gives to you as a housewarming gift as part of a mixed six-pack that you would never be caught dead buying for yourself in a million years.

Liefmans Fruitesse is one of those beers.

I don’t mean to come off as sounding negative. In all honesty, I love when other people purchase beer for me. It forces me to step outside my comfort zone and try something that I’d usually just pass over, for no reason other than normal human disposition.

And my struggle with drinking this beer has nothing to do with masculinity; believe me, I’m not breaking any records over here. It’s just that it falls into an odd category that straddles a fine line between what can be called a beer and what cannot. Is this a beer? Is it a cocktail mixer? A fruit punch? An alcoholic soda? Why do I even care? For starters, the ingredients and process used to brew this are confusing. Why take the time to age a beer on real cherries for 18 months and blend it with fresh beer, only to end up corrupting it with a mix of five different fruit juices (cherry, bilberry, elderberry, strawberry & raspberry) and artificial sweetener?

Then, there are the mere directions on the side of the bottle, which in themselves are enough to make any craft beer lover shudder in fear. “Step 1: Chill. Fill glass with 6 ice cubes.” For fuck’s sake. What am I getting myself into?; “Step 2: Serve. Pour Fruitesse into the glass.” You mean, the one with the ice cubes? Well, ok, if you say so; “Step 3: Cheers. Best enjoyed with friends.” Great idea! Seems harmless enough. On second thought, I’m probably just going to drink this alone on a random Wednesday night and not tell anyone about it, other than the few adventurous souls on the internet who will seek out and read this review.

The pour is dark ruby red and somewhat clear, with a soft, thick, pink head. A wonderfully fruity aroma jumps out of the glass and smacks you in the face. Cherries are the focus here and it’s difficult to pick out anything else. Inoffensive so far. The flavor is sweet on top of sweet on top of sweet, but that was to be expected. Halfway through the glass, I am happy that the bottle only contains 8.5 oz., because I probably wouldn’t want much more. Its high carbonation gives it a “spritzer” quality that doesn’t help the cause. Light to medium bodied, but not as drinkable as I thought it would be. I finish off the last sip with a slightly increased blood sugar level and a smile on my face.

There, that wasn’t so bad, was it?! What I seemed to overlook during this fruit beer excursion was that Liefmans is actually a reputable brewer of quality Belgian beer and not some giant beverage corporation pumping out trillions of gallons of soft drinks every year. Yes, the end product is strange but the intentions are focused and intentionally serve a niche market. Somebody, somewhere, is enjoying a Fruitesse right now, and that’s a good thing.

I actually think with the additional sweeteners removed and the carbonation toned down, this could be a fairly enjoyable drink. For now, I still have my guilty pleasures in life, this just will not be one of them.

Thank you, Michael, for the opportunity to try this.

Nov 02, 2015
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eko from California

4.63/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Not every beer should be full on hops and heavy as an anvil. If you're like me and dance around the edge of the brew mainstream, you like fruity and light beers.. then you may delight in this one. Recommended to be served with 2/3 glass of icecubes, pours beautifully and has a very cherry-sweet taste. under-rated here, in my opinion. [similar to lindemans lambic, duchesse de bourgogne].

Oct 13, 2015
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Dentist666 from Russian Federation

3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

3.8% ABV.
Poured into flute.
Pours slightly hazy red with pink head.
Smell - concentrated red berries, sweet.
Taste - sweet, red berries jam.
Light, refreshing, drinkable, female.

Sep 08, 2015
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biegaman from Canada (ON)

3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Liefmans Fruitesse is an extraordinary looking creation. Usually when shades of red are mentioned with regards to beer they're in the context of highlights or as exaggerated tones of amber, but this thing is uniquely, wholly, fabulously comprised of deep, vivid stains of crimson and ruby. The froth is pink. It's hard to believe but no colour is added - then again it is approximately 15% fruit juice, so...

Hence the aroma being so spectacularly fruity! The 18 months spent aging on cherries ensures that as the number one smell (both sweet and tart, red and black varieties) while raspberry, bilberry, elderberry, and strawberry do add some dimension but are really just footnotes in the big picture of things.

Why slowly age a beer on cherries in oak barrels only to annul that tart, funky flavour with fruit juice? Simple: the general public vastly prefers sweet to sour. It's in our DNA. The better question to me is why decimate a lovely, natural beer by adding fructose, flavour, and of all things stevia?!

The honest answer is straightforward: it makes for a ridiculously, fantastically flavoured beverage that quite literally will appeal to people of all ages (not to mention both genders). Anyone in business knows that every company needs a bread-and-butter product and if the sales of Fruitesse is what allows Liefmans to continue making brands like Goudeband and Glühkriek then I'm alright with it.

Besides, let's be honest, it's difficult not to like something that's light, sparkling and brim-full of ripe berry and cherry flavours. Mind you, I'm not always into that kind of beer; the difference here is that this is *agreeably* sweet (as opposed to cloyingly so). The base beer is tart and, unlike coolers or other 'malternatives', isn't just a neutral grain liquor with added syrup. There's some balance.

Lastly, unless your intention is simply to use fruit as accenting, then by all means make your fruit beer taste stupidly, splendidly fruity. Any criticisms of Fruitesse resembling cough syrup or candy are fair and understandable but I wouldn't subscribe to them. As I said above, I appreciate everyone needs to pay the bills and there's nothing wrong offering a simple (perhaps guilty) pleasure like this.

Aug 28, 2015
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josanguapo from Spain

3.12/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From Hipercor, last units. In shaker glass. On the rocks as the label recommends. At lunch. With rice soup. Nice aroma and drinkable. Doesnt feel like a beer but like a children refreshment

Jul 26, 2015
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Tone from Missouri

3.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, maroon. 3/4 inch head of a pink color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of strong cherry, strong strawberry, raspberry, slight tartness, and a hint of apple. Fits the style of a Fruit / Vegetable Beer. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a slight dryness. Tastes of cherry, strawberry, hint of raspberry, hint of apple, slight bacterial tartness, slight yeast, and slight sugary sweetness. Overall, all fruit all the way, complex blend though.

Jun 19, 2015
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drmeto from Germany

2.76/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

-pours a clear deep red with a medium,foamy,pink head
-low-medium carbonation visible
-cherries,raspberries,slightly tart,blueberry
-Follows the nose plus oak and gummy bears
-finishes dry
-light-medium body,high,prickly carbonation
Feels fairly cheap as in cheap candy.
Not horrible though,but i missed an oud bruin character

Jun 09, 2015
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spacecake9 from Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I see this beer is not well liked on BA. Well, I loved it. Had it on tap and it was cold and refreshing. Not sour. Looks great and tastes like raspberry candy in a glass. A real treat.

May 11, 2015
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Kirsten_Ann92 from Michigan

4.41/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Holy fruit! This beer is overwhelmingly fruity. Poured into a glass it looks like cranberry juice with just a little sparkle. It smells exactly like the raspberries it was made with and overall does not taste like it has any alcohol in it, period. (Could be dangerous). It tastes like sparkling raspberry juice and is extremely easy to drink. I enjoyed it but I do not think I could drink it in large doses.

May 04, 2015
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Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 348 ratings