Liefmans Fruitesse (Fruitbier) | Brouwerij Liefmans

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Liefmans Fruitesse (Fruitbier)Liefmans Fruitesse (Fruitbier)

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Brouwerij Liefmans

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Nickls on 02-24-2010

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Photo of jcubz
1/5  rDev -70%

Photo of byronic
1/5  rDev -70%

Pours cranberry red with pink foam and quite a lot of it. Fruity aroma, quite pungent. Mostly cherries and strawberry. It tastes in line with a diet cherry soft drink. Sure there are other flavours at play but the fruity sweetness is a bit overwhelming. Any redeeming qualities are overpowered by the artificial sweetener which really lingers in the finish. Light mouth feel with generous carbonation.

If I can help it I would never have this again.

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Photo of leodarko
1.25/5  rDev -62.5%

Photo of osusullins
1.49/5  rDev -55.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Sampled on draft into Liefmans Fruitesse glass.

Not good in my opinion. I really don't think it tastes like beer at all. It is Kool-Aid. Plain and simple. It tastes exactly like Kool-Aid.

Pours a cherry red color with pink head.

Smells sweet. Candy sugar and cherries.

Tastes like Kool-Aid. All candy sugar and cherry. No hops or malt present on the palate. Doesn't taste like beer at all.

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Photo of Coren
1.5/5  rDev -55%

Photo of rarbring
1.96/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

The beer is clear strawberry red, the head is pink, very little lacing.

The smell is sweet, candy, jelly beans.

The taste is also very sweet, lots of fruits, almost a perfume sensation.

Rather high carbonation, a soda-like feeling.

Reminds more of a cough drop than a beer.

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Photo of Kirk
2/5  rDev -39.9%

Photo of eduardolinhalis
2.06/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

250ml bottle poured in a chalice.

A: Dark red with a one to two fingers rose head. Lot of lacings
S: Raspberry syrup. I do not know how it's done but I guess it's not with fruits...
T: Raspberry syrup. Quite artificial... Well, first of all, it does not taste like beer
M: Like body and high carbonation
D: Low

Terrible beer. If you want a real fuity beer, please take a Cantillon.

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Photo of ThaCreep
2.17/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

The nose is powerfully fruity red fruits which we feel also some aromas of berries. Very fruity beer which taste the beer and especially the lambic is very difficult to detect. However, unlike many "beers diabolos, it is not too cloying or too syrupy taste, but just barely. A little bitterness is noted but nonetheless, it remains a marketing doped with fruit syrup and clearly intended for a market of young neophytes throats.

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Photo of cwc
2.18/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It was a hot day in Tokyo so I thought I'd try something interesting from the local Belgian specialty shop. I wanted to try a Kriek, but they didn't have of those in the refrigerator, so I saw this and it looked right for this kind of weather. Looked right, but didn't really taste right.

Anyways, it came in a 25 cl bottle. I didn't have a chance to pour it in a glass, as I drank it in a park, so it's hard to say how it looked. I imagine it was a deadly sweet red color!

Opening it up I gave it a whiff and...boy, that's a very fruity smell. The taste was very sweet. Alcohol was 4.2% and I couldn't taste a hint of it.

Won't be buying this one again.

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Photo of Nickls
2.23/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

After quite a bit of hunting to make sure this was not already listed here on BA, this is indeed a different fruit beer by Liefmans. According to the label this is "matured on cherries" and there are a variety of other berries that are added....along with what I taste to be a boatload of sugar and sweeteners...which is actually also stated on the label (minus the boatload).

Anyway, it pours with a half-finger of pink tinged head that disappears rapidly; crystal clear ruby red color.

Smells of sweetened raspberries and strawberries in an almost cakey way; definitely sweet and fruity. No tartness to be detected in the aroma; and certainly straightforward. This trend continues on to the taste, which is really way too sweet, even for a fruit beer. No tartness to cut through the sweetener, and it's almost a faux berry taste overall. Thinner, syrupy, fizzy MF. Not coincidentally, it reminds me of a fruit soda...only if it were that easy to drink and refreshing. Bleh.

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Photo of EdgarGerik
2.31/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of ehammond1
2.33/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Clear, dark ruby. Moderate pink head. Slightly oily and sticky.

Incredibly sweet aroma. Smells like cherry and rapsberry Kool Aid. Not a lot of complexity or yeast character to it. This is pretty much fruit and simple syrup.

A sticky and sweet Cherry/Raspberry/Cranberry Kool-Aid with alcohol. Sticky and syrupy. Flavors taste artificial, even the fruit. Nothing comes together well here.

Medium to thick in body with minimal carbonation. Syrup-like.

I couldn't drink more than a few sips of this overly-sweet concoction.

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Photo of aasher
2.4/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This one pours a light bodied cranberry red in color with a light and fizzy bright white head that is quickly dissipating. The beer smells of fruit punch Kool Aid and possibly cherry cough syrup. It is awkward and almost sickly sweet on the nose. As it warms you get a moderate amount of strawberry juice. The flavor is a strange concoction of fruit juices, cough drops, and Jolly Ranchers. The flavors are very sweet and artificial. The strawberry aspect is the most authentic but it's a strange mix. The fruits are strange and syrupy. It doesn't hit on any of the fruits mentioned. It drinks light and a little watery in body and isn't very drinkable due to the sweetness. Overall this is a strange beer and not up to par with Goudenband or Cuvee Brut.

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Photo of DonDirkA
2.43/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had I read the label fully I probably would not have purchased this. The Liefman’s Goudenband was delicious so I just grabbed this without checking it out. I hate the fact that there are “natural” flavors and sweetener added.

The nose smells like real cherries but it also smells like red Otter Pops. It smells artificial. That is something that I noticed before I even saw that flavoring was added. Cherries, grapes, plums, grape juice and artificial fruit punch all come through.

It tastes a lot like a sparkling grape juice that you give to kids on champagne holidays like Christmas and New Years’ Eve. Or like a grape cocktail juice. Grapes, cherries, berries, and sugar.

It isn’t a horrible beverage, but it is definitely not a very good beer. It is too sweet and too artificial. The sweetness could be defended (it is a fruit beer) but its so fake. I mean it basically comes down to tasting like that “100% Juice” you can buy in the supermarket. Not really recommended.

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
2.43/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

- from the notes and from a bomber bottle poured into a glass.
- recommended by a store worker as comparable to Lindemans.
A - red liquid with a reddish frothy head.
S - smells very sweet but does indeed smell fruity.
T - diet soda with artificial flavors.
M - light and carbonated but with a stickiness I'm not liking.
D - it will be dumped.

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Photo of ChrisCage
2.45/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- Gave this a hard pour and was met with a fizzy, one inch thick head that was pink. The color of the beer is a crystal clear and reminds me 100% of raspberry juice. Some carbonation is noticeable. Lacing is weak and it appears to be watery.

S- The aroma is quite sweet and syrupy...reminds me somewhat of Dimetapp cough syrup....sweet and slightly medicinal. It is quite difficult to get by the sweet smell but I tried very hard and can detect the berries used....primarily the cherries and raspberries.

T- This really does taste like a carbonated sweetened fruit juice....mainly that of raspberry juice. There are no hops detectable and doesn't have much of a profile here doesn't have a bad flavor, just doesn't resemble a beer at all.

M- This is a light-medium bodied beer, due to the syrup and sugar used to thicken it up. The carbonation isn't over done, but in general this reminds me of a punch that was created for a party.

D- As stated above, this isn't a gross beer, but isn't my style....I wouldn't have another after I finish my first bottle. It would be suitable for the young crowd I suppose and is somewhat refreshing, so would due in hot weather. I'm sure I won't be getting this one again.

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Photo of BeerSingh
2.46/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I have been meaning to try this ever since it has hit the shelves in India. I ordered this last night as someone else was picking the tab (thank god). It was a 25cl bottle I think, surprisingly came with the correct glassware - a Liefman's flute. Poured it right down the middle to create a 1 cm pink coloured, fizzy head that disappeared within no time. The body was deep red, with fainter peripherals. To the unknown, it could have passed as cranberry juice. Smelt of a tart fruit compote - no yeast, no hops and no malt. Smelt of some sugary drink mixed with lime juice. Even the taste was not far behind - this beer not only looked like cranberry juice, it tasted akin as well. Just too sweet for my liking. I have made up my mind - its a sheer waste of calories to be attempting to drink these fruit beers. No hint of any beer like qualities like malt, alcohol, hops or yeast. Just a tart, sugary hodge podge. Nothing much more to write about, except that it may just about be a decent replacement for cranberry juice.

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Photo of BobMessina
2.48/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.75

High notes of cheerier. Slightly over carbonated.

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Photo of olradetbalder
2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of hnandez
2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of Florya
2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of Dragophant
2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of kjyost
2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of emerge077
2.52/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Liefmans Fruitesse "2010" on the cork, and "08-2012" on the cap of the cage. Label states Acesulfame-K (artificial sweetner) as an ingredient. Website has mixed drink recipes and recommends drinking "on the rocks" which I tried, and it doesn't improve anything.

Blood red, crystalline scarlet, bright and vivid with high clarity. Creamy cap of pinkish foam that laces on the sides, ok retention. Zero sediment in the bottle, most likely filtered.

Aroma is sweet, raspberry/cherry cough drops and cotton candy. Artificial mixed berry jello comes to mind.

Some minor tartness in the taste, and even a seedy raspberry tannic element, suggesting some real fruit in there somewhere. Fairly effervescent and sweet. Odd nutrasweet-like aftertaste that must be the Acesulfame-K at work. Slightly sticky on the lips like hard candy. Pretty much a standard-issue panty dropper, though the slight tartness is quenching, ultimately the beer is too cloying. Something to drink instead of kool-aid in the summertime.

As this is a fruit beer and not attempting to be a lambic, it's approaching decent if you have a sweet tooth. More tartness than Lindemans, but nothing as traditional as Liefmans Kriekbier & Frambozenbier used to be.

Edit: Blended the last half of the bottle with some JP Calabaza Blanca, and it was pretty good. Would recommend over vanilla ice cream too.

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