Liefmans Fruitesse (Fruitbier) | Brouwerij Liefmans

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Brouwerij Liefmans

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Nickls on 02-24-2010

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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 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 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 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 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 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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Photo of Georgiabeer
2.53/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Nice ruby color with a pink head. Smells nicely fruity, but with a bit of spice in the finish. Unfortunately, the taste is quite artificial, more like red dye #3 than fruit. Bitter, acrid, and what fruit there is is exceptionally sweet- like a Jolly Rancher. Fairly unpleasant after the first few sips.

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Photo of Soonami
2.57/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Liefmans has a pretty solid reputation, which is why I bought this beer on a whim without first doing some research (should've checked reviews on BA on my phone before I bought this). This beer was disappointing. It started good with a beautiful dark cherry color and cute pink foam with great lacing. The the beer smelled like cherry candy and plastic-y phenols. The beer is very fruity, black cherries, raspberrys and especially strawberries are easily identified but it is unfortunately also artificially sweeted that leaves a metallic aftertaste. There is a weird bitterness that I'm not sure if it's from the sweeteners or the fermentation. I would not buy this beer again. It wasn't too bad at $9/bottle, but there are much better fruit beers for the price including others made by the same brewery.

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Photo of TheSupremeAJ
2.61/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into 2 Lindeman's flutes. My wife likes sweet lambic like Lindeman's so we thought we would give this a shot.

A- Dark rose color. Fluffy white head with nominal lacing.

S- Like sweet cherry kool-aid. The "sweetener" is apparent.

T- An interesting blend of different fruits... however it still taste like kool-aid. It does not have the traditional sour characteristics of good lambic and does not have any noticeable hop presence.

M- Average to kind of thin. Bubbles are average.

D- Really smooth, however it has an aftertaste. Alcohol is not very noticeable.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.65/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

8.5 oz bottle into a small glass, served on the rocks. Holy

Appearance: Pours a clear pink color. The head is a finger high in shade. Even on the rocks, it has a good texture and retention. A tiny ring of lacing sticks to the glass. For what it is, it looks pretty damn good. (4)

Smell: HOLY SWEET SUGARY CHERRIES, BATMAN. That's really all it is: cherries and sugar. It comes close to verging on cough syrup territory, unfortunately. And that's about it. It is what it is, folks. (2.75)

Taste: Yep. Cherries. Sugar. Slight vanilla cream, and maybe some cough syrup...yeaaaaaaaah. (2.5)

Mouthfeel: Being on the rocks dilutes it some - in other words, it cuts through the sweetness a bit. It also cuts down the carbonation some. I suppose I should be impressed by how big in flavor (read: sweetness) it is for 3.8%... (2.5)

Overall: Well, I can safely say I haven't had anything like this. But take away the "on the rocks" gimmick, though, and it's just another cherry beer - ridiculously sweet and even kind of artificial, yet appealing enough to those who happen to enjoy this style. I won't be returning to it again, though. (2.5)

2.65/5: Not my bag, baby

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Photo of CrazyMike
2.73/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Clear red apperance with small head that slowly disappears but leaves decent retention. Looks like fruit juice. Smells like cherries and raspberries with a hint of grain.

Taste is like the smell, cherries and raspberries, almost syrupy. Has a hint of roasted malts and bread. Medium bodied with high carbonation. Aftertaste reminds me of cranberry juice, lingering cherry taste though.

Overall, not a bad fruit beer, it's sometimes hard to distinguish as a beer and not a wine cooler. Worth try if your into fruit beers, but when it comes to actual beer, you will be disappointed.

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Photo of benfons
2.74/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: colour somewhere between pink red and orange nice head.

S: basically the fruits that are in the beer, but sweetened

T: basically tastes like a sweetened berry yoghurt with a very small hint of hops at the end

M/D Carbonation is fine, light body but for this style that's fine, too sweet to drink a lot

I actually liked the idea of using multiple berries, but it just becomes this bland overly sweet beer, to be honest i really think that without adding sugar, this would still be a fairly sweet beer. Really a beer made for the Belgian 16 year old girls.

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Photo of drmeto
2.76/5  rDev -17.1%
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

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Photo of Proteus93
2.87/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Noticed that this beer was named as having won a competition in Calgary that I can't quite recall, but it was intriguing enough to have me pick one up.

A: Pours with a pinkish hue from the bottle, to a more ruby-red like colour in the glass. Head would be somewhere between minimal and non-existant. A little bit of bubble around the edges, but nothing really forms at all.

S + T: Sweet berry fruitiness... especially the cherry and raspberry (though, admittedly, I don't think I could identify either bilberry nor elderberry accurately). The fruit scent dominates the nose, and pretty much carries over into flavour. No tartness on the palate, which was a little disappointing. It wasn't really marketed as a sour of any sort, so I don't know why I would be looking for it, but it seems that a beer this fruity and sweet would have a tart balance. Neither aroma or flavour is terrible, but both could certainly have more to them.

M + D: Unfortunately, the mouthfeel falls far short. There is basically no carbonation at all, which could have been hinted by the lack of head. It drinks almost like a slightly sticky fruit juice, with just a tiny dryness following it up - also a little disappointing. It's certainly refreshing and easy to drink, but I can't really discern between juice and a beer.

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Photo of tonyf55
2.88/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a footed pilsner glass

Visual (4.5): Candy apple red with high clarity. Small bubbles of visual carbonation. Pinkish-white head that dissipates from 3 finger to 1 finger and lasts. Some lacing.

Aroma (4): Extremely sweet. Candy apple, bubble gum strong. Masks any scent of malt, hops, or yeast. Berries and plums can also be detected.

Taste (2.5): Not as strong as the smell, sugar sweetness is prevalent with flavours of strawberries, apples, slight citrus and other berries. Light acidity. More fruit juice than fruit beer

Mouthfeel (2.5): Watery, light body. Refreshing, but no alcoholic lingerings. Fizzy, carbonated feel on the swallow.

Overall (2): Less of a fruit beer, and more of a fruit spritzer. Liefmans provides a beer masked with fruit sweetness, for all those who don't like the malt, hops, or yeast of beer. Cheap-pricetag (even here in Canada) and drives the fruit flavour home.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
2.89/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

8.5 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Bright red pink body. Pale pink head. A pretty beer.

Smell - Super artificial cherry aroma. Some strawberry. Smells sweet.

Taste - Cough syrup cherry. Sugary. Decent finish though.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation. Feels heavy and sweet.

Overall - Bad cherry flavor. Sweet. Not what I'm looking for.

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Photo of Jacobob10
2.89/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

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