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Brouwerij Liefmans

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of TruePerception
4.14/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Liefmans Fruitesse, a belgian ale aged on cherries, flavored with cherry, raspberry, bilberry, elderberry, strawberry, sugar, and sweetener. 4.2% ABV. A good solid pop!

A: Almost a finger of light pink head. Orangish-red with, what looks to be, fruit bits floating throughout. Some lacing and some slight tearing, but no real legs forming.

S: Instantly, there is a tart berry smell coming from the bottle. A good amount of berry aroma. Tarter and lighter than raspberry

T/MF: Good, drier mixed berry flavor, more leaning on the strawberry, bilberry, and cherry. Nice tartness. Nice, light sweetness.

Not bad at all. I expect it would go well with a rich and creamy dessert, like cheese cake.

Poured from a 750mL bottle, into a Petrus chalice.

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Photo of ElijahRivera
3.63/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle with no freshness date poured into a tulip glass, and consumed on October 19, 2013. I believe this cost about $8 at the Brewery Ommegang.

A- Big, cotton candy pink colored head, highly carbonated transparent, dark ruby colored body, and the many carbonation bubbles are small and lively. The whole look is reminiscent of a ruby red champagne.

S- Sweet cherry and raspberry in the nose. Smells like the cherry cough drops I remember from childhood, and the Chambord I remember from adulthood.

T- Berries, cherries that start sweet and end with a soft, tart kick. Again reminiscent of Chambord and slightly medicinal. Tastes more like a champagne and punch drink than beer, but there is still something in the aftertaste the let's you know you are drinking something brewed with malted grains. It is subtle but there.

M- Mid bodied and a bit syrupy, but very crisp and refreshing. Lots of tingly carbonation finishes with a mild semi-sweet bite.

O- I drank this with my sister who doesn't like beer, but she liked this and said, “It's drinkable”. So, that should give you some idea of what you are getting yourself into. However, I do like beer and also enjoyed it as a change of pace brew. Something to wake up some of the lesser used parts of my palate. When I go back to Ommegang, I will pass on it in favor of other options, but it is far from a bad beverage and wholly appropriate in some situations. Namely the situations where you are trying to please someone who goes for sweet, fruity drinks over beer, or after you and your European girlfriend just rode your Vespa to a harborside bistro on the Mediterranean coast.

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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 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 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 StonedTrippin
4.29/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

super fruity low alcohol beers are not usually my jam, but this thing is just sensational. on tap at brewery ommegang, it pours intensely red, blood color or brighter, with a huge red stained head. they were serving this over ice, but I opted for not. the nose is more cherry than ive ever seen, so fresh, so fruity, so bright, not like syrup or extract, fresh cherries, really genius stuff. the taste is just like the nose. this is the most fruit flavor ever packed into a beer, and the most flavorful low alcohol beer ive ever had. I don't need a lot of it, but to taste the cherries like this is just sensational. I blended some into a glass of the ommegang summer beer, and into some Hennepin saison with very favorable results, and I think this beer works good in those contexts. on its own, its a cherry bomb, a force to be reckoned with. carbonated like champagne, there is a lot of joy this this glass. I defy someone to show me a higher quality and more intense fruit beer than this one.

edit: was fortunate enough to try a japanese edition of this, and notices a lot more dark fruits, blackberry or blueberry, than i did previously. not sure if a different recipe is used or what, but it was equally sweet, intense, and enjoyable.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.59/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

250ml bottle poured into matching Liefmans glass, its my wife's I swear 10/7/13

A clear maroon liquid with plenty of big bubbles feeding a thumbs width of pink foam that has great retention much to my surprise and leaves a couple rings and some random lace on the way down, still a thumbs width of foam at the bottom

S smells like a halls cherry center crossed with a strawberry fruit roll up, smells sweet and a little fake but it works

T more of the same really with some sweet over ripe raspberries and some cranberry popping up here and there, a little sweet and tastes like half fruit juice and half fruit beer

M a little body but fairly light and it creams up and then flattens out, just a little stick on the lips but I thought they'd stick together after smelling it, fruity finish lingers for a while

O better then I thought it would be and went down quickly, its not going to move mountains but its something I'd drink again under a hot sun

tastes a little to fruity to be real but every now and then I don't mind a syrupy fruit beer that tastes like candy, 250ml bottle is a good size for a quick taste

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Photo of endovelico
3.63/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Of cherry color and thin but stubborn pink head, Liefmans' Fruitesse exudes a strong but unremarkable Raspberry candy character both at the tongue and nose.

It's very fruit forward, even if in a fruit syrup kind of way. It feels soapy and flat but not overly sweet as you'd expect. In essence It's just a respectable compromise between the niche sour bombs and the commercial fruit syrup quaffers.

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Photo of FLima
4.01/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Red amber color with a thin pink head with low retention.
Nice and clear aroma of sweet strawberries, cherries and raspberries. Amazing how you can even individually capture those. Hints of acid and sour.
Delicious flavor with a pleasant sourness that counterbalances any fruit sweetness. Taste of the same fruits felt in the nose, first Strawberry hits you which mutates into cherries, and raspberries and blueberries appear randomly. Hints of cough syrup, likely the sweetener.
Light body with a good carbonation with very small bubbles and an effervescent sensation.
Very balanced beer for the style, not overly sweet with a nice sourness. Far from my favorite style, but I did like this one. The only defect is the sweetener addition, which barely affects the taste. I found this much better than Floris from Huyghe, which carries too much sweet juice (twice as much).

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Photo of finstadp
4.15/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I recently had the Fruitesse by Liefmans. This beer had a red appearance with some floating particles in it. The aroma was pleasant and fruity. This was a very light beer in accordance to mouthfeel. The taste was very sweet like candy. It had an almost black cherry flavor and was very enjoyable. This would be a great summer drink.

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Photo of UstickM
3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer has a nice red tint with little to no head. The smell is fruity and sweet with hints of cough syrup due to the combination of all the fruits: cherry, blueberry, elderberry, strawberry and raspberry. The taste is very sweet and might be better paired as an after dinner drink or dessert.

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Photo of Bashao
3.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours red color from the bottle. Almost no foam head.

Smell: Smells of sweet fruty flavours. Mostly cherry and strawberry.

Taste: Starts sweet but tastes like artificial sweetner and ends acidic sour. Mildly carbonated.

Mouthfeel: Very lite body.

Overall: Nice fruit beer. Not more.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.09/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

From: Tenuta's, Kenosha, WI
Date: Cork has "2010" printed on it, cage has "08-2012 LFF 13 01782"
Glass: Tulip

Liefmans' Fruitesse is something of a fake-candied fruit beer, a bit too light in scent and flavor, for my liking, when compared to others of the style. When aged at over two years, there's a discernible bit of tartness in this beer, which imparts a pleasant contrasting flavor with the fruit juices, but for the price and potential length of time to achieve this effect, I'd prefer to have a different fruit beer, particularly one that didn't use artificial sweeteners.

Pours a small, 0.5cm light-pink head that rapidly fades in a soda-like fashion to a virtual nothingness atop the body. Lacing is minimal to nonexistent, a small streak here or there. The body is a transparent, dark ruby red color with visible and vigorous carbonation (the question arises: where is the foam?). Light brings out lighter red hues around the perimeter of the body. To me, the soda-like retention and lack of lacing decrease the aesthetic appeal of this beer significantly; the body itself resembles any other red fruit-based beer.

Aroma is candy-like raspberry and cherry with a hint of tartness, which perhaps emerges from the two-plus years of aging this bottle has undergone. When I compare this to the fruit beers produced by New Glarus and other Liefmans beers, the scent is a bit light and thin, perhaps due to a lesser load of fruit and presence of artificial sweetener.

Overall flavors would be of light cherry, strawberry, and raspberry juice mixed with artificial sweetener and a modest hint of tartness that likely emerges with the two-plus years of age this bottle has. Opens with light fruit juice sweetness and a trace of artificial sweetener flavor, leading to a fairly decent mid-palate of blended strawberry-cherry-raspberry juices (heavier on cherry and raspberry) with a hint of tartness and lesser artificial sweetener. Closes with similar fruit juice flavors (cherry and raspberry juice, primarily) and a continued, faint tartness and fake sweetness. This wasn't as lacking in flavors as in aromas, and the tartness I find makes it better than an overly sweet, basic fruit beer, though Fruitesse still reminds me of a pale version of many bolder fruit beers.

The beer is medium to medium-light in body, with a carbonated fizziness reminiscent of soda that makes this a bit too prickly across the palate for my liking. Once this wears off, though, the beer is pleasant enough and fairly foamy across the palate. Closes with a slight astringency that either is from the fruit acids or the artificial sweetener; either way, it works fairly well with a sweet beer that drinks quickly like soda.

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Photo of Rutager
3.02/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance. Pours red with a thin pink head.

Smell. Smells like raspberry cool aid to me. Is there such a thing? Sweet, sour, sugary raspberries.

Taste. Tastes like raspberry cool aid too! Maybe not quite as sweet as cool aid would be, and a little more sour. Not too bad, actually.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium+ carbonation.

Overall. Tastes okay if you like cherry cool aid. Not amazing as far as a beer goes. Better give this glass back to my wife...

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Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured ruby red with a one finger slight pink head that subsided to a half finger very slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, strawberry, raspberry, sugar, and Kool-Aid. The flavor was of sweet malt, strawberry, raspberry, and sugar. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. This one really had a huge sweetness aspect going on that I was not ready for. I should have known when I smelled it and it smelled like Kool-Aid, but I was being optimistic. The sweetness on this one really dominated it without a doubt. I could see this being a good intro beer for some, but for the experienced sour/tart drinker it doesn’t quite deliver.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Lucky Baldwin’s in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a clear dark red with a foamy reddish-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of lots of berry aromas and a distinct cherry Icee aroma. Taste is much the same with an artificial sweetener flavor and a somewhat medicinal aftertaste. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is drinkable but definitely has its issues with the artificial sweetener and berry qualities.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
3.63/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 bottle.

Deep reddish color. clear body with a soda pop fizz that leaves no head.

Candy sweet fruits. Definitely strawberry and loads of raspberry. i pick up a bit of sour raspberry from Kool-Aid. Slight hint of funk, but overly sweet. Im guessing back-sweetened.

Candy and cough syrup sweetness really dominate the taste. Cherry cough drops come to mind instantly. Honestly reminds me of a cherry sucker. Theyve got the fruit flavors down pat, but they need some funk to set it over the top. Without it, its just a Lindemans blend.

Carbonation is prickly, which cuts back on what would be a syrpuy feeling.

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Photo of confer
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep red/brown with a small off-white head.
Smell is all sour cherries.
Very sweet cherry taste and that is it. Light as refreshing finish.
Overall a very good fruit beer. Picked this 25 oz bottle up at Ommegang. Not a beer I'd got to regularly but a really good change of pace.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.08/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Top of the cage says 12 2012 which could either mean best by December 2012 or that it was just bottled in 2012.

A- Pours a strawberry red color with a 1/4 inch pinkish white head that retains decently before settling at a thick ring around the edge of the glass and fluffy surface foam. Full webs of lacing. After the full bottle is poured, there are visible fruit flakes.

S- Smells like straight-up raspberry seltzer.

T- Big rush of sugary fruit that doesn't let up. Slightly tart, but mostly sweet. Alcohol is near nonexistent, which brings about the classic question of "am i drinking beer or soda?" Notes of strawberry, raspberry, cherry and cranberry. Trace amounts of astringency.

M- Medium-high carbonation and a light body. Has a sticky, syrupy feel.

O- As a lambic fan, this is good, but I've had better.

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Photo of tlazaroff
4.32/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer brightens up the room with it's aroma. Immediately after popping the cork the surrounding air filled with strawberries, raspberries, and cherries (like the label shows). Truly smells like a fruit bowl.

Fruitesse pours out as a slightly opaque rose-esque looking beer with a nice crisp slightly-pink (possibly from the color of the beer) head. Thin lacing is a disappointment, but overall not bad.

Oh how wonderfully tart! This tastes like a combination of every kind of Jolly Rancher combined.. I get strawberry, raspberry, cherry, lime, and even papaya! The beer has a sweet balance to it, and I can't really taste any form of hops, as I'm sure they were only used for slight bittering.

This has a medium body and moderately low carbonation. It drinks super smoothly and easily too. Overall I really enjoyed this killer beer.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.07/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Tap East, served int a Liefmans tumbler.

A: Clear raspberry-colored body; frothy pink head disappears entirely. Looks like juice. Meh.

S: Holy fruit snacks, Batman! Gushers! Sticky-sweet, entirely artificial fruit aroma. Strawberry Gushers all the way back to the middle-school cafeteria. I like it for nostalgic reasons, but it's BS as a beer.

T: Sweet strawberry, raspberry, cherry, and generic artificial fruitiness up front, with a rather acrid saccharine aftertaste. It's somehow both delightful and disgusting. The more I drink the more I settle on the latter, but I'm sure it's precisely what the brewers were going for.

M: Soft, creamy, lightly sticky medium body. Pretty good.

O: I could see this being enjoyable for people who simply don't like beer (much like Lindemans sweet fruit lambics), or maybe poured over vanilla ice cream, but it's really nothing worthwhile.


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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Red and bold looks like a good chianti with a wispy head.

More of a fruit drink tasting than a fruit beer not any hops on aroma or taste.

Sweet tasting and really fruity across the board on the nose and on the tongue.

Not in anyway heavy going and quite refreshing.

I'm not a big fruitbeer fan but this isn't too bad apart from a bit of an artificial taste coming through from somewhere.

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Photo of Brenden
3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tried this at an event along with Goudenband and Cuvee Brut. Notes are recent and thorough.

This clear, deep dark red colored beer forms a pink head a finger in height that stays around for longer than I expect, never quite dropping off and leaving some more than decent spotting on the glass.
This is one fruity beer, and a nice mix of lightly sour, tart, and candy sweet, especially on the tongue. The aroma offers a little more as far as grains, but not too much. There's a bit of must in the nose but, again, not too much. Once on the tongue, the best descriptor I can think of for the inital flavor is fruit snacks (and I love fruits snacks). Yes, definitely a bag of mixed flavor fruit snacks before going gently sour, the sweetness diminishing but never fading away. As for being a technically good beer, there may be some debate. Delicious, though, yes; sort of another guilty pleaure for me. I can't technically give it as high a score as far as quality of brewing, but I like it regardless.

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Photo of metter98
3.57/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear red in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a small patch of bubbles on the surface and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of strawberries and cherries in the nose.
T: The taste has lots of flavors of strawberries and cherries along with some hints of sweetness.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a low amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn’t that difficult to drink because it isn’t very sweet or cloying but it could use more fruity flavors.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.45/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Rattle N Hum in New York, NY

A: Pours a clear ruby/garnet to cranberry red in color with a very small patch of bubbles in the center and ring a of bubbles at the edges - not even a full head across the top of the beer. Head completely dissipates leaving no traces. No lacing is observed.

S: Smell is a very sweet berry, slightly artificial smelling like a kool-aid or jello. Hints of multiple different types of fruit are present - cherry, strawberry, raspberry, and cranberry.

T: Like the smell, sweet with a lot of fruit present and a hint of artificial flavors. Again you can detect the cherry, strawberrt, raspberry, and something akin to sweet cranberry. Very sugary and sweet like jello.

M: Medium bodied with light amounts of carbonation.

O: Very easy to drink but just slightly too sweet for my tastes. You can definitely detect the different fruits present but there is something a little artificial that bothers me.

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