Liefmans Fruitesse (Fruitbier) | Brouwerij Liefmans

Liefmans Fruitesse (Fruitbier)Liefmans Fruitesse (Fruitbier)
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Liefmans Fruitesse (Fruitbier)Liefmans Fruitesse (Fruitbier)

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Liefmans

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Nickls on 02-24-2010

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Photo of samEBC
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of davidwhatshisnam
4.03/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sabtos
3.39/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JamLand
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of SassaDog
3.31/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.65/5  rDev +7%
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!

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Photo of BigBry
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of Jacobob10
2.89/5  rDev -15.2%
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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Photo of Le_C
4.57/5  rDev +34%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of icemanls4
4.07/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Nightrain87
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jisraelt
2.76/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of eko
4.63/5  rDev +35.8%
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].

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Photo of ant1
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DanGeo
3.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LambicLion
4.2/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dentist666
3.42/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.23/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biegaman
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.93/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of josanguapo
3.12/5  rDev -8.5%
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

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Photo of JPNesker
4.31/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Advert made me throw ice into the mix. Points thusly reduced. Love/hate the cheeky graphic design. Lambics adapting to market or bending to it?

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Photo of Allegue04
3.56/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jaisell
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Liefmans Fruitesse (Fruitbier) from Brouwerij Liefmans
Beer rating: 30.4% out of 100 with 322 ratings
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