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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 mactrail
3.16/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mixed fruit jello with champagne. Gorgeous color of golden ale with cherry juice-- pure pink. Nice creamy foam which subsides after a brief appearance.

More of the Hawaiian punch than any kind of complex beer. Seems like the yeast quit work early. Most of the sugar is still in the beer. Flavor of red currants with just a slight tanginess. I wish some US brewers would take up the challenge of what to do with this, and give it the right balance. I'd have to call it a beer-like novelty.

On tap at Pizza Port in Ocean Beach.

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.59/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thinnish pink head, pink-red body, clearish.

Nose is mostly cherry, slightly tart, and a bit of red currant. Or kinda like a slurpee.

Taste is also mostly cherry, but there's also sugary strawberry. It's almost overpoweringly, syrupy sweet.

Barely enough carbonation to keep it from being syrup.

It's intense-- total dessert beer.

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Photo of Douberd
3.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle, 250 m. Strong, transparent ruby colour without any head. Smell is of cherries mostly and a bit of straberries. Very artificial nevertheless.
The taste follows the smell, strong cherry flavour, heavily carbonated. Average if you ask me but great if you're looking something for your 7-year-old son to drink while you're having a proper beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Liefmans Fruitesse
750 ml., corked & caged.
No apparent freshness date
$9.99 @ Wine Legend, Cherry Hill, NJ

It pours a clear, ruby colored body beneath a short-lived head of white that falls readily to a thin collar. Surprisingly, some nice thick splashes of lace are left behind.

In the aroma and in the flavor I get sweet cherries (think Maraschino), "Sweet Tart" candies, and a bit of chalkiness - that's it. It's sweet, but not overbearingly sweet as there is some tart dryness to it; and it somehow finishes with a low enough level of sweetness that it doesn't become cloying. The tartness rounds it out.

In the mouth it's medium bodied with a dextrinous edge and a bristling carbonation.

Overall, a very nice fruit beer that's a little bit more than one sided. It doesn't have the complexity of a geueze, but it's a nice introduction to the style.

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Photo of chocosushi
3.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

750ml split between a few white wine glasses.
A~ Pure red with an all white head. Looks like Strawberry fanta.

S~ Berries & Cane sugar. Smells like a nice compote.

T~ Berry compote following through with cherry jello powder as well. When warms it becomes sweeter.

M~ Very sweet with an off-dry finish. Becomes very cloying after awhile.

D~ pretty good. Lost drinkability after 5 minutes of warming. The kind of beer that would be good to bring to a family party
With non-beer drinkers, but you better split it between 6+ people.

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Photo of spdyfire83
3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

84th Review
Bottle to Lindemans Pecheresse 25cl flute
Best by: 04-2012

Enjoyed at Palais des Bières while visiting Geneva, Switzerland.

A: Deep cranberry/raspberry. 0.75 (bubbly pale white) fingernail head on medium pour.

S: Smells of sweet raspberry and elderberry with a hint of tart cherry. All I'm getting here is sweetness.

T: Over-powering sweetness start to middle with a dry cherry finish. Sweet raspberry, seeded strawberry, and lingonberry.

M: Medium body with prickly carbonation.

O: Reminds me of raspberry juice with a hint of tartness. Too sweet for my liking, but that's how it goes.

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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 Keffa
3.15/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle shared with my fiancée. She seems to like these kinds of beers.

Live review.

A: Pours a murky purplish red with a 1 finger pink tinged head. Leaves some faint lacing, and holds a full cap. Nice clear beer with ruby highlights when held to light.

S: Mixed red fruits and a slight oakiness, along with some weak base malt graininess. Sweet aroma as well.

T: Strawberry, raspberry, cherry, slight oak, and a very light malt graininess. Borderline cloying sweetness. Lightly tart. Not much else here. No trace of alcohol.

M: A little bit thin, creamy carbonation, and slick on the palate.

O: Overly sweet, not enough to make it a worthwhile beer, but if someone says they don't like beer but they like fruit, give them this one. The people calling this beer Kool Aid are being a bit harsh, but not too far from the truth being as sweet as it is.

If this beer had more tartness and complexity, it would be a damn good beer. It just doesn't offer much.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cherry red colour that is clear & forms a tiny, bubbly pinkish white head around the brim that goes fast.

Very sweet smelling & is a mix of cherry and berries such as raspberry. The finish smells quite sour and tart like towards the end.

A good mix of cherry, raspberry and a syrupy sweetness. The finish is slightly sour and has a fizzy soft drink feel to it; it's better than I had expected.

Smooth & light bodied with a lingering sweetness and good carbonation.

Not a bad tasting drink and more appealing that I thought it would be, it goes down well and is rounded off by a good, sour finish.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.92/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Apparently I've started on some sort of Belgian fruit-beer kick. Right on, I guess... This stuff pours a clear fuchsia topped by a finger of short-lived off-pink foam. The nose comprises cherry, strawberry, blueberry, raspberry (both red and blue, I think), and vanilla. Everything comes across as decidedly sweet, almost artificially so, but not quite. Quite pleasant, if you ask me. The taste brings in more of the same, though things seem a touch more tart, more pithy, especially when the newcoming pomegranate makes itself known. Reminds me of certain red dessert wines I've had before. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slick feel. Overall, a pretty enjoyable brew, one that verges on too sweet without actually reaching that point somehow. Right on.

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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 StaveHooks
3.98/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours cranberry red with a light pink head.

S - Cherry hard candy, tart raspberries.

T - Cherry and raspberry sweetness, mild tartness. Reminds me of a "smartee" candy.

M - Spritzy carbonation, medium bodied, finishes sharp.

Fruity and refreshing. Very focused. Good flavors without being cloying. I enjoyed this very much.

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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 jwc215
3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted a month ago - reviewed from notes:

750 ml cage-corked bottle - 08-2012 freshness date on the bottle-cap:

Pours reddish-pink with a pink head that doesn't last very long (as expected for the style) but leaves some lacing.

The smell is fruity - cherry and berries with a tart/sour undertone.

The taste is of upfront fruitiness - raspberry, cherry, strawberry, etc. It is sweet, but has a semi-tart finish.

It is on the spritzy side - nearly champagne-like. It has a refreshing finish.

This is a nice beer if you are looking for something very fruity. It is sweet and candy-like, but not sticky.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Champagne bottle poured into Duvel glasses.

Pours light pink with pinkish white foam, light something out of a pre-K girl's book. Full glass color is reddish, but still modestly see through.

Sweet tart smell - all tart fruit, cherry, strawberry, raspberry. Sweet fruity taste, some tartness as well, though not enough. Sticky sweetness lingers. Some very mild bitter at the finish. Pretty good.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.32/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured in a Chimay chalice, this gives a bright red beer with a pink foamy head. Aroma is sweet and fruity, but has some nice tart raspberry and cherry notes to balances the sweetness. The flavor, though, comes close to cloying. There's really hardly any lambic character here at all. Instead, we have a fruit beer that tastes like a kid's sweetened cereal breakfast. The tartness in the aroma makes only a small appearance in the taste.

Liefmans was never a great lambic, but 10 years you could taste a tinge of sour funkiness. No longer, though.

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Photo of peabody
3.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out clean red berry with lots of bubbles. No lacing to speak of.
Smell is strong candy strawberry.
Taste is very sweet berry. Onesided for sure.
Mouthfeel is fairly clean for such a sugary mess.
Overall not terrible but a long way from good. This one needs a little more sour and a better mouthfeel.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.9/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

2010 vintage. Foiled, corked, and caged bottle poured into a Brew York City pint glass. Shared by schen9303.

Pours a 1 finger foamy pink head with poor retention. Beer is a clear bright red. No lacing. Average for the style.

The descriptions says this beer is a blend of red fruits (strawberry, raspberry, and cherry). Nose is just a red jolly rancher. Very robust but singular.

Opens sweet. Strawberry and cherry. Raspberry isn't really detectable. A touch of tartness towards the middle. And very fruity and sweet the whole way through. Finish and aftertaste are just like the rest of the experience.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Prickly and bubbly in the mouth and goes down soft and a touch grainy. Finish is slightly messy with a lingering sticky aftertaste. Again, average.

A pretty standard fruit beer that is just a touch too sweet for my taste. Still not bad by any means and worth a try if you're a fan of the style.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this beer up at the Woodlands Spec's a week or so ago when it appeared. I like their Goudenband, so hope that this beer is as well put together.

Appearance: Pours a very nice clear deep pink color with a creamy light pink head. There is a large vortex of bubbles visible, but the bubbles aren't sticking all that long once they get to the top so there is quite a bit of action on top of the head for it being so thick. A little bit of pink lace is left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: I am getting big time fresh cherries. I am not sure if this is a cherry beer, but boy there sure is a lot of cherry to this beer. There may be some subtle malt in here, but the aromatics of the syrups are in charge. There is a bit more of the a Strawberry character coming out as the beer warms up some.

Taste: The taste is a little on the thin side, but the beer is only 4.2%, so it actually has quite a bit going on for being such a light beer. There is some noticeable malt in the flavor, but the syrups are still the predominant force. The mouthfeel is medium but the carbonation is quite high and the syrups are giving it a soda-pop quality to the tongue. The finish is all about the sweetness.

Opinion: This is like a fruit soda for adults. It is a nice blend and well presented. That said, I don't think that I will feel the nee to pick up another one after I drink this bottle because it is way too "foo foo" for my taste. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this to someone that drinks daiquiris normally and was looking to venture out a bit to a similar beer. Otherwise, if you like Lindeman's normal fruity offerings, you will definitely like this.

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Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this to be pretty enjoyable. This brew poured out as a nice deep translucent red color with a light pink head on top. The lacing was minimal along with the retention. The smell of this beer reminded me of other non-traditional lambics I've had in the passed. The smell was sweet and fruity, like a wine cool in most ways. There was just a touch of funk on the nose but it was mostly drowned out by all the sweet fruits. The taste of this beer was sweet but yet when I'm in the mood for it I find these to be quite good. Lots of fruits and sugars here in this one. Not much in the way of funk or tartness. Mouthfeel was light bodied and in my opinion drinkable. Overall it's not a bad brew, I think that it's good in small amounts.

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

250ml bottle poured into a 12oz wine glass.

A - Effervescent, pinkish-white one finger head. Deep cranberry rose color. Decent head retention with nice lacing.

S - All fruit on the nose. Tons of raspberry and strawberry. A bit of maraschino cherries, and children's fruit snacks. A little cloying and syrupy already, to be honest. Quite vinous.

T - Upfront, this beer is sweet and medicinal. A little cloying, but the strawberry and cherry flavors don't totally overwhelm. There's still a lack of balance. This beer actually tastes a lot like cheap fruit wine, and finishes wit a touch of raspberry sourness. Slight aftertaste of strawberry jam is also present.

M - Lower carbonation with a light to medium bodied mouthfeel.

D - One of my first really fruity beers, so I don't have much of a reference to go off of. I enjoyed, and I'll almost certainly try it again.

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

Appearance: Deep and clear claret-colored body embellished by a massive, coarse, and dense pink head, which persists quite well. Thick, scattered masses of lace adorn the glass walls.

Aroma: Sweet and slightly musty notes of strawberry and cherry, with an undercurrent of Sweet Tarts (TM). The aroma is very, very strong, but also quite pleasant.

Taste: Very sweet notes of strawberry and cherry from start to finish. Towards the close of the taste, there is a wave of mild sourness, with hints of Sweet Tarts and a little vinegar. The finish is a bit dry.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, full and pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: For me, the comparisons to Lindeman's Frambois are inevitable, and perhaps unfair. Liefmans Fruitesse never reaches that rarefied level, nonetheless, it does not disappoint. Well worth a try.

Presentation: Packaged in a 750 ml green glass bomber with a cork and cage, served in a Lindeman's lambic glass.

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Photo of wl0307
3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Coming in a slim, 250ml brown bottle; BB 01/20, served lightly chilled in a short-stemmed goblet.

A: pours a dark ruby hue with strong pink-ish hints, coming with rather restrained carbonation and a faint pink-ish foamy head settling fast to a thin cap to last.
S: rather syrupy, featuring mainly cherries, strawberries, and redcurrants… quite sugary as well. Nothing special but not much of a beer base is detected, either.
T: effervescent swallow of lightly savoury-sweet fruitiness that features the same components as on the nose, but dominated by mainly canned cherries as far as my palate is concerned. Lightly dry in the aftertaste with a nice sour-bitter fruity edge, where fortunately not too much syrupy mouthfeel lingers.
M&D: quite refreshing but the fizz level cannot be described as moderate; this medium-bodied fruit beer is quite simplistic and doesn't stand out alongside its many far more interesting sister products… Not unpleasant in any sense, though, and it is indeed very very drinkable at least.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Juicy and succulent this berry-forward beer foregoes balance for pronounced fruit character that's both satisfying and refreshing.

An alluring clean and clear ruby beer shows sparkling clarity and full carbonation. Building a froathy white head with also a touch of fizzy champaigne character. Mild lacing and solid retention caps what turns out to be a terrific looking beer.

Aromas are all about the fruit. An even mix of raspberries, strawberries, and cherries carry a ripe and juicy vibrance that smells like the most succulent juices in concentrated form. Lightly musty and with the most modest of malt scent offers a slight base that anchors the decoration of fruit.

The fresh, vibrant, and robust fruit flavor becomes an extention from the scent. Expecting a sugary shock of taste, the beer surprisingly and pleasantly delivers a medium sweetness that give rise to the raspberry, strawberry, and cherry flavor. Light on malt, hops, and yeast character, the beer surpresses much of the more beery flavor, in favor of pronounced berry taste. At times, a wine cooler taste abounds from the beer, but the fair moderacy of sweetness keeps it much more legitamite as a fruit-forward beer.

Medium weight seems lighter from the tart acidity of the beverage, but is replaced with the light creaminess of carbonation. Not as sweet as many more popular framboise, the beer retains a moderate level of sweetness and tang that lingers well into finish before the tartness prevails and sharpens the finish just a touch. More dryness is definately preferred.

A good fruit-forward beer. But as the balance is tilted so heavily away from the base Belgian-style ale and toward the berry dominance. A better representation of the base beer, more dryness in finish could really bring this beer arround.

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