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Früli Strawberry Beer

Rating: 2.95

Since this was the first fruit beer I had ever tried I was looking forward to it in the respect that it was something new but honestly I had no idea what to expect from it other than it would taste of strawberries. I didn’t know if it would be like a normal beer with hints of strawberry in the flavour or if it would taste solely of strawberries but I was prepared to find out. Available throughout the UK and originally marketed towards women, this was not a beer I was even aware was sold in many places until I carried out some research of the matter. The beer is a mix of 70% white beer & 30% strawberry juice, blended together so that the juice “compliments the zesty fruitiness of the wheat beer” which is said to leave you with a “natural, soft and refreshing drink” according the the brewers; I wonder how much of that is true.

Appearance (3/5): Strawberry pink as expected & not transparent. slightly bubbly though. There was no head at all, only the thinnest of lacing left around the top of the glass. I added an extra point here simply because it was different to me, otherwise  it would have rated slightly lower.
Aroma (8/10): A very strong smell of strawberry from the second the bottle is open. Smells very much like strawberry flavoured hard candy. A very a nice aroma but nothing like your usual beer smell.
Taste (5/10): A nice, strong strawberry flavour to begin with that is very similar to a Bacardi breezer or a sparkling rosy wine. The beer like after taste is not to good though & has a kind of musty feel to it that lingers in your mouth. Starts very well but this doesn’t last & in the end I was sick of drinking it after a few mouthfuls.
Palate (3/5): This one was light bodied with  plenty of carbonation and a lot of fizz in the beer, almost like drinking a fizzy soft drink and totally unlike a beer. Quite an easy going mouthfeel that sadly wasn’t backed up by the taste.

Overall (9/20): A nice, pleasant beer to start with that goes downhill after a couple of drinks and starts to make you wish you stuck to a ‘normal’ beer. Good as a one of change but I was glad it came in a 250ml bottle as you would have probably given up on it after that anyway and moved onto a more traditional beer.

Brewed In: Melle, Belgium
Brewery: Brouwerij Huyghe
Full Name: Van Diest Früli Strawberry Beer
Type: Fruit Beer
Abv: 4.1%
Serving: Bottle (250ml)
Purchased: Tesco
Price: £1.49

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