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Beer – #1,061 – Van Diest – Früli Strawberry Beer

Früli Strawberry Beer. I couldn’t help myself here, and the idea of a strawberry beer is quite appealing, for no reason that I can think of.

zesty fruitiness

This 330ml bottle of Früli Strawberry Beer is  4.1% ABV and only 8 IBU things, it has about 123 calories a serve size,  this bottle is 1.1 standard drinks in NZ.

Van Diest Früli Strawberry Beer is made in Melle, Belgium, in the style that is a Flavored – Fruit beer and it is  Brewed by: Brouwerij Huyghe

Fruity Oi OI

Fruli is a high quality Belgian white beer blended with pure fruit juice.

The strawberry juice compliments the zesty fruitiness of the wheat beer and the result is a natural, soft and refreshing drink that is simply delicious!

So, What could possibly go wrong?

No mistaking the aroma on opening. That’s strawberry.

Pour is strawberry red, with just a faint head, but it’s persistent and sitting there fading slowly to a layer of bubbles.

It’s a very full mouthfeel. It’s terribly sweet. Like properly sweet.

I know it’s a beer but there really isn’t a lot to tell you that this is alcohol, even if it’s at a much lower end of strength spectrum. There are a bunch of ‘summer’ beers that are pretty much Radlers or Shandies that are available. They’re much more obviously  manufactured with additives (the lemonade or lemon) and don’t really seem ‘authentic. This on the other hand is what it says it is. A Fruit beer. In this instance Strawberry,

Whilst I’m not sure it’d be possible to drink many of these at a sitting I can’t think of a more pleasant way to have a sunny day drink than this. I’d think it’d lend itself to a cocktail rather well too, which sounds rather obvious,

It is then quite a nice easy drinking, quaffing beer, that could well be had much much colder, and could also be had in a different form, like a glass with some fruit, like a pimms but low-rent.

And that was that. Quaffed like a soda, or a sports recovery drink after doing something more strenuous than thinking of words. Like the music, it’s there. Unlike the music I might be tempted into some of these for Christmas Day.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 8 of its things from the thing. It is an outlier,  and I quite liked it for what it is, honestly presented and honestly quite good.  For me nothing too obviously manufactured or synthetic, but way to easy to drink, and very sweet. Nothing I wasn’t expecting.

The double dip review

  • Where did I get it? The local Liquorland of course.
  • Am I enjoying it? I am!
  • Would I have another? I will!
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? I would, but I’d also like to extend it with some cocktail invention that seems rather great in my head but isn’t probably worth it.

Music for this:  Amidst The Clutter & Mess by Green Buzzard  on Spotify as I didn’t quite get the energy to reach for Vinyl. I’m even using the portable bluetooth speaker and not the usual amp affair.


Any ale or lager made with fruit. See beer description for flavor. Body, color, hop character and strength vary depending on the type of fruit used.



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