kermis (5871) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 22, 2012
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle shared at ABC Beers. Pours a clear red with a pink head. Aroma is pure sweet artificial cherry. Flavour is very sweet carbonated, no bitterness or sourness. More like a soft drink than a beer.
blackmetal (123) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 18, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very sweet and strong strawberry & cherry taste. Not the most refreshing fruit beer but great for those who expect a "candy" experience from this segment of beer.
jcwattsrugger (11278) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 18, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 bottle @Cajun Sourfest-pours copper/red with a disappearing light tan head. Aroma is sour cherry/plum, spice, medium malt. Taste is sweet with some tart-cherry/plum, spice, medium malt-toffee.
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - JUN 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle poured into glass. I actually really enjoy this beer. The raspberry flavor mixed with the slight tartness works out pretty. Very easy to drink and would be a good starting point for a newbie who wants to try sour beers.
DnAuK (112) - South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light fruity appearance, not cloudy like some or deep in colour like others. Aroma and taste is of pure fruit with cherry and strawberry at the fore. As an alternative to beer it doesn't work but as an alternative to cider or wine it I'd a definite winner.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Chad9976 (1269) - Albany, New York, USA - JUN 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Liefmans Fruitese is a beer that, if I were drinking it blind, I wouldnít think itís a beer and probably wouldnít like it as much. Even though this is a Belgian fruit beer, itís not a lambic and bears very little resemblance to actual beer since the fruity taste and sweetness dominates the palate (seriously, are there even hops in this?). That being said, for all its un-beer-like characteristics, I have to admit this is still a tasty, refreshing beverage.
I split a 2010 vintage 750ml caged and corked bottle with a friend. We both poured it into champagne flutes.
Appearance: Dark pink to cranberry red body; clear with champagne-like effervescence. Forms a large, pink/indigo, soapy head which mostly fizzles away but still laces the glass rather well.
Smell: Very sweet scent of fruit cocktail, candy, and sugar.
Taste: Iíve had a few authentic Belgian lambics and I admire them for their brewing technique and the fact they taste like the fruit theyíre brewed with. In the case of Liefmans Fruitese, itís almost the opposite. Even though itís made with real fruit it does seem a little artificial. This could be because the beer is brewed with added sugar (and possibly some additional "natural flavors"). Strawberry, cherry and raspberry all dominate the palate. Itís a familiar taste as it reminds me of any kind of red colored Jello or bubblegum.
But despite all that sweetness, the beer still finishes clean and itís very refreshing while in the mouth. At no point is the sweetness cloying or annoying. Itís quite tasty in as much as the aforementioned consumer products are tasty. So yes, you can easily drink several servings before it becomes taxing. Not that itís absolutely delicious, and I could easily understand anyone saying this is too sweet for their tastes. Personally, I donít think it is, but the palate itself could use a lot more authenticity to it all around since itís so close to being an alcopop.
Drinkability: At 4.2% ABV, this is a little bit bigger than something like a Lindemans lambic, but still quite small that you can drink the entire bottle and still be able to drive home. The mouthfeel is light and thin and extremely crisp. The carbonation and fruit taste work well together and make for a refreshing palate with a remarkably clean, if not dry, aftertaste. A good beer to have as a liquid dessert.
MrHangover (2865) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUN 6, 2012
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle. Pours a clear, bright pink colour with a white head on top. Aroma of chemical flavor enhancers and sweetners that supposed to be cherry-like Flavour is overly sweet and mouthfeel is little carbonated, watery texture. Too bad..
madmitch76 (16335) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 5, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
15th January 2010
Clear cherry red beer. Light frothy pink head. Cherry fruit nose. Slightly dry palate. Fruit punch with a light touch of sourness. Cherry leads but there is strawberry and raspberry too. Dry finish with a bit of carbonated zing. Not bad, a little more sourness would have been better but this is a serviceable fruit beer.
rougeau13 (2054) - Richmond, Texas, USA - MAY 31, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear pink with a pinkish-white head that fades to a resilient ring, but doesnít lace. Aroma of cherry, strawberry, raspberry, and Iím sure billberry and elderberry too, but Iím unfamiliar with those aromas, and cream. It smells like starburst candy and gummy worms. The taste is sweet, but fortunately not as sweet as Iíd expected, with a light sourness. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Really nice for a fruit beer; itís not syrupy, too phony tasting, or too sweet.
tfredvik (1227) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 30, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A clear, bright red body with a small, fizzy but very long-lived pink head that leaves good amounts of lacing. The ridiculously sweet fruity aroma is quite strong and actually rather tempting, I find cherry, raspberry, strawberry and sweet candy. It smells pretty much like the Norwegian wine gummy pastilles called Skogsbśr. The taste is quite sweet, but there is also a light acidity that prevents the whole thing from getting to cloyingly sweet. Sugary syrupy flavours of cherry and cherry kernels drown most of the other fruity notes. But still it tastes really good! All the sugar creates a decent body, with a syrupy texture and soft carbonation, and somehow there is a very light dry finish in this sea of sugar. Believe it or not, I really enjoyed this one, although I didnít crave for more when I had emptied the tiny 0.25 bottle. In addition to 15% fruits, both sugar and sweetener have been added, so maybe it would have been even better if the brewers had gone a bit more easy on the sweet stuff?
[25 cl bottle, enjoyed 2.5 years before BB date, from Jacobs pŚ Holtet, Oslo]