Beer is to Belgium as wine is to France. Across northern Europe, where the climate and the land are excellent for growing barley and hops — the basic ingredients of beer — a beer belt stretches. Made in Ghent, Fruli Strawberry Beer is described as a Belgian white, more commonly known as witbier or bière blanche, brewed with strawberry fruit juice, coriander and orange peel. The style nearly went extinct in the 1950s when the last white beer-producing brewery closed its doors.
Fruli Strawberry Beer
Brouwerij Huyghe Brusselse Steenweg 256 Melle, 9090 Belgium
Poured ice cold into a clean glass, Fruli Strawberry formed a nice long-lasting white head, carbonation bubbles framed the shape of glass and regularly made their way to the top. This left me giddy, my mouth watered. As far as taste, those who don’t like traditional beer tastes would enjoy this a lot! A cloudy red in color, Fruli Strawberry is sweet and fizzy. Personal opinion is that it would work well being eaten with cheese. It has a medium mouth feel and depending on how it hits you’re tongue you’ll get anything from sweet to tart and tangy. I will definitely consider this a staple to have in the fridge when the mood strikes. Though not a regular go-to guzzle like Newcastle Brown Ale, this is now a favorite. Again, the smell is amazing, the fizz playful, the taste sweet but not overbearing.
NOTE: Alcohol by Volume (ABV), describes how much of the beer is actual alcohol and International Bittering Unit (IBU), a measure of its bitterness level. Beer falls within 2-12% ABV range with most between 4-6%. It’s said that they’re best enjoyed at 40-50 degrees Fahrenheit for paler or lower alcohol beers, and 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit for darker or higher alcohol beers.
*Reviews are not solicited, just me boozing and chronicling the experience.
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