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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Liefmans - Fruitesse

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Where to Dig Up More About This Beer
Brouwerij Liefmans
Aalststraat 200
9700 Oudenaarde, Belgium
Est. 1679

Brain Damage Quotient = 4.2 % ABV
Fluid Oz. = 25.4

Postmortem Brew Review
Purple and reddish mix of color; think cranberry.
Sweet summer fruit aromas.
One-half finger, pink-ish color head. Minimal spotted lacing. Zero head remains.
Fairly sweet without bing overly syrupy. Strawberry and cherry flavors permeate.
Moderate amount of carbonation.
Light bodied mouth feel.

Grim Reaper's Eulogy
I have been on a  Belgian kick for a good part of the summer. Partly due to a few promotions by Belgian producers and their distributors, but mostly due to their refreshing qualities. A light, low alcohol Belgian can hit the spot in the dog days of summer.

Having said that, Liefmans Fruitesse is perhaps a stretch for my beer quaffing abilities. While it was not detestable, it was a little too much on the fruit for my liking. Although it is not exactly like other Lambics, it was fun to try and will change some folks minds about what beer can be. It contains very summer-like fruits; raspberry, cherry and strawberry. The color is that of a fruit punch and even the head is a stunning creamy light red. A fellow sitting next to me observed that it smelled like Kool-Aid®Not the finished drink mind you, but the aroma of a freshly opened packet of the sugar flavored concoction. I nodded in agreement.

The taste was fruity sweet and natural, of course. It was not overly syrupy and while easy enough to drink, this one didn't do it for me. I backed it up by ordering an Imperial IPA. Like a bitch slap to the taste buds!

It's all about balance.

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