Liefmans Fruitesse

This was a beer that I picked up awhile back from Half Time because I thought Val would like it (spoiler: she didn’t). She let me have a couple of sips for the review.


ABV: 4.2%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Sipping a Liefmans Fruitesse on the rocks is like taking a city break in Berlin, soaking up the atmosphere in Milan or discovering culture in New York. Take your time to enjoy it in a friendly bar, or chilling out with your friends. This sparkling appetiser beer, with its pale red colour, is at its very best in the stylish, playful Liefmans glass. Enjoy the fresh, intense flavour of strawberries, raspberries, black cherries, elderberries and blueberries. Bubbling, sparkling and brim-full of fruity flavours, what more could you want for the final touch to a night out? And for a refreshing change, why not try it served on the rocks…”

Random: I’m not sure if I would enjoy it more with ice, but I don’t think I’m going to find out.

This beer poured with a one finger, pink head that dissipated quickly. It left no lacing on the glass, but a very small crown. The body was a cloudy, mulberry color with no visible carbonation because of the cloudiness. The nose was fruity, to the point of being perfume-like. It had blueberry, cherry and strawberry. The taste had a certain medicinal note to it that I didn’t love. It also had a lot of berries. On the taste, the blueberry and strawberry stood out and it was almost jam-like. The body had medium thickness with light carbonation. The finish was long and sticky with berry jam. A bottle of this ran me $2.65 and also of note, was that it was only 8 ounces. It came $.33 per ounce. I didn’t love this beer, because the medicinal flavor was just off-putting, but I’m glad I got to try it.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Liefmans Goudenband

This was the second beer that I had at Brickwall. It was funny because when I ordered it, they asked if I wanted a taste of it. I told him I didn’t, but when I thought about it, it was pretty nice of him. Most people, even if they like craft beer, might find this style a bit intimidating and not like it and then be pissed about paying the $8 for a glass. But, he doesn’t know who he’s messing with…

ABV: 8%

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Trivia: This beer pairs well with goat cheese, according to the brewer. I wish I had some to go with it.

Random: The Giants look totally solid tonight. At least my sister will be happy.

This one poured with half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown color. I couldn’t see any carbonation due to the darkness of the bar. The nose had some wood to it with some red wine, vinegar and grapes…really nice. The taste had a bit of cherries, grapes and oak. It wasn’t as tart as I expected, but the sweetness of the cherries played well off of it. The wood also was a nice added touch. The body was on the thinner side with light carbonation. The finish was long and fruity. But, I couldn’t find any of the 8% ABV on this one. Although this was pretty good, I expected a little more from this beer overall. It’s worth a shot, but it’s not going to floor you.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0