My summer obsession with Liefmans Fruitesse (LCBO# 379115) started when a good friend of mine ordered me one at Bier Markt on the Esplanade in Toronto, ON. I had just left a Jack White concert and was proceeding to cut a few rugs to the Bier Markt’s house band when Dave handed me a glass. Right away I knew it was a fruit beer by the colour and the smell, but it oddly came in what looked like a stemless wine glass full of ice. I won’t like this, I proceeded to tell him. Yes you will, Dave told me and boy was he right! Again I will state, I am not a huge fruit beer fan. It takes a special fruit beer to sway me away from my usual favourites. But this summer Liefmans has been that beer! It has a lower alcohol content, its fruit flavours are both refreshing and tart and it is just so delicious on a hot summer day because it is served over ice.
Here are some interesting facts about Liefmans:
- Liefmans is a 300 year old Belgian brewery.
- Maturation tanks at the brewery are filled with black cherries.
- Liefmans Fruitesse is considered to be an appetizer beer.
- The brewmaster, Rosa Merckx (aka Madame Rose), was the first female brewmaster in Belgium and has been at the helm of the brewery for around 40 years.
- Liefmans Fruitesse contains fruit juices from cherries, raspberries, elderberries, blueberries and strawberries.
Colour: Deep ruby red with pink mousse like foam.
Smell: Fruit jam, berries, cherry, sweet tart candies and cherry ice cream.
Taste: Tart berry, very effervescent, jammy, acidic fruit with slight tongue prickling. Black and red berry finish. Very juicy!
Food Pairings: Mild cheeses and summer salads or simply enjoy on its own out in the sunshine.
This beer is surprisingly addictive and I have yet to meet a male or a female who doesn’t develop an instant love of the brew. Have you tried Liefmans Fruitesse? Let me know what you thought of it in the poll below!