Category Archives: Fruit Beer

Gweilo x Culmination Fruitburst

Brewery: Gweilo Brewery x Culmination Brewing
Country: Hong Kong
ABV: 5.8%
Style: Fruit Beer
Other Notes: 15 IBUs. Collaboration with Culmination

Brewer Description: (from can) Brewed with our friends at Culmination Brewing, Fruitburst is a beer erupting with tart tropical fruits. We’ve used a light wheat base and pumped it full of guava, peach and passionfruit purees shipped over from Culmination’s home state of Oregon. The result is a juicy burst of fruit with a tangy kick.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.65
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.5

Intro: A 330ml can with a best before date of 20th August 2020. Poured into a Holy Mountain tulip glass.
Appearance: A cloudy peachy orange colour with quite a bit of sediment. A big three finger white head that dissipated quite quickly and only left some sparse lacing.
Aroma: Fruity, guava, unripe banana, peach, apricot, and passionfruit.
Taste: Fruity, moderate to light sweetness, guava, passionfruit, tangy.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate to light carbonation.
Overall: Enjoyable aroma, and the simple fruity flavours were pretty good.

Préaris Pomegranates of Love

Brewery: Vliegende Paard Brouwers
Country: Belgium
ABV: 3.5%
Style: Fruit Beer

Brewer Description: (from website in Dutch) Tarwebier gebrouwen met granaatappel 4% abv. Eenmalig gebrouwen in maart 2018.

(translated to English) Wheat beer brewed with pomegranate 4% abv. Brewed once in March 2018.

My rating: 2
My beeradvocate.com rating: 2.97
My ratebeer.com rating: 2.7

Intro: A 330ml bottle with a notched best before date of March 2020. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A hazy golden straw yellow colour with a huge four finger white head that had excellent retention but left only sparse lacing.
Aroma: Dusty, wheat, citrusy lemon zest, slight sweet malt, caramel and apple juice.
Taste: Light flavours, wheat, sweet malt, lemon zest, citrus peel and hints of pomegranate.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Considering pomegranate was in the name, it’s a pity that it wasn’t more prominent. I also wasn’t too fond of the ‘dustiness’ in the aroma. Just didn’t really work out for me.

Boundary x Ulster Exile x Brick x Bullfinch Screwball

Brewery: Boundary Brewing Cooperative x Ulster Exile Brewers x Brick Brewery x Bullfinch Brewery
Country: Northern Ireland
ABV: 5.5%
Style: Fruit Beer

Brewer Description: (from can) Once upon a time there was a group of brewers called the ‘Ulster Exiles’. And they came and brewed a beer with us. A raspberry & vanilla ice cream IPA.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.63
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.5

Intro: A 440ml can, with a best before date of 1st March 2019. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A hazy dark reddish pink colour with a slight orange hue, that had a just more than one finger off white head that dissipated quickly and left pretty much no lacing.
Aroma: Raspberry, vanilla, lemon peel, berry fruit tea.
Taste: Raspberry puree, lemon zest, berry fruit tea and a hint of vanilla.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Described as a raspberry & vanilla ice cream IPA, I think it is actually more like a Fruit Beer than an IPA. Secondly, I’d naturally compare it to something similar and the Omnipollo x Buxton Original Raspberry Meringue Ice Cream Pie comes to mind since that was really good. In this case, it didn’t match up to that version as I felt it definitely lacked the creamy, milky vanilla presence, especially since that it is mentioned in the description. Aside from that though, treat it as a Fruit Beer, and it is ok.

New Glarus Wisconsin Belgian Red

Brewery: New Glarus Brewing Company
Country: USA
ABV: 4% (I think… the bottle and website don’t state this)
Style: Fruit Beer
Other Notes: Wisconsin Ale brewed with cherries

Brewer Description: (from bottle) You hold the marriage of wine and beer. Belgian Red is a tapestry of flavor. This ale is brewed with whole Montmorency Cherries, Wisconsin farmed wheat and Belgian roasted barleys, balanced by hops we aged in our brewery one full year, and then aged in oak vats. Over a pound of Door County Cherries in every bottle makes this ale uniquely “Wisconsin”. So unique, in fact, that we applied for a patent. Expect this ale to be ruby red, with a medium body that is highly carbonated and intense with cherry flavor & bouquet. Serve your friends Belgian Red in a brandy sniffer or champagne flute and toast life with ale from the land of Wisconsin.

My rating: 5
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.7
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.5

Intro: A 1 pint 9 fl. oz. bottle with no bottled on or best before date (but I think 2017 designed labels). Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A cloudy deep purple red with a big two finger beige head that had decent retention while leaving some lacing.
Aroma: Tart, cherry, artificial candied cherry with hints of oak and almond.
Taste: Tart, lightly sweet, lightly sour, cherry, oak and almonds.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with low to moderate carbonation.
Overall: Wonderful as the tart and sour balanced out the sweetness leaving behind cherry and almond fruity goodness.

New Glarus Serendipity

Brewery: New Glarus Brewing Company
Country: USA
ABV: 4% (I think… the bottle and website don’t state this)
Style: Fruit Beer
Other Notes: Wisconsin Ale brewed with apples, cranberries & cherries

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Severe drought, we shared the farmer’s horror as Wisconsin’s cherry crop failed! Dan bought what cherries he could. The apple crop fared better. Then joy! A grand Wisconsin cranberry harvest. What will Dan brew with apples, cranberries and cherries? Oh my! You hold the happy accident of Wisconsin’s favorite fruit aged in oak with an almost magical wild fermentation. Serendipity is a wondrous celebration that sparkles your senses and dances across your palate. A kaleidoscope of flavor discovered by accident in a sour ale! Cheers to the unexpected.

My rating: 5
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.53
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.4

Intro: A 1 pint 9 fl. oz. bottle with no bottled on or best before date (but I think 2017 designed labels). Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A hazy dark reddish brown colour with a big three finger beige head that had decent retention while leaving some spotty lacing.
Aroma: Sweet, jammy, cherry, apple juice, cranberries.
Taste: Sweetarts, sweet and lightly tart, cherry, oak, apple and cranberry.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with light carbonation.
Overall: Although sweet, I think the apple/apple juice flavours balanced out that sweetness really well, and I easily preferred this over Raspberry Tart which was almost too sweet. Very drinkable goodness!