Beers That Taste Fruity or Spicy (Flavour Profile – 6 of 7)
Fruit and Spice Beers: The perfect beers for anyone who’s morning routine consists of chugging a glass of orange juice or anyone who never says “when” when the waiter is adding pepper to your meal.
By The Beer Community on May. 01, 2019
Trying to find out what kind of beer you like?
Maybe you’d fancy a fruit or spice beer!
Fruit and spice beers are perfect for anyone with a slight sweet tooth and is looking to step out of their beer comfort zone or try something new. The best part about drinking a fruit or spice beer? These unique brews are super versatile, can be drunk at any time of the year, which means they pair great with any meal, weather condition, and occasion.
What are Fruit and Spice Beers?
Beers that fall under the fruit and spice beer profile are most notable for their strong fruit and spice flavours.
The spice flavours that you’re tasting in your beer are derived from the yeast used to brew your beer. Spice flavours can become bolder when brewers choose to add complimentary spices into the boil. When it comes to fruit beers, brewers like to enhance the fruity notes by adding real fruit or fruit puree into the brewing process.
Beers under this beer profile category can be sweet, semi-dry, or dry. These beers are never overly bitter but can posses a slight bitter aroma. The ABV% can range from low to high. The colour of fruit and spice beers range from golden to dark brown. Sometimes fruit beers even come out bright pink, and sometimes even purple.
What are the most popular beers that taste fruity or spicy?
With the popularity fruit beer rising, you’ve probably come across a few. The uniqueness of fruit and spice beers can sometimes scare away avid beer drinkers because they believe that fruit beers are more like a cider than a beer. This isn’t the case. Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc is a witbier that is fruity, refreshing and has a perfect balance between citrus and coriander spice.
Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc, brewed by Carlsberg Group, is a modern, fruity and refreshing wheat beer. With its unique taste and appearance, 1664 Blanc appeals to beer consumers all over the world. It has an inimitable sweet and refreshing flavour, resulting from the hint of citrus and coriander spice used in the brewing process. With its flavour and design, 1664 Blanc embodies the elegance and taste of France. Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc’s modern identity is perfectly expressed by its unique shiny blue bottle. You can find Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc and other Kronenbourg products at almost any local liquor store.
What beer styles fall under the “fruit & spice” category?
Fruity and spicy beers can range in flavours and style, but all share the similar characteristics that make them the choicest beers around when you’re looking for a beer that is new, unique, and something that might be out of your comfort zone.
Bright & Yeasty:
Beers in this style posses bright fruit notes like tart apple, pear, orange, lemon, banana, apricot, and peach. Aromas of spices like pepper, clove, vanilla, coriander, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Stronger and darker brews can show malt notes of toast, caramel, toffee, and deep dark fruit. Fair aroma of bubblegum can also be a common some styles.
Types of beers that fall into this spice and fruit category include: Belgian Blonde Ale, Belgian Golden Strong Ale, Belgian Strong Pale Ale, Fruit / Vegetable Beer, Gruit Ale, Hefeweizen, Kristalweizen, Saison, Tripel, Witbier
Malt flavours tend to be more present in these beer styles. The malt flavours can strengthen the body of the body and bring chocolate, caramel, and nut notes to the beer. Spicy aromas are also common. Think clove, pepper, nutmeg, and smokey notes. Most of these beers have dark fruit characteristics and can sometimes be similar to a light red wine.
Food Pairings for Fruit and Spice Beers:
Because fruit and spice beers tend to be so flavourful, they often pair best with lighter foods. Next time you’re having a light seafood dinner of crab, mussels, lobster, or any light fish, crack open a fruit or spice beer to go with it. Chicken and turkey sausages will also pair nicely with a beer from this beer profile category.
If you’re thinking, “What type of beer should I drink?”…
Try a fruity and spicy beer!
Fruity & Spicy Beers to Try If You Like…
Ready to take a step outside your comfort zone? Try a fruit or spice beer that you might like based on flavours you already know and love.
More Fruity and Spicy Beers to Try:
If you’re struggling finding a fruit or spice that you love, let us help you out. Below is a sampling of the finest spice and fruit brews around Canada.
- Don de Dieu – Unibroue (Chambly, QC)
- Highflier Hefeweizen – Delta Brewery (Calgary, AB)
- Induction – Category 12 Brewing (Victoria, BC)
- La Bittt à Tibi Amos Kristall Witte – Belgh Brasse (Amos, QC)
- L’Orage Noir – Cannery Brewing (Penticton, BC)
- Main Squeeze – Alley Kat (Edmonton, AB)
- Moonlight Desire Smoked Pumpkin Saison – Barn Hammer Brewing Company (Winnipeg, MB)
- Plaid To The Bone – Picaroons Traditional Ales (Fredericton, NB)
- Valor – Tooth and Nail Brewing Company (Ottawa, ON)
Find the right beer for you!
JustBeer has grouped all the styles of beers into seven main beer profile categories to help you find beers based on flavours you already know and love.
If fruit or spice beers aren’t your thing, check out these other beer profiles you might like:
Crisp & Clean
Hoppy & Bitter
Dark & Roasty
Malty & Sweet
Fruit & Spice
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