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Wittekerke Framboise - De Brabandere

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BA SCORE
70
okay

72 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 2.9
pDev: 21.72%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
De Brabandere visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Yagman3000 on 07-06-2011)
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Reviews by riored4v:
Photo of riored4v
2.83/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured in to a champagne glass. 1/2 finger, white head. Clear, rose colored body. Was expecting it to be much darker.

Aroma was a sugary sweet rasberry jam with the tartness of the berry to back it up. Slightly malty. Hints of acidity.

Taste was awkward. I bit minerally with an over sugary sweetness. Almost tasted like Sweet-N-Low. Notes of rasberry cough syrup. Really tasted more like a wine cooler than a Lambic.

Mouthfeel was medium body with a high carbonation level. Some sticky sweetness left on the tongue.

Overall... not what i was hoping for. To sweet and un-natural. One bottle was more than enough.

riored4v, Dec 14, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
2/5  rDev -31%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The beer pours a pinkish red color with a small white head. The aroma is full of raspberries with nothing much else going on. The aroma has that artificial smell that you get in bad Belgian fruit beers. The flavor is exactly like I expected it to be - a ton of sweet, sugary raspberries and nothing else. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation. The beer tastes fake and is not very good. Avoid this one.

Mora2000, Jul 21, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Cynic-ale, May 07, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +12.1%

LXIXME, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev +3.4%

acurtis, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of Brenden
3.58/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The color is a thick pink-red...mauve, perhaps? A tight little white head forms with a touch of a pinkish tint. It sticks around the whole way and drops a mix of leggy, patchy and spotty lacing to the bottom of the glass.
The aroma is sweet raspberries, a bit sugary but not particularly lacking in tartness. A bit of grains is in there as well and an earthy yeast quality is evident as well. A light malt is certainly present though not the most solid backbone, and hops are unnoticeable (though the style, of course,is by no means heavy on hops).
The taste follows suit, and this is really a very enjoyable drink. I see beer lovers not being a fan and sour lambic lovers also backing away, but this is certainly a beer despite the sugary aspect, as the malts are evident and form a decent enough foundation.
The body is light but with some depth to it. Carbonation is moderate, forming a good creaminess that rolls. It's actually very good is not for going a little sticky in the sweetness.
This beer certainly doesn't seem intensely mature, and it does lack complexity and depth of the beautiful lambics. It seems more nontraditional and remains tasty regardless.

Brenden, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of Stugotzo
2.75/5  rDev -5.2%

Stugotzo, May 12, 2013
Photo of thagr81us
3.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured a peachish red-orange with a three finger pure white head that subsided to one finger very slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, raspberry, strawberry, and sugar. The flavor was of sweet malt, strawberry, raspberry, and sugar. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was an okay brew. Nothing on this brew really stood out for me. I am usually a big fan of framboises but this one didn't come off very well compared to others that I have had in the past as it had a fairly sweet character going on. Glad I got to tick it, but let's just say, I didn't go for a second glass.

thagr81us, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
2.25/5  rDev -22.4%

GRG1313, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.13/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle split and poured into a New Belgium globe.
4.3% ABV, 4°C - 6°C, 40199 on label.

A - Faintly cloudy pink in color with a dense white head. Frilly lace drapes across the glass delicately.

S - Fresh bushels of raspberries just rinsed gives the aroma an inviting nose. Soft wheat and lemonade pull through and "fake-up" the aroma. It almost begins smelling like a Berry Weiss-Sunset Wheat combo. Initially good though...

T - Fruity raspberry is far too syrupy with a lingering corn syrup finish. Light wheat in the background balanced just a bit but it's overly fake in it's flavor profile. It almost seems as if lemonade is blended in.

M - Sugary sweet and slight with a highly carbonated finish and light body.

O - Overly sweet and fake, it's got a good aroma initially but definitely lacking elsewhere. Too syrupy but not awful.

BeerFMAndy, Nov 27, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -13.8%

CaptainNomihodai, Mar 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev +3.4%

jaydoc, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of matjack85
2.6/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I tried this with my dessert at Cooper's Bar & Restaurant on Belmont in Chicago. $6.75 for an 11.2oz brown bottle.

The beer poured a cloudy pink lemonade color with a 1 finger white head that hung around awhile, but lacing was very minimal.

The smell is all raspberry - and tons of it!

As nice as the smell was, the taste was a big disappointment. There's not a trace of puckering lambic tartness to it. It's just a big sugary mess with a touch of wheat flavor in the background.

Light body and way way way over carbonated.

This is one of the worst lambics I have ever tasted.

matjack85, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of Immortale25
2.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a strawberry red color with a 1/2 inch pinkish white head that retains a bit and then unfolds into a 1/8 inch ring around the glass's edge with a light coat of surface foam. Some signs of wet lacing.

S- Smells like raspberry hard candy with a touch of astringency in the background. Also wet strawberry and maraschino cherry.

T- Sugary, artificial raspberry with that strange astringency still there. Almost cloyingly sweet if it weren't for said astringency. Where other lambics stay strong with the fruitiness, this one just splashes syrup on the palate before disintegrating into a club soda-like aftertaste.

M- Dry and sticky with medium-high carbonation that just adds to the seltzer water feel.

O- Truly an average framboise with a rubbery abrasiveness. I'll drink the whole thing but I'll be wishing I was drinking a St. Louis framboise the entire time.

Immortale25, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of Scott_McCool
3.5/5  rDev +20.7%

Scott_McCool, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of twiggamortis420
2.73/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz bottle pours a hazed pinkish-orange color with a light pink head. Large foam lasts a good while and leaves some decent lace.

Nose is chock full of raspberries; bright and delicious. Some wheat tang and general mild malt is light, but detectable and nothing else really comes out.

I was not expecting this at all, especially after having the regular Wittekerke witbier in a can a few times. Overly sweet, not much like a witbier or a lambic. Raspberry flavor is nice, but the artificial sweetness of it is just kind of a bummer. No tartness, no sourness, reminds me of raspberry tea with a ton of Equal put in. Could have been good, but ends up being lackluster at best. I think this would fit better under the Vegetable-Fruit Beer category than the Lambic-Fruit, but what do I know? Im just a simple caveman...

twiggamortis420, Jul 24, 2011
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3/5  rDev +3.4%

crbnfbr, Sep 02, 2013
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3/5  rDev +3.4%

ajtorres311, May 16, 2013
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2/5  rDev -31%

mixed_master7, Oct 01, 2012
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3/5  rDev +3.4%

adam42381, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of AleWatcher
2.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle into tulip.

Peach colored body with 3 fingers of rose-tinted white head. The body is hazy and light, and the head is shimmering and rocky. If this were slightly darker in color, it would be amazing. The head retains very well, almost like a raspberry soda.

Smells like sweet red raspberries. Sugar- rolled raspberries. A touch of an earthy quality.

The taste is just like the nose; sugary raspberries with an earthy tartness on the finish. This isn't bad, but for the Cantillon lover, this doesn't quite cut it. My wife likes it, so that shows that this beer has some appeal to a more mass market.

The body is light and airy, like a raspberry spritzer. Lots of bubbles here, almost too much.

Overall, a little sourness would go a long way here. The flavor is pleasant, but not intense or complex. This is another example O's a beer that would do well to change the name: call this a Raspberry Fruit Beer and people would snatch it up- especially at the $1.19 pricetag!

-- adding this info:
Drink this beer colder than normal. If it warms up too much, a soapy astringent character makes an unwelcome appearance.
Original grade was a C+, but now it drops down a bit.

AleWatcher, Sep 11, 2011
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3/5  rDev +3.4%

Greg_Nall, Apr 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +46.6%

Rojada1988, Mar 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +29.3%

krome, Jan 21, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +12.1%

epyon396, Sep 06, 2014
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Wittekerke Framboise from De Brabandere
70 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.