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Wittekerke Rosé | De Brabandere

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De Brabandere

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by GreenCard on 06-30-2004

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Ratings: 129 |  Reviews: 101
Photo of mempath
4.3/5  rDev +62.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a very lively off-white head with bruised apricot pinkish hue...big sudsy lacing slabs eventually slide back down to the surface.

yeasty nose with the expected fruity, raspberry note.

taste comes across much sweeter than expected, but surprising not in any cloying, syrupy way. rather refreshing and light and not as tart as i also expected making this more enjoyable. a dry finish that allows a hint of sweet-tartness to fade a bit slower. not complicated but complex enough to be enjoyed as a session fruit ale...good to drink one of these with other light brews for variety or even mixing. good alone but i imagine pairs well with alot of things. and all-seasons brew. i like it better than Timmerman's.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.31/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is light peach/pink in color with a thick fluffy head with fair lace. Smell of mainly the fruit with grain and light hop. Taste again is mainly the tart fruit flavor with the grain with a good balance of hops. Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation. I'm not much into fruit beers, but this is not so bad.

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Photo of loren01
3.82/5  rDev +44.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark golden color with a light pinkish hue, initially a very effervescent head that disipates quickly, slight lace down the glass.
S: Smells of wheat and strong of raspberries.
T: Raspberry flavor followed by wheat malt, slight yeastiness in there as
M: Light bodied, good amount of carbonation
D: Nice easy drinking Framboise, nice thirst quencher. I would like to mix one of these with a stout or porter I bet that would be tasty.

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Photo of DoctorDog
3.53/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 11.2 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.

A-Pours a pinkish color. Pours with ~2 fingers of slightly pink head, which fades slowly into a thin cap.

S- Slightly grainy sweetness, with a moderate, slightly tart raspberry.

T- Moderately sweet, slightly green, raspberry notes. Bitterness minimal. Not off-putting by any means, but it feels more in line with an Italian soda than anything "beery."

M- Moderately high carbonation with a light feel.

D- Good. Very easy to drink, even if not very compelling overall. Could easily drink multiples if you were so inclined.

Future outlook: Again, more like a fruity Italian soda to me than anything...pleasant enough, but no reason to buy again.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.32/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I saw this bottle in the store, thought it was nice tick, didn't know it this rare as well. Started the day with this for the ladies, and it was all that I expected...Pours a light ugly carbonated brown with a little pink. Light head that fades quick...The aroma is light tart but sweet raspberries, sweet parts are fake sugar or fruit, way to sweet and sugary in the wrong ways...The taste is more of the same, this is a sweet, sugary carbonated beer that is note a true fruit beer; more of a sweet carbonated sparkling water that is a good segway beer for new comers.

A beer not worth trying, not bad or offense, doesn't taste bad, just not for the experienced fruit beerian.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.23/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Seemingly a Belgian Witbier with added Raspberries, the beer takes on a softer and sweeter attitude that will surly satisfy the thirst of fruit beer fans and those with a sweet tooth.

The beer pours with a cloudy rouge/peach color and carries a dense, white, froathy head with great staying power while lots of lace is left behind.

Sweet grains, malts, and raspberries are all evident. Light aromas of tart berries and apples also rise to the forefront as the beer warms. Lightly bready and cotton candy sweetness all around. Lightly spicy notes weave in and out of the berry tartness.

Sugary flavors begin the taste profile; combined with raspberries and the beer takes on a jam-like taste. Light tartness seems all berry and little from the more desirable tartness from yeast. Mild breadiness is much less pronounced in taste than suggested in smell.

Medium weighted and creamy early, the beer fades into a sweetly-sticky feel that seems much more like soda pop than beer.

This Framboise is balanced heavily toward the sweetness and giving it a much more wine cooler affect than from the more sour-balanced of lambic versions. The Witbier allows for heavy sweetness and disrupts the soft and powdery textures of original Wittekerke.

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Photo of ecboob82
4.14/5  rDev +56.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- This beer pours a nice pinkish hue with a snow white head that laces up nicely.

S- The white head begs to to breathe deep. Smells like sweet/sour raspberries.

T- You will taste many things, mostly sweetness with a slightly sour finish. The bubbles help open your taste buds to find more subtle flavors.

M- Typical of a light summer beer. Light bodied

D- In moderation, this beer is perfect for a 2 beer session.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.35/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy, deep pink color with a light pink, almost white head. In the aroma, sweet to sour raspberries. In the taste, sweet raspberry, a small sourness, kind of like Cherokee Red Pop. A small bite and light bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry, raspberry sour aftertaste. Nice small sour with dry raspberries all the way though.

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Photo of aepb1
3.34/5  rDev +26%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pinkish brown, white head that dissipates quickly

S- Raspberries with a notable malty underbody

T- Raspberries again, less noticeable, tart, malt still here

M- Light, heavy on the carbonation but not too much

D- The interplay of carbonation and the maltiness is a nice balance

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Photo of nick76
3.21/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is cloudy pink with a foamy head. The aroma is funky and sweet with a yeasty mixed berry and wheat. The flavor is like the aroma and quite sweet. The palate is thin but smooth. Overall I find this beer drinkable but not completely enjoyable.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
1.37/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Damn... I hate being a ticker sometime. Found this at the COOP today... ehhh.... I know what I'm getting myself into... but oh well.. crap.

Pours with a lite tan head with a definite but lite pink twinge... the brew is orange but again, a light pink twinge... I have hope!!

I haven't had Jello in 20+ years, but the nose is unmistakably Raspberry Jello. Nothing else.

Flavor is Raspberry Jello mixed with some really artificial background flavors that I can't really describe... but I will try!! I don't know what Antifreeze tastes like, but if it was "pink", this would be it. Fruity and chemical.. teeth stripping sugars... fake.. fake.... fake... God.. this is horrible... the only reason to keep drinking it is just to punish me for going against my better judgment.

Thick and carbonated like a Mexican Coke.. I need my teeth cleaned.

Fucking horrible ... I'm done destroying my palate.. this is disgusting.


Edit: I see some reviews mention "Aspartame".. thank GOD my bottle was the "natural" variety. Why would anybody buy this more than once when there are alcopops that actually taste okay? And more, why would ANY brewer make this shit? And for anybody who has bought this more than once, here is some advice that will save you a ton of cash, buy a handle of the cheapest vodka out there and mix it with the cheapest juice you can find, shake well with ice and it will be 1000% better than this. I already brushed once AND had a taco, and I can definitely still taste it.. Jesus... nasty.

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Photo of cyrenaica
3.34/5  rDev +26%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

250ml bottle
4.3% ABV

Two things pop out at me right away. The label says "The fruity pink beer" and it contains "aspartame". So, a fruity pink diet beer?

I tried this 'beer' on May 29, 2009 at "Smokeless Joe's" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a reddish pink colour with a thin white head that stuck around. The aroma was sour raspberries and grainy malt. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and highly carbonated. The flavour was sugary sweet. It tasted very good, but not beer-like. More like what Canadians call a 'Cooler'

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Photo of ThaCreep
2.69/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nose clear raspberry going up but more of a raspberry juice, or even a simple aroma of real fruit in their purity. Sweet, light where you feel a little wheat, but without much conviction. Even the fruit is small (no acid but no sugar) and the mouth is a bit bland. Only the presence of a bitter unsophisticated differentiates it from Hoegaarden Rose. It seems that it is made by a mixture of three brews but the complexity is far from being a synonym for this beer.

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Photo of pootz
2.8/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

250ml bottle:

Poured a cloudy pink-gold with a rose cap.

Promising aroma: some biscuit, spice and fruit and earthy tones.

Flavor was a letdown. Fruit and sweetness predominate and obliterate any other flavours. The sweetness seems synthetic as well. I had looked forward to this one as I like Wittekerke witbier and thought this was a sort of wit cocktail with fruit and Petrus red.

....but it is simply far too sweet to define any complexity at all.

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Photo of brownbeer
2.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Labeled Wittekerke Framboise, but this has to be the infamous fruity pink. I was saddened to learn that this has a portion of Petrus Aged Pale blended into this beer. I can't believe it. It's a dirty pink color. This beer should be called aspartame 101. The aroma is vaguely of a bottom-shelf raspberry liqueur. Sweetener and fizzy diet raspberry tea taste. Eddie Vedder said it best when he cried out in the song Black: WHY?

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Photo of weatherdog
1.97/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer was consumed at Brixies in Brookfield Il. A female friend of mine went to order a bottle of Duchesse de Bourgogne, found out they were out, and mistakenly let the bartender convince her that this beer was similar in taste. When she couldn't drink much of it, I decided to drink it as I rarely get the chance to review a beer I wouldn't order for myself and thought it would be a good exercise in taste.

It was poured from the bottle into a pretty cool frosted glass Wittekerke glass; possibly the best thing about this beer. It pours an almost unnatural rosy/pink with a bright white head.

The smell is of completely sweet raspberries, the smell is right on the border between whether its just backsweetened natural fruit or a sickly artificial flavoring but in my mind the artificial fruit is winning.

I know the side of the bottle was labeled something to the effect of 'Adult Malt Beverage' but I didn't expect to be tasting something to the effect of Raspberry Smirnoff Ice. It is very similar to a raspberry iced tea and doesn't have any beer-like qualities. I've had plenty of fruit flavored beer and even the most artificial flavored ones I could at least find the beer behind the flavoring, not in this one.

To me the beer wasn't that carbonated and added to my allusion to raspberry iced tea, it was also as thin as water but at the same time it was as drinkable as it too.

Now that I'm at home and can look up the beer I can see by the marketing on the website who this beer is targeted to, 8-12 year old European girls. They achieve their goal of a beverage for prepubescent teens but has as much of a beer merit as any Smirnoff Ice flavor. The beer glass was pretty cool though.

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Photo of vacax
2.19/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a pinkish orange with about a finger of whitish head. Plenty of beading and carbonation is evident, resulting in plenty of head retention though not much lacing. The aroma is flagrantly artificial with a bittersweet herbal twang and light essence of raspberry. This is not a brew for the type of people who actually smell beer. Moderately sweet yet awkwardly bitter in a way that is not hoppy, like somebody put a packet of Sweet N Low in it. Syrupy raspberry-like flavor that does not quite taste like raspberries, very artificial. Flavor disappoints low expectations. Light in body but with an acceptably creamy carbonation. I purchased this out of sheer novelty and it was nothing more than that. Avoid.

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
2.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to AKBelgianBeast for this one. Yeah it came as a package for the loser of the LNBA FF, and I lost.

Poured into a mini hefe tasting glass.
A- Cloudy yellow with a hint of pink thrown into the beer, this gives the beer a feminine glow.The head is very white and lasts for a while. Also as far as a can appearance if your a guy and your buying this I bet you don't mind getting your prostate examined by some guy with large....fingers.

S- I can smell the raspberry smell from a distance of two feet. There is something effervescent about it too.

T- I can seriously say that I lost some man points with this one. This just tastes fake, in that flavored condom kinda way. (I'll let that last sentence simmer in your mind for a while.) There is almost a nutrasweet after taste to this one too.

M- This has a thick, yet thin feeling that I'm sure appeals to a variety of jail inmates.

D- The only way to take this beer is in the can.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.31/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Isn't the can of Wittekerke Rosé awesome? You'd think the slender 8.4 ounce can was some kind of energy drink that donates a portion of the proceeds to breast cancer. Instead, it is a raspberry infused witbier. Did I mention the raspberry was artifical flavor? On to the beer:

Well, the color of the beer has a raspberry infused orange color to it, hazy. The head color has a pink tint to it, and it has surprisingly good head retntion and forms good patchy lace. It kind of smells like raspberries, and it's not bad at all. Maybe I was wrong about this beer...

....or maybe not. It tastes like lightly flavored cough syrup to me, which isn't the worst taste in the world, but it sure doesn't taste like beer. I can also taste a bit of iron. Come to think of it, it does kind of taste like a raspberry energy drink. It feels sticky in the mouth like one, and as a beer I prefer it didn't.

Well...I managed to get all 8.4 ounces down of this 4.3% ABV drink. It sure isn't as fun to drink as Wittekerke w/o all the added shit, but what other alcoholic beverage out there can you get for less than Red Bull, yet who's label looks like an energy drink? This must be good for drinking in public places and driving.

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Photo of crossovert
1.32/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Dinky 8.4 oz can. "Brewed with artificial sweetener". Oops.

Pours into my glass with a pink grapefruit color with a bit of haze and a pure white head.

The smell is like diet raspberry soda.

It tastes like diet raspberry soda, not like beer. Awful really.

It has a decent mouthfeel. Drinkability is bad.

Is this beer?

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Photo of fartkowski
2.9/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Serving type: 250ml bottle, bought at the LCBO

Poured a hazy pink, with about a 2 inch foam head.
This was the first fruit beer I've tasted. It was extreamly sweet, as expected.
Tasted like one of those coolers you can buy. I really don't think they needed to add the Aspertame to it.
I guess the taste was ok if you like fruity drinks.

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Photo of jgasparine
1.84/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A- Agressively poured from the can to yield a 3/4" stark-white head, which slowly receded to a sustained haze layer and some nice lacing. The body was highly carbonated and sedimented pink-orange color. Little red chunks were observed riding the bubble trains. These red chunks appeared to be somewhat artificial, like food coloring that didn't dissolve into solution. The carbonation also seemed a bit artificial- more abundant than I would anticipate naturally if it were naturally carbonated.

S- Smells of cloyingly sweet synthesized raspberry and artificially tart citric aromas. It smells extactly like a sweet-tart candy... more like a soft drink than beer.

T- Tastes tart up-front, and a faint artificial sweetness plays second fiddle. Some bland synthesized raspberry flavor comes-in midway, and there is no finish to speak-of; once swallowed, all flavor immediately disappears from the palate.

M- Thin to medium body. Overatenuated and overcarbonated. Not impressive... but there is SOME viscocity here nonetheless. A mark below average may be generous on my part.

D- I did not enjoy this at all. I found it to be all-around underwhelming and in some ways offensive. On the other hand, my wife thoroughly enjoyied this, and finished my glass.

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Photo of mrmanning
2.38/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hazed pink pour with a fizzy white cap. Nose of raspberry and candy, some perfume. Very sweet raspberry flavour seems fake and is accompanied with a bit of tartness and yeasty candies. Fizzy quick finish. Overly sweet for me, and not one I'll have again.

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Photo of BigBry
3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One of a make-your-own 6 pack of cans my parents brought back from recent trip Stateside.
250ml. Tall and thin pink can, with a flourescent yellow shadow of a long-haired, thin-waisted girl. "Belgian White Beer with Raspberries - Rose, The Fruity Pink".
Best before date stamped on bottom of can.
Hazy pink liquid topped with a lighter pink pile of foam. Low retention, some thin lace strings. The smell was full of raspberries, clean and fresh, not overly artificial. Abit of yeast aroma, but was overtaken by the fruitiness.
Lots of raspberry fruity flavor. Slightly tart finish. Bubbly, light mouthfeel, like a Fanta Cream Soda. Sweet finish, a good dessert beer, would be tough to have more than one in a sitting.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
1.6/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours an artificial looking pink/orange color with a fizzy head that actually lasts a good while. The smell is of sour cherries, sherbert and a faint chemical note that reminds me of aerosol hairspray. The taste is very sweet, cloyingly so. Raspberry juice mixes with a grotesque aspartame flavor. This is as much a diet soda as a beer, or even moreso. The mouthfeel is thin and unpleasant from the extreme sweetness. The finish is filled with aspartame.

This is a trainwreck of a beer. I hate aspartame and it abounds in this one. Pass vociferously.

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Wittekerke Rosé from De Brabandere
Beer rating: 2.65 out of 5 with 129 ratings
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