Wittekerke Wild
De Brabandere

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Style:
American Wild Ale
Ranked #1,039
ABV:
5%
Score:
90
Ranked #7,918
Avg:
4.01 | pDev: 9.23%
Reviews:
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Ratings:
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Notes: Wittekerke Wild is the Ultimate Sour Wit beer. It is a combination of our famous Wittekerke Wit beer and our Petrus Sours. To make a Wittekerke Wild, the first step is to harvest the microflora of the oak foeders. Once we have done that, we have to unleash those microflora in the first fermentation of the Wittekerke Wit.

After a good fermatation and maturation, the Wittekerke Wild is born. Wittekerke Wild, Harvested & Unleashed
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Reviews: 33 | Ratings: 118
Photo of Zylod
3.23/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sour beers have become the rage in recent times. It's not a style I care for even though I've made many attempts to "get it" including this one. I'll pass it as average even though this will be the first and only time I drink it.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a special beer for me- #300 and the beer that got me my mug. Straw color with a two finger head that left a little lacing. Nose fits the bill with a bit of funk and some lingering whit spices. Taste is strong funk upfront with a clean whit finish. Light body and medium-high carbonation.
I was looking for more fruit from the Petrus influence but it was still a good beer. And the spirit of the occasion almost bumped it to a 4 in overall.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My local, in-person trader, tone77, has expressed some CANcern about my beer backlog here at Chez Woody & while he is justified, I am getting to as many different beers as quickly as I CAN. Here we have another beer that I do not think that any of us envisioned getting into CANs. I am proud to be the founder of The CANQuest (tm) in moments like these!

From the CAN: "Belgian Wit beer with natural flora from oak foeders"; "Harvested and Unleashed".

I Crack!ed this one open, but just like the previous beer, the tab was more like one of those early rectangular tabs & I was careful not to shear it off. Once CANpleted, I followed it with a Gussie Busch Glug, straight into the C of the glass, releasing a veritable fountain of head. Man, it is always kind of disCANcerting when it rushes up like that, but it went on to form two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with excellent retention, actually leaving a bit of lacing in its wake. Color was a cloudy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5), speaking to its base as a Wit. Nose was lightly funky, but also kind of evocative of its base as a Witbier. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was just about my speed - lightly funky, kind of vinous, slightly tart, but not so wild as to be overwhelming. It was the sort of beer that I wish that I had been weaned off of in terms of Tart/Sour beers, instead of being thrust into them, which may have something to do with my hesitancy around them. This was lightly funky, lightly tart and highly approachable as a result. Finish was dry, thanks to the wild yeast having done its thing, but it was only slightly puckering & I did not feel a CANstant need to drink water. Not bad. YMMV.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

there is a lot to like about this one, not least of which is that its really unique. one doesnt usually encounter this sort of witbier that has such a mature wild yeast profile on it, i think the style is well suited to some funk and some acid despite being light, and this beer incorporates that really well. its pale straw or hay colore from the tap, washed out or even watered down yellow looking, with a half inch of white head slowly settling in the globe, cool to see this on tap here in colorado, we so rarely get cool belgian beer in this format. i get some sweetness right away, summery and harvesty and corny, some ambient funky brett, and a bacterial acidity as well, lemons and under ripe strawberries and green grapes underneath. the flavor is the same, really wheaty and with some coriander and belgian yeast esters to it, still a witbier here, which is awesome, its not overtaken by the wild aspect, and the acidity is tame so this stays super drinkable for the style. good carbonation and expansive wheaty body which is nice for so low alcohol, its also really dry and refreshing as they go, which helps with that. herbaceus despite not tasting all that fresh, and i like that the character of the base wit is so well preserved. fun stuff, i could drink a bunch of these...

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Photo of Viaduck
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I bought a 4 pack, my ultimate goal is to harvest the wild yeasties to make a sourdough starter for bread baking, but more on that later. Pours from the can a hazy amber body with a lowly white head that quickly dies off. Not a very strong aroma, lemon & grain & coriander. Taste is mildly tart, lemonade & green apple, just a bit weak. More so on the carbonation. Not quite outstanding but a good value & a great thirst quencher.

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Photo of Impetuous
3.47/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright, hazy gold with a massive off white head which sadly reduces quite quickly leaving little lacing.

Flavors are, well, sour lemons followed by some malt. Light carbonation.

It's ok.

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Photo of mactrail
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost clear yellow brew with some swirls of white foam but not any lacing in the Kasteel chalice. Aroma is lemony with a sharp jolt to the nostrils, but not actually sour. After the first sip I had to look at the label again to be sure this wasn't some kind of overly acidic Radler.

Flavor starts with the tart lemonade, but light and watery. There is just a hint of the alleged Witbier, like some coriander in the nose. Mouthfeel is quite spritzy and enjoyable. Overall, this is so much more drinkable than the majority of American Wild Ales. From the 500 ml can purchased at Elizabeth Station in Bellingham, Wash.

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Photo of pat61
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: A 1" frothy foam cap with fair to poor retention perches atop a hazy straw effervescent column of beer

S: Fresh bread dough and citrus aromas mingle with the smells of the barnyard

T: Mildly tart, very refreshing lemony citrus flavors with hints of wheat and spice grace the palate

F: light and very effervescent

O: a very refreshing beer

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a very hazy yellow amber color with a one finger head of persistent white foam. The head has a great level of retention, very slowly fading over time to leave a good sum of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is brew is big of a tart green apple smell mixed with some aromas of apple cider vinegar and hay. Along with these smells comes a bit of a grassy small as well as some notes of yeast.
Taste – The taste begins with a quite tart and sour flavor of a light fruit nature, with apple being the strongest followed by some light sour peach and apricot. Along with these tastes comes a little bit of hay and grass as well as some yeast and a light funk and spice. The later flavors increase in intensity all while a bit of sweetness that was present upfront (mainly of a harvest fruit nature) fades from the taste. With a little bit of herb, and the increase in funk, yeast, and some of the grass and hay, one is left with a sour, and slightly drier, tart taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is light and crisp with a carbonation level that is higher. For the tastes and the style the feel is rather well done and makes for a slow sipping, but still easy sipping, sour overall.
Overall – A rather nice and approachable sour. Sours are certainly not my style, but for me, this one is pretty nice.

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: One finger white head, hazy pale yellow body.

Smell: See below.

Taste: Lemon, lime, bread, mild barnyard, The slightest hint of oak.

Feel: Medium body and carbonation, mild sourness. A hint of sweetness.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With a witbier on one side of the aisle and sour ale on the other, it was just a matter of time before the de Brabandere team orchestrated a marriage made in brewery. Piecing together a beer never tasted so good.

Wittekerke Wild pours the same pale straw haze as their witbier, even equipped with a wisping swath of seafoam. But much more tart that wit, the scent carries a brief mustiness of the sea along with piquant sour aromatics. Light confection sweetness seems powdered sugar-like and soft with lemon meringue on the tip of the tongue.

As the sourness and breadiness outlasts the short sweetness, the fruit and acidity has a heyday on the middle palate. Lemon, apple and lime lean toward gooseberry, kiwi and melon for a supple fruitiness and a sharp sourness that's remiss of dry, oak aged white wine. Its sour taste is laced with a light pep of straw and hay, straight from the barn in a retro-olfactory action.

Bready and sour, the taste is quite light and dry on the finish. Like a sour lemonade, this version of witbier hits home as the winter lifts and the spring ushers in warmer weather and sunnier days. A short aftertaste of sourdough and lemondrop decorate the finish as the faint mustiness of cork echoes briefly along.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bright yellow in color. Lemon, touch of funk, lime, some raspberry tartness, hint of vanilla and oak. Some lager flavor on the very back end. More tart than sour. Short finish. I'm going to revisit the hell out of this in the summer. Infinity drinkable.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can from Market of Choice. $2.50 for a 500ml can?!

A mildly hazy yellow with a large, white head with good retention and little lacing, this looks solid. The nose is what you'd expect a funky wit to be. Grainy with bread, citrus and orange, mild coriander, a refreshing lactic tartness, a mild earth note are all present. The palate opens tart and lactic with yogurt and creme fraiche before citrus, coriander and wheat take over. Grainy and bready, the mid-palate is great. Lactic on the finish with some lemon notes, this beer is crisp and refreshing. Light in body and moderately carbonated, this beer is quite excellent, especially at the price point

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very hazy straw yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly along the edges of the glass and faint pale golden yellow highlights. The beer has a three finger tall fizzy foamy bright white head that reduces to a large patch of thin film covering about 90% of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of tart lemon citrus, wheat malts, oak, and brett funky sourness with a light amount of earthy hop aromas.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of slightly sour wheat malts with a hint of grainy sweetness. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of tart lemon citrus and oak with moderate flavors of wet hay brett funkiness, coriander, and earthy hops. Light hints of bitterness near the finish but the lingering flavor is a light amount of tartness.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light to moderate amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: This beer was far better than I was expecting when I grabbed it - easy to drink, refreshing, and enjoyable with a slightly less puckering sourness but a nice combination of flavors/aromas. Nice complexity with some subtly.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 16.9 oz. can into a Cycle Brewing goblet.

A: Very hazy and light yellow. A good amount of visible carbonation and a thin white head that fades fairly quickly.

S: Funky and tart – lemony citric acid, barnyard earthiness, and Lactobacillus. Belgian yeast, with its associated fruit-forward esters - apples, pears, light bananas. Cracker malts with some wheat grist, and a mild dry woodiness.

T: Lactic tartness up front – but much softer than, and without the biting acid of, most AWAs. A nice full-bodied wheat and light cracker malt body. A farmhouse or saison-like yeastiness, but with light fruity esters rather than black peppery flavors. An earthy funk underneath – present, but certainly not over the top. Mild citrus lemony tartness. It finishes relatively dry; I suspect this is likely due to the oak, but I'm unable to get big woody flavors out of it. Some lingering pear esters.

M: This has a light body, but with a full mouthfeel likely due to the yeast. Average carbonation sensation and minimal alcohol presence.

O: This was quite different. I don’t think I like it well enough to go back for more, or to put it in regular rotation. But it's something I’m glad to have tried. I would prefer it to most Wits that I’ve had (as a matter of personal preference), but I don’t know what style I would have guessed. It's certainly different than any other Witbier I've had. Very interesting, and largely enjoyable.

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Photo of ordybill
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 OZ can into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Pooler, GA. The appearance is a murky pale yellow color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is lemon, coriander, pepper, and grass. The taste is follows the nose. a very nice beer.

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Photo of HeightsEats
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pleasant yellow color, aroma and flavor are subtle malt, mildly funky yeast and white ale spices. Full-bodied but very drinkable and good amount of carbonation. Great beer, retains wild elements without their being overpowering.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours a lovely and evenly cloudy "sunshine" yellow with a nice compact white bubbly head that sticks very nicely. The appearance is wonderful to look at, as I get lost trying to gaze through it, but it's just opaque enough to deny the pleasure.

A: Mild tart apples, a hint of oak, a touch of clove, and a deep breath allows an earthy grassiness and sweet and simple grain to arise.

F: A mellow oaky funk, and an herb or spice so familiar, yet I can't quite put my finger on. Slight white pepper, then granny smith apples. Very interesting.

F: Surprisingly, texture has become my favorite of the senses recently, and this does not disappoint. Smooth, silky, and easy to consume, brings you back for sip after sip! Leaves a nice slick coating throughout, a mild acidity that lingers, and just enough earthy bitterness to balance out the whole experience.

O: This is a great, easy, slighty funky beer to keep you going while working hard. Refreshing and unique enough to keep all the senses balances and happy. Cheers!

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Photo of stevoj
3.08/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Can from Brewers Haven. Hazy golden body with scant ring of white head. Yeasty, tart aroma. Taste follows with the mild tartness, and yeasty notes. Light, subdued for the style, but acceptable for the wide distribution.

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Photo of utopiajane
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very light yellow and turbid like a wheat beer. That does not mean murky or muddy. A white head of thinner bubbles that fizz and pop slowly and last as long as they can. Beautiful chalky yellow appearance with a white cap . Nose is fruity and the wheat is crisp smelling. It has a firm hop herbal in the background and a small tart scent to the background as well. Perfumey with a little bubblegum. There's lots of earth in this beer and that's coriander. There is hardly any funk on the nose just that elusive sour scent.


Drinks perfectly with a crisp and just sour finish. A tartness that accents the fruity banana and much lemon. The brett? does not give full out barnyard but becomes so gently full in this beer it is hard to describe. I think it even has a sweetness to it. it's soft, earthy and the hops are floral. The wheat is beautiful and bready. It's tall and has a soft golden flavor. Reminds me of sunshine. The finish is creamy and dry but not fizzy so that lets you see more malt flavor and dry. These are soft bubbles that let all that funky quality just loll around your mouth. And still it has structure. There is not too much bitterness to finish it and it does not need it . You don't even really notice any hops in the beer at all except when you think you miss them they taste like wet hay! That is very cheerful. And no bitterness in the finish, just the softness of the malt and the slightly complex and slightly acidic or sour flavor . Wonderful beer. Gentle, well defined and refreshing. More subtle than most but definitely pairs with lots of food because of it.

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Photo of Sabtos
2.56/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Creamy cloudy tan yellow with thin white blanket.

Funky ass tart wheaty cheese.

Wet hay and grass funk smothers any brightening lemon, bringing along that sour wheat cheese element from the nose.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

De Brabandere "Wittekerke Wild"
500 ml can, coded "23/05/18" which I can only assume is a best-by date

Wow! I wasn't expecting too much from this but now I'm blown away. I thought it would have some oak to it, and perhaps a bit of tartness but it's actually much more complex and sour than that.

It has the usual Wittekirke appearance as expected, but the nose offers a distinct oaky, musty, wet-straw-like, and fruity tartness that really draws you in. The flavor then follows through on that punch with an even harder hit, bringing in notes of dark fruit, grapes, leather, and earthiness as well as the usual coriander, lemon/orange, and softly sweetish wheat malt. The Brettanomyces even gives it a bit of a lime note.

Unlike many American sours that appear brash, simply offering a sharp acidity and hints of funkiness, this seems to go in the opposite direction, offering an acidity that's somewhere between tart and sour, and not quite puckering, yet loaded with character that's drawn from the malt, the spice, the yeast, and the Brett and oak while still not going overboard. It's tart and funky but still remarkably balanced and easy to drink; and it's character keeps you coming back again and again, adding even more to its drinkability. Really nicely done, and well worth seeking out.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Belgian B Cafe NYC.
Pours a straw yellow, simple foam head that retains a frothy cap. There is a thin crown and lacing.
The nose greets you with a big lemon twang that is laced with floral and spicy aromas.
Tart, lemony and herbal. Not too sour as there is a sweet tangy citrus finish. Significant dryness refreshes the palate. Light, crisp and easy to drink.
I thought it was a delightful palate opener and thirst quencher. I could easily have many of these.

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Photo of Rushx9-CCBS
4.67/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Delicious. Not as sour as I initially expected, but it's the most balanced and subtly complex version of a wild wit I've had to date. If you are experienced with Petrus Aged Pale, you'll instantly recognize the funk from their foeders! The sour lemon and green apple flavors are there, for certain, but at sessionable levels, well balanced by typical wit flavors of orange and wheat. Mild wild yeast character that is thankfully more closely related to the noble Petrus parentage than the pickle juice/kraut kettle funk I pick up on many American kettle soured wild wheat brews. Very glad that this is available in my hometown bottleshop!

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Photo of jzlyo
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma is Brett/funk, wheat and mild sugar. The flavor is citrus, sugar/slight sweetness, wheat, a hint of spices and a mix of Brett funk and tart in the finish.

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Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 118 ratings