Wittekerke Framboise
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3.04 | pDev: 20.72%
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Reviews: 29 | Ratings: 94
Photo of Sabtos
2.26/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours an odd light peach pink. Off to a bad start. Looks can be deceiving, but not here.

This smells like Gummi Bears and tastes like sour patch kids. This may be a fun little drink for the kiddies, but, uh, wtf is this, really? Some cheap shit.

Wow, I just realized this is the same brewery making the Petrus ales. WTF are they thinking with this embarrassment? This is almost certainly not a Framboise, at least from any other experience I've had elsewhere.

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Photo of ryannosaurus
1.89/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours clear pink-amber with a small head that disappears immediately

Aroma is a little big raspberry and some wet dog

Flavor is overly sweet, almost medicinal. No raspberry tartness or any real yeast character.A bit of beer character in the aftertaste, but more like a US wine cooler than anything.

Mouth feel is syrupy for the abv, with no sustained CO2 to liven it up.

Overall, not a winner for my palate. Mix some raspberry koolaid with seltzer and a shot of vodka, and you'll have the same experience at a better price point.

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Photo of NDSoBe
2.81/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap. TL;DR Closer to Winecooler than Lambic.

I had Lindemans Peche from the bottle a couple years ago and recently an unidentified Framboise Lambic on tap. I proceeded down to the distributor the next week to buy a case of Lambic. Upon seeing the price I blacked out, and after coming to my senses I saw this beer on the bottom shelf and decided to compromise. Coming in at 1/3 the price (but still a lot of money), I could only call this a hipster wine cooler. My thoughts on every sip followed as "What a Disappointment" to "Maybe its not too bad" then "Can i return beer?" Gave to my mother as an expensive alternative to Smirnoff Ice for the holiday.

Starts Sweet, Is Sweet, Ends Sweet. Jolly Rancher spit comes to mind.

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Photo of superspak
3.53/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into pint glass, 401022 bottle code. Pours hazy/cloudy reddish orange color with a 1-2 finger dense light pint head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of sweet, juicy, and lightly tart raspberry; pear, apple, wheat, bread, light coriander/clove, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of raspberry, bready malt, and fruity/earthy yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of juicy, sweet, and lightly tart raspberry; pear, apple, wheat, bread, light coriander/clove, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Minimal yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of raspberry, pear, apple, wheat, bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good robustness and balance of raspberry, bready malt, and fruity/earthy yeast flavors; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth and fairly creamy/slick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.3%. Overall this is a good standard tasting fruit beer. All around good robustness and balance of raspberry, pale malt, and fruity/earthy yeast flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. I was hoping for more pronounced witbier character against the fruit flavors; but it was still pleasantly enjoyable.

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Photo of chinchill
3.28/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

.33 L bottle. A small bit of sediment remained stuck on the bottom after a full pour. The body is rosy-copper with a good off-white head and lacing.

The aroma was more fruity right out of the bottle but the witbier became more obvious as the head settled.

After the first sip or two, which seemed too sweet, my palate adjusted and I found the sweetness to be high but not very objectionable. Still, I wish this had more tartness. Natural raspberry flavor lingers on in the aftertaste, eventually fading to a faint wheat note.

O: a markedly sweet, raspberry witbier.

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Photo of DeFaz
2.55/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a large head that fades quickly leaving minimal lacing

Smell: Raspberries and sugar. Not much else to speak of. Smells good, but not really very fresh and natural.

Taste: While it's generally hard for me to resist raspberries, something is off here. I don't know whether adjuncts are being used, but the sweetness is over the top and is not balanced by the typical tartness that accompanies a raspberry lambic. The taste is syrupy and odd.

Mouthfeel: Thickness is fine, but the carbonation is over the top in the finish. Somewhat sticky and lacks the dry tartness that I want from the style.

Overall: With so many good raspberry lambics out there, I can't recommend this. The raspberry flavor isn't fresh and natural, and there are no other flavors to make this work.

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Photo of Mavigo
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

My mom bought a six pack of this. She said it was so sweet and girly she didn't even bother to offer me one. Regardless, I wanted to try it anyways. Served in a pokal pilsner glass.

A: Pours a cloudy, salmon color with a short, fizzy white head that dissipates fast and has medium amounts of white lacing as well.

S: Holy shit raspberries! Extremely fruity, very, very sweet smell, as if someone dumped 20 packets of splenda into it. Reminds me of cherry 7-up.

T: As you could imagine, it is sweet as hell, strawberries and raspberries hold a massive presence on the palate. The sweetness, is sort of sickening, like an artificial sweetener type of sweetness. The fruitiness drowns out whatever tartness and other flavors that should normally be present in a framboise, wheat flavors are subtle.

M: Medium carbonation with a light body, unbalanced in terms of sweetness, way too fruity, not enough tartness, actually no tartness at all. Has a weird after taste going with it.

O: Overall, yeah its a "chick" drink. Very, very sweet and not much substance to it. Felt like I was drinking a sprite or something. It's not horrible, it was smooth and all, but unless you got a sweet tooth, this might not be up your alley. Still, to each his own, all depends on what you like.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a murky light pinkish-red with a foamy reddish-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of raspberry jam and raspberry juice. Taste is much the same with an artificial sweetener flavor on the finish. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. There is also a dryness that occurs in the mouth after each sip for some odd reason. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer that smells promising but the flavor is way too sweet and artificial to be very drinkable.

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Photo of mtboozeaddict41
3.86/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Raspberry, raspberry, raspberry. yumyumyum, but i can only stand one beer and then i've met my framboise quota for a week. Novelty beer great for serving your prude relatives that don't prefer beer but they'll be happy to drink a liter and a half of white zin(yuuuuck).

the carbonation is spot on also, it might be a little to sweet for some people. medium bodied...prickly finish...not bad

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Photo of jsisko01
3.6/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a pale red and peach color with an inch thick, soapy white head that dissipates quickly. Leaves a LOT of lacing in the glass.

Smell - The aroma consists of overbearing raspberries. Nothing else is detectable.

Taste - Raspberry is the only flavor. It's not gross, just very sweet. It does have a nice sugary flavor in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall - I'll admit.. the raspberry flavor is delicious. But it is too sweet for me to actually drink on. After a few sips I am already getting heartburn. This could easily be compared to a wine cooler, it tastes nothing like a beer.

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Photo of KajII
3.28/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Weizen Glass]

The pour was a hazy medium peachy red with a huge (3-4 finger) light pink pillowy head that receded slowly down to a medium film and collar with some excellent sticky lacing.

The aroma was intense with the smell of raspberry and had a hint of grain malts, a sweaty yeast and a touch of wheat.

The taste had a sweet tart flavor to it and a big dose of raspberry throughout with a very sweet candi sugar finish. The flavor lasted an average duration with the intense sweetness fading away at a good steady pace.

Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture with a fizzy carbonation.

Overall an excellent flavored Witbier that is more like drinking a wine cooler that a beer. But then again a wine cooler is a malt beverage...


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Photo of matjack85
2.73/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a clear, pinkish hue with a fizzy, small, white head of foam. It left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled of raspberry and little else.

T - Slightly tart with a strong raspberry flavor. There was a touch of yeastiness and graininess.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a slightly puckering bite.

O - This is okay. There are definitely better lambics to choose from on the market. But this could be a starter lambic for newbies.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.18/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of Immortale25
2.9/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.38/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Wittekerke Framboise

Pours a pale pinkish color with a small head. Aromas of sugary malts, candi sugar, and raspberry extract. In the taste, very sweet, raspberry flavoring, light wheat malts. No tartness, sour flavors or any funk. Sweet fruit soda. Mouthfeel is light bodied with spritzy carbonation. Overall, a mild fruit beer but not really a lambic at all. Sad, because Bavik is capable of bringing the funk, not sure why they didn't.

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Photo of riored4v
2.87/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.15/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of Brenden
3.58/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.85/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a bottle this beer was a hazy pink color with one finger of apricot-tinted head. The retention was good and it left streaks of lacing. The aroma was full of raspberries, sweet malts and adjuncts. It smelled like an alcoholic raspberry soda and tasted the same way. Still, if you wanted a girly beer, as I did for my very girly girlfriend, it’s perfect. No, it wasn’t a ‘serious’ beer, but it was sweet, easy to drink and very approachable for those who don’t like beer. The mouthfeel was frothy, the body light and the carbonation average.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.67/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from the 330ml brown bottle into a goblet chilled and a tulip.

The color is a deep pink hue with soft pink cap of about 1/2 inch . The head settles to a ring of tiny beads and the lace stickage is decent. The smell is very sweet yet fresh with a somewhat floral and slightfruity blend. it is so sweet smelling I would believe you if you told me it was raspberry coke or some kind of raspberry candy. The feel is sweet yet is balanced by a nice amount of carbonation and some spice in the feel. the finish is more on the sweet side, though.

This has a very intense raspberry flavor with a nice base of wheat in there too. I like the zing of the yeast and mild toasted edge which keeps this from being cloying. I like the fruit in this too even though it lingers long after the swallow and there is a gentle tart element. I get a llittle alcohol flavor which makes me wonder if this is fortified, but not that much. It is a nice after dinner beverage and I recommend this only to those who don't mind a fruit beer that is a little on the sweet side.

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Photo of AleWatcher
2.54/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

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Photo of beerwolf77
2.78/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to BeerFMAndy for bringing this one over. Bottle split into tulips.

A: Amber orange. About a finger of white head. Soapy lace left behind.

S: Full on raspberry. Reminds me of clearly Canadian raspberry flavored water.

T: The flavor is about as dynamic as I anticipated. Mild raspberry syrup dissolved in carbonated water. Acrid bitter finish.

M: Light spritzer like body with loads of carbonation.

O: Not very good. I will pass on this next time.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dirty yellow and pink with a decent foamy head. Some lace. Not overly red or cranberry-like.

Good aroma of fresh raspberry. Some wheat husk and yeast.

The beer is over-sugared. Period. The first thing you get is this candied element, like a Faro with raspberries. You want this to sour out a bit, but it doesn't. Some wheat beer found in this, but this one is a sweet one trick pony across the board. Light bitter in the end, like crunching a berry seed.

Lighter bodied. Enough fizz too.

A fair disappointment, but not a horrific disaster. Could have been worse, but pretty close to leaning toward a badly made brew. Borderline drinkable.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.78/5  rDev -8.6%
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...

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Wittekerke Framboise from De Brabandere
Beer rating: 73 out of 100 with 94 ratings