Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Wittekerke Rosé


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chad9976 (1139) - Albany, New York, USA - JUL 30, 2014
I poured a 25cl can into a flute glass. It had a best before date of 8/28/15 and cost $3.49 ($0.41 per ounce).

Appearance: Pale pinkish hue with some large sediment chunks floating around. Initially pours to a large, white, foamy head, though it mostly evaporates but does leave some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Any kind of raspberry flavoring scent. Does not smell authentic. However, it does not smell bad.

Taste: I didn’t think it was possible for a Belgian brewery to actually make lousy editions of their own beers, but apparently Bavik Brewery has managed to do so. I wasn’t a fan of their Wittekerke witbier, though I had high hopes the Wittekerke Rosé would be an improvement. Fruit beers are difficult to screw up, but somehow it happened with this beer. Basically, it just tastes very fake. It’s overly sweet and cloying with no authenticity to it at all. That’s odd, considering raspberry puree tends to taste great in wheat-based beers. It doesn’t taste like jam, it’s closer to Starburst candy. In fact, the ingredients listed on the can indicates the beer several artificial sweeteners in it. I usually dig sweet beers, but this is extremely cloying – so much so it’s off-putting.

Drinkability: Drinking a 4.3% ABV fruit beer on a hot summer’s evening is usually a winning combination. But in the case of Wittekerke Rosé, it really isn’t benefited by the situation. Because it’s so sweet and faux-tasting it’s difficult to drink in more than small sips. The mouthfeel is thin with a watery texture and calm body, but there’s a raspberry sweetener aftertaste that’s a little annoying. I’m glad this only came in a 25cl can, as any more would be a challenge to finish. 
Grade: 4/10