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
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.