Hoegaarden Rosée (Belgium)

TL:DR – “drinks like a berry cooler, noticeable artificial sweetener after effects”

Hoegaarden Rosée (raspberry-flavoured white beer beverage) – Hoegaarden Brewery, 3.0% ABV, 250 ml., (Hoegaarden, Belgium)

Ingredients: Ale, concentrated fruit juice (raspberry, apple, strawberry, elderberry), Invert sugar, citric acid, natural raspberry flavour, acesulfame-potassium.

  • Style: (flavoured beer) Cooler
  • Taste: generic red berry fruity easy-drinking palate rough
  • Where I got it : Firefly / Vancouver
  • How much: $9 CAD (after 10% off) – 4 pack x 250 ml., February 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Recommended: no
  • What made an impression: easy drinking, but damn palate rough

Visual: (cellared for 5 years). 4-pack aluminum cans. Pours clear rosé pink with a light shade of brown, fine ringed retention, a few bubbles surfacing.

Nose: berry nuanced light malt, slight cloying foreshadowing. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: crisp bite, fruity-sweet

Mid-palate: light burpy, generic soda-esqe raspberry-strawberry, (lvl-5-sweetness)

Finish: artificial sweetener roughness, slight residual jammy fruity

Summary: Basic and drinkable, more of a party drink to wash down potluck food. You’ll get a buzz while chowing down that food to get rid of that artificial sweetener nastiness.