coolfunnj (323) - Margate City, New Jersey, USA - MAR 10, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
aroma of white wine, yeast ,and a bit of citrusy hops way in the background...appearance clear yellow gold with pure white dissipating head some lacing..tastes mostly like white wine with a bit of spice and just a tingle of hops a nice flavor simce i like wine too but fairly unexpectedly tilts toward the wine rather than ale side..thin on the palate lightly carbonated leaves a semi dry white wine aftertaste..overall,at first taste i though "oh brother" but it does have a way of making you like it as you sip it..a cool novelty and i might try again more of a wine than an ale though id say
Steve_0 (3257) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured bright gold, with a small bright white head. Good lacing, smells of bread, yeast, champagne, grape, and funk. Taste is clean and crisp, with a light bitter finish. I don’t get much of the grape until the aftertaste. This beer is really different and reminds me more of a sparkling wine/champagne. Good beer, worth a try.
hopdog (9588) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle. Poured yellow color, light haze, and a small sized white head. Grapes, some citrus, spices, and some fruitiness.
jstraw (1943) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Jerry’s. Pale gold with big, creamy, white head / Elegant nose of white grapes, malolactic fermentation, biscuit, with a hint of bubblegum / Medium body, resinous, lively carbonation, mostly dry with a hint of sweetness, with good finish / Flavors of fermented white grapes with the perfumey character of viognier evident, resin, and biscuit / Not a fan of Dogfish’s grape series, but it is certainly well done. Not sure, though, that DH understands the nature of botrytis, to extract water from the grapes so as to produce super sweet juice. This brew has no such dessert character and wonder if it is correct to expect botrytis to produce a flavor?
bhensonb (12134) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 8, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Capped 750 from Malt & Vine. Pours gold with a 3 finger foamy/bubbly white head. Aroma is earthy/bretty. Ok, so there’s no brett, but I guess rot is rot. This is a good rotty smell. Full bodied. Flavor is vinous, musty, citrus and a whole lot of undifferentiable things. Moldy. Despite which it is somewhat like a nice spicy white wine. High end Pinot Gris. I rescind all bad thoughts I have ever had about those idiots at DFH. Uh, marvelously talented brewers at DFH. I am stunned. This could be my fav.
Lukaduke (2566) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAR 8, 2012
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Ive enjoyed my fair share of botrytis wines from Austria so needless to say I was pretty excited to hear Dogfish Head was dropping this beer into the market. It pours a very clear pale copper color similar to a filtered apple juice with a quick lacing head that disappears quickly. It has a light nose with hints of spice, fruit and a touch of citrus. The taste is pleasantly crisp and tart with a tight sour apple / watered down lemonade kind of feel... the spice comes out a little on the finish right in the throat but I could use a little more. I certainly understand how someone who is not a fan of white wine may find this beer a little sub par however I enjoy it on many levels. That being said I do see the saison qualities being very much curtained by the sweetness of the viogneir / pinot gris must. I really wish this was a summer release... at least in the southern parts of Maine it has pretty much been cleared off the shelf... pretty typical for the Dogfish Head scene in Maine.
3fourths (8495) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 8, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
gunky potpourri gelatin candy nose. sweet, sweet everywhere. gelatin candy chew texture. bleach and white vinegar make an appearance. gross. took a chance on dogfish head, this may it the last for me. only bought it because i love botrytized wines. instead i got 95 point grape juice hooch.
Nightsky (176) - Lutz, Florida, USA - MAR 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: had an apple smell
Appearance: clear, pale
Taste: sweet and sour, kind of tart
Palate: fizzy carbonation, light bitter finnish
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml. bottle pour. This was a nice suprise. I thought it was going to be much sweeter. White wineish but still good. Light grapes.
GodOfThunder (1248) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a beautiful crystal clear yellow. Aroma is banana esters and a slight phenolic note, grapes, and white wine. Taste is more of the white wine, with the viogner grapes coming through. I really enjoyed this.