sonnycheeba (3561) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 19, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ brewery. Pours clear, bright yellow with thin, fizzy white head; short retention and spare lacing. Aroma is biscuit and cookie malt, heavy grapes, straw, and light floral hops. Flavor is average malt, faint hops, and heavy esters; sweet, wine finish. Medium body and carbonation with high warmth.
poisoneddwarf (1716) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - FEB 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle. Pours crystal clear pale gold with a largish white head with pretty good retention; leaves some nice lace. Aroma is pretty bland--it smells macro-ish even. There might be a hint of rotten grapes in there, but itís barey detectable. Taste starts out sweet but quickly turns sour and leaves the mouth dry with a bit of tannic bitterness. Tastes like no saison Iíve ever had. Itís a Dogfish experiment, through and through. Body is medium, carbonation is fairly soft, finish is long and dry.
mikesaum (596) - Newark, Ohio, USA - FEB 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours aclear golden yellow with a medium soapy head. Aroma isnít too impressive, honestly it smells like a wet dog. But the taste took me away, nice tart fruity esters, hints of apples and grapes, good little funk from the yeast, nice. Aside from the aroma this is a great beer.
davey101 (693) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 18, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2012B 750ml poured into a DFH signature glass. Uses a new bottle which is wider and shorter with 2 dogfish head logos molded into the glass.
A - Extremely clear. I held the bottle up to the light and could see right through it. Light amber body with rising carbonation. Initially the head had large frothy off-white bubbles which died down to a neat cap. Nice lacing and retention.
S - Wow. Very complex and interesting. Iím a total wine noob, but Iím picking up strong white wine notes. Intensely sweet and dry grapes followed by some Belgian yeast and biscuity malts. Crisp and lightly alcoholic finish. If I didnít know what this was Iíd swear it wasnít beer.
T - I can actually tell its a beer now. Starts off with very wine like qualities. Dry and crisp grape which leads into some spice and yeast. Finish is dry with some lingering biscuity malts. Less complex than the nose, but still very interesting and unique. Mouthfeel is crisp, effervescent and super refreshing.
O - Ta Henket, Faithfull, and Hellhound made me question buying these large format limited DFH beers. Not since Bitches Brew have I felt that one of these beers is worth $15. This beer was. Its crazy how it has wine and beer notes. Very complex and unique while still remaining refreshing and delicious.
bluejacket74 (1324) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - FEB 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a clear light gold color with about an inch off-white head that sticks around for a little while. Thereís also a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like green grapes, yeast, apples, white wine, and some grain/bready malt. I think the taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but thereís also some tart fruity flavors noticeable too. The flavors are more wine-like than beer-like (however Iím not exactly a wine person), but in this case it works for me. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it has moderate carbonation and itís easy enough to drink. I think this is a good brew, Iíd buy it again in the future.
bigbish (534) - California, USA - FEB 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice light golden color, thin head. A nice sweet aroma with a slight wine smell. Flavor is great, a bit tart wih a long finish. Vey good.
Cybercat (3332) - Georgia, USA - FEB 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Comes out of the bottle a clear, slightly wan solar yellow with a thick, fluffy white head. OK, so I prefer dark beers - Iíll cut this some slack since itís a saison and not a porter. The head does leave some generous lacing - thatís a half point right there. Aroma is robust and fruity, mainly apple and grape with a hint of banana and just a whisper of citrus, as well as a yeasty and slightly earthy undertone. Flavor fills the mouth with lip-puckering sour apple and yeast, plus subtle grape, malt and butterscotch notes. Texture is firm-bodied, edgy and lively, sour all the way down to the tummy. Though this is technically a saison, I recommend it to all lovers of sour beers - if sour is your, ahem, cup of tea, you should enjoy this one.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear gold with a white head. Floral and grape aroma. Little bit of tart and funky. Grapes evident in the flavor. Decent beer.
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - FEB 17, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught pours clear light yellow with no head. Aromas of grapes and perfume/flowers. Taste is champagne like with grapes and a slight sour note. Body is light and ABV is well hidden. Pretty good overall.
thornecb (4403) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 17, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours pale yellow into a shaker. Bright white soapy head with medium retention recedes leaving spot lacing to bubble surface. Sweet yeast, grape and cracker aromas. Dry with sweet dusty grapeskin and berries upfront turning to marshmallow before the lasting berry and resin finish.