merb (18) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very nice starter to a night, couldn’t drink two of them but a can’t knock it. Great fruity almost champagnie carbonation to it.
SSSteve (3771) - - FEB 11, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. crystal clear and very pale gold, almost white, under a large fizzy white head that dissipates quickly, corn and white grape nose. grainy pale malt flavors and mildy sour grape. not very sweet. clean and light body. easy to drink regarding the abv. i kind of like it.
dmac (4013) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 11, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
750 ml bottle thanks to Jimmie. Poured a thin looking golden straw body under a foamy bright white head that leaves some serious gobs of lace on my New Belgium tulip. Aroma is nice with some serious Saison notes, lots of black and white pepper, Belgian yeast, lemons, dough, fruitiness. Body is thin to medium with average carbonatio that becomes stronger towards the end, odd sweet vinous notes linger on the end. Flavor is very much white wine crossed with champagne and green grapes, not Saison or beer like at all. Interesting but give me a good Saison over this any day.
sisuspeed (62) - New Hampshire, USA - FEB 11, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured into a wine glass. Clear straw-yellow head with a thin white head that maintains well. Leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Sweet maltiness on the nose with a touch of grape. Quite sweet and little earthy. Not really digging the malt notes on the nose, but not bad. Slightly soured grapes on the tongue, sweet malts and a touch of booze. Pretty cool. Somewhat earthy with light hay. Carbonation is spot on and the body fits the beer well. Not too heavy or light. Overall, this is a pretty cool beer. Digging the fermented grape notes. Probably won’t pick it up again, but it’s worth trying.
hopscotch (9162) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle… Clear yellow ale with a small, fizzy, white head. The aroma is a medley of spice-rack complexities that I can’t even begin to break down. Medium to full-bodied with jazzy carbonation. Acidic, vinous, spicy flavors meld nicely here. Finishes tart, a touch dry and tongue-numbing. Kudos to landhoney for sharing his bottle… and for also sharing a bottle of wine produced with Botrytis-infected Viognier and Pinot Gris grapes for comparison. Fun stuff!
GMCC2181 (1504) - Newark, Delaware, USA - FEB 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Light oragne, yellow color nice head. Looks like a cheap pilsner... I wasnt sure what to expect from this beer so the aroma caught me off gaurd. Tart, grapes, light hop notes and some wheat notes. Taste is tart not sour.... Some nice saison characteristics.... dry, yeasty, lots of carbonation, spices but then the white/tart grapes really shine through. Almost wine like. Body is on the lighter side, lots of carbonation... I wish it had a little more body to it. I was surprised to see this was close to 9 percent alcohol... well hidden. Overall: I enjoyed this beer
dalepryor (305) - Paducah, Kentucky, USA - FEB 9, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A very inviting golden pour, this could easily be confused with a white wine
The aroma is mostly grapes and very wine-esque. The taste is crisp and dry
With a funky tart finish. I really find this interesting, with the number of beers
Out there that have wine grapes added or the juice from grapes and ones aged in wine barrels, this one stands out and above the rest every sip brings me back for another. Thank you dogfish for keeping beer interesting and pushing the boundaries yet again, very nice!
obguthr (3836) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Raisin and stewed apple nose. Crystal clear golden, medium head, minimal lace. Tangy and funky, apple and honey notes with subtle hints of cobweb. White grape and seeds appear toward the end. Quite vinous. Dynamic and unique. It is weird at first, not your typical saison, but every sip became better than the last.
craftycarl21 (2227) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 9, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Churchkey. Incredibly crystal clear light golden pour with a frothy white head. The nose holds, as you would expect, grapeskin, plum, and light vinous notes. The flavor holds more musty basement tones, but not in a sour way, with more grapes. Medium body, with brief dryness 60% through the flavor, then back to sweet. Pretty good, but not great.
PacNWDad (64) - Washington, USA - FEB 8, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a 25.4oz bottle into an ale mug.
Very pale and clear. Liberal amount of head quickly dissipates into a thin film. Not much lace on glass - just a few dots persist. Aroma is kind of funky like a Belgian blonde. Definitely some citrus and a bit of apricot. The taste is predominantly sour. There is not much bitterness from any hops. Some sweet maltiness comes out on the back end, along with a winey/alcoholy character. Robust body, with medium carbonation. Surprisingly rich for a beer with such a light color. Overall, I enjoyed it - a nice experiment with grape must.