Lukaduke (2923) - Gray, 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 (9015) - 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.
Hangover (1107) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - MAR 3, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear golden yellow pour with lots of active carbonation streamers and a frothy white head. Aroma is of grapes with a little bit of musty funk. Mouthfeel is smooth and carbonationed but gets tart real fast. Grape flavor, but not a purple grape flavor, more of a sour/tart ’white grape’ flavor. Some other fruity flavors in there, from the saison yeast I assume. Finish is tart and the grapiness lingers. Overall, this was a pretty cool beer. I like grape flavors and this one really tasted like the description, a champaigny, grapey beer. Excellent!
DialSquare (4116) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Liquor Loft. Clear yellow pour with a frothy bright white head. Aroma is lemon, rubbing alcohol, hay, wheat and belgian yeast. Tastes are saison-ish spice and then a rush of tart white grape, yeast and cloves. Strange - definitely a sipper due to the tartness. Enjoyed it overall.
TheChampion (114) - Virginia, USA - MAR 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear, pale golden color with lots of carbonation. Sweet grape and pale malt aroma. Taste is a mixture of white wine and a saison, very interesting.
BuckeyeSammy (599) - Palo Alto, Ohio, USA - MAR 2, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Best hidden alcohol I have come across. Champaign carbonation. A lot of light, sweet fruit notes. Grapes, yeast. Somewhat one dimensional, yet delicious.
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GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours very light - a clear pale yellow with a big creamy white head that leaves some thick lacing and continues to be fed by a stream of bubbles in the middle.
Aroma is dominated by the grapes with some sweet sugary notes mixed in. The pale pilsner malts are evident but subtle.
Taste is tart up front, much more tart than the aroma would suggest. The sweetness comes out more after the initial grape tartness but it’s swept away again in the finish, which is extremely similar to a white wine - dry with some boozy burn.
The mouthfeel is lively with strong carbonation and has a lot of similarities to a white wine.
I have to admit that the last couple of specialty brews from DFH have been disappointing so I’ve started to lower my expectations. However, this one surprised me on the positive side. Very good and very unique.